The first thing that made Urban Eden stand out to me on Etsy was the owner profile. Laura describes her love of creating scent before she talks about any of her other interests. Moreover, she describes the scent combinations in her soaps like a true perfumer, even though her creations inhabit soap bars instead of perfume bottles. No synthetic ingredients or notes – everything is the real deal.
The scent doesn’t linger on the skin for more than about five minutes, but they make any shower experience heavenly. This decadent aromatic experience is something I look forward to in the mornings, and at USD $5 to $5.50 each (USD $6.50 for the expensive tuberose in Shahrahzad) they are incredibly cheap considering the high-quality ingredients that go into them. I also feel good cutting down on packaging, rather than going through bottles and bottles of shower gel.
Her customer service is extraordinarily good, and she sent four samples with my order of Shahrahzad and Jasmine Rose The shipping is a little on the pricey side at USD $13.95, but then these soaps are reasonably heavy to send.
Laura’s soaps are all made in small batches, so different scented soaps will appear and disappear on her site all the time. I love that many of her scents are suitable for both men and women, and all contain 50% olive oil along with organic palm oil and shea butter. She also adds coconut oil and castor oil for lather. These soaps are also suitable for sensitive skin.
I can barely remember the last time I bought a bar of soap, as I’m a confirmed shower gel user and have been for many years, mainly because I find soap drying. Lush soaps are torturous to my dry skin because they strip it of every bit of oil. I find that Urban Eden soaps are neither drying nor overly moisturising; I find that they leave my skin feel ‘normal’. Bear in mind, though, that I use Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter every night before bed.
I would love to see an intensely-moisturising version of these soaps developed alongside the existing line. I would also love to see the scents developed into actual fragrances, as many of these fragrances I would love to wear all day.
“A beautiful floral heart of tuberose and ylang ylang, deepened with amber, frankincense and myrrh, spiced with cardamom, clove, black pepper, coriander and nutmeg, lifted with tangerine, blood orange and bergamot.”
This soap has a fragrance appropriate for men or women. Infact, my significant other has been eyeing it off, and I suspect he may even have used it a few times. Frankincense, amber and tuberose are the main notes I can detect, with a hint of bergamot to lighten it just a little. It is also a little more expensive than the others because of the tuberose, but absolutely worth it. I think this would be stunning to use during winter.
“Rose wax, jasmine sambac wax, ylang ylang and geranium; anchored with Paraguayan guaucwood; freshened with bergamot and Mexican expressed lime.”
This fragrance is all woman. The jasmine and rose hasn’t been darkened by anything – it’s light, carefree, and all curves. However, what I really like about this scent is that its feminine without being overly sweet. There’s a sophistication about this scent that I really enjoy. When you leave this soap in the shower recess, the fragrance that fills the bathroom definitively stakes it out as a woman’s space.
“Tranquility soap with olive oil and organic shea butter is a soothing blend of lemon, vanilla, sandalwood and cedar, lightly spiced with ginger and cardamom, and sweetened with a whisper of vetiver. Vetiver is known in India as the oil of tranquility.”
I get all of these notes in this soap. The sandalwood dominates, but the vanilla and vetiver in the background sweeten the mix a little, with a bit of zing from ginger and lemon. I really love this sample, and will definitely purchase in the full size with my next order. This is another soap fragrance that would be suitable for a man or woman.
“Rosemary Mint soap is scented with a blend of rosemary, peppermint, spearmint and lime essential oils. It’s so refreshing! I think of this one as my, “I don’t care what the calendar says; it’s summer in my bathroom” soap.”
This is definitely a very refreshing soap. Good for use on a summer’s morning: the peppermint, spearmint and lime make for a very invigorating shower. Dry, the rosemary is a mere suggestion in this soap, but it becomes more pronounced when lathered. I’m not a great admirer of mint in anything, but to someone who is it would be fantastic.
“Orange Patchouli soap is a classic blend, one that many soapmakers have in their repertoire. What sets my version apart? First, the grade of essential oils I’ve used. My orange essential oil is distilled from the juice rather than the rind– it smells unbelievably true to a fresh-squeezed glass of OJ—and my patchouli is dark and well-aged, nothing like the harsh, cheap patchouli people love to hate. Second, I’ve rounded out my blend with sandalwood, amyris, vanilla-like balsams, blood orange, lavender, litsea cubeba and a hint of black pepper. It is rich, sweet, smooth, earthy but not dirty.”
I’m not a huge fan of patchouli, but I love it in this soap because Laura’s used a high-quality patchouli that is balanced with orange and vanilla notes. The sandalwood adds a wonderful undertone to the fragrance too. I would class this as a masculine scent because of the sandalwood and patchouli.
“This natural, handmade soap is scented with blood orange, fresh ginger, bitter orange, tangerine, hydro-distilled Haitian vetiver and rosewood essential oils. It’s warming, refreshing, and just a little earthy (but not so earthy that it doesn’t still smell clean.)”
The fragrance has an orange note that is more prominant than the one in Orange Patchouli. It’s in Laura’s orange scents that you can glimpse her attention to detail: her orange essential oil is made from the juice of the orange, so the scent is just like a real piece of fruit, so this Ginger Orange Vetiver soap smells just like a freshly cut orange. The vetiver gives you a hint of the woody tree itself and the earth which sustains it. The zing of the ginger combined with the citrus makes it ideal for use in the morning when you’re in need of waking up. Another scent suitable for men or women. I can’t get enough of the fresh orange smell of this one – fantastic for mornings year ’round.
I purchased Shahrahzad (USD $6.50) and Jasmine Rose (USD $5.50) from Urban Eden’s Etsy store, and I paid $13.95 for shipping to Australia.