Gifts,  Health & Beauty

The Soap Co: Eco-friendly, ethical hand and body products

Update: Since this post was published, The Soap Co.’s parent company, Clarity, went into administration and was bought out of this by a businessman. You might have seen in the press in late 2020/early 2021 that many employees of Clarity, including The Soap Co., claim that they haven’t been paid for many months, something its owner disputes. This is hugely concerning and I really hope it gets resolved very soon. Having checked, I can’t seem to find The Soap Co. stocked anywhere and its website also seems to be offline. Not good news. I will keep an eye on developments but, sadly, it’s not looking good for the future of this social enterprise. 


Happy New Year and New Decade! I keep typing 2010 everywhere as can’t believe it’s actually 2020. Where has the last ten years gone?

No matter what, January can feel like a long old month. It’s cold. It’s dark. The bank accounts have been heavily compromised after all the Christmas cheer. Dry January is also a horror show for most of us. So much short-term pain. With that, there’s never been a better time for some eco-friendly pampering.

Hopefully this post will inspire you to indulge in some sustainable self-care to ease those January Blues.

As well as greener packaging, what’s not to like about healthier, purer products with no nasty chemicals?

So where to start?  

The Soap Co.

There are lots of emerging brands in this space. One that’s caught my eye over the last few months is The Soap Co. Described on its website as an “Ethical luxury brand that makes products that are good and do good” , it’s a social enterprise that makes beautiful sustainable cosmetics. Tell me more, I hear you say. 

The Soap Co. provides training and work opportunities for people who are partially sighted, blind or have other disabilities (80% of its current workforce have a disability). It’s based in East London and has its workshop in the Lake District.

The product range is wide and includes ethical and sustainably sourced cold-pressed soap bars, hand and body washes and lotions, pure body and bath oils and exfoliating soap pebbles.

Body Oil with a difference

One product I’ve tried recently and like a lot is the Renew body oil. If your skin needs some TLC this winter, this oil could be just what it needs.  

Jojoba seed and evening primrose oils, calendula and borage botanicals absorb instantly without any greasy residue. The scent is noticeable but not overpowering with ylang ylang and pink grapefruit oils. You’ll feel and smell like you’ve just stepped out of a luxurious spa, not your own bathroom. 

As you’d hope too, all The Soap Co’s hand and body washes are free from common nasty acronym ingredients such as SLS, SLES, PEGs, DEA, EDTA as well as parabens, triclosan and petrochemicals. The lotions also don’t contain any of these, or any mineral oils and TEA. So the health box is well and truly ticked.

And the packaging is minimalist and classy. My only gripe is that although the body oil bottle is glass, there is still some plastic there – in the lid, stopper and also the labels. The good news is that The Soap Co. will soon be introducing fully recyclable aluminium bottles across its range so that should help with the eco-credentials.

Don’t you just hate bottles that make it far too easy to pour vast amounts of body oil everywhere when applying? Before you know it, most of the product is on the floor or towel or your skin’s swimming in oil. Thankfully, the Soap Co. body oil bottle is slow dispensing and will last you a while. To give you a gauge, I’m getting through around half a centimetre of the bottle daily with one use per day.

Have you used any of The Soap Co. products? If so, I’d love to hear how you got on and which ones you recommend. Please let me know in the comments below.

Bar soap from £7.00. hand and body washes, lotions and oils from £12.00. Exfoliating soap pebbles from £11.00. All available directly from The Soap Co. website or from various stockists, on and offline.

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