Frankincense – The Oil of Ages

No other ingredient in soapmaking carries the historical and cultural weight of Frankincense. Together with gold and Myrrh, it comprised the gifts of the Magi, and on more than one occasion in Greek mythology, was prized over animals as a sacrifice to the gods. The Tree That Emerged from Grief The mythological roots of Frankincense oil stretch back to the origins of the Frankincense tree itself. Beginning with the adultery of Venus and her exposure by Sol, the story is complete with gods and Read more […]

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The Changing World of Organic Regulations

Trust is crucial to organic identity. Since their inception, organic standards – as they were defined by the USDA’s National Organic Program – have been process-based, meaning they established rules for an entire system of farming that follows a product from its beginnings on the farm all the way to retail. Changes to Standards Are Usually Bad The most recent changes to organic standards – the weakening of the sunset provision in 2014 – definitely weren’t good. That’s not the change that’s Read more […]

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The Nature of Natural Ingredients

We work with them every day, and yet even we need to be reminded occasionally that nothing is certain with natural ingredients. Not the color or quantity, not the potency or price. Evidence of Truly Natural Whether it’s the linoleic content of this year’s safflower harvest or the sudden disappearance of madder root powder from the world market, natural ingredients are – before they’re anything else – crops and commodities. As crops, they’re susceptible to weather and growing conditions. Read more […]

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If You're Fighting Them, It Helps to Know What Germs Are

Guilt is big in marketing. Just as cable TV ads will suggest you’re being selfish for not buying more insurance to cover “final expenses,” big soap companies will accuse you of not loving your family if you don’t buy the right product to protect them from the illness in the world. We’re not in the insurance business, or cable television, but we can tell you there is no one skincare product to make your family bullet-proof. There are products advertised as doing just that, but the truth is, they don’t Read more […]

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