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 are two answers. Technically, Read more […]

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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 had already experienced Read more […]

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Answers to Questions About pH

If you’ve ever found yourself in a conversation nodding in agreement, even though you had only a vague of knowledge of the subject, you’re in good company. If the subject of that conversation was pH – or pH factor, for those who remember when it was commonly called that – you might want to keep reading. Next time it comes up, you won’t have to pretend to understand. But First The first thing to know is there’s an argument over what pH actually stands for. You’ll find references to both “power Read more […]

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What, Exactly, Should I Charge for My Soap?

If you’re just starting out, or you’re reevaluating your soap business, there are certain questions you can’t avoid. Depending on which of these two you are, the most basic of questions can be asked a couple of ways: “What should I charge?” or “Am I charging the right price?” It Depends We’d love to have a rock-solid answer that would be perfect in all situations. But we don’t. We do have a great working price, based on product costs and shipping with consideration given to packaging and marketing, Read more […]

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Why We Don't Use Olive Oil

Olive oil and soap have a long history. From Aleppo to Italy to the Castile region of Spain, they have long been connected to each other and to a tradition of quality. So strong is the connection that marketers of commercial skin detergents have discovered their own label value. Featuring the words “olive oil” on the label means they can continue making cheap, irritating soap and still gain positive perceptual value. Olive oil carries considerable weight when it comes to judging high-quality Read more […]

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People Who Should Be Using Organic Soap and Aren't

To be honest, anyone who has a restroom, kitchen, or work room with a sink, shower, or tub should be using organic soap. Anyone who washes their hands, especially anyone who has dry skin, should be using organic soap. That last group (those with dry skin) might be smaller than the first two (everyone), but based on numbers for people who currently use organic soap, it’s not much smaller. Anyone using commercial skin detergents – more commonly known as beauty bars, cleansing bars, and deodorant Read more […]

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Looking Organic Isn't So Easy Anymore

The sales of organic products – from beef to produce to soap – have been growing by double-digit percentages every year for over a decade. Projections have that trend continuing globally at least until 2020. Which is why so many producers who don’t actually make organic products want to look like they do. When asked by customers about using the word organic on their labeling, we’ve always had a fairly simple response. If you’re playing by the rules – as we do – there are all kinds of Read more […]

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What It Means to Be Organic – USDA Organic Standards Explained

Sometime in the last few years, organic became the new black. Growth rates for organic sales average over 20% annually. In the clamor for sales dollars, certain important questions get lost. What does it mean for a product to be organic? How do organic standards apply to soap and skincare products, and how do consumers distinguish true organic from organic claims? Three Levels of Organic Certification The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has set the global standard for what makes a product Read more […]

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Perfectly Unrefined: Why We Love Shea Butter Just As It Is

Shea butter lives in two different worlds. One is the savannas of Western and Central Africa, where the nuts of the shea tree are crushed, boiled, dried and boiled some more. The other is the shelves of upscale boutiques and cosmetics aisles, where its essential moisturizing properties make it nearly required in products claiming to be kind to the skin. The problem is, once shea butter makes it to the shelves, the refining process can have removed much of what makes it so beneficial to begin with. Nothing Read more […]

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