Meet the makers
Here is another amazing business, it has been growing and developing for over 10 years, and now offers a beautiful range of skincare and gifts, all 100% natural and made in the UK. Filberts of Dorset is a small family run business based in the heart of West Dorset. Bees are at the heart of this business, which produces everything from start to finish; managing the hives, harvesting the honey and wax, and producing a range of delightful gifts. Pure, unprocessed honey comes from around 100 colonies, which pollinate local fruit orchards and farm crops. Surplus beeswax is transformed into a range of skin care and home care products, using high quality, 100% natural ingredients. All of their products are made in the UK and are free from mineral oils, synthetic colourings, fragrances or artificial preservatives. Choose Filberts of Dorset and directly help the survival of British honeybees.
How did they go from beekeeping to skincare manufacturers? Well, let me tell you! In 2005, chief beekeeper Mark needed a moisturizer to protect his hands while using beekeeping gloves all day. Unfortunately for Mark, bees are picky little critters, and took a severe dislike to the standard moisturizers on the market resulting in lots of stings. During an aborted attempt to make a delicious nutrition bar (which tasted foul, stuck to your teeth and was indigestible), when cleaning the cooking utensils, the answer was found around the inside of the pan. The mixture of oils and wax were the perfect base for a natural, moisturising balm, which didn’t upset the delicate little bees. After some research, lots of trial and error and a fair bit of mess, the original Hand Salve became a fully tested and assured product for Mark to sell.
Filberts of Dorset was officially set up in 2008. Further recipes were concocted and Natural beeswax lip balms, salves, butters and polishes came into being over the next few years. We are delighted to bring you a range of their best selling gifts. And if you like them, we’ll get even more of their products into the shop!
As 2015 kicks off and the new ranges begin to roll into INC, it seems like the perefct time to start a series on the blog.
Let me introduce you to some of our amazing suppliers.
As we have just had a delivery of gorgeous new stock from these guys, I'm going to start this series with Nkuku.
Nkuku was founded over 10 years ago by Alistair and Alex Cooke, after a year travelling and working in Africa and India, meeting artisans, and witnessing their astounding skills but challenging living standards and restricted opportunities. The objective became to promote and develop the traditional skills of these artisans and bring their work to the UK market.
Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Their products combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. They passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything they do.
Nkuku are based just down the road in Dartington, South Devon. So although the products are made abroad, the drive behind this company is nice and local! Nkuku are passionate about handmade products, just like INC - thats why we thought they would be perfect in the shop, and we are proud to be selling their gorgeous range of gifts.
The latest edition of Wrap magazine is available now. We love this magazine and are really proud to be stocking it!
Wrap magazine celebrates the very best in illustration, design and creative culture. Each issue includes five double-sided sheets of wrapping paper, created by some of the most talented illustrators of the moment.