YOPE Liquid Soaps and Shower Gels


One sure way to get small people to wash their hands and keep general grub at bay is to tempt them with funky packaging. YOPE’s is certainly that – from a natural brand (Polish, as it happens) whose products we’ve been enjoying for quite some time, but which have just become much more accessible thanks to a recent listing at Waitrose.

YOPE's story, as they tell it, actually 'started with washing hands. Several times a day, dozens of times a week, hundreds of times a month.' The result? Dry, irritated hands. So they set out to create a kinder, gentler alternative to many of the liquid soaps, avoiding foaming agents like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), but adding skin-nurturing vegetable oils, shea butter and plant oils. Vegan-friendly, too, if that matters to you.

The range is growing fast but we’ve singled out some favourites – as ever, because we really, really like the smells. There’s Yunnan Natural Regenerating Shower Gel, £7.99 for 400 ml, which has a really fresh, uplifting tea-like scent. We think you’ll love the Ginger Sandalwood Natural Liquid Soap, £8.99 for 500 ml, as much as we do – a real winter warmer, this one.

But the one that’s leap-frogged right onto our own bathroom shelf is Boswellia and Rosemary Natural Shower Gel, £7.99 for 400 ml – really frankincense-y, and we find it very grounding to breathe while washing hands.

Never mind the kids. No excuse for us not to be squeaky-clean, either.

Find them in Waitrose beauty aisles in 200 stores and at waitrose.com*

*NB Whether or not you can find them online at Waitrose also depends on where you’re geographically located . If they’re not in your nearest store, they won’t show on the website either. If that’s the case, natureshealthbox.co.uk has a good selection.