Soap Co.


This will warm the cockles of your heart – and that glow might just spread throughout your whole body, we think. Soap Co. is a wonderful social enterprise that employs people who are blind, or disabled or disadvantaged in other ways. Based in East London (and with a workshop in the Lake District), they're not out to make a profit; everything goes back into the business to help create more jobs.

However, noble ideas are only as good as what they produce – because while we all like the idea of shopping philanthropically, we won't return for a repeat purchase unless that product is as good as – or better than – what we're used to.

So: the really good news is that Soap Co.'s products are fab. There are three scents to choose from: fresh and airy White Tea (we're torn between this and the zesty Citrus fragrance), along with the slightly more exotic Black Poppy & Wild Fig. There are lovely, non-drying Soaps – and an intriguing Soap Pebble, which is wrapped in Lake District sheep's wool, for exfoliation – along with Hand Washes and Hand Lotions.

Better still, they've the very stylish packaging is made from old milk bottles – part of their efforts to make everything as low-impact as possible. (Refills are available for the hand and body products, too.)

Most definitely beauty with an extra feel-good factor.

Soap Co.Hand Lotion and Hand Washes/£12 each for 300ml (£7 for soap bars) at