Hello friends and HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! Today we are celebrating all ladies around the world – shout out to you for being AMAZING! International Women’s Day is all about empowerment and recognition of some of the amazing achievements of Women so we thought today we would interview none other than Jane Hutcherson. Jane is not only one of the owners of the Freshwater Farm property, she is also our Finance Director. Jane is also a Co-Director of Soap Solutions, the manufacturing side of our business where we make all of the our beautiful products on the Northern Beaches.

Jane please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi I am Jane and I am all about style, heath and the beach lifestyle! These elements have all helped to shape Freshwater Farm, to create a brand that is a true reflection our values and vision, which I believe makes us so unique. I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 5 and it gives me great pleasure watching the next generation become more and more involved in our brand. I lead an enormously busy life but it’s all worth while getting to play a role in such a successful brand.

What inspired you to begin in the personal care industry?

My husband, Al, had wanted to buy a soap plant in 1993. To be quite honest at first I did not think it was a very good idea haha…I said what on earth are we going to do with that! As I mentioned I have always been interested in Health and Wellbeing so I guess I took this an opportunity to use my knowledge in those areas to ensure we create products that align with what I believe are genuinely good for people. We agreed that if we were to start making soap we wanted to do it right. I think in the past there has been a real gap in the market for what I believe to be high quality personal care that is ethically manufactured in Australia, I wanted to change this. This motivated us to ensure our products would be environmentally friendly and made with high quality, well researched ingredients right here in Australia.

How has Freshwater Farm changed since you first began?

The Freshwater Farm brand itself developed in 2018 and was inspired by our recently purchased Farm on the Mid-North Coast. On the Farm already there was existing an Tea Tree and Lemon Scented Tea Tree plantation. Since then we have planted Lemon Myrtle and started producing Manuka Honey from bees feeding on the Lemon Scented Tea Tree. It brings me great pleasure seeing all of the beautiful ingredients from the farm that we worked so hard to nurture and grow actually be used in our own products. I love knowing exactly what goes into the products we make because we have created the ingredients ourselves. I am so proud of the high quality look and feel we have achieved.

What is your favourite thing about Freshwater Farm as a brand?

My favourite part about the brand is reading all of the wonderful feedback from customers about the products. It’s such a great feeling when people really appreciate what you believe in and worked so hard to achieve. It’s been amazing being able to tell our story and have people really resonate with us and our products. I really think people can tell the difference with Freshwater Farm because you can feel all of devotion and hard work that goes in everyday. It wasn’t easy to get to where we are and I think people really appreciate that and want to be part of building the story.

What is your best piece of advice for any women wanting to start her own business?

I think my best piece of advice is finding a blend. I think you always need to bring your own blend of values into everything you do so that is has a soul and represents who you are. People will always gravitate to what is genuine and there is no better way to do that than bring your own personal touch. I managed to find a blend between what’s important to me – my family, career, health and vitality – and I brought all of these with me into Freshwater Farm.

Thank you so much for your time Jane!

We hope you enjoyed this special interview. Let us know if you have anymore questions for Jane!

Lots of love,

Freshwater Farm xo

Hi everyone! Today we thought it would be nice to get a bit more personal and introduce some of our team. Over this year we hope to introduce you to more of the Freshwater Farm family so you can learn more about us as people!

There’s no better way to kick this off than with our Technical Manager, Wilson, who is in charge of laboratory at Freshwater Farm. Wilson’s job along with his team involves creating and perfecting all of our amazing products at Freshwater Farm. This includes designing formulas, sourcing only the best ingredients, testing products for safety and performance and ensuring our product quality remains top standard.

To begin tell us a little bit about yourself Wilson?

I love the outdoors and going on hikes and exploring different national parks. That being said, I’m about to go out camping for the first time ever at the age of 24, hahah! Basketball has been with me since primary school and a hobby I lean on regularly to clear my mind and keep fit.

What inspired you to be a Technical Manager?

After my time here as an intern in 2018, I became fascinated with the idea of taking an idea of a product to the shelves of a supermarket and the homes of consumers. Products that are great value and loved by the people that use them. On the other hand, I also saw this as an opportunity to make an impact on the industry from a sustainable manufacturing point of view which I’ll continue to carry and build on, the more we grow and expand our capabilities.

What is favourite part of your job?

Favourite thing would be watching project briefs turn into products on shelves, picking something up in a store knowing the work we put in to get it there is a great feeling.

What is your favourite sustainability hack?

Not necessarily a hack but the one thing that was a game changer for me was actually installing and using a compost bin, directly reducing the waste that ends up in landfill. Otherwise it’s literally bringing a water bottle with me everywhere I go, all day every day.

What is your favourite Freshwater Farm product?

Hemp Seed Oil Conditioner – in a nutshell, this little 70g bar represents everything we strive to achieve in our tech team – innovative, sustainable, functional

Thanks very much for your time Wilson!

We hope you enjoyed reading more about our team and what we are all about at Freshwater Farm. Let us know if you have any more questions for Wilson! Who would you like us to interview next?

Lots of love,

Freshwater Farm xo

Hello friends, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! If you’re a Northern Beaches local like us, it’s been a very strange festive season but we are pushing through it and making the most of the downtime! What have you been doing to keep busy and healthy lately?

Today we wanted to sit down and chat…well type…about our soap and hand wash making methods. Everything about our products from the ingredients selected to the manufacturing and the packaging is done carefully and with purpose. We thought it might be nice to really go into detail about some of the methods we use when making our products and why we choose to make them this way.

TRIPLE MILLED SOAP

You may have noticed on our body bar packaging the words Triple Milled but what exactly does this mean? Triple Milling is a traditional process of making soap that, as the name suggests, involves milling the soap through a set of large rollers 3 times. As you can see in the pictures below the soap noodle is pressed into smooth and flat strings ready to be heat pressed into a bar. Not only does the Triple Mill process result in a high-quality product, it actually helps the soap to keep its shape and last longer because it contains less water. This is one of the reasons why our body bars are renowned for being so long lasting and never ever turn into a sticky blob in the shower (which you will find with non-triple milled soaps).

Before Triple Milling
After Triple Milling

Another reason why the Triple Mill process is so key to our products is because of the essential oils we use. The Triple Mill process allows the oils to be distributed evenly through the soap bar so that even when you reach the end of the product you still have a beautifully fragrant bar that contains all of the beneficial ingredients inside.

The Triple Mill process also possesses a number of benefits for the skin. It creates a creamier and richer lather which results in noticeably smoother and softer skin. The Triple Mill process is much more suitable to sensitive skin types, as it helps to rid of stubborn oil or dirt that remains on the skin.

Each of our Body Bars are Triple Milled with the skin softening emollients of Australian Olive Oil and Organic Shea Butter to help nourish the skin.

CASTILE HAND WASH

You may have noticed on our Hand Washes the word Castile. Castile is a very special type of liquid soap that is made from a plant-based soap base of coconut and olive oils. Not only is Castile soap vegan friendly but it is also amazing for the skin. Castile soap is extremely gentle on sensitive skin because it is made from natural ingredients. It is very hydrating and helps to replenish moisture to the skin using the natural fats from the olive and coconut oils. Castile soap also contains glycerin which helps to absorb moisture from the environment to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

Olive Oil
Coconut

Castile does not strip your skin of its natural oils and helps to unblock pores by encouraging the skin to remove dead skin cells. Being made from Olive and Coconut Oils, Castile is naturally rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins which help to protect and repair the skin cells from sun damage reducing signs of aging.

As you can see Castile Soap is not just a great soap alternative for those following a plant based lifestyle but provides some wonderful benefits for everyone! We use the Castile Soap method in all of our liquid hand washes.

Olive Oil

We hope you enjoyed reading more about our methods for making our products. Feel free to ask any questions below if you would like to learn more!

Have a wonderful week!

Freshwater Farm xx

Overwhelmed with city life? Need an escape? Let us take you on a journey to Freshwater Farm and keep you updated with all our new and exciting news about what’s been happening around the Farm.

The Farm has been a great place for our family to getaway to amidst the pandemic madness! We are truly lucky we have somewhere nearby we can visit. It feels a little like a holiday, that we have all been craving!

Being a family owned and run business gives us the liberty to be able to combine both worlds. We value our family time and have strived to make the farm a place of tranquillity, that we are able to escape to whenever the city gets the better of us. We now have a new Pontoon on the dam! Grant and Al both worked very hard to put this together, so that the kids and everyone who visits the farm can swim safely…and for those don’t like to touch the mud!

Next we wanted to start building up the ecosystem at the Farm by adding some Freshwater Yabbies & Glass Shrimp to our creek. We want our farm to be a wildlife sanctuary where the the kids can learn more about the animals and the animals will be safe!

Freshwater Yabbies enjoy muddy water because it offers protection from predators, they can be found in a variety of habitats including swaps, farm dams and billabongs. Whilst they prefer warmer waters, Yabbies can actually survive in vast range of temps from freezing to around 35°C. If drought occurs then Yabbies will bury themselves underground for many years until it passes – they are true Aussie outbackers! Interestingly, Yabbies are not well understood by scientists, often a dry empty lake that is again filled with rainwater will become richly populated with Yabbies in a short period of time and no one seems to know how!

Some other new additions to the Freshwater Farm ecosystem were some gorgeous baby ducklings! These ducklings and their Mum are Chestnut Teal Ducks native to Australia. They were also enjoying the serenity of the dam when we snapped this adorable shot! Interestingly the breeding season for ducklings is usually between July & September however due to the changes in weather with slightly warmer temperatures, this could be why we are seeing many duckies about now!

Ducks are said to return to the same nesting spot year after year so long as the conditions stay suitable for nesting, so with a bit of luck we might be seeing some more little fellas this time next year! Ducks for their nest love somewhere private and safe often amongst tall grass or bushes, so we can see why they love the farm for raising their babies!

Ducks aren’t the only babies we will be seeing either…some other friends that will be joining us at the farm are Baby Water Hens. Our recently harvested Tea Tree Plantation has been reshooting and Al very cleverly spotted amongst the new regrowth these eggs! Typically the habitat of a Water Hen involves well-vegetated lakes and marshy environments, so the Tea Tree plantation must have seemed a perfect fit for our soon to be mother. Water Hens are omnivores surviving on a diet of both plants and small animals like insects or even frogs. We can’t wait to meet the little ones!

We hope you enjoyed this fortnights farm update! Let us know what else you would like to hear about on the blog! We will be sure to keep you updated when the Water Hen eggs hatch, take care!

Freshwater Farm xx

Hi, welcome to our first blog post! If you’re new around here, let me tell you a bit about us.

Freshwater Farm is our family owned property situated on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. We grow a variety of plants to make beautiful, fresh ingredients for our range of bath and body products made right here on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. We are committed to bringing our customers the highest quality personal care products from our farm and to your skin!All of our products are Australian Made, Cruelty Free and never tested on animals! We also have a large range of Vegan and 100% Naturally Derived products too!

Now the introductions are done, let get to some exciting news! Freshwater Farm is now home to BEE HIVES. They have been settling into their new home very well. They live amongst the Lemon Scented Tea Tree Plantation (Leptospermum petersonii) and are looking super healthy and strong. Now that the Lemon Scented is flowering, the bees are making some beautiful Manuka Honey. Their honey features in one of our newest products, Lemon Myrtle Oil + Manuka Honey Soothing Body Bar! You can shop this body bar online or from Woolworths!

We hope you enjoyed our first blog post but we want to get to you as well! What do you want to hear about in our blog? What do you look for in your bath and body products? What’s your favourite Freshwater Farm product?

Lots of love, Freshwater Farm xo