- It’s what they’ve always known
- Solid soap is more luxurious
- The feeling of scouring away the dirt in the shower
- Less packaging is better for the planet
- The bottles are fiddly.
Read the full article on the BBC.
These are some of my favourite made in the UK soap bars, in no particular order:
Christina May – English retail and contract and soap and candle manufacturers – recommended to me by a friend – made in England – http://www.christinamay.com. Also available on Amazon. I think it is just the soap that is made in England and not the accessories.
This Christina May 10% Sulphur Soap is described as being “specially formulated to ensure that your skin is nourished and protected. It is especially useful for those who are prone to skin ailments such as Acne, psoriasis and eczema.”
Droyt’s soap of Chorley, Lancashire (originally founded in Minsk) transparent glycerine soap is made in the UK. They say on their website “We are a privately owned, independent company and we have been making soaps in England since 1938 continuing a tradition that goes back to 1893.” As well as cut soaps, they make also liquid soaps, also in England – http://www.droyt.com
Co-op Pure Vegetable Bath Soap is made in the UK and is a great everyday soap bar.
The Soap Co. say they are “based in East London, and with a traditional workshop in the Lake District” and that “All our products are made in the UK…”. I have not tried these soaps – https://thesoapco.org
Scottish Fine Soaps Company say on their website “We’re proud to create, design, make and package all of our products at our factory near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire”. Established in 1974, they make soap bars, body wash, bath and shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, body milk, body butter, body scrub, hand and nail cream, hand wash, bath foam, bath soak, face wash, shave gel, aftershave balm, moisturiser, and so on – https://www.scottishfinesoaps.com
Wild Olive soaps are made in England. They make dog soap. They make soaps for humans too and have a shop in Buxton. I’m not sure if all their products are made in the UK, so do check (although I note they say on their front page of their website “all our products are hand made in the UK”). I’ve not tried this soap yet but it looks good – http://www.wild-olive.co.uk
English Handmade Soap is beautiful looking and gorgeously scented, moisturizing glycerin soap, that is handmade in Guildford. They do a wide range of soaps which are available on their website or at stockists listed on their website, including notonthehighstreet online. I like their lavender soap bar (shown below). Another great soap bar – http://www.englishhandmadesoap.com
Body Shop make solid soap bars. Some Body Shop soap bars and other products are made in the UK, but please check the packaging carefully to see where a product was made. Many Body Shop products are still made in the UK, but many are made abroad these days too. Country of origin information is not given on their website, so you will have to look at the packaging. The soap below has a great scent – http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Tesco have many of their products made for them in the UK but by no means all and Tesco is not the place to buy your solid soaps bars by the way. Today, 19th October 2015, I could not find a single British made bar of soap in Tesco. All their own brand soaps were made in China and none of their brand name soaps were UK made. Finally as of February 2019 I found some British made soap bars in Tesco, so it’s worth checking the packaging on their own brand soaps.
Asda carry their own brand UK made soaps such as the Asda Fresh Cream Sensitive soap bars 4 pack – https://groceries.asda.com/product/bar-soap/asda-fresh-cream-sensitive-soap-bars/910001786115
Brand names soaps which used to be made in England but are now foreign made, include PZ Cussons well known brand Imperial Leather soap which is made in Turkey or Thailand; some, PZ Cussons products such as some shower gel is still British made.
Wrights Coal Tar Soap and Simple (both owned by Unilever; some Unilever soap products are still made in the UK for example some of the Simple range) are now made in Turkey. Unilever (Lever Brothers) have discontinued Lifebuoy soap in the UK and any manufacturing is now abroad. Unilever Pears soap is now made in India and Unilever Dove soap is also foreign made.
Dettol soap, by Reckitt Benckiser, is foreign made.
Johnson’s Baby Soap, by Johnson and Johnson, is now foreign made.
Boots the Chemist own brand solid soaps are now all foreign made too, although some other products in Boots are still British made, for example some of their own brand Botanics range and some of their own brand moisturisers and Soltan suntan cream and they sell Soap and Glory some of which is UK made (although Soap and Glory do not mention country of origin on their website).
Proctor and Gamble have discontinued Fairy household and Fairy toilet soap, in the UK at least, and any manufacturing is now abroad.
Tala Utility Bar Soaps are made in Scotland. Tala also manufacture quite a few of their baking and icing products in England. Other Tala products are foreign made – https://www.talacooking.com/catalogue/kitchen/madeinengland
Molton Brown. Blended in England with the finest ingredients from around the world, iconic shower gels, hand washes, lotions, men’s grooming products and luxurious bath and body gifts. Stores throughout the UK. By Royal Appointment. Also available online. Soap at its best – http://www.moltonbrown.co.uk/
Out of Eden is a Trade Only supplier of hospitality products founded in 1993. I used their soap below in a holiday cottage in the Highlands of Scotland and was very impressed with it. No minimum order quantity. They seem to have their own soap making factory in Cumbria, formerly Buckingham Soap Ltd, also known as The Cumbria Soap Company which is also trade only. They supply soap bars and liquid soaps, shower gel, handwash and shampoos which are all made in the UK. As most hotel soaps are now made in China, it’s good to see companies like this offering a UK made soap. Whilst I suspect a lot of the other items this company supplies are foreign made I did find Bio-D cleaning products, Cole & Lewis soaps (see below), Tiptree sauces, and Clipper teas on their website and I’d like to think they could supply items like British made bed linen if you ask them –
“Cole and Lewis of London is an exclusive range of luxurious toiletries made in the UK from a subtle combination of botanical extracts” according to their twitter tagline. I can only see liquid soaps on their website but they also make solid soap bars for the hospitality trade which are available from Out of Eden, as their trade only supplier to the hospitality industry. I have not tried these soaps myself but they look nice – http://www.coleandlewis.co.uk
White Rose Aromatics supplies fragranced toiletry and fragranced gifts which seem to all be made in either England or Scotland, such as fragranced soap bars like Sottish Heather made in Scotland and Honeysuckle made in England soaps and Lavender sachets. They don’t seem to have a working website. I saw the products below for sale at a shop in Drumnadrochit in Scotland.
The soap pictured below by the Bellingham Soap Company (which I got from notonthehighstreet) is a great kitchen soap but it is no longer available it seems. The company’s website is no longer working (as of 16th April 2015) and their GooglePlus has not been updated since July 2013. What a shame and mine is just about finished too.
Talking of kitchen or household soaps, Fairy greeen household soap bar, has been discontinued by Proctor and Gamble and is no longer made in the UK (some bottles of Fairy Liquid washing detergent and Fairy laundry detergent are still made in the UK but you will need to check the bottle / box as some are now foreign made). Incidentally, Pears soap is now foreign made.
I also like soaps from Yardley and Woods of Windsor. Select the soaps made in the UK by checking the packaging – some products from Yardley and Woods of Windsor are foreign made (in places like Turkey) and country of origin information is not given against individual products on their website – http://www.yardleylondon.co.uk – http://www.woodsofwindsor.co.uk
You may also find British made soaps and other products at Crabtree and Evelyn. However, shop carefully as many Crabtree and Evelyn products are foreign made. Check the packaging. No country of origin information is given on their website. The Crabtree and Evelyn soaps I have used have been top notch – http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
It’s the same story with Pecksniff’s too. No country of origin information is given on their website, but if you check the packaging some of their products (fragrances, cosmetics, soaps, candles) might be made in England. The Pecksniff’s soaps I have used were made in England and were great soaps. They have a shop in Brighton – http://www.pecksniffs.com
Neal’s Yard make and sell organic natural health and beauty products, including soaps such the the one pictured below. Everything at Neal’s Yard is made in England. All great products – http://www.nealsyardremedies.com
John Drury manufactures vegetable and tallow-derived soap base noodles (including RSPO soap noodles) and flakes for customers to blend in their own products. They also own M. Bedforth & Sons Ltd who they purchased in 1965. M Bedforth & Sons is a specialist contract manufacturer of finished, shelf-ready soap products developing and manufacturing customers’ private liquid and bar soaps and they have their own brands called Avoca, Superfine and Natural Extracts making bar and liquid soap including bar soaps, hand washes, cream baths, cleansing baths, guest soaps, and laundry bar soaps. John Drury / Bedforth Soap have a manufacturing plant located in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. They say they are “committed to delivering high-quality British-manufactured products” and “We also believe that Great Britain makes great products with the help of great people” –
Kay’s (Ramsbottom) Limited are one of the oldest soap manufacturers in the United Kingdom. They can produce almost any kind of soap and their customers include multi-national companies and high profile UK retailers. Trade only – http://www.kays-ramsbottom-limited.co.uk
Creightons in Peterborough (Creightons plc) are manufacturers of fine English toiletries. They manufacture a wide range of personal care and beauty products for other brands in their own factory (as well as working with other manufacturers) and have their own range of brands. As far as I can gather, most of their products are made in England, but as always you will want to check if products are not labelled as such. Creighton’s also own Potter and Moore (formerly Jean Sorelle) having taken over that firm in 1998. Creightons have a factory outlet store located in Peterborough and products from that store are available online at their Beauty@Creightons website. Creightons / Potter and Moore make shaving products, hair products, fake tan, toiletries, foot care products, anti-bacterial hand wash, and so on; under a variety of brand names.
The Natural Soap Company describes its products as “luxurious soaps handmade in Wells next the Sea, Norfolk…” Looking at the pictures on the net the products do not actually seem to be labelled made in England, but if they are made in Wells-next-the-Sea then that would mean that they are British made. I am not sure whether their other products are British made though. Not tried these myself – http://www.naturalsoap.co.uk
With almost the same name, All Natural Soap Co, describes its products as “Handmade in the UK”. They also say “Handmade in London from Olive Oil & Wild Shea Butter”. You can find them at Spitalfields Traders Market every Saturday & occasional on other days or buy online. Again I’ve not tried these soaps – http://www.allnaturalsoap.co.uk
Another soap making company based in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk is Handmade Norfolk Soaps. Their products carry a little green Union style flag or say “British Naturally” on them in some instances and together with the name that clearly suggests they make at least some of their soaps in the UK. They do not say explicitly on their website that all their products are made in the UK, but it would be worth checking. I’ve not tried these soaps myself – http://www.handmadenorfolksoaps.co.uk
The Soap Kitchen are soap makers, and soap and ingredients toiletry supplies, and make bespoke soaps. The have a gift shop in Torrington in Devon. Very little information is given about manufacturing or where ingredients are sourced from is given on their websites and I’ve not seen their products, although they do say on their retail site “All our beautiful soaps and toiletries are handmade in Torrington by our sister company The Soap Kitchen”. Worth asking –
Chilly b Soap Company products all appear to be made in Dorset, England. As always, you should check before buying. Available online or by visiting them in Bournemouth. They also make soaps for hotels and events like weddings. Not tried these soaps myself yet – http://www.chillybsoapcompany.co.uk
Simply Soaps, are retail & wholesale soap suppliers and which they say are “handmade in the United Kingdom”. Available online or by visiting them in Norwich and other stockists are listed on their website. I am not sure if all their products are UK made, so you should ask. I’ve not tried their soaps – http://www.simplysoaps.com
Although it is not explicit stated on their website, Little Soap Company soaps are all made in England. They confirmed this to me in an email of 24/4/15. Nice soaps by the look of it – http://www.littlesoapcompany.co.uk
Bowman&Williams Co soaps will be made in London it says on their Twitter. This looks like a new company from the start of 2013 and non of the soaps I saw on their website today (18 September 2015) were available yet – http://www.bwsoaps.bigcartel.com
Scottish Fine Soaps Company soaps are all made in Scotland. It says on their website “We’re proud to create, design, make and package all of our products at our factory near the Ochil Hills in Stirlingshire”. It does not say on their website where their packaging, such as soap tins, is made. I have not tried these soaps but they are nicely packaged – https://www.scottishfinesoaps.com
Taylor of Old Bond Street also sell at least one razor that is made in England, the “Jermyn Street Travel Two-Piece Mach3 Razor in Leather Box”, which again uses the foreign made Gillette Mach 3 blades. They might have more razors that are made in England if you visit their shop? They also sell made in England shaving cream, made in England shaving brushes, plastic shaving brush holders which are apparently made in the UK (although they do not say made in England on them, which worries me), and UK made moustache wax; as well as being a London barbers and selling a variety of other mens grooming products (some of which, like their soaps, are made in the UK). You can buy their products in their shop in London, or at Selfridges, London, or through their website or elsewhere online. The premises of Taylor of Old Bond Street are actually in Jermyn Street, not Old Bond Street by the way. I use the Eton College variety of shaving cream and a Taylor badger shaving brush, both of which are fabulous – www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk
Nanny’s Silly Soap Company products are (all?) made in England and include hard shaving soaps, soft shaving soaps, and pre-shave soaps (face wash), as well as various soap bars, bath bombs, body butters, lip balms, and scrubs, plus a Vulfix shaving brush – http://www.nannyssillysoap.com
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Soap shaving soap (and their other soap?) appears to be made in England (in Bradford?). Their website is simply awful and it’s hard to tell anything from there, but some pictures from the internet (see below and here) seem to suggest it is made in England (not sure about the ceramic pot). There’s a good video review here – http://www.mitchellswoolfatsoap.co.uk
Mr Natty moustache wax, shampoo, lip salve, beard elixir, shave soap, after shave, candles, and soap, including a handy universal soap that can be used as soap, deodorant, shave soap and shampoo (and presumably clothes washing but not toothpaste it seems). All Mr Natty preparations are made in England and call comply with the maximum airline size of 100ml. The products I have tried have been great, although I have tried their soap. Please note that their wash bags are made in the USA – http://www.mrnatty.com
Whilst Mr Natty’s Shipwreck Soap can be used as a soap, deodorant, shave soap and shampoo, for sheer versatility and particularly useful for liquid free travel is a USA made soap Dr. Bronner’s All-One! Magic Soap. “You can use Dr. Bronner’s soaps for washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows” and more. I have not been able to find a British made soap that does all these things and it is also reasonably priced.
Arthouse Meath is a UK social enterprise creating artworks and products, with images on their products being created by adults living with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties. They have a shop in Godalming. Among their products are a few British made ones including chocolate bars, candles and soap. I have not tried any of their products but they look nice – http://www.arthousemeath.com
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