It was there that her daughter, was diagnosed with numerous food allergies that triggered the breakouts. She was hospitalized and wet wrapped with bandages at one stage to control a severe outbreak.
Sarah and her husband tried numerous creams, steroids, medicines and methods, but found that keeping the products as natural as possible was their best line of defence when it came to fighting the eczema flares. Coming back home to the family’s small hobby farm in the central west, where they run sheep and goats Sarah knew they had to do something.
Having previously worked as a hairdresser, Sarah was aware of chemicals and its affects, so she decided to try her hand at making natural soap from goat’s milk.
The results were astonishing.
“We found that the natural product seemed to help settle her skin better,” Sarah said.
“While we won’t ever cure her eczema it has helped prevent the flare ups.”
Friends and family heard of Sarah’s natural products and wanted to try it themselves, which was how the idea of Lansdowne Farm was born.
She wanted to start a small business but didn’t know where to begin. Despite being laughed at by an accountant upon hearing the idea, she preserved. Sarah approached the Orana Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) who were able to provide her with the advice she needed to move forward with her business idea. “I thought I would get laughed at again… But Orana ASBAS were so supportive,” she said.
With no assets other than a couple of soap molds, a milking goat and determination, Sarah was committed to taking this idea from hobby to small business. “I truly believed in the business idea—and I wanted others to experience the benefits my daughter had through the product,” Sarah said.
So with the help of Orana ASBAS, Sarah launched the business, which is now going from strength to strength with support not only from the local community but the broader Australian public. Sarah now sells the goat’s milk soap, plus natural creams, lotions, lip balms, bath salts and mosquito repellent on her website. She goes to the Dubbo Farmers’ Markets twice a month and the soap is sold at the Daily Scoop in Dubbo’s CBD.
If you would like to find out more information please visit //www.lansdownefarm.com.au/
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