Beauty: The beauty of soap on a rope has raised the bar

It’s nostalgic, practical and good for the planet… what’s not to love?

It’s hard to find a beauty purchase that holds as much nostalgic value as soap on rope. That’s certainly the case for me: it reminds me of my father who always had one hanging in his shower. He used it as much as his pyjamas or pocket-handkerchiefs.

They were my grandfather’s favorite and I was able to inherit his passion for them. I particularly remember one that was orange and shaped like a carrot – it even came complete with a chunky green cord for an added replica vegetable vibe. It was used to scent my socks and knicker cabinets, not for washing.

However, most brands prefer to let them languish over the years. Aramis was one of the first to offer a fancy version, but they have since discontinued it. It is regrettable, particularly when soap on a rope seems to be back in style.

Here’s the proof LoeweOne of the top luxury brands, LVMH, just released its very own version. It’s a chunky bar with a hole in it through which is threaded a twine-coloured chunky rope (in my opinion, the chunkier the better). The one I love is: Oregano You can choose fragrance that is bright and fresh, or you could also pick from Liquorice and – wait for it! – Marijuana (£40 each,

This trend also reflects practicality. As Denis Aaronson, managing director of Heathcote & Ivory, puts it: ‘It has a nice traditional feeling and gives you the option of using a soap in the shower without it slipping out of your hands.’ It also ‘harks back to a simpler time when bar soap was what we all used as opposed to liquid soaps. In recent times, soaps with a rope loop are more of a niche buy, but with more and more people opting for bar soaps for environmental reasons, and taking showers over baths, the more practical soap on a rope is ripe for a revival.’

Heathcote & Ivory had been looking for an opportunity to launch its own version and introduced it two years ago as part of theThe Sea range, with a fresh sea breeze aroma also incorporating citrus, iris and tobacco notes (£10 at It, too, has a hole in the bar through which the rope threads – and drilling it is a trickier job than you might think: ‘It took a long time to persuade a factory to do this,’ says Denis.

Finally, it is also recommended highly DR Harris & Co Almond Oil Soap on a Rope (£17.50, It’s a wonderfully traditional but luxe take on a classic, smells gorgeous and comes in a very elegant box too, so it feels special as a gift.




Kylie’s greatest spritz… remixed

Edwina with Kylie at the relaunch of her scent classic

Edwina and Kylie, at the launch of Kylie’s classic fragrance

And now, back by popular demand, please give a warm welcome to none other than… Kylie Minogue’s fragrance Darling!

Yes, the pop star told me and a group of fellow beauty journalists over lunch recently that she’d been looking at launching a new fragrance when she realised that she already had what everyone wants: the perfume she first launched back in 2006, which customers have been asking for since it was discontinued four years ago. So, she’s giving the fans what they’re after.

Darling got a bit of an overhaul in between: The top note of passionfruit has been slightly stronger, because we are looking for more vibrant fragrances. Scent Beauty Inc now has Darling’s partnership (previously with Coty). Darling’s new partner is vegan.

Otherwise, whether you’re a fan of very fruity florals (this also has notes of freesia, lychee, iris, sandalwood and vanilla) or simply of Kylie herself, you can buy this revamp for £17.99 at




This is a great deal!

If you want to indulge in a little bathroom pampering, SoapsmithIt is one of the best brands I love. I’m already a fan of its bath salts but now the newLuxury Body Wash (£28, is upgrading shower time. This soap produces rich, luxurious lather that smells amazing. This soap is my favorite. Hackney, a blend of bergamot, sandalwood, rosemary and geranium, but it’s also available in the more citrusy Marble Arch. They’re vegan and the recyclable bottles are made from sustainable plastic.