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Bumblebee Distinguendus


Please welcome ‘Bumblebee distinguendus’ (Bombus distinguendus) more commonly known as the Great Yellow bumblebee; we have tried to keep the colouring of this lovely bee as close to its natural colouring as possible.  The background colouring reflects the striations of Lewisian Gneiss, the igneous bedrock that forms outcrops in the areas where the bee lives.

As with our other bumblebee soaps, 10% of the sale price goes directly to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.  Thee Great Yellow bumblebee is one of our rarest bumblebees; once widespread across the UK, it is now restricted to just a few areas in the far north of the country, notably Orkney and the Outer Hebrides where its last stronghold is on the machair.

As well as our usual lashings of olive and sunflower oils, shea and cocoa butters, we have added beautiful organic golden jojoba oil and given the soap a lovely unisex earthy-citrus aroma, courtesy of bergamot, grapefruit, cypress and vetivert essential oils.  Additionally, Bumblebee Distinguendus is vegan-friendly.

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Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Glycerine, Sodium sheabutterate, Sodium sunflowerate, Sodium castorate, Sodium cocoabutterate, Sodium jojobate, Cupressus sempervirens oil*, Citrus bergamia peel oil*, Citrus paradisi peel oil*, Vetiveria zinzanoides root oil*, Sucrose, Charcoal, Kaolin, Kaolinite, Sodium chloride, Sodium citrate, Mica, CI77492, CI77891 (Naturally occurring in essential oils*: Limonene, Linalool)

Consumer friendly version:
Saponified olive oil and coconut oil, water, glycerine, saponified shea butter, saponified sunflower oil, saponified castor oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter, cypress, bergamot, grapefruit and vetiver essential oils, sugar, charcoal, french pink clay, kaolin clay, sea salt, sodium chloride, mica, (limonene and linalool – natural components of essential oils)

Nature-identical colours: titanium dioxide, yellow 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