Hello-I'm Leslie Jowett Astor, and I made my first batch of soap in 2010. I started making soap as gifts for friends and family, and after many years began tinkering with my own recipes, and teaching soap making workshops before 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 and Brooklyn. Shortly after settling on the family farm where my husband grew up, I began to educate myself about the healing powers of plants and flowers in the fields and hedgerows that surrounded us. Over time I learned to make balms, syrups, salves and tinctures for my family, to ease their symptoms during cold season, or to help them sleep better naturally, and I witnessed the miraculous healing powers that could be found in the humblest of 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 desire to make objects of use and beauty. My soaps, salves and bath teas are made exclusively with plant based ingredients and are scented only with pure essential oils. Mother nature also provides all of the ingredients I need to produce the rainbow of gorgeous colors you'll find in my line of soaps. I make everything myself by hand in small batches, and about half of my products incorporate wildcrafted plant materials which I forage locally and responsibly. I also strive towards minimal waste in my production methods and materials; 100% of my packaging is recyclable, recycled and/or compostable, and my shipping materials are all FSC certified biodegradable, upcycled and/or recyclable.
When I'm not making soap, I love practicing traditional textile crafts including quilting, weaving, embroidery and most recently, learning to spin wool from the fleece of my small flock of rare breed Cotswold sheep.
Please do get in touch if you have questions about any of my products, are interested in a soap making workshop, or wish to request a wholesale line sheet for your retail business. I would love to hear from you.