Sometimes seeking out organic fare doesn’t compare to stumbling upon it. We stumbled across Karen Ballantyne, and her Miss Ballantynes organic skincare range at the 2009 Craft Fair in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms. The really great thing about visiting craft fairs is that you can easily connect with the personality behind the goods.
We spent some great conversational time and I came away with a bag of goodies that I fully intended to save as gifts for the forthcoming Christmas festivities. Needless to say, those gifts didn’t make it past my bedroom as I couldn’t resist indulging myself with the *best handcream I’ve used ever* – and all with a clear conscience.
Karen’s products are handmade in Edinburgh using the finest organic ingredients – and as a medical herbalist she really understands the properties of each ingredient, and the effect they have on the recipient. I’ve gone on to order more often from the Miss Ballantyne Etsy Shop – and Karen always responds personally. Even going so far as to indulge our requests for some personalised cream for Martin.
You can see a handwritten note in the photo above, together with the special experiment she’s working on for M. Her little handmade brochure is quite exquisite. It’s not just the products themselves, it’s the care and personal attention that comes with them. That’s so much of what being Organikal is about!
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