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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Beware of Fake Natural Soap – A Practical Guide to Soap Ingredients

Hands line up freshly made bars of cream-colored, organic soap, ready to be stamped

We’d love it if soap and skincare companies did business according to the words above. But they don’t, and if you’re like us, you’re frustrated with companies calling their products natural when they’re not. Whether you’re buying skincare products for your company or for personal use, the only way to know if a product is truly natural is to understand the ingredients it contains.   “Voluntary” Standards Mean Anything Goes The biggest problem is the Food …

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NSF/ANSI 305: The Personal Care Certification that Makes All the Difference

Organic soap bars produced in bulk and lined up in a series of yellow and white crates.

NSF/ANSI 305 – The “Other” Organic From the beginning, there was a disconnect between personal care products and National Organic Program (NOP) standards. Mandated in 1990 by the USDA and first taking effect in October of 2002, NOP standards were developed to regulate the production, handling, and labeling of organic products. The disconnect was a result of the NOP’s focus on food and agriculture, leaving certain products — cosmetic foundations, lipsticks, moisturizers …

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Being True to Organic Certification. Earning Trust.

Doing business as a certified organic soap manufacturer means we live with rules and transparency every day. Certification requires us to be completely honest about the ingredients we use – tracing them back to their sources – as well as the methods we use when we manufacture our products. We undergo regular audits by our certifying agency to confirm we’re in continual compliance. Here’s an Example True soap is made with lye. Once the chemical reaction with fatty acids …

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Whole Foods’ Guidelines for “Natural”

As more and more companies try to get involved in the consumer movement toward organic skin products, a lack of regulatory standards for these products has allowed a wide variety of quality and labeling guidelines to spring up. A while back we wrote about USDA Guidelines for “Organic” and, in another post, about natural scenting and coloring, so today we’d like to focus on how one of the larger organic skin care providers – Whole Foods Market – uses similar ideas and standards …

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