By Margaret:  At their last Meeting Glossopdale Womens’ Institute were visited by Julie Holmes, who runs an organisation called Pure Olive.  She bought a small soap making business 10 years ago and since then has turned it into a thriving business with a wide range of products.  In addition to soap, she makes a wide range of products, including such items as bath melts, candles and gift sets all with a very wide range of shapes and perfumes.  She has a shop in the Cavendish Arcade in Buxton and outlets in local shops, national chains and has even exported goods as far away as Japan  Her success won her an award as Gift Of The Year in 2016 and she came second again this year.  But in all this success, there have been two key themes. The first is to produce locally, employing local people.  Originally she manufactured in Hadfield, but as the business has expanded bigger premises were required and she works in Chapel.  Even packaging is sourced in Bury, still firmly in the north west area.  Secondly she uses natural products; her bath melts(looking just like cupcakes) are made 98% of butter, helping to soften the skin!  Originally she only used essential oils to scent her products, created wholly from plants.  Now in order to expand and give variety to the range she also uses perfumes and fragrances which are produced chemically, but are all clearly labelled to differentiate them from the essential oils.

During the course of her talk Julie passed round numerous phials of scents, which left Members fascinated as to their variety, confused as to which were their favourites very and very impressed with her entrepreneurial skill and enthusiasm.

Glossopdale WI is unusual in that we meet in the morning.  Our next Meeting is on Wednesday 19th July at 9.30am at the Labour Club on Chapel Street.  All ladies are welcome.