For the Purists
Our products are for the purists. Our raw materials are unprocessed; our oils are all organic, raw, cold-pressed; our beeswax is unrefined, locally sourced, and fluvalinate-free. To avoid the need for preservatives, we make everything fresh in small batches. Our ingredients are all ethically sourced and free from palm-oil (and palm-oil derivatives). We use the highest purity salts and premium raw ingredients. Our products are free from all nano-technology, preservatives, thickeners, fillers, binders, synthetic ingredients and even plant ‘extracts’. The plants we do use (eg lemons, avocados, nettles) are all grown and harvested either by us or trusted friends. .….. and if there is any doubt, we leave it out.
In 2011, I experienced some significant health issues. As I began researching ways to regain my health, I became increasingly concerned about the toxic potential of many common ingredients used in commercial toiletries. It turns out there is no mandatory safety testing for ingredients used in personal care products, and our skin, once thought to act as a barrier, is in fact able to absorb much of what is put on it (which is why hormone patches and nicotine patches work). So my journey into healthier products began.
Lots of products claim to be healthy and plant-based, but the more we learn about how plant-derived materials are processed and refined to make them suitable for large-scale manufacturing, the more concerning it becomes. I reached a point were it was impossible to find products I was happy using, even so called organic ones. So I began to make my own.
Initially, I just made soap and shampoo for our own use, and then started experimenting with other products and sharing the results with friends and family. In 2015 I decided to make this a full time business, and Happy Horizons was born.
My background embraces both the sciences and the arts. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics and Cell Biology. Before continuing with my formal science education, I chose to study the liberal arts, and completed a Masters in Anthropology. This introduced me to a spiritual dimension and a much broader cultural framework which continues to shape my world view. Having completed my MA, I was privileged to be awarded a full scholarship for my Doctoral studies in Genetics at the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a highly regarded member of the ‘Ivy League’ universities. I bring the rigour developed during my formal scientific education to the research and development of our products, guided by strong ethical beliefs.