Why Essential and Carrier Oils are a Good Combination

Soapmaking lives in a space between science and art. Some aspects rely on chemistry and math, others on touch and intuition. When science and art get mixed up, it’s possible to apply mathematical standards to intuitive problems, or the other way around, and the discussions that follow can miss the point. It can be hard, for instance, to find agreement on the differences between essential and fragrance oils. The same difficulty can be true for essentials and absolutes. …

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Our New Website

Botanie Soap's new website

We hope you find our new website easy to use! We have put together the following tips to help you find what you’re looking for. All products – a list of all Botanie Soap’s products. If you are trying to find something you’ve ordered in the past, the ALL PRODUCTS page is where you can find it. Main and top navigation (header) Above you will see a screenshot of the top of the website with the main navigation (header). CUSTOM LABEL SOAP takes you to a page …

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Private Label Insight – Don’t Give Your Secret Away

We run across the evidence pretty frequently, customers using product photos and descriptions verbatim from our website. If they ever ask, we advise against it. Strongly. Not that we don’t understand the reasoning behind using what we have. It makes perfect sense to use our pictures, our descriptions, and our viewpoints. Content development is time consuming, labor intensive, and it’s second nature to very few. On the other hand, Botanie content – photos and words – …

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Superfatting and Trace – The Yin and Yang of Soapmaking

Superfatting and trace. You hear the terms all the time in soapmaking. They’re both important to the process and they’re both the subjects of questions we hear frequently. Seen individually, they’re completely different. One is rooted in numbers – percentages and measured amounts – while the other is highly subjective. One can be illustrated in a numerical grid and the other you really need to see to understand. Together they represent the essence of soapmaking, the yin …

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How to Scent Your Liquid Soap

We’ve been where you are. We’ve found ourselves wondering how to get the scent just right when starting with our unscented liquid soap. It helps if you have a background in soapmaking, but if your background is in bar soap, you’ll discover the blend specifics aren’t the same. It also helps to remember that liquid soap is simply different from bar soap, and it’s different in enough ways that approaching it the same as bar soap will wind up wasting you time, whether through …

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