TV spotlight set to shine on soap-maker

TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp (centre) with Kate and Phil Moores of Oakwood Aromatics in West Tanfield at the Nidderdale Show. (S)
TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp (centre) with Kate and Phil Moores of Oakwood Aromatics in West Tanfield at the Nidderdale Show. (S)

A SOAP-maker from West Tanfield is looking forward to seeing the fruits of her labours on television next week as part of Channel 4’s new programme, Kirstie’s Handmade Britain.

Kate Moores, who runs West Tanfield-based Oakwood Aromatics with her husband Phil, was filmed making handmade hand-scrubs with presenter Kirstie Allsopp at the Nidderdale Show in Pateley Bridge in September.

The programme is due to air on Wednesday, November 30, at 8pm on Channel 4.

“I was thrilled to receive the call from Channel 4 saying Kirstie wanted to learn to make natural body products as part of her new series,” said Kate.

“It was such good fun. Kirstie was absolutely lovely, really giggly and not afraid to get her hands dirty. I made sure she had plenty of Oakwood Aromatics soap to take away with her to clean up afterwards!”

She added: “I made sure we made something fairly simple on the day, based on a recipe I use on my natural beauty courses at ArtisOn, in Masham. I hope it will give people an idea of the processes involved in hand-making natural products.”

And Kirstie’s reaction to the finished product? “She loved it,” said Kate.

“After she’d rubbed the hand-scrub in and cleaned it off she said she couldn’t believe how soft her hands felt. She said she’d spent a fortune on products that weren’t nearly as effective.”

lThe Ade in Britain episode featuring Ripon will be broadcast today (Friday) on ITV1, at 4pm. Presenter Adrian Edmondson visited the city in June to visit the Deli on Duck Hill and film the Hornblower and the ancient ‘Setting of the Watch’ ceremony.