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All soaps are hand made from pure vegetable oils - WA virgin olive, Segregated Sustainable palm oil (see below), coconut, macadamia and castor oils. These ingredients produce firm, mild, creamy, moisturizing soaps, with rich lather even in hard water. The different soaps are then crafted with essential oils, extra superfatting oils, herbs, cosmetic grade colours and other ingredients.

As well as making good soap at a physical level, we aim to create soap which cleanses and nourishes the human spirit.

Soapmakers' Prayer - Let this soap cleanse away fear, let love be here.

Segregated Sustainable Palm Oil

Hidden Valley uses some palm oil for its unreplaceable hardness factor in soap and has done so for nearly 20 years, using "sustainable palm" for at least the last 8 years. A long time ago we became aware of the devastation caused by massive palm oil plantations in SE Asia, which results in loss of precious tropical rainforest and orang utan habitat, and many other negative impacts. We tried to make palm-free soaps, but  our efforts have been unsuccessful to date for a variety of reasons, including the extremes of heat and humidity we endure in the North. So we put pressure on our ingredient suppliers to source sustainable palm and they eventually did, via MOI International (Australia) Pty Ltd, which supports the production of sustainable palm oil through the GreenPalm program. We paid more for this and learned about the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (www.rspo.org). 

Then about a year ago we began to purchase "Segregated Sustainable Palm Oil", which is even more strictly controlled. This is certified sustainable palm oil which is segregated from non-certified oil at every stage of the supply chain. Our palm oil is produced by the Mewah group. They currently have two facilities which are certified to produce Segregated Sustainable Palm oil under the stringent requirements of the RSPO. For every tonne of palm oil that is produced, MOI pays a voluntary premium to a palm oil producer which is operating within the RSPO's strict guidelines for social and environmental responsibility. Therefore we pay more. And we believe none of our palm oil comes from those massive destructive monoculture plantations you see when traveling. 

Around half of all products in Western supermarkets contains palm oil in some form, so it is critical that the big corporations source it sustainably. Unilever, the world's biggest user, has committed to doing so by 2015, but many others need to follow suit. It is NOT small scale natural soapmakers like ourselves which do the damage. For a big company scorecard on this see the World Wildlife Fund's scorecard. We know there remains considerable controversy about this issue, but we are confident we are doing our ethical best. 

The following products are available for Soap

Full & Half Blocks Of Soap

Full & half blocks of soap

Our standard large soaps weigh approximately 100 -110 grams, and measure approximately 6 x 6.5 x 3 cm. They come labelled with paper cigar wrappers. We aim to have good stocks of all these available at all times. Weights and sizes vary with age - older soaps are harder as they have evaporated more of their water content. 

In addition, you can usually purchase half blocks, which are thinner, approximately 6 x 6.5 x 1.5 cm. Every time we cut a big block of newly made soap, we cut just one layer of half soap blocks. Mostly we use these in our gift boxes - Assortments and Large Samplers. We do not always have every kind of soap half block in stock and please note that half blocks do not normally have individual labels.

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Guest Soaps

Guest Soaps

Our guest soaps are 1/5 the size of our normal full blocks. They are ideal for guesthouses, bed & breakfasts, and business promotions. We can label them individually to your chosen names, logos, fonts etc. We aim to stock six varieties at all times - Cable Beach Sunset, Pearl, Sandalwood, Saltwater Country, Kimberley Wet and Blossom. Others can be made for you but require 6-8 weeks lead time to make, cut, cure and label. Enquiries are welcome.

Guest soaps are cheaper unlabelled. We can label them with our own labels (20c each). Or we can design a label tailor made for you, with your chosen soap name, logo, fonts etc, so that your soaps match your own business or establishment. We charge a once-off fee for the time taken to make these special labels, but once made, your soap orders can be labelled with your own label every time at no extra cost.

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Hidden Valley Packaging & Gift Services

Hidden Valley Packaging & Gift Services

We can gift wrap and forward your gift direct to your treasured person if you wish, via our Gift Sending Service, which saves you time and effort.

Hidden Valley prefers not to waste money and resources on too much packaging. However, we have a variety of simple gift packaging options including boxes and ecoplatters. Just choose your products (normally 3-6), check with our helpful staff on 08 91937036,  and they will advise.  We add wood wook, shrink wrapping and a decoration if needed.

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Soap Gift Boxes

Soap Gift Boxes

Hidden Valley puts its soaps into various gift boxes for special occasions. Our policy is to maintain transparency - to show customers the cost of extras such as gift boxes. Hence, these boxes cost more than simply buying the same number of soaps unboxed.

We have standard boxes for 3 soaps or 6 soaps, with 2 different box designs to choose from - Broome or Hidden Valley Favourites.

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