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What is Natural Soap Made of?

Our definition of natural soap is one made of oils, fats and butters that have been mixed with lye.   A completely natural soap should also be coloured naturally as well, to adhere to the definition of a natural soap.  Soap is made through the process of saponification. This is where lye (a mix of either Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide and water) is […]

Why Handmade Soap is Best

According to several recent reports bar soap is on trend! Environmentally conscious consumers around the world are serious about making their homes and bathrooms plastic-free by ditching liquid soap and their plastic containers. In my last blog post I covered a few other steps on how we can all can make a difference to the […]

The True Cost of Your Handmade Soap

You’d never let a random stranger on the internet price your house. How much a meal costs depends on so many factors! And, of course, what your neighbor prices her car for has nothing to do with what your car is worth. We often hear business owners say they can’t afford to do xyz to grow their […]

Benefits Of Using Organic Soap

In our home, we don’t use antibacterial soap in any form and only use our natural and organic based soap. I realize this sounds crazy, but we have researched this and our decision is supported by facts and science. For many, the antibacterial soap that you purchase from the supermarket or pharmacy are too rough […]

Complete Guide to Organic Homemade Soap

Organic soap trends are all the rage these days. People are reverting from commercial beauty brands towards milder soaps created by hobbyists and small-scale business owners. As for us, we love organic soaps. They are easily made and they often are better for your skin than commercial products that are worth thousands of dollars.If you […]

How is Bar Soap Made?

The first time I made soap, I understood immediately that the process of creating handmade soap is one where science and art come together. After lots of hours in the chemistry lab during my premed years, I knew that the chemistry of soap making would be uncompromising: you goof the recipe, you end up with […]

Organic Soap Keeps You Healthy, Young and Clean

Soap is amazing stuff. The exact same ingredients can become a bar, liquid, gel, paste or spray—yet all made with the same ingredients. How cool is that? At Vermont Soapworks (kind of a Willie Wonka™ factory for soap) we take oils, which make you greasy and turn them into soap, which makes you clean. This […]

Why are people switching to organic soap?

Purchasing commercial, store-bought soaps might be more convenient and less expensive than artisan-made soap products, however, next time you pick up a package of brand-name soap, take a look at the label. If you notice ingredients you are not familiar with, be concerned. These ingredients are not added to the product to be good for […]

The Benefits of Organic Soap

Organic soap is made from natural ingredients, and in most cases, those ingredients are also organically farmed. The majority of the soap bar is made of what are called base oils. We use some of the same base oils for soapmaking that you can use for cooking. So if it’s safe to eat, it’s probably […]