Meet the team
At the heart of ‘Love to b’ is community and family. All our team are passionate about providing the very best in natural skincare, and passionate about making a difference to you. We have always held as our philosophy that we wish to be an honest and transparent company, and it is a great team that makes that happen. So here they are….
As the founder of ‘Love to b Skincare’, Julie spends a lot of her time running the business side of the company. When not deep in the company’s affairs, she loves meeting customers at our Ringwood Store, promoting the benefits of holistic living and the use of plant-based skincare as part of that lifestyle. Julie has two daughters, Jessie and Bea. Her youngest daughter Bea suffered from eczema as a child and whilst formulating a range of natural oils and creams to help with the problem, Julie realised that family and friends also loved her products and that she could, perhaps, expand her production into a larger business. The rest, as they say, is history!
Whilst passionate about Love to b, any spare time will find Julie relaxing with her other love – growing plants, herbs and vegetables from seed in her garden. She loves spending time with her grandson Harry, walking locally in the beautiful New Forest and along the Dorset coastline.
Our first employee, Fran joined the team in 2014. Her favourite ‘Love to b’ product is our natural soap, usually made by her own fair hands! We call her The Master Soap Maker, but her skills go across the board with all our product making. Fran is very precise in her work and ensures everything is meticulously documented to meet the highest standards.
Fran grew up in Bournemouth and has four children ranging from 8 to 23. She enjoys getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with long dog walks in the countryside, although sadly her beloved Weimaraner Beau recently passed away. At the end of the day, after work and orchestrating a hectic family life, Fran can be found absorbed in a good book or watching the latest crime/thriller series on tv.
As one of Julie’s daughters, Jess has been with ‘Love to b’ since day one when the business started in the family kitchen, quite literally growing up with the company. As well as carefully monitoring our natural soap curing process, Jess makes sure every bar is finished and packaged to perfection before it leaves the skincare kitchen. Jess is also involved with a lot of the making of our products, and loves the customer service aspect of the business, often being found chatting to a customer on the phone. Her favourite product is the moisturiser which, she says, makes a perfect base for makeup.
Jess was born in London but then moved with the family to Bournemouth when she was a child. She now lives with her husband, her lovely 8-year-old son and three crazy cats. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising and eating out with her husband and friends or exploring the latest releases on Netflix.
Karen joined the ‘Love to b’ team in 2016. She works primarily in the skincare kitchen where you will often find her whipping up a fresh batch of Facial Serum or her favourite ‘Love to b’ product, Lavender Body Oil. She does a lot of the making and takes care of the ordering of supplies and back office admin. She has an eye for detail and ensures our products are finished to the highest standard.
Karen grew up on the edge of the Cotswolds but has lived in Bournemouth for over twenty years. She enjoys family walks and time with her hubby and two children at the weekends. In her spare time, she might be hanging upside down practising trapeze yoga, at an ashtanga yoga class, home baking or doing DIY. Her ideal evening is spent curled up on the sofa with her two cats, a G&T in hand and a good film on the tv.
Ali has been with us in the shop for several months, but she has supported Julie as a close friend and confidante since the business began. Ali is warm, knowledgeable, welcoming and is always on hand to help customers find the perfect product or gift. She is a fan of all our products, but her favourite is our Moisturiser.
Born in Lincoln, Ali has been living in Dorset for over thirty years. Married to Pete, she has four grown up sons and two beautiful grandchildren. Ali loves reading and the great outdoors. She enjoys gardening, walking and feeling connected with nature. Whenever opportunity presents itself, she’s off exploring in her camper van ‘Daphne’!