Albaverde handmade soaps
I moved out to Andalucia from England in the
early 1990s, to live on a small holding in the Alconocales
Natural Park, where I had my three children which kept me
pretty busy! Being surrounded by incredible wild nature, I
started to learn about the local plants; especially the
abundant aromatics that were collected by my Spanish
both for their culinary and medicinal use.
As my children grew up and I had a little more
time on my hands, I joined forces with a local woman known
for her knowledge of medicinal plants, who showed me how and
when to collect various herbs to distil, in order to obtain
wonderful essential oils. I
also made my first soaps with her - soap making still being a
widely practised skill among the older generation, mainly to make laundry soaps for hand
I became fascinated by the soap
both for its inherent simplicity and possibilities for
creativity: use of natural colorants, exfoliants, and
I researched widely and experimented extensively with the aim to
produce a totally pure, natural, palm oil free soap with a good lather, smooth texture
and fine grain.
All the soaps I make are hand stirred in small
3 kilo batches. They are
coloured with plant extracts and scented with pure essential
oils guaranteeing a true handmade, chemical free product.
Where possible I try to use locally
produced ingredients: the principal oils used are locally
produced extra virgin olive oil and organic coconut oil. I also
add ingredients produced on my farm: honey, citrus peel, goats
milk and herbal infusions. All the formulas have been tested and
approved by an independent laboratory and comply with the
Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2004 9(1)(d).
Being committed to environmental issues, all
the soaps are totally palm oil free
due to the environmental unsustainability of this oil.
Even though recently there is more sustainably produced palm
oil, I still don't use it as I have managed to produce a bar
rich in olive oil that still stays hard when used.
All the packaging is 100% recycled. The soaps themselves
come wrapped in recycled textured paper.
I can offer small scale courses to learn how to make natural
olive oil based soaps. Please contact on 952 87 22 42 for
any other help or information, do not hesitate to