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At the same time, I was spending quite a bit of time in the factory learning how our rapeseed is pressed into oil and bottled. I quickly realised how my hands, which are normally rough and calloused, were becoming very smooth and soft.
My list showed me that one of the biggest users of oils is the cosmetics industry so, with my sales hat on, I set about contacting a number of cosmetics manufacturers telling them of the wonderful properties of hillfarm cold pressed rapeseed oil and would they consider using it. Time and again, every phone call and every visit gave me the same answer – “Why would we want to use rapeseed oil when we can use rose oil, cucumber oil, and all of these glamorous named oils available to us”. I realised that rapeseed oil was the Cinderella of oils and it is all down to its name.
This led us to team up with a local and supportive cosmetics manufacturer to develop our own hillfarm Hand Wash and Hand Lotion. They were fantastic and guided us through the process and worked closely with us to develop two products that meet all the EU requirements, fit in well with the ethos of hillfarm oils and are probably two of the best products of their kind available.
Armed with my hillfarm cosmetics samples, I went back to all the manufacturers I had originally approached and was able to demonstrate to them how good hillfarm cold pressed rapeseed oil really is. The rest is history and rapeseed oil, once the Cinderalla of oils, is now growing to become the star of the industry.