Back to Basics: What Is Soap, Officially?

It’s a trickier and more complicated question than most people think. But then, a lot of things get complicated when there’s a difference between how we use words casually and what they officially mean. Soap is one of those words that surprises a lot of people. Soap is soap, after all. It’s either a 4-oz rectangular bar in a certain aisle of the store or a gel-like substance in a bottle with a pump. Both of those examples might be true, but the greater likelihood is …

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People Who Should Be Using Organic Soap and Aren’t

To be honest, anyone who has a restroom, kitchen, or workroom with a sink, shower, or tub should be using organic soap. Anyone who washes their hands, especially anyone who has dry skin, should be using organic soap. That last group (those with dry skin) might be smaller than the first two (everyone), but based on numbers for people who currently use organic soap, it’s not much smaller. Anyone using commercial skin detergents – more commonly known as beauty bars, cleansing …

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Herbal Soap: The Perfect Fit for Sensitive Skin

  It’s not the first time we’ve heard this question: “I have sensitive skin and can’t use regular soap. Can I use Botanie’s organic herbal soap?” Imagine Skincare Products That Cared for the Skin Chances are the caller who asked the question didn’t mean real soap when she said “regular.” She meant soap generically, and most likely the skin detergents shaped and labeled to look like real soap. The reason our caller can’t use synthetic versions of soap …

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Made With Lye vs. Containing Lye: The Reality of Perceptions

Despite what we’ve heard, perception isn’t everything, nor is it a reality. But it is a part of daily life, and the soap world is no exception. How people see products and how their perceptions shape responses are part of everyone’s business, and the impact they have might have nothing to do with their accuracy. Caught By Surprise Not long ago, a customer of ours was blindsided by one of the biggest misperceptions in the soap world: that all palm oil is the same. …

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