The Soap Cabin


St Clement Danes School Food & Gift Fair

Today we did St Clement Danes School Christmas Fair in Chorleywood from 11-3. Despite feeling slightly worn out from getting everything ready over the last few weeks, I was still really looking forward to it! The fair was really well attended and we were very busy on our stall. We sold out of Lemongrass & Lime soaps by 2.30, which included getting some out of our gift sets that we hadn’t sold (I must make sure I make enough for next weekend). Our Kelp Spa bars were popular in the morning and the Soothing Skin Balm was another favourite. Customers were also pleased to know that we are local and that we make everything ourselves!

The fair finished at 3pm and we were packed up and ready to go by 3.20pm!
Got home and realised I hadn’t finished my breakfast…


I love Autumn. At lunchtime yesterday I popped out for a walk to get away from the office and enjoy the sunshine before Hurricane Gonzalo hits.  As I was walking along, crunching my way through the leaves, I noticed the temporary Newington library and sales office for the new Heygate Estate development at Elephant & Castle. The crate-style structures looked very familiar because they are a feature of the Shoreditch Boxpark on which the New Watford Market is based.

On Saturday I visited the market in its new location under the flyover that crosses over the upper high street after popping into Rebel Pebble by the pond to restock and tidy up our shelf. Unfortunately, I didn’t get going very early, so I only got there at about 3.30pm when quite a few stalls were closed, and realised that the grand opening isn’t happening until the end of October.

I really hope the people of Watford support it.

My verdict: I like it…I think.





Facial Routine

A friend asked me what my routine is for cleansing my face as she has switched over to the ‘oil cleanse method’, so I thought I might as well share it on here too!

  • Remove all make-up using a make-up remover
  • Use a regular face-wash or face soap & warm water to wash face
  • Soak cotton pad in witch hazel & sweep over skin to remove last traces of dirt
  • Pat skin dry
  • Follow with vitamin E moisturiser where required (or G. Baldwin’s ‘Oily’ Face oil as oil balances oil)
  • Drink a lot of water!


  • Every few days I use a mild face scrub as I have the ol’ oily T-Zone
  • Once a fortnight or so I do an oil cleanse using Neal’s Yard Beauty Balm and hot cloth …mmmm!
  • When I think of it, I do a mini facial of scrub, steam and face mask with cucumbers over the eyes zzzzzz

Oil is your best friend in terms of lifting & shifting dirt and for moisturising, as it is easily absorbed and doesn’t attempt to strip the natural oils from the skin, although the adverts would have you believe otherwise.

The Neal’s Yard balm I use is quite expensive (got the first one as a freebie sample and the current pot was a birthday gift!), so you could just use a regular natural oil such as olive oil to do the same job. A Castor oil/sunflower oil blend is supposed to be very good for this purpose too.

  • Massage into skin, focusing particularly on areas with spots.
  • Place cloth in steamy hot tap water and squeeze out water
  • Place cloth over face to let the pores open (I also like to use the opportunity to inhale the steam…ahhh).
  • Once the cloth has cooled, use it to gently wipe oil from face.
  • Rinse cloth and Repeat cloth application action a few times
  • If skin feels tight, use a little oil to moisturise

Beware… as with a face mask, this may initially bring spots to the surface the next day! Some people, like my friend use oil for their daily cleansing routine and has found she doesn’t get spots anymore, but this didn’t work for me because my skin is a little sensitive and I guess appreciates more variety. You have to see what works with your skin type.  Diet obviously plays a part, and whatever I eat also seems to show on my face immediately 🙁  so I try to eat a lot of fruit, veg (avocados are great for the skin), and being almost-but-not-quite-pescetarian, sustainably sourced omega-rich oily fish.

Holidays and such

Back from holiday and time to start making! I’ve been hugely inspired once again by the places I visited in Cornwall, including Newquay, Fowey, Padstow and Mevagissey. The week ended with an amazing outdoor performance of Charles Dickens ‘Great Expectations’ at the cliff side Minack Theatre. “What larks!” Well worth a visit!




So today I am getting started on making bath melts, which we haven’t done for a little while.


These will be available shortly at Rebel Pebble and Little Fox Market in October along with some skin oils and hopefully a body balm for eczema prone skins like mine! 🙂


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