Style Radar: Sapo Soap Works

By Dominic Ngai, August 15, 2016

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“Soap making is the perfect medium for me to combine the science of exact chemistry formulation with the art of creating an experience through shapes, colors, textures and scents that harness the natural goodness of botanical oils and extracts,” says Ruth Ng, the founder of Sapo Soap Works. 

Sapo Soap worksWith a background in industrial design and having worked as a color and material specialist throughout her career, Ng started her brand earlier this year while she was living in Beijing, where she became more conscious of the quality of the skincare products she uses. Unsatisfied with what she found on the market, she began to experiment with making her own products with natural ingredients that she brought back from abroad. 

Sapo Soap Work’s soaps and moisturizers – produced entirely by Ng herself (from making the products by hand to package design and branding) – are all inspired by the inherent qualities of the raw ingredients. 

“For example, caffeine helps to stimulate blood circulation so I thought it would be cool to make soap from coffee. When I added some cocoa powder – which is full of antioxidants – to create a dark brown hue, the Mocha Swirl was born,” Ng tells us. 

In addition to that, tasty (and aromatic) foods such as avocado, buttermilk, honeycomb and lemongrass can all be found in Sapo’s soap selection (starting from RMB55). “At different pop-up markets, I have people telling me my soaps look so delicious that they want to take a bite,” she adds. 

While the brand is still in the early stages of development, Ng is in contact with several lifestyle shops in Shanghai for opportunities to showcase her products. In the meantime, you can find her tasty-smelling soaps on her WeChat store., WeChat Store: saposoapworks

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