Seamuse is a small family company that designs and produces top-quality, handmade natural soaps, body products, and cosmetics with great passion. Our products have a distinctive Greek character to them, exploiting the goods of our land and sea. We have started the Seamuse story more than 10 years ago, first by shyly offering our products to close friends and family then slowly feeling encouraged to bring more like-minded people into our circle.
Our vision has roots in our founder’s love for a good bar of handmade natural soap and her philosophy of creating products with all-natural ingredients. She brought together a hard-working team to transform her kitchen into a well-structured workshop to scale up the volumes of production without compromising quality. The end products were received with great enthusiasm from family and friends and ever since the circle grows bigger.
We realized that Greece, being a Mediterranean country extending from mountain to sea, is the ideal cradle of top-quality oils, herbs, grains, roots, and resins! Why not exploit nature’s gifts and offer handmade products made from the best ingredients? After all, our country’s best assets are products of its land and sea!
So we designed our recipes trying to express what is Greece to the contemporary visitor? Emerald crystal waters, windy beaches, rocky seashores, an urchin entangled with seaweed, a ripe fig dripping syrup, sweet blood-red tomatoes, a royal watermelon, golden grape juice, and Krokos, aromatic mastic, the sweetest oranges and yogurt and honey, a superb combination. Finally, the eternal olive tree and excellent virgin olive oil are the main themes.
All of the above are not only super foods but also exquisite raw materials for our handmade soaps and lovely body products!
We always use very good quality Greek virgin olive oil which holds the highest percentage in our recipes. Our olive oil comes from the Groves of The Cultural Park of Stavros Niarchos, which is like saying it rates top-notch, natural, sustainable, pesticides free, fully organic.
We also use other oils and butters, coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, palm oil from sustainable sources, to create different end products that will address the broad needs of our customers, or more specific ones. Tweaking the recipe will give a more cleansing or a more conditioning handmade soap.
Let’s not forget the products in the other categories, creams, lotions, body washes, shampoos, hair conditioners. They also share the same philosophy in raw material quality and natural character.
The Additives we Use
We have researched and chosen from a wide variety of ingredients that are endemic in the Mediterranean and specifically in the Greek country and seaside. Numerous herbal plants, chosen for their therapeutic and Ayurveda qualities, are added in dried form in our soaps, to enhance their natural character and enrich their lather. Krokos (Greek Safran), Nettle leaves, Chamomile and Calendula flowers, Malotira, Cretan dittany or hop marjoram, ironwort, Sideritis, mountain tea, and shepherd’s tea, thyme, sage, rosemary, hibiscus, juniper.
The mastic resin is superb in the antifungal, antimicrobial properties it adds to the soap.
Some ingredients are chosen for their peeling effects, like dried oats, poppy seeds, dried thyme leaves, etc.
The coloring agents we use are natural powders like paprika, Curcuma, thyme leaves, nettle leaves, and also natural oxides.
We also use pure essential oils and carefully picked fragrance oils from well-respected suppliers. The aromatic recipes are a whole separate chapter in Seamuse. Our fragrances are custom made in the workshop and not one is a copy from a competitor or ready bought from a supplier. Let’s not forget our much, much-loved Perfumery Course!
Our backbone product is our handmade, natural soap bars. It is a product most tricky to produce, due to the safety issues and the recipe combinations. We have invested in an intricate software program that ensures the stability and safety of our end products.
We also produce excellent liquid body washes, using the hot process method. We carry four different body washes, for sensitive skin, dry, normal, and oily skin, each with its own particular recipes and aromatics. Note, this is an all-natural liquid soap, recommended for the body, not the scalp or the face, because of its higher pH.
Next, we have the body cream to lotions line, also in the same philosophy, sensitive, dry, normal, oil skin. The scents are in the same families as the body washes.
We have been developing our natural ingredients face line, with the cleansing oil, and the face creams for sensitive, dry and normal skin types. We are still researching and developing this line.
Scaling up the production of handmade soap and other handmade cosmetics like creams, shampoo, body wash, etc. is easier said than done! Equipment had to be replaced with new higher capacity items. Rearrangements and restructure of the workshop had to be designed and implemented from the stage of raw materials storing area to higher volume and more precise scales, to larger production containers, to larger molds, to stronger cutting tools, to more curing racks, etc, etc.
What we are proud of, however, is that we did not jump to volumes that would dictate altering our handmade character, our handmade recipes. Our workshop continues to be a small-scale family business.
Keeping the boat steady
Taking production to the next level, entailed more than just increasing the volumes at all stages. We introduced and diligently follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), for every raw material entering the workshop, to all batches of handmade soaps, creams, and shampoos produced, tested, and shipped to customers. No compromises or shortcuts!
Testing for Safety
All batches we make have to be tested in an accredited laboratory, for stability, safety, challenging temperature conditions, and microbial contamination. A tedious, yet necessary procedure for keeping quality standards high.
What would be our motto after these 10 years of hard work? Keep the product simple, a good well-designed formula and top-quality ingredients are all you need to make an excellent product!
The Seamuse team