In a world where plastic pollution is a pressing concern, refill stores emerge as beacons of hope. These innovative establishments are not only reshaping the way we shop but also playing a pivotal role in combating single use plastic waste.

Refill stores like The Soap Exchange offer consumers an alternative to traditional packaged goods by allowing you to refill containers with products like  laundry and dish-washing detergents, body care, cleaning supplies and more. This simple but effective concept significantly reduces the need for single use plastic packaging, thereby minimizing environmental impact.

One of the key advantages of refill stores is the emphasis on sustainability. By encouraging our customers to bring their containers and refill them repeatedly we promote reuse over disposal. This not only cuts down on plastic waste but also fosters a culture of conscious consumption.

Furthermore, refill stores serve as hubs for promoting a circular economy, where resources are used efficiently and waste is minimized. A catalyst for change in our approach to consumption. Our goal is to inspire you, and our communities and industries to rethink their relationship with plastic therefore embrace a more sustainable future.

Incorporating refillable soap into your lifestyle is a great way to reduce waste and promote sustainability.


Using natural body care products made from plant-based ingredients offers numerous benefits for both your skin and the environment:
The ingredients tend to be gentler and less irritating than synthetic chemicals found in many conventional body care products. They are often well-tolerated by sensitive skin, reducing the risk of allergic reactions, inflammation, and other skin issues.
Many plant-based ingredients are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that nourish and hydrate the skin. Ingredients like Shea butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil provide deep moisture, leaving the skin soft, smooth, and supple.
Natural body care products are free from synthetic fragrances, parables, sulphates,and other potentially harmful chemicals commonly found in conventional products. By avoiding these harsh ingredients, you can reduce your exposure to toxins and minimize the risk of long-term health effects.
Plant-based body care products are typically produced using sustainable farming practices that minimize environmental impact. Organic farming methods help preserve soil health, conserve water, and reduce the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, protecting ecosystems and wildlife habitats.
Natural ingredients are biodegradable, meaning they break down easily in the environment without leaving behind harmful residues. This reduces pollution of waterways and soil, supporting ecosystem health and biodiversity.
Many natural body care brands are committed to cruelty-free practices, meaning they do not test their products on animals. By choosing cruelty-free options, you can support ethical treatment of animals and contribute to the growing movement towards more compassionate beauty standards.
The production of plant-based body care products supports sustainable agriculture practices such as crop rotation, organic farming. By choosing products made from sustainably sourced ingredients, you help support farmers to adopt environmentally friendly practices that promote soil health and biodiversity.


Incorporating refillable soap into your lifestyle is a great way to reduce waste and promote sustainability. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Choose Refillable Soap: Look for brands that offer refillable soap options. These may include liquid hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, body wash, or shampoo. Many Eco-friendly and sustainable brands now offer refillable packaging as part of their product lines.
  2. Find a favourite refill :  Zero waste stores like The Soap Exchange offer refill options where you can bring your empty containers and fill them up with your preferred soap. These stores often dispense various types of soap products.
  3. Invest in Reusable Containers: Purchase or reuse a set of durable, reusable containers specifically for refilling soap. Choose containers made from materials like glass or stainless steel that are easy to clean and won’t retain odours.
  4. Keep Containers Clean: Before refilling your soap containers, make sure they are clean and dry to prevent contamination. You can wash them with hot, soapy water and allow them to air dry thoroughly before refilling.
  5. Label Containers: Label your refillable soap containers to keep track of their contents and avoid confusion. You can use chalkboard labels, waterproof markers, or printable labels to clearly indicate the type of soap inside.
  6. Plan Ahead: Keep track of your soap usage and refill your containers before they run out. This may require planning regular trips to refill stations or purchasing larger quantities of soap to keep at home.
  7. Support Refill Programs: Encourage local businesses and retailers to offer refillable soap options by expressing your interest and willingness to support such initiatives. Your feedback and support can help drive demand for more sustainable packaging solutions.
  8. Spread the Word: Share your experience with using refillable soap with friends, family, and community members. By raising awareness about the benefits of refillable options, you can inspire others to make similar changes in their own lifestyles.

Incorporating refillable soap into your lifestyle may require some initial effort and adjustment, but it can ultimately lead to significant reductions in waste and environmental impact. By making this simple change, you can contribute to a more sustainable future while enjoying the benefits of clean, Eco-friendly products.


Hey!Did you know that we refill JUSU aromatic spritzers at the store. All you have to do is bring a container and we can refill it with these amazing local products. At present we can refill
WELLNESS Spritzer is full of essential oils that will help you stay healthy this winter season. “Our Wellness Blend is an invigorating breath of fresh air, reminiscent of a rustic spa experiences.” Cinnamon Bark Oil, Rosemary Leaf/Stem Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Eucalyptus, Citrus  (Lemon) Peel Oil.
OM Spritzer is full of essential oils that will help you relax. “Our OM Blend is a refreshing citrus blend with herbaceous notes.” Lime Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Pine Leaf Oil, Citrus  (Lemon) Peel Oil.
INSPIRE Spritzer is full of essential oils that will help you feel positive and uplift your energy.” Our Inspire Blend is a sweet minty fusion that will uplift your spirit and create an invigorating feeling.” Spearmint Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Lime Peel Oil, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Leaf/Stem Oil.
These spritzers can be used as room sprays to clear and refresh the air. Ive also used them on my yoga mat to help energize my practice and to keep my mat clean. These make excellent gifts for teachers or great additions to Christmas Stockings.



New Distributors and Knotty By Nature Location

The Soap Exchange is proud and excited to announce 2 new additions to the Soap Exchange Distributor family. We’d also like to remind customers that Knotty by Nature has re-located/expanded to the Fairfield neighborhood. Their new store is located at 1704 Lillian Avenue in Fairfield and we are very pleased to finally have our products available in the Fairfield community. Good luck to Stephanie and Ryan in their new location.

We are pleased to announce that H2O Zone Pure Water in Langford has joined the Soap Exchange distributor family. H2O Zone Pure Water is located at 752 Goldstream Avenue in the newly re-modelled Goldstream Plaza. We are thrilled to welcome Bev, Al and staff into the fold. Initially, H2O Zone Pure Water will carry the standard, more popular products in our product line. However, if there are products that you would like to special order, please do not hesitate to let us know and we can easily get products to them without you having to make your way into “the big city”.

Finally, at long last, we now have representation in Vancouver. Linh Troung, a Victoria “ex-pat” and loyal Victoria Soap Exchange customer, has opened The Soap Dispensary on Main Street in Vancouver. The Soap Dispensary is located at 3623 Main Street in Vancouver. They can also be reached at 604-568-3141. Over the years, we have developed quite the following from lower mainland customers and we know they will be pleased to discover that they can now purchase our products a little closer to home. To find out more about the other products The Soap Dispensary has to offer, visit their web page by clicking here on the “website” link below their listing on our “Distributors” page. A google map to their location is found below.

Best of luck to Knotty By Nature in their new location and a big welcome to the H2O Zone Pure Water Store in Langford and The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver.

The Soap Dispensary Location in Vancouver:

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to the brand spanking new Soap Exchange website! We hope that the enhanced product catalog, distributor list and other features serve to give you a comprehensive overview of our store and what we can do for you!

Also coming very soon are online orders for the Greater Victoria area!

If you have any feedback about the site, or feature requests, please direct them to our web developer, Sam Estok at Faction23 Design by clicking here.

Great Article About Us on “A Novice Ecologist” Blog

Blogger Andrea LaPointe did a great little write-up on the Soap Exchange at her blog “A Novice Ecologist” Check out the story and more great articles at her website through the link below!

“Once inside a full-line Soap Exchange you will find an impressive array of cleaning products all of which are biodegradable, made in Canada, and not tested on animals.  As I have phased out my other cleaning products my collection has grown to include their laundry soap, dishwasher detergent, dish soap, and an all purpose cleaner.  For those that like to sample before committing to a larger purchase there are mini sizes of almost every product available for purchase.  There are many products I have yet to try including a product for washing your car that I noticed on their website when I was preparing this post – I guess that will be my next sample.”

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