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The Big Move

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The Big Move

Hey everyone! We've moved into a new townhouse that has a much larger workspace! We are still up and selling as we take boxes apart, but we may be a bit delayed in shipping for the next week. About the move - We went from doing all of this in our kitchen, in a house with 6'4 ceilings and difficulty maintaining environmental factors like temperature and humidity to a 600 sq foot work space where we can control all of the environmental factors. This helps us ensure more consistent results every time! You may have seen in my previous blog...

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About Gifting Skincare Items

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About Gifting Skincare Items

As we come into the holiday season - we all know that gifting skincare items can be risky. At the same time, those of you who dare to take the challenge - you might change someone's life, offer them soft feet, find them their forever soap, or provide them the wrinkle destroying mask. With great risk comes great reward. If you're having trouble choosing items this holiday season, we've got selections that anyone can use. We've aimed to create items for almost every skin condition - from the most finicky skin, to those guys who walk around with leather armor...

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Misbehaving Soap and How to Take Care of it.

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Misbehaving Soap and How to Take Care of it.

The past few weeks have been interesting for making soap. Typically speaking I let my oils cool down to around 120, and I generally try to keep the oil and lye solutions within 10 degrees of each other before I mix them - now while it isn't always the case, I tend to live by this rule. The reasoning behind it is that its much easier to bring the soap to a point of gel - a heated phase where saponification happens at a rapid pace - where lye and fat are converted into glycerin and soap. To further speed...

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Integrity in Cosmetics: The Secrets Your Favorite Maker Doesn't Want You To Know

Integrity in Cosmetics: The Secrets Your Favorite Maker Doesn't Want You To Know

"Natural" "Organic" "Green" 5 Ingredient lists. These are all things that stir up the desire to purchase from a vendor.   But what if I told you that your vendor was lying to you? I've noticed an alarmingly deceptive trend with competitors - both those we know and those we don't that lists off certain items as bases. I.e. "Soap base" or "Foaming Bath Whip", even one that simply listed "glycerin melt and pour soap."  On the surface one might think that this is an ingredient - but it isn't, and part of the integrity and transparency of items is...

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Foundations of Beauty: Why Buy a Handmade Soap?

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Foundations of Beauty: Why Buy a Handmade Soap?

The act of taking a shower, at a quick glance - seems like a really simple concept. Hop in the shower, lather up, feel clean, move on - but this simple daily activity sits on top of a heap of complex issues - from utilizing synthetic detergents and surfactants, energy and chemical stockpile use, to the use of animal fats in commercial bars. Not to mention, many of the synthetic detergents are petroleum based - and most of us just go along with it. To start, lets recap what soap is - animal fat and/or plant oils (which is what...

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