Airbnb and VRBO: One-Ounce Bars Revisited

Just as the bar soap and overall skincare market is being changed by the entrance of more and more men, the amenities market is being changed by the entrance of more and more customers needing single-use soaps. A surprising number of these new customers are renting out space for the first time, and it’s a single space they’re renting out – whether it’s shared or stand-alone –  not one of many. This influx of Airbnb-ers and WRBO-ers means there are new eyes examining …

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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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Scenting Your Castile Soap

Green floral buds and flowers in brown bottles

There’s lots of science and math involved in soapmaking, and because they’re crucial to the basics of soap, science and math get most of the attention. After all, if you don’t have the right percentages of lye and fat, you won’t have soap at all, or if you do, it could be soap that’s painful to use or simply dissolves into goo when it gets wet. Like cooking, though, in soapmaking there is science and there is art. The best soap, like the best food, is combination of both.   How …

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Castile Is More Than You Thought

Sometimes the soap world surprises us at Botanie. The surge in liquid Castile sales — especially in one-gallon jugs and five-gallon buckets – has been one of those times. What’s interesting is, our customers have also been surprised by Castile’s sudden popularity, though it’s been for different reasons.   What’s the Surprise? It didn’t take us long after introducing our foaming soap in July of 2014 to learn that liquid soap, in terms of marketing and sales, …

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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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