Iain Rennie Hospice Family Christmas Fair 2015

Yesterday we took part in the Family Christmas Fair at Beaconsfield School, organised by Iain Rennie Hospice. We were very excited about this one because it was our first ever fair in Bucks (I have been hoping to get into a good fair with high footfall in the South Bucks area for a while), the fair is usually well supported with 500+ footfall and Beaconsfield is a wealthy commuter town.

Iain Rennie

The day went fairly well and we were on a table next to our friends Bjarne & Sarah of Artistry Coffee, but there were several lulls in the day due to the atrocious weather outside, and I think the footfall was half of what it usually is. It was raining when we arrived to unload and raining even harder when we were loading up to leave! So unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of the picturesque character buildings in the Old Town for the blog.

The thing I love about fairs is the opportunity to chat with people about problem skin, and I had several conversations with customers yesterday about eczema and how there is sometimes a lack of understanding around it, like “can’t you just put some E45 on it?” probably to do with the way adverts simplify the condition to a dry skin issue. (E45 is a petroleum-based emollient that does nothing for itching and I found it actually stung my irritated skin, which wasn’t actually dry, but clammy). One lady was telling me that her sister made her a pair of cotton mittens to sleep in because she would scratch in her sleep. We also discussed adult chickenpox with a few other people and we decided that calamine lotion doesn’t do much either. So it was a good way in to talk about the benefits of our calendula-infused Soothing Skin Balm and Soothing Skin Oil, (all natural ingredients, calming, can be used head to toe, I keep one in my handbag…)

You will notice our new jute The Soap Cabin banner on the table display; I made this after seeing someone in the US had something similar (professionally printed I think), so I decided to whip one up on Friday, using a burlap sack, a home-made stencil, a black ink pad and a sponge!

Next up: St Clement Danes School Christmas Food & Gift Fair, Chorleywood 29th Nov 11am-3pm

Christmas Mania!

At the moment we are working around the clock (as my nan would say) to get our products ready for the first of our line-up of Christmas fairs, the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home Christmas Fair at The Beaconsfield School (not to be confused with Beaconsfield High School) up the road in South Bucks. We’ve been melting butter, mixing and pouring oils, infusing soap mix with essential oils, wrapping, sticking, labelling, stamping, ordering more supplies, stressing…. It’ll all be fine…I’m sure!