Philip Walker, the owner of The Harrogate Sulphur Soap Company
I started work in Harrogate in 1981, for an export company. At that time we were selling one style of Harrogate Sulphur Soap mainly to the Far, Middle East and Africa.
We re-packaged the product but still had the one style (the Original).
Our first major export was to Thailand and my Thai customer persuaded me that we needed another fragrance, hence 'English Garden'. Later we completed the ‘Original’ range with Victorian Rose and Spring Water
At that point we only sold to Thailand, other export business was very small, as I was concentrating on building my other company.
After a couple of fruitless years of travelling (mainly in the Far East) I decided that our packaging was poor and needed revising. I also added a toiletry range to make our offer more credible. Since then we have added more markets, and our future potential looks very promising.
In the 19th century local pharmacists made their own soap in Harrogate, because of the high mineral content of the spring waters. These waters were/are famous in England for their healing powers, particularly the skin, and it was the sulphur well otherwise known as the 'Stinking Well' which became the focal point of the treatments that were named as 'The Cure'. Our soap is a direct descendant of this historical period in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Harrogate. Our soaps contain the very same spring waters, hand drawn from the same well that was so famous hundreds of years ago. As do all of our new products.
We specialise in alleviating the symptoms for Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne and other problem skin conditions.
Harrogate is a wealthy residential town in the North of England (Yorkshire). It is a conference and exhibition town, with many tourists visiting and using it as a base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and other famous historical Castles, Cathedrals and Villages. Many American citizens visit Harrogate as there is a large US base just outside of the town.
Historically Harrogate's rich spa heritage dates back to 1571 and it became England's first Spa. Harrogate has 88 mineral springs, more than anywhere else in Europe. It rivalled the fashionable European Spas of Homburg, Marienbad, Carlsberg and the rich and famous from all over the world - politicians and statesmen, playwrights and artists, members of the nobility all came to Harrogate seeking 'The Cure'. The Lords Byron and Tennyson were frequent visitors, as was Charles Dickens who described Harrogate thus; "The queerest place, with the strangest people in it, leading the oddest lives". In 1911 the town was host to three European Queens; Queen Alexandria, her sister the Empress of Russia and the Queen of Portugal.
Today Harrogate is synonymous with elegance, quality and refinement. - A final word from Thomas Garnett MD in 1792;
“Harrogate Sulphur Water has a deservedly great reputation; the water from the springs affords relief from gout, rheumatism and digestive ailments - though it is for skin treatment that it has become most famous ".
Our soap contains sulphur-rich chemicals drawn from the natural springs at Harrogate spa.