Samantha Worsey, founder of natural skincare business Southsea Bathing Hut, is thrilled to announce that the Southsea Bathing Hut Natural Skincare Apothecary has opened its doors on Albert Road.
Since starting the business in 2015, Samantha has been on an exciting journey. She says “I started off making soap on my kitchen table and selling at local markets. The range of products grew in response to customer feedback. I began to develop a full range of natural, vegan, cruelty-free skincare. In early 2017 we moved production into a unit at Portsmouth Enterprise Centre, which the City Council runs to support small businesses. Just over a year later, we’re ready to take the next step and open our own retail store.”
Southsea Bathing Hut has won a number of awards in recent years. Products made by Samantha and her small team have gained international recognition within the skincare and beauty industry. In March 2018, she secured funding from local investors Just Develop It, which has enabled her to move forward and open her own high street store. She says:
“I’m so excited to be opening on Albert Road. It feels like a perfect home for us, surrounded by truly independent local businesses of all kinds. Our brand is proudly local. But we won’t just be the only fully natural skincare store in Portsmouth - we’ll be the only one in a 30 mile radius. So I hope, as word spreads, we can help to attract shoppers from further afield into our great city.”
The Southsea Bathing Hut shop will stock the company’s full range, which includes products made with local botanicals and seaweed. All Southsea Bathing Hut products will be made on the premises, which has its own skincare kitchen. Samantha also plans a programme of evening workshops, giving people the chance to make their own skincare products. She says:
“Opening this shop is the next step on what has been a tough but incredibly rewarding journey. There will be many more developments to come. Right now, I’m really looking forward to welcoming local people in and helping them to find the natural option that’s best for their skin.”
The Southsea Bathing Hut Natural Skincare Apothecary is at 2c Albert Road.
For more information, visit southseabathinghut.co.uk.