By Katie Royals
Soap has become almost clinical in recent months. With continual reminders to wash our hands to prevent the spread of infection, more than ever it has become a central, if a little boring, part in our lives. As it’s taking up such a large part of our lives, why not make it more interesting?
Julia, founder of Buckinghamshire-based Little Suds Soap, is on a mission to do just that. She has created an eco-friendly, plastic free company selling affordable but luxury soaps and shampoos. Each product is handcrafted by Julia herself, meaning she knows exactly what goes into each soap.
The premise is simple. She sells handmade artisan soaps with “no faff”. She only uses pure, essential oils, which scent the room as well as the soaps. All products are 100 percent vegan and she only uses natural ingredients. Julia has created a formula which makes for a very creamy and rich soap, making it perfect for anyone who suffers from dry skin.
My personal favourite is the Just Chillin’ soap stick, which you can order online for just £1.20, but I enjoyed all of the soaps in the 6-piece travel stick, each one scenting the room differently. The products are priced affordably to allow customers to try different products to find their favourite.
Officially launched in September 2019, Little Suds Soap offers a range of different soaps and shampoos, from gift bundles to larger stand-alone soaps. She is now stocked in over 45 shops in the UK, including in Alphabet Soup in Great Missenden.
Her soaps are also stocked in gift boxes distributed by eight different companies. And they make perfect gifts. They come in sustainable but stylish packaging, which make ideal gifts for any situation. There is a heart shaped range available, making the perfect gift to send to a loved one.
Being compact, they are also handy for travelling. Toiletries for travelling so often come in single use plastic containers, creating substantial waste. Little Suds offer an environmentally friendly alternative which is still easily portable.
The business is also starting to move into the hospitality market, supplying soaps to hotels, AirBnBs, B&Bs and campsites. Despite having a great range of wholesale clients, Julia still accepts and welcomes orders from individuals via her website, which will be delivered to your door.
Julia has had a varied career prior to launching Little Suds, having worked in the health and wellness industry and then in luxury watches. She was motivated by wanting to travel less and spend more time at home, as well as wanting to produce something of her own. Just over a year ago she decided it was “now or never” and hasn’t looked back since.
The business was born out of a desire to work for herself and build a brand, as well as wanting to tackle the problem of plastic packaging within the toiletries industry.
She does everything herself, with some help from her mum to make the sustainable soap sacks. With her background in business, Julia enjoys the marketing and selling side as well as the creative aspects. However, it has made for a lot of long days.
Julia chooses to see this as a positive sign, as it means the business is proving popular and going well. She’s had a lot of positive feedback so far, with many customers coming back for more after loving the products.
It’s been an “entirely thrilling experience” she noted. Making other people smile and receiving positive feedback makes all the hard work and long days worth it.
You can find out more and place an order at www.littlesuds.co.uk
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