Squeaky clean, sweet-smelling shop now open at Old Flour Mill
A BUBBLY new tenant has opened a squeaky clean, sweet-smelling shop in the Old Flour Mill.
Tanya Harrison has embraced the soap-making trend that's becoming popular with Ipswich mums, and has taken her passion one step further by opening a shop called Lilly Rose Candles and Soaps.
"It started as a hobby about a year ago, and it grew from there," Ms Harrison said.
"I used to make soap for family and friends, and now I also make shea butter (moisturiser) and bath salts."
Ms Harrison said her signature products included cupcake-shaped soaps replete with decorative "icing and strawberries", as well as cold-pressed, aromatic bars.
She said soap-making had become very popular in Ipswich.
"Through looking at markets I've noticed more and more people are buying and selling handmade soaps," Ms Harrison said.
"I think it's because handmade soaps contain natural ingredients, rather than the paraffin and chemicals found in store-bought soaps.
"They're also a bit more special and more of a treat than an average bar."
Ms Harrison said soap-making allowed for a lot of creativity.
"The possibilities with soap-making are almost endless," she said.
"I have a workshop at home and spend a couple of hours at a time making them.
"Glycerine-based soaps are great for pouring and moulding so I use that base for the cupcake soaps, and it also holds scent very well"
"Cold-pressed soaps take six weeks to cure, and they're the opaque bars."
Ms Harrison also stocks European and US-made soaps, candles and other scented products for the home and bath.
"They make great gifts," Ms Harrison said.
"I also plan parties (for some of the candle range), so friends can get together and learn about all the scents."
Lilly Rose Candles and Soaps is in the downstairs section of the Old Flour Mill, Shop 10, 231 Brisbane St, Ipswich.
- Most commercial soaps contain harsh chemicals, colourants and synthetic perfumes.
- Homemade soap recipes can incorporate herbs, spice and essential oils for scent and colour, oatmeal as an exfoliating agent, and moisturising oils. - Green Living Australia