Looking for those natural soaps that will benefit your skin, then check out this brilliant company called The Moher Soaps Co. based in Co. Clare Ireland. Run by Raquel, she decided to start her own company for natural soaps because they had issues with their own skin ‘ Both myself and my husband have ‘working hands’. For years we both had trouble with dry and broken skin as a result of repeated hand washing with commercially produced soap. I slowly came around to the idea of making soap myself, using only natural ingredients, at home in my kitchen. With the discovery that I could make use of the properties derived from the flowers and herbs that grow in our garden, I quickly became fascinated with the world of soapmaking.’
From raw ingredients, they make natural soaps, body scrubs, lip balms, bath salts, and solid moisturizers. These all get combined and packaged in various ways.
What products are popular depends on what time of years it is, with the festive season, Mother’s Day, and so on driving demand. Recently the 320g jars of bath salts are proving very popular, the Burren heather blend most of all. One of the enduringly popular products, though, must be the wild rose soap bar. The quality of service provided results in lots of repeat customers!
The product range has been inspired by the beautiful landscape of northwest Clare where Raquel lives. The Burren with its secret meadows and hidden flora, the sea cliffs around Doolin, and the magic of the Aran Islands. But most of all, the products are made by hand, Raquel’s hands, in Knocknaskeagh at the end of a small road with grass growing up the middle of it.
Raquel talks us through the Daily running of the Business: “Up until this year, I have had to be everything from Soap Maker to Photographer to Accountant to Delivery Driver, but I have reached the point where I’m clutching onto a tiger’s tail with a loosening grip, and I need help!
My husband helps with some things but also has his own business making surfboards. My workshop is beside our cottage and I try to start the day with production and if that is a batch of 440 bars of soap it will take me through to lunch.
After cleaning up I try to spend a few hours with my kids after they get back from school but often find myself with my head in the computer. Every evening I end up back in the workshop until past midnight picking and packing orders for the following morning. It is a lot, but very rewarding.”