1/ How did you get started?
I've always had an interest in natural cosmetics & chemistry. Even as a child I was always concocting lotions & potions. I have been making soaps for myself, family & friends for a very long time but only started selling at the Rocks Market after a chance comment by a friend who travelled frequently for his work. He thought that hotel guests in the area would really appreciate being able to buy high quality soap "instead of having to use that awful stuff you get in hotels". That was more than 20 years ago. As they say, the rest is history!
2/ Why are you passionate about your products?
In the commercial world much of the marketing of cosmetics is based upon hype and misrepresentation. I'm passionate about what I produce because I know that not only have i used the best possible ingredients but By incorporating knowledge gained over years of personal experience I’ve created recipes for beautifully simple yet highly effective skincare products. The ingredients that I use are sustainable ( I have never used Palm Oil in any of my products) and are, where possible, "fair trade" sensitively sourced. I'm no super-salesperson but because the soaps are of such good quality, they need very little in the way of persuasive selling techniques.
3/ What do you enjoy about trading at the Rocks Market?
I very much enjoy the atmosphere created by other artisan stallholders & the strong sense of community within the Rocks area. Also I enjoy the interaction with my customers. At The Rocks Market, not only do we have a diverse crowd of new visitors each week but over the years I have built up a long list of loyal “regulars” as well. I've seen several of these customers make the transition from single, to partnered, to married, to pregnant, to ultimately becoming the parent of a brood of children! Not all of my customers are women indeed many repeat customers are men. One wife recently confided to me "He works really hard during the week so he never used to want to go anywhere on the weekend, but since he has discovered your soap... he tells me that we've got to go in to The Rocks. If you start selling online, please don't tell him!". It's such a buzz to get the feedback that my products inspire.