My name is Suzanne Orford. I run a small company nestled in the Slieve Aughty mountains of county Galway, Ireland. I live in our little 300 year old pink cottage (painted pink by husband as a surprise when we had our girl!) with my husband and our 7 year old daughter, Bridget May, 2 year old Joseph and our newest arrival Grace who had just turned 1! We keep chickens, goats, a donkey and dogs and life is just apple pie.
Having worked as a textile designer for 3 years in the Liverpool my husband and I moved to our rural life in a whirl wind. I was need of a change; it was either going to be soap or jam.
I began making soaps and what not four years ago when I decided to produce favours for our wedding.
I made small bars of goat’s milk soap, wrapped up in a pretty pale blue box. Loving all things vintage I Inside I placed a little 1930s verse cards saying ‘shower me with your sweet love, let it pour, let it pour. Well, it went down a treat (so much so that some people thought it was fudge!). Our guests loved it; I loved making it and so began my cottage industry.
I like to keep all of my recipes quite simple. I choose each ingredient a bit like my sense of colour; I choose what comes naturally. The look of my products, for me, is as equally as important as the quality. Loving all things vintage, naturally my packaging ideas have a nostalgic feel.
Every product I make is made using completely natural ingredients free from the chemical nasties of modern day life.