Making natural skincare oils, creams and balms for people with dry, sensitive or eczema-prone skin from a workshop in Brighton: Balmonds Skincare joins Made in Britain.
The company first started a decade and a half ago as Purepotions, making natural skincare for those with sensitive or eczema-prone skin. Three years ago it was bought by Andrew Gerrie, who was with Lush for 20 years, and is now CEO of Hotel Chocolat. The name was changed to Balmonds to honour Natalie Balmond who first formulated their award-winning hero balm, Skin Salvation, and Andrew embarked on a plan to take the company to a global marketplace. In the last last year Balmonds has opened dedicated websites in China and America, and is distributed across the globe.
Lucy Gulland, PR & Community manager, said “It is important for Balmonds as a newly global company to establish that we make our products here in Britain, using (as far as possible) local ingredients, and that we have an open, clear and fair working environment. We are happy to show our support for local farmers - we have used beeswax from the same local bee farm since we started, and the herbs for the tinctures we use are grown specially for us in Rutland - and pride ourselves on the quality of both the raw materials and finished products.
We export across the globe, and we know that our customers in the Far East are particularly interested in knowing where our products are made, and in hearing the story behind the brand. A Made in Britain mark bestows a certain kudos and integrity to our products now that they’re being exported worldwide.”