Aren’t You Glad You (Don’t) Use Dial?

Meet the Okanagan Rawsome Farmers

Farming runs in the family at Okanagan Rawsome

Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken your taste buds to delicious raw, sprouted, gluten-free and vegan living! Afke Zonderland, Chef & CEO shares how easy it is to live a whole-food philosophy and make the healthiest choices for yourself and your family.

Do you remember the slogan:
Aren’t you glad you use Dial?
Don’t you wish everybody did?

In 1888, Armour and Company,  a meat packing house in Chicago, began producing soap made from tallow, a natural by-product of slaughter houses. The addition of the ingredient hexachlorophene, the soap was made antibacterial, and renamed as Dial, chosen because it offered round the clock protection against the odour of perspiration.

dial_soap_logo_2014One could confidently dance the night away and not worry about getting close when the music slowed down. However, Dial did not do much for the smell of silage that would stubbornly cling to the local farm boys, but that’s another story. (Urban dwellers note: silage is fermented semi-dry grass that is fed to the cows in the winter along side hay that carries a pungent, identifiable aroma!)

In 1970, the FDA banned the use of hexachlorophene amid reports that it caused neurological damage in infants. Armour and Company replaced it with triclocarban, a different name for basically the same toxic chemical, which was ultimately banned in in September, 2016 1 out of concerns that it acts as an endocrine disruptor. This after 25 years of additional profits by Armour and Company.

okanagan-rawsome-history-soapIt is interesting to note that both chemicals and many subsequent derivatives are still in skin care products, shampoo, toothpastes, mouthwashes, talcum powders and hand sanitizers. You will also find these banned chemicals in drugs to treat various skin diseases. CONTRADICTION ALERT!  Hexachlorophene was banned 46 years ago as a neurotoxin and it is currently used as a drug or cream that hopes to cure acne and psoriasis?

All antibacterial soaps have been called into question for making us ‘too clean,’ and have been implicated in the proliferation of so many autoimmune diseases. Our skin happily absorbs anything and everything – and that includes chemicals!

I believe that it would help us all if we were to bypass mass produced cleaning products and closely read the ingredients of all creams and lotions. We could replace them with home-made skin cream and lotions that are organic and mostly plant based. You can easily add your favorite essential oils that are shown to be an effective treatment for many skin diseases.

Be safe – and smell great!

frankincense-and-myrrh-lotion-3DIY Frankincense and Myrrh Lotion


  • 1/4 cup olive oil, or avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup bees’ wax
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 2 TBSP Vitamin E
  • 20 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 20 drops myrrh essential oil


  • Put olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter in glass bowl
  • Place bowl in sauce pan with water
  • Heat stove to medium and mix ingredients together
  • Once mixed,  put in refrigerator for an hour until solid
  • With a regular mixer or hand mixer,  beat the mixture until it is whipped and fluffy
  • Add essential oils and Vitamin E and mix



Sweet & Savoury Sale All December at Whole Foods

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100% Non-GMO • Soaked & Sprouted Seeds • Dehydrated at Low Temperatures • No Refined Sugars • Low-Glycemic •

Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken your taste buds with delicious raw, sprouted, gluten free, vegan crisps – now in five fabulous flavours! 

Okanagan Rawsome Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps

Introducing NEW Onion-Herb Beet Crisps • See how they are made!

Onion-Herb BEET CRISPS are packed with local organic beets, carrots and onions combined with sprouted seeds and a yummy blend of spices.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps are delicious with your favourite cheese, hummus, or pesto. Make an open-faced sandwich using a Beet Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *ground flaxseeds, *carrots, *sprouted buckwheat, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *beets *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, *onions, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, *sea salt, cumin (*organic)

A source of pure plant energy, these living whole food snacks are low-glycemic, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation. Loaded with organic ingredients and local produce, Okanagan Rawsome is real food that nourishes your body – and soul! 

  • Find Okanagan Rawsome at retailers in Victoria and across Vancouver Island!
  • Purchase Okanagan Rawsome online and save! Free shipping within Canada for orders over $80. Free Shipping in the US for orders over $160.


Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps • See how they are made!

Spicy Chia-Hemp CARROT CRISPS are spicy snacks made with locally grown carrots & zucchini, chia, hemp, and sprouted lentils to enhance nutrient bioavailability. The carrots provide a high-source of Vitamin A.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps are delicious with your favorite cheese, hummus, and/or a slice of avocado. Make an open faced sandwich using a Carrot Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *carrots, *ground flax seeds, *sprouted buckwheat, *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, hemp hearts, *chia seeds, *sea salt, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder (*organic)

How Carrot Crisps are Made

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame Apple Crisps

Flax Sesame APPLE CRISPS  light, flavour-packed zesty treat made with oranges and lemons. We grind whole flax seeds to preserve valuable Omega-3 fats. Dehydration happens at low temperatures, protecting valuable living enzymes!

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Delicious with a seed or nut butter. Visit the recipe section of our website for other suggested pairings and rawsome recipes!

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *coconut, *ground flax seeds, *sesame seeds, *dates, hemp hearts, *oranges, *lemon juice, cinnamon, ground ginger, *sea salt (*organic)

How Apple Crisps Are Made

 Okanagan Rawsome Choc-Ginger

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger APPLE CRISPS offer dark chocolate-coconut decadence in a delicious mixture of organic Okanagan apples, ginger, sprouted seeds, sprouted buckwheat, and dates. 

  • LOCAL Organic Produce
  • 90% ORGANIC Ingredients

Choc-Ginger Apple Crisps are delicious on their own or with a serving of ice cream made with frozen bananas & vegan chocolate pudding.

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, ginger slices, dark chocolate (cocao, sugar, non-GMO soya lecithin, vanilla flavour), *coconut, ground ginger, *lemon juice, cinnamon, *sea salt (*organic)
  • Available in convenient single-sized portions.

 Cran Raisin Apple CrispsCranberry Raisin Apple Crisps

Cran-Raisin APPLE CRISPS combine sprouted buckwheat with delicious organic cranberries, raisins, and organic Okanagan apples to create a naturally sweet and filling snack. 

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Crumble a few pieces of Cran-Raisin Apple Crisps onto plain yogurt or sprinkle some on top of your morning cereal to add live enzymes and easy to digest protein to kick start your day!

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, *raisins, *cranberries, cinnamon, ground ginger, *orange zest, *sea salt (*organic)

Available in convenient single-sized portions.

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Okanagan Rawsome CCA ReviewOkanagan Rawsome is a proud Sponsor of the Canadian Celiac Association’s Classes for the Newly Diagnosed. Details here!

Find Okanagan Rawsome at retailers in Victoria and across Vancouver Island!

Purchase Okanagan Rawsome online and save!

  • Free shipping within Canada for orders over $80.
  • Free Shipping in the US for orders over $160.