About Maldon Soap
Hello. My name is Sue McKenna and I’m the owner and creator of The Maldon Soap Company.
After trying for years to find soaps and skincare products for myself that were as natural, additive free and suitable for sensitive skin as possible I decided to make my own! After the initial excitement of making my first soaps I decided that I only wanted to use the best possible ingredients and that I wanted to source ingredients locally wherever possible. When ingredients weren’t available locally I wanted them to be sourced as ethically as possible. The oils I use are cold pressed and organic where possible and I never use anything containing palm oil. The butters I use are fairly traded and ethically sourced and I have never used used any ‘nasty’ artificial ingredients such as parabens, SLS (sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate) or anything else you can’t pronounce! I concentrate on making the purest soaps and beauty products from the purest and most simple ingredients possible, ensuring that they are the most beneficial products for your skin. The skin is the largest organ of your body and it deserves to be kept free from unnecessary additives.
The list of local ingredients I use is ever growing but so far consists of:
Local honey from the Maldon area;
Local beeswax from the Maldon area;
Maldon sea salt;
Goats milk from Abberton near Mersea;
Cold pressed Rapeseed oil from Colchester;
Gluten free Oats from Cambridge;
Organic carrots from a local farm;
Calendula and Lavender from my own and local gardens.
I’m always on the lookout for local produce to use in my products so if there’s anything you think I could use please get in touch.
When it comes to colouring my products I keep that natural too, using such things as vegetable and spice powders like beetroot and paprika and also natural clays like kaolin and green clay, which usually have a function in the product aside from just making it look nice. The colours are very subtle too, so as not to detract from the quality and functionality of the product. I like to focus on the ingredients in each product and what it does for your skin rather than how colourful it is. Vivid colours are never natural so you won’t see any psychedelic colours in any of my products. They won’t stain either you or your bathroom. I use pure essential oils to fragrance most of the products although some, which are for very sensitive skin, are unfragranced. I also use a few cosmetic grade fragrance oils like baby powder and green apple as these cannot be obtained from using essential oils.
All the products are handmade by me in my little ‘Soap Shack’.
Thank you for visiting the website. I hope you like what you see.