Apologies for going all quiet on you. It’s been a while since the last instalment of Essential Care’s story. Events have conspired against me, but mostly it’s been full on with a BIG SECRET project that we’re revealing in a few weeks…
Anyway, back to where we were and I wanted to tell you about the people involved in making our organic skin care so lovely. Essential Care would not be Essential Care without the wonderful people who comprise our team and some lovely individuals who have been involved along the way.
For several years into Essential Care’s life, Margaret single-handedly made and labelled all our skin care. Then with a stream of requests to create more formulations (as well as the fact that she was already well past retirement age!) in 2006 we began searching for someone to replace her as the main product maker, allowing her time to return to her beloved research and development (R&D). Enter Charlotte and Juliette, who have now been with ever since and are quite frankly the wonderful ladies who make Essential Care.
You might think making natural skin care is this delightful romantic activity, creating holistic blends of beautiful, fragrant plant extracts. In many ways it is; we use the best ingredients in the world that smell heavenly and there’s a lot of love that go into each jar and bottle. But making skin care day in day out is not an easy job; it’s physical at times like when we have large deliveries of oils and floral waters. And keeping a commercial production space up to standards isn’t the most glamorous of activities.
Every day we make a different skin care product. The mixing and blending of herbs, oils and extracts starts early in the morning. Then every bottle, jar or tube is hand-filled, weighed and sealed by Charlotte. (Not to mention the lipsticks which are a labour of love!) Juliette then carefully labels and boxes each and every single item. Juliette is also the person who makes our soap; we have a zoned area of the workshop called the ‘soap kitchen’. Once assembled, and products have passed quality control, Juliette and Charlotte then ferry everything into our temperature-controlled storage room where they wait to be shipped out to you.
Needless to say, for all this, to Charlotte and Juliette we are eternally grateful.
I should at this point also point out Margaret comes back and rolls up her sleeves when we get very busy! My next blog is a bit about working with her and about the rest of our team.