Friends hope to be the cream of town Hartlepool’s business

NEW VENTURE: Debbie Armstrong (right) and Carrie Dandy who have set up a joint business selling skin-friendly beauty products
NEW VENTURE: Debbie Armstrong (right) and Carrie Dandy who have set up a joint business selling skin-friendly beauty products

IT was a natural reaction for Carrie Dandy and Debbie Armstrong.

After all, when both of them had separate experiences of health issues, both their thoughts turned to producing naturally safe creams.

And now, they’re hoping for great things with their new firm The Purple Pot Company, based in Hartlepool.

The Purple Pot Company is a mobile beauty business which uses products known for their revitalising and therapeutic properties, but it only got off the ground after the two business partners wanted to develop a naturally safe product.

Carrie said: “I started making skin care products 15 years ago for myself and my friends. I did it because I had a reaction to something I bought in a shop. It brought me out in a red swollen rash so I started to research it all for myself.”

At a similar time, Debbie’s son Jake was suffering from eczema. The two women became friends and Debbie added: “We were both living outside of Hartlepool and we both came back to the town.

“We got together and said ‘let’s do this as a business’ and now it is going really well.”

One of the biggest challenges facing the women was getting through the red tape which surrounds launching a beauty product business.

Carrie explained: “The creams themselves have to be safety assessed and then they have to be challenge tested. We had to do brochures and labels and do it all professionally.

“Fingers crossed, it is all going well so far. I suppose if I had not been affected by a skincare product I might never have got into this in the first place.

“But we have both discovered that we really enjoy the business.”

Debbie described the problems that Jake faced from four years old.

“I found that the products I was using on my son were causing irritation, redness and itchiness and I thought ‘why use them’. They were flaring up his eczema.”

Debbie said she researched a new product which Carrie converted into a cream for eczema sufferers and within six weeks, he son was seeing a noticeable difference.