It’s time to make some space for a lovely new niche brand from Hamburg, Germany. I know some people make fun of the german’s tendency to tell you what to do, rather than ask nicely, but in this particular case, I think it fits:
Stop the Water While Using Me! pretty much puts its money where its mouth is. And the name is both the claim and a fabulous new skincare range that is not only 100% organic, but has a bunch of feel-good-vibes to boot! So yes, you’d better turn off the faucet while you’re using them!
THE LOWDOWN ON THE BRAND:
STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME! was launched in Hamburg about four years ago. Funnily enough, I discovered the brand’s lovely hand soaps a few years back in Zurich’s «Changemaker» shop – and was immediately drawn to the cool, minimalist packaging: i
A tiny team of just eight people, led by the very charismatic and down-to-earth Kaya-Line Knust (who is only 32 years old), is steering the ecological warcry into boutiques and concept stores all over the world: The line is available in about 350 shops around the globe.
This is Kaya-Line, who was in Zurich a few weeks ago to present the brand:
Her hair! SIGH.
Back to the products, sorry. So far, there are 13 different products to choose from. All are 100% natural, contain no synthetic perfumes, dyes or conservatives of any kind.
Furthermore, they never contain silicones, paraffins or any other mineral oil products, and all shampoos and soaps are fully biodegradable. Even the packaging is recycled!
According to Kaya, you could actually eat them. Not that you’d want to, there’s far too much delicious chocolate in the world for that!
It’s actually pretty easy it is to protect the environment on a daily basis – simply by saving water. STOP THE WATER are also available in various hotels – the «25hours» chain being one of them. Fun fact: The hotel managers recently confirmed that water consumption in their hotels was reduced immediately, once they stocked their hotel bathrooms with the products.
It really works!
This hand soap was my gateway drug to the brand, by the way (it’s soooo delicous!):
STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME! Lemon Honey Soap (200ml), 10.90 Euros
…but a whole bunch of other soaps, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, body oils, hand creams, lip balms and even organic toothpaste have been launched since!
Their newest project is one that not only saves it, but brings water to places where it’s really needed: Africa, to be exact.
«Good Water Projects» is an iniative that STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME! launched in 2014, and connects charity work with development aid. The sale of their products directly funds various projects, like their successful campaign «Tanzanian Sky Water». Their latest project is called «Drop for Change» and outfits Kenia’s schools with clean drinking water.
In Kenia, clean water is an absolute luxury. 63% of all schools there do not have access to it, which led STOP THE WATER to implement a three-year campaign, outfitting six schools with a newly invented filtering system called «Life Straws».
These can be used without electricity, batteries or any other parts that can wear down, and are able to filter out 99.99% of the bacteria, viruses and parasites in the water.
Kaya brought along some images from the school she had just visited in Kenia (she had literally just got back and came directly from the airport!):
To kickstart their support for the DROP FOR CHANGE project, they have launched two new soap bars in their line:
These bar soaps are produced in Germany’s oldest soapmaking manufacture. The cucumber lime version contains organic cucumber extract and organic coconut oil (and smells gloriously fresh!), while the lemon honey version is chock-full of organic coconut oil and organically sourced honey.
The best part? 10% of the sales price go directly to DROP FOR CHANGE, and they’ve also produced a limited edition Bar Soap Kit (38.90 Euros), which would make a lovely gift, don’t you think?
I’m sorry if this was a bit too soapy for you, but I really love this brand: Organic, sustainable, beautifully packaged AND great products? What’s not to like!