Artisan Soap & Accessories

Artisan Soaps made by Nic

Nic started producing soaps three years ago, as part of her quest to detoxify her home.  With a love of antiques and history, learning the traditional skill of cold process soap was not only fascinating but also appealed to her creative side.  Using bars of soap would result in a reduction of plastic bottles in the home and enable her to choose exactly which ingredients to include in the family’s cleaning and bath products.

Making soap in the garden studio is my happy place, it’s like cake making without the calories, working with beautiful essential oils, surrounded by the garden herbs is wonderfully calming and stress busting.  I love learning about natural health and herbal remedies, I’m convinced I would have been burnt at the stake for witchcraft if we were still in Medieval times! Thankfully times have changed!”

What are the soap ingredients?

  • Mango Butter – from the kernels of the fruit of the mango tree
  • Cocoa Butter – from the seeds of Theobroma Cocoa
  • Olive Oil (Pomace) – an olive oil by-product
  • Coconut Oil
  • 100% certified therapeutic grade essential oils
  • Botanicals from the garden (where possible)

What are essential oils?

  • Pure natural extracts created by plants that are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs
  • Natures defence mechanism for plants and cells
  • Small, light molecules that are steam distilled or pressed from plants
  • Safe, effective, affordable alternatives to synthetic remedies
  • Highly concentrated chemical compounds derived from plants that have a long history in Natural Healing
  • They have profound health benefits, including antiseptic properties, an ability to lessen pain, ease feelings of depression, enhance memory and decrease inflammation

How to look after your soap?

  • Soap contains natural glycerine which is lovely for the skin but will attract water
  • Soap needs to rest on a well-drained surface, if it sits in a pool of water, it will go soggy
  • Pottery soap dishes with draining holes are ideal
  • Keep soap out of direct sunlight
  • If space for a soap dish is limited keep your soap in a hanging soap bag
  • When your soap bar is almost finished stick it onto a new bar to avoid wastage

How are Angel of Wellness soaps made?

Angel of Wellness soap is traditionally crafted by hand using the cold process technique. Soap has been made this way for centuries. The first recorded instance being the ancient Babylonians back in 2800BC. In those days they made their soap by combining animal fats (acid) and fire ash (alkali). Today we use vegetable oils and butters combined with lye (sodium hydroxide), this is then scented with essential oils, mixed with botanicals and poured into moulds. Once the soap has rested for 24 hours, the blocks of soap are cut and the bars are cured for several weeks to complete the saponification process.

Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers Stamp of Quality

Angel of Hope Designs Ltd (our trading name for Angel of Wellness) are members of the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers. This stamp of quality shows that the soaps have passed CPSR Assessment (Cosmetic Product Safety Regulation), meeting all safety regulations and legislative guidelines in the UK and EU.  It is not generally known that to legally sell a crafted soap, toiletry or any other cosmetic product within the UK and the EU legislative guidelines must be met. The reason for this is public safety.

The legislation sets standards. It aims to ensure that every ingredient in hand-crafted soap and toiletry products is safe to use. Some ingredients are banned because they have been found by scientific testing to be potentially harmful. Other products are banned or restricted because they are potential allergens. The aim of the legislation is to protect the general public and the craft soap and toiletry maker.

Angel of Wellness Soaps

“What an outstanding service I received from the Angel of Wellness team. They gave great advice as to what products would suit my family and I decided on a selection of soaps made with essential oils.  These products are of a high quality and are perfect for my busy family home. 

Due to COVID we are washing our hands more and more and these 100% natural soaps are so kind to our skin and also last considerably longer than a supermarket bar.  We now use them in our kitchen and all our bathrooms. The smells are divine and luxurious, I would not hesitate to purchase again.”  Henrietta x

How do each of our soap ingredients benefit the body?

All our soaps are made with a combination of mango butter, cocoa butter, olive oil and coconut oil and their health benefits to the body are as follows:

Mango Butter

Mango Butter is a light non greasy moisturiser which being noncomedogenic does not clog up pores. It is very popular in lotions and creams designed for dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.  The antioxidant properties are perfect for repairing damaged skin. It is alleged to help prevent wrinkles, heal scars, acne and to soothe sunburn.

 

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter adds hardness to the soap bar. It is a great moisturiser and  has been used in Africa for centuries to protect the skin from sun damage.  It is rich in antioxidants such as oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. These substances will allow the creation of a layer of skin tensors and protection against free radicals.

Olive Oil (Pomace)

According to the International Olive Council, Pomace Oil is a by-product after processing which still contains a variable percentage of oil and water depending on the pressing. So it is not top-grade Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but a lower graded oil which is absolutely ideal for Cold Process soap making , not one to use for salad dressings! Pomace Oil contains three major antioxidants vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols. Olive oil attracts external moisture and holds it in the skin forming a breathable barrier without affecting the skin’s natural function.

Coconut Oil

Solid Coconut Oil is one of the key ingredients in Cold Process soap making. It produces an excellent hard bar that will last longer than soft bars. Soap made from coconut oil will give a rich lather. It contains antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti- bacterial agents so reducing the spread of germs.  It is used for soothing dryness and irritation making it perfect for treating common skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis.

In addition, carefully selected 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils enhance the well-being benefits of using our soaps.

Why do we use essential oils?

In today’s world of artificially high healthcare cost and artificial drugs, millions of people are returning to nature to find relief from everyday health concerns. While plants have been used for over a millennia to fight disease and to help ease pain and discomfort, individuals are increasingly beginning to rediscover some of the amazing health benefits of pure, natural essential oils.

Essential oils are made from the roots, bark, leaves, stems, flowers, seeds and sap of plants, trees, bushes and herbs and they are highly concentrated. Essential oils that are 100% pure have wonderful therapeutic (corrective) benefits.

Using oils for emotions?

The first thing most people do when choosing a soap is to smell it.

Our sense of smell (olfaction) is more sensitive and immediate than any of our other senses.  The Olfactory system is tied to the centres of the brain that deal with emotions, inhaling the aroma of an essential oil is one of the most powerful ways to ignite memories, trigger emotions and influence our mood and behaviour.  When we smell a scent, odour molecules enter the nose, travelling up receptor sites. One of those is the limbic system or emotional part of the brain. The limbic system is connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress and hormone balance. It is this connection between smells and the nervous system that explains why essential oils have such a psychological and physiological effect.

Why have you chosen these essential oils?

The essential oil blends that Nic has chosen are ones that she and Katharine know blend well together. Although Angel of Wellness do not claim that the oils in their soaps will have a particular health benefit to you, they hope that you will feel the benefit of their beautiful aromas, whether uplifting like Lime, Lemongrass and Peppermint or relaxing and calming like the Lavender, Cedarwood and Geranium.

Our Angel of Wellness Soaps:

Our soaps have been created with different outcomes in mind. Why not try one of our zesty wake-up soaps with Lime & Lemongrass or our best seller, the calming wind-down soap with Lavender & Cedarwood.

If you can’t decide which one to buy, try our 5 pack with or without the natural pottery soap dish, which have been lovingly made by our dear friends Liz and Jenny in Olveria, Spain.

Soap & Bathroom Accessories

Scrubbies

The scrubbies are multi-purpose and can be used to take off makeup (avoiding single use cotton pads) and to freshen up clothes, drawers and trainers with a few drops of essential oils.

Pottery Soap Dishes

Rest your soap on one of our two part soap dishes with draining holes, handmade in Spain.

Soap Exfoliating Bags

These bags are made to measure for the soaps using 100% natural cotton Aran Yarn

“Soap is to the body what laughter is to the soul!”

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