Handmade Artisan Product
the Right Handmade Products
There has been a growing trend over the last few years to
purchase handmade skincare products. Whilst I am a firm believer in choosing
handmade products over factory-made, you still need to be sure what you are
buying is safe.
At Simply Skin safety has always been my top priority. What
this means is that it simply is not possible to always use 100% natural
ingredients in my products. When water (aqua) is listed on an ingredients
label, that product must also contain some kind of reliable preservative
formulation in order to ensure the product remains safe to use for a period of
time lasting up to12 months. So when new customers ask me “Are you 100%
natural?” I respond honestly and say “I am as 100% natural as it is safe to
When you consider that a preservative is used at less than 1%
in a product, it can feel like the whole debate of preservatives versus 100%
natural has gone dangerously out of control.
I have to be perfectly
honest – I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about Safety Assessments. They are
a legal requirement in the EU and the corresponding safety guidelines in Europe
are really strict. In my eyes that is a very good thing.
However, by simply wandering around market stalls in the past
and looking at product labels, with my knowledge and experience, I can usually
quickly and easily tell if a brand’s products are covered by a valid Safety
Assessment. And, sadly, there are quite a few artisans out there who choose not
to invest in a Safety Assessment. So, if in doubt, ask the seller. If they look
blankly at you, you know the answer. I sincerely hope that they will not answer
Products that are covered by Safety Assessments are safe to
use on your skin. It doesn’t mean to say that they are 100% natural but they
should be 100% safe.
A Safety Assessment sets out safe guidelines to the Artisan.
Guidelines such as the maximum amount of certain ingredients that may be
allowed in a product. So an Artisan who carries Safety Assessments covering all
their products is an Artisan who truly cares about you and the health of your
Products Come From the Heart
You simply cannot deny that the amount of love that an artisan
puts into creating their product. And usually you will find that the artisan
decided to set forth on their entrepreneurial journey for very personal
reasons, such as having sensitive skin.
My personal story is that I was forced to leave the
high-pressured corporate finance world for health reasons. And I found that I
would struggle to hold down any type of employment, no matter the degree of
stress or lack thereof. The best place for me to be was home but I’m not one to
sit idle so I started investing in courses from life coaching, aromatherapy,
stress management, relaxation therapy… you name it I tried it. The primary
thought behind each course was “I want to help others”.
Finally I came upon (I don’t know how) a bath bomb making set
and I thought I’d give it a go. That bath bomb set spiked my interest so I
started to delve deeper into the world of personal care and started attending a
number of courses. I can remember, as if it was yesterday, joining a body
butter making course and that was the turning point…. I was hooked! Making body
butter feels very much like baking and I’ve always turned to baking for therapy
and relaxation. I was on a roll, attending course after course after course,
feeding my new-found desire to learn about skincare ingredients and how to make
luxurious products that I could feel proud of.
I now create products I am genuinely proud of (and enjoy using
myself). Simply Skin has grown from being a fledgling that was a bit rough
around the edges to a sophisticated and luxurious brand which celebrates your
femininity and sensuality…because, after all, we all deserve some pampering
Brands Positively Impact the Economy
Artisan brands tend to positively impact the economy by, for
example, supporting other small- to medium-sized suppliers who offer lower
minimum order quantities and with whom they can build a trusting relationship.
All my suppliers are European-based as I try to keep my global footprint to a
In addition to myself, at Simply Skin there are three other
ladies working feverishly in the background, two of whom are
fellow-entrepreneurs. Joanne, a dear school friend, looks after my UK orders,
Nikki, who has her own business, looks after my European orders, and Cathy,
also with her own business, runs the Simply Pampered Parties in The Netherlands
and researches new possibilities and markets for my products. Each lady works
as an independent for Simply Skin.
Whilst my desire is to create luxurious skincare that
celebrates your femininity and sensuality, I have another desire; to
financially support the breeds of animals that have been so cruelly hurt and
killed in animal testing – bunnies. From each product you buy I donate a
percentage of the sale to the volunteer rescue centre from which my husband and
I adopted one of our bunnies. The work the volunteers of that rescue centre do
should be celebrated. Not only do they freely give up their time, home and even
vacations to care for abandoned and rescued animals, they also ensure that
animals, such as bunnies, are neutered before re-homed to avoid a growing
problem. And they perform excellent background checks to ensure that the
rescued animal being re-homed in their forever loving home will enjoy just that
– life, health and happiness in a forever loving home.