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remedies which included some information on soap making. I had no idea it was possible to make soap and was immediately keen to try it out. My first couple of batches were based on lard and tea tree oil, as these were inexpensive and readily available. I had also been suffering from severe eczema since the birth of my third daughter; my hands were cracked, sore and bleeding and I found I could use this soap on my hands without any irritation. Soon I was hooked! I have now been making soaps for 4 years. It seems longer, in fact I can’t imagine not making soap.

When did you first decide to start selling your soaps?

Once I had mastered the technique, I tried out a number of different oil combinations to see how they

affected the resulting product and started experimenting with colours and scents. It wasn’t long before my house had been taken over by soap and soaping materials. Every surface had a tray of soaps! Once I felt I could produce a range of soaps to a consistent standard I decided to apply for certification so that I could start selling them.

What part of the soap making process do you enjoy the most and why?

Colouring the soap and working out new designs! I love colouring emulsified soap batter and then swirling different colours together. Closely following by cutting! It is so satisfying to cut into a fresh soap log and see how the texture, colour and design looks inside.

What inspires you and keeps you motivated?

I love the process of making soap, I don’t think I could stop!

Being a business woman how do you maintain balance in your life between work and play?

At the moment, I make soap as a side line, I love making it and don’t see it as work at all. I am also a mother and a chartered accountant with a busy job! I do my best to balance the three and hope that I may be able to spend more time doing what I like best some day.

Has handmade always been a lifestyle choice for you or are you a recent convert?

I have been making things for as long as I can remember, I think I learnt to knit before I went to school!

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