The Hebridean Soap Company is the first commercial soap-producing company in the Western Isles.It was begun formally in 2002, with the aim of producing a natural soap, made in the old traditional ways, from local ingredients where possible, which would be kinder to skin, but still excite the senses.
I had made soap for friends and family for many years, and in 2003 I successfully expanded the production and range of products and started supplying local and mainland hotels.
Now, a large part of my business is to supply the private gift market through my Online Shop.
My soap was initially produced in a custom-built kitchen, attached to my house, and raw materials were stored in an old stone-built barn, which was, 100 years ago, a dwelling-house. Sheep graze in the crofts alongside, and magnificent Loch Roag and the moods of Hebridean weather can be seen through the windows.
In September 2005 I began building work to renovate this warehouse into a working soap kitchen and retail outlet – now visitors can walk around and see how the soap is made.
If you would like to see the full story (illustrated with many pictures) of the remarkable transformation from barn/warehouse to Shop and Visitor Centre please see our “Renovations” page.
I am zealously enthusiastic about our beautiful islands, which in my opinion are one of the best-kept secrets in the world. I am always available to give information, advice, further contacts, or just chat about any aspect of this wonderful place, or indeed, about my soapmaking, so should you have any questions, please feel free to email me!
Also, please take a look at the Links page for official Western Isles websites, and allied craftspeople on the islands.