Shanghai Lil and The Scarlet Fez soaps are made from 100% natural ingredients. Handcrafted in small batches and hand cut off the block, each luxurious bar is packaged in a range of colourful, handsome boxes.
I am an artisan soapmaker based in Adelaide, South Australia. I was initially drawn to making my own soap by way of an interest in natural products and a desire to create high quality, vegan skincare. The idea of creating a product that is at once luxurious to feel, a delight to smell and a treat to see is, for me, a compelling one. I discovered that I could create a soap using a vast range of skin-loving oils which would benefit my skin and use combinations of essential oils to bring the scents of flowers, fruits, herbs and woods of the world into the palm of my hand.
I researched alternatives to the bath products I had been buying and settled on making my own soap using the cold process technique. A traditional technique based on the simple chemical reaction of oil (fatty acids) with lye (alkali) to make soap (a salt), the process allowed for the use of skin-enriching oils and for the qualities of these oils to remain in the product. Good news for skin!
About the Soap
Shanghai Lil and The Scarlet Fez soap is natural
All my soap is 100% natural. I do not use any synthetic ingredients and you will not find additives such as sodium laureth sulfate (think detergent) or petroleum based chemicals here. In addition, all beneficial by-products of the soap making process, such as glycerine, remain in the soap.
The ingredients I use are naturally occurring or are extracted from nature and this goes for all of the oils, the colours (botanical extracts, mineral colours and micas) and the perfume (essential oils).
Cold process soap cannot be made without going through the transformative process of saponfication. I use sodium hydroxide as the lye to aid this process of saponification, but you will not find sodium hydroxide in the end product.
Olive oil - excellent emollient and conditioning properties. Olive oil produces a hard but gentle soap. The best oil for soap!
Coconut oil - will produce a lovely lather, even in hard-water areas (that's you, Adelaide) and is a super cleaning oil.
Olive pomace - a super skin-loving oil in soap. High in unsaponifiables, meaning more olive oil is left in the soap after the saponification process.
Meadowfoam seed oil - a brilliant moisturising oil.
Apricot kernel oil - rich in vitamins and minerals, this oil has wonderful soothing and nourishing qualities.
Avocado oil - a skin softening oil, packed with vitamins (A, D and E), this makes for a mild, skin-loving soap.
Castor oil - a great conditioning oil, leaving your skin feeling soft and silky.
Cocoa butter - a skin-protecting oil, making a luxurious and creamy soap.
Hemp seed oil - high in essential fatty acids, this is considered a fine moisturising and 'healing' oil.
Macadamia nut oil - a luxurious and skin-loving oil which is easily absorbed, ideal for dry or older skin.
Rice bran oil - great for dry skin, this oil is packed with vitamin E, an excellent all-rounder for every soap.
Rose hip oil - a gentle oil valued for its restorative qualities. A pure luxury!
Shea oil - has the same qualities as shea butter, smooth and nourishing.
Shanghai Lil and The Scarlet Fez is Ethical Soap
All of my soaps are vegan and I do not use ingredients where there is a question mark over its sustainability, such as palm oil or rosewood essential oil.
Looking After Your Soap
Shanghai Lil & The Scarlet Fez soap is all natural and handmade. Each bar is hand cut off the block. You will find that there are minor variations in colour, scent and size between each bar of soap, after all, variety is the spice of life! The soap is also high in glycerine, so if you leave it out in moist air, you may find droplets of water forming on the surface of the soap (glycerine will attract water, that's why we like it on our skin). When you are using your soap, it is best not to leave it sitting in a pool of water. Use a wire soap holder or one with a hole in it to drain excess water - just like our parents did when we were kids! Essential oils are generally not as tenacious as synthetic fragrances, so if you want to make the most of the natural scents, I recommend using the soap within 6 months. Also, I do not use oils that have a use-by date less than 1 year from the date I make the soap. So, discard your rule of delayed gratification and use your soap with abandon!
All prices are in Australian dollars and immediate payment is required. For your convenience, payments are processed securely via PayPal, using your choice of credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover), bank transfer, eCheque, or PayPal funds. You do not need a PayPal account to pay with your credit or debit card. eCheque orders will be shipped once the payment has cleared.
Buying More Than One Bar of a Particular Soap
You certainly can buy more than one of any particular bar of soap but unfortunately, the shopping cart does not offer a quantity option, so if you wish to purchase more than one soap, you will need to click the "Add to Cart" button and then return to the shop to select the soap again.
Soaps will be well protected and posted via Australia Post in pre-paid satchels.
Purchase between 1 and 3 bars - $7.00 flat rate
Purchase 4 bars or more - $11.00 flat rate
International orders, please contact me for a quote.
Parcels will be processed within 2 working days on receipt of payment.
Parcels will be posted from Adelaide, South Australia. Australia Post estimates for delivery times are: up to 2 working days within Adelaide, 4 working days to country South Australia, 2-3 working days to Melbourne, 3-4 working days to Sydney and Canberra, 5-6 working days to other capital cities and longer to other interstate country locations.
Non-delivery of goods - please contact me to arrange for replacement soaps to be sent.
Damaged or faulty goods - I am confident in the quality of my product and I hope you love it as much as I do. In the unfortunate event that your soap arrives damaged, please do not discard your parcel or its contents - just contact me and include a photograph of the damage and I will respond to you. I comply with my obligations under the Australian Consumer Law.
Shanghai Lil & The Scarlet Fez is a secure shopping site. Payments for orders placed are made via PayPal, who do not disclose your personal financial details. The email address and any other details you provide for order processing will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order and will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to a third party for any reason without your consent, other than for the express purpose of processing your order. Please contact me with any questions.