So I’m Sharon and I created Buddha & Bubbles after retiring as a beauty and holistic therapist due to ill health.
During the COVID Pandemic in 2020 when I couldn’t work, I was desperate to find something to do. I already had bath bombs assessed and had looked at cold process soaping videos but they always looked really complicated and I was a bit nervous about working with lye.
I finally decided to make one batch after watching lots of videos and doing lots of research. After all, I am a Taurean and that is what we do. I bought all my ingredients, donned gloves and goggles and got to work. The rest is history as they say.
I became totally addicted, I had a few epic fails but they always taught me something. I started researching the different oils and made lots of test batches that I gifted to my very patient friends and family. I asked for honest feedback, tweaked recipes accordingly and finally found a base recipe that I loved, and the feedback has been amazing.
Being an eczema sufferer myself and my son having suffered from chronic eczema I was fully aware of the products containing liquid paraffin, white paraffin, lanolin to name but a few that were regularly prescribed for eczema. I realised that they did in fact make my eczema worse as when I got hot they would all rise to the surface and I would start the itch scratch cycle.
So my research began I spent hours and hours researching different carrier oils (which are predominantly used in cold process soap), tried to learn about the fatty acid profiles and how and why different oils had different effects on the skin. I now felt I had the tools to avoid the nasties that are often found in commercial soaps such as artificial foamers, chemicals etc and could make a super nourishing long lasting bar of soap with natural ingredients. All my soaps are palm free and I only use unrefined, cold pressed, raw and virgin oils and butters to ensure the best quality soap. They are also eco friendly using only paper packaging and of course they are all vegan
I have recently introduced Himalayan Sea Salt Soap Bars which are super good for your skin. The sea salt is ground down so it is fine so there are no scratchy bits. It gives a great exfoliation and Himalayan sea salt is great for helping draw out toxins from your body. There is no dryness after using and the bars have a beautiful rich lather. They are hard and large bars so will last a long time.
So now I had the task of collating all the information needed...and trust me there is lots and sending it off to a chemist to get my products assessed so they are UK compliant and certified safe. This was the hard part, attaching all the MSDS sheets for every ingredient you use is no mean feat. It took hours of dedication but has been totally worth it.
I am a also a member of The Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers which means they have seen my assessments
I subsequently built my following on Instagram which is where you can watch me soap. Just search for @buddhaandbubbles_
Feel free to browse my site and message me with any questions at "email@example.com"
Watch me Soap....
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Handmade Rose Geranium Cold Process Soap
This is beautiful handmade cold process soap scented with Rose Geranium essential
oil which can help reduce anxiety and stress by regulating the sympathetic nervous system and help reduce diastolic blood pressure. Rose Geranium oil has chemical constituents that are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and hormone balancing. It is shown to be particularly beneficial for women.
Just used one of the first bars of soap today. It's lush, I'm not one for using soap but we had an olive oil bar that we got from Turkey which I was impressed with but yours is even better, no dry feeling of skin after use, and no need for moisturiser. Smells gorgeous too.
Received my soaps the other day. I just love the smell of Patchouli, one of my favourite smells. I only opened and used the soap for the first time today, I keep washing my hands now so I get the beautiful smell. They are really presented well and the communication was brilliant from Buddha & Bubbles. I hope you do well with your business, you deserve to. Good luck
Absolutely gorgeous handmade soap. Using my Rose & Patchouli with real rose petals. Looks beautiful, smells beautiful, leaves skin soft and moisturised. I absolutely love everything about them. The natural ingredients, the wonderful colours, the lovely smells and the packaging - what a beautiful creation. Well done
omg the soaps are just amazing, I'm so excited I can't wait to get them unwrapped and use them. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for my gorgeous soap. They all smell divine but my favourite is the freesia. I will most definitely be ordered more
I will be attending lots of events this year now that we are out of lockdown and outside events can go ahead.
If you would like meet me in person and come and have a chat and get to know my products then please pop down and say "hello". I won't have my complete range with me but I will have a selection of "bestsellers" as well as a card machine, gloves so you can pick up soaps and smell, and sanitiser for your convenience.
If you know of any events that you think would be a good fit for Buddha & Bubbles Soap Co then please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I don't just stay in Essex, I do travel and love meeting new people.
If you would like to order from me before an event and pick it up, then please let me know and I will bring it with me.
Here's a pick of my recent set up which is changing as the brand grows and new products are assessed.
Thank you to everyone that I have got to know over the past year, that have placed orders online or have come to see me and introduced yourselves at events. Your continued support and feedback humbles me greatly as I couldn't do this wonderful job without your support.