Het Zeeplokaal offers 100% plant-based soaps. Founder Thijske Noordhoek started creating a natural alternative because she was fed up with the confusing ingredient labels on all her beauty products. We visited her atelier in Utrecht to talk about the making process, sustainability and how the soaps are used.
Hi Thijske! Why did you start Het Zeeplokaal?
Hi! Over the past couple of years, I started to become more interested in a sustainable lifestyle. One day, I used a budget shower gel that irritated my skin. As a consequence, I started investigating the label to discover the most aggressive and problematic ingredients. I got fed up with confusing ingredient labels and started researching alternatives. As a result, I discovered that there aren’t too many authentic soap makers in the Netherlands. Here my journey began.
Is it difficult to make soap yourself?
Yes. It is a complex, scientific process that takes time to master. However, I love the experimental aspect of it and I am still adjusting the recipes today. There is always something to improve.