By Chere Di Boscio
Cupcake soaps are representative of a new trend: rather than gifting friends with actual calorie laden cakes, delicious-smelling, skin friendly soaps in beautiful packages are the preferred option for body-conscious fashionistas.
Some mainstream brands, such as Lush, have jumped on the bandwagon with a few unrmarkable cupcake soaps, but their most sumptuous offering is probably their Cupcake Facial Mask. Scented like a rich chocolate batter, this messy mud mask features all natural ingredients, some of them organic, and a deeply detoxifying linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin. There’s also fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse.
But smaller, more artisanal brands are making even more unique–and mouth-watering–products. Eden’s Secret, for example, began nine years ago, and claims to be the very first company to make hand piped cupcake and cake soaps . Their first big order was for a three tiered wedding cake in 2005, and they haven’t stopped since then.
The brands’s handmade cupcake soaps are mainly based on traditional British desserts such as Figgy Pudding, Meringue Nests and Banofee Pie. They smell and look just as delectable, but rather than ruining your skin with sugar, they actually boost its beauty with their natural oils, which make you smell good enough to eat!
Another British brand we love is Heavenly Bubbles. Using only the most natural ingredients such as peace silk, coconut, sweet almond and olive oil, this company also plays up on British tastes, with ‘flavours such as Pina Colada, Applejack and Bailey’s Irish Cream. All oils, including palm, are from sustainable sources, and the brand prides itself on the hydrating qualities of its soaps.
Across the pond in Canada, Samantha Teng’s brand, Pure Natural Luxuries, is also offering up some scrumptious sounding soap. The young woman’s love of baking and passion for organic products led her to create a soap brand that includes mouthwatering scents like Almond Latte, Cranberry & Fig and Chocolate Cream Pie.
Inspired by cupcakes she sees in bakeries, they soap maker says “Natural soaps are important to me because our skin is our largest organ, and what you put on your skin absorbs in a matter of seconds. Certain preservatives and chemicals can stay in our bodies for a very long time…our body is our temple, and we should treat it with love and respect. A good way to start is by switching to natural products.”
We couldn’t agree more. Our bodies are our temples, and that’s why all cupcakes in our homes should be in organic soap form, not sugared.