The Changing Face of the Organic Soap Buyer

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Sometimes signs are obvious, such as customers telling us that more and more men are buying their soap. Sometimes they’re more subtle, 1-oz organic bars taking off in sales due to the influx of VRBOs and Airbnb’s into the rental market. And sometimes signs are waiting for a change in perspective, a chance to connect the dots and be seen. How Things Were This is one of those last examples, signs as dots to be connected. The face of the organic soap buyer is changing. Once, …

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People Who Should Be Using Organic Soap and Aren’t

To be honest, anyone who has a restroom, kitchen, or workroom with a sink, shower, or tub should be using organic soap. Anyone who washes their hands, especially anyone who has dry skin, should be using organic soap. That last group (those with dry skin) might be smaller than the first two (everyone), but based on numbers for people who currently use organic soap, it’s not much smaller. Anyone using commercial skin detergents – more commonly known as beauty bars, cleansing …

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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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