"As people with food allergies, we know that a little care goes a long way"
Why did I create the shop?
I've been allergic to peanuts, tree nuts (excluding coconut), dairy, soy, and certain legumes, my whole life. The idea for the Handled With Care was derived out of two sources of personal frustration.
First, with online retailers that don't have a curated selection of allergy-friendly products available to browse. With so many wonderful allergy-friendly, family run companies popping up on the market, discoverability is so important! Everything in the shop is selected for people with food allergies, celiac disease, or other dietary restrictions in mind.
The second, that outside of major cities where grocery options are limited, it can be difficult to find free-from foods. I was fortunate to have gone to university in Toronto, but many allergic teens outside of the city did not experience the same accessibility to safe foods that I did while away for school.
Given the strong focus on curation, there is also a wide selection of product bundles that make great care packages or gifts. I believe that safe products should be easily accessible and affordable for everyone, even if you don't live close to a natural foods store.
3% of all sales will be donated to The Walk for Andrea from now until the end of September, 2018. This charity supports food allergy research at Sick Kids hospital and the walk to raise awareness.
The title, Handled With Care, has so much meaning for me personally. Yes, it’s a cute pun on the fact that our products are ordered and shipped, but it also reflects the thoughtfulness and care that I have put into curation, and that each customer puts into selecting products for themselves or as a gift. As people with food allergies, we know that a little care goes a long way.
What can you find at Handled With Care?
Products from FreeYumm, Made Good, Enjoy Life, Super Seedz, Giddy Yo Yo, Zego, Vermints, Holy Crap, Kiss Freely, Da Lish cosmetics, No Nuts Beauty, Niu Body, and some exclusive accessories. And more brands coming soon!
Customers will receive a free gift with purchase, graciously sponsored by FreeYumm foods, while supplies last. Shipping is only $5 on orders of $50 or more*, and free with purchases of $75 or more*
A bit more about myself:
I'm the author and photographer of Allergen-Free Desserts (2015) and Everyone's Welcome (2019) cookbooks, a long time allergy blogger, and not only do I have allergies myself, but I'm a food allergy aunt/sister/daughter and friend! I currently live in Toronto.
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*Before taxes, duties, and shipping. Within Canada and the continental United States.