Friday, 3 August 2012
Soapsmith - London soaps and other good things
I love the concept and the packaging (it reminds me of the Ben Aaronovitch Peter Grant book covers - these books are great if you haven't read them). Happily, the products inside them live up to the promise of the idea; the scents are beautiful and the products themselves are great quality (and at very good prices.)
Lavender Hill is a fresh and pretty lavender/jasmine blend. It works well in the body wash and lotion, but my favourite product in this scent that I was sent is the Bath Soak. This is a blend of coconut milk and oat powders with epsom and sea salts, and it is soothing and relaxing. If you like baths, this is a must-try.
I was also really impressed by the Body Butter Melt in Camden Town. This is a solid body balm (made from shea, mango and cocoa butters) which is good for very dry skin. Camden Town is a blend of coconut, bergamot and subtle musk; the bergamot adds freshness and this isn't a too-sweet coconut scent.
The cold pressed soaps are very good too; Limehouse, a lemongrass/lime/litsea blend, is a perfect kitchen soap for washing hands (I don't like floral soaps in the kitchen).
More details of the products can be found at www.soapsmith.com. I wish they sold the products through the website and I think they'd do well somewhere like Zuneta too, but at the moment you can only buy online through Jarrold's department store here: Jarrold Soapsmith (they have a small selection of the products) or through Roullier White: Roullier White Soapsmith (soaps only). The products are stocked at Harrods in London, and will be in Selfridges from October. If you're near Harrods, these would be a great memento of a trip to London.
The products are priced from £6.50 (the soaps) to £12.
Disclosure: PR samples.