Having made the switch last year to solid soap bars and shampoo bars by Wild Sage & Co, this new linen soap bag by Helen Round is perfect for me for travelling. I had been struggling with how to transport my shampoo bar when I go away for the weekend or on holiday, and often I just didn’t take it as it was too messy, but these brilliant linen bags absorb the moisture from the soap/shampoo bar so that you can pack it in your bag and it won’t get anything else wet or sticky. Linen is such a fantastic fabric and it’s great at drying (which is why it’s so good for tea towels), so this soap bag quickly absorbs moisture from your soap and helps to protect the contents of your toiletry bag from drips and slime! These beautiful natural-coloured pure linen bags are hand printed and made in Cornwall and each piece of linen used is made up of offcuts from the other designs made in Helen’s studio so that nothing goes to waste.
Size: 14cm x 15cm
Care: 100% linen, cool wash at 30 degrees
Helen has been part of the collection since near the beginning and we haven’t yet met in person, but she feels like an old friend and I love her ethos and how passionate she is about what she makes.
She started her business on the kitchen table over 6 years ago. Having spent many years teaching, she was keen to get back to making. With a background in fine art textiles and a long time love of fabrics and printmaking, she decided to combine the two and set out to create a range of simple, practical, things for the home.
Each design starts life as sketch book scribbles, fine line drawings capturing the surrounding beauty of her native Cornwall. She draws what she sees and these line drawings have a gentle simplicity which are echoed in Helen’s life and beliefs. Her collections are little stories each with their own unique background. I have chosen designs from her Garden and Eco Collections.
All her designs are hand printed on linen too as flax, the plant from which linen is made, is a sustainable fibre that is recyclable and biodegradable. It is gentle on the land, grows naturally and is easy to incorporate into modern crop rotation cycles. Linen is strong and naturally moth resistant and as she puts it on her website, it’s “the natural choice for a slower, more thoughtful way of life.”