Claus Porto is a Portuguese soap and perfume manufacturer established in 1887 by two German immigrants. Over the course of more than 100 years, the brand has established itself as one of the leading manufacturers of soap. More recently, TV host and personality Oprah Winfrey named Claus Porto soaps as one of her favorite things.
From the design and packaging that draw inspiration from the Art Deco movement, to the materials used in manufacturing each soap bar, to the centuries-old methods and techniques used in production, each Claus Porto soap bar evokes a sense of luxury.
Dubbed as one of the world’s most luxurious soaps, Claus Porto soaps are produced using methods based on European tradition, the end result of which are handmade bars that won’t crack and will remain fragrant until the end.
Claus Porto uses ingredients that are 100 percent vegetal, reflecting the company’s firm commitment to quality. The brand’s choice of ingredients, the use of updated and refined formulas, and the careful mixture of soap paste, perfumes, pigments and oil all result in products that can be dubbed as aromatic jewels.
In order to achieve a smooth texture and a long-lasting scent, Claus Porto soaps are repeatedly milled. This also ensures that the soap becomes more resistant. After the main ingredients have been mixed into a paste, this paste is laminated using traditional machines in order to achieve a consistency in color and a smoother texture.
Remaining grains from the soap paste are compacted through the process of extrusion. After undergoing this stage, the soap bars are shaped and molded into a variety of forms and styles.
Using mechanical pedal machines, the soap bars are molded into different shapes and sizes. This process, which typically lasts between two to three weeks, ensures that the soaps maintain their natural aromas and are homogenous and consistent as well.
Apart from using ancient formulas in its soap production, Claus Porto adheres to its storied tradition of excellence and quality by rigorously checking each soap bar up until the packaging stage. Each soap bar is examined individually and by hand.
During the final packaging phase, each soap bar is hand-wrapped in Art Deco packages which are inspired by the original label used a century ago. The Art Deco labels take their cue from the vintage labels recovered from the company’s creative archives. Prior to wrapping, each soap is given one final inspection to ensure that it meets the brand’s stringent quality requirements.