How the story begins:
I decided to make my hobby of soap making into an all natural soap company last year in June as I’d accepted redundancy. Having made soap for fifteen years as a hobby for friends and family I could never spend enough time doing it. After looking at ways to reduce plastic bottles and processed products from my skincare regime I decided very quickly that I would manufacture my own soap, and then I’d know everything that went in it. It would be based on 100% natural ingredients.
Natural soap !
I love ‘natural’ in all things from food to any product. I’ve always been a lover of the natural world since I was a child. We do enough damage to the environment, without adding all the chemicals and substances from the skincare and beauty industries. By using the ancient process of cold process to make our soaps and the best natural ingredients our soaps are very special. The oils and butters are all plant based and my soaps are palm free. I realise there is sustainable palm oil however, people immediately think about ‘unsustainable palm oil production’ and the large-scale devastation of tropical forests; as well as widespread habitat loss of its native species.
I ruled any synthetic colours including oxides immediately; much preferring plants as colourants in the soap bars along with herbs, spices and natural clays. Our ingredients are sourced as locally as possible and all are cruelty free; even the water we use Deeside mineral water is from a ‘curative spring’. We are already using some of our plants for their colour and benefits but next year we will be growing many of the herbs and dye plants we use within the soaps ourselves and growing them organically. In the 32 years we’ve lived here we’ve never used any chemicals of any type on our land.
How to make natural scent:
The only way to make natural scent is to use pure essential oils. They can be made synthetically of course and any scent can be mimicked but pure essential oils have their own unique benefits which they bring to the finished soap bar. We use essential oils in our soaps by blending them and using their unique properties in a way that benefits your skin, and also creating lovely fragrances. There is nothing nicer than indulging yourself with luxurious soaps and fragrances.
Naturally Pure Botanicals is committed to protecting your skin and keeping the planet green at the same time. Our ethos is to have total control over our soaps by paying minute attention to every stage; from hand cutting, hand stamping and hand wrapping our soaps with labels we’ve created. This makes every bar unique and special with no two bars being the same. All paper is recycled and biodegradable and packaging is all environmentally friendly down the last detail of the glue we use.
Our all natural soap company promise:
All our soaps free from palm oil, parabens and sulphates. Seven out of the eight soap bars are suitable for vegans and they are all cruelty-free. All the soaps are handmade in Scotland. Our soap is of the highest quality and is produced in the most sustainable manner possible to respect the environment. We also donate 5% of our profits to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).