Apple Island owner Kathy Lind

Apple Island owner Kathy Lind

Local health and beauty company earns national award

She is known as Golden’s very own soap lady, but thanks to a national competition, her soap is getting recognition outside our community.

She is known as Golden’s very own soap lady, but thanks to a national competition, her soap is getting recognition outside our community.

Kathy Lind, founder of Apple Island Naturals, placed first for her Purple Haze Soap in CertClean’s Clean Beauty Awards.

The organization uses the awards to recognize the best performing beauty and personal care products, manufactured without the use of known harmful chemicals, from around the world. This year they had 25 expert judges testing nearly 200 products, and they liked what they saw from Apple Island.

“I was very surprised to hear how well I did,” said Lind. “I looked at some of the other companies that submitted products, and I was definitely one of the smaller businesses.”

Lind started making soap as a hobby in 2008, and now has her products in nearly 20 stores from Saskatoon to Gibsons, B.C., as well as one full-time employee. She even has a new app, recently rolled out at the Golden Farmers’ Market, that gives customers a rewards punch card right on their phones.

Apple Island, as most of you probably know, goes far beyond just soap. Lind, who is also a certified aromatherapist, sells natural body washes, lotions, tub pucks, lip balms, deodorants and more. And four of her other products landed in the Clean Beauty Awards Top 5 for their respective categories.

“I’m definitely always experimenting and testing out new products,” she said.

One of the other goals of CertClean, other than to recognize excellence in natural products, is to create a database for consumers to refer to when searching out new products.

“Lots of consumers and even businesses don’t know, for example, the difference between essential and fragrance oils,” said Lind. “I definitely support some kind of approval process so that we’re all on the same page, and people are getting the best products.

You can find Apple Island products at various locations in town, as well as the weekly Farmers’ Markets.