I’m a born and bred Yorkshire girl and was brought up as a bit of a wildling in an old farmhouse on the North York moors. I studied Photojournalism and had big dreams of travelling all over the world and living in the jungle documenting unknown tribes, until I realised that I was too much of a homebody! Instead, I worked as a freelance photographer for 10 years before moving into the eCommerce sphere. After working for a few years running someone else’s business, I figured it was about time I ran my own instead. And so Salt + Steam was born!
Motherhood has been a rollercoaster! I’ve loved (almost) every second so far, but equally it’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I struggled with some postpartum depression, and it made running a business with a newborn baby feel impossible (like it needed to be any harder!). Postpartum hormones are a wild and sometimes scary ride and I don’t think the effect they can have is talked about enough. Thankfully my incredibly supportive partner, family and friends helped me when I was feeling overwhelmed and whilst there are still challenging days, I feel like I’m starting to get into the swing of things
Although I knew I’d love my daughter, I didn’t realise just how strong and all-consuming those feelings of love could be. Another thing I found surprising - just how far baby poo can shoot across a room…!
The Inspiration Behind
Salt & Steam
I’d been running an online business for someone else for a few years and started to wonder why I wasn’t doing it for myself! I felt there was a lack of eco-friendly, vegan & cruelty-free beautiful bath products at a reasonable price point, so I decided to create my own.
All our products are handmade in our rural Yorkshire workshop by myself and my workshop assistant, Kaja.
100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan good stuff! We don’t use any harsh chemicals or unnecessary ingredients, so our products are pretty simple.
We spent a lot of time researching and testing our oil blends. Scent is a really personal thing, so we wanted to make sure there was something for everyone in our range. Our essential oils are chosen for their different uses as well as their scents - for example, lavender is relaxing whilst grapefruit is rejuvenating, rose is soothing and calming for skin and rosemary is great for focusing the mind.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE A FACIAL STEAM
I kept seeing all these fancy facial steaming machines and did a little research on the practice of facial steaming - as it turns out, it’s something that’s been done for hundreds of years with really simple, natural ingredients! After taking a look at which oils were beneficial for what purposes, I put together a few different blends and created a product that just needed things people would have at home - a bowl, some hot water and a towel! It’s a great product to use before any serums or moisturisers, morning or night.