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Kildare soap star is making a splash at RDS Fair

Local soap maker's products to be showcased

Kildare soap star is making a splash at RDS Fair

Kate Park of Baressentials at work

A Kildare soap maker’s products, which can help warm hands and reduce inflammation, will be showcased at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in Dublin’s RDS from December 5-10.

Gifted celebrates the best of over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond — including a host of Kildare exhibitors. 

Record-breaking crowds of over 45,000 are expected to generate more than €1m per day in sales at this year’s largest-ever six-day fair.

Kate Park discovered her talent for making soap after her partner’s business folded in the recession, resulting in the creation of her Castledermot-based company Baressential.

“I had to find a way to bring in some income and it had to be creative,” she said.

“I was always interested in botany and the healing properties of plants so weaved those in as well as pure essential oils in my soaps.

“When we expanded Baressential this year, I was out of my comfort zone and it was wobbly but now it is going places and we have two full-time and two part-time employees.

“I have 12 varieties of soap from all my own recipes using ingredients including cocoa butter, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil and shea butter.

“I also use herbs such as rosemary, cayenne pepper and cocoa powder.  Your skin absorbs, and so paprika can stimulate cell activity and warm hands while turmeric can reduce inflammation.”

Other local makers taking part in the event include Sam and Nessa, LizzieB, Have Ewe Any Wool?, Chris McMorrow, Ros Murphy, Zuzanna Cisowska, Splate and Ria Organics.

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