Sunday, January 31, 2010
We have been working hard to be green. We are now using boxes that are made from recycled paper. They look great and what's even better is they can be recycled. We pack our soaps in boxes to protect them during the shipping process and while they are on display at shows. We didn't want to add to the waste that is already in the landfills, so we were overjoyed when we found these boxes.
Our next step was to eliminate the plastic wrapping that the soap is wrapped in. For quite some time there were no alternatives. We found a biodegradeable shrink wrap! We were so happy to find this shrink wrap. The shrink wrap decomposes in a two step cycle, taking approximately 20-36 months for the process to complete. Wind, heat, moisture and UV light break it down, returning the film to the biocycle after naturally occurring micro organisims reduce it to a biomass. We found this fantastic product at Nationl Shrinkwrap. Another big plus is the film still lets the scent of the soap come through, it also makes the soap look wonderful. Now we don't have to worry about plastic wrap that is not biodegradeable. We will be putting this new shrink wrap system in place soon.
We also try to keep our electrical and water use down which helps to keep the cost of the soap low and save the planet at the same time. We also recycle everything we possibly can in our office and soap shop. We are working hard to be green.
Be good to yourself and the planet use natural soaps.
Monday, January 25, 2010
We have been busy creating some new soaps. We made patchouli citrus, bergamot, coconut/lime and lemon verbena, orange, warm vanilla sugar, amyris, petitegrain,and spearmint & orange. They smell great and are beautiful too. We will be addinig these new soaps to the website soon.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Commercial antibacterial soaps are not good for you or the planet. Overuse of these types of soaps can create resistant bacteria. Instead try all natural antbacterial essential oils like lavender, lemon, thyme, lemongrass, bergamot and honey also works well. We carry many soaps with natural antibacterial properties, t...hey kill germs and make your skin soft plus you smell great, they are also good for the planet.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today we got caught up on the inventory. We made several wonderful soaps which include: Orange, this is a new soap is smells just like a fresh orange. Next was Mango it has a great tropical scent. Another was one of our best sellers Vanilla and Geranium, it has a soothing and mellow fragrance. We also made Ginger and Geranium it is spicy and sweet, this is also one of our popular scents. And last but not least we made Freesia, a very nice delicate floral. There are some new fragrances in the works and they will be coming soon. Keep posted for new photos and more updates.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Have you read the ingredients of your soap lately? We read soap labels, a lot of soap labels. It's just one of the things we do. We want to know what other soap makers put in their soap. We were at our local drug store recently, and of course we had to read all of the soap labels. What we discovered was not so surprising, but still a bit of a shock. We read fifteen labels of soap manufactured by the big soap companies. Fourteen out of the fifteen manufacturers use sodium tallowate. What is sodium tallowate you ask? Sodium tallowate – is the result of combing sodium hydroxide with beef tallow. What this means is, when you use a soap with sodium tallowate it contains beef fat. Our soaps do not contain sodium tallowate. A lot of people buy soap in bulk at a cheap price, they usually buy it at the grocery store or drug store. The big soap manufacturers are not using quality ingredients in their soaps. They use the cheapest ingredients they can find. They take the glycerine out, ( which is very good for your skin) and sell it for other purposes. Our soaps have a high glycerine count, they are very moisturizing. Glycerine – is a naturally occurring sweet liquid in the soap making process. Glycerine is a humectant. It is a great moisturizer. You may think you are getting a good deal on soap when you buy it in bulk at a cheap price. But you are basically washing in beef fat, with lots of chemicals and inexpensive ingredients. Not only that but the soap manufactured by the big companies are not gentle on the skin. We use only quality ingredients in our soaps, and no chemicals and they are very gentle on the skin. Be good to yourself and the planet use natural soaps.