5 of the best Hampshire health and beauty businesses
PUBLISHED: 10:37 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:37 01 June 2015
From face and body creams to lip balms and shampoos, Hampshire's health and beauty businesses are a hive of activity - quite literally in some cases
If you peer into Simon and Caroline Cavill’s garden and see Simon whispering away to the bees, he is simply performing the ritual of ‘The Telling of the Bees’, where he passes on family news every time he visits. The rituals are clearly working, as the happy, busy bees in Simon’s colonies produce great quantities of honey and beeswax from bees kept around Newnham, Hook, Odiham and Fordingbridge.
In 2008 the Bee Good brand started with a lip balm and hand cream, hand blended by Caroline in her own kitchen! It is now an award winning skincare brand which started out in the Farm Shop at Leckford Farm, and is now being sold in Waitrose stores across the country.
Simon is also passionate about supporting other local businesses, including sourcing plant oils from other local farms.
“One of the first things we did as a business was join Hampshire Fare, who are tireless promoters of local producers across the county, and helped introduce Bee Good to a number of potential outlets and partners.
“The biscuits in our Bee Pampered gift packs come from the Little Bee Bakery in Romsey, and our chocolates come from New Forest Chocolates near Fordingbridge. Our PR team, Babushka Communications, are based on the Isle of Wight and we work with Starfish Design & Marketing in Portsmouth and Halo Design in Ringwood.”
Within months of launching, Bee Good won several awards from Shout magazine, Beauty Magazine and the Bizzie Baby website. Simon revealed that, “more recently we’ve been busy entering a range of beauty awards this year, and we’re keeping our fingers tightly crossed for more success! Watch this space...”
Find the couple’s products at www.beegood.co.uk as well as Waitrose. Prices start from £4.75.
Mums all over the world can appreciate how hard it is to find products to suit a youngster’s delicate skin and hair, and Joanna Jensen was no different – so she set about creating her own range, and Childs Farm was born with an ethos for using naturally derived ingredients and essential oils.
We featured Childs Farm in our ‘Made in Hampshire Feature three years ago, and since then the brand has gone from strength to strength. Now Childs Farm is an award winning brand which is “very exciting” says Joanna! “To win a national award for the products is quite over-whelming when you think of some of the heritage and international brands that we are up against. Our hair and body wash has just won a very big Gold Award, and whilst I am extremely proud it has won, part of me also wants to say ‘Quite right! - it deserved to win!’ because it really is a fantastic product which I use every day in the shower - I love it so much!”
There are some exciting times ahead for Joanna and the Childs Farm brand, so what’s in store?
“To keep on doing what we are doing and to keep having fun whilst doing it! “We have a few new lines coming out in the summer, and then early 2016 our sun care range will launch.
“2015 is a year of extraordinary growth for us, as we move into many more national retailers.”
Prices start from just £1 and can be bought online at www.childsfarm.com or from retailers around the county including Waitrose and Boots.
Jocelyn Mayo was fed up when shop bought moisturisers caused her no end of misery with skin rashes and irritation. As a little girl she’d had a lot of fun making creams from a recipe book given to her by her mother, so she decided to create a cream of her very own, leaving out the harsh ingredients that had caused her so much trouble. Jocelyn has been blending and creating for 18 months now, from her base near Alton.
“I tracked down the guilty ingredient to a commonly used preservative and decided to make my own cream using natural ingredients and a gentle preservative. I loved the process of researching ingredients and experimenting with recipes.
“At Hampshire Botanics we use plant-derived ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Plant oils and butters are rich in vitamins and fatty acids which are gentle and skin-friendly. All products are scented using only essential oils with no added synthetic fragrance. I wanted to make products that are genuinely nourishing, with generous amounts of the active ingredients and a pleasure to use.”
Jocelyn moved to Hampshire 10 years ago and it’s clear that our beautiful county has been an inspiration.
“I live in a beautiful village with my family and take so much pleasure from my surroundings. I am so lucky to live in Hampshire with its pure chalk streams, coastline, natural hedgerows and rich botany. It is a beautiful, varied and inspiring county to live in. I love the idea of creating a product which is made in Hampshire and reflects my surroundings.”
The future for Hampshire Botanics includes extending the number of retails outlets and possibly selling online.
“Products are hand made in small batches, so the challenge is to grow the business without compromising the quality or individuality”, says Jocelyn, “I am currently working on a face cream to nourish and restore skin. My aim is to create a cream that is packed full of good ingredients and is a real superfood for skin.” Currently, Jocelyn’s products are available by request via her website: www.hampshirebotanics.co.uk.
It’s not uncommon for skin conditions to develop during stressful times, and for Sally Curson it was a Rosacea flare up caused by the stress of her abusive marriage and subsequent break up. Sally was treating clients from a room at Long Barn in Alresford when things changed for the better.
“Life was very tricky and the essential oils, candles, fresh flowers, calming music and soothing treatments were a form of therapy for me. It was a brilliant focus and of course if I hadn’t been messing around with potions, then I would never have had my Face Matters eureka moment.”
Five key products were developed and tested on Hampshire ladies, and since then, the brand has become a nationwide success with stockists including Fenwick Bond Street - and it sounds like 2015 is only going to get better!
“We got off to a good start in January – dipping a toe into the Dubai/UAE market. In April we launch on the Azura cruise ship with Hardings Retail, and we have just gone into print with a Virgin Atlantic pre-order. Condor Ferries gave us our very first listing and I am looking forward to spending more time with them as well this year.”
As a result of her relationship breakdown, Sally now works closely with Women’s charity Refuge, with a percentage of profits being donated, and the plan is to build a successful brand with Face Matters to support more women who are ready to reconnect with society.
Travel is now a big part of Sally’s life, but she’s always happy to return to Hampshire.
“It’s always a huge relief to escape all the hustle and bustle and get back to the peace and tranquillity of the countryside!” Products start from £36 and can be bought via Sally’s website: www.facematters-skincare.com.
The Lavender Fields
Lavender is renowned for its heady fragrance and relaxing properties, so imagine spending all day surrounded by it like Tim and Anne Butler do every day!
Eight years ago, The Butlers took an existing business called English Hampshire Lavender and turned it into The Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm in Alton, which has flourished both in flowers and in business, set against the ancient trees of the Selborne Hanger.
Based on high quality essential lavender and rosemary oils, Tim and Anne developed a range of light, delicately perfumed hand, body and home fragrance products which sell from the internet shop, and at farmers markets. So what is it that makes Hampshire such a great place to run a business?
“We love the position of Hampshire”, says Anne, “It is a great place to market your produce as you are close to larger towns and cities, which makes us easy for people to visit.”
With the warmer weather upon us, what can we expect from The Lavender Fields over the next few months?
“We have lots of plans for our summer season and open days. We are just getting ready to sow our wild flower display and we are nearly fully booked for our tours in the summer already.” Products start from as little as £2 and are available online at www.thelavenderfields.co.uk.
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