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Sea Green Seaweed Spa

We’ve been having great fun recently playing around with our Seaweed Spa soap and we thought you might like to have a look at what we’re up to.

Our goal is to try and pack even more varieties of healing seaweed into this popular soap and make it an even more uplifting sea green colour to complement its fresh scent and reviving properties.

Below are some pictures of our latest batch, compared with the current soap. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

 

We really like the new colour. Do you? Would you prefer this bar to be sea green?

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Valentines on our soap stall at Spitalfields Market

Wasn’t Valentines fun this year? It seemed as though love really was in the air, and we certainly had great fun hearing about our customers’ romances 🙂

Below are some pics of our most popular gifts this year, as well as some shots of our Valentines display.

If we haven’t yet heard your story and you’d like to share, please go ahead in the comments below.

 

And…if you totally forgot Valentines was coming up and need a belated gift, then don’t worry we still have a few boxes left.

Our customers are always reminding us though that hearts just aren’t for Valentines day. In fact, we originally only planned on making hearts for February each year, but you told us this was unacceptable – hence their appearance on our site and stall all year long 🙂

So if you’d like a heart soap now, whatever the reason, do check out our Hearts Collection.

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SOAP MAKING SERIES: How our soap is cut and cured

We are often asked how our soap bars are made, so as we thought we’d do a series of blog posts to show you the process.

Today the soap we made on Friday is ready to be cut into bars, so we’ve taken some pictures of the process to show you how we do it.

The pictures aren’t professionally shot (taken by us instead) so they’re a bit rough and ready. Nevertheless, they’ll give you a good idea of how the soap bars you use are cut and cured.

Can you tell which soap we’re cutting today?

1) The soap block is unmoulded and placed on the cutting board ready to be cut

This block will be handcut into 35 bars.

 

2) The soap block is sliced into 3 ‘logs’; these are then sliced into bars

3) The freshly sliced bars are placed on their own curing tray

Each soap variety has its own individual curing tray. This ensures that it retains its own, unique natural scent and does not take on the scents of the our other varieties.

Instead of buying new curing trays, ours are upcycled from wood from an apple farm.

Can you spy the jars of Soapourri shreds in the background?

4) The soap bars are left for at least 4 weeks to ‘cure’

Just like fine wine or cheese, soap gets better with age. We cure our soaps for at least 4 weeks before releasing them for sale. This ensures that every bar you choose is mild, creamy and long lasting.

The soaps are gently rotated during the curing phase to ensure that each side has cured evenly and is nice and hard.

5) The fully cured bars are available for you to buy from our website or market stall in Central London.

Honey & Oatmeal Gentle Scrub Soap Bar

 

The batch of Oatmeal Soother bars we cut today will be sold through the website and on our market stall in around 4 week’s time.

Our previous batch of Oatmeal Soother bars is fully cured though and available to buy right now.

(Note: we will be at Spitalfields market as usual from this Friday, 25th January.)


Watch out for more posts in our Soap Making series.

There may even be some videos of making the bars!

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New year, new hues

A very Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a fab festive season and are enjoying welcoming in a new year brimming with promise and possibilities.

We’ve bounded into 2013 with a definite spring in our steps and have set about creating a lot of lovely new shades and soaps, which we look forward to sharing with you over the coming weeks and months.

Charcoal Grey

The first of our new hues comes in the form of our Charcoal Detox gift soaps. It being the depths of winter, we thought a softer, more comforting shade would be a nice change, and so our stylish, formerly black, cakes and hearts will start the year an appropriate shade of charcoal grey.

Light Ginger

The second new hue is in fact a new colour and an entirely new soap! We’ve been thinking for some time now that ginger would be a lovely, comforting smell to take into the shower or bath, and what better to pair to it with than lime! Some might say a margarita in bar, we’re super excited to try this when its finished its 4 week cure. Coloured 100% naturally of course with ginger powder and a touch of healing turmeric.

Mystery Variety

And what’s this I spy curing on the drying rack? Well..you’ll just have to wait and see.

 

The grey Charcoal Detox Hearts and Cakes are available for pre-order now. Orders placed today will be shipped in around 3-4 week’s time.

Lime & Ginger soaps will be available to order online in 4-5 week’s time.

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Habitat gets a style injection from our soaps

Habitat Catalogue Cover featuring All Natural SoapWe’ve always said that our black and grey Charcoal Detox and Mens bars add a touch of style to any bathroom, and it turns out that Habitat agree.

One of Habitat’s photographers was recently spotted perusing the stalls at Spitalfields Market, London looking for ‘just the right black soap’ to complete one of his bathroom shoots, when he was drawn to the ALL NATURAL SOAP stall.

We were pleased to see the very stylish gent approaching us, and he told us he had been looking everywhere for a stylish, chunky black soap but none he had found had quite fit the bill.

All Natural Soap in Habitat Catalogues_cropHe proceeded to look through our wide selection of hand hewn grey and black bars, and after a few minutes’ consideration, the Habitat photographer announced he had found just what he was looking for. Armed with a black Charcoal Detox and grey Mens bar he happily trotted off.

It seems that the soaps were indeed ‘just right’, as one of them has made the final cut and is being used to dress an elegant bathroom scene in the latest Habitat and Habitat in Homebase catalogues.

The photographer opted to use the square cut, black Charcoal Detox bar, and we must say we think it looks fab.

Habitat in Homebase Catalogue Cover featuring All Natural SoapNot only nice to look at, the Charcoal Detox bars are also lovely to sniff and, imagine that, also great to wash with 🙂

Why not pick yourself one up to spruce up your skin and sink this festive season?

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Latest batch of G&T soap cakes – How nice is that green?

We’re really taken with our most recent batch of G&T soap cakes as the colour turned out even more vibrant than normal.

That’s the beauty of working with natural ingredients – every batch is unique. Olive harvests vary from one season to the next and as olive oil is the main ingredient in all our soaps, so do our soaps. The natural green clay used to enrich and colour our G&T variety also varies from batch to batch, and for us this more emerald hue is the most stunning yet. What do you think?

These little beauties are over half way through their 4 week cure now and will be ready to buy from 1 November. If you’d like to pre-order yours now, simply let us know via the contact form or call us on 0207 272 2572.

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NEW! Minty Fresh Scrub Bars

Minty Fresh Scrub Bar_All Natural SoapWe’ve been trialing this variety on the stall now for a couple of months now and you know what, we think it may actually be overtaking our Citrus Sunshine bars as our current customer favourite!

Both men and women have told us that they really like the scent, and that the scrubby texture is just right. Some women have been using it to help get rid of ingrowing hairs and men seem to like how it makes them feel “really clean”.

Scrubbier than our other exfoliating bath bar – Citrus Sunshine – but less scrubby than our Kitchen hand Soap, this new scrub is now available online for you to try.

Grab your Minty Fresh Scrub bar now >