Beauty business inspired by New Forest

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Feature Writer

DEBBIE Mulkern is a qualified aromatherapist and has created a new range of unique products inspired by living in the New Forest.

The New Forest Aromatics range includes candles, room fragrances, lip balms, wardrobe sachets, hand balms and reed diffusers all infused with uniquely blended essential oils to enhance your mood.

Debbie, whose company Ripple is based at Setley Ridge Vineyard, Brockenhurst, said: “The Forest essence is inspired by my walks – the smell of the resins from the pine cones, with hints of cedar, cypress and firs.”

She also has an English country garden range and a festive selection.

Debbie added: “Creating the right mix of essential oils is like the creative process an artist might go through – getting a picture in their mind of how it will look.

“I get the smell in my head and begin blending ingredients to create that smell.”

As a teenager, Debbie discovered she was allergic to synthetic perfumes and many of the ingredients in traditional cosmetics and toiletries so, relying on her keen sense of smell, she began experimenting with making her own.

Debbie has previously designed other brands used in places such as SenSpa at the four-star Carey’s Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst and a range of natural moth repellent products for Total Wardrobe Care in London.

Many of the ingredients in Ripple products come from the local area and some of the products have been awarded the New Forest Marque – assuring customers of a quality product with at least 25 per cent of ingredients from the New Forest.“Everything is handmade and we use 100 per cent natural raw materials from sustainable suppliers with an ethical or fair trade policy and as local as possible,”

Debbie said.

“In the products which have the New Forest Marque I use New Forest Spring Water, Young’s beeswax in the lipbalms from their beehives in Hordle and New Forest lavender, and it’s a great way to support other local businesses.”

The “Afternoon Tea” range of candles, created by Nikki Baiden who works with Debbie, has scents of Earl Grey, peppermint, spicy Indian chai and lemon and are sold in recycled bone china teacups which have been sourced from local second- hand shops and car boot sales.

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