September Watch List

We're all staying up to date with the news and reading some interesting articles about how to stay safe and stay informed. But this is not related to that, at all. This is a rundown on what we're reading, watching and listening to, to keep our minds and bodies healthy and moving, and a little bit sane!  We'll share some more resources as we come across them. Here's how we're currently winding down.

Have a hot tip? A must-read? A cult classic we haven't mentioned yet? Drop us a line with the subject line "Watch List" to info@thehandmadesoapcompany.ie.


My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem - Julianne Moore will be playing Gloria Steinem in an upcoming film about her life (so far). This story is inspiring and really worth the read before the film comes out.

Epic Hikes of The World - A Lonely Planet book, it's one we mentioned in our last newsletter and lots of you have suggested your own local hikes. We'll curate a list from the Soap Tribe and share it here soon!


Woke - This just released on Hulu. Granted, an Irish release of this is probably a ways off but definitely worth watching out for this one starring one of our favourite actors, Lamorne Morris. 

Knives Out - A cracking cast and a classic Agatha Christie style 'whodunit'. Starring Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer and Don Johnson.  It definitely calls for popcorn.


Back to Basics - We've been making great use of Spotify's playlists recently. Mainly for instrumental / concentration music. You can search "music for concentration" and find a few great playlists to get lost in. We're loving 'Lo-Fi Beats' at the moment.


Podcasts - We get asked this a lot, so here's our current go-to list for Podcasts, with lots of Irish based listens of course. We'll keep adding as we find more:

Basically... with Stefanie Preissner
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
I Weigh with Jameela Jamil
Making Sense with Sam Harris
Where is my mind with Niall Breslin
The Blindboy Podcast with Blindboy Boatclub

NEWBIES - these are new to our list, so... let's see!
Busy Philipps is doing her best with Busy Philipps 
Smartless with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes & Will Arnett



Quick Pilates Moves and Demos - JFo Fitness has tonnes of short videos on her Instagram page that are very doable at all fitness levels. And, she's a local Meath business, just down the road from our factory in Slane. 

Board Games - This article from NY Mag shares some great board-games for playing with your house-mate or your partner if you're not a big TV person, or you're just looking for a break from the screens. 

Virtual Visits - Lots of zoos have webcams on certain animals so make sure to check out your local zoo too! Here are a few links to some of our favourites:

- Webcams at San Diego Zoo 

- Take a Virtual Safari daily with Cincinnati Zoo

- Webcams at Dublin Zoo

- Virtual Tour of Áras an Uachtaráin (The home of the President of Ireland)