[unpaid/sample] I know that many of us are fans of the traditional soap. Personally, although I do have liquid soaps, I can’t ever see myself giving up on them completely. There’s something just so solid and reassuring about a proper block of soap.
The English Soap Company is new to me although the brand is over twenty years old and they’re situated in Sussex. I asked them to send anything bright and beautiful and they’ve absolutely delivered. Rhubarb and Coconut soap will blow your mind, it’s so richly scented. It’s the bar that I’ve tested and I have it by my kitchen sink – I’m in my dining room office next door and I can smell it! To me, those two notes would not be natural bedfellows but it works. It’s always a good sign if you can smell the product before you take the wrappers off and I have to say, this has been one of the nicest parcels I’ve had in recent day because once the box was open it was just all about the fragrance.
Now, that’s a proper soap :-). Interestingly, the English Soap Company uses palm oil which I slightly twitched about but if you ever had any questions on palm oil in products, read their explanation HERE. All of their oil comes from The Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Sustainably grown palm oil is a force for good by helping the environment, communities, employees and wildlife – it’s unsustainable palm oil that can be so damaging and destructive. I’m using almost word for word from the RSPO website which is another enlightening read HERE. Aside from the absolute burst of fragrance (which may be too sweet for some), this soap gave up a good lather which I was expecting, but also a lovely, fruity waft. I’m also getting a delicious aroma from the Mango & Peach soap – I think I prefer it so far but haven’t actually used it yet.
I lit the Oriental Spice & Cherry Blossom candle before I had looked up any of the details – I can’t believe that it’s £11.50 and yet it gives off such a lot of fragrance. I’ve burned it for about three hours and the aroma was very present all throughout the kitchen. I actually think, compared to the soaps, it looks a bit old fashioned and the use of the world ‘oriental’ is very much out of favour in fragrance world. The fragrance is floral and powdery – there’s no spice in it as far as I can tell which makes the title misleading – but lilac plays a strong part, as does jasmine. The base is musk and woods, with other notes including violet, orchid and carnations. The brand uses soy wax, cotton wicks and reusable glass jars.
If you’re a fan of candles, but don’t want the Dyptique prices, it’s definitely worth exploring this brand a bit more. They have a Cucumber & Watermelon soap, Bluebell & Jasmine and Jasmine & Wild Strawberry just for a start – there are literally so many. They’re £5.50 each which seems very reasonable to me HERE. Their paper wrap choices are stunning – there’s a collaboration with Kew Gardens which sends the illustrations more botanical but they’re really lovely to look at.
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