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Some of my favourite British made bars of soap

Five reasons some people prefer bars of soap to liquid soap:

  1. It’s what they’ve always known
  2. Solid soap is more luxurious
  3. The feeling of scouring away the dirt in the shower
  4. Less packaging is better for the planet
  5. 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:

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Cuticura Hand Hygiene range, soap and anti-bacterial wipes – manufactured in the UK.

http://www.cuticura.co.uk

The Cuticura Hand Hygiene range is manufactured in the UK, as are some (possibly all?) of their other products such as bar soap and their anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) wipes.

Cuticura is owned by Keyline Brands Limited, which is itself owned by the Indian Godrej Group.

Cuticura Mildly Medicated Bar Soap. Made in UK.

Cuticura Mildly Medicated Bar Soap. Made in UK.  Photograph by author.

Cuticura Vitamin E hand and nail treatment. Made in the UK

Simple Skincare

Simple is a leading brand for sensitive skin in the UK.  Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes are the biggest selling facial skincare product in the UK with one pack being sold every 3 seconds according to the Simple website!  They make and sell bath and shower products, soaps, facewash, cleansers, shampoo, men’s grooming products, cleansing wipes, a range for teenagers, a baby range, sun protecting products and so on. Simple’s parent company is Unilever UK Ltd. Many Simple products are made in the UK, but not all so please check country of origin before buying.

http://www.simple.co.uk

http://www.unilever.com

Simple Moisturising Facewash.  Made in the UK

Simple Moisturising Facewash. Made in the UK

Lush Cosmetics – made locally

Lush have shops on the High Street and an online store selling quality handmade soaps, perfume, bath products, bath bombs, shaving cream, deodorants, make-up, toners, cleansers, moisturisers, toothy tabs, lip balm, spot treatment, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, styling gel, etc. and spa treatments. The Lush factory is in Poole, Dorset, England and I think all their products are made here. Fab. Their philosophy appears to be make local, so in other markets than the UK products may be made elsewhere.

https://www.lush.co.uk/

The Guv’Ner Powder Deodorant by Lush. Made in England. Photograh by author 11 September 2017.

The Guv’Ner Powder Deodorant by Lush. Made in England. Photograh by author 11 September 2017. Rear of packaging label view.

Lush Ocean Salt Facial Scrub, Angels of Bare Skin Fresh Facial Cleanser and Cosmetic Lad Facial Moisturiser. Made in England. Photograph by author 11 September 2017 (1)

Lush Ocean Salt Facial Scrub, Angels of Bare Skin Fresh Facial Cleanser and Cosmetic Lad Facial Moisturiser. Made in England. Photograph by author 11 September 2017 (2)

Lush Imperialis facial moisturiser. Made in England.

Lush Imperialis facial moisturiser. Made in England.

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Lush “Dirty” Soap. Made in England.

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Ambition LipStick by Lush. Made in England.

Lush Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap. Made in England

Lush Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap. Made in England

Lush Ultra Blast Toothy Tabs solid toothpaste tablets. Made in England. Photograph by author 11 September 2017.

Lush Ultra Blast Toothy Tabs solid toothpaste tablets. Made in England. Photograph by author 11 September 2017. Rear of packaging label view.

Fairy Washing-Up Liquid, Fairy Laundry Detergent and Fairy Kitchen Soap and other Procter and Gamble products made in the UK. And Unilever products made in the UK

Fairy is a brand of washing-up liquid produced by Procter & Gamble in England.  Fairy is also a longstanding brand of non-biological laundry detergent.  Fairy was also a brand of a greeen household soap bar, but Proctor and Gamble have discontinued it.

Fairy Household Soap. No longer available in the UK and no longer made in the UK.

Fairy Household Soap. No longer available in the UK and no longer made in the UK.

I note the bottle of fairy (‘Professional’) washing up liquid I picked up today (4.1.12) at work simply states “made in EU” on it but does not say where in the EU it was made.  Rather uninformative and one can only assume this means it was not made in the UK 😦

The jubilee bottle below and the bottle of Fairy Liquid I have in the kitchen both state they are made in the UK.  The bottles I saw today (5.1.12) in Waitrose stated they were made in the UK.  I will not be buying any bottles of Fairy liquid that just say “made in EU”.

http://www.fairy-dish.co.uk/uk/fairy/

Procter & Gamble Co, also known as P&G, is an American multinational consumer goods company. Top marks to the company for maintaining some, not inconsiderable, production in the UK. “Procter & Gamble has been based in West Thurrock since 1937. Production at our factory began in September 1940 and the site has grown significantly over the years. Today, we manufacture Fabric & Home Care products such as Fairy washing-up liquid and Ariel, Bold, Fairy and Daz laundry detergent powders. P&G also has a Distribution Centre on site which manages across P&G’s total portfolio of products. We have 350 employees on site as well as hosting up to 800 contractors and third-party employees.” (January 2017).

Fairy Liquid Diamond Jubilee bottle, 5.6.12

Fairy Liquid Diamond Jubilee bottle, 5.6.12

I should also add that Unilever (British/Dutch company) produce detergent such as Persil and Surf in Warrington, Cheshire, as well as other Unilever products at various other locations in the UK. “Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and London, United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue, after Procter & Gamble and Nestlé.” “Unilever was founded in 1930 by the merger of the Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie and the British soapmaker Lever Brothers.” Unilever has various manufacturing sites in the UK, for example food and drink factories in Norwich and Trafford Park. For example their factory in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire produces Marmite and Bovril; Pot Noodles are made in Crumlin, South Wales; PG Tips is made in Manchester in the former Brooke Bond factory in Trafford Park (the best selling tea brand was sold to Unilever in 1983); Colman’s Mustard has been based in Norfolk ever since Jeremiah Colman started his mustard and flour business in 1814 in Stoke Holy Cross. The company was bought by Unilever in 1995 and continues to be produced on the original site; Walls – the ice cream – is a subsidiary brand of Unilever, and some of its products are made in a purpose built factory in Gloucester, in the Cotswolds; and Elmlea, the cream alternative made from buttermilk and vegetable oil, is produced at Unilever’s food factory in Purfleet, Essex. Again, top marks to the company for maintaining some, not inconsiderable, production in the UK. Disappointingly, Unilever do not give country of origin information on either their website or on the products themselves.

Neal’s Yard Health and Beauty – Made in England

Neal’s Yard make and sell organic natural health & beauty products. They use “high quality organic, natural and wild, plant-based ingredients with a view to safety, efficacy and biodegradability” and they also say on their website ” We use recyclable packaging, sourced wherever possible from the UK to reduce transport miles”. They have a “purpose-built eco-factory in Dorset”. The company was founded in 1981 in Neal’s Yard, near Covent Garden, London. The blue bottles are being made in the UK too now, in Yorkshire. Pretty much everything from Neal’s Yard is made in England. On their Facebook they say “Our Skincare is scientifically formulated and products made in our own Eco factory in Dorset.” On their YouTube channel they say “At Neals Yard Remedies we design, test and make our own products at our eco-headquarters and physic garden in Gillingham, Dorset” and they manufacture the majority of their products at their own factory in Dorset, UK.

http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/made-in-england

The Body Shop – not everything in the Body Shop is made in the UK, but luckily quite a few Body Shop products are still made in the UK

I’ve shopped at the Body Shop for many years and pretty much everything I bought was always made in the UK. However I now notice that pretty much everything I bought the other day was made abroad, except for the deodorant I got which was made in the UK. The rest was made in Hungary, Switzerland or the USA. This is very disappointing and I will now be looking for a new supplier for my wash stuff. If you are buying anything in the Body Shop you will now need to check if it is from the UK or not, if you want to buy British. For the moment at least many products in the Body Shop are still made in the UK.

I asked the Body Shop about manufacturing in the UK and this was their response – “We are a global retailer and as such manufacture our products in many countries” – basically they are saying they have shifted some or all production abroad – what a shame 😦 That said though, if you read the labels carefully, you can still buy British made products in the Body Shop.

https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, 250ml. Front view. Made in UK. Photograph by author.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, 250ml. Front view. Made in UK. Photograph by author.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, 250ml. Rear of bottle lable view, showing country of origin. Made in UK. Photograph by author.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, 250ml. Rear of bottle lable view, showing country of origin. Made in UK. Photograph by author.

Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue cream 100ml. Made in UK. Photograph by author.

Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue cream 100ml. Made in UK. Photograph by author. Bottom of packaging label view.