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Like soap, but better

Your bathroom shelf is about to look a whole lot lovelier

We’re the first to admit that bars of soap don’t usually sing out to us. A necessity, yes, but we’ve all got flashbacks of “wash your hands!” before dinner. And yet. Sometimes a soft oval thing catches our eye that makes us think, “You know what, I would really like that in my bathroom.” In the case of traditional Portuguese brand Claus Porto, it’s down to their beautiful packaging. The five varieties sold in the National Theatre Shop include Voga, infused with acacia flower and tuberose and packaged in the sort of pattern you’d find on a delicate silk scarf. In fact, we wouldn’t actually want to unwrap it. But our bathroom shelf would look a whole lot lovelier. £8, National Theatre Shop

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