Blooming Natural is the latest independent local business to open an outlet at Grimsby Garden Centre.
The creator of handmade beauty products uses natural ingredients to create everything from face creams and body butters to bamboo toothbrushes and cotton buds.
The addition of Blooming Natural to Grimsby Garden Centre’s retail line-up follows hot on the heels of mother-and-daughter crafts store Muddy Boots – whose products have been flying off the shelves since going on sale in August.
Colleen Wright, founder of Blooming Natural, said:
“I began making my own face creams and moisturizer as I'd read how many of the mainstream lotions and deodorants contained harmful chemicals and that there was concerns about their toxicity.
“As I started using my own mixtures on a daily basis, I began to notice the benefits of my homemade natural products: better skin tone and no more dry skin.
“After watching the program Blue Planet II in early 2018, I was – as many of us were – touched at the damage we are doing to the planet and so, inspired by this, Blooming Natural was born.”
Blooming Natural’s products are all suitable for vegetarians, with vegan options available, and none of the products include any preservatives, chemicals or toxic extras.
As well as that, all packaging is fully recyclable and made from either glass or aluminium.
NAViGO – a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides NHS mental health services within North East Lincolnshire – runs Grimsby Garden Centre.
The healthcare provider reinvests all profits made by the garden centre back into the upkeep of the facility and local mental health care provision.
Jo Keen, head of employment and commercial services at NAViGO, said:
“We’re delighted to join forces with Colleen and Blooming Natural and welcome another local independent to the growing retail space within Grimsby Garden Centre.
“Blooming Natural’s focus on eco-friendly, recyclable products goes hand-in-hand with the future we see for Grimsby Garden Centre.”
The garden centre recently submitted plans to transform the premises, including the repurposing of shipping containers to create an independent retail hub.