Wax Lyrical, the UK's largest home fragrance company has announced expansion plans into the personal care sector following a successful quarter, having been commended by the UK Government on its agility during the COVID-19 crisis.
Cumbria-based brand Wax Lyrical transformed its home fragrance business in March this year to manufacture hand and surface sanitiser and within 10 days from planning to production made its first delivery to the NHS, providing much needed products to local hospitals, care homes and pharmacies.In July this year, the brand received national recognition for its response to the coronavirus pandemic and was listed among 80 UK businesses in the UK Government's international marketing campaign, "GREAT Inspirations" delivered by the GREAT Britain campaign.
In spring 2021 Wax Lyrical will be entering the personal care sector and will be launching hand wash and lotion, and body wash and lotion. This new product range is a natural evolution for the team of fragrance experts who have been monitoring the personal care sector for some time with the intention of launching its own range.The brand has also committed to continuing to produce its 70% alcohol hand sanitiser and 65% alcohol surface spray and is predicting continued demand for the product.
The Cumbria factory has been working hard to meet the national demand for sanitiser, with more than 1 million units distributed to trusts, health authorities and retail in the three months of production.
Following the brand's recent success, Wax Lyrical's parent company Portmeirion Group is investing approximately £1 million in the development of a personal care plant annexed to its existing site in Cumbria, which is due to be completed by early 2021. The investment and extended facilities at the Cumbria factory will be used to support growth of personal care manufacturing operations.
Jacqui Gale said: "Whilst this wasn't how we expected to mark out 40 years in business it has been monumental nonetheless. There's been a great sense of pride from the whole team to be able to support the country at this time. The extension to our site in Cumbria reflects the ambition for the brand which is exporting British-made home fragrances globally, with new territories in the pipeline for 2021."