Victorian Soap - PEAK SOAP
By Michael Holoway - Updated 04.10.2022
Peak Soap make cold process soap by hand the old fashioned way. We hand blend the oils, hand mix the soap and hand pour the soap into moulds. This is how soap bars were made for general comsumption before industrialisation. After machines started making soap, the recipe and ingredients changed so as to drive down the price of the soap.
The Victorian era fell between the years 1837 to 1901
However before this happened soap bars were made in small batches by local artisans and cooks. Victorian general hardware stores were the distributors of soap and they kept only bars. Liquid soap was not invented until the late 1800's and so all commercial soap was in the form of a bar.
In england during the victorian period it was common place to bath in the kitchen. Showers had not yet been invented
We have tried to keep mainly to the tradition of using natural oils, paper packaging and by using the herbal palette of the victorian kitchen garden. We use natural rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, mint and chamomile herbs and their oils in our soap bars and liquid soaps and wherever possible from the Peak District.
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