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Shelves in the Closet

(3 customer reviews)

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A bar soap made to look like a closet? Naturally! This rosemary and mint soap is inspired by Mr. Collins and his beloved shelves in the closet, made famous by the scene in 1995 Pride and Prejudice.

Shelves in the closet is quite the joke among Jane Austen lovers. This bar soap is made to look similar to shelves in the closet and smell like Mr. Collins’s rosemary and mint herb garden drifting in through the window. A favorite scene in Pride and Prejudice 1995 involves the serious Mr. Collins earnestly telling Elizabeth Bennet about his shelves in the closet. Her interest in the subject was fierce, naturally, and the reverence with which Mr. Collins discusses Lady Catherine’s shelving advice is positively hilarious. With turmeric for color and cocoa lines for the shelves, think of all the dresses you could put in that tiny closet! Lady Catherine would be very impressed if she ever saw it.

Some of the shelves are positively whimsical this year, but that only adds to the charm of this soap as you might imagine the scolding due to you for overloading your shelving with far too many knick knacks!


“She […] had once paid him a visit in his humble parsonage, where she had perfectly approved all the alterations he had been making, and had even vouchsafed to suggest some herself—some shelves in the closet up stairs.” 
~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, regarding the Right Honorable Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Collins. 

“Shelves in the Closet? Happy thought indeed!” 
~Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice 1995 film.

Do yourself a favor and watch this scene to get the full experience!

Handmade in small batches with gentle, moisturizing ingredients. It is made from saponified blend of lard, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and castor oil, with turmeric, cocoa powder, rosemary essential oil, peppermint essential oil, spearmint essential oil, and rosemary oleoresin. Net weight 4 oz (113 g).

All our soaps are elegantly wrapped in handmade lokta paper and boxed with care in historical Jane Austen style with a stamped wax seal, tissue paper, and muslin. (Learn more here.) They are perfect for gift giving and may also be shipped directly to the recipient with an optional hand-written gift message. Each soap is individually labeled and bundled with its origin story, similar to what you see here. See product photos for packaging examples.

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3 reviews for Shelves in the Closet

  1. Jeslyn Rumbold

    Best named of all the bars, haha! Love the scent of this one, can’t wait to hear feedback from the recipient…!

  2. Melanie

    My favorite Austen reference! Happy thought! I love the subtle, herbal scent of this soap. There’s lovely rosemary to it, but it’s not overwhelming. Kept my bathroom smelling fresh and lush all summer long.

  3. Ashley (verified owner)

    This one is a big hit with my whole family! We love the scent, the P&P reference, and the cool stripe effect!

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