Beauty brands come in many shapes, sizes and philosophies – but few are quite as good – in every sense – as The Soap Co.
Based in East London, and with a traditional workshop in the Lake District, all of the company’s products are handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. Now, after celebrating its third birthday earlier this month, the social enterprise has become so successful it’s stocked in John Lewis & Partners.
‘We believe in no-compromise bath and beauty products with a conscience,’ Camilla Marcus-Dew, co-founder of the British beauty brand, says. ‘It’s why very one of our products is designed for good: good for the skin, good for the environment and most importantly good for everyone.’
‘Our end goal is to create meaningful employment that changes people’s lives for the better, and to create ripple effects through the beauty industry and beyond. Luxury ethical beauty has hit the mainstream and we’re proud to be leading the charge.’
The Soap Co.’s natural, eco-friendly range is comparatively small but beautifully formed, spanning bar soaps, hand washes and lotions, and bath oils. Price points open at £9, and rise to a top end of £38 for a gift set.
As for the minimalist, aesthetically pleasing packaging? All of the bottles are created from recycled milk bottles, and the handmade cold-pressed soaps are wrapped in compostable film. The keepsake gift boxes, meanwhile, are 100% recycled FSC-certified paper.
Ultimately, The Soap Co. prides itself on attention to detail ‘where it matters’, and it shows. So, whether you’re in the market for a Christmas present with a difference, or a self-gift you can invest in in good conscience, now you exactly know where to look…