A KIRKCALDY woman is launching her own business, crafted from her hobby, of creating and selling handmade buffalo soap.
Sheena Stewart began experimenting with buffalo tallow earlier this year and is now producing her own soaps and selling them at local events.
The 30-year-old explained: “I have always been interested in arts and crafts.
“I’d always wanted to make my own soaps, so I found out how to through books and on the internet.
“When I was doing some research I found out it’s possible to make it with buffalo and bison fat.
“It’s a popular product in America, but not as popular here.
“I decided to give it a go with the buffalo tallow, especially with Puddledub just up the road.
“I first contacted them in March to find out whether it would be possible to buy the fat.
“They were able to supply me with buffalo fat and I ran some experiments, and it worked.
“So I’ve been getting fat from Puddledub and using it to create my soaps.
“Buffalo soap seems to be popular in America, but I have researched and it seems no one else is making it in Britain.”
Sheena makes all her soaps, which come with different scents, in her Kirkcaldy home.
“Once I have the fat, I render it myself to produce the soap,” she says.
“I make it in small batches using a slow cooker.
“It’s a really good product.
“A lot of people don’t realise that soap is still made from animal fats, and not just vegetable oils.
“Buffalo tallow is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E, which is naturally occurring in the fat and can help prevent wrinkles.
“Handmade soap is also much milder than most commercial mass produced bars of soap and shower gels.”
Sheena’s business is still in its early days, but she’s already attending events to build up her reputation.
She said: “In August I had a trial run at the local farmer’s market, but a handmade soap company already attends so I’ve had to find other avenues.
“I’m attending the Fife Makers Markets, which have been organised by Jackie Cochrane.
“The next one takes place next month.
“It’s a good way for me to be able to get the product out there.”
n The next Fife Makers Market takes place on Saturday, November 3 at the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy. The event runs from 10.30 a.m to 4.00 p.m.