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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The Truth About Lye and Soap

A glass measuring cup contains ingredients for organic soap, including lye.

We had a customer ask us the other day, “Why would anyone want to use something as caustic as lye on their skin?” We also had a guy on the phone comment, “Lye doesn’t seem very organic, man.” And by “organic,” he meant groovy. On the organic point, he was right. Lye isn’t organic, but it is one of the allowable non-organic ingredients included in USDA organic standards since their inception. On the groovy point, we disagree. The truth about lye in soap-making is simple: …

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What’s All This About Coconut Oil?

These days, when it comes to coconut oil, all this is quite a lot. It might not be Starbucks, but coconut oil  is everywhere enough that it’s developed its own backlash. Missing the Point The problem with backlashes is – for the sake of a snappy headline and a hip take on cultural trends – they miss the point of trends. They miss seeing that the popularity of coconut oil coincides with a general cultural reassessment of traditional food and diet beliefs. As high …

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