Werfzeep is a artisinal, organic soap studio in Utrecht. All of our soaps are palmoil-free, made with vegetable oils and herbs en lots of love. As far as we are concerned, the power of a good, nourishing soap lies at the base; the plant. Except voor our honeysoap- and shampoo and the savannezeep, all of our soaps are vegan.
We only work with organic ingredients with a fair origin and do not add any unnecessary ingredients. We work together with farmers and suppliers who share the same beliefs. Also we pick some ingredients our selves in our beloved forest, the Wickenburghse forest, nearby Utrecht.
Here we find ourselves in the midst of nature and the seasons and find inspiration for our seasonal soaps. The forest teaches us a lot, we harvest different ingredients with respect and grow several medicinal plants in our herbal soap garden.
You can find our soap studio at the Westerkade in the heart of Utrecht. We make all of our soaps by hand, with a small soap team.
Each of us stirs in the pans, but we do have our own specialities, varying from soap making, infusing herbs, packing orders, writing, cutting the soaps and administration.
Werfzeep arose in 2009, from Eveliens love for old crafts and nature products. During her travels in Canade, she and Laurens ended up at an idyllic family farm, where amongs other things, they made soap. With a huge wooden spoon and a massive pot. The wooden house had a lovely fairytale like smell and Evelien started helping with the soapmaking, directly on the first day.
To her surprise this handmade soap, that was lying in the shower and at the sink, was gentle and nourishing for her skin. Plagued with eczema from an early age, soap had been out of the question for years. But this soap turned out the be a whole other kind of story. It was different from any soap she had used so far, and which mainly made her skin feel tight.
Soap made of oils is a completely different product than factory soap, made from refined fatty acids. With additives like foam improvers, synthetic perfumes and preservatives, from which the glycerine has also been skimmed. This discovery was more than enough for Evelien to dive into the world of artisinal soapmaking, all the possible ingreidients and how this all effects the skin.
She began to develop her soaps in a historic werfkeleder at the Utrechtse Oudegracht. Nowadays we work with a amazing team in our beautiful studio at the Westerkade.
The initial beliefs from the beginning have only grow stronger; rich raw materials make rich soap. Most of our ingredients are actually intented for consumption, but the difference in quality with oils for cosmetics are so big, that we but these with love.
We make a modest contribution by making soap that is good for everyone. Good for the skin, nature and all of the producers that grow our ingredients worldwide. Werfzeep is soap that we would have loved to buy ourselves before. Now, we make the soap our own, without any concessions!
Evelien, Laurens, Anne-Fleur, Buba, Rinske, Charlotte, Marie, Sephora, Merel en Mercedes
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