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13 May 2009

Nothing but plants in this soap

Watching TV can be quite stressful as I can't help but watch the claims from mass commercial brands. Tonight, an advertisement for a "real soap" with 1/4 moisturising cream. Actually, real soap has 100% moisturisers - just pure plant oils, like these gorgeous soaps from Est. Conventional soaps need to "put back" the moisturiser because they take it out in the first place. Many soap makers strip out the moisturising glycerine because it is more valuable to sell it to the cosmetics industry. With many commercial brands, the moisturisers are also actually from petrol, not plants.

These lovingly hand moulded Est soaps are made from olive oil. Est mix herbs, grains and oils in huge stainless steel bowls in their lovely old shop kitchen. Even better, they are free from palm oil (widely used in soap making because it's cheap), so they are not contributing to the deforestation of orangutan habitat. They last forever too -- my Nanna says we'll go broke selling them because people don't need to come back for months! natural beauty

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


Steph Bond-Hutkin said...

Hi guys, great new blog! Wonderful to have you join the community. These soaps are definitely gorgeous, and I couldn't help notice the lovely ceramics in this image. I own a piece that looks exactly like the largest ceramic vessel in the top left corner (with leaf imprint). I've been trying to find out more about the artist to profile them on my site. Are you able to point me in the right direction?
Best wishes, Steph

Tracey said...

Steph - thank you so much for your positive words about our blog.
I do not know the name of the ceramic artist, but she shares a studio with the Oiko team. You can contact them via

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