There are a wealth of products out there for removing make-up, including the now popular micellar water, which claims to attract the make-up particles to itself, thus removing all traces with one swipe. Not so fast…I’ve tried this product, as well as other oil-based removers, and always find I have something left behind, or that I’ve been tugging at my eyes more than I’d like. Even if you have one that works, I’ll bet it’s a synthetic product.
I’m trying to avoid synthetic skin products if I can help it (hence, The Soap Cabin!) and I basically quit the make-up removers in favour of plain old simple plant-based oil. (Synthetics tend to strip the skin of it’s protective oils, clog pores and/or generally irritate). My oil of choice is sweet almond oil (citrus dulcis):
Sweet Almond oil (or another plant-based oil such as grapeseed)
We have a NEW product in The Soap Cabin shop – Sisal Soap Bags! Many of us use a bath scrunchie to lather up in the shower, but it only occurred to me recently after speaking with a customer that most of the scrunchies in the shops are made of plastic. In view of this, we sourced some natural ramie cotton soap bags, which are a fantastic alternative. You just pop a bar of soap in the bag, draw the string, wet it and watch it lather up as you use it like a wash mit or scrunchie. Amazing, and environmentally friendly!
I know Summer has only just begun, but last weekend we took part in our 4th market of the busy summer festival season. We were at the amazing Croxley Revels in Watford, which saw thousands of people descend on the Green for an afternoon of fun, food, performances, and a fantastic array of stalls (including ours!). The weather was stunning and it was great that were able to continue to showcase our new Island Balm, which is proving very popular. We have also been having lots of conversations about being environmentally friendly and the fact that we have pretty much eliminated single-use plastics from our products. It hasn’t been easy when it comes to packaging glycerine soaps that attract moisture, but it’s definitely worth it!
Another busy event for us was Denham Village Fayre on the late May Bank Holiday Monday. Lots of people there from far and wide to enjoy the quaint South Buckinghamshire village (think Midsomer Murders) and all the amazing stalls lining the thoroughfare. It was our second year there, and it was even better than before.
New to our list this year is the Red Kite Craft Market, which runs alongside the Farmers’ Market in Little Chalfont, South Bucks on the 2nd Saturday of the Month. We are hoping to make this our ‘regular’ market, so that we have some continuity and the locals can get to know us. It has been a little quiet so far (May & June), not helped by terrible weather, but we hope it will pick up again (come along!). Because of holidays and other commitments, we won’t be there again until October (possibly September, but we’ll keep you posted).
Well now that that is done, we’re on to booking our Christmas markets, would you believe?!
This will be our first time at the Red Kite Craft Market, which is held in association with Little Chalfont’s monthly farmer’s market. That’s right – handmade crafts and local farm produce! We are hoping we can make this our regular market…
Denham Village Fayre
We had a stall here last May and it was HEAVING with visitors. Great atmosphere and a lovely quaint village setting! You can come by bus (331) or bring your car – but you won’t be able to park in the village itself.