Giftware News: Tell us a little background on Upper Canada Soap. How did the company get started? Who were the founders, and what was their mission?
Chantelle Tersigni, director of marketing: It all began with one bar of soap created in the founder’s basement in 1969! Now, more than 40 years later, Upper Canada has expanded its product lines to include more than 2,000 bath and body products, candles, soaps and specialty gift ideas for women, men and children.
Upper Canada is known as Canada’s most revered bath, body and beauty company, recognized particularly for quality in personal care. Upper Canada continues to bring to market some of the most innovative products the industry has to offer — from Danielle Lunch Totes to our Greetings Bath Program, as well as our signature Naturally soaps, lotions and body care products.
Today, Upper Canada Soap products are sold across North America and in 10 countries worldwide including Costa Rica, Dubai, the Bahamas, Australia and across Europe.
Giftware News: What are the current goals for the company?
CT: Founded on a desire to bring both innovation and value to bath and body products, Upper Canada Soap’s product developers are focused on creating new and exciting products with packaging and fragrances reflective of the quality and value today’s woman desires. Upper Canada Soap’s commitment to excellence, from development to product, ensures its customers that every product is made with the highest quality standards. Upper Canada aims to continue to drive innovation and bring to market the latest and greatest items that are on trend and exactly what our customers are looking for. [We’re] always thinking of a woman’s needs from head to toe.
Giftware News: What are some of the biggest trends in the personal care industry for 2011?
CT: The Natural category will continue to evolve in both high-end and mass markets. A focus on key ingredients and extracts will play up many formulations. Naturals will continue to build on the well-being trend with the idea that the body can benefit from being nourished on both the inside and outside.
Giftware News: What does Upper Canada have in mind for the future?
CT: Upper Canada is driven to produce more innovative, out-of-the box product ideas. We will continue to push the envelope on formulations to result in beauty breakthroughs and must-have items.
Photo courtesy Upper Canada Soap.