Palm Oil – “Just Saying No” Isn’t Enough Anymore

Here’s the 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 use it, of course, because we do. But then, we’ve also heard from people …

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What, Exactly, Should I Charge for My Soap?

If you’re just starting out, or you’re reevaluating your soap business, there are certain questions you can’t avoid. Depending on which of these two you are, the most basic of questions can be asked a couple of ways: “What should I charge?” or “Am I charging the right price?” It Depends We’d love to have a rock-solid answer that would be perfect in all situations. But we don’t. We do have a great working price, based on product costs and shipping with consideration given …

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Looking Organic Isn’t So Easy Anymore

The sales of organic products – from beef to produce to soap – have been growing by double-digit percentages every year for over a decade. Projections have that trend continuing globally at least until 2020. Which is why so many producers who don’t actually make organic products want to look like they do. When asked by customers about using the word organic on their labeling, we’ve always had a fairly simple response. If you’re playing by the rules – as we do – …

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Sodium Olivate and INCI Ingredient Names

This question has stumped a surprising number of people: What is sodium palmate? End the question with sodium cocoate or sodium olivate, and the circle of questions widens. Guesses and assumptions have been interesting. Most are convinced it’s nothing they want. The truth is, sodium palmate is simply another name for something most folks are much more familiar with: palm oil, specifically palm oil that’s been saponified into soap. Sodium palmate isn’t just another name, though. …

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How to Be Part of Palm Oil’s Sustainable Future

It’s been in the news for years. We’ve written several blogs, including one explaining why we use it and the most recent explaining why it’s no longer enough to “just say no” to palm oil produced on Indonesia and Malaysian plantations. We’ve worked with international NGO’s, including the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), to establish connections between issue-oriented groups and small companies working toward the same goal. Concern from Beyond Borders  For America and …

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