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Suma Soaps Handmade and Exclusive

Submitted by on September 12, 2014 – 11:20 am3 Comments

High in the Pennines of West Yorkshire, just a hop skip and a jump from Suma, are the secret head quarters of the people who make our handmade soaps. Okay, you got me – it’s not really that secret but the rest is true and something that is also true, is that this company has been producing luxurious natural soap for well over a decade.


Owners and Willy Wonkas of the soap world are two ex Suma co-op members. They used to work with us here, until they swapped the people’s republic of Suma for soap making, and they haven’t looked back. Both are united in a passion for sustainability and quality that permeates every aspect of their business, starting with a dedication to using the traditional cold process, which not only generates zero by-produce but also allows them to choose every ingredient themselves. All our handmade soap range is now PALM FREE something we are very proud about.

At The Soap Factory, in an elevator made entirely of glass, the boys explain more about what they do. ‘We make our soap using the traditional cold process method that takes two days, then we allow all our soaps twenty-one days to cure. As little energy as possible is used throughout production. We pour and cut every bar of soap using a mixture of Yorkshire grit and elbow grease, and each one is now individually boxed in beautiful, little recyclable cardboard boxes.’ Even the factory off-cuts are used by a local charity.


Key to us at Suma is that our soap manufacturers are totally opposed to using chemical preservatives and foaming agents as added ingredients – there is simply no need for them. By using the traditional methods and choosing the right combinations of oils, a rich, silky, highly moisturizing and long lasting soap can be produced with out going anywhere near SLS, SLES or parabens.


Finally it is worth mentioning that all of our soap has been registered with the Vegan Society and is BUAV approved, so you can be assured that no animals have been harmed in anyway by the making of these soaps.

I love using these soaps and totally recommend them. The range is huge with twelve bars to choose from, check them out and give them a go, the only problem is, which one will you try first?


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