If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught us is to never underestimate the power of soap. But if we’re destined to continually wash our hands for all eternity, let’s do so with style.
Enter Jared Simons of Whitechapel. A former chef with years of experience sourcing ingredients in the kitchen, he knows a thing or two about oils. According to Simons, as with cooking, soapmaking boils down to a science. The main ingredients, in this case, are water and sodium, as well as some of the finest natural and sustainable oils.
“The cooking translates to the soapmaking,” explained Simons in an interview with Matter of Hand. “I wasn’t that interested in chemistry, I just needed to understand what was going on so I spent a lot of time just looking on the internet.”
The soap is made by Simons himself in small batches using the cold process soap method. Each batch is hand-mixed, poured, and cut. The bars are then left to cure for four weeks. “I think there’s something unique about it, because for me everything is handmade, hand-cut, and hand-finished,” he observes. “I actually finish each bar with a boot brush to kind of knock off the rough edge and give it a tumbled look. So each bar has a little character.”