About us and our story
Hawkins Organic has been created by Belle and Mike who were keen to find a range of natural and where possible organic products, for use on their own animals on their Suffolk farm...But why ?
Since 2010 Belle has fought through two different bouts of Breast cancer and as part of this journey gained a better understanding of some of the nasty ingredients that many products unfortunately contain. With this in mind she started to look more carefully at the products and produce she used herself. Belle's horses and faithful Labrador Miss Crumble, were by her side throughout this challenging time which prompted us to question why should they be subjected to products that contain many nasty chemicals and parabens that have been linked to cancer? Market research then highlighted that whilst some animal grooming products advertise as 'natural' they still contain chemicals, perfumes and additives. This prompted us to begin our journey to not only change the type of products we used on ourselves but to provide our beloved animals with products that are effective but importantly kind to their skin.
Hawkins Organic was born after months and months of research and investigation into ingredients which meet Belle's strict requirements. It's paramount to us that our products not only smell great but they outperform products already on the market without containing any nasties.
Several huge boxes of sample bottles and potions later we recruited a team to start to test our products…
Mike was our first tester and guinea pig as Belle would not allow any untested product to be used on any of the animals first! Once it was proven that Mike was OK, still alive, smelling fresh and squeaky clean we then turned to our four legged friends to see if they approved.
Let me introduce you to the Hawkins Organic team at HQ:
- Pitch - 16.2hh Irish Sports horse (now enjoying a semi retired pampered life)
- Jasper - 13hh Welsh Section B (Children's pocket rocket)
- Carlos - 16.2hh Dutch Warm Blood (Dressage and Jumping Superstar)
- Miss Crumble - Working Labrador (100% Aga Dog, who only likes the finest Egyptian cotton and is adored by everyone)
- Peggy Sue - Black Cat (totally rules the roost...whilst not interested in testing products, does like to keep a close eye on activities (chaos)
With the team established, round two of testing commenced with different smells and styles being assessed. As a result we had a range that we are hugely proud of. Our final third round of testing saw us widen out to family members. A main tester of the dog range was 'Willow', another Labrador who has the ability to find stinky mud on the warmest and sunniest of days, so the perfect tester. Results were great and excellent feed back on the horse ranges as well meant we were ready to go.
This brings us to where we are today. We are delighted our range of products are now available so your animals can enjoy the products benefits and you have the piece of mind that nothing you use will hurt or irritate your beloved animals.
Since Belle was diagnosed with Cancer our aim at Hawkins Organic is not only to produce the finest natural products but to also give back to a number of charities close to her heart. Belle appreciated all the support given to her and now wants to give back to cancer charities such as Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care and Macmillian. Not forgetting the animals charities too that do such great work.
We are proud that we will be supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind and Redwings Horse Sanctuary as our chosen animal charities, but as our popularity grows so will our support to other charities.
Hawkins Organic grooming range is 100% produced in Suffolk and all our treats are made a little further a field but still within the UK and this is an achievement that we are very proud of.
We hope you enjoy our range and we are not stopping here.. We will be looking to increase the collection further with new products and fragrances, testing on poor Mike to ensure they pass with flying colours.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know more or have any suggestions you would like us to consider.