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 and standards, as well Read more […]

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Don't Forget These Two Great Natural Preservatives

  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 of cosmetics and personal Read more […]

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Airbnb and VRBO: One-Ounce Bars Revisited

Just as the bar soap and overall skincare market is being changed by the entrance of more and more men, the amenities market is being changed by the entrance of more and more customers needing single-use soaps. A surprising number of these new customers are renting out space for the first time, and it’s a single space they’re renting out – whether it’s shared or stand-alone –  not one of many. This influx of Airbnb-ers and WRBO-ers means there are new eyes examining the standard ways Read more […]

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

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 and Drug Administration (FDA) Read more […]

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Palm Oil – Just Saying No Isn't Enough Anymore

Originally Posted: July 21, 2016, Updated: April 1, 2019 There’s a problem with America and palm oil: The disaster in Indonesia has been out of sight for so long, we’re years behind as a country and a culture. We’re still at the point where just saying no to palm oil is perceived as a principled position. It’s not.   The Dangers of Being Righteous From Afar More than one of our customers has been criticized, recently, for using palm oil in their soaps. They use it, of course, because we Read more […]

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All the Ways 1-Ounce Soaps Are Perfect

  There’s a problem with our 1-ounce bar soaps: They can seem like too much of a good thing. Even with their various mix-and-match scents — even with their world-class quality — you can still get stumped by the question of what exactly there is to do with 144 bars of soap.   Well, we’re glad you asked.   Ideas for Everyone These aren’t just for people in the soap business, but they’re great ideas if you are. All the ways that 1-ounce bars can be used in personal lives are Read more […]

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Better Soap is Better for All of Us

  We talk a lot with our customers, about a lot of things — how much soap to order, how to scent unscented Castile, what you can say on your label to take advantage of our organic status. One thing we don’t talk about enough, though, is the larger picture of organic soap.   Better Choices Soap that’s made to be compatible with our skin — compared to soap that’s detergent-based, mass-manufactured and made-to-sell — is always a better personal choice. It’s also a more Read more […]

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NSF/ANSI 305: The Personal Care Certification that Makes All the Difference

NSF/ANSI 305 – The “Other” Organic From the beginning, there was a disconnect between personal care products and National Organic Program (NOP) standards. Mandated in 1990 by the USDA and first taking effect in October of 2002, NOP standards were developed to regulate the production, handling, and labeling of organic products. The disconnect was a result of the NOP’s focus on food and agriculture, leaving certain products — cosmetic foundations, lipsticks, moisturizers and lotions — Read more […]

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How To Make Custom Soap With Our Blends – Part Three

  As a great place to start, Botanie’s soap-making oil blends ensure a more convenient soap-making process while still allowing you to create your custom soap. In addition to convenience, these blends are tried-and-true and have been proven to create wonderful cleansing bars that are hard and long-lasting, full of moisturizing properties, and produce a dense, creamy lather. There are multiple ways to customize the oil blends, including adding additional oils or butters for superfatting, Read more […]

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How To Make Custom Soap With Our Blends – Part Two

  As a great place to start, Botanie’s soap-making oil blends ensure a more convenient soap-making process while still allowing you to create your custom soap. In addition to convenience, these blends are tried-and-true and have been proven to create wonderful cleansing bars that are hard and long-lasting, full of moisturizing properties, and produce a dense, creamy lather. There are multiple ways to customize the oil blends, including adding additional oils or butters for superfatting, Read more […]

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