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Sunlight

Launched in Victorian England, Sunlight was one of Unilever’s first products – and was the world’s first packaged and branded soap.

Sunlight has been making hygiene and cleanliness affordable around the world since the 1880s.

Unilever founder William Hesketh Lever launched the Sunlight Soap brand in the UK in 1885. At the time, Victorian England was plagued by poverty and ill health, and he wanted to revolutionise hygiene, bringing it within the reach of ordinary people.

Formulated with fresh lemon extracts to cut through grime and grease, Sunlight harnessed the power of natural ingredients.

More than 100 years later

Sunlight is now found around the world, and is used for cleaning dishes, clothes and skin.

The power of lemons has been the secret to Sunlight’s degreasing power for decades and lemons are still a key ingredient in the formula. We also use other natural products, such as lime, vinegar and green tea to maximise the results, and minimise the number of chemicals in our products and in the environment.

Sunlight was the world’s first packaged, branded laundry soap – and now it’s available across four continents, sold as Vim, Quix and Svelto. It also lent its name to Unilever’s Port Sunlight research and development site, created by William Hesketh Lever in 1888.

Sunlight and sustainability

In 2011, the teams behind Unilever’s Sunlight brand in Durban, South Africa, led a programme to fit solar water heaters at homes in a local low-income community. 

In partnership with Inti Solar, manufacturers of solar water heating and lighting systems, the Sunlight Solar initiative is installing low running cost domestic water heaters in a bid to reduce energy consumption, promote renewable energy and provide a reliable source of hot water for households.

Careline contact details

Malaysia

Unilever Belgium N.V.
Humaniteitslaan/Boulevard de l’Humanité 292
1190 Brussel/Bruxelles
Belgium

Av. El Dorado No 69 B-45
7 Floor. Corporate Center building
Bogotá
Colombia

Foods
T: 018000 527517

Home & personal care
T: 018000 513130

Unilever Danmark A/S
Ørestads Boulevard 73
2300 København S

Unilever France S.A.
20 rue des Deux Gares,
92842 Rueil Malmaison Cedex

Unilever Deutschland  
GmbH
Konstantin Bark 
Am Strandkai 1
20457 Hamburg

+49(0)40-3493-3520
www.unilever.de

Hindustan Unilever Limited
Unilever House, B. D.
Sawant Marg
Chakala, Andheri (E)
Mumbai - 400 099

Unilever Japan Head Office
Nakameguro GT Tower (Reception 22F)
2-1-1
Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku
Tokyo
153-8578

Unilever Kenya Limited
Watermark Business Park, Ndege Road, Karen
P.O. Box 30062-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya

Consumer Care line
0800 22 15 45 4

Head office, Karen : +254 (0) 709 050 600

Industrial office, Commercial Street: +254 (0) 709 050 800

Unilever Tea Kenya Limited

Kericho-Nakuru Road

P.O.Box 20 – 20200

Kericho, Kenya

Unilever N.V. Weena 455
PO Box 760 3000
DK Rotterdam
Netherlands

Martin Linges vei 25,

1364 Fornebu, Norge

Unilever Jeronimo Martins Lda.
Largo de Monterroio
Mascarenhas 1
1099-081 Lisboa
Portugal

Unilever de Puerto Rico
Professional Offices Park
997 San Roberto Street, Suite 7
San Juan, PR 0096

Unilever South Central Europe SA
Baneasa Business & Technology Park
42-44 Bucuresti-Ploiesti street
Building B
4th floor
District 1
013696 Bucharest
Romania

Unilever Singapore Pte Ltd
20 Pasir Panjang Road, #06-22
Mapletree Business City
Singapore 117439

Unilever Vietnam
156 Nguyen Luong Bang Avenue
Tan Phu Ward, District 7
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam

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