Have you ever had a moment in your life where you think, oh gosh, THIS is what I am meant to be doing? I had that in 2015 and that is where my handmade beauty journey started.
Skincare for me is my saviour, I pour every single ounce of creativity and care into it. This is why it often takes six months or more to create a SEB product, it is made to perfection and provides results.
Why skincare? I suffered from depression for years, it started in 2009 and it was a very dark time and all I needed was a creative outlet. On a trip to India in 2015 I contracted a deadly strain of pneumonia, I was sick for almost two years, but in that time I had a dream about making soap, it was a sign from the Universe (yes I believe in the Universe providing signs).
I enrolled on a beauty course to learn about the skin and qualified with an NVQ in Beauty Therapy – my first step.
I researched on how to legally and safely make and sell handmade products. All SEB products are Cosmetic Safety Assessed by a qualified Chemist and have their own legal documentation in place. I am a proud member of the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers which you can only become a member of if you evidence your Cosmetic Safety Certificates.
I experimented, I read books, my mum was my chief tester and my first collection of soaps was developed! Yes it all started with my SEB Cleansing Bars! The SEB Bamboo & Sweet Orange Cleansing Scrub bar to this day remains a best seller!
Why the SEB Brand? The SEB brand is named after my beloved Labrador Sebastien, I truly believe that the minute Sebastien came into my life it changed for the better (another sign from the Universe!)
Why handmade using natural ingredients? I suffer from a Thyroid condition and I was very lucky to dodge Thyroid cancer (it was caught early and removed) and Stage IV Endometriosis so naturally I pay very close attention to anything I am putting in or on my body. I use all my products on my body, my ultimate favourite is definitely the SEB Apothecary Healing Balm – I use it on my face, on my acne breakouts, on my dry back, after I shave my legs and mosquito bites (in the Summer)!
All SEB formulas are as pure as they can be, not all chemicals are bad, for example preservatives, but even the preservative I use in any water based products are naturally derived and/or are organic.
I am a keen gardener and have a special interest in Tropical Botany and I have grown from seed Avocado, Pomegranate, Lychee, Chilli, Passion Fruit plants.
I also love cooking and I intend to share my recipes on this blog.
As I am a qualified beautician I will also be sharing tips and any make your own at home products when you need something in a hurry.
I hope to see you all soon,