How It All Began......
I'm Janice, an enthusiast and lover of everything to do with wildlife, nature and animals.
I live on a croft in rural Aberdeenshire with my husband, Stephen. Originally from Lancashire we moved to Scotland when our daughters were one year old to live more rurally and add more animals to our menagerie.
We've had goats, pigs, sheep, horses, dogs, cats, hens, ducks, rabbits, bees and more exotic animals when the girls were younger.
I've rescued roe deer, owls, gannets, geese,seagulls, wildcat and more animals than I can imagine. My friend used to say that animals would just appear injured in front of me so I could rescue them.
Now our menagerie is now much reduced in number to our horse Dixie, Shetland- Twink, Three cats- a very spoiled Bengal called Solomon and tabbies Mittens & Muffin, two runner ducks, three hens called Beatrice, Big Bertha and Bella, two rabbits Pumpkin and Peanut and our wonderful German Shepherds Otto and Moose.
I love gardening organically and have always been involved in crafts from pyrography, painting and drawing, sewing, knitting, baking and preserving to soapmaking.
A few months ago I decided there was too many plastic bottles on my bathroom shelves and decided I'd start making soap again. I wanted it to be s natural as possible using natural ingredients, botanicals for colours and essential oils for scent. I also decided I didn't want to use palm oil due to its environmental impact.
I made lots of different soaps far too many for our own use and gave samples way to friends and family
When I got the chance at the end of September to take early retirement; I decided to turn my hobby into a business.
So here I am using only the purest of oils; many are organic in my soap.
I have used natural colourants sourced from botanicals such as turmeric and paprika and natural clays. The scents all come from pure essential oils. My philosophy in my gardening is to be organic and choose every plant I have in my garden for its wildlife friendliness so I wanted to chose ingredients for my soap with the same care.
All my soaps are handmade using whats called 'cold process and lovingly created in small batches and cut by hand. They then have to cure for 4-6 weeks but once you've tried real soap I think you'll agree the sheer luxury is second to none.