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  • Is Zero Waste More Expensive?

    This is a common - and legitimate - concern of people who'd like to reduce their plastic waste but don't have unlimited cash to splash (and let's face it, who does?).

    If you're on a tight budget then spending £25 on a safety razor can seem way out of reach. But when you look at it a different way and realise that that £25 is the last money you'll ever have to spend on a razor, it starts to make serious financial sense. 

  • Three Easy Zero Waste Swaps You Can Make Today

    If you're trying to reduce your waste, whether you want to go full on zero waste, or just make a few small but meaningful changes, don't worry! It'...
  • Soap Making Courses and My Products in a SHOP!

    I haven't written a blog post for a little while so here are some updates from Green Fig HQ... I have been making soap for 7 years now, and selling...
  • How to Care for Your Handmade Soap

    So you've bought your very first bar of gorgeous, handmade, natural soap - But you have absolutely no idea how to look after it... Green Fig Soaps are cured for 6 weeks, and carefully formulated to give a hard and long lasting bar - provided you follow just a few simple steps to keep them in tip top condition.
  • Just a Card - 5 Reasons to Shop Independent

    Just a Card encourages people to buy from independent shops and small businesses by reinforcing the message that even small purchases, even 'just a card', are completely vital for small businesses to survive and thrive.
  • The Benefits of Creativity

    We live in a world which seems to come with more stress - and distress - than ever before. Can making soap really help?

    Short answer? Sure!

    There are so many benefits to making your own soap. 

  • Check that Superfat - How to make handmade soap SUPER moisturising

    Saponification is the process of turning oils into soap and glycerine - however that glycerine alone is not enough to give a really moisturising bar.

    For the every day luxury that Green Fig is famous for, we have to superfat

  • How is Soap Made? The Process of Cold Process

    Natural soap is made using a chemical process called saponification - when the oils and butters and an alkali mix to form soap. When oils saponify they produce glycerine, a highly effective moisturiser which forms a barrier on your skin to keep moisture locked in.
  • Five Steps to Starting Your Zero Waste Journey

    Single use plastic is OUT. With many following in the footsteps of Bea Johnson (AKA The Mother of the Zero Waste Movement) it's easy to feel totally overwhelmed. But it's not nearly so hard as you might first think. Follow these 5 easy steps and you'll be well on your way to joining the waste free revolution!
  • Experience the Magic of Soapmaking - Learn how to make your own soap

    Ok, its not actually magic - it's science! And art! But when those things come together it is a bit like magic...

    Green Fig Soap Studio has teamed up with Synergy NG9, a creative hub in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, to host the Green Fig Soap Academy.

    Here you can learn the magic chemistry of soapmaking and create your very own natural, vegan soaps to use at home, give as gifts, or even to start your own small business.

  • Going Vegan? Now What?

    OK, so Veganuary is over but you, like 3.5 million other Brits (well, maybe, the jury is out on the exact figure) have decided that you'd like to be powered by plants 365 days a year. You're going vegan.

    Now what?

  • Meet the Ingredients - Sodium What?

    Check the ingredients on the back of your Green Fig Soap bar and you'll find a somewhat bewildering list of chemical-y sounding words such as Lavandula Angustifolia and Sodium Olivate.

    These are not, contrary to appearances, dangerous substances, they're simply the INCI official terms for, in the case of the above, lavender essential oil and olive oil.