Published: August 14, 2020 | Updated: August 14, 2020

“Over the moon” founder of natural skincare range BAO shortlisted for entrepreneur awards

Beth Coldrick, Founder and Director, BAO Skincare.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Bravo for BAO – and Beth Coldrick.

The founder of the Dorset beauty brand – pronounced ‘Bay-o – is shortlisted for this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards for the South West.

She is one of four finalists in the Fashion & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year category.

An “over the moon” Beth said: “My journey to entrepreneur has been a rollercoaster with health issues and now of course, Covid-19.

“But BAO keeps me busy every day.

“From handmaking the products, to fulfilling orders, managing the brand’s social media and all the other tasks that come with being a businesswoman and brand founder.

“BAO is growing increasingly quickly across the UK and Ireland.

“Being a finalist for this award makes me realise how far I’ve come.”

Beth, who grew up by the sea in Sandbanks and attended Talbot Heath School, started to create handmade natural skincare in 2012.

It came three years after she was diagnosed with Crohns  Disease and Ulcerative  Colitis.

Both were due to the side effects of the many medications she was taking after struggling with her health for many years.

Beth started to suffer with extreme sensitive skin, a new and unpleasant experience for her.      

Using her insider knowledge of the skin’s structure and its needs – she studied for a Diploma in Natural Beauty Therapy and Nutrition in Australia in 2005 –  she started to test a plethora of different skincare products, desperate for relief from her sore skin.

Failing to find the perfect product for her, Beth started mixing plant oils, balms and butters to create natural skincare that was kind to her skin as well as the environment.

This led to the birth of BAO Skincare.

The face and body products use only the best certified vegan and organic ingredients.

Hence BAO stands for Beth’s Aromatherapy Organic.

Beth now spends her time researching, creating and striving to keep her skin, and that of her customers, happy.

She has created all of BAO Skincare’s formulations herself from her studio in Bournemouth.

Beth said: “Our certified organic and vegan skin care products really do make your skin happy, and our uplifting pure scents help calm the mind too.”

Apart from seeing the results for herself, she continually receives 5* reviews from her customers after helping thousands of women to treat their skin conditions.

The winners of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards for the South West will be announced on September 23 at a virtual awards ceremony.

“I’m so excited for the awards ceremony and plan to make a night of it, even if I am watching the show from the sofa,” said Beth.