During the winter, after a hard day in the office, there is no better way to unwind than a hot shower or a relaxing bath. We all have our go to products to make us feel relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to go, but the London Living team can confirm there is a new favourite to add to your list!
brick sixty is an independent soap maker. These hand cast London brick soap bars recipes include raw materials derived from the history, science and engineering behind each brick. This week, the London Living team caught up with the founder, Billy Field, to hear more.
You heard it here first… soap is back in fashion!
Tell us more about brick sixty and the process involved to make a beautiful London brick?
The idea for brick sixty was born from a fusion of two of my passions – Firstly I’ve always been fascinated with the history and stories that are embedded in the buildings and streets that surround us. Then, whilst working as a structural engineer, I’ve become increasing interested in materials and in particular brick. I feel as though so much can be read from the brick as its colour and texture are a direct function of the clay that it’s made from and how it has been made. So, at brick sixty we aim to create products related to the form of the much-loved London brick that if you wish to scratch beneath the surface, the products will inform and tell the stories behind the brick and history of London.
The process of making the soap takes time and you have to be very exact. There are lots of tests and trials which are done before the ingredients in our first six soap bars were finalised, and a huge amount of care goes in to casting each bar, and we love it!
How does brick sixty differ from other soap and beauty products in the market?
Each bar has a unique story to tell relating to the history, science or engineering behind the brick. The stories are told through the raw powders and essential oils in the soaps. The form is also unique in terms of how the soaps are made. We scale down a London brick, tweak the shape and re-design the font to make the object functional as a soap bar.
Where can I buy your products from and where are you stocked in London?
We’re mainly stocked in design stores and museums across London including Labour and Wait and The Design Museum. But we’ve also got stockists as far away as Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Barcelona! It’s really exciting to see that stores outside London are keen to hear our stories and sell our products too.
A full list of our stockists are on our website which can be viewed here – https://www.bricksixty.com/stockists
What has been the biggest highlight since starting the business?
In March last year, after the first samples were complete, I walked from Shoreditch to Stoke Newington and then bussed down to Angel on a slushy cold weekend, popping in to design stores to see if they’d stock the product. In three hours I had orders for 108 bars from stockists such as In-Residence on Camden passage and Design Store Stoke Newington on Church Street. This was the first of highlights since we started but because it was the first – it certainly felt the biggest and most rewarding! Big thanks go to Jacqui @In-Residence and Gideon @DesignStoreStokeNewington for having faith in the product on that day!
Do you have plans to expand your collection in 2019?
We’re always working on new projects and on new ideas, but that doesn’t mean it’ll make the cut! We aim to continuously design, evaluate and re-work until we’re happy. So, in 2019 we’ve got a few new products coming out including a range of three candles in April which follow the principles of embedding London history, science and engineering in to our design. We can’t wait to release these as they’ve got really strong stories to tell.
What is your favourite thing about London?
It’s got to be the history and diversity that’s embedded in the city, and because of this there’s so much character in the buildings, streets and people that occupy it.
What are your favourite hot spots in London?
Woburn Walk is a hidden gem as it’s just a stone’s throw from King’s Cross. It’s a great little 19th Century shopping street with loads of character and a couple of great cafes. I highly recommend London Living followers to visit (if they haven’t).
What are your personal favourite beauty tips you can give London Living followers?
A friend at University used to say, ‘everything in moderation’, he was a medic, not a beautician but what a great tip!