They might seem like a somewhat traditional choice of present – and reminiscent of trundling around shops trying to find something for grandma – but soap gift sets have certainly changed a lot since the days when lavender and lily of the valley were as exciting as it got! Bearing that in mind, we’ve come up with our five favourite currently available gift sets, each of them available from an online retailer near you!
Vintage Pattern & Petals Soap Flowers – £10, Heathcote & Ivory
A world away from the rather pedestrian slabs of fragrance we’re used to scrubbing with in our everyday lives, these soap flowers from Heathcote & Ivory have been artistically crafted to look like rose blooms in pastel shades of pink, orange, yellow and blue and they split apart to shower (no pun intended) your bath with fragrant petals.
Small Soap Gift Set – £20, Heyland & Whittle
If you have a friend with allergies, then Heyland & Whittle’s soap gift set could be just the ticket. All eleven of its mini guests soaps – featuring an array of combinations including gold, frankincense and myrrh – are sulphate and paraben-free, made from coconut, olive and sweet almond oils and infused with indulgent essential oils. A gift box makes them the perfect present.
Brick Soap Set – £8.99 (was £12.99), Gentlemen’s Hardware
There’s no reason why the chaps should miss out and there’s no need to resort to that ’70s stand-by of Brut soap-on-a-rope, when you can buy the man in your life this heavy-duty set of brick soaps by Gentlemen’s Hardware. The three chunky soaps are scented with sandalwood and presented in a gift box – and are currently available with four quid off!
Soap Perfect Gift Pack – £12.99, Bomb Cosmetics
At the brighter and funkier end of the spectrum, we have this fun soap set by Bomb Cosmetics, which will help your giftee unwind and relax after a long and stressful day, with five intriguing-sounding fragrances: Crazy Cupid, Berry the Hatchet, Summer Cherry, Free Spirit and Adventures in Eden.
Lavande 3 Soap Gift Set – £15, Roger & Gallet
OK, so we couldn’t miss out on the lavender-scented option… The Roger & Gallet Lavande gift set is a special take on a traditional favourite though, combining mandarin and geranium with lavender, mingled with a vanilla benzoin and cedar dry down. Evocative of Provencal France, the soaps are created using a unique manufacturing process that ensures a long-lasting scent.