Farmers Welsh Lavender Ltd

Builth Wells




  • Miscellaneous Uncategorised
  • Ornamental Plants
  • Lavender
  • Lavender Products



Tel  01982 552467  

Email:  lavender@welshlavender.com



One spring evening in 2003, looking out over our idyllic land in mid Wales, chatting with our neighbours Betty and Baden, I mentioned I’d like to plant some lavender.  Back then we still lived in Oxford during the week where Bill taught philosophy. One of the many pleasures of our life there had been to live alongside a magical lavender hedge. I loved the feel of the flowers in my hands.  The scent was soothing, calming and  fresh.

Baden told us about an agency called Glasu which means “to green” in Welsh – its aim was to encourage farmers to diversify.  He thought we might qualify for a grant to plant a field of lavender.  A field? I was a journalist, not (yet) a farmer!

The earth on our farm, Cefnperfedd Uchaf, is extraordinary.   It’s red and rich and smells like rain.  Sometimes I think it smells slightly nutty.  On rainy days visitors look at their muddy red boots and rave about the colour.

That September our first 2,000 lavender plants were in the ground.

Meantime our jobs continued to take us to faraway places – to China, across the former Soviet Union, to Africa, Central Asia and Iraq.  Summers were spent harvesting lavender and hanging bunches to dry in our barn.

Another chance conversation would launch us on a completely new journey in 2008. My friend Hilary came to see our farm and said you must meet my sister Helen Lowe, a leading artisan in the design and development of cosmetic creams.

As a journalist I had often worked in harsh conditions which made me all too aware of the need to take care of my skin.  Helen loved the idea of working with Welsh lavender oil distilled in Wales so we experimented, making a tiny amount for her to use, enough to develop a sample line of face and body creams.

Our essential ingredient, lavender oil, comes from flowers just outside our windows.  Like a wine, our rich red earth at an altitude of 1100 feet, produces a lavender oil unique to our land.


How we make our products
FARMERS‘ creams and balms are made by hand with care.  The product formulations are unique to us and have been created by our creams designer Helen Lowe, a leading artisan in the development of body care products. She makes our FARMERS’ line in her north Wales studio overlooking the Atlantic and we bottle and label them on our farm. Helen’s focus is on ingredients that are beneficial – there are no artificial colours or perfumes in our products. We use naturally derived ingredients and our products are not tested on animals.  Our smart aluminium jars are made in the UK.  As Christmas 2013 approached the London Sunday Times Style beauty editor, Edwina Ings-Chambers, selected FARMERS’ as her favourite new brand: “The hand and foot creams are rich but not sticky, and come in sweet tins that take you back to childhood; and the lip balm, which comes in a jar with tin lid, is a good salve. It all looks so charming, you  just want to keep on using it.”   


Please visit our Website to order your

Lavender Creams

     Farmers Welsh Lavender Ltd.      


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