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

Gloved man carefully pour organic oil base into bucket to make a high-quality soap mixture.

  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, …

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What Makes a Good Bar Soap? What About Glycerin?

rows are cream colored bar soap lined up in a tray.

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 …

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The Truth About Lye and Soap

A glass measuring cup contains dark, liquid ingredients for organic soap, including natural preservatives like rosemary extract.

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: …

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