Kirsty from Behind The Scent kindly wrote the following post on her website…
The English Soap Company is a lovely brand founded 12 years ago after its owners found vintage soap moulds in a farm machinery workshop in Kent. With vintage design influences, The English Soap Company aims to replicate the magic of the luxurious soaps they remembered from their childhood.
The result is a range of beautiful soaps laden with coconut oil and shea butter, which makes them a lot more moisturising than your average bar. The English Soap Company triple blend and refine their formulation, before infusing their soaps with their exclusive perfumes.
I have a selection of products from their Christmas range, and the first thing that stands out to me is the beautiful traditional packaging. It really is reminiscent of all the best bits from the Christmasses I remember as a child.
The Christmas collection includes two different types of their signature luxury shea butter soaps. The larger boxes contain one huge bath soap, or you can also choose the smaller of the two, which contains three super cute heart soaps which are perfect for gifting as stocking fillers.
I loved the Angel Mini Guest Soaps* (£2.95), which are scented with a beautiful floral and vanilla perfume, with top notes of passionfruit and mandarin. Another of my favourites is the Merry Christmas* scent, which is described as traditionally festive, with winter flowers and Christmas greenery.
Moving on to the candles, which is the most exciting part in my opinion. The English Soap Company uses soy wax for their candles, which is not only better for the environment, but burns so much more evenly too. The soy wax gives a much more clean burn, meaning that the scents can really take centre stage here. You get 40 hours of burn time here, which is brilliant for the price.
I got to try two of the scents, the first being the Reindeer Pure Soy Candle* (£9.95). This is described as being “A clean, cool candle with a perfume infused with the cool crisp scent of a snowy winter landscape”. This shares its scent with the Vintage Toys Large Bath Soap* (£5.95), and is an elegant floral scent that reminds me of spicy scents such as Balenciaga Rosabotanica or the new Jo Malone Cardamom & Mimosa perfume.
Having the same jar design gives the two candles a cohesive look and means they look great as a pair. The second scent is my personal favourite, the Elf Pure Soy Candle* (£9.95). This one is more subtle in scent than the Reindeer candle, and “evokes the spirit of Christmas with the scent of cinnamon and mulled wine”. I would usually associate a scent like this with being strong and spicy, yet this is subtle and sweet. It almost has a hint of rose in the mix, perhaps with a touch of lemon. It is a really interestingly blended scent, and is completely unlike any other candle I own. It also shares its scent with the Winter Village Bath Soap* (£5.95), meaning it makes a great duo for a pamper session.
At such an affordable price point, I cannot praise the quality of the candles from The English Soap Company enough. Their scents are beautiful, they burn really cleanly and do not tunnel, and the design of the jars really remind me of something from a more high end brand like The White Company. I love that the scents are a subtle nod to Christmas, meaning that they smell great in the run-up to the big day, yet come Boxing Day I can still enjoy them instead of having to box them up for another year.
This whole range is perfect for Christmas, with beautiful traditional packaging, which has such a magical feel. I would particularly recommend the mini soaps as they are so affordable and cute. I love that you can pair up a candle and soap in the same scent, and this would make a lovely duo to give to an auntie, mum, grandma. For anyone that usually feels the stress of Christmas, this is the perfect gift for relaxation.
Have you tried The English Soap Company?