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Bronnley Lemon Soap: A luxury gift

Updated on July 1, 2015
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Royal British lemon soap available in the USA

When I was a child, I used to buy Bronnley Lemon Soap every year for my mum and I continued to do so throughout her life.

Nowadays, I buy it as a treat for myself. It's not just a delicious-smelling and luxurious product, it's also wonderful for the skin.

Royal soap?

Yes, Bronnley, which has been making fine soaps since the times of Queen Victoria, has a Royal Warrant and supplies its wonderful toiletry products to Her Majesty the Queen and the Prince of Wales and of course,their families.

Mum's favorite - and now mine

My mum used to guard her precious lemon soap. One year I bought her a lovely container (see below) that kept her soap safe from my dad (and his sweaty feet) and her kids (with their dirty hands). This soap was for her and her alone.

Natural ingredients

What I didn't know as a child, but it's important to me now, is that all Bronnley soaps are handmade using natural ingredients and the manufacturing process was developed by the founder of the company based on what he had learned from the soap and parfum industries in France in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Available in the USA

When I first came to the States, I couldn't get the soap here. My sister was my intermediary and would buy it back in England for Mum. Mum hasn't been with us for a few years now but I still indulge myself with her favorite soap from time to time because now I can buy it online. You can imagine the wonderful memories that the special lemon aroma invokes.

All Bronnley products

Over the years, I have tried many of these products and, because they are handmade using the best ingredients, they are all delightful. The packaging is so attractive too and makes me think of English countryside. Despite trying other products in the company's range, I always return to my mum's favorite. It's luxury, nature, freshness and nostalgia - all rolled into one.

A wonderful gift

One of the reasons that these soaps make a wonderful gift is because so many of us - me included - tend to buy soaps that we can simply throw into the basket at the grocery store.

Somehow, the luxury of beautiful soap is seen as being an indulgence. But it's a small indulgence we can all afford.

These soaps aren't terribly expensive but exude a feeling of luxury every time we use them.

Bronnley Egg Shaped Soap with Decorative Tin 100g/3.5oz Green with White Flowers
Bronnley Egg Shaped Soap with Decorative Tin 100g/3.5oz Green with White Flowers

This is very similar (but not quite exactly the same) as the container I bought for my mum all those years ago. When I bought it, the tin was a separate item; today it comes complete with a beautiful bar. This is a thoughtful - and inexpensive - gift or stocking stuffer.

 
Bronnley Hibiscus 75g/2.6oz Dusting Powder
Bronnley Hibiscus 75g/2.6oz Dusting Powder

I received this when I was a girl (I'm pretty sure it was a gift from my gran) and I remember thinking that it was the height of sophistication and femininity.I still do.

 

Learn more about these beautiful products and how they are made in the English countryside. When I open a Bronnley product, it's like opening a door to traditional England.

Soap: An affordable luxury that we can enjoy every day

Something I have noticed about this soap is the way that the perfume lingers. I use it first thing in the morning and if I go into the bathroom hours later the smell is still lingering there. That's delightful.

It lingers on the skin too. Throughout the day,I suddenly get a whiff of that fresh lemon aroma.

I think that the freshness is something that's so important about the scent of lemons. It's exhilarating but somehow soothing at the same time. It's enlivening, especially first thing in the morning - what a lovely aromatic start to the day.

True, these soaps are a little more expensive that the kind you would buy at the grocery store but that little extra is worth every penny because of the pleasure you'll receive.

Lily of the Valley T...

Lily of the Valley

This was also one of Mum's favorites. She loved the flowers in the springtime.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      TheDeeperWell 3 years ago

      I discovered Bronnley soaps when I visited England in 1979. They are wonderful.

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      Marinna 4 years ago

      I was in a rush when I put my like to this your lens and now I'd like to say thank you. I love Bronnley, but I didn't know they use all natural ingredients. Now I know! And thank you for appreciating my lens. :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: I find that I do that quite a lot, these days.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Beautiful looking soap and touching story. It is heartwarming to use some things just because our moms used them.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny: Thank you for reading! They are truly wonderful products :)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I could almost smell the soap just reading this. Until now, I had not heard of Bromley, but especially that Lily of the Valley scent makes me want to try it. Thank you for the introduction.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Glad to find out about this product. Thanks for making this review.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DawnRae64: I'm sure you'll love it - thank you!

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      First of all... congrats on being a challenge winner! Thank you for sharing. I LOVE "different" soaps... goat soaps from festivals...french milled soaps from mail order... i think i'll love this soap and can't wait to order some. thank you for sharing.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @samsmom7: Isn't it wonderful that such lovely traditional goods are still available.And available in America no less -the wonders of the internet.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @favored: I've tried both and they are lovely. Anything with citrus is so refreshing and Lily of the Valley is so very British, it seems to me :)

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      Tonie Cook 4 years ago from USA

      These are the types of products I've been looking for. Beautiful lens.

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      samsmom7 4 years ago

      I do remember these products and they are great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      These are wonderful products. I think I'd like the orange jasmine and lily of the valley very much.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Charlino99: Thank you - all the Bronnley goods are completely delightful.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you so much,Nancy. That's what it's all about - pampering.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love having special things "all to myself," it makes a person feel pampered. Excellent lens, congratulations on your winning entry!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @getmoreinfo: I know that you'll love them.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Having beauty products with all natural ingredients is a real treat, thanks for sharing your story and I will look into getting some of these Bronnley soap products.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @writerkath: Isn't it lovely that our mothers had their own little luxuries? It's started a family tradition now. In years to come, I'll be buying these for my granddaughters and telling them about their great-grandmother.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      My mom had special products "just for her" as well! Thank you for sharing this lovely personal review! :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Virginia Allain: Every day; it's lovely.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @hovirag: Me too :)

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Interesting lens. Congrats.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Warm memory eliciting products are best. This sounds like an especially heart-warming gift to yourself and others. Congrats on your win!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Sounds delightful and with it on hand, you'll always feel that connection to your mum.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I like all natural ingredients :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @aka-rms: It is truly gorgeous - it uses natural ingredients and the perfume is fabulous.

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      I think I might have to try this. It sounds lovely.