Our Skin-Food Kitchen
Love to b, a natural, artisan, skincare company situated in the old village bakery in Ringwood. The skin-food ‘Kitchen’ is always buzzing and a hive of activity. Here, our products are lovingly blended from scratch by our team, beginning their journey as beautiful, naturally active and pure plant based ingredients.
We add our knowledge, time, and a little bit of natural magic to create our deliciously scented and unique formulations. Our products are designed to revitalise and nourish, infused with plant based oils that will leave your skin vibrant and with a fresh, youthful glow.
What goes in and what stays out?
We say yes to:
Nourishing seed, nut, leaf, bark and flower oils: we ensure that all our oils are first press, or steam distilled, and not stripped out using chemicals.
Exotic natural spices and plant colours: We use turmeric, cinnamon, alkanet root, spirulina, wheat grass, madder root and other natural colourants.
Pure essential oils: for their aromatic and aromatherapeutic properties.
As far as possible, naturally derived preservatives (though most of our products do not need a preservative as there is no water inclusion).
We say no to:
The jury is still out as to the effects of many commonly used chemical and synthetic cosmetic ingredients on our health and well-being. We believe that what we leave out of our products is as important as what we put in, and where opinion is mixed or the science unclear, we err on the side of caution. You won’t find these ingredients in our products based on this principle:
EDTA’s, SLS’s, Parabens, PEG numbers, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours, palm oil (because of the harm its production is doing to the environment), paraffin and petroleum based ingredients.
The majority of our products are Vegan Friendly.
Soap - the traditional way
Our first product was soap, turned out of wooden moulds. As a window into our Kitchen, the story of each bar’s journey to your hands is worth telling. We use a traditional way of soap-making called ‘cold process’, a method that has remained essentially unchanged for thousands of years.
Firstly the hard oils and butters are gently melted and mixed with the soft liquid oils. Herbs and spices are added for natural colour and then botanicals and essential oils that go together to create the distinctive look and scent of all our ‘Love to b’ soaps.
A lye solution (derived from sea water) is mixed in with the oils, resulting in a gradual thickening of the mixture – a process called ‘saponification’ which completely neutralises the lye. The mixture is poured into moulds and hardens over a couple of days until it is ready to be unmoulded, hand-cut and placed on a rack in the curing room.
Like a fine wine, soap needs time
Each and every bar of soap will live within our humidity controlled curing room for a minimum of four weeks to ensure a low pH – the longer it cures, the harder and milder the bar.
During the curing process, the individual soaps are turned frequently so that they dry evenly. Once cured, the soap is bevelled, checked, and stamped with our ‘b’ as a mark of quality.
It's a wrap...!
Finally, after weeks of preparation, your soap is almost ready. Each bar of soap, is very gently hand finished and placed in its box.
Our ‘Love to b’ soaps have been consciously created to ensure that they not only cleanse and moisturise, but also look beautiful, smell divine and lather luxuriously.
We recommend that you allow your soap to dry between each use, ideally by placing on a free draining soap dish.
The birth and growth of ‘Love to b’ has been an incredible, organic, family journey which has been truly inspired by passion and personal experience. As a team we come to work each day passionate about life, nature, plant based skincare and our responsibility towards our planet. We aim to encourage you, our customers, in your journey towards a holistic , healthy lifestyle and to help you reconnect with the power of nature. You can read all about the back story here