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Crafty businesswoman cleans up thanks to novelty Buckfast-inspired soap


Helen Gilmour, whose Skin-a-licious shop is based in Airdrie, has created soaps based on the tonic wine as an offbeat souvenir. And the bars, which look almost identical to a 35cl bottle of Buckie, have been approved by the Benedictine monks in Devon who make the wine.

Helen said: “They agreed I could make the bars of soap. And they bought some of it to give to distributors, too.” A Buckfast spokesman yesterday confirmed they had given the soap design the go ahead, saying they were “delighted” with the finished product.

He added: “We actually received some samples, too. They’re lovely small creations and great quality. “There has been one or two amendments to the packaging of the soaps as obviously they aren’t drinkable but we are delighted with them.” American Helen said the novelties are going down well with customers.

She added: “The reaction has been amazing – people love it. I get people coming in to take pictures. There is some bad news for fans of traditional Buckie, however. Helen added: “There’s no Buckfast in the soap. I’ve been asked many times about that. It’s blackcurrant fragranced. “They’re just a little bit smaller than the real bottles.”

Source: The Daily Record

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