Diary of a Maker- Tara @ Dartmoor Skincare Co

A typical day for The Dartmoor Skincare Company starts with the school run! I then meet with mum in her Dartmoor Kitchen where we discuss the products, what we need to make and any orders that need to be placed. Dad is often around and being a business mentor for the Princes Trust, I’ll more […]

The Difference Between Artisan Shave Soap and Artisan Hand Soap

The Difference Between Artisan Shave Soap and Artisan Hand Soap No two soaps are created equal and one size does not fit all. A soap that performs well at removing engine oil grease from a working man’s hands would  be unlikely to be the soap of choice for your pre-date shower. Still, many men continue […]

Product Development- with Dartmoor Skincare Co

Our next instalment with The Dartmoor Skincare Company is here. This week Tara Leader, founder of the company, gives us an insight into how her new products get from the kitchen and onto the shelves, we hope you find this useful. Product development After perfecting our recipes, as with all cosmetic products to be sold […]

Introducing…Dartmoor Skincare

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. […]

Coconut Oil- the science, benefits & uses

Stephensons, one of our biggest suppliers, recently wrote an interesting article about Coconut Oil, which we are sharing with you now. So, over to you Stephensons… WHAT EXACTLY IS COCONUT OIL Naturally occurring in coconuts, coconut oil is white and solid in form at room temperature. With a melting temperature of 25°C, the oil then […]

How to Know If a Skincare Product is Natural

Understanding the word ‘natural’ is one of the hardest tasks of all in the skincare & green beauty business. Online Organic Cosmetic Science School Formula Botanica offers some practical advice on how to research ingredients and decide what natural means to you.     With global organic beauty market trends showing the green beauty sector […]

Natural Sunscreens

The current heatwave may have brought many of us to the beaches and the great outdoors but for those who are wary of excessive sun exposure and the risks to skin health, a good quality skincare product containing sunscreen is a must. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that “up to 90% […]

Formula Botanica’s Timi Racz shares her 5 most frequently used ingredients.

        As an organic and natural cosmetic formulator and the Education Manager at Formula Botanica, people are always asking me what my favourite ingredients are to work with. Today’s market is flooded with colourful oils, nourishing butters, wonderfully potent and aromatic extracts and essential oils. The list is endless and is growing day […]

Interview with a maker – Raynah Thomas – April Maker of the month winner!

Interview with a Maker Raynah Thomas – April Maker of the month winner Introduce yourself… I’m Raynah, a hobby soap melter from Birmingham. I’m also a teacher, cat lover, folk music fan, chicken keeper and sight hound owner. How long have you been making? I started making last year in October. A friend posted some […]

The Power of Activated Charcoal!

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL In recent years, Activated charcoal has exploded into the health & beauty industry as a natural detoxifier, this extremely effective ingredient is now being used in a wide range of personal care products. The primary use for activated charcoal in the health and beauty industry started off with tooth whitening, with the help […]