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

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 and Drug Administration (FDA) Read more […]

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

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 and lotions — Read more […]

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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 is complete and soap Read more […]

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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 to determine Read more […]

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