We are currently the only UK certified organic specialist soap maker. Other certified organic brands make soap as a side line. Soap is what we do first and it’s what we do best.
Yes, of course.
You can also shop from our amazing, independent local stockists including Made in Stroud in Stroud town centre, Truce in Nailsworth, the Greenshop in Bisley and the Halfway House Cafe in Box.
It's a small market town in Gloucestershire, which is on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Stroud is surrounded by five beautiful valleys and has a long tradition of creative industry. It's no coincidence that our packaging design draws on the legacy of the arts and crafts movement which flourished here in the cotswolds.
It's a great place to be a soapmaker as there is a genuine respect for people who make or create things.
We're famous for our Farmer's market, Vegan football team Forest Green Rovers and the free grazing cows who cause traffic mayhem in the summer months.
We want our soap to be affordable as well as nourishing to the skin, palm-oil free and certfied organic.
We are conscious that our soaps are used by all the family and we enjoy making gentle soaps that won't irritate or dry out the skin. This means you'll find our soaps a little less bubbly, but a little more creamy than other natural soaps. You'll also find that our soaps are very smooth.
There are no gimmicks. What you see is what you get. We don't add anything unnecessary. Every ingredient serves a clear purpose.
It might sound strange, but we do actually make to soap to be used. To that end our 115g is a practical size which will serve a family of four at least a month.
Finally, we only use certified organic essential oils to fragrance our soaps and to provide added skin benefits. It also means we have one of the highest ratios of certified organic ingredients in the UK.
It's a matter of personal preference. Some people wash their hair with a bar of natural soap and find that it works very well for them.
It's not something we recommend if you live in a hard water area or have coloured hair. This is because natural soap is naturally high in alkaline which can cause damage to the cuticle. Anecdotally, and in our own personal experience, the damage to the cuticle is felt more keenly if you have thick hair. In hard water areas, bar soap is more likely to leave a waxy deposit. A final rinse with a dilution of something acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice will help the cuticle lie flat and also help shift the soap scum. However, an acidic rinse will not be able to undo any damage already caused to cuticle.
These are all issues to bear in mind.
It's very much a matter of personal preference. The skin on your face is much thinner than the rest of your body and therefore more sensitive and prone to dryness.
A small amount of soapy lather used with a muslin cloth or flannel is a lovely way to wash the face.
You might prefer to use an unscented soap to wash your face if you have sensitive skin.
Certified organic means that the natural ingredients in our soap are grown without pesticides or synthetic fertisliers and is processed in approved low impact methods without the use of solvents. Regardless of whether a product is leave on or rinse off, we think it's better for the planet to choose organic if you can.
Strictly speaking, natural soap isn't a rinse off product. Like all natural soap makers, we superfat our soap. This means there is oil within the soap that has not fully saponified i.e oil that has not turned into soap. This is why natural soap makes your skin feel so soft.
There are lots of fragrances we can't recreate even though they sound natural.
This is because we only use certified organic esential oils to fragrance our soaps.
We choose essentials to fragrance our soaps because they benefit the skin. A synthetic fragrance provides scent and nothing else.
Essential oils are the only ingredients which can survive the saponification process. It would be wonderful if we could use orange juice or coffee to fragrance soap, but the scent is destroyed almost immediately.
No. We once considered RSPO sustainable palm oil when the cost of organic olive oil sky rocketed due to repeated poor harvests which made it harder to source. Palm oil is a very economical oil because it's yield is so high. It makes a hard soap bar.
However the ethical arguments didn't stack up. The palm oil industry have failed to halt the alarming rate of deforestation - one football field is lost every 25 seconds in Indonesia. By the time you finish reading this answer, 2 football fields will have disappeared.
The palm oil industy is a complicated chain of growers, processors, subsidiaries and parent companies. For this reason, Greenpeace believe that no company can claim the palm oil it uses is 100% “sustainable”.
No. Our FSC certified paper wraps increase the shelf life of our soaps which helps to reduce wasted product.
By law, we also have tell you information about our soaps, their ingredients and any potential allergens. This can be done at the Point of Sale but this is a less reliable method.
You can read more about this subject in our blog, Does soap need packaging?
All our soaps are suitable for Vegetarians. Traditionally, soap makers might use tallow. Very few soap makers use this now.
All but one of our soaps is suitable for Vegans. Our Milk & Honey soap contains coconut milk and honey. The honey acts as a humectant and lather booster.
If you are looking for an unscented, vegan friendly soap then we can recommend our organic Calendula soap
Why mend something that isn't broken. Solid bar soap is up there with the wheel. A self preserving product that needs minimal packaging and outlasts liquid soap 2 or 3 times over.
No. We are soap makers.
We leave candles to candle makers.
These were our smaller soaps, which were really popular.
There is a definitely a place for a smaller soap and we are looking at how we can do this. We don't think we will make round soaps again though. Not unless we can find a good way to stop them rolling around!