Friday, 19 April 2013

Time And Relative Dimension In Soap

Who has the coolest Mum? That would be me, your old pal Spidergrrl. My Mum knows me well. When she finds something special--something so special it is worth posting all the across the sea (even when she has to practically sell a kidney to pay for postage)--she sends it and she is never wrong. I’ve gotten a draught excluder shaped like the Wicked Witch of the East’s legs (ruby slippers included!) and an enormous salmon pink tee-shirt with a huge blue iridescent spider on it that I am wearing as I type this. But the coolest gift, by far, was the one I received today.

Soap. But not just any soap. Real, handmade, artisan soap with quality animal-free ingredients. Not just any posh soap, but Doctor Who Soap!


Isn’t that a scream! The soap called The Doctor contains a richly aromatic blend of peppercorns, juniper berries, clary sage, ylang ylang, elemi, bergamot, clove buds, and nutmeg and has almost as many ingredients as the Doctor’s had regenerations! 

The blue soap is appropriately called  TARDIS calls itself Time And Relative Dimension In Soap.

Because witty packaging makes everything better. FACT.

It is real serendipity that this arrived today as I actually was at the Health Food Shop trying to scope out a new bar of  real soap. I used to think I hated soap. It made my hands dry. It was more convenient to use liquid. But then liquid soap is often made with scary chemicals and petroleum and comes in a plastic bottle. I tried buying some soaps from LUSH that had clever packaging, but they made my hands unbelievably dry and scaly like I was some sort of lizard woman. It was only later that I understood that LUSH soap--despite their marketing as eco-friendly and green was actually not soap at all. It was harsh chemicals in a soap shape. Real soap is made from nourishing oils and lye (you’d think the lye would make it harsh but quite the opposite)  not sodium lauryl sulphate, an industrial degreaser.  Check your soap, your shampoo, your body wash. This harsh chemical sticks it’s little nose into everything these days. We avoid it like the plague.

Our friend Karen gave me a bar or artisan soap with coconut oil as the first ingredient. I fell in love with it. The soap was so creamy; my hands were soft. It lasted for ages. No more plastic. But the soap is getting smaller and I had a real fear about what I was going to do when it ran out. So today I started looking for a replacement--not to buy yet--but to know where the next bar was going to come from. And here it is! Two bars arrived on my doorstep--and you know what? The first ingredient in both soaps is coconut oil so I know these will be super mild and gentle. Hoorah!

I cannot wait to try this out! Thank you Mum! You are the greatest time traveler I know!


  1. Cleverly worded packaging is indeed half the gift! I was just as excited as you when I first discovered them on Oma's table at the last craft fair I went to. She is local, started making her soaps because of eczema, and now is well known all over Cenla. I will look for a link. Love you, Coolest Mum on the Planet (big smile on my face)

  2. p.s. to your American readers: a "draught excluder" is a draft stopper. Goes along the floor at the bottom of the door. :-)

  3. Hi, I'm Jackie - the face behind the soap!

    I'm so happy that your mom's gift was so well received! She told me that she was going to send them to her 'daughter in England who's a big Doctor Who fan!'

    My family and I are HUGE fans of The Doctor, so I knew I had to put him in soap! :-)

    If you have any questions or anything, please contact me on my website:

    I hope you enjoy your showers/baths!

  4. Glad you clarified that, Becky. I thought it had something to do with beer.