Welcome to the Soapedia Blog
As the name suggests, we know a thing or two about soap. In fact, we have soap-erior knowledge about the stuff, which is why we started this blog. Our goal is to share information, news, product reviews and tips 'n' tricks to give you food for thought.
But don't get in a lather; it's not all about soap. We cover all sorts of trending topics from skincare to ethics to food. There's even an article about monkeys in there. So peruse, absorb and comment too if you wish, because we enjoy a debate. Oh, and feel free to share our articles via Facebook, Instagram, texts to your friends or good old fashioned megaphone.
Thursday, 2 July 2020 | Nicola Wood & Ken Shaw
Is Plastic Bad for the Environment? The Myths and Truths
The word "plastic" has become something of profanity in the 21st century. We're constantly bombarded with information about how plastic is killing the planet.
We're urged to do our bit to help the environment by choosing sustainable alternatives, get rid of plastic or to at least recycle the plastic we do use.
And we've all seen the heartbreaking videos of sea turtles with plastic straws up their noses and huge rafts of plastic bags floating across the Pacific ocean.
But - and here's a controversial question - is plastic bad? Is it really the scourge of the modern age and the bringer of environmental doom?
2 CommentsWednesday, 29 April 2020 | Ken Shaw
Does Bar Soap Carry Germs?
Do you want to return to using 'old fashioned natural soap bars' as your parents did? Perhaps you want to cast aside chemical-ridden liquid soaps and shower gels. Or simply do your bit for the environment by using less plastic bottles?
Whatever the reason, one concern that continually pops up in one form or another, through emails or at live events is this: Does Bar Soap Carry Germs?
6 CommentsFriday, 17 April 2020 | Ken Shaw
How to Make Inexpensive Natural Washing Detergent That Works
In France, when we think Savon de Marseille, we think immediately of laundry and image of grandmothers cleaning the household linen.
There is a perfect reason why they used Savon de Marseille - it's inexpensive, and it works! Savon de Marseille is effective both when used cold or hot.
Here I will share with you two ancient recipes for making your own efficient and inexpensive washing liquid.
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 | Fifi L'Hote
How often Should You Wash Your Face?
Washing your face is a fundamental part of your daily skincare routine.
While over-cleansing can be damaging, skipping washing your face can lead to a multitude of skincare problems; From clogged pores to acne, excessive oil, puffy skin and even an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
3 CommentsWednesday, 25 March 2020 | Fifi L'Hote
Would You Use Snail Slime in Your Skincare Routine?
We're all familiar with the slimy and shiny trail left behind from snails and slugs, which most of us try to avoid.
But would you put snail slime on your face or body?
Also referred to as snail filtrate or snail mucus, snail mucus is one of the best-kept beauty secrets out there.
1 CommentWednesday, 18 March 2020 | Ken Shaw
Savon de Marseille – The History of Marseille Soap
The origin of Savon de Marseille comes without doubt from Aleppo soap, which has existed for thousands of years.
The method of manufacture originated in the city of Aleppo in Syria and involving a basis of olive oil and laurel oil.
This method spread throughout the Mediterranean basin in the wake of the crusades, passing through Italy and Spain, before reaching Marseille.
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 | Nicola Wood & Ken Shaw
Why Natural Soap is Important to Your Vegan Lifestyle
Living la vie "vegan" isn't just about saying no to meat and yes to kale smoothies.
It's a whole lifestyle; as much about choosing cruelty-free, zero-waste products and supporting ethical businesses as it is about the food on your plate.
Saturday, 25 January 2020 | Fifi L'Hote
3 Tips For Keeping Your Feet Soft And Smooth
There is nothing sadder than coarse and dried feet.
You may struggle more with dry feet during the chillier winter months, or your numerous excursions to the beach may make the summer a more challenging time to keep your feet looking their best.
Here I offer you some easy tips to keep your feet soft and smooth year-round.
Saturday, 11 January 2020 | Fifi L'Hote
3 Reasons You Should Add Donkey Milk To Your Daily Beauty Routine
I know what you are thinking, why in the world would you add donkey milk to your daily beauty routine?
Even if you have heard of the benefits of milk for beauty, you may be wondering what makes donkey milk so unique?
Saturday, 28 December 2019 | Fifi L'Hote
7 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Use Argan Oil Soap
There has been an increase in the interest of the various oils in recent times. However, Argan oil is not new, far from it! Argan oil has been around for centuries, yet it isn't hugely known.
This article is a brief introduction to this incredible natural ingredient and will show you 7 reasons why you should consider using it as an oil or in a bar of natural soap.
Saturday, 14 December 2019 | Fifi L'Hote
Detoxing Doesn't Have To Be Extreme
Whether you have been overindulging, are searching for a way to kick start your weight loss, or simply want to cleanse, you may be considering some extreme fasts or detox cleanses.
While you can go the extreme route, of course with the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner, it is unnecessarily to go to extremes. Instead, consider these cleansing and detoxifying tips.
Friday, 15 November 2019 | Fifi L'Hote
What is Rosacea - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
Rosacea is a long term, non-contagious skin condition that affects millions worldwide.
It most often causes visible blood vessels and redness on facial skin; cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead.
Here are some of the most common questions asked in regards to people with rosacea.