Monday, 25 January 2010


Hello everyone, this may seem a bit off-topic but it's a nice topic and I wondered if you might share some thoughts with me. What do you love / hate in and about soap. Shape, fragrance, packaging etc. Which are your favourites and why?

The thing is I am thinking of having a go at making some because I'd like to pop a little something in with parcels as a nice little surprise extra, and I thought soap might be a nice thing.

But I don't know where to start.

So - this is my chaotic piece of market research!

I'd be ever so grateful for your thoughts, and do ask your friends too.

Thank you


LissyLou said...

For my a bar of soap has to look pretty, much like your soap pictured. A soft fragrance, nothing too harsh. And made as natural as possible xxx

Jennifer said...

I too, like them natural without chemical nonsense. I love the smell of almond, I really like natural muted colours, no bright colours for me. I like all sorts of shapes if they look handmade.

Bumpkin Hill said...

Hi Charlotte, funny I was just thinking about soaps today and how wonderful they can be. I have a little crabtree & Evelyn soap in my bathroom at the minute and the soft freesia scent is so pretty, reminds me of soaps my Granny had. funny how scent can bring wonderful memories. I'm the same about them needing to looking pretty, the packaging can play a part in this, think of Cath Kidston mini soaps. I love little egg shaped soaps too like these -

As your parcels will often be going to people with little people you will have to of course be careful of any skin 'allergies', so all natural as possible. You could always see about making a transfer of your cottontails logo that you could put onto the soaps somehow, to keep with your branding!

It all sounds like fun anyway. Hugs, Catherine x

Shabby Chick said...

Hi Charlotte!

So sorry I've not been by for ages, I hope you're well.

I think in soaps I like natural fragrances (as in, if it does have a perfume I prefer proper oil instead of a fake version). And I love them to be wrapped in pretty paper, I hardly ever use hard soap but I love it to look nice on the shelf :) I think it's a brilliant idea to go in the parcels.

Mel xxxxxx

Shanny said...

I love soaps with exfoliants in them.

Not a fan of flowery scents-- mint is really nice and refreshing.

I prefer soap in rectangular shape, for the most part. I haven't ever really thought about this one.

What a cute idea! Homemade soap is wonderful.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Charlotte! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! Soap. I love the smell of lemons. I wish we could find more lemon scented products. I like my bars of soap BIG, too.

Deb Cushman said...

We hopped by to say "hi" to Humphrey! "HI!"
Freckles and Deb

Jessie May said...

Hi Charlotte
One of my most favourite little shops is in a lovely little hut in the Buckinghamshire countryside; you step inside and take in the most loveliest smells of soap - the Littlecote Soap Co, founded by Elaine Stavert. I really recommend having a look at the website - there is even a book you can buy full of information for making your own soap. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

There is a place called herbal linea that make very pretty natural soaps, it's worth looking at their website for ideas.
I have just turned up here and am now going to have a little look around Your blog :o)



Mandy Saile said...

In our household all face/body/cleaning etc products must be cruelty-free and definatly paraben-free...Lavender, Eucaylptus and Ylang Ylang are favourite scents for soaps:D

How lovely it would be to recieve a lovely little bar of soap in a package...good luck:D

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Charlotte

Many thansks for your kind thoughts and prayers, they are very much apreciated.

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Sue said...

Re our emails, you still need the assessments if you are giving the soaps as gifts and not just selling them. Although I understand the reasoning behind all the new regulations, it is proving troublesome and expensive!

Let me know how you get on.

Sue xx

libbyquilter said...

what a cute blog you have here~!~
love soap and think it would be a lovely surprise to open a package and be greeted by the sweet smell of a small bar of handmade soap~!!~


Isla B Baby said...

Hi Charlotte,
If you can get a hold of a copy of a book called "handmade soap" by Tatyana Hill its lovely, she has the savonnerie shop in London who make some of my favourite soaps.