I just love things that smell delicious.
It’s amazing how much a pleasing scent can overthrow a poor mood or put a spring in your step isn’t it?
Over in Neath, South Wales, there’s a sweet little place called Valley Mill and they produce handmade, natural products using materials exclusively from Wales. I love these sorts of shops and I think it’s wonderful that Valley Mill are promoting the use of local ingredients. It feels much more homely and warming to know that they’re sourcing their materials this way.
Valley Mill offered us a soap bar and box of soy wax melts to try out for ourselves and it was a struggle to decide what we’d like them to send over.
All of the soaps sounded gorgeous but we eventually chose the grapefruit and fennel which is a beautiful green and mauve colour. I love the deep, rich hue of the soaps and they have a very rustic, homemade look.
For the soy wax melts, we went with the welsh cake aroma so as to stick with the overall ‘welsh’ theme (plus welsh cakes smell beautiful don’t they? Just like lazy Sunday mornings in the countryside, yum yum…)
All of the wax melts made by Valley Mill are handpoured to create a crafted cog design which also shows off the brand’s logo.
The wax smells delicious when melting and the welsh cake scent is sweet and inviting so absolutely perfect for when we’ve had family and friends over this past week.
Each soy wax melt usually lasts us an entire evening from about 4pm to 2am the next morning when I blow out the candle and finally drag myself to bed.
The soy wax melts are £6.25 for a box of five (total burning time = approx. 60 hours) and come in various scents including chocolate truffle, mixed berries and spiced apple.
The soaps are £4.00 each, paraben and SLS free and contain no animal products.
They are completely handmade with natural essential oils and herbs and they are extremely gentle and kind to skin. As a busy Mum who is always washing her hands this is really important as I’ve ended up with minor skin rashes and irritations in the past from harsher soaps that I’ve used. It has been a real treat to use this gorgeous soap from Valley Mill recently and the smell is beautiful, almost like liquorice!
All of the soaps contain shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil and caster oil.
I asked Valley Mill to find out where their palm oil comes from and they quickly replied with confirmation from their supplier that the palm oil used is RSPO certified and they even sent over a link to the exact palm oil that they use so I could view the registration certificate.
If you’d like to try these products yourself do mosy on over to the Valley Mill shop and like me, you can then spend ages agonising over which ones to choose… 😉
Valley Mill also sell slate house signs, homewares and gifts which can be personalised with text or photographs together with wool products (scarves, baby blankets etc.) and local food and drink goods.
Have you tried any of the soaps or wax melts from Valley Mill?
What scent would you like to try?