Do you have a shop?
I don’t have a physical ‘Maldon Soap Shop’ as such. My soap studio is not open to the public.
I’M ASKED ALMOST DAILY IF PEOPLE LIVE LOCALLY CAN THEY COLLECT THEIR ORDERS TO SAVE ON POSTAGE. MY STUDIO IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND I AM BEING ESPECIALLY CAREFUL TO LIMIT CONTACT WITH PEOPLE DURING THE PANDEMIC SO I CAN KEEP WORKING. SO IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO COLLECT AND ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND THEN POSTED. POSTAGE IS FREE IF YOU SPEND OVER £50. I SELL THROUGH MANY OUTLETS, ALTHOUGH MOST ARE CLOSED DUE TO LOCKDOWN THE REFILL SHOPS ARE STILL OPEN SO YOU CAN PURCHASE MALDON SOAP PRODUCTS FROM:
RECO STORE, TIPTREE
THE REFILL STORE, BOND STREET, CHELMSFORD
THE SUSTAINABILITY STORE, SUMMERHILL GARDEN CENTRE, BILLERICAY.
THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FURTHER DOWN ASWELL BUT AS I’M GETTING SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS I THOUGHT I’D PUT IT HIGHER UP TO SAVE SCROLLING!
However, around 3 or 4 times a year I do hold shopping evenings or afternoon tea events at the studio where you can come along and see where I make the soap and purchase directly from me (usually with a discount). These events are advertised through my social media pages and in my VIP newsletter so do keep an eye out for them.
*I’ve been unable to have events at the studio in 2020 due to coronavirus but these events have been taking place online instead so do watch out for those on social media and in the VIP newsletter.
My social media sites and sign up form for my VIP newsletter can be found here:
Outside of these times it is not possible to visit the studio whether it’s to see the soap being made, to purchase soap or to collect orders.
Do you do craft fairs or markets?
Not any more! I gave up doing fairs and markets a couple of years ago as they weren’t very good for my back and I found I was working 7 days a week with very little time for myself. Nowadays I concentrate on selling through the website and the outlets.
Where can I buy Maldon Soap products other than the website?
I sell the soaps and skincare through several outlets which are located in Maldon and surrounding villages.
Please bear in mind tho that, due to the size of the shelves alloted to me in each outlet varying so much, it’s not possible to stock every item. In a lot of cases the outlet themselves choose which products they stock and how many products they hold in stock, so I can’t take any responsibility if you travel to an outlet for a certain item and it’s not there. If you’re doing this please check the stock with them directly.
The ONLY place to be able to order every product, including trial sizes of skincare, is the website.
My outlets are as follows:
- The Maeldune Heritage Centre, St Peter’s Tower, Maldon.
- Silo Zero Waste Refillery, Brights Path, Maldon.
- Tiptree Jam Factory, Factory Hill, Tiptree.
- REco Store, Crate Tiptree, Tiptree.
- White Elm Garden Centre, White Elm Road, Bicknacre.
- The Lovely Shop, Station Road, Burnham On Crouch.
- Purleigh Community Shop, Purleigh.
- Refill Chelmsford, Bond Street, Chelmsford
- The Sustainability Store, Summerhill Garden Centre, Billericay
Mail Order Enquiries
How can I order from your website?
You can order all products including trial sizes of all the facial skincare products from the website by clicking this link here
Simply select which products you require and add them to your basket like any other online shop.
You can pay on the website by credit/debit card, paypal, google or apple pay. These are the only forms of payment I accept.
I am unable to take payments or orders over the phone or by email.
How long will my order take to arrive?
As a one woman band I make, pot, wrap, label and distribute around 100 products (120 at Christmas). I also package up every single order lovingly, beautifully and securely, all by hand. I like to make a lot of products freshly to order so that they reach you in the freshest condition possible.
I aim to post all orders out within 5 working days of receipt of order, although mostly they are sent sooner than this. Occasionally there may be a longer wait if I have a lot of orders of if the order is very large, it may take longer over the Christmas period.
If your order is for a specific date or occasion please ensure you order in enough time to allow for it to be delivered, especially if it’s overseas which can take a couple of weeks to arrive.
When your order is complete and ready to post you will receive an email to tell you.
Orders are sent by Royal Mail second class signed for and usually take 2 working days to arrive in the UK, up to 2 weeks in Europe and 3-4 weeks for the rest of the world.
* DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK I WILL ONLY BE POSTING TWICE A WEEK TO LIMIT SOCIAL CONTACT AND TO KEEP MYSELF ISOLATED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. ROYAL MAIL ARE WORKING FLAT OUT TO DELIVER PARCELS BUT DUE TO A HEAVIER WORKLOAD DURING THE PANDEMIC IT MAY TAKE A FEW DAYS EXTRA FOR YOUR PARCEL TO ARRIVE SO PLEASE BE PATIENT. IF YOUR ORDER HAS NOT ARRIVED AFTER A WEEK OR SO OF RECEIVING YOUR COMPLETION EMAIL PLEASE EMAIL ME AT ORDERS@MALDONSOAP.CO.UK AND I WILL SEND YOU THE TRACKING INFORMATION.
How much do you charge for postage?
Postage in the UK is £4.20 for orders up to £50.
How can I get free postage?
When spending over £50 you qualify for free postage which will be sent by Royal Mail second class signed for.
What packaging do you use to send out your products?
What are your products contained in?
General Product Enquiries
Which products would be suitable for my skin type?
If your skin is dry or oily or sensitive or menopausal there are specific categories on the website which you can search to find the products which are most suited to your skin type.
Simply select facial skincare and then each separate category will appear so that you can select which skin type you are. You’ll then be shown products which would be most suitable for you. Here’s the link to the facial skincare section on the website
Please note that these are natural products and your skin is the final ingredient. So what works for one person may not work for another. The weather, age, hormones and several other factors all play a part in how our skin reacts to products.
That’s why trial size products are available from the website so you can make sure that the product is right for your skin before committing to a full size product.
Are your products suitable for children?
All my products have been safety tested for adult use. Any use on children is entirely at parents own risk.
Can I use your products during pregnancy or when breast feeding?
Essential oils have many different properties. They are added to my products in very safe dilutions (especially in the case of soap and bath bombs which are further diluted in water) – in line with strict safety standards for aromatherapy.
However, it’s important to do your own research into their safety or to check with your medical practitioner before using, especially if you have any medical issues or are pregnant0 or breast feeding.
What is my soap wrapped in?
Cold processed soaps are hand wrapped in himalayan lokta paper. This is a sustainable, tree free paper that is compostable.
Why is my bath bomb/soap wrapped in plastic?
It’s not! The cellophane wrapper is natural and is made from wood pulp, a by-product of the UK furniture making industry. This natural cellophane is biodegradable and fully compostable in either your home composter or put in with your green garden waste.
You can see a video I made about the packaging I use here
Can I send back my jars and tins for reuse?
Specific Product Enquiries
How do you use the shampoo and conditioner bars?
When first using solid shampoo bars there can be a transition phase that your hair goes through. This can last anything between 3 days and 3 weeks, depending on your hair type.
How safe is my bar of soap?
Bars of soap, good old traditional solid soap, clean your skin effectively without stripping its natural acid mantle which, in turn, helps skin to protect itself from bacteria. Bar soap also preserves the natural flora and beneficial bacteria of your skin which not only cares for your skin but also creates a natural barrier to germs. When using a bar of solid soap the action of rubbing the bar over your skin to create foam also helps to remove germs.
Can I share a bar of soap with someone?
Won’t you transfer germs to them?
NO! Here’s why…
Soap is an alkali. The bar of traditional soap you use, whatever condition it’s in, from its first use to when it’s a tiny sliver, is an alkali and no germs can survive on it. So you can pass it from person to person and not transfer any germs.
Those of you over about 40 will doubtless remember the little off white bar of soap in the school toilets, which had no fragrance or frills. It looked a bit shrivelled from multiple use and had black lines of dirt along its ridges once it was getting a bit old.
That bar of soap was germ free! It may have looked a bit horrible but essentially it was fine to use, it couldn’t spread any bacteria and killed germs. And yet bar soap was swapped for liquid soap in plastic bottles as it was deemed to be better for us!
Why does my bath bomb have little cracks in it?
Bath bombs are a force of nature. They are handmade so no two will ever be the same. When they’re made they harden naturally due to a chemical reaction between bicarb and citric acid. I don’t use artificial hardening agents or stabilisers which can be bad for your skin and for the planet so very occasionally, tiny cracks or blemishes can form on the surface of the bath bomb, especially if it contains petals or other decorations. This can sometimes occur once the bath bomb is cured, wrapped and delivered – especially in colder, damp weather. This is because they are natural. Any cracks or blemishes in your bath bombs will, in no way, detract from their efficacy or therapeutic properties.
Whilst every attempt is made to ensure your bath bombs reach you in perfect condition I cannot guarantee against breakages due to their semi-fragile nature and unpredictable postage conditions.
As with all bath and shower products beware of slips and trips in the bath/shower.
Why is my product grainy?
Graining can occur in intensive serum, coconut and olive hot cloth cleanser, skin saving balm and glycerine and lavender intensive hand cream.
Don’t worry, there’s nothing at all wrong with the product it’s just a jojoba wax distribution thing. A bit like when honey goes grainy due to the beeswax solidifying a bit. The graininess in your product is easily solved by just rubbing your hands together so the heat from your skin melts the wax and then you can just apply it as normal. it’s then just as effective as ever it was. The products are 100% natural, I don’t use artificial stabilisers (chemicals) to stop the graining process because nature is best and it works, it just sometimes needs some warmth. In this case just rub the product between your fingers or hands to bring it back to it’s soothing smoothing condition.
Do you use preservatives?
Most of my products are preservative free. When water is added to a product, as for creams and lotions, a preservative must be used. I do not use tap water in any of my products so, technically, I don’t need to use a preservative but I add one to creams and lotions just to ensure that the products are safe to use and will last a reasonable time.
I have never, nor will I ever use parabens. These formaldehyde based preservatives are good at stopping mould forming on products but are of little benefit to the skin. They are very cheap tho which is why the majority of skincare companies use them. Parabens were developed in the fifties and deemed safe to use – but then so was tobacco in the fifties and we all know how that turned out!
I use an EcoCert approved eco-friendly preservative which is gentle, mild and suitable for all skin types. Due to its skin-friendly attributes it is an excellent cosmetic ingredient for skin care and hair care so it’s good for both your skin and the planet.
How long do products last?
I use essential oils in the majority of my products. While my products would last for a good few years the essential oils won’t. Essential oils can oxidise in the air and over time can lose both their fragrance and their effectiveness. A soap or a cream or a serum will still work after a number of years but they won’t smell very nice or, indeed, work as well as they should due to the deterioration of the essential oils.
Each product category has different dates. Some products have two time periods on them. One is a general use by time if the product were to remain unopened and the other is how long the product should last once opened. When a jar is open it begins to deteriorate from being exposed to moisture in the air and from being touched etc.
These times are general times and do not take into account the conditions they are kept in once they leave Maldon Soap. ie they may be kept in direct sunlight or in a steamy bathroom or a warm bedroom and this can have a negative impact on a natural products lifespan or effectiveness.
A bar of soap may keep for many years in a drawer – indeed soap bars were found in Egyptian mummies tombs – but that bar would fare less well if it were placed on display in a steamy bathroom so it made the room smell nice, so a degree of common sense and flexibility is required when it comes to a products shelf life.
Bath bombs are wrapped in compostable cellophane to prevent them from absorbing moisture from the air. Many people keep bath bombs in the bathroom so they make the room smell nice but if they are opened they will go crumbly, lose their fragrance and won’t fizz properly so it’s not really a good idea to keep them open to make the room smell nice if you intend to use them in the bath at some point.
What are the products shelf lives?
Soaps/Solid Shampoos: Use within 2 years of made/ready date.
Bath Bombs: Use within 1 year of made on date if unopened. If opened use within one week.
Pure Indulgence Luxury Bath Soak: Use within 9 months of made on date if unopened and within 4 months once opened.
The vast majority of other products ie. solid conditioners, hair treatment, body oil, cleansers, toner, moisturisers, serums, body lotions are all:
Use within 9 months of opening or 18 months of made on date if unopened.
However the exception to this is the face masks which are:
Use within 6 months of opening or 9 months of made on date if unopened.
Any other questions?
I’m going to keep adding to this frequently asked questions blog as and when I’m asked questions. I’ll endeavour to keep it up to date and relevant.