Vice & Velvet. Handmade Vegan Soap, Bath & Body.

Melbourne, Australia

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Last updated on 14 Jan, 2023 *Vice & Velvet is taking a renovating break. In the meantime, join the Mailing List to be notified when we return: *

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About viceandvelvet

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"G'day" from the creator of Vice & Velvet

* Etsy Featured Shop in 2013.
* Etsy Design Awards winner in Home & Living category in 2014.
* Featured in Oprah Magazine, Elle, Vogue, Vogue Living, House & Garden, Inside Out, Real Living, Frankie, Peppermint, Cosmopolitan, Fashion Journal, Buzzfeed, The Weekly Review, Herald Sun, Time Out and more.

Vice & Velvet is a one-woman show and that woman is me, Mei. Established in 2011 in Melbourne city, Australia, I combine the urban influence with my love for natural, sustainably sourced ingredients. I have been making soap and body products since my early teens, a passion that lasted over a decade before Vice & Velvet was born.

I formulate all my products entirely from scratch and never a pre-made "base". I keep formulations as simple as possible, only including ingredients that are beneficial to the skin or absolutely necessary for the physical and chemical stability of my products. My recipe book is protected by laser security and a giant three-headed dog named Cuddles.

For the "Vice" and "Velvet" ranges*, I create unique and sometimes unusual scent blends that are inspired by my surroundings; city life (e.g. Laneways, Black Jack Alley) and nature (e.g. Rockpool, Driftwood). I usually combine four to eight notes so the resulting scent is just that little bit more complex and one of a kind. It’s not that I dislike plain lavender, rose or vanilla straight out of the bottle; I just can't resist adding my own special touches to take a blend to the next level.

All my products are a labour of love, but none more so than my custom stamped soap favours. Over the years I have shipped thousands of these little guys to weddings all over the world, and it's always such an honour to be part of a couple's special day.

I believe in creating beautiful products with simple packaging, not the other way around. Production is my favourite part of Vice & Velvet because I enjoy getting my hands dirty, or rather, getting them clean. Every product is designed, made and packaged by the same two hands. It’s not just business, it’s personal.

{ All Vice & Velvet products are vegan-friendly. They contain no animal-derived ingredients, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate (SLS), parabens or mineral oils. The soaps are also palm oil free. Tested on (human) friends and family only. }

I release Limited Edition scents and products all the time so feel free to join the Mailing List if you don't want to miss out on these.

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  • Mei

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Mei is the creator, formulator, soap maker, mousse whipper, scent blender, photo taker, graphic designer, product packer, book keeper and general cheerleader at the one-woman company that is Vice & Velvet.

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