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Our Development

18 January 2019

It’s been 6 months now since we launched Scence Natural Skincare and what a journey! It started almost 4 years ago when I was looking for a change of career direction away from graphic design and fine art, so I re-trained in anatomy and physiology as part of a complementary therapies course. Working closely with clients providing massage therapies I needed to find a deodorant that would actually work and keep me fresh all day but that didn’t contain nasties like aluminium (more about this later). There didn’t seem to be anything out there that actually worked so I started experimenting with recipes from online natural skincare sites and forums – and so it began. My interest grew and many of my friends and family loved the products I was developing and encouraged me further. I was experimenting with making emulsion moisturisers, oil-free lotions, eye serums, bi-phase cleansers… but the deodorants were most in demand – plus I realised I needed to specialise. I decided to make balms. I love natural butters and oils for their super-moisturising properties so I felt I wanted to focus on these anhydrous formulas.

Alongside the experimenting I undertook courses in aromatherapy, herbal medicine and natural skincare – I love learning and will always be a student.

So things were gently moving forward but as a designer and being someone who has recycled packaging for years I was feeling frustrated about the single use plastic packaging that seemed to be everywhere on the natural skincare shelves. I started to employ my design experience and began working on paper based packaging designs and talking to packaging companies. This brings its own interesting challenges – oil vs paper and how to prevent leaching as balms inevitably melt in higher temperatures. I wanted the formulas to be stable enough to sit in the packaging at 40 degrees without leaching through. Oven testing, adjusting formulas, waiting. It all takes time and patience.

Next, I needed a laboratory to work from, I needed space to make the balms, an office and a packing/store room and this looked like it was going to be a tough one to find. After months of looking the opportunity of a 3 room suite in Waterside House came along. Available within the month and bang on budget – it is perfect. Right on the river and housing a lovely community of small businesses. We love it here.

Finding and fitting out the laboratory and offices happened in May, as well as ongoing designing and developing the packaging and formulas, ordering bulk ingredients and making the balms for stock. It has been a lot of hard work that is now paying off with behind the scenes support from Stig, the web and tech guy, and my new lab assistant and wingman, George.

Our first orders were delivered in July and have been really well received here in West Cornwall. We are gently moving forward and have several high street retail outlets (see Finding Scence) and growing interest from online retail outlets throughout the UK. We really appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to an exciting 2019 and our journey together.

The various stages of development! Note the nasty plastic and the transition to cardboard.

 

 

News

Our Development

18 January 2019

It’s been 6 months now since we launched Scence Natural Skincare and what a journey! It started almost 4 years ago when I was looking for a change of career direction away from graphic design and fine art, so I re-trained in anatomy and physiology as part of a complementary therapies course. Working closely with clients providing massage therapies I needed to find a deodorant that would actually work and keep me fresh all day but that didn’t contain nasties like aluminium (more about this later). There didn’t seem to be anything out there that actually worked so I started experimenting with recipes from online natural skincare sites and forums – and so it began. My interest grew and many of my friends and family loved the products I was developing and encouraged me further. I was experimenting with making emulsion moisturisers, oil-free lotions, eye serums, bi-phase cleansers… but the deodorants were most in demand – plus I realised I needed to specialise. I decided to make balms. I love natural butters and oils for their super-moisturising properties so I felt I wanted to focus on these anhydrous formulas.

Alongside the experimenting I undertook courses in aromatherapy, herbal medicine and natural skincare – I love learning and will always be a student.

So things were gently moving forward but as a designer and being someone who has recycled packaging for years I was feeling frustrated about the single use plastic packaging that seemed to be everywhere on the natural skincare shelves. I started to employ my design experience and began working on paper based packaging designs and talking to packaging companies. This brings its own interesting challenges – oil vs paper and how to prevent leaching as balms inevitably melt in higher temperatures. I wanted the formulas to be stable enough to sit in the packaging at 40 degrees without leaching through. Oven testing, adjusting formulas, waiting. It all takes time and patience.

Next, I needed a laboratory to work from, I needed space to make the balms, an office and a packing/store room and this looked like it was going to be a tough one to find. After months of looking the opportunity of a 3 room suite in Waterside House came along. Available within the month and bang on budget – it is perfect. Right on the river and housing a lovely community of small businesses. We love it here.

Finding and fitting out the laboratory and offices happened in May, as well as ongoing designing and developing the packaging and formulas, ordering bulk ingredients and making the balms for stock. It has been a lot of hard work that is now paying off with behind the scenes support from Stig, the web and tech guy, and my new lab assistant and wingman, George.

Our first orders were delivered in July and have been really well received here in West Cornwall. We are gently moving forward and have several high street retail outlets (see Finding Scence) and growing interest from online retail outlets throughout the UK. We really appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to an exciting 2019 and our journey together.

The various stages of development! Note the nasty plastic and the transition to cardboard.

 

 

News

Our Development

18 January 2019

It’s been 6 months now since we launched Scence Natural Skincare and what a journey! It started almost 4 years ago when I was looking for a change of career direction away from graphic design and fine art, so I re-trained in anatomy and physiology as part of a complementary therapies course. Working closely with clients providing massage therapies I needed to find a deodorant that would actually work and keep me fresh all day but that didn’t contain nasties like aluminium (more about this later). There didn’t seem to be anything out there that actually worked so I started experimenting with recipes from online natural skincare sites and forums – and so it began. My interest grew and many of my friends and family loved the products I was developing and encouraged me further. I was experimenting with making emulsion moisturisers, oil-free lotions, eye serums, bi-phase cleansers… but the deodorants were most in demand – plus I realised I needed to specialise. I decided to make balms. I love natural butters and oils for their super-moisturising properties so I felt I wanted to focus on these anhydrous formulas.

Alongside the experimenting I undertook courses in aromatherapy, herbal medicine and natural skincare – I love learning and will always be a student.

So things were gently moving forward but as a designer and being someone who has recycled packaging for years I was feeling frustrated about the single use plastic packaging that seemed to be everywhere on the natural skincare shelves. I started to employ my design experience and began working on paper based packaging designs and talking to packaging companies. This brings its own interesting challenges – oil vs paper and how to prevent leaching as balms inevitably melt in higher temperatures. I wanted the formulas to be stable enough to sit in the packaging at 40 degrees without leaching through. Oven testing, adjusting formulas, waiting. It all takes time and patience.

Next, I needed a laboratory to work from, I needed space to make the balms, an office and a packing/store room and this looked like it was going to be a tough one to find. After months of looking the opportunity of a 3 room suite in Waterside House came along. Available within the month and bang on budget – it is perfect. Right on the river and housing a lovely community of small businesses. We love it here.

Finding and fitting out the laboratory and offices happened in May, as well as ongoing designing and developing the packaging and formulas, ordering bulk ingredients and making the balms for stock. It has been a lot of hard work that is now paying off with behind the scenes support from Stig, the web and tech guy, and my new lab assistant and wingman, George.

Our first orders were delivered in July and have been really well received here in West Cornwall. We are gently moving forward and have several high street retail outlets (see Finding Scence) and growing interest from online retail outlets throughout the UK. We really appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to an exciting 2019 and our journey together.

The various stages of development! Note the nasty plastic and the transition to cardboard.