Updated: May 23
Unique and unusual Wedding favours are a fabulous way to inject personality into your Wedding.
In 2019 we are all very conscious about being eco-friendlier in our day to day lives, and are on the look out for products that use little or no plastic packaging.
Lisa from The Wrinkly Elephant Company has designed and produced beautiful Handmade Bars of soap and unique Shower Steamers
(Think Bath Bombs but for Showers!),
giving the humble traditional bar of soap a new lease of life!
Giving soap as a Wedding favour to your guests is a fabulous gift, not only because they are all natural, vegan and smell amazing(!), but because it is a useful favour that most definitely won’t get left behind!
Tell me about your Business… and a little bit about YOU
How, why and when you started
The Wrinkly Elephant Company was formed just over 2 years ago after I discovered a passion for soap making.
It was whilst looking for a hobby to relieve the stress of my job in Education that my obsession with soap making began and I found that I enjoyed the freedom of being able to be creative with what I was making. With this new found passion and a realisation the traditional bar of soap was making a comeback, I launched The Wrinkly Elephant Company, from kitchen table hobby with very little business experience to award winning brand.
Following on from this I then noticed a gap in the market for Shower steamers. The bath bomb has certainly taken a top spot in most bathrooms but I for one am not keen on baths and so I started to look for an alternative. This is where I found the Shower steamer and it is proving to be a big hit. It’s also a wonderful addition to the Wedding Favour range as it creates a wonderful scent throughout the wedding venue.
How did you learn your craft/skill & How does the design process work?
Time frames on personalised items or bespoke creations
I have spent many hours of research to perfect my recipe and I think you will love it and will keep coming back for more. I don't cut corners to save costs. It is my belief that my soaps are made from the finest ingredients and I source the finest Shea butter and oils. Beside the 'Oh so good' natural ingredients, I use essential oils to arouse your senses. I am confident you will smell the difference.
I use the time honoured traditional cold process soap making method. Each soap is handcrafted in small batches and takes about 6-8 weeks to fully cure. This ensures that your bar of soap hardens to make it long lasting. If couples choose the option of having soap favours then they have to bear in mind this ‘curing’ time in order for their guests to enjoy their goodies at their best.
Shower steamers are pretty much made to order. I like to do them as close as possible to the event so that the aroma within the product is fresh and lasts as long as possible in the guests homes.
I try to ensure that all our packaging, as much as possible, is plastic free and recyclable but that doesn’t mean it has to be plain and boring. There are lots of creative ways to present the soaps and shower steamers and I very much look forward to working with the couples to get the look that they want.
Why you love your business
Each bar of soap is handmade in small batches and no two bars are ever the same. That’s one of the reasons why I love my job; its like creating designer soap every time I make a bar. Although my recipes are set and couples would have to choose one variation out of my range, it doesn’t stop me being able to customise it into whatever idea they have be it in a different shape IE a heart or by packaging it in a way that reflects the theme of their wedding.
It is great to be able to discuss the couples ideas and create something unique for their day.
Tell us about your studio/workspace? Can couples visit you?
The Wrinkly Elephant studio is attached to my home and has been designed to allow me to keep all my equipment separate to my household equipment. I can meet with the couples in the comfort of their home to discuss and go through their requirements but they are also more than welcome to come and have a look at where the magic happens.
Meeting couples to discuss their requirements is always an exciting first step in the process.
What do you love most about working in or designing products for the wedding industry?
This is a new market for the Wrinkly Elephant Company but one that opens up a whole new world for me in being able to help couples create their dream day. I love thinking up new ideas and ways to present my soaps and shower steamers and encourage others to get back to using the humble bar of soap. The feeling that knowing my products have been part of someone’s special day…well…what can I say…truly wonderful!
I think that personalised soaps can be amazing Wedding favours. They’re useful, handmade, come in plastic free packaging and they look SO good.
Who would be your dream client?
My dream client would be one that likes to do something a little unusual. Having soaps or shower steamers is definitely a unique wedding favour present and probably one where the guests would be a little surprised. But then they have something that they can use
Describe your business in one sentence for the couples reading this blog post
The Wrinkly Elephant Company offers unique, beautifully packaged soaps and shower steamer Wedding favours for your special day.