Hello friends, I'm Leslie Jowett Astor, the human behind the brand at Fifield Road Apothecary. I've been making cold process soap for over a decade, and after years of tinkering with recipes and teaching soap making workshops, I decided to start Fifield Road Apothecary in the autumn of 2018.
I moved to the Cotswolds with my English husband and three young sons in 2012, after twenty years of living in New York City. Shortly after settling on the family farm where my husband grew up, I became interested in learning about the healing powers of the plants and flowers in the countryside that surrounded us. Over time, I learned to make simple balms, syrups, salves and tinctures, to soothe an itch, ease symptoms during cold season, or help encourage a better night's sleep. Eight years along the herbal path, and still very much a beginner, I continue to witness the miraculous healing powers that can be found in even the humblest farmyard weeds.
From these experiences, coupled with an ongoing artistic practice, I wanted Fifield Road Apothecary to marry my love of herbal alchemy with my passion for crafting objects of use and beauty. My products are made exclusively with plant based ingredients-most of them organic- and scented with steam distilled essential oils. I use only natural clays and powdered botanicals to achieve the beautiful colours you see in my soaps. I make everything by hand in small batches, often incorporating wildcrafted plant materials which I forage locally and responsibly.
I strive towards minimal waste in my production methods and materials; all of my product packaging is plastic free, recyclable, recycled and/or compostable. The pouches that protect my soap from heat and light are 100% organic cotton and Fair Trade certified.
Fifield Road Apothecary is a proud partner of One Tree Planted, a U.S. based non profit that works towards global reforestation. A portion of every sale I make is donated to help advance their simple but powerful mission.
When I'm not making soap, I enjoy practising traditional textile crafts including quilting, weaving & embroidery. I also spend a good deal of time in the woods and hedgerows foraging for edible, medicinal and dyers plants and mushrooms.
Please do get in touch if you have questions about any of my products or working processes, are interested in booking a soap making workshop, have an idea for a collaboration, or wish to request a wholesale line sheet for your retail business. I would love to hear from you.