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Dublin based Social Enterprise ‘We Make Good’ has partnered with ChildVision and Coolmine Therapeutic Community to develop a range of hand-crafted soaps & self-care products with a progressive business angle; the soap range, Soap with Soul, is created by those conquering addiction or living with disabilities to offer a utilitarian approach to tackling issues of inclusivity.

The Soap With Soul range includes each of the following and we think they will make a beautiful Christmas gift.

  • Oatmeal and Honey Soap
  • Irish Sea Moss Soap
  • Irish Heather & Lavender Soap
  • Irish Garden Mint Soap
  • Wild Irish Rose Soap
  • Doggy Soap
  • Vegan lip balm
  • Lavender Bath bombs

You can purchase online here.

This project comes at an appropriate time in Irish culture, as Covid19 sweeps through our communities to reveal the fractured systems underneath – ones that have pushed many vulnerable people to the fringes. This project is here to raise the bar for inclusivity and wash away the stigma of disability and addiction, paving the way for a new kind of inclusive and enterprising Ireland. The process is innovative in that it empowers makers to redefine damaging perceptions that they have of themselves and that society has given them. It confidently allows its makers to take their place in society while also providing a beautiful product with a real story.

“Covid has really shown us that we need to change the way we prioritise the environment and work for a more equal society, where we focus on leaving no-one behind. These soaps exemplify these communal values in a really tangible way. They each come with a little story in the wrapper of how the project supports the makers to reach their potential, making them a really inspiring gift for this Christmas” Caroline Gardner, Co-founder of We Make Good.

“This range is beautiful – all natural and uniquely Irish, made here in Dublin and bringing about real change for the makers. It truly encapsulates what our brand is all about.” Joan Ellison, Co-founder of We Make Good.

The brand provides on-the-job training and an income for the makers and will either support them to move on to mainstream employment or aims to provide steady employment for the makers. ChildVision’s Lifelong Learning students, aged 18-23 years, have been working on valuable enterprise projects such as soap-making for some time but partnering with ‘We Make Good’ gives them the opportunity to collaborate together and have a direct connection to the public, a space to showcase all their hard work and see it sell.

“For many young people with sight loss and additional disabilities, once they finish their time with ChildVision there are very few further education or employment options available to them. This project is about harnessing their creativity and letting them, and the wider community, appreciate their ability to create something beautiful and useful. The knowledge that they can do something of value brings a real sense of purpose and that can be, quite literally, life changing” Amanda Deaton, Project Lead, Lifelong Learning, ChildVision.

This view is also reflected in the experience of Coolmine, an addiction treatment provider that believes that everyone should have the opportunity to overcome addiction and lead a fulfilled and productive life. Coolmine provides a range of quality community and residential services to empower people and their families to overcome addiction and support long-term recovery.

The range is made with locally sourced botanicals – and they’re sustainable, all natural and made by hands, not machines; so they’re good for every body!

This soap is a beacon of hope and a sign of things to come; new Ireland, new beginnings and everyone’s included. Every bar bought helps to keep this mission alive and makes a direct impact on amazing people, so spread the word and see how this little soap can shake things up for a better Ireland.


Actor Ben Unwin, who played the character of Jesse McGregor on the Australian soap Home and Away, has died aged 41.

Broadcaster Channel 7 has confirmed his death, as well as New South Wales Police. Yahoo Lifestyle reported that police attended his home last night;

“Police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare. The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious,” police said.


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Unwin played Jesse McGregor from 2996 until 2000, and then again from 2002 until 2005.

“The cast and crew of Home and Away are saddened to hear the passing of Ben Unwin,” the show’s Facebook pages posted today. “We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ben.”

Many former cast members have shared tributes following Unwin’s death, such as Kimberly Cooper, who played Gypsy Nash on the show.


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"We had years of laughter, be it giggles on set trying to get through scenes as lovers or doubled over belly laughs at the pubs after work. I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell stories of great joy about our times together."

After Ben left Home and Away for good, Unwin studied law and later became a solicitor in Sydney.

He also dabbled in music video directing for the song Tubthumping for British band Chumbawamba.

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For the August bank holiday weekend, Dr. Bronner's will collaborate with All Together Now as one of the festival's sustainability partners.

The organic, Fairtrade, biodegradable-vegan, versatile personal care brand will bring their gorgeous soaps to the festival's 'Eco Area', where the team will promote good practices.

Attendees can be educated on what changes need to be made to combat climate breakdown and encouraged to make sustainable choices in everyday life.


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The Dr. Bronner's team will be undergoing their 'Heal Earth' campaign to promote regenerative organic agriculture.

The brand's efforts to combat climate change will be emphasised, and their product range of certified organic, biodegradable goodies will be sampled and available to buy.

Dr. Bronner's soaps will be supplied all over All Together Now's showering facilities for attendees, as well as in the backstage areas of artists like Hot Chip, The National and Patti Smith.

Paul Irwin, Director of Life’s Great said;

"We are delighted to be partnering with ‘All Together Now’ and providing attendees with ethical, environmentally friendly and fair trade Dr Bronner’s soaps while sharing the ‘Health Earth’ message which is very much aligned to the ethos All Together Now promotes".

The company was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family.


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The business remains family-owned and run, and the brand honours Emanuel Bronner's vision by making socially and environmentally-responsible products of the highest quality, while donating profits for a better world.

'We are All-One or None!' remains their mantra, and their combat climate change goals are perfect for a festival like All Together Now.

For more information on Dr. Bronner’s or to have a scope at their gorgeous goods, check out their range on Life's Great. 

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When we dream of our future homes, these little magical soaps are definitely on the cards.

Created by Carmen Iclodean, the person behind Earth's Raw Beauty, the soaps will liven up any bathroom.


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But, they're not just there to look pretty. They're scented with a mixture of berries, peaches, nectarines, apples, and kumquats, so you're guaranteed to smell like a dream.


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Earth's Raw Beauty also upload the process of making the soaps on social media, and we have to admit, it all looks pretty cool.

The soaps are currently not in stock due to such a high demand, but are about to be restocked, so keep an eye open if you want them to be a new feature in your bathroom.


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We feel like basing our whole bathroom interior on this product.


James Corden is a man of many talents, and one of those talents is creating TV GOLD.

Not only was he behind our fave Carpool karaoke, he's now come up with a Justin Bieber inspired soap opera – and we're loving it.

James decided that the Beibs has so many emotions in his songs that they're the perfect recipe to make a drama out of.

So, he gave some of JB's words to Salma Hayek, Ray Romano and Gary Oldman, and the outcome is brilliant.

This totally needs to have its own show.

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For anyone that dyes their hair often or regularly uses a dark colour, they know the battle of trying to remove it from the sides of their faces, their ears, their neck and sometimes even the little splashes that appear on their arms and hands. 

The skin where dye tends to fall is often quite delicate, so you will want to use the most gentle method possible.

And while a professional product designed to remove dye stains is the easiest and most effective option, we all don't have that lying around the house.

Instead, putting laundry detergent, dish soap, baby oil OR olive oil on a damp cloth and gently rubbing the skin will do the trick.

Detergent will work the fastest, but those with sensitive skin may want to avoid this and use an oil, which softens the skin and helps break up the colour. 

It will take a few minutes of rubbing to remove the dye completely, but thank god for these simple tricks, or else half of us would be going around with mud-coloured necks. 


Earlier this summer is was revealed that Stephanie Davis was cut from the Hollyoaks line up in something of a shock announcement. Many fans were confused as not too long before the news broke her contract had with the soap had been renewed.

Last night her final scenes for the show were aired and she took to Twitter in what some are saying was a subtle dig at the series.

Her character, Sinead O’Connor, did receive something of an under whelming exit from the show. She downed a glass of wine and then took off out of the village seemingly less than pleased.

This was considered quite interesting seeing as in the past Sinead has had some more dramatic storylines.

Apparently there was a second tweet posted by Stephanie which said: “Some of my best scenes cut.. Can’t go out on a high I guess oh well”. This was later deleted from her account.

The 22-year old actress had received warnings from show bosses for “lateness” and “after a final incident in which she turned up to set unfit to work because of alcohol consumption” it appeared that she had to pack her bags.

Sinead O'Connor's final Hollyoaks scene

Stephanie later denied any claims that she was drunk at work and instead claimed that the show bosses unhappiness was due to her going home when she was meant to be filming.



Things got pretty hot and heavy on Twitter last night after EastEnders' Peter Beale (Ben Hardy) took his shirt off during a scene with Lauren, played by Jacqueline Jossa.

It didn’t take long for the actor’s name to start trending on Twitter, for obvious reasons…!

Some people were so shocked, they did the unthinkable…

While others finally found the perfect reason for their soap addiction:

Peter Beale took on a whole new persona for some fans…

And people forgot all about Lucy's murder for just five minutes (in order to appreciate one of her potential murderers!)

Sadly for Ben’s fans, and new ones that he found last night, he is set to quit the soap shortly after his on-screen sister Lucy’s killer is revealed.

Ben first appeared on Albert Square back in June 2013, replacing Thomas Law who previously played Peter Beale. 



It has been revealed that TV presenter and actress Denise Van Outen will be joining the cast of EastEnders!

Denise has starred in many British TV shows such as The Big Breakfast, Strictly Come Dancing and is also the narrator of The Only Way Is Essex – but EastEnders will mark her first soap.

The actress is naturally delighted with her new challenge, saying: “I’m really excited to be joining EastEnders as I’ve been a fan of the series for many years. 2015 marks the show’s 30th anniversary, so it feels even more special to be part of this year’s celebration.”

EastEnders bosses are not letting anything out when it comes to the type of character Denise will be playing, saying only that she will send ‘sparks flying’ –ooh! 

It’s also unknown if Denise’s character will remain a permanent fixture on the square, with executive producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins saying it is for a ‘few episodes’: “It was only a matter of time before Denise Van Outen walked onto the Square. We cannot wait to have Denise join us for a few episodes, where she will definitely make her presence felt.”



It’s a yes for Hollyoaks actor James Sutton!

James, who plays the role of John Paul McQueen on the popular soap, announced that he had gotten engaged to his girlfriend, Kit Williams.

The couple are currently holidaying in Barbados – what a perfect place for James to pop the big question!

James took to Twitter to announce the lovely news, writing: "She said yes" with a lovely photo of the happy couple. Aww! 

James and Kit have been congratulated by many of James’ co stars on Twitter, including Kirsty-Leigh Porter and Keith Rice.



There is some painful revelations recently for EastEnders star Lorna Fitzgerald. 

The actress, who plays Abi Branning on the long-running soap is said to be “really embarrassed” following reports that her boyfriend once made more than twenty X-rated fetish films. 

The Sunday Mirror reported that Keo Reid kept his former film making under wraps but a source for the newspaper has said: “He will be devastated if she dumps him over this. He knows it’s not good for her.”

The 18-year-old actress has been dating Keo for six months now and is said to be fearful about her family finding out: “She’s such a sweet girl and she’l hate her family and everyone else finding out about this.”

Poor Lorna – we hope she keeps her chin up and this will all blow over soon. 



Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas has slammed reports that he and his girlfriend, Amy Jackson are over.

The Sun newspaper had reported: “Things suddenly started to go wrong between them in the past few weeks.”

However,  Ryan, who plays Jason Grimshaw in the soap, has laid these rumours to rest, tweeting: “Annoyed that @thesunnewspaper has made a story up about me today. @i_am_amyjackson and I haven’t split up – We are very happy together! #fact.”

Amy is also an actress best known for her roles in Bollywood films such as Madrasapattinam and Thaandavam.