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 Expert  723959

Expert in Cold Process Soapmaking: Developing Countries, Workshop Design to Product Formulation

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Safeway UK once threw Expert the challenge of creating concepts for 30 new varieties of soap in 24 hours. These soaps were in their stores within 3 months of that conversation. As the author of 26 books, 'creative origination' is the key to everything she has achieved and she finds nothing more exciting than taking someone's basic idea and applying commercial principals, economic and environmental restraints and consumer knowledge to turn that idea into a saleable commodity. With a special interest in natural cosmetics and third world development, your idea gives her the opportunity to think outside the box and to come up with highly creative solutions for you.

Expert has advised many cold process soap manufacturers in the UK and Africa on European Cosmetic labelling requirements and she runs regular courses on this in London and in France. Having run a handmade soap manufacturing company that was audited by several UK supermarket chains it has been her business to keep abreast of and to implement all current EU labelling requirements for soap.

Over a thirty year career Expert has successfully developed and marketed new products that range from jumpers with squeakers in them for a national UK newspaper, to soap and bath product ranges for Safeway, Asda, Harrods, Atelier du Savon in Paris, The Natural Collection, The Handmade Soap Company, African Bio Products in Tanzania and Township Trades (in South Africa)...and Nelly Furtado... This is what she does best. If you have an idea or just an ingredient or an empty box, go to her with it and she will turn it into an original, highly saleable product for you.

Expert is used to working with tight budget restraints, limitations due to difficult third world manufacturing environments, limited equipment and untrained personnel. She has implemented simple paper QC processes and business management systems that work given the above scenarios. Expert understands how to develop kitchen sink businesses into national enterprises. She took her own soap products from her kitchen in a wooden house in rural Wales to the supermarkets shelves in two years. This was achieved through tight project management, delegation, risk assessment and constant monitoring of sales and manufacturing procedures and potential markets.


consumer product design


European labeling requirement


cold process soapmaking


new product development


project management

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1996   10 years experience   Soapmaking   self taught   Best Manufacturer Award - Ceredigion Wales 2002

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to




Soap making




working as a consultant within the soapmaking industry and running courses

2004 to 2004


Tim Woodley, Red Star Natural Liquid Soaps





Assisted in the start-up of this company helping with the business plan and introducing us to manufacturers and distributors for our products.

2003 to 2004


Dr Peter Degroot


ICUC University of Southampton




Assisted in set up of soap factory in Tanzania. Product Design and Formulation; Equipment Design and Manufacture, Quality Control for EU Cosmetic Regs, Staff Training, Marketing.

2002 to 2004


Helen Burch - Safeway


Soap and Toiletries


Supplier - Consultant


Formulated and manufactured over 60 varieties of natural bar soaps which were sold through Safeway Megastores in the UK prior to their takeover by Morrisons

1999 to 2004


The Handmade Soap Company


Ceredigion, Wales


Managing Director


Set up a soap manufacturing company in West Wales and within two years was supplying all the major supermarket chains in the UK. Sold company in 2004.

1990 to 1998








Worked as a consultant PR for Wendy Wools, Yarnworks, William Briggs (Coats Crafts UK), New Stitches Magazine, Classic Stitches Magazine.

Career Accomplishments:
Professional Appointments

In 2000, Expert received permission from HM Queen Elizabeth to to stage a major event to honor Britain's Needlecraft Industry with the Christmas Tree at Buckingham Palace. She also organised three receptions at Buckingham Palace, (which all the royal family attended) and exhibitions at the V&A and Selfridges in London.


Best Manufacturer Ceredigion 2004

Publications and Patents Summary

Author of 26 craft related, hard backed books with worldwide distribution (over 2 million copies in print) including 2 on soapmaking. Written over 1,000 articles for women's magazines in the UK and Australia.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - New Holland  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Assisted several UK start-up soapmaking companies with EU legislation, product formulation, sourcing supplies and equipment, third party manufacture, distribution and sales.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Professional soap making expert for consulting on Bar Soap formulation and stability.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2003 to 2004   Tanzania   Set up soapmaking workshop in rural Tanzania, design and formulation of equipment and product, implementation of EU cosmetic legislation, staff training and marketing.
2007 to 2007   South Africa   Currently consulting on fair trade project, setting up a series of workshops in Khayelitsha Township in South Africa to be run by orphans. The first enterprise is a soapmaking unit that will be manned by adult orphans. Brief includes all tasks from workshop design, through personnel appointment, formulation to marketing.
2007 to   Ghana   Origination and implementation of a fair trade project creating a shea butter refinery, soapmaking workshop and clothing range, in Ghana sponsored by a UK children's charity.

Market Research:
She assisted a newly set up workshop in Tanzania with a £25,000 contract order from a major health product distributor. Marketed her own products into all major UK supermarkets and prestige stores and hotels. She has previous experience in PR in the UK.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

She runs regular residential soapmaking and soapmaking business courses from her home in La Dordogne in South West France. She was a Keynote Speaker at the Soapmaker's Guild of America Annual Conference 2002. She was a speaker at the IFA annual conferences in London and Singapore October 06 and April 07

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

She has extensive experience in product origination and in sourcing supplies for her company and for her clients' companies in the UK and in North America. She also has access to manufacturers of specialist soapmaking equipment.

Other Skills and Services

Currently, she is assisting with the set up of a soapmaking unit in a township in South Africa. She covers everything from workshop layout, equipment design, product formulation and marketing. She is also working on project to set up a Shea Butter refinery in Ghana.


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