British. Yep. Vegan. Yep. Handmade. Yep.
Babylon Tree is based in Basildon and have a shop there but you can also buy online from their website. Their focus is on natural products that have added health benefits without any harm to the animals or the environment. They offer a range of shampoo bars which I would love to try as they look amazing! Other soaps in great ingredient pairings are available and they also sell essential oils.
This particular soap from Babylon Tree is a treat. I usually avoid soaps due to sensitive skin but this one is rich and natural so I had no concerns about using it. It only has 7 ingredients so no dodgy chemicals inside. The Manuka honey comes from New Zealand but everything else is sourced locally and the soap itself is handmade in Essex.
The soap’s smell wasn’t obvious as it is plastic wrapped but once opened there was a very subtle slightly sweet aroma. When lathered, there was a slight note of sharpness in the smell which was pleasant, warm and fresh.
The oats have an exfoliating effect on the skin as they are slightly rough, perfect for encouraging healthy skin renewal. Manuka honey is known for many positive effects including antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
So how did my skin feel? It actually felt quite tight for about an hour after washing. I have no idea if that is normal or not, whether it is just the product being absorbed into the skin. After that, my skin felt incredibly soft! I was surprised at just how soft my skin could feel and it stayed that way for almost 24 hours at a time!
The Manuka honey and oats soap is an affordable treat for the skin at a cost of £3.95 per bar. It has given me confidence in soap again after years of avoiding it and I hope to try out other products from Babylon Tree in the future.
*I was sent this product for the purpose of this review. My opinions are entirely my own.