New Forest Aromatics launch nature's care for Help for Heroes

New Forest Aromatics and Sinah Common Honey unveil a new 100% natural skin balm supporting WiSP

WISP Balm by New Forest AromaticsThe healing power of propolis is now available in a new 100% natural skin balm from New Forest Aromatics, supporting Help for Heroes.

This fabulous new product will be available this coming Saturday, 16 November, at the New Forest Aromatic’s Open Day at Setley Ridge near Brockenhurst, where you'll find oodles of heavenly New Forest Aromatics gifts and special offers. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about how New Forest Aromatics make their products, including this latest natural skin balm and learn more about their eco credentials over a glass of fizz or seasonal mulled wine. A great way to start getting you in the Christmas spirit!

John Geden of Hayling Island’s Sinah Common Honey and Debbie Mulkern of New Forest Aromatics are the duo behind this new balm. Last year the pair teamed up and established WiSP Care Products, following a chance introduction.

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The story began when John Geden, Army veteran turned beekeeper, met injured veterans at the Help For Heroes recovery centre at Tidworth, Wiltshire. He realised that the answer to their discomfort from wearing prosthetic limbs lay within his beehives. Beeswax and propolis (described as one of nature’s most effective defence systems) could be made into a 100% natural skin balm to alleviate soreness and accelerate cell growth. John set about making a few batches and giving them to some of his former colleagues. 

When he was introduced to Debbie Mulkern, qualified aromatherapist and trained natural perfumier based in the New Forest, the pair realised that they shared similar knowledge and enthusiasms and together could become a driving force to help charitable causes. 

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They formed WiSP Care Products, placing social responsibility at its heart and then building the business around making profits for charity. The name for the product is based on an abbreviation used by the military to describe ‘Wounded, Injured and Sick’ Personnel.

The basic premise is to use ingredients from John’s beehives to create a balm that soothes and helps to heal damaged skin, not just for wounded servicemen and women, but for everyone. 

This increased market will also allow John and Debbie to donate a third of the profits (and at least £1 per item) to the charity Help For Heroes – which is where it all started.

John Geden says: “It doesn’t stop there. Debbie and I have realised that if we can help one charity, we can help others. We have already started working on a range of products that help different charities. Our aim over the next three to five years is to produce other natural cosmetic products with ingredients sourced directly from the beehive, each unique and supporting a different charity.”

Listen to talks by Debbie and John at the New Forest Aromatic’s Open Day on Saturday 16 November at 11am and 1pm. 

Find out more about New Forest Aromatics here.