Our home city of Portsmouth was once known for it's soap making and restorative sea bathing. We're bringing that heritage back to life, with natural skincare inspired by coastal beauty.
A proud resident of Southsea, Portsmouth, Samantha taught herself to make soap using the traditional ‘cold process’ method. Her family and friends loved the little bars they’d get for birthdays and in their Christmas stockings.
Southsea Sea Bathing
Then, in 2014 Samantha read about Portsmouth’s long-lost heritage as a soap-making city and decided to bring it back.
From humble beginnings three years ago on Samantha's kitchen table, Southsea Bathing Hut has grown steadily to now include over 30 products from hand soap to facial skincare.
In its short history Southsea Bathing Hut has received national recognition and won numerous awards including Retailer of the Year at the Business South Awards in 2017.
All products are lovingly handmade in small batches from totally unique and original recipes, using only the highest quality natural ingredients.
We test all our cosmetics on ourselves – never on animals. What’s more, we comply fully with EU legislation. Our full range has been independently chemically certified free from any nasties. So you can pamper away with confidence.
Doudney's Soap Works, Commercial Road
We’re passionate about giving you the best skincare experience possible. Our products are great for the skin and good for the soul. Just like a dip in the sea.
Belief in the therapeutic properties of sea-water and sea-bathing has a long history, stretching back at least as far as the ancient Greeks.
By the late 1800s, Southsea (the southern coastal area of Portsmouth, UK) was part of a sea-bathing craze, driven by the Victorians desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle, benefit from sea-water’s properties to ward off illness and enjoy a social form of recreation.
A Doudney's soap wagon crosses guildhall square, 1905
From the 1600s to the early 1930s Portsmouth was something of a soap city, with two major manufacturers.
A small soap factory, William Tilly and Son, was based in the area now known as Gunwharf Gate. While the larger Doudney and Company, makers of Dolphin Soap started from small beginnings in 1776 and achieved international fame for installing the UK’s first steam powered machinery into their Commercial Road premises.