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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What Makes a Good Bar Soap ? What About Glycerin?

Soapmakers differ on what makes the best soap bar. And they should. There comes a point in soapmaking when science becomes art, and art can be as different as the number of artists. Once they become art, some forms leave the science behind. The art of soapmaking never does. Before a soap can be great – much less best – it has to be fundamentally sound. The chemistry of the base has to be right. It has to be good before it can be great. Good Isn’t Easy Soapmaking …

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Making It Clear – Cold-Process vs. Glycerin vs. Melt-and-Pour Soap

What’s the difference between Cold-Process and Hot-Process soap? Hot Process soap uses heat from an external source to accelerate saponification, the process by which fats and an alkali combine to create soap. While Cold-Process often uses heat early on to warm the base oils, once the oils and sodium hydroxide are mixed, heat from the process itself is relied on to finish saponification. What’s the difference between Cold/Hot-Process Soap and Glycerin soap? There …

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Organic Was Never Just a Trend

Two years ago was the first time we saw the phrase: “Organic Is the New Black.” It appeared on the web site for Mukti Organics, an Australian organic skincare maker. It was catchy. And it was right. But given the popularity of the “new black” phrase, the implication for many was that organic was trendy, but nothing more. As it turns out, “trendy” was mostly wishful thinking by non-organic producers and lobbyists – “wishful” considering that sales of organic products …

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