ABOUT US

Luxury Soap & Toiletry Suppliers

The English Soap Company is a soap and toiletries supplier based in Sussex in the South East of England. We have over 20 years expertise in manufacturing luxury soap, toiletries and candles.

We are a proudly sustainable company, our soap bars are made from pure vegetable oils and are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, and are in recyclable paper wraps. Our uniquely decorative packaging designs, combined with gorgeous fragrance that fills the room, make our products stand out on any shelf.

Our parent company Christina May was founded in 2000 by Bob and  Juliet after they discovered a large number of vintage soap moulds lying disused in a machinery workshop in a farm in Kent. This, combined with an old book on the science and alchemy behind making soap is how our story began.

What began as a retirement hobby and a fascination in the art of traditional soap making soon developed into a successful business, expanding into a large farm site in the heart of the Sussex countryside. As well as manufacturing soaps for the premium sector within the UK, we also export to over 35 different countries over 6 continents.

 

Continuing in the family tradition, Bob and Juliet’s son Oliver joined the company in 2012 as Managing Director with his wife Ailsa joining the company in 2016 as Operations Manager. The business went from strength to strength with the addition of manufacturing and packaging machinery and further expansion of production lines.

2020 marked our 20th anniversary and the year we launched The English Soap Company website. 2022 marks the year we launch our dedicated trade website.

Today, we make soap in over 50 beautiful fragrances in 12 collections, and have expanded production to include liquid soap, hand cream, hand sanitisers, eaux de toilette, body oils and soy wax candles.

From our humble beginnings, we have always dedicated ourselves to creating luxury soap bars of the highest quality. Everything we make is crafted with care and commitment. We are proud that all of our products are made at our Sussex farm site; using traditional methods, combined with modern technology, finessed by Bob & Juliet over twenty years ago, by our family of over 50 staff members.

Soaps of Quality

The quality of our soaps relies on our superior recipe and manufacturing methods, and as a result, they are exceptionally high quality and long-lasting. They produce a richer lather and have a silkier, more luxurious effect on the skin.

Triple refined

To ensure the texture of the bar is smooth and silky we use a triple blending and refining process before the soap is moulded.

Pure Vegetable Oil Base

Our soaps are created using the perfect mix of vegetable oils as a base to create a long-lasting bar with a luxuriant, silky lather. 

Enriched with shea butter and glycerine

Added shea butter and glycerine make our soap bars supremely moisturising and skin-nourishing.  

Beautiful fragrance

Our fragrances are designed by expert perfumers exclusively for our products, and can fill a room with delightful aromas.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and The English Soap Company

We are proud to make products in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All of the profits received by RBG Kew are ploughed into their vital plant science and conservation work. Find out more about Kew Science here.

The Kew Gardens collection is an exclusive range of luxury soaps, hand washes, hand creams, hand sanitisers, body oils and EDTs, inspired by the fragrances and beauty of the plants at Kew Gardens, in London. 

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Recent Awards

Family Business of the Year
2022 Winner

Best Rural Innovation
2021 Winner

Director of the Year
2020 Winner

International Business of the Year
2020 Winner

Sustainable and Ethical Manufacturer
2020 Winner

Export Award
2020 Winner

Family Business of the Year
2020 Shortlisted

Export Business of the Year
2019 Winner

International Business Woman Award
2019 Winner

Family Business of the Year
2022 Winner

Best Rural Innovation
2021 Winner

Director of the Year
2020 Winner

International Business of the Year
2020 Winner

Sustainable and Ethical Manufacturer
2020 Winner

Export Award
2020 Winner

Family Business of the Year
2020 Shortlisted

Export Business of the Year
2019 Winner

International Business Woman Award
2019 Winner