Soap Base Formulation – Why So Many Soaps Fail

Aleppo Soap

Ever use a soap that didn’t lather or that left your skin feeling tight and dry, despite the label being full of ingredients meant to pamper your skin? The internet is full of specialized reasons and advice, but the cause of most underperforming soap is, like a lot of things, simple and fundamental. And it’s also as old as soap itself. The problem isn’t lack of exotic ingredients, but a weak foundation – poor formulation of the soap base itself. It Comes Down to This Here’s …

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Why Is Your Soap Only 85% Organic?

natural coconut walnut oil

If it weren’t for the chemistry of soap and the nature of organic regulations, we could put the USDA logo on our soap. Lye makes up 12-15%, by weight, of the original ingredients for bar soap. It doesn’t exist in the final soap product, but organic regulations require that ingredients be traced back to the beginning, to the product’s origins, and then be accounted for in organic percentages. Quality and Transparency As it is, we make every one of our soap bars with …

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Natural Means More With Kids Involved

Handmade Soap

It’s not a unique story and it’s not earthshaking news. But it’s true and it makes a difference. More people than you’d ever guess entered the natural soap and skincare business – making their own – when they had kids, or when their friends did. Most Vulnerable Here’s why. In all kinds of ways – from medical care to nutrition to car-seat and stroller safety – children are regarded and cared for as the most vulnerable among us. Where skincare is concerned, babies …

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Beauty Products Are Still the Gorilla in the Corner


Two of the biggest issues in skincare are two of the most uncomfortable to discuss, and it’s because for both the news is seldom good. The first of these issues is palm oil, an issue we updated just this week. Palm oil plantations in Indonesia are at the heart of massive deforestation, animal habitat destruction, and human rights violations. There is a committed effort to sustainability in palm oil, but the news isn’t often uplifting. We have yet to turn a significant corner …

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Private Label Insight – Don’t Give Your Secret Away


We run across the evidence pretty frequently, customers using product photos and descriptions verbatim from our website. If they ever ask, we advise against it. Strongly. Not that we don’t understand the reasoning behind using what we have. It makes perfect sense to use our pictures, our descriptions, and our viewpoints. Content development is time consuming, labor intensive, and it’s second nature to very few. On the other hand, Botanie content – photos and words – …

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