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By Sarah Harper, May 26 2016 10:47AM
On days like this with the glorious sunshine streaming through the window all I can think about is gardening. Planting our new herb garden which will allow us to put home grown ingredients into our soaps. Starting with our lovely healthy crop of nettles and comfrey for the new Hedgerow Herbal soap coming very soon.
Handmade soap always seems so much nicer with home grown ingredients that I know have not been sprayed with anything.
Our hedgerow soap is choc full of dried Nettle, Comfrey and Lavender and no essential oils which makes the soap mild and gentle for those that don't like highly fragranced soap.
By Sarah Harper, Dec 1 2015 03:06PM
If it is one thing we seem to have a lot of this time of year it is Oranges, we have a seasonal veg & fruit delivery and Oranges are in season now so we are juicing, making chocolate Orange cakes and my favourite Orange Jelly!
What to do with the orange halves you have left? Well one option is to pop them in a large jar of vinegar to make orange vinegar for cleaning or any number of other projects that you might find in my Soap Book
If you are looking for a quick festive project that uses up those juiced orange halves then look no further than our simple candle tutorial.
Step 1. Take your jucice orange half and flatten any of the contents against the sides and make a flat bottom. Dry for a few days or longer if you can.
Step 2. Using a glue gun fix a wick to the bottom of the candle, we have used an LX22 wick from my favourite supplier The Soap Kitchen here in Devon,
Step 3. Fill the Orange to about a cm from the top with some Olive Oil from the kitchen.
Step 4. Trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the Olive Oil and light, this simple candle will burn happily away for 5/6 hours giving you a subtle warm orange scent. You can replace the wick and olive oil and start all over again! Once you have finished with the orange you can compost!
Of course the alternative is to buy one of our gorgeously scented Christmas candles and put your feet up!
We look forward to posting some more festive fragrance ideas over the coming weeks
By Sarah Harper, Nov 6 2015 04:56PM
The Clovelly Soap Company was my dream for the last 10 years and I have slowly worked towards being where we are now. I managed on my own making small batches of soap for years and selling at craft fairs and a few local shops in London.
Once we had moved to Clovelly the decision to really grow the business had to be a joint one with my husband Casie who was integral to the explansion plan. He took over making the soap about 3 years ago when the pans just became too heavy for me and I wanted to concentrate on our brand, working on sales and designing ranges.
Now we work together to run our lovely little shop in the pictureque & unique tourist village of Clovelly where we live, send out orders to our lovely stockists and design ranges, products and packaging for one off promotional soaps, corporate gifts, wedding favours and guest soaps. It is a juggle with family life but we wouldn't have it any other way. Making Soap and Candles looking out of our studio window is bliss and being able to sneak off to surf or garden or just hang out with the kids make this the best job in the world.