Soap FAQ: Curing, Sweating and Seizing

Here are discussions of three terms related to soapmaking that don’t come up as often as we think they would. For the first term – Curing – the discussions is is mostly informational. For the second – Sweating – it addresses something that can concern soapmakers, but is in the end harmlessly natural. For the third term – Seizing – the discussion points out something potentially more serious, something that can sneak up on you. Two Things at Once Curing …

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Sodium Olivate, INCI Ingredient Names and Labels

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 people don’t want it because of a lack of understanding. 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 …

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Four Simple Ways to Package Your Soap

Making your own bar soap – or making a purchase from us – can be a great first step into the world of organic soap. But it’s only the first. The next step is deciding how to package and present your soaps. This can be an intimidating step, with so many possibilities out there, many of them requiring skills not everyone has. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. There are helpful videos and tutorials on the web, and to get you started, we have four simple, eye-catching suggestions to consider.

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Fragrance Isn’t So Positive Anymore

Two vials of essential oils lay aesthetically among sprigs of rosemary and slices of orange, lime and lemon.

It’s everywhere. Depending on season and conditions, fragrance can tell us what’s in bloom or what part of town we’re in. The problem is, fragrance and scent are more than just powerful triggers of memory. When they’re synthetically derived, they’re also the source of short-term irritation and long-term health problems. In fact, throughout the skincare and scented products industries, synthetic and artificial fragrances have become the new secondhand smoke, not just affecting …

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If You’re Fighting Them, It Helps to Know What Germs Are

Guilt is big in marketing. Just as cable TV ads will suggest you’re being selfish for not buying more insurance to cover “final expenses,” big soap companies will accuse you of not loving your family if you don’t buy the right product to protect them from the “germs” and illness in the world. We’re not in the insurance business, but we can tell you there is no one skincare product to make your family bullet-proof. There are products advertised as doing just that, but the …

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