.......and wanted to leave a lot of city life behind me. So I was determined to have a small bathroom cabinet and not to cram it with loads of different beauty products.  I already had boxes full of make up removers, eye creams and pimple creams I’d used in modeling and TV.  I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out and they remained unpacked for years.  What I needed now was block-out for the farm's harsh sun, lanoline for my lips and a sorbolene for days when the wind beat at my face. Oh, and an aloe vera eye gel.

I still bought soaps at the supermarket – usually in large discount packs - for my body.

But like most aging women, I began to notice something. That my skin was getting dryer. And when I washed with soap – especially in winter – it was so dry that I often needed to moisturize.

When it comes to my face, everything I’ve been told, either by dermatologists, TV make-up artists, beauticians and friends had been contradictory. It was hard to know the right thing to do. Furthermore, our skin changes. Some times it is oily, other times dry. There are tiny scars, pigmentation and wrinkles. I even got pimples again. The simple fact?  I’m getting older and my skin is showing it. But that doesn’t mean I want my skin to ‘feel’ worse.  I still want it to feel as clean and look as fresh as it can be. I don’t want to start treating it like an old scrubbing board in the hope that it will look as good as it once did. It won't.

One day, having showered with commercial soap, my legs felt dry and itchy. So I reached for the moisturizer and went to the computer to do some research. Just what was in this soap I was rubbing all over my body?

The list of chemicals in soap is as long as the credits in a movie.  I said to myself  'why am I am making such a fuss about eating organic and biodynamic food, spending time growing our own vegetables if I wipe this all over my skin each day?  I must be mad!

And Virgo Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soap was born.