The Apothecary Room is a natural beauty business based in Hinwick, Northamptonshire. Managing Director Christine Hawkins hand-makes products from natural plant oils and essential oils in her converted barn.
Christine told All Things Business how it all started: “I became increasingly conscious of what I was putting in my body from the food I was eating, then I started thinking about the prod- ucts I was putting on my skin. I discovered the huge, untapped bene ts of herbs and essential oils – both in terms of mental well-being and skincare. But I couldn’t find the natural products I was looking for so I decided to train in aromatherapy. As I developed products for my family and friends, I found that conditions from acne to psoriasis could be treated with natural products containing essential oils with great results and no nasty side effects. I also firmly believe that the mood-enhancing properties of essential oils help us to deal with the stresses of modern day living.”
Christine continues: “I was joined by two of my friends; Clare Butterfield, a marketing professional, and Kerrie Hill, a beauty therapist, and I gave up my job as a CEO of a software company to concentrate wholly on The Apothecary Room. We believe there is a better way of doing business that is profitable and caring and we aim to give back through profit contributions to women’s charities. We control the process from production to delivery and aim to employ people within the rural community.”
The Apothecary Room recently launched its Spa Collection, which is designed exclusively for beauty spas and combines a bespoke facial with tailored retail products for a unique holistic approach. The collection enables beauty therapists to provide a relaxing and uplifting experience with the results-driven outcome that their customers want.
The fragrance comes from a unique combination of essential oils to give a fresh, uplifting scent, and the oils nourish and help to regenerate the skin. Spa products include: facial oil, cleanser and tonic, eye serum, and massage oil plus a scented candle in the same signature fragrance.
"I gave up my job as a CEO of a software company to concentrate wholly on The Apothecary Room. We believe there is a better way of doing business that is profitable and caring and we aim to give back through profit contributions to women’s charities.”
The spa collection complements The Apothecary Room’s existing range of 100% natural skin care and home products. They are all free from parabens, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), petrochemicals, additives and preservatives. Carrier oils and essential oils are sourced from reputable and ethical suppliers, predominantly in the UK and all packaging materials are recyclable.
The Apothecary Room sells direct to independent retailers and beauty spas including The Beauty Box at Bannatyne Wellingborough. In addition, Christine is happy to use her expertise to design bespoke products to be sold on a white-label basis.
For more information and samples call Christine Hawkins on 07771 778682 or visit: