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

Hands line up freshly made bars of cream-colored, organic soap, ready to be stamped

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 …

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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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Better Soap is Better for All of Us

Woman in mustard-colored sweater rinses antibacterial soap down the kitchen sink with water.

  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 …

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

Organic soap bars produced in bulk and lined up in a series of yellow and white crates.

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 …

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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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