Enter Our World! Our World is sunny Nelson, New Zealand!
Global Soap was founded in 1997 by sister in-laws Ing-Marie and Bronwyn Shallcrass who saw a need and growing awareness for natural skin products. The business started in Ing-Marie’s lounge among children, pets, husbands, curious friends and no running water. Out of this chaos, a small unique family business was born.
In 2004, Global Soap took residence in a charming cottage on the fringe of Nelson city where it is still located today. The increased exposure to the general public through this boutique retail space and Ing-Marie and Bronwyn’s dedication to quality handmade products saw the business go from strength to strength. Global Soap celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.
In 2018, 21 years on, Bronwyn and Ing-Marie retired from soap making selling the business to friends David Mitchell and Jody MacLeod, a husband and wife team. With a passion for all things natural and a dedication to plastic free solid beauty bars, David and Jody have continued the existing range of soap and beauty products and are slowly expanded Global Soap’s plastic free offering.
Jody, David plus colleague and shop manager Kate Benson continue to make all products in the kitchen at the back of the cottage. Carefully made in small batches using the traditional cold-process method, all soaps are hand stirred until they reach the required saponification at which point all the extra goodies are added; shea butter, jojoba oil, honey, clays, silk, flower petals and of course wonderful combinations of pure essential and fragrant oils.
Ingredients in all our hand made products are safe and natural and are free from horrible nasties like Petroleum, Parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (SLS). In keeping with our social and ethical responsibility, our palm oil supplier is a member of The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
If you are in Nelson, pop in and say g’day. On summer days you will also spot Daphne (Jody’s beloved fur-baby, the fawn French Bulldog) greeting visitors in the cottage garden.
David, Jody, Kate and Daphne