H2k's secret & a message from our founder...

A message from Hazel.....

"Having many spent years
trying to find vegan skin care that worked with my hyper sensitivity and inflamed skin, I decided to create my own.   I worked tirelessly through my teens and early 20’s testing and formulating until finally I found the secret that worked. Kalahari melon seed oil and it was only then, that the real work began.

I developed our first collection of sensitive skin care products in the early part of Year 2000. This was really exciting, but it was when someone rang to say my products had helped their eczema that I actually felt a sense of achievement.   

As the brand has grown, so has my vision for helping others.   Feeling burnt out, stressed or just tired with every day life is extremely difficult to deal with and many of us don’t feel supported.  I used to feel family and/or friends could help me feel good, but then I realised it had to come from within and that’s when it hit me.  I needed to help other people, like me - not perfect - just someone who wants to feel good every day, not just now and then.  It was this that inspired me to add to our skincare and toiletries collections and create sleep & well-being products such as candles, diffusers and oils, all of which have a sense of purpose - to care for you.  With free trade or/and organic ingredients, it felt like it was just what the doctor ordered and once I started I just couldn’t stop.  I’m formulating now for next year’s products and the whole process makes me feel relaxed, helps me sleep and gives me good karma

Creating skin and well-being
products is a dream come true.  Formulating and developing new ideas is a wonderful journey to be on and I feel so lucky to be doing something I love.  Having said that, I’ve had days when I’ve wanted to pull my hair out, to days where I’ve been jumping for joy, but the real secret for me is when we receive a letter or phone call saying how we’ve helped someone’s skin.   These really are the best moments.  People often say to me… why do you still answer the phone?, surely you haven’t time for that.  And I just say, when would I not have time for someone?   Not only do I enjoy listening to customers, but it helps us learn and grow as a brand.

I feel like I’ve an extended family with H2k Botanicals. Everyone is so loyal and I feel extremely lucky every day. I guess the secret isn’t just the Kalahari melon seed oil, but to believe in yourself and your dreams…some of them do come true"

Our Key Ingredient

Calm skin promotes relaxation and can aid sleep

We hand-picked Kalahari melon seed oil for its wonderful benefits for even the most sensitive of skin. It is a nourishing oil that is comprised of two essential components that help repair the skin barrier: vitamin e and linoleic acid. This dynamic duo work hard to simultaneously repair and protect your skin barrier on a cellular level.

Kalahari melon oil is also naturally rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which are amazing for helping the skin appear firmer, and reduce the signs for premature aging.

  • Hazel - Founder & MD

    Hazel is our lovely MD and Founder. Mostly spends her day formulating new scents and/or chatting with customers.

  • Kerry - Flagship Store Manager

    Our wonderful Harrogate store is run by shop manager Kerry, who helps with everything from shop management and visual merchandising to product development.

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  • Behind the scenes

    We have a wealth of experience with our wonderful customer service and production team, so whilst you may not directly speak with them, Steve, Kenny, Jim, Theresa and Kelly work tirelessly to bring you the best products in an agreed time-frame

  • Tom and Edith - Production & Warehousing

    Well respected by all that know them Tom and Edith are instrumental in managing stock, ingredients and orders. Their friendly personalities and willingness to get things right are key to the business.

  • Oscar - Staff Motivator

    Oscar is our staff motivator and we could not do without him! Between chasing squirrels and munching treats, Oscar's day is jam-packed with important responsibilities.

  • Our Farmers

    Although not a part of our every day team, our farmers are at the heart of H2k.

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  • Harrogate Hospital

    H2k Botanicals is proud to support Harrogate Hospital in our home town. Helping other's is in our opinion, the kindest and most natural act of human nature. We are incredibly fond of the fabulous palliative care team at the hospital.

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  • Woodland Trust

    Woodland Trust is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity. Because we care so deeply about the planet and are always taking inspiration from nature, the Woodland Trust is a partnership we are incredibly proud of.

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  • Yorkshire Children's Charity

    Yorkshire Children's Charity is dedicated to helping children who are disadvantaged through disabilities, ill health or financial circumstances. We are proud to support such a special charity doing such amazing work.

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