Our Story – Who am I?
My name is Christine. I am the face behind Bathe Botanicals. Being a qualified Beauty Therapist and Hairdresser so I have seen first-hand the problems people have when trying to find suitable skincare and haircare. I trained in beauty and hair so I would be able to advise correctly on products as well as create formulations that I know will be effective.
My working background is in Waste Management, Recycling and sustainability. To this end, I always wanted to incorporate this into the business. So we are waste-free. Everything that either comes to us or is made by us is used. I ensure that my packaging is compostable/biodegradable/free from plastics etc so you don’t have to.
After being retired from my full-time job in 2018 due to disability, I struggled to find a reason to get up in the morning. Family life was great but there was no longer something for just myself. I was a single mum with two almost grown-up kids and I needed something to fill my life with. I had been looking into eco friendly and zero waste alternatives for my family already as my career had been in recycling. We had already made lots of changes but I wanted more.
When lockdown hit in 2020 suddenly we were all washing our hands many times during the day. Nasty chemicals in sanitisers and overly drying soaps left my hands chapped and sore. I wet through bottles of moisturiser as I searched for a natural solution. The goal was to find a product that was natural, with no nasties that could be used on all the family. This led me to cold process soap. I could use the finest butters and oils which were full of moisturising properties as well as add soothing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal or cleansing clays.
I started to test recipes. Cold process soap takes 4-6 weeks to cure so I made batch after batch hoping that I would find the perfect base recipe for my soap. It was not an overnight success but I kept going. I spent months testing and tweaking recipes to get my bars of soap perfect.
Bathe Botanicals was born.
So what do we sell?
I create natural bathing products in my purpose-built studio at my home in Country Armagh, Northern Ireland. I use only the finest butters and oils in my products as I believe that there should be no compromises when it comes to the products we use on our skin. However, I wanted these products to be sustainable with as little damage to the planet as possible.
Bathe Botanicals is basically what it says on the tin. It’s about creating a natural bathing experience by keeping things close to nature. But it’s also about luxury. I want you to have a wonderful spa-like experience when bathing as I know it can be hard to find time to visit the spa or even get 20 minutes to yourself in a busy household! This is why when you make a purchase from us you know you are getting quality and luxury at affordable prices.
All our products are produced in small batches to maintain quality and freshness. I guaranteed that we do not make more than 10 in any batch to ensure the highest quality.
All of our products have been tested and comply with the current EU Cosmetics Regulations. We are fully insured and a member of the Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers. Every cosmetic product must be assessed by a chemist to ensure it is safe. It also has to be recorded on both the European and UK Cosmetics Portal. In fact, the admin work surrounding starting a small soap business can be terrifying.
But our story doesn’t end here as we are still working behind the scenes on new products. If you have anything you would like to see in our store please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org