Sunny soap full of citrus oils, cold-pressed from the skin of the fruits. This blend of lemon, grapefruit, orange, lime and bergamot, complemented by a little lemongrass, creates a cheerful, refreshing scent.
For much of the year, we can only dream of sun-drenched warmth and freshness. It is therefore a joy to be able to make a soap that still smells like you just picked an orange from the tree. Or a lime, or a grapefruit.
The color of the soap comes from annatto seeds. We let it soak for a while in olive oil, then the oil is sieved, it is then deep orange in color and gives the soap its final sunny shade.
In the photos, the ingredients orange and bergamot are highlighted, captured by Evelien in the Utrecht Botanical Gardens.
organic & handmade - vegan - free from palm oil, plastics or chemicals such as SLS - animal free.
Ingredients: saponified oils of olive*, coconut* and cocoa butter*; water; castor oil*; essential oils of lemon*, lemongrass* and orange*, grapefruit*, bergamot*; lime*; elemi resin; annatto seed extract.
INCI (equivalent to package, international naming): sodium olivate*, sodium cocoate*, aqua, sodium cocoa butterate*, ricinus communis oil*, aroma♢, bixa orellana seed extract, limonene o, citral o, linalool o, geraniol o .
* from certified organic origin ♢ organic essential oils o Natural component of essential oils.
Werfzeep originated in 2009 from Evelien's preference for old crafts and natural products. During a trip through Canada that she and Laurens made, she ended up on an idyllic family farm where, among other things, soap was made, with a ladle and an enormous pan. The wooden house smelled like a fairytale and immediately on the first day Evelien helped with making soap. To her surprise, this handmade soap, which was in the shower and by the sink, was gentle and caring for her skin. Having been plagued with eczema since childhood, soap had been out of the question for years, but this soap turned out to be a very different story than anything she'd been acquainted with until then, which mainly caused her to feel itchy.
Soap made from oils is a completely different product than factory soap made from refined fatty acids, with additives such as foam improvers, synthetic perfumes and preservatives, which also have the glycerine skimmed off. This discovery was enough for Evelien to become completely captivated by soap, the craft soap seedling, all possible ingredients and the effect on the skin. She started developing her soaps in a historic wharf cellar on the Oudegracht in Utrecht. Now, eight years later, she works with a growing team in the beautiful soap workshop on the Westerkade.