Chalke Valley Soaps has born in 1st lockdown 2020, as a response to the pandemic when help needed the most.
"When we experienced soap shortages during the pandemic, I knew that I could help those around me."
HEY, I'M HELGA
My beloved Grannie used to make her own soaps using natural lye and different animal fats. She told me that my great-grandmother even made her own lye out of hardwood ash! As a child, I remember her soaps were massive and smelt beautiful, she would use them for bathing, hand washing, and even the laundry. She planted the seed in my head and started a life long love of natural soaps!
My first attempt at cold process soap making was in 2010 with the help of my dad. We created cinnamon soap which turned out as a disaster…. they came out brown, sticky and just about hard enough to use. I didn’t like the texture, but I loved the smell. Not deterred I decided to keep with it but instead opted for the melt & pour process which was a safer method to use around my young family and made simple soaps for personal use and gifts.
I was working my dream job as a professional photographer for years when I had an almost fatal accident in September 2019 during our family holiday in Greece. I broke my leg and hip that kicked me off for some time. As soon as I recovered and was ready to work again, a virus came…
When we experienced soap shortages during the first few months of the pandemic, I knew that I could help those around me. With the support of my family, we started making melt & pour bars using soap bases I had left in the cupboard from previous projects. I then very quickly swapped to the “real” cold-process method as I wanted to create soap bars from scratch and have 100% control over the ingredients used. This was my opportunity to not only create a completely natural soap but to also ensure that all aspects of my products are kind on our environment by being zero-waste.
We have worked hard on mastering the cold process method and after a few fails, lots of practice, a large dose of patience, we believe we have created a unique luxurious formula that not only looks and smells amazing but is also kind to your skin and our planet.
During the pandemic we left small soap bars outside our house daily with a suggested small donation to help cover the costs, word soon got around and our little soap kitchen became very popular. Overwhelmed by local feedback and donations we were able to produce larger soap bars and we started to make contributions to our local NHS trust.
A lot has happened since March 2020 and now I’m working as a full-time “soaper” proudly using my photography skills too. We are so pleased to bring you our gorgeous range of soaps and other products. We want to continue to show our support and will donate £1 from every Variety Sample Box sold.
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Helga & Family