Forty-five years ago, Beth Lee’s mother would travel once a month to the Greek nuns for pure olive oil soap. As a nurse, she believed this soap would soothe the irritating eczema Beth suffered as a child. When Beth’s own family was born, there were no Greek nuns in the vicinity, so she learned to make pure olive oil soap to care for her children’s sensitive skin. As the years went on, Beth developed a broad range of soaps and skin care products that were in high demand by family and friends.
Upon moving to Ireland, Beth felt called to make earth friendly, gentle soaps, shampoo bars, hand creams, lip balms and cleaning products to share at the local markets. Providing access to these products fulfill her deep commitment to be a material part of reducing the packaging, waste, and harsh chemicals in the home.
The popularity of these soaps, shampoo bars and other skincare products developed rapidly. In fact, so rapidly, that when Clémence Guiraut offered to join forces with Beth Lee to form Coolin Soaps, it seemed like match made in heaven!
Clemence grew up seeing and listening to her mom talking to plants and bees, caring for them and sharing stories of old times when she used to climb trees and smell the beautiful fragrances of linden trees. Skeptical at first, Clemence studied science to understand how the world around her was working in its tiniest details. Full of this theoretical knowledge, she moved from France to discover Canada in 2011. She studied and worked abroad (B.Sc Health’s Biochemistry, M.Sc. Immunology) for 8 years.
After working as a Research Assistant in Immunology & Biochemistry in Canada, contributing to people's health from the confined world of research laboratories, she decided to reorient her career and use her scientific background to create soaps truly dedicated to people’s best interest.
In the meanwhile, Clemence fell in love with the irish countryside, and finally understood what her Mom was saying. The most beautiful things often are the simplest ones; and we should take care of the nature surrounding us.
She believes that facing this climate change, every small planet-friendly step counts. We can be part of the solution, one soap at a time.
The two women formed the unbeatable team that develops soaps, shampoo bars and other planet friendly skin care products in the beautiful West of Ireland at the foot of Lough Coolin, for your enjoyment. Sláinte!
Coolin Soaps products are produced using the EU Regulation EC No 1223/2009, the best practices and regulations administered by the European Council for Cosmetic Products. No Coolin Soap products are tested on animals.
All of our products use the highest quality ingredients and earth-friendly packaging, sourcing from within Ireland wherever possible. Our water is pure Lough Coolin water travelling a short distance from source to soapworks. Our labels are made with 100% recycled post consumer waste using low CO2 production methods.
We planfully reduce both manufacturing waste and packaging waste.
We encourage you to compost our packaging when possible, and recycle the rest, as we make our own glue from fully compostable ingredients.
We believe that thoughtful choices – ours and yours – result in a grateful planet.