Ernie and Renata Semmens with Harmony Soapworks’ handmade luxuries.
Ernie and Renata Semmens with Harmony Soapworks’ handmade luxuries. Lindsey Jackson

Luxury on offer with Soapworks

IF you haven’t made the trip to the annual Gemfest, you might be mistaken in thinking it’s all about sparkling sapphires, glittering jewellery and colourful stones but that is certainly not the case.

There are plenty of other stalls at the festival ranging from clothing to scrumptious food and entertainment.

Ernie and Renata Semmens were just one couple showcasing some luxurious body goodies, with their range of gourmet Australian handmade natural soaps.

Making the trip from the Sunshine Coast, this was the Semmens’ second year at Gemfest and they said it was a festival they just couldn’t refuse.

“We got such a great response last year so we thought we’d come up again,” Ernie said.

The couple’s children established the Harmony Soapworks business 10 years ago but Ernie and Renata have been involved in the process since the day it started.

“Our son Andrew and daughter Rosemaree hand-make all the soap and we promote it,” Ernie said.

With scents including bubblegum, cinnamon and orange, confetti, mango, vanilla, aniseed and Lily of the Valley, it’s hard to walk past their colourful stand without being drawn by the delicate aromas.

“It’s a gourmet, all-natural soap and we have a vegetable oil range, an olive oil range for men and women, and a premium goat’s milk range,” Ernie said.

“All of our colours are French and Australian clays, they’re not dyes.”

Often mistaken for some kind of delicious cake or fudge, Ernie said the soaps were nourishing and gentle for the skin and they all contained pure essential oils.

“There are no chemicals involved so there is nothing to dry the skin out,” he said.

“Because it’s all natural, it’s basically nutrition for the cells.”

Harmony Soapworks products are sold in various health food stores throughout Queensland and are also available online.

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