Broom cottage is a family run farm business based in a small village on the scenic Ards peninsula in Ireland. The business was established in 2004 by Deborah Anderson after she and her family moved to the country with a dream of being self-sufficient and living a healthier lifestyle.
Deborah suffered from psoriasis and began making her soaps and creams to manage her own skin condition and found that they were very gentle on her skin and beneficial in managing her skin condition. Her children suffered from eczema and found that the soaps were more moisturising and their skin condition improved. Before long Deborah’s range of soaps and cosmetics were in demand and the business was underway.
On our farm we are passionate about growing natural produce without the use of chemicals and pesticides and produce our range of natural soaps and cosmetics. Using our own goats milk from our small herd of grass fed goats and our own beeswax and honey and dried flowers which we use for their beneficial properties to create our unique range of handcrafted cosmetics.
In our soaps and cosmetics we use as many of our own natural home produced ingredients as we can.
We have a small herd of goats that are naturally reared and are free to graze on the hedgerows and grassland on our farm. They produce a rich creamy milk full of vitamins and minerals and complex fatty acids that are excellent for moisturizing and soothing dry or damaged skin.We use our own goats milk straight from our farm in our goats milk soap range
We have our own small apiary where we produce our own beeswax and honey which is an important ingredient in our natural cosmetic range.Beeswax and honey are well known for their antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties on the skin
We also grow and dry our own flower petals that we add to our range for their beneficial properties. This enables use to ensure that they are grown naturally without the use of chemical sprays
We purchase only the highest quality oils and ingredients for our soaps and cosmetics sourced from reputable suppliers.
Our Soap making process
We produce our soap in small batches directly on our farm using the old traditional method called cold process.
This involves mixing oils with an alkali called Lye that caused the oils to saponify creating a rich moisturising soap containing glycerine that is very gentle on the skin.
Our soaps are then left to cure for 4 to 6 weeks ensuring that they are suitable for the most sensitive skin. The time allows for some evaporation producing a long lasting bar with a creamy lather.
Our soaps and cosmetics do not contain any chemicals, preservatives, artificial fragrances, parabens or SLS and comply with all EU regulations and are not tested on animals.