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33 Degrees South Soap


Address:  The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW 2300
Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm
Property Donor: GPT/Urban Growth Group
Launched: October 2014
Closed: 21 April 2016

Juanita and Carl
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Who are you?
We are Juanita and Carl. Former school teacher and youth worker who are now very content to be suddings Newcastle with our lovingly hand crafted natural cold processed soap.

What do you do?
Having experimented, played and dabbled with soap making for a few years we realised we never tired of designing, making, cutting and smelling our soap creations. The product.. a bar of soap that has been hand made from scratch – not manufactured – with natural oils, essential oils, clays, exfoliants and micas. No bar will ever look the same, which makes for a more authentic, hand-crafted product. We have 33 soaps in our range – all named of course – from salty sailor to jaywalker to green eyed monster. So I guess we offically get to call ourselves ‘soap makers’ now!

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
We are very excited and proud to be part of the Renew Newcastle initiative. Our soaping business has been taking small steps for some time now. Renew Newcastle enabled us to take a leap!

What are you doing in your space?
Cold processed soap needs to saponify and cure before it is a sellable and usable product. In our space, we have a kitchen area for measuring and mixing oils and an area for making, saponifing, curing, cutting and packaging. We also have a retail section that is simply full to the brim with …. SOAP! Making the soap on the premises means the smell not only lingers but invades every crack and crevice and we have already spotted people sniffing their way to us.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space? 
Our space is the perfect fit for 33 degrees. After we got over the inital shock of the bright purple wall, bluish grey carpet and office feel, we set out to transform the space into a vintage inspired soap shop. Taking up carpet tiles has never felt so good and with a fresh coat of paint (bye bye purple), a beautiful English wagon, old ladders and some scales and mountains of soap we are very happy soapers.