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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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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Consistency is Variable with Liquid Castile

Liquid Soap Dispenser

Liquid castile is a wonder, which is why sales keep growing. Not only does it have lots of uses as it is, it can be other things entirely. Unlike bar soap, castile is a finished product that can still be changed. The most obvious change is adding scent. Less obvious is changing its consistency to turn it into products that can seem completely different.

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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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