Our history

Memories, passion, education, dreams, dedication!

From the passion for soap to the foundation of La Saponaria and its natural and organic cosmetics The journey hasn’t been easy, but our dreams have compelled us to go on. Each experience has enriched us and allowed us to reach important achievements. We will continue along this path, today and tomorrow.

2002

A history that started a long time ago…

La Saponaria’s history is a story of passion the grows over time, becomes a job and develops every year with us, growing and transforming itself, just like our family. Luigi – one of the founding members – was just a boy when he started collecting soap bars, which filled his home with pleasant scents even then. Once he grew up, he discovered the magic of soap (and not just that!) by studying chemistry, and, when he met Lucia, he started experimenting… The first soap bars are created in his attic, with his Grandma Gina’s supervision and advice. Tradition and innovation come together, ancient knowledge mingles with the desire to discover and experiment new solutions and sustainable ingredients to create natural and organic cosmetics for a healthy skin care.

2002

A history that started a long time ago…

La Saponaria’s history is a story of passion the grows over time, becomes a job and develops every year with us, growing and transforming itself, just like our family. Luigi – one of the founding members – was just a boy when he started collecting soap bars, which filled his home with pleasant scents even then. Once he grew up, he discovered the magic of soap (and not just that!) by studying chemistry, and, when he met Lucia, he started experimenting… The first soap bars are created in his attic, with his Grandma Gina’s supervision and advice. Tradition and innovation come together, ancient knowledge mingles with the desire to discover and experiment new solutions and sustainable ingredients to create natural and organic cosmetics for a healthy skin care.

2007

La Saponaria is born: a zero-impact conscious micro-workshop

Over the years, we started an important partnership with the GAS (fair trade purchasing group) of our city, along with a crowdfunding to raise the money to open a workshop: our dream became a reality, and in 2007 we founded La Saponaria micro-workshop!
We self-produced many of the workshop equipment and furniture, choosing mostly recycled materials and tools.
For instance, some of the machines came from a small workshop where Adriano lovingly produced traditional cosmetics with his wife’s help. After a lifetime of work, he was closing up shop, and he sold us his equipment and, more importantly, the moral legacy of his work! Juggling between paperwork and health permits wasn’t easy… but after jumping through a thousand hoops, we finally opened our first workshop with our first batch of natural and organic cosmetics!

2007

La Saponaria is born: a zero-impact conscious micro-workshop

Over the years, we started an important partnership with the GAS (fair trade purchasing group) of our city, along with a crowdfunding to raise the money to open a workshop: our dream became a reality, and in 2007 we founded La Saponaria micro-workshop!
We self-produced many of the workshop equipment and furniture, choosing mostly recycled materials and tools.
For instance, some of the machines came from a small workshop where Adriano lovingly produced traditional cosmetics with his wife’s help. After a lifetime of work, he was closing up shop, and he sold us his equipment and, more importantly, the moral legacy of his work! Juggling between paperwork and health permits wasn’t easy… but after jumping through a thousand hoops, we finally opened our first workshop with our first batch of natural and organic cosmetics!

2010

Our mission: creating natural and organic cosmetics

Producing natural, organic and conscious cosmetics, effective on the people who use them and with a positive impact on the environment and on our society has always been our mission.
This is how the first 0 km partnerships with small local farmers – who farm our land with love and without chemicals – were born. Lavender, calendula, EVO oil are all excellent and zero-impact ingredients, ideal for our creations.
These meetings led to the first productions on behalf of third parties: we started producing soap for several agricultural enterprises (often exchanging cosmetics with raw materials) and for some known organic cosmetic brands.

2010

Our mission: creating natural and organic cosmetics

Producing natural, organic and conscious cosmetics, effective on the people who use them and with a positive impact on the environment and on our society has always been our mission.
This is how the first 0 km partnerships with small local farmers – who farm our land with love and without chemicals – were born. Lavender, calendula, EVO oil are all excellent and zero-impact ingredients, ideal for our creations.
These meetings led to the first productions on behalf of third parties: we started producing soap for several agricultural enterprises (often exchanging cosmetics with raw materials) and for some known organic cosmetic brands.

2014

The new workshop and the first La Saponaria shop!

Our production expanded with many new lines – including a baby and a pet line – our natural and organic cosmetic formulas followed the same care and careful search as always, but, between creams, soap bars and shampoos, there was no more space: in 2014, we opened our new workshop in Vallefoglia (PU). We renovated an old building with important energy saving qualities, and purchased new machines to reduce waste and the negative impact of our work to a minimum, and ensure maximum production quality. In December, we opened our first eco-store, La Saponaria’s company store. And the “Syria” fair-trade soap was created, in partnership with Terres des Hommes, to support Syrian refugees.

2014

The new workshop and the first La Saponaria shop!

Our production expanded with many new lines – including a baby and a pet line – our natural and organic cosmetic formulas followed the same care and careful search as always, but, between creams, soap bars and shampoos, there was no more space: in 2014, we opened our new workshop in Vallefoglia (PU). We renovated an old building with important energy saving qualities, and purchased new machines to reduce waste and the negative impact of our work to a minimum, and ensure maximum production quality. In December, we opened our first eco-store, La Saponaria’s company store. And the “Syria” fair-trade soap was created, in partnership with Terres des Hommes, to support Syrian refugees.

2017

World, we are coming!

Lots of people sustain our project, and today our products can be found in many stores, organic beauty shops, pharmacies, and top-level herbal shops.
We participated to our first international trade show, in Nuremberg, where we learned that we speak the “same language” as many other European companies.
We also strengthened our participation to projects far from us, yet close to our heart, and we included many more fair-trade ingredients in our recipes.
After publishing our first book on natural soap self-production, we continued to travel throughout Italy, to spread the word on the importance and validity of our natural and organic cosmetics.

2017

World, we are coming!

Lots of people sustain our project, and today our products can be found in many stores, organic beauty shops, pharmacies, and top-level herbal shops.
We participated to our first international trade show, in Nuremberg, where we learned that we speak the “same language” as many other European companies.
We also strengthened our participation to projects far from us, yet close to our heart, and we included many more fair-trade ingredients in our recipes.
After publishing our first book on natural soap self-production, we continued to travel throughout Italy, to spread the word on the importance and validity of our natural and organic cosmetics.

2018

We open our first mono-brand store

2018 is an important year: we opened our first La Saponaria mono-brand store, where our natural and organic cosmetics finally found the place they deserve.

2018

We open our first mono-brand store

2018 is an important year: we opened our first La Saponaria mono-brand store, where our natural and organic cosmetics finally found the place they deserve.

2019

This is not the end of the story

Our passion and energy keep increasing, year after year, giving rise to a cutting-edge facility where our team can grow, new important ethical production chain projects are under way, and many other news are on the way, with the workshop that keeps on experimenting.

2019

This is not the end of the story

Our passion and energy keep increasing, year after year, giving rise to a cutting-edge facility where our team can grow, new important ethical production chain projects are under way, and many other news are on the way, with the workshop that keeps on experimenting.

Without dreams, nothing is possible!