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1st July 2020

Donations have reached $4554!

Photo credit: 500px

Donations have now reached $4554! This past donation cycle saw an incredible amount donated to koalas, with 26% of all sales across the SwH range going towards the Australian Koala Foundation. After last summer’s deadly bushfires, the number of koala bars sold and wedding order customers choosing to donate to the Australian animal charities has been highly rewarding and gratifying.

Although COVID has seen a set-back in SwH production, due to the unavailability of essential ingredients, things are now back on track. The SwH range is nearly completely stocked again, and I look forward to fulfilling all orders once more.

I thank all the newly subscribed members to Soap with Hope, receiving soap on a regular basis every 2 months. With stock at a minimum, subscription orders have had to take priority over the past few months, and sales have really ramped up. Hygiene, clean hands, and keeping well and healthy has never been more important. I feel privileged to be able to help contribute to community wellness at this time, as well as continuing to support endangered animals and their environment.

As always, thank you.

Nikki x  

Donations have been made to the following animal charities:


7th April 2020

Sign the petition to end wildlife trade

The Orangutan Project is calling for an immediate end to the wildlife trade to protect us from future pandemics like COVID 19 🦧

They have launched a new petition and with your help will get it to thousands of people across the world. Let’s do what we can to achieve a permanent, widespread ban on the wildlife trade and ‘wet’ markets, which have been the incubators for a growing number of deadly viruses including SARS, Ebola and now COVID 19 ✊

Sign their petition by clicking the link here!

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-wildlife-trade-to-prevent-the-next-covid-19

Photo courtesy of rainforestanimals.net


26th February 2020

Double donations for World Polar Bear Day!

Every year the World Polar Bear Day event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic. To celebrate the day, Soap with Hope is donating double for every Polar Bear Bar sold today and tomorrow! 

If you would like to know more about the day, or how your contribution is helping these amazing animals, visit https://polarbearsinternational.org/. Here you can read about their work and watch the short film, ‘Bear Existence‘.


12th January 2020

Donations have reached $4092!

It has undeniably been a difficult few months for Australian wildlife with the catastrophic bushfires that have ravaged our country. In spite of this, there has been an overwhelming response from not only Australians but also around the world with fundraising to help us battle this threat and heal. The sheer magnitude of human empathy and philanthropy has been incredibly moving and I feel privileged to be able to provide a means to help people contribute.

This past donation cycle has been the biggest one yet, and Soap with Hope has continued to grow with each passing year. We’ve now hit over $4000 and I cannot thank you enough for your support. I am pleased to announce that the majority of these recent donations were to Australian charities, with an overwhelming number of Koala Bars sold.

It can sometimes feel like we cannot possibly do enough to have an impact when the devastation is so large, but every bit helps – one bar at a time. When tallying up the figures for donation day and calculating the final amount, I am reminded that even in hard times there is hope, thanks to the generosity of people.

Nikki x  

Donations have been made to the following animal charities:

30th October 2019

Double donations being made to the Koala Hospital following a deadly bushfire

Photo: ABC news

A catastrophic bushfire has made its way through the mid-north coast town of Port Macquarie and surrounding regions. The ferocious fire has ripped through the bush just south of the town, known to experts to be a koala hotspot. The staff at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital fear that at least 350 koalas have perished in the blaze, however it is too soon to tell just how bad the impact will be. The fire is still burning and firefighters are working tirelessly to control the blaze. You can read more about the fire here ->https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-30/important-koala-habitat-destroyed-in-out-of-control-bushfire/11653076

Considering that it is already estimated that koalas will be extinct in NSW by 2050, this truly is a catastrophic event for koala populations. Over the next few weeks, the Koala Hospital will be inundated with injured and sick koalas from the disaster. Supplies, equipment, and support will be needed to help with this process, and we want to help as much as possible.

For a brief time while stocks last, Soap with Hope will be donating double its usual donation amount from the Koala Bar directly to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. The Koala Hospital, established in 1973, is an activity of the Koala Conservation Australia Incorporated – a Not-for-Profit Organisation that is recognised worldwide. It is not only a hospital to treat sick and injured koalas but it is also involved in research with University Sydney, University Technology Queensland, and the Australian Museum into koala diseases. You can learn more about the hospital here.


3rd July 2019

Donations have reached $3330

Soap with Hope has had its best year yet, with donations jumping up almost $2000 in just one year. We have now reached $3330 in total donations! This is all thanks to SwH’s amazing customers. I would like to give a huge shout-out particularly to SwH’s subscribers, who receive a regular shipment of soaps every 2 months. This is a great way to restock your bathroom with natural soap or have a handmade gift ready to go when needed. You can learn more here https://soapwithhope.com.au/product/soap-subscription/

After the release of the Koala Bar in April, we’ve had an even greater response to all the Australian animals in the product range. We’ve got some exciting new products coming up for the year, so keep your eyes peeled and stay up-to-date on SwH Instagram and Facebook.

I love donation day, as it reflects one of the main reasons why SwH exists – to support these incredible organisations to help animal conservation. This donation was particularly exciting as The African Wildlife Foundation matched each donation made to them with their end of the financial year appeal, so we actually contributed double! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased soap recently. Your generous purchases have helped to fund conservation projects, habitat rehabilitation and research to protect and sustain these amazing, threatened animals.

Nikki x  

Donations have been made to the following animal charities:

29th May, 2019

The benefits of handmade soap


You may have heard, or even guessed, that handmade soap is better for you than commercial soaps, but what exactly are the reasons? To put it simply, they use fewer, more natural ingredients, to give a more wholesome product. The benefits, however, extend far beyond this:
– Retains glycerin – Glycerin is a natural by-product of soap making, creating a cleanser with an abundant, luxurious lather. As a bonus, it does not strip your skin of its natural, protective oils. In commercial soaps, glycerin is often extracted out, as it can cause the bar to break down faster in the bath or shower, and is replaced with detergent cleansers and fillers.
– Made with plant based oils – Rather than using animal fats, tallow or chemicals, oils such as cocoa butter, shea butter, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, coconut oil are just a few of the many different types used in handmade soaps, all with different moisturising and lather properties. 
– No animal testing – We know that what goes in to the bar is natural and non-reactive, therefore there is no need to lab test, unlike some commercial varieties. 
– Variety – The combinations of ingredients and scents are endless! There are infinite recipes, just like in cooking, that produce bars of soaps that lather, smell and feel different in so many ways. 
– Reduce allergic reactions – The simple reaction of lye and oils to create a glycerin bar of soap, which cleanses your skin while honouring their natural oils, is the reason why handmade soap promotes healthy skin. Mix this with other natural goodies from the earth, such as sea clay or rock salts, and the skin-loving opportunities are endless. Handmade soap has also been found to change many lives in relieving common issues such as acne, eczema and itchiness.


1st May, 2019

Koala Soap Available

Visit the link here to shop the Koala Bar! Available in full bar, in a gift pack, wedding orders and in the Sample Pack!

Full Bar: https://soapwithhope.com.au/product/koala-bar/
Wedding Order: https://soapwithhope.com.au/product/wedding-favours/
Gift pack with soap dish: https://soapwithhope.com.au/product/soap-wooden-dish-gift-pack/
Sample Pack: https://soapwithhope.com.au/product/sample-packs/


31st December, 2018

Donations have reached $2821!

I can’t believe the incredible Christmas season that Soap with Hope has had. The soap workshop has been in full swing over the past few weeks, with the new Christmas gift packs being a great hit. Since opening up international orders, we’ve had soap sent to Austria, New Zealand, USA and more! If you find yourself visiting cradle mountain in Tasmania, you can also find Soap with Hope at the ‘Devils at Cradle’ Tasmanian Devil sanctuary gift shop. Wedding favour orders too have been incredibly popular this season, as well as Soap with Hope subscriptions. I would like to say a special thank you to our subscribers, who receive a regular shipment of soaps every 2 months. This is a great way to restock your bathroom with natural soap, or have a handmade gift ready to go when needed.   $1 from each bar and sample pack has been donated to endangered animal charities and 15% from every wedding order. In total, we’ve reached a whopping $2821, nearly doubling our previous total. I love donation day, especially on New Years Eve; it’s such a wonderful way to finish off a great year and allows these organisations to put even more into conservation efforts and research in 2019. The African Wildlife Foundation even tripled the donation made to them with their New Years appeal. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased soap recently. Your generous purchases have helped to fund conservation projects, habitat rehabilitation and research to protect and sustain these amazing, threatened animals. Nikki x   Donations have been made to the following animal charities:


Donations have reached $1635!

Donations have reached a total of $1635! There have been plenty of wedding favour orders lately, getting ready and organised for wedding season. 15% from every wedding order is donated towards endangered animal charities, which has helped bump this total figure up!   Thank you to everyone who has purchased soap recently. Your generous purchases have helped to fund conservation projects, habitat rehabilitation and research to protect and sustain these amazing, threatened animals.   Donations have been made to the following animal charities:  

  • Wheen Bee Foundation
  • Orangutan Project
  • Save the Frogs
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Polar Bears International
  • Taronga Tiger Appeal
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • Devil Ark

Nikki x