How Do You Know if Your Olive Oil Is Authentic?

Olive oil. We use it to cook. We use it for its antioxidants and overall health benefits. It’s also used regularly for making soap. With so many of us using olive so often, it bears pointing out that we’re not always getting what we think we are. In the world of organic and natural, there are products that consistently make it hard to trust their quality. In the case of olive oil, it’s difficult to guarantee authenticity. The olive oil industry has a past worth investigating …

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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 …

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Palm Oil – Just Saying No Isn’t Enough Anymore

An orangutan mother sits in a tree with her baby in a habitat preserved from deforestation.

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 …

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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 …

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Soap Base Formulation – Why So Many Soaps Fail

Rows of bottled liquid soap lined up on a self.

  Ever use a soap that didn’t lather or that left your skin feeling tight and dry, despite the label being full of ingredients meant to pamper your skin? The internet is full of specialized reasons and advice, but the cause of most underperforming soap is, like a lot of things, simple and fundamental. And it’s also as old as soap itself. The problem isn’t lack of exotic ingredients, but a weak foundation – poor formulation of the soap base itself.   It …

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