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  1. Sharing the love and a little help with those daily rituals.

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    How are you holding up at the moment? 

    We find ourselves in a bit of a scary place right now and if I'm honest it's making me nervous as I'm sure you are too. Who knows how things will pan out but I wanted to reach out to you today to give you some good news. Goodness knows we could do with some of that right now. 
    As we're all coming to terms with what today looks like never mind tomorrow, I thought I'd try and give a bit back to help at these trying times for us all. 

    As we know, thorough and regular hand washing is always vital but is of utmost importance right now to give us all the best chance of keeping healthy and preventing the coronavirus from spreading.
    To help out in a small way, I'm running a special offer on all my hand and body soaps from today and until the world returns to a more normal state. You can now buy 5 full size bars for £20 (normally £24.75) and I'll also include a free sample soap in your order too while stocks last, helping you stay cleaner for longer. 
    *** 5 bars of hand and body soap for £20 ***
     enter 5for£20 at checkout to activate the offer 

    Our soap is full of the good things like rich plant oils and butters, clays and botanicals and should not dry out the skin. If however you find your hands are becoming drier than usual due to the frequency of all that washing, you may need a good slathering of a rich moisturiser too. Last week I whipped up a batch or two of our skin loving body butter bars which are great to help seal in moisture on arms and legs but also really helpful on dry hands too. They are rich and buttery and take a little while to fully absorb but the really do help re-hydrate the skin and keep hands softer after washing them so often..
    *** 2 for £20 on all our Bath oils, Bath salts and Bath milks too ***
    enter 2for£20 at checkout to activate the offer

    As an extra special treat and as self care is so important in times of stress and difficulty, you can also mix and match our bath oils, milks and salts in our 2 for £20 offer, also running for the foreseeable future. Create your own little self care ritual with a spot of luxurious bathing, why not add a face mask or scrub too? Looking after yourself is more important then ever before and I'm only too happy to be of service. 

    You can only use 1 discount code per transaction so if you'd like a mix of 5 for £20 soaps AND 2 for £20 bath goodies, you'll need to place 2 separate orders and I can combine them for you. 

    I'll just be dispatching orders twice weekly to minimise my contact with others and theirs with me so my new dispatch days will be Mondays and Thursdays.

    I've taken the decision to remove the 'Collect from Studio' option for orders temporarily too for all our safety.  

    Despite all of the impact of the virus, have you noticed how the planet is healing? The imposed travel restrictions have drastically improved air quality in China, Italy and America, I feel it's the planet taking a big breath of fresh air. We all need to try and see little snippets of good and positive things at the moment, take care of each other. 

    I hope you find these little gestures helpful at this trying time for us all, I do have lots more to tell you but this will all have to wait until another newsletter so for now I just want to wish you all a safe and healthy next few weeks and months. 

    Until next time,

    Stay safe,
    Ceri - Oakwood Soaperie
  2. New Limited edition soaps for Spring.

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    Happy May!

    Now that the May poles have been safely stashed for another year and the Beltane feasts have all been consumed, it's time to start looking towards summer, what do you have planned?
    I'm hoping for a few adventures with my tent and a spot of skipping in meadows where I find them, not to mention thoroughly enjoying the birdsong right outside my studio door most days and trying to keep the bunnies from eating all my chamomile plants so I have some left for fragrant goodies later in the year. Fingers crossed for some warmth and sun in the coming months.

    Since my last newsletter, I've been busily creating some lovely new things for you. I have 3 brand new soaps in 3 packaging options...boxed, our usual wrap and samples. 
    The boxed option would be great for gifts. All our packaging is compostable and the papers for the wraps are handmade by the Frogmore Paper mill a traditional paper mill who add flower petals, wild flower seeds, sawdust and even shredded denim to their paper fibres. The papers are so beautiful close up too, I think I'll be rolling them out over the whole range. 

    So...without further ado, let me introduce you to...

    Into the Briny Deep handmade soap

    Imagine if you could breathe underwater...what would the briny deep smell like?

    Our brand new soap 'Into the Briny Deep' blends cool ozonic scents of juniper, eucalyptus and warming cedarwood essential oils with real dried bladderwrack seaweed for skin softening and conditioning, salts for gentle exfoliation, french green clay and rich plant butters and oils for amazing lather and the gentlest of cleansing. 

    Scrub onto a shower pouffe or directly onto the skin in the shower for a super gentle clean, you'll emerge with a soft, mermaid scented bod. 


    Each bar is individually wrapped in waxed breathable paper with a handmade paper band. Limited numbers are available boxed while stocks last, 

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    Rooibos & Calendula Handmade soap

    Our brand new Vegan 'Rooibos & Calendula' handmade soap is formulated with beautiful red bush tea which gives it an amazing texture and colour. With the addition of red clay, these rustic bars help remove the dirt and grime of the day in the most gentle way. It makes the most amazing lather that is so gentle on the skin and rinses away cleanly.  The scent is blended with uplifting bergamot oil, grounding clary sage and exotic ylang ylang oils to clear the mind, refresh the body and comfort the soul. 

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    Golden Milk Handmade soap

    Our brand new Vegan 'Golden Milk' bar is rich and creamy with a delicate turmeric swirl through each bar. Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants and is known to have anti inflammatory properties, it also is reported to improve mood and be beneficial to heart health. 

    A whole box of nourishing coconut milk is combined with rich plant oils and butters to care for your skin while you wash leaving it scented with earthy cedarwood and calming clary sage oils. It makes the most amazing lather that is so gentle on the skin and rinses away cleanly. 

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    In case you missed it last time, I've also been working on some new 100% essential oil candles too, these are available now in 2 sizes.

    9cl votives - up to 20 hr burn
    20cl lidded jars - up to 35 hr burn.
    Shop essential oil candles
    All orders placed will begin shipping from Monday 13th May. Thank you for taking the time to read my words, I hope you enjoy every birdsong filled day ... until next time,

    Take care
    Ceri xx