Project Description

The 7 Virtues is a Nova Scotia company based in Halifax. Founded by Barb Stegemann out of her garage 7 years ago in Bedford. She launched this fair- trade beauty company after her best friend was severely wounded serving in Afghanistan. She wanted to find a new way to build peace by supporting farmers in Afghanistan. She began sourcing natural essential orange blossom and rose oil so the farmers would not have to grow the illegal poppy crop. Other countries approached her and now she sources essential oils from other nations rebuilding. The award winning fragrance line that won Top Game Changer on CBC’s Dragons’ Den offers a full line of natural fragrances made without harmful allergens, phthalates or parabens.
Patchouli of Rwanda ensures genocide survivors earn three times the income over the next crop of coffee. The Vetiver of Haiti won Chatelaine Beauty’s Top 100 Beauty Award. The Middle East Peace is the top selling fragrance with fresh citrus essential oils with aromatherapy benefits. The Jasmine of India supports blind students in an education program that provides them with new careers as perfumers. And the original Afghanistan Orange Blossom & Noble Rose of Afghanistan support families in Afghanistan rebuilding so they do not have to grow the illegal poppy crop. Dubbed “The Scent you can wear to work” because they are so natural, the company is launching new products at the Christmas at the Forum event including Vegan ethically sourced lipsticks, Bath bombs made with she butter from Ghana, Moisturizing candles with oils from all of our nations and specials including up to 50% off some beauty products not available online or at department stores. Watch the trailer to the award winning documentary, Perfume War to learn more about this compelling local story of triumph over hardship.
Founder, Barb Stegemann will be onsite to personally sign books.