Great news! After searching for a while, we’ve finally been able to find a suitable way of wrapping our soaps without using plastic!
We’re really conscious of the environment and use glass bottles and aluminium jars for our oils, balms and butters, and as much as we can, we reuse any boxes and envelopes we receive for posting products out.
Our soaps are glycerin-based, which means they attract moisture,which is fabulous for the skin, but when out in the open, the soaps need to be wrapped for stall display, storage at The Soap Cabin HQ and for transport to stop them ‘sweating’. We were also concerned that customers should be able to see the soaps on display, as we make them in different colours.
Greaseproof paper was no good because no tape or label would stick to it, but recently we found this amazing eco-friendly recycled paper wrap!
Spring is almost with us and here at The Soap Cabin we have been looking at what events we can take part in this year. Great news – we’re going to be at Denham Village Fayre again on the end of May Bank Holiday Monday! It was sunny and very, very busy last year, so we are hoping for similar conditions this time around. I’ll also be attending a 4 day workshop, starting this weekend, learning everything there is to know (in more detail) about essential oils, which we use in our products and I’m extremely passionate about!
I recently bought a wool hat and scarf set, hand knitted by a crafter in Manchester because I’ve become more and more conscious of where (and how) my clothing and other products are made, and I wanted something unique.
Because I was her first ever customer, she sent me a free gift – a set of handmade 100% cotton face scrubbies! You basically use them to wash your face or remove makeup. The beauty of them is that they’re washable, so you can rinse, dry and use again! In terms of makeup removal, they’re so much better for the environment than using disposable face wipes.
So, I got in touch with the crafter to explain a bit about The Soap Cabin and place an order for some more. We’re very excited to say that we’ll have these handmade British products on our stall and on our online shop to purchase!
We heard in the news last week that the government has banned the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products. This is great news! As you may be aware, plastic microbeads are found in many products, such as exfoliating face scrubs, toothpastes, hand washes and many more. They are a cheap alternative to using say, ground coconut shell, but unfortunately they get washed down the plug hole and end up in our oceans where they are ingested by marine life – frightening! You might have seen the BBC’s Blue Planet II recently, which highlighted this terrible issue and how it is affecting our sea creatures.
You will be pleased to know that The Soap Cabin has never and will never use microbeads in our products. We are all about natural ingredients, so we use natural exfoliants including poppy seeds and pumice powder which, being naturally occurring, break down over time.
Plastic in itself is a bigger issue because so many products come encased in (far too much) plastic, which just ends up in landfill because it doesn’t biodegrade. The only plastic we currently use is in our soap packaging (cellophane wrap) because the soaps are vegetable glycerine-based and have to be kept air-tight to prevent attracting water and sweating. Although this is less wasteful than a hand wash bottle, it’s still plastic and something we want to think about going forward.