Tucked away in a converted stable situated in the village of Sling, North Wales, Laughing Bird have developed their dream of using the very best of local and home grown ingredients alongside fairly traded produce to create a sumptuous, wholesome and nourishing range of body care products.
It all began whilst working for the famous South London herbalists, G Baldwin & Co est. 1850. From the shop’s main customer base of West Indian and African descent we were taught exciting ways of using exotic plant butters, herbs and oils, which at the time were pretty much unheard of in the UK, in pharmacology and cooking.
Making bespoke creams to order soon followed and as their popularity increased we got to a point where making up batches before work and carrying them in became impossible. It was time to get serious.
As luck would have it Helen’s parents had decided to sell up and move from their rural Welsh farmhouse – the perfect place for us to run our business. We gave up our day jobs, converted the stable into a workshop and moved in.
Since that day in May 2004 we have filled the outhouses and meadow with four Anglo Nubian goats using their milk in our soaps and have two hives of bees whose honey and beeswax adds richness to our products. We have also started to grow beneficial herbs, such as mint and rosemary, to turn into non alcoholic extracts for use in our products.