About

Hi, I’m Vicki and I’m a Soapaholic….

I first made soap in 2009, and it soon became a hobby, which quickly turned into an obsession. The Soap Mine was born out of this soapy obsession.  In 2012 I took the plunge, made it all official and started to sell.  At the time I was a stay at home mum to a two year old boy, living in Manchester and most of my soapmaking was done in the evenings when the little one was in bed. In 2013 our daughter arrived, and less than a year later my husband and I had decided to escape to the country and moved home to north Wales. The Soap Mine is now based in Beddgelert, in the heart of Snowdonia, and our products are stocked in many local retail outlets, as well as further afield.

About our soap

All our bars are vegan friendly, palm-free, and have not been tested on animals.   They are made using the traditional cold-process method with skin loving plant based oils and butters.  Handmade soap is better for your skin, better for the environment, and, because it lasts SO long, it’s better for your pocket too.  Check out this post for more info on why handmade soap is the best.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our products.

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Don’t know how you manage to keep your eyes open long enough with a toddler and infant in tow!!!

    1. Hi Abiola, thanks for saying hi!

  2. Your soaps are so beautiful!!! I love soapmaking too… but I do it only once a year, at New Years day… the rest of the year we need to use it up… but you are right… it’s a kind of obsession.

    1. Thank you! Wow, once a year? That’s very restrained 😀 I can easily see how you could make enough for a whole year in just one day though…

  3. Hi, your soaps look wonderful. I have recently started making soap and have a project to do a few Christmas/farmers markets in France (I live here but I’m welsh). However it would seem that it is incredibly hard to sell homemade soaps/cosmetics here as the ‘rules’ are very strict! I’ve been quoted upto 750€ per soap recipe to get them legally registered!! Are the rules the same in the UK?

  4. Hi. Thank you for Scott’s contact détails. I’m not on Facebook but I think I will sign up. Basically my soaps are very simple for the time being – I use water from the glacier (I live in the alps) and oils infused with forgaged or homegrown plants. I tried adding EO but not getting very good results….and they are quite expensive.
    I am from Milford Haven, Pembrokshire. No I don’t speak welsh but all my dad’s family do. My dad was brought up on a welsh only farm and had quite a difficult time when he started high school in English – so he decided against bringing me up bi-lingual (shame….i love hearing welsh spoken) Do you speak Welsh? My kids are bi-lingual English/French.
    All the best with your soap making business!

    1. Hi Emma, just realised I didn’t reply to your last message – so sorry!! Loving the idea of using water from an Alpine glacier – wow!! Yes, I was brought up bilingually and speak Welsh every day; it’s a shame you didn’t have the opportunity to learn it, but I’m guessing that French is far more useful to you these days 😀 All the very best with your business too – I’ve just followed you on Instagram and looking forward to seeing your future creations!

      1. PS do you have a blog yet?

  5. Hi Vicki
    I have an old blog that has nothing to do with soap making! I will start a new one if and when I ever surface from reading all the EU rules and régulations concerning soap!!!! Would you mind if I emailed you with a question about GMP? I’ve been sending out lots of emails trying to find out information – one company told me that they don’t give out information for free!!! It mainly concerns the room that I intend turning into my workshop. I have contacted the company you recommended to me and I think I will be using them. Thank you for sharing their détails.
    Lovely to hear that you speak welsh on a daily basis. My husband worked with a guy in Switzerland a few weeks ago and he was a fluent welsh speaker too!!
    Hope you are having a nice weekend, lovely weather here in the alps.
    Kindest regards
    Emma

    1. Of course you’re welcome to email me – if I can help I will!

  6. Hi I can’t find an email address for you, shall I just write here?

  7. Hi Vicki
    I love what you’re doing! The soaps look amazing. Can you tell me how much your guest soaps are please?

    1. Hi Sadie! Thanks for your interest. If you’d like to email me at vicki@thesoapmine.co.uk I can send you some info over.

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