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About Us

We can provide you with a range of waxes, oils and soap bases, and we hope to expand our product line in the future to include ingredients for bath and body products too.

An old black and white photograph of an H Foster horse-drawn wagon.
Black and white photograph of H Foster wagon with barrels on the back.


We started the 1875 shop in 2016 when we noticed a need in the market that wasn’t being fulfilled. The hobbyists and small companies making handcrafted soap, candles and cosmetics needed a supplier that could give them reliable and quality ingredients in small quantities. We stepped in to cater to these needs, and today supply a variety of products in smaller quantities, along with expert advice and a friendly service.

Simon and Tom Eggar, owners of H Foster, sat at a desk together with a laptop.

Our team

Our capable team consists of:

Tanya - eCommerce Coordinator

Hayley – Purchasing Administration
Leeanne – Sales Administration
Caroline – Accounts
Tom – Business Development
Kirsty - Office Manager
Simon - Managing Director
Andy - Technical Consultant

And in our warehouse:

Mark – Warehouse Manager
Steve – Warehouse Operative

And, of course , our newest staff members - Emma (Chief Doorstop) & Dudley (Chief Paper Shredder)