Valerie Cameron gives her business partner Tara MacWhirter a facial, using the products Tara developed especially for her.

Throw a “Pamper Party”

At this time of year, most people could use a little ‘me’ time. Now, thanks to two local women entrepreneurs, there is a new way to socialize and pamper yourself. Valerie Cameron, owner of Bella Visage and Tara MacWhirter of Garden Path Homemade Soap are combining forces to create a house party business focused on natural beauty products.

“The idea is to bring women together for a social occasion and allow them to sample several facial care products,” says Cameron.

“It’s like a Tupperware party only the women get to pamper themselves.” Participants will sample Garden Path’s scrubs, exfoliants, clay masks and facial creams.  If they like the effects on their skin, they can order products or book a facial with Cameron. There is no charge for the sampling and each hostess who arranges a party will receive a gift package.

Cameron started Bella Visage in her own home on Main Street, Vankleek Hill in March 2018. Although she is a fully qualified esthetician, having graduated from the Gordon Robertson Beauty Academy in Beaconsfield, Québec, for the time being, she is doing only facials. The products she uses in her practice were designed exclusively for her by MacWhirter. Each hour-long facial session costs $65.

“Garden Path has grown significantly in the eight years we have been operating,” MacWhirter notes.

“The house parties are a way to introduce our products to new customers.”

Although those attending the house parties will get to sample only facial products, they can order from the full range of Garden Path products. These include bath and shower products; balms and salves; candles; body, face and hair care products; men’s care; sprays and mists; and Wiggle baby products.

Garden Path products are made from natural ingredients and are produced in small batches. They do not include chemicals, dyes, and preservatives and are made with renewable plant oils and natural ingredients. Packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.

With the approaching holidays, Garden Path has a number of gift packages available, from $10 stocking stuffers and party favours to hostess gifts and packages for bearded (and non- bearded) men.

To book a free sampling party at your house or a facial, call Valerie Cameron at (613) 678-6368. To see Garden Path’s full range of products go to www.gardenpathsoap.com. The Garden Path shop is located at 284 rue Pleasant Corners Road East Vankleek Hill, ON. Winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.


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Bonnie Laing

Bonnie Laing is the author of four produced plays, the novel, River Reel, and the short story collection Marble Season. Her short fiction has been published in many Canadian literary magazines.Numerous humorous and non-fiction articles have been published in the Globe & Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Life and Toronto Star. She has also published two local histories and is the former Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Ryerson University.

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