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  1. Temporary Shipping changes due to the Corona Virus restrictions

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    Not my usual kind of blog post but this is not a usual time we are in and as a result I've had to make some changes to how I work as we all have had to do of late.

    Working alone and in a rural spot means that I am fortunate enough to have been able to keep going during this time. 

    As many of my creative friends and I have experienced, our days feel very different indeed. All of our selling events, craft fairs and workshops have been cancelled, the shops we supply have closed their doors and we have no idea how things will work out further down the line but for now, and for as long as we can, we are keeping going, making, creating, posting on social media and packing online orders from beautiful people like you xx.

    Although our studio doors are closed, we are  still working away making more of our lovely natural soaps and pampering bathing preparations for you to wash and bathe with while also processing orders regularly during this strange time.

    From March 23rd, we are only shipping ordes twice per week to reduce our person to person contact and keep ourselves and others safe.  This may lead to slight delays in receiving any orders you place with us. Your orders will now be despatched via a Royal Mail Customer Service point rather than the Post Office to further reduce contact and ensure effective social distancing as this drastically reduces queuing time and face to face contact. 

    From March 27th, Royal Mail announced significant delays in shipping parcels Internationally, particularly to the USA and Canada and are advising against shipping abroad, so we have temporarily removed international shipping to avoid dissapointment or issues arising from these delays. Once things return to a more normal situation, we will reinstate International Shipping. 

    UK shipping for the moment, remains relatively unaffected although parcels are taking a couple of days longer to arrive due to the volume of orders the Royal Mail are handling at the moment. 



    Rest assured we will do our utmost to get orders out as safely and as quickly as we can and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this challenging time. 

    Best wishes, stay safe,


  2. 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