We spoke to Jason from our Keswick workshop who is the brains behind our new Soap Pebble. Jason explains what inspired The Soap Co.’s new product and how they are produced.
Here in the Lake District, we are surrounded by stunning countryside and it is impossible not to be inspired by the landscape. Running through the heart of Keswick and joining River Derwent is the River Greta. The name, Greta, is derived from Norse and means "stony stream". It is here where I first had the idea of soap pebbles.
Walking along the river, I picked up a few of the shimmering pebbles from the icy water and thought they were so nice to look at and hold.
As I continued walking, I began to wonder whether they could be an inspiration for soap and whether we could create a product that looked like them?
In our Keswick workshop, we try to use local ingredients, so basing a design on our natural environment seemed like a perfect fit. Now we just had to work out how to make them.
The first step is to produce the soap using a traditional cold-press method. This is done in our workshop and takes approximately three weeks including the time taken for manufacture and for the soap to dry out.
The next step is to wrap the soaps in local Herdwick wool from sheep found on the hills and mountains of the lake district. The process of felting shrinks the wool around the soap in the middle. As the soap is used up, the wool continues to bind to it, holding the pebble together and ensuring the soap is used efficiently and not wasted.
We use Merino wool for the white vein, and from start to finish, it takes about four weeks to produce our beautiful Soap Pebbles.
From the mountain tops to the river beds, our Soap Pebbles represent the beauty of the Lake District. The River Greta which has cut through the landscape for thousands of years has created the pebbles that inspire our new product. Iconic Herdwick wool from up high gives the stone their grey colour and supports local farmers who have been struggling to compete with synthetic fibres in recent years.
We love how the Soap Pebbles have turned out, we think they look great and really invoke the beauty of the Lake District.
Furthermore, the pebbles have a positive impact on society. We support local farmers while 70% of our employees in Keswick are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.
So, if you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or even for yourself that is good and does good, our online store is just a stone’s throw away https://thesoapco.org/collections/soap-pebble
This week has been interesting. For those who don’t know, due to a similarity in names with a company called Soap & Co. which has been investigated by BBC Newsnight, many people mistook our brand for theirs.
We have been made aware of a BBC investigation into a company called SOAP & CO. Our company THE SOAP CO. has absolutely no connection to SOAP & CO. We are a completely separate company. This is us: https://thesoapco.org.