Campbell's Changes the GMO Debate

On January 7, Campbell’s Soup announced they will be supporting a federal policy requiring that food ingredient labels include the listing of genetically modified ingredients when they exist. They further announced they will no longer support food industry efforts to defeat federal and state-based labeling initiatives. What’s more, if the federal government doesn’t act in a timely manner, Campbell’s has said it will start including GMO listings voluntarily. The Radical Notion of Listening Read more […]

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Essential and Fragrance Oils

Make sure to read ingredient labels. For those who say that, including us, it’s good to remember that reading ingredient labels isn’t easy and it’s not the same as knowing what’s in the products you’re buying. For natural products – especially those we put in and on our bodies – “knowing” is more complicated than slogans and scanning the words. What’s Listed Isn’t Everything Labels are only as complete as they’re required to be. Vocabulary can be tricky, and some ingredients simply don’t Read more […]

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Lack of Essence – Why Absolutes are Entirely Different

Once you know what they are, the differences between essential and fragrance oils can seem obvious, especially since the one that counts – natural vs. synthetic – is so fundamental. Differences aren’t so clear-cut with essential and absolute oils, though, since they both have their sources in the aromatic glands of plants. Extracting Essences They begin in the same place, but absolutes and essentials go in different directions at the point of extraction. Essential oils are removed, Read more […]

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Foaming Soap Never Ceases to Amaze

It’s not what most people think it is. In fact, our organic Foaming Soap is not what we thought at first. After 18 months of refining and observing. we’re delighted with what our Foaming Soap’s become, though not entirely for the reasons we expected. We’ve learned some things and rethought some others. Altogether, they fall into two general categories: Uses we didn’t anticipate Positive reactions we thought would have subsided by now, but haven’t. Surprising Reports We knew it was perfect Read more […]

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Nothing Up Our Sleeves – Transparency and Third-Party Certification

Most of the time, we’re busy making and selling soap. Even with growth and expansion, our job stays pretty much the same. Still, the nature of our business can find us in the middle of global environmental issues – palm oil, GMOs, the integrity of organic standards. For many, these are abstract, theoretical issues. For us they are also very real and everyday. They are part of making and selling soap. In our blogs and social media, we weigh in regularly on sustainable palm oil, organic Read more […]

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Think Organic for Liquid Soap, Too

Americans buy nearly twice as much liquid soap per year as we do bar soap. We also tend to use multiple skincare products every day. If the products we used were organic, we’d all be better off. But since they’re not, and since a surprising number of people still don’t associate “organic” with liquid soap, it’s never a bad time to point out the benefits – to your body and the environment – of buying organic. It’s What’s Missing That Counts The best reason for using organic liquid soap Read more […]

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