We love the range of lovely skincare products from Faith & Betty, they make out shop smell nice too!
Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work?
I’m Faith and I run my business called Faith & Betty. I make and sell natural skincare
products like skin salves and balms to luxury bath items like Bath Bombs, Salts and
Scrubs. All my products at the moment are made in my kitchen. I have to baton
down the hatches, having a huge clear away of normal kitchen things so it can
become my workspace for the day. The family always know when I’ve had a making
day as there are wonderful smells which radiate throughout the home!
What inspires you to make what you do?
I find connecting with nature inspiring, and discovering new ingredients always gets
me in the mood to do some experimenting. It makes me happy thinking that the
products I make are enjoyed on someone’s skin or in a nice relaxing bath. This spurs
me on to make new things.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been working on some new face balms which I’m really happy with. I’ve had
great feedback from the one for normal to dry skin and I’m in the process of making
another for normal to oily skin. It's really important to me to source completely
natural, top quality ingredients for my products. I use essential oils for the smells
and health benefits and other plant based oils. The Shea and Cocoa butter I use
comes from women's co-ops in Africa and the beeswax comes from my dad’s friend
who keeps bee’s in Shropshire.
How would you describe your creative process?
A lot of the things I make involve melting and mixing, experimenting with quantities
to find out what works and what doesn’t, and blending various essential oils
together to find a nice rounded aroma too. I think it’s a bit like cooking sometimes
with your nose! I also have to try the products out on friends and family for feedback
to check it's not just me who likes it but I guess I’m a good place to start!
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist or designer, who would it be?
If I could peak inside someone's workspace I’d be interested to maybe have a look in
Weleda’s. I think they’re a great company which grow many of their own plants with
the biodynamic method of gardening. It would be interesting to see how things are
made on a much larger scale.
Great to learn more about how you source and create your lovely smelling products
Faith, thank you!