Rub a dub, dub, get some handmade soap in your tub! 100% natural, vegan and free of palm oil, Soap Daze is your local go-to for gorgeous soaps, skincare and sweet-smelling gifts.
Looking for a no-nasties handmade soap, free of palm oil and full of natural goodness? Let me introduce you to Soap Daze, Exeter’s newest and nicest-smelling soap shop in the heart of the city’s indie quarter. Owned by lifelong Exeterite, Sharon Mitchell, Soap Daze also do a great line in organic Zao make-up (gorgeous bamboo packaging), natural deodorants and shampoo bars made by Zero Waste Path.
As you’d expect Sharon is a committed vegetarian, but it was a love of chemistry and a challenge from a friend when she was working at South West Water labs that got Sharon into making soap. Check out the chemical equation on the shop wall if you don’t believe me (I’ll test you later). Although she has been selling online and at Devon’s most prestigious craft markets since 2011, it’s worth dropping into the shop as you can see the colourful soaps curing behind the scenes, ready to be chopped into bars and packaged up in recyclable cardboard wrapping.
Check out her soap-on-a-rope (who’d have thought these would make a come-back!) and her new Harmony range, which is named for Sharon’s favourite songs and artists. My hands are currently slathered in Barefoot as the eucalyptus and pine scent reminds me of being on holiday (yes please), but I’m also loving Replica, an earthy fragrance made from lavender and vetiver. I’m also using Sharon’s top tip: stick a bottle top in the back of your hand-soap to keep it dry. Who knew!
126 Fore Street Exeter EX4 3JQ