Thursday, 26 January 2012


Hi all, Happy New Year and all that

I know its late but lots has been happening. I am back from 4 weeks in Portugal again and at long last, the moment I have been waiting for, Naturally Made Soaps and Puro Soaps are going to merge.......

We have been working hard to get to this point and finally we are here, lots to do to achieve it but it will happen.  Naturally Made Soaps will become Puro.  All European orders will be taken care of via Shelley In Portugal while I will keep going with the UK sales and website sales here in England.  It should work, with a little tweaking of the range here or there.

Puro Soaps was launched in November 2011 in Lagares da Beira, Portugal - to great acclaim.  Puro aims to use as many local, fresh Portuguese ingredients as possible including the olive oil, beeswax and creamy goats milk (a lot of which are already picked, cured and soon to be milked by ourselves), the range is designed to reflect the beauty of the country and the fantastic ingredients to be found - I am really sure that you will all approve.

Myself and Paul Barnes (Shelleys husband) picking olives for our harvest 2012

Those of you following this blog for a while will know my passion for Portugal and how I have always tried to bring the country and its bounty and beauty into my soapmaking, well now it is a reality!  Our entire range will be made in both countries by myself and Shelley, ready for shipping anywhere and there will be no difference in quality or service - in fact it will be better.

What will this mean to you as a customer?  Hopefully you will not really notice many changes.  There will be a few soaps in the old range leaving us but they will be replaced by some simply wonderful new soaps including our very special 'PURO' range which are pure olive oil soaps, very special, luxurious and indulgent.

We will be closing the Naturally Made Soaps website temporarily so we can make the big change over and we will let you know as soon as the new site is up and running.  Please do follow our progress by logging into this blog or follow us on facebook at the Puro Soaps Page.  If you would like a sneak preview of the new soap range go to the temporary Puro website Puro Soaps to have a look.

Please note, there will still be a UK only ordering facility on our website for a couple of our soaps that we don't think will market well in Europe but are firm favorites and best sellers in England such as

And of course the ever popular, unbelievably good and effective DIRTY DOG SOAP!!

There may well be others too.  If you are a UK customer and have a favorite you just cant do without, please let us know, we will do our best to reassure you with a sample of our new Puro substitute, which in fact, is EVEN BETTER!!

thanks for your loyalty and understanding during this period of change.  We promise you a website that is even more exciting,  inspiring and, most importantly, full of wonderful soap.

Let us know what you think, please leave comments below.  We really want to know what you would hate to loose and what you would love to see in terms of new soap ideas......