Back in the summer, at the Pagan Federation London conference, I got chatting to the lovely herbalist Jacqui who makes gorgeous soaps and other health and beauty products for Bewitched Botanicals.
The soaps were so lovely to look at – and smelled so amazing too – that I had to buy some for presents for friends. Each soap is swirled with colour, scented with natural oils and sprinkled with sparkles.
The ones I bought had the delightful names of Undine, Smaug and Nevermore. On the packaging of each is a little bit of text to inspire. Undine says:
Earthen love dancing with water, let me be your Undine. You've given me soul, as I danced for you in my aqua veils and diamond beads of water dappled with solar and lunar splendour ...I am Undine.Smaug says:
Oh Mighty Smaug! A soap shot through with gold. Just the thing a dragon covets. Scented with Dragonsblood, but not the real thing, because that would be wicked! How to tame your dragon?? Try this luxurious soap for starters!And Nevermore says:
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore. Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.' Musty old books, smoke and leather heart, a gothic black soap for gothic souls.Having bought three soaps to give as gifts, I then realised I wanted one for myself - and Jacqui very kindly gave me a bar of Capricorn to review on my blog. It is a pure, unfragranced goats milk soap - ideal for sensitive skin.
The soap is very nice, with a rich lather, seems to last a long while and does seem to have left my skin feeling much nicer than ordinary soap or handwash. The photo to the right only shows the packaging, as I took the soap out as soon as I got home and started using it.
You can find out more about Bewtiched Botanicals at the shop's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bewitched-Botanicals/248648908597047
This Saturday, 29 November, Jacqui is also running a workshop on Herbs for Winter Health with Cobwebs and Cauldrons at Romford Shopping Hall in the Market Place, Romford, Essex. The cost fpr the course is £50 and it runs from 10am-4pm. For more details about that and to book places visit http://www.cobwebsandcauldrons.co.uk/
In the weeks before Yule I am featuring small pagan businesses that produce suitable gifts for giving at the Winter Solstice. If you make or sell lovely things, email me a press release about your products and a photo to email@example.com. Send me the details of your website, contact email and where people can buy your stuff. I can't guarantee I'll be able to post on my blog everything I'm sent, but I'll try to do my best