Here at the Soap Kitchen we’re always looking to support local, like minded companies, we have been in contact with Dartmoor Skincare, who have recently launched some new products inspired by a visit to our Cold Process workshop here at the Soap Kitchen, but before we look at those, let’s hear a bit about them. Here is Tara Leader founder of Dartmoor Skincare:
I had always been drawn to natural therapies and to a holistic approach to well-being and have worked as a therapist on Dartmoor since 2003, initially in Reflexology and later also as a Beauty Therapist. I set up my own business, Tara’s Treatments, in 2014. It has been a whirlwind ever since. Within two years I was fully booked and I have been unable to accommodate new clients since the summer of 2016.
I come from an entrepreneurial family, so the idea of developing my business further seemed like a logical step and in the autumn of 2016 the idea for what has become The Dartmoor Skincare Company was born.
I was brought up in the village of Yelverton on Dartmoor which is where my treatment room is and where I make the products, bottle and label them with the help of my mum. The wild, natural beauty of Dartmoor has always had a very special place in my heart.
The products were developed with the help of extensive testing and feedback from clients, family and friends. Indeed, three generations of my family have tried and loved my products.
There are five products in The Dartmoor Skin Company’s launch range: a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. There is also a hand and body cream. I am looking forward to developing the range further and am currently experimenting with blends to create an organic facial oil. I would also love to create shampoos and shower gels that are effective yet kind to the skin.
Tara’s Three-Step Skincare Routine
People often ask me the secret to good skin. It starts with regular maintenance by which I mean you should cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day – first thing in the morning and before going to bed. Once you get into a routine it becomes second nature. Just make sure to have all your products in one place for convenience and remember to stock up on cotton pads for easy removal.
I am very aware of skin sensitivity as both my children suffered from eczema when they were little. I started researching the ingredients in baby care products and discovered that if I avoided sulphates, their flare-ups would disappear. This is how my passion for skincare originally began, and why my products will never contain sulphates, parabens, synthetic colours or fragrances. They are also suitable for vegans and are never tested on animals.
The Soap Kitchen Workshop
With an interest in developing our range further, in 2017 we attended The Soap Kitchens cold process soap making course. The course, run by Jo, was fantastic and ultimately inspired our next range of products. It would be a further 10 months before we launched our soap products and in that time we developed and perfected recipes.
It was important for us to maintain our natural, vegan and cruelty free ethos with the new products, so it wasn’t until we had ticked all these boxes that we were happy to launch the range. Having by now made connections at The Soap Kitchen and keen to support local, we source our soap making ingredients direct from them in Bideford, Devon. The ingredients are top quality and always arrive quickly. It is nice to have met the team at The Soap Kitchen so we know and trust where are ingredients are coming from.
More great content coming soon from Tara, we’ll be looking at their product development process and how they created their new range, and Tara will be giving us some helpful information about organic & natural skincare…watch this space!