October 3, 2012, by Malvika Johal

From Sums to Suds!

When Rob Sampson (Mathematics 2001) decided to make gifts for his friends and family in 2010 he didn’t expect it to lead to an exciting new business venture!

We have all been there, looking for gifts at Christmas uninspired by the obvious presents which adorn the shelves; Rob decided that instead of settling for another selection of typical gifts which do the rounds, he would get creative and make gifts which with a personal touch.

Enlisting the help of a friend he set about creating a range of handmade soaps, which he tried and tested on friends and relatives only to find that they were the most amazing soaps they had ever used! Inspired by the positive feedback the duo decided to expand the range and exhibit at craft fairs and Christmas markets, and the Black Acres Soap Pantry was born.

The full range of Black Acres Soap Pantry products including natural soap, bath bombs, bubble bath and bath salts can now be found in Handmade Boutique in the upmarket Mailbox in Birmingham. Situated next to Harvey Nichols the Handmade Boutique carries unique products which can’t be found anywhere on the high street.

Branded as being both “good for the skin and the conscience” all Black Acres Soap Pantry products are vegetarian friendly, and never tested on animals. Rob has picked his ingredients carefully, and ensured that the products are all free from artificial foaming agents and preservatives. Environmentally conscious Rob has also decided to exclude palm oil from his products on the basis that the production of palm oil is one the leading causes of tropical deforestation.

The Handmade Boutique is now open for business and will remain in the Mailbox until Christmas. See the Facebook page for further updates http://www.facebook.com/events/357589454316738/

Further information about the Black Acres Soap Pantry can be found on the company website: http://blackacressoappantry.weebly.com/

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