New Forest Aromatics
For aromatic products produced in the heart of the New Forest, made with natural and sustainable ingredients there is only one company, New Forest Aromatics! Debbie Mulkern established the company in 2011 bringing together her passion and talent for creating beautiful essential oil products with the joy she feels for the wonderful flower and plant aromas of her home in the forest. Debbie has been a qualified aromatherapist for over 20 years, and has always worked with natural fragrances, so for her it has been a labour of love to use her skills to create this range of beautiful smelling natural aromatic products.
The New Forest Aromatics range includes candles, room fragrances, body lotions, shower gel, lip balms, gardeners hand care, wardrobe sachets, bath salts and reed diffusers all infused with uniquely-blended essential oils to enhance your mood through enticing scents such as ‘Forest Essence’, ‘English Flowers’ , ‘Herb Garden’ and ‘Hampshire Lavender’.
Debbie has put together a unique combination of aromas of the English countryside and products that can soothe, relax, pamper or please you for home and personal use.
All of the products are handmade at the company’s office and production room at Setley Ridge, just outside Brockenhurst, and Debbie uses only natural ingredients, including lots of organically grown plants. As much as possible, she uses locally sourced ingredients, which is why she is able to proudly display the New Forest Marque on most of the New Forest Aromatics products. Local ingredients used include beeswax and honey from New Forest Hives, used in our lip balms and gardener’s hand care, home-grown lavender and rosemary in our sachets, plus Hampshire grown mint, dill, lavender, parsley and rapeseed oils and New Forest Spring Water in many of our products. If not locally sourced, then we take great care to make sure that all other ingredients are grown ethically or from sustainable sources.
In developing the fragrances for her products, Debbie explains that, ‘The Forest Essence home fragrance products were inspired by my walks in the woods – the smell of the resins from the pine cones, with hints of cedar, cypress and firs, so green and woody – such an uplifting aroma. I have an English Flowers range with scents of lavender, rose and geranium, and Festive Spice which brings to mind mulled wine - cinnamon, cardamom and orange.’
She also describes the creative process that goes in to her art, ‘Creating the right mix of essential oils is like the creative process an artist might go through – getting a picture in their mind of how it will look. I get the smell in my head and begin blending ingredients to create that smell.’
The company’s best sellers are the Organic Hand Wash scented with lime, lemongrass and Hampshire mint and Gardener’s Hand Balm, which Debbie describes as ‘such a great product for dry or cracked hands, I know lots of people that use it on their feet too!’ The Hand Balm is made with New Forest sourced beeswax and lavender and mint oils from Summerdown farm. The lip balms and Forest Essence & Hampshire lavender candles are always popular. What’s more, the cheery smelling ‘Sunny Day’ products are always big sellers to lift the gloom, while in the Winter Debbie really can’t make enough of her ‘Festive Spice’ products which smell just like Christmas!
Debbie has also designed other brands like Senspa at Careys Manor in Brockenhurst, Urban Oasis Spa in Manchester, a natural wardrobe care range for Total Wardrobe Care in London and is currently developing a signature range for a luxury eco spa in Nepal.