About Us

OUR STORY ... so far

BRING THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS IN TO YOUR HOME WITH CANDLELIGHT & BEAUTIFUL AROMAS by MUM & SON @ ASSYNT AROMAS

ABOUT US

Assynt Aromas by Mum & Son .... 

It is from the north west corner of Scotland, in Assynt, our Highland home, a wilderness surrounded by heather covered mountains, remote white sand beaches and rugged coastline, we take inspiration for our luxurious natural product range. We are a small family business run by Mum & Son team Helen & Danny.

Where it all began .... and long before scented candles were as popular as they are today ...

With the help of her husband, Helen Lambert opened a gift shop & tea garden in the tiny highland village of Drumbeg in the late 90's, selling a wide range of gifts and crafts and a small selection of her own products.

After a tremendous response to her own handmade scented candles, and feedback that customers were looking for natural products, she began to add new lines. From a selection consisting of 4 different scented candles in the beginning, her range expanded considerably to include a wide variety of natural aromatherapy candles, luxurious organic body care, artisan soaps, handmade creams and gift sets. All lovingly handmade using the finest ingredients nature has to offer. Herbs, flowers, skin loving oils and butters and pure essential oils for their glorious natural scents. Following the sudden death of her husband, her sons stepped in to help with the business and encouraged her to continue.

WORLDWIDE from Drumbeg

Mum & Son open their Candle Shop & Secret Tea Garden in the Scottish Highlands to visitors seasonally from April - Sept.

Their shop being 'off the beaten track' to say the least! they realise customers are not always able to just pop in for their favorite products, they have also built up a successful online business, shipping orders throughout the UK and worldwide.

They may close to visitors from Nov - March but this doesn't mean they are closed for business. The winter months are spent making, packaging and developing new lines and running their online shop, which remains open year round. They also offer a 'click & collect' service throughout the winter for locals and 'out of season' visitors, with three local pick up points to choose from.

NOT available anywhere else! ...

Helen & Danny have no intention of introducing their range to the mass produced market which is today's High Street. They intend to keep it special and unique, and continue to offer you the very best personal customer service they can. You can only purchase their products directly from their Candle Shop in the Scottish Highlands or from their Online Shop. They don't make their products for anyone else, supply other shops or sell wholesale.

Sustainability

From soap bar to bin and beyond, our aim is to be as environmentally aware and responsible as possible. Being natural, our handmade products contain no harmful chemicals and are fully biodegradable.

We aim to be mindful of what we buy and use, recycling packaging and avoiding waste where possible.

Cruelty-free

Apart from testing on our own family members, our soap never has been (and will never be) tested on animals.

Packaging Policy

We work to keep our packaging minimal, plastic-free and fully recyclable.produced in the UK, and in card, tin and recycled glass.

 

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

We only use Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) from New Britain Palm Oil, one of the world leaders in sustainable Palm oil practices supporting both the environment and local small holders.   They were one of the first companies to produce a sustainability report which can be viewed on their website.

We noticed a lot of soap makers boycotting Palm Oil and with it being an issue of huge concern for both ourselves and our customers we decided to investigate all the oils we use before making a knee jerk decision.

In consultation with advice from leading environmental organisations and companies such as WWF we firmly believe that, rather than a boycott, we need to support the production of genuinely sustainable palm oil.  

The global demand for oil will not abate and Palm oil is the most efficient oil on the planet in terms of water, land and pesticide use.  

To give you a clearer picture Palm Oil produces approximately 5950 litres per hectare.  The closest to that is Coconut oil which produces 2690 Litres per hectare and Rape oil produces 1190 litres per hectare.

Our concern, which is shared by WWF is that the trend for companies to boycott palm oil could lead to a catastrophic increase in deforestation as the alternatives are so inefficient.

Only environmentally responsible trade and production can minimize risk of further deforestation and damage to wildlife, habitats, local people and their economies dependant on sustainable palm oil revenue.