What happens after I sell my soap?

January 17, 2014

A strange thing happened yesterday as I walked into a shop full of beautiful things, I saw a tray of soaps with my label on that I hadn’t sold to the shop or decorated with lace and dried flowers.

It was a true moment of a double take – did I just forget I had made them and sold them? I know I have been busy but not that busy surely!

I looked more closely at the label, it really was mine. I looked to see if it was filled out with the Ingredients, Weight, Best Before Date and Batch number as required by the EU,  but no details. It was propped up against the tray and the soaps themselves were not labeled at all, not good……

I work closely with the Trading Standards Office who have been incredibly helpful over labeling, descriptions and changes in legislation, so I know what is expected of me as a manufacturer and retailer and this tray full of goodies did not make the grade.

If you have any questions about soap you have purchased and are unsure if it is the real thing, please just email me on judith@shakespearessisterssoap.com  All my soap bars are a simple rectangular with wavy edges with no lace or added dried flowers on top of the bar. If they are wrapped, they are wrapped in a delicate web and beribboned, with a label clearly stating all the information legally required of me.

A lesson learnt, once I have sold soaps I have no control over what is done with them, I assumed the soaps I sell are going to be used by the purchaser or given as presents.  I honestly did not expect people to decorate and then to sell them on as Shakespeare’s Sister’s Soap.

I live, learn and take this as a compliment!


I used the healing body butter with the healing soap when I was going through treatment for breast cancer; it kept my skin soft and stopped any infection. I would recommend for other women who are going through this medical procedure. Thank you. M.S Stratford

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