At Miiko Skin Co we hope to connect you to the faces and places of our ingredients. Redefining what it means to be a transparent business.
Our recipes are simple, on purpose. We focus on ingredient individuality. Each ingredient serves a purpose to the experience of the overall product. To enhance that experience we have decided to source each ingredient from local suppliers who are experts in their field.
We are proud of our ingredients and our suppliers. By choosing fewer ingredients we are able to include our suppliers on the product label. Now, as a consumer you can see how far your dollar goes into the living local economy.
Hudson Public Market,
Olive the Senses is a business based on family. That is their promise to you with every bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar they sell. Their extra virgin olive oil is not just a product; it’s a recipe that has been handed down for generations.
Their family recipe comes from a little place in the Marche region of Italy, and they are proud to offer the finest, freshest, single cultivar extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars in the city. Emily and Steve work closely with farmers in both hemispheres to deliver fresh, ultra-premium olive oils bottled on-site at their store front location in the Hudson Public Market downtown Victoria, BC.
Spinnakers Brewpub with the Lifecycles Project,
Spinnakers has been leading the renaissance of craft brewing in North America since 1984. They are artisan brewers at heart and that is reflected in everything they do. Their philosophy is that great beer goes best with great food. Spinnakers is committed to using as much local and organic products as possible. Working with the community and using local ingredients is a part of their underlying philosophy and showcasing food grown close to home is what they love to do.
One of their partnerships is with the Lifecycles Project, and their Fruit Tree Project. Lifecycles collects 30,000 to 40,000 lbs of fruit from the backyards of residents in Victoria, BC, and shares the produce with the owners, the volunteers, food banks and community organizations. Spinnakers uses the apple juice to make apple cider vinegar, and we use the apple cider vinegar in our Saving Face Toner, making the lifecycle of an apple in Victoria’s community truly a commodity.
While an educational science kit designer by night, Derek Wuff is a passionate organic bee keeper by day and cares for his bees in the rural hamlet of Metchosin just outside Victoria BC.
Each year he takes his bees to a local organic blueberry farm in the spring to help with pollination, then to the wild mountains on the West Coast of Vancouver Island for the bees to forage on the fireweed and salal. Committed to lifelong learning, Derek is a mentor to many local bee-keepers, helping to pass on a natural and organic way to keep bees. The honey is harvested by hand and filtered once, to remove the bits but to keep the natural pollens, adding to the texture and health of the honey.
Mill Bay, BC
Baraka Supplies was founded by husband and wife team, Wayne Dunn and Gifty Serbeh-Dunn (he is Canadian/Irish, she is Ghanaian/Canadian). Located in Mill Bay, BC, Baraka Supplies supports women and families in Ghana by purchasing pure, unrefined, hand-made, certified Fair trade shea butter that is made by a local community of women.
Here at Miiko Skin Co, we use shea butter in many of our moisturizing products, such as our whipped body butter and safe summer skin cream! Baraka Shea Butter is untainted by modern chemicals, and wild-crafted in the traditional way by the Wali women from northern Ghana. Barak Shea Butter is not processed or refined with added chemicals. In fact the butter is prepared traditionally using fire, which is why the butter has a faint smoky aroma.
100 Mile House, BC
Juanita Corbett became fascinated with rose hips over 30 years ago when walking through an acreage engrossed with wild roses. She spend years working with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in collaboration with the University of Northern BC, the Food Development Lab in Portage La Prairie Manitoba, and Northwest Labs in Vancouver, B.C., in order to determine the best way to naturally extract the oil from the rose-hip, without any chemical intervention.
Wild Organic Rose Hip Oil is extracted using a combination of Steam Distillation and Cold-Press methods. The oil is highly volatile and is immediately added to a prepared cold-pressed grape seed oil base, blended with organic sunflower oil, and handpicked chamomile oil. These oils maintain a high level of Vitamin E to preserve the rose hip seed oil in the carrier oil.
The rose hips have been tested for nutrient values with the results of 10-100x more Vitamin C than any other food. They also have flavonoids, beta-carotene, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, potassium and nitrogen. As well as, Vitamin E, A, B1, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sulfur
Rose Hip Oil is beneficial for sensitive skin, thread veins, capillary damage or weakness and also very effective in promoting tissue regeneration. It is also useful on scars, burns and wrinkles. It is also excellent for spider veins, the healing of varicose veins, reducing inflammation, mature, dry, and hard and over exposed skin conditions.
For over 50 years, Alpha Health Products Ltd. Founder Siegfried Gursche has been a leading pioneer and supplier of premium-quality natural health products in Canada. In their commitment to providing superior nutritional products they have received organic certifications from Canada Organic, USDA, NASAA, Ecocert, BC Organics, and PACS, as well as Fair Trade and non-GMO certifications.
Alpha’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is certified fair-trade and is hand-pressed directly from fresh coconuts in the Solomon Islands by island natives on their own family farms. Unique to Alpha is their trademarked DME (Direct Micro-Expelling) process, where they use a manual cold-pressing unit to produce raw oil from fresh coconut in 90 minutes or less.
25 years ago Eugene “The Genie” had already discovered and was exploring the world of Essential Oils, acquiring, in depth, some of the knowledge accumulated over centuries of the various benefits associated with the Essential Oils. After learning about plants and herbology, bridging the academic and pragmatic approach with the shamanistic intuition of a Medicine Man became the foundation for his expertise with Essential Oils.
Starting from a humble beginning of carrying a dozen or so oils to now offering a variety of nearly 100 different Essential Oils and Absolutes, from the exotic Nagarmotha to the common Lavender, including over 6 different Frankincense, several Holistic Blends, perfumes and so much more, Genie In a Bottle always works hard at offering exceptional oils with the highest qualities available on the market, emphasizing on sustainability and making sure that the oils are at their best.
Crescent Valley, BC
Raynald Losier and Nina George created Mountain Sky in 1993, so they could stay home with their children Malaya Mountain and Rahel Sky. What was a 400 sq ft production facility in their basement is now a 7000 sq ft manufacturing facility based in the beautiful Kootenay Mountains of BC.
Their soaps are made using an old-fashioned cold process method. Oils are not boiled in the process of making their soap, helping to maintain the beneficial glycerin in the final product and keep the oils from going rancid.
Mountain Sky Soaps has an extensive sustainability program in place, which includes re-using boxes and plastic materials for shipping and handling, composting, and saving soap ends for people in need and local charities. Mountain Sky represents a successful family business built on ethics and sustainability.