Yorkshire-based Cosy Cottage Soap is using the therapeutic qualities of locally grown seaweed from SeaGrown in its new eco range of handmade products to nourish dry skin and help soothe conditions including eczema and psoriasis.

The skincare line has been created in partnership with SeaGrown, which is located on the nearby Scarborough coastline and harvests fast-growing kelp from the sea. Kelp contains the compound aloin which can help regenerate connective tissue, improving the structure and appearance of skin, as well as counteract signs of ageing, helping to smooth pigmentation and lighten age spots.

Kelp-infused SeaGrown Soap is a bubbly bar made with a blend of natural oils and fats including locally sourced beeswax and is fragranced with a blend of essential oils from steam distilled cedarwood, sandalwood, rosemary and lemongrass

Not only are the ingredients kind to skin but the sustainably sourced kelp helps to protect marine environments

SeaGrown Hand and Body Cream combines kelp, natural plant oils such as coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize and act as a barrier against the drying effects of water or heat, and vitamin-rich aloe vera juice. With no added water, a little goes a long way and the rich cream is free from the emulsifiers, which can exacerbate eczema.

“Our passion is to create handmade ethical skincare products with all-natural ingredients, sourced as close to home as possible,” explains Cosy Cottage Soap founder Clara Challoner Walker. “Using kelp’s beneficial properties in our new range is the ideal fit. Seaweed’s naturally occurring components have been shown to retain moisture, and act as an outstanding skin moisturizer. Amazingly, even more so than well-known skincare ingredient, hyaluronic acid. We are delighted that in our recent trials early feedback from eczema, rosacea and psoriasis sufferers has been extremely positive.”

Wave Crookes from SeaGrown, adds: “Not only are the ingredients kind to skin but the sustainably sourced kelp helps to protect marine environments by capturing carbon and creating habitats for sea life. Cosy Cottage Soap is less than 30 miles away, which means we can support the local bioeconomy and keep energy consumption and waste from manufacturing processes extremely low.”

The products are 100% natural, palm oil-free and the packaging is plastic-free and fully recyclable.