Gaelic for soap

Delighted to be invited to a gorgeous event at the Ship Inn in Elie. The owners have selected a specially created range of products for their newly refurbished accomodation by the luxurious Scottish skincare company, Siabann, literally, Gaelic for Soap.

The products are entirely natural; because they are oil based there is no need for harsh chemicals or preservatives. The products are kind to your skin, beneficial to both dry and oily complexions: nourishing and pleasant to use. The gentle fragrances are fresh and uplifting.

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Founder and creator, Fiona Ritchie gave us a thoroughly entertaining talk about the background and history of the brand: a real ‘kitchen table’ story. She literally developed the products in order to give her children as wholesome start in life as possible, she instinctively felt that natural skincare was as important as a healthy diet.

Certainly not tested on animals, Fiona explained that she tested the products for years on her children before she put them on her pets!

We had a wonderful evening testing her gorgeous products on ourselves, accompanied by cocktails and canapés, followed by a delicious meal.

A good night’s sleep

A select group of journalists had been invited to stay the night and sample the luxurious but still homely accommodation on offer at The Ship Inn. In the morning we had a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around beautiful Elie and then I had the opportunity to interview Fiona.

I asked her –

What are your passions, what makes you totally happy?

Kids first, they are 14 and 16 now. Secondly, the soap kitchen – just making a batch of products, seeing them tinned and labelled, photographing them, creating something, makes me happy. Thirdly singing with a jazz band and walking the dog.


What do you believe strongly about Siabann?

Less is more, the products are simply the right oils and butters combined. They are giftable, nourishing and a souvenir from Scotland

How do you define success as a skincare brand?
I want Siabann to be recognised as a Scottish product, but to be Scottish AND global, after all, Scotland is loved all over the world.

What is Siabann about?
A little bit of me time, earthy, natural

Photographs all Susie Lowe

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