How To Make Custom Soap With Our Soap Blends – Part One

  At Botanie, we’ve crafted the perfect soap-making oil blends — unique combinations of organic sunflower, safflower, palm, coconut and castor oils sure to make high-quality bar soap. As a great place to start, pre-blended base oils make the soap-making process more convenient while still allowing you to create your custom soap. In addition to convenience, these blends are tried-and-true and have been proven to create wonderful cleansing bars that are hard and long-lasting, full of moisturizing Read more […]

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Soap Base Formulation – Why So Many Soaps Fail

  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 Comes Down to This Here’s Read more […]

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What Makes a Good Bar Soap? What About Glycerin?

Soapmakers differ on what makes the best soap bar. And they should. There comes a point in soapmaking when science becomes art, and art can be as different as the number of artists. Once they become art, some forms leave the science behind. The art of soapmaking never does. Before a soap can be great – much less best – it has to be fundamentally sound. The chemistry of the base has to be right. It has to be good before it can be great.   Good Isn’t Easy Soapmaking is also a balancing Read more […]

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The Truth About Lye and Soap

We had a customer ask us the other day, “Why would anyone want to use something as caustic as lye on their skin?” We also had a guy on the phone comment, “Lye doesn’t seem very organic, man.” And by “organic,” he meant groovy. On the organic point, he was right. Lye isn’t organic, but it is one of the allowable non-organic ingredients included in USDA organic standards since their inception. On the groovy point, we disagree. The truth about lye in soap-making is simple: there is no true soap, Read more […]

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What You Didn't Know About Washing Your Hands

There’s a good reason reminders about hand washing start showing up in the month before school resumes. “Washing hands,” according to the Center for Disease Control, “prevents illnesses and spread of infections to others.” The website KidsHealth puts it this way: “Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses — from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and many types of diarrhea.” Once Read more […]

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Shampoo Bars: An Even Closer Look

  Shampoo bars have been creating a buzz lately. Unlike other recent trends, though, this one’s not a fad. Shampoo bars offer a real, practical alternative to shampoo bottled in plastic. This “naked” approach to packaging is a commitment to reducing the amount of plastic in landfills. As much as we talk about recycling and more responsible lifestyle choices, as a country America is recycling significantly less plastic than we were four years ago. Shampoo bars make it simple. If the shampoo Read more […]

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Raise the (Shampoo) Bar: Eliminating Single-Use Plastic

You might not have noticed, but there’s a small revolution happening in the beauty and skincare industries:  it started with shampoo bars, but the ripples will soon be everywhere.   Naked Products At the center of the revolution is the need for the beauty and skincare industries to be more accountable for the waste they create — plastic bottles in particular. By one estimate, using a “naked” product like a shampoo bar, one that doesn’t come with a container, could prevent up to 552 million Read more […]

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Botanie Office & Warehouse Vacation Week

Our warehouse will be closed from Monday, July 2nd through Friday, July 6th. Orders placed by Thursday, June 28th at midnight will ship before this holiday break. All orders placed after midnight on June 28th will ship when we return in the order they are received. Why do we take this week off? One of our Core Values is to “Be Creative and Stay Scrappy”. In order to maintain both our creativity and scrappiness our team needs to rejuvenate. Each and every day our awesome production crew cranks out Read more […]

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Our New Website

We hope you find our new website easy to use! We have put together the following tips to help you find what you’re looking for. All products – a list of all Botanie Soap’s products. If you are trying to find something you’ve ordered in the past, the ALL PRODUCTS page is where you can find it. Main and top navigation (header) Above you will see a screenshot of the top of the website with the main navigation (header). CUSTOM LABEL SOAP takes you to a page that explains the two options customers Read more […]

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What's All This About Coconut Oil?

These days, when it comes to coconut oil, all this is quite a lot. It might not be Starbucks, but coconut oil  is everywhere enough that it’s developed its own backlash. Missing the Point The problem with backlashes is – for the sake of a snappy headline and a hip take on cultural trends – they miss the point of trends. They miss seeing that the popularity of coconut oil coincides with a general cultural reassessment of traditional food and diet beliefs. As high as coconut oil is in saturated Read more […]

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