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Bumblebee monticola


Please welcome ‘Bumblebee monticola’ (Bombus monticola) more commonly known as the bilberry bumblebee; we have tried to keep the colouring of this lovely bee as close to its natural colouring as possible.

As with ‘Bumblebee lucorum’, 20% of the sale price goes directly to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust; the bilberry bumblebee is the focus of a special conservation project in Derbyshire, ‘Pollinating the Peak’,…/o…/pollinating-the-peak/
As well as our usual lashings of olive and sunflower oils, shea and cocoa butters, we have added beautiful apricot kernel oil and given the soap a lovely citrus patchouli aroma, courtesy of sweet orange, lemongrass, cypress and patchouli essential oils.  Additionally, Bumblebee Monticola is now vegan-friendly.

There are two options for packaging.  Please choose one of the options from the drop down list further down the page.

Very low in stock – a new batch will be ready at the end of January.


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Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Glycerine, Sodium sunflowerate, Sodium sheabutterate, Cocos nucifera milk, Sodium castorate, Sodium apricotkernelate, Sodium cocoabutterate, Limonene,* Citrus sinensis  peel oil, Cupressus sempervirens  oil, Cymbopogon schoenanthus  oil, Pogostemon cablin leaf oil, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit oil, Curcuma longa powder, Manihot esculenta  starch, sucrose, kaolin, charcoal, Australian red reef clay (CI 77492), mica, linalool*, citral*, geraniol*, nature-identical mineral colours: ci77891, ci77492, ci77491
(* = natural components of essential oils)


Consumer friendly version:
Saponified olive oil and coconut oil, water, glycerine, saponified sunflower oil, saponified shea butter, coconut milk, saponified castor oil, apricot kernel oil and cocoa butter, limonene (natural component of essential oil), sweet orange, cypress, lemongrass and patchouli essential oils, sea buckthorn oil, turmeric powder, tapioca starch, sugar, kaolin clay, charcoal, mica, linalool, citral and geraniol (natural components of essential oils)

Nature-identical colours: titanium dioxide, yellow iron oxide, red iron oxide


All mineral pigments we use are laboratory-purified, nature-identical oxides, hydroxides and ultramarines.  Legislation now prohibits (thankfully) the use of mined sources of these minerals as they may contain harmful contaminants such as arsenic and toxic heavy metals.  The mineral pigments we use have exactly the same chemical formula as the mined version, but are 100% pure, non-irritating and thus totally safe for cosmetic use; EU labelling directives requires that each one be listed according to a specific universally acknowledged code number, the ‘ci number’.
We do NOT use any synthetic colours or pigments such as F&DC lab colours.
Our supplier for mica has assured us that it is not mined using child labour.
It is possible that certain dark colours (eg charcoal, Australian red reef clay) may transfer to pale materials in direct contact with the wet soap, for example, face cloths.  Should this happen, rinse the item thoroughly in clean water.

Price is for one bar, 95g approx / naked bar.

Packaged product weights (NB these weights are an approximation only)
Basic packaging – 100g approx
Gift box packaging – 120g approx.

Please note: as this is a handmade product there will be variations between individual bars; the product images displayed are only examples of the design although the overall theme will be the same.  Generally speaking, no two bars are exactly the same and may have slightly different dimensions owing to their hand-cut nature.

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Basic Packaging, Gift Box