In the run-up to the Consortium’s Etsy Made Local Christmas market on 05 and 06 December at aspex, Gunwharf Quays, some of those who’ll sell at this will share a little about themselves and their businesses here on the Consortium’s website. In this post, find out a little about Southsea Bathing Hut and their artisan bathing products.
In 2014, Portsmouth resident Samantha Worsey, a longtime soap-making enthusiast, came across an article on The News‘ website about the city’s soap-making past as she was researching new recipe ideas as gifts for friends and family. She was amazed and delighted to discover that, up until the 1930s, Portsmouth was something of a ‘soap city’, with two major manufacturers and a multitude of smaller makers. The industry was tied into naval activity, born by the need to keep uniforms pristine.
In 2015, Samantha left her career in arts management to begin the process of reviving Portsmouth’s reputation for quality soap. Her mission: To provide soap bars which offer a luxurious, handmade alternative, full of ingredients that are much kinder to skin, and at an affordable price.
Southsea Bathing Hut began trading in April 2015 and, in its first six months, developed and marketed a diverse and original range of locally handmade, branded products, each one lovingly made by hand to original recipes and using traditional methods, and free of parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, artificial colours, artificial preservatives and palm oil. Southsea Bathing Hut uses only the highest quality, ethically sourced, natural ingredients with the best benefits for skin. All products are vegan and not tested on animals.
The Southsea Bathing Hut brand ties into a growing wave of proudly home-grown Portsmouth businesses. Samantha is ambitious to see soap made in the city make waves around the world once more – and it appears as though she’s on course to do just that. Southsea Bathing Hut has secured a growing number of local independent stockists and nationwide online custom. The brand is raising Portsmouth’s profile, with national press coverage (including Coast Magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Telegraph and The Guardian) and selection for Small Business Saturday UK’s Top 100 2015.
Visit Southsea Bathing Hut’s website to find out more: http://www.southseabathinghut.co.uk/
Southsea Bathing Hut will sell at Etsy Made Local on Saturday 05 December 2015.
The content for this post was provided by Southsea Bathing Hut and edited by The Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium.