Natural Means More With Kids Involved

Bars of organic, colorful soap by Botanie are lined up during production, almost ready to ship in bulk.

It’s not a unique story and it’s not earthshaking news. But it’s true and it makes a difference. More people than you’d ever guess entered the natural soap and skincare business – making their own – when they had kids, or when their friends did. Most Vulnerable Here’s why. In all kinds of ways – from medical care to nutrition to car-seat and stroller safety – children are regarded and cared for as the most vulnerable among us. Where skincare is concerned, babies …

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What You Didn’t Know About Washing Your Hands

Hand Washing

There’s a good reason reminders about hand washing start showing up in the month before school resumes. “Washing hands,” according to the Center for Disease Control, “prevents illnesses and spread of infections to others.” The website KidsHealth puts it this way: “Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses — from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and many …

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How to Market Your Soap to Stores

Small Business

Selling your soap online has its own unique challenges, as does selling at farmer’s markets. Selling to retail stores might be the most challenging because you have two sets of customers, the store itself and the store’s customers. Store buyers are busy. Make that the first assumption of your marketing. They’re busy managing the products they already have and usually don’t have time to explore new products. There’s a strong tendency to stick with what works, what’s …

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No More Big Colored Chunks: Looking Great With Natural Soap Colors

Picture, for a moment, semi-transparent bar soaps with big colored chunks in the middle. There’s a chance you’ve been given soap like this as a present. There’s a further chance the reason for the gift was your affection for a natural soap. You’ve probably guessed. Almost none of these soaps are natural. No More Big Colored Chunks? Colorants are always an issue with soap. In truly natural soap, colors are derived from natural sources: herbs, plant extracts, and clays. …

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Why You Already Know What Bergamot Is

You might not know the name, but you know the fragrance, and very likely, the taste. According to one source, nearly half of all women’s perfumes and a third of men’s fragrances contain bergamot oil. It’s also the most identifiable flavoring in Earl Grey tea. Plus it’s long been known, in aromatherapy circles, as a calmative for stress. The Tree The bergamot tree, also known also as citrus bergamia, initially grew in Southeast Asia and China. When trade routes to China …

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