Hello! My name is Emily and I make all my soap by hand from my cottage in Lincolnshire. I have been married to Andrew (my webmaster, financial adviser and soap tester!) for 30 years. Having both recently taken early retirement, we are able to indulge our passions for gardening and walking (when I'm not making soap, of course). I also make my own moisturiser, which I plan to bring to market one day soon. Andrew brews his own beer, but he won't be selling any of that!
We are straightforward, honest folk (we'd make good hobbits!) and environmental issues are important to us. I use minimal packaging on my soaps - for posting they're simply wrapped in a little tissue paper and put in a Green Jiffy bag, which is 100% recyclable.
I won't use palm oil, even though I could make more money if I did (see the section in Why Natural Soap? for more details). My goal is to make a worthwhile, ethical product that people will love and sell it at a fair price. I believe very strongly that commercial soaps, shower gels, shampoos etc. are bad for us - both environmentally and personally. Totally natural soap works - so why use anything else?
Thank you so much for browsing my website - I do hope you'll give natural soap a try.
My Soap And The Law
By law, all soap recipes must comply with current cosmetic safety regulations and be certified by a qualified chemist before they can be sold to the public. Not everyone is aware of this. The same rules apply whether you sell hundreds of bars a year or half a dozen at the local school fete. All my soaps have been certified as safe by a qualified chemist, Scott Grainger of Cosmetic Safety Consultants Ltd. I am proud to be a member of the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers - a peer support network which only accepts members who comply with current regulations.
The law also dictates how I must label my products so it's clear exactly what ingredients I've used. This is a good thing, but it does mean having to show the long Latin or scientific names for every single ingredient as decreed by INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients). So please don't be put off by the long and complex-looking ingredients list - it's still all 100% natural!
Since I don't use any wasteful packaging, I stamp the batch code directly onto every single bar. There is always a full list of ingredients available at point of sale so you will always be able to see exactly what goes into my products and can make an informed decision whether you want to buy them or not.