Scenting Your Castile Soap

Green floral buds and flowers in brown bottles

There’s lots of science and math involved in soapmaking, and because they’re crucial to the basics of soap, science and math get most of the attention. After all, if you don’t have the right percentages of lye and fat, you won’t have soap at all, or if you do, it could be soap that’s painful to use or simply dissolves into goo when it gets wet. Like cooking, though, in soapmaking there is science and there is art. The best soap, like the best food, is combination of both.   How …

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Castile Is More Than You Thought

Sometimes the soap world surprises us at Botanie. The surge in liquid Castile sales — especially in one-gallon jugs and five-gallon buckets – has been one of those times. What’s interesting is, our customers have also been surprised by Castile’s sudden popularity, though it’s been for different reasons.   What’s the Surprise? It didn’t take us long after introducing our foaming soap in July of 2014 to learn that liquid soap, in terms of marketing and sales, …

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All About Notes: Fragrance and Music

Music and fragrance have a lot in common. In the world of music, there are grace notes, quarter notes, high notes and low notes. In the world of fragrance, there are top notes, middle notes and base notes. In both worlds, we speak of notes being in harmony, in accord. And in both, without a skillful balancing of notes, there is no harmony or accord.   Perception Begins As “skillful balancing” suggests, harmony is no accident. With fragrances, there are systems …

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Don’t Forget These Two Great Natural Preservatives

A glass measuring cup contains dark, liquid ingredients for organic soap, including natural preservatives like rosemary extract.

  Generalities aren’t usually good for business. In the world of natural products, for instance, it’s nearly a given that preservatives are a bad thing. But if you’re in the business of making making and selling natural products, thinking in generalities could mean you’re missing out on a chance to extend their shelf life.   The Natural Preservative Option Natural ingredients have natural expiration dates — that’s what being natural means. Since the majority …

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Beware of Fake Natural Soap – A Practical Guide to Soap Ingredients

Hands line up freshly made bars of cream-colored, organic soap, ready to be stamped

We’d love it if soap and skincare companies did business according to the words above. But they don’t, and if you’re like us, you’re frustrated with companies calling their products natural when they’re not. Whether you’re buying skincare products for your company or for personal use, the only way to know if a product is truly natural is to understand the ingredients it contains.   “Voluntary” Standards Mean Anything Goes The biggest problem is the Food …

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