Organic Handmade Artisan SoapBehind the gable door and timeworn step, hides an apothecary for the senses. Blocks of organic handmade soap, dotted with rosebuds and cinnamon sticks, nestle in wicker baskets. Earthenware bowls, filled with dried flowers, herbs and spices, brighten the table. And the air is scented with organic soap, gently hand-stirred to retain its natural goodness. Here, time takes a back seat – and one batch of soap takes a whole day to perfect.
After a long day in the office, designer Jacqui Sheard would unwind by making bars of crafted organic handmade soap. It was a passion that soon became a profession when she found a cosy little shop in Lacock and started Quintessentially English. Behind our products is an age-old philosophy: When you touch a flower you disturb a star. It’s an idea that goes right back to medieval times when herbalists combined the sciences of medicine and astronomy – and flowers, linked to the stars, were used for their healing properties. Like these early sages, we believe there’s a connection, between earth and air, fire and water – an energy that flows through everything: a quintessence.
WHAT WE MAKE
At Quintessentially English, we make organic handmade soap, natural beauty products, and luxurious toiletries – for your head, right down to the tips of your toes. You’ll find everything from sublime shampoos, perfumes and face creams, to ‘me time’ massage oils, fizzy bath bombs and Shea butter lip balms. Organic handmade soap and beauty products aside, there are all sorts of vintage treasures and home accessories to discover, like beeswax candles, silkscreened cushions and enamelware. All created by local artisans – and selected for their rustic beauty and good, old-fashioned quality.
Everything we make at Quintessentially English is as pure as nature intended, so it’s always kind to your hair and skin. You’ll never find ‘nasties’ like SLS, SLES and parabens in any of our products – just the finest sustainable organic oils, beeswax, herbal infusions and 100% essential oils. To create many of the earthy colours, we simply add natural vegetable extracts or clays. And, for that personal touch, we lovingly hand-finish each batch, wrap every block in paper, and tie with a length of twine.
WHERE TO BUY
You can buy our lovely handmade soaps online. But if you live nearby, or you’re visiting Lacock, you might like to pop to our apothecary to get a real taste of how they’re made and have one of our assistants help you whittle down your selection. You’ll also find our products in many shops up and down the country – just call us on 01249 730100 to track down your nearest stockist.
If you’d like to bring a slice of Quintessentially English into your shop or outlet, please visit our Trade enquiries page.