Soap Paradise: handmade artisan soaps from S’pore
Attention soap lovers in Singapore! I’m so pleased to introduce you to Soap Paradise, a one-of-a-kind handmade artisan soap store. Yeah, no need to join sprees to order from Chagrin Valley in US as you can now get beautifully designed and may I add, sweet smelling handmade soaps locally. I won’t say I’m a huge fan of soaps but I do take quite a bit of interest when they look and smell good. And the ones from Soap Paradise look and smell like delicious yummy cakes to me!
Soap Paradise is a family business run by the husband and wife team, Alvin and Jocelyn. Apparently, Jocelyn, who is the soapmaker, started her fascination with making handmade soaps over seven years ago and creates them without any harsh detergents, petroleum or preservatives. When she approached me three years back, I remember seeing only soaps but now, her store has expanded to include balms, scrubs, massage candles. From what I’ve read, she’s also looking into formulating moisturizers soon.
I believe many of you will be captivated by the varied artisan selections once you enter the online store. There are quite a variety of soaps to pick fromâ€”with fancy names like Psychedelic, Citrus Twist, Berry Delight, Sheer Freesia, Strawberry Patch, Champagne Chic, Lily Of The Valley and many more. You can even find soaps for men and soaps for your dogs…definitely spoilt for choice. In fact, even if you don’t like using soaps, they’ll make very delightful gifts for friends or family.
Jocelyn sent me a few of her soaps to try but I’ve only managed to use the Victorian Tea Rose, which is absolutely lovely looking and like its description, smells like taking a walk in a rose garden, light and yet potent. I’ve been using this soap twice daily now and I really like it on my body. It lathers well and is pretty moisturizing with shea and cocoa butter but also Rice Bran Oil.
Some of the soaps come with food ingredients like pumpkin pulp, cinnamon stick and powder, yogurt, ginger, matcha green tea powder, honey, bee pollen, and coconut milk. And you will notice Sodium Hydroxide in all the soaps. This ingredient, otherwise known as lye, is crucial for soap making and my understanding is that when a soap is formulated correctly and professional, the ingredient is completely safe after it has been combined with other constituents to create the soap.
Prices and benefits
Prices start from S$7.90 for a glycerin soap and an average of S$15 for a cold processed soap bar. Given the ingredients and formulation, I think the prices are pretty reasonable. The soap bar doesn’t turn out too soft and soggy and a bar can last you somewhere between 3 and 4 weeks. I had told Jocelyn that I dislike the squeaky clean feel with using soap bars and she told me that the effect could be temporary when I used her soaps. Well, it’s true to an extent in the sense that the squeaky clean feeling has been reduced. I was also told that I could experience more benefits after some time like elimination of body odor as well as less drying skin. Well, my skin doesn’t feel dry after washing with the soap but I still need moisturizing. Anyway, I might just stop buying body washes for awhile and continue using the other bars I was gifted with. For one thing I’ve noticed is, my skin hasn’t suffered the occasion itch these two weeks and I wonder…
Anyway, check out Soap Paradise here. They’re eye candies!