Bath bombs, wax melts and shampoo bars …. this week I am interviewing Vicky from Simply Soaperior who makes the most delightful artisanal bath products! My teenage son adores the bath bombs, my niece is a Mrs Hinch fanatic so she uses the Mrs Hinch style wax melts and me? Well, I adore the shampoo bars that are specially formulated for different hair types. Hello Vicky and welcome…
Hi! My name is Vicky. I’m 36 with one daughter, who is 11 and called Ella. I moved to Newquay Cornwall from Cheshire 12 years ago, and that was the start of a completely new life for me and a new adventure.
What inspired you to launch Simply Soaperior?
Probably not what you would expect.. Once moving to Cornwall, I began cleaning holiday homes (something I never thought I would do after being a hairdresser in the past) I wanted to do something a little special and add handmade soap for guests, but I thought to my self, I could do that. It became an addiction to making new items and wanting to try new things. I was fortunate that people loved what I made, so it became a completely different business, and 10 years on, I’m still doing something I love, and it is still an addiction. I can’t say I ever have the dread to work!
I love the Mermaids Glamour Bath Bomb & the Yippy Hippy Bath Bomb! What products are proving most popular amongst your customers this year?
The two most popular products are the Shark Attack Bath Bomb, and the Mrs Hinch Inspired Wax Melt Selection, I would say the mermaid’s Glamour is 3rd in line though.
Have you got a personal favourite from your range?
I love a bubble Bar! I’m all about bubbles and feeling all soft after the bath and that is exactly how they make you feel. I’m also a solid shampoo lover, it was my love for them that made me start to make them, I spent nearly 2 years formulation them till they were exactly how I wanted them. so many benefits from zero waste – they have a lower PH to work with hair and scalp unlike soap and a lot of bottle shampoos.
Apart from bath products, you also produce “wax melts”. What are wax melts?
Wax melts are scented, pieces of wax that when gently melted by a wax warmer will fill the surrounding area with a delightful aroma, a scent as pleasant as any candle but without a naked flame (if using an electric warmer)
Have you any other new products in the pipeline to add to your range in the pipeline for 2021/2022?
We are making new bath bombs all time, but our big launch was the solid shampoo bars that went live at the end of May. Living by the sea and trying to do my bit on plastic everyone must try I’m sure you will make the swap!!
Have you always been interested in cosmetics, or did your career aspirations lie elsewhere?
I have always been crafty and loved making things, as a child I use to spend hours in lush and body shop, but I never would have thought it would be what I did for a job but once I started I just couldn’t stop! There’s a lot of science behind making cosmetics so its not as simple as some people think.
As you are based in UK, are your products available to purchase overseas?
It’s something I will offer soon hopefully but after leaving the EU it’s not quite as simple as it was.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
In the winter I would be ugg boots, jeans and normally a t-shirt or jumper.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
I’m an Abercrombie jean lover, and I love scrolling through Etsy, its great for inspiration and to buy unique things.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
Sandals and flip flops, one thing you must have when living by the beach.
Boots or Shoes?
Boots ,trainers or sandals, because I’m all about comfort.
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After this interview took place, Vicky kindly sent me a couple of bath bombs, wax melts and shampoo bar. They are wonderful – I was especially impressed with the bath bombs ! Thank you very much Vicky.
All photographs have been published with kind permission of Soaperior apart from the header photo and Pinterest photo which are by Linda Hobden.