As you’ve probably guessed, this photo wasn’t taken in London. I’d popped out to the local supermarket to stock up on a few essentials at the start of my holidays in Portugal and returned with a bag full of these. I’ve got a bit of a thing about soaps and the Ach. Brito soaps immediately caught my eye – great packaging, a wonderful range of scents and, although I haven’t tried them all, good on the skin.
Ach. Brito is a family business in the north of Portugal which has been going for just over a hundred years. Ten years ago it started selling its luxury brand of soaps, Claus Porto, abroad. With their distinctive packaging and scents, Claus Porto soaps are now sold in over fifty countries including England where they’ve become a familiar sight in London’s smarter shops. In the United States even Oprah Winfrey is a fan.
Exports are now a big part of the company’s business but it’s good to see it hasn’t forgotten the domestic market. The Ach. Brito soaps pictured here are the firm’s cheaper brand and I think they can only be bought in Portugal. Priced at between 1-4 euros each, they’re very good value for money and make wonderful presents.
And for those of you who are nowhere near Portugal, the company has recently launched another brand, Confiança, after buying the portuguese company of the same name. These can be bought online. Here’s the link to the english version of the website – http://www.confiancasoaps.com/en/. I haven’t sampled them yet but they look tempting.