Louise is the soapmaker behind the business and she loves to make all natural cold process soaps and skincare products which have soothing and gentle qualities. The business was conceived in 2013 after many years of making products for family & friends. Our products are never tested on animals and are made with only natural ingredients, natural minerals, botanicals and essential oils and they contain no artificial fragrances, colourants or preservatives.
Handmade soaps are very different to commercial synthetic soaps. We combine oils such as Olive, Coconut, Avocado with Sodium Hydroxide (also known as Lye) which in its most basic form is made by filtering rain water through ashes. These ingredients 'saponify' which is where oils react with Sodium Hydroxide and develop into Sodium Salts and Glycerin. Extra oils or butters are always added to our recipes to ensure 'free oils' will condition the skin as well as clean it!
The production of Glycerin is a major benefit of the cold process method as Glycerin is an effective moisturising agent . Glycerin is often extracted from synthetic commercial soaps (for other uses) and because of this your skin is often left feeling itchy and dry.
Within the world of Handmade Soap - many 'natural' soaps still contain manmade colorants and fragrances as sometimes this is the only way to obtain vibrant colors (bright greens and blues) and fragrances such as chocolate and coconut (amongst many others) - you cannot obtain these scents as an essential oil! Look for a CI (Colour Index) number and the generic term 'Parfum' which often indicate synthetic ingredients have been used.
We only use naturally gathered or harvested additives such as clays and spices such as Paprika to color soaps and pure essential oils for scent and their specific botanical properties. We occasionally throw in unexpected ingredients such as Tussah Silk, Goats Milk and even 24K Gold but we will always label these clearly so there will be never any hidden ingredients!
Our high quality soaps have a slight alkalinity which helps ensure the skin is cleansed and reduces bacteria which in turn minimizes bacteria growth on the skin which is often the cause of many skin problems. In addition, we do not add any chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Parabens which some people call chemical 'nasties'. Other less well known chemicals that you may want to avoid include Triclosan, Parfum, EDTA, Coal Tar dyes (listed as CI numbers) DEA or TEA (Diethanolamine/Triethanolamine), and Methylisothiazolinone. These chemicals are often considered to be skin irritants amongst many other things.
If you have never tried handmade soap, natural bath and skincare luxuries then give it a go! It is a little indulgence everyone should try!
As I spent 20 years working for the NHS I would like to show my support by offering NHS workers a discount.