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This soap making startup found the perfect partnership with a social enterprise helping to empower people with disabilities [VIDEO]


There is nothing more indulgent than lathering a luscious soap that leaves your skin soft and perfectly moisturised. What’s even better is knowing your products are made with a social conscience, made locally in Australia and produced with natural, sustainable ingredients.

Sarah Murphy is the founder of Murphy & Daughters who makes bespoke botanical products for the body and home. Everything is produced in Australia, a lot of it by hand, with a focus on the integrity of ingredients, quality of the products and the beautiful packaging.

“The idea was to make everything as naturally and as sustainably as possible” says Sarah Murphy. “Our signature product, the Bon Bon Soap, was our first product. And a large part of its charm is the bespoke hand wrapping. When I first came up with the idea, the biggest hurdle was working out how to wrap the Bon Bon Soaps. It turned out the best solution was to use the workforce at Ability Works.”


Getting the right team and systems in place was essential to meet the high standards of finish required. The enthusiastic team at Ability Works, a social enterprise helping to empower people with disabilities, brainstormed and developed the wrapping technique. When you buy Bon Bon Soaps from Murphy & Daughters, each has been meticulously hand wrapped, making them extra special.

Sue Boyce, CEO of Ability Works, added, “We have been working with Murphy & Daughters for seven years hand wrapping, labelling and packing luxury gift boxes. The staff have a real sense of purpose and get a lot of enjoyment out of Sarah’s jobs, plus the products look nice and smell great too.”

Not only does Ability Works provide meaningful employment for people with disabilities, it complements Murphy & Daughters business ethos and helped the business deliver at a crucial time.

Watch Frances from Ability Works demonstrate her skills and explain the technique

Murphy & Daughters – Ability Works from sarah murphy on Vimeo.

See the Murphy & Daughters story, here:

Murphy & Daughters A Story from sarah murphy on Vimeo.