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The Special Flower Blog

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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Planting Flowers: Practicing What We Preach

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Planting Flowers: Practicing What We Preach

Our last blog post, we talked about wrapping out soap in seed paper in order for us not only to leave our footprint in terms of soap, but also to have an impact on the environment.  It's no secret that flowers can brighten up just about anyone's day, regardless of gender (Yuliya bought me some sunflowers this past week). So when we heard that there was a way that we could deliver flowers with out soap - we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately the past week or so has been incredibly hectic (as we prepare for a pair of events)...

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Plant This Wrap: Giving Back to the Environment

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Plant This Wrap: Giving Back to the Environment

I'm going to do my best and not get preachy - but this subject is important. So I'll keep it quick and to the point! We have all heard about how eco-conscious one company to the next may be - but how many of them are giving you the chance to actually put plants in the ground? Now you can feel even better about your choice to go with Special Flower Oil Co. We are dedicated to ensuring that we are always giving back to the environment - whether its through reuse and recycle of packing materials and boxes, or...

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My Own Skin Issues and the Creation of the Goat Milk Oats and Honey Soap

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My Own Skin Issues and the Creation of the Goat Milk Oats and Honey Soap

For those that are unfamiliar with one of the owners here at Special Flower Oil Co, we'll give a little bit of history, as well as a personal testimony to one of our soaps. Raul served as a U.S. Navy Corpsman attached to 1st Marines Division. During this time he deployed for a total of 13 months to Iraq, spending much of his time as a Military Transition Team (MTT) Trainer, where he taught Iraqi Medics the finer point of field medicine in an austere and war-torn environment. This a personal account:   Iraq was an interesting place - not...

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No Lye-ing: The Truth About Lye and a Quick History

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No Lye-ing: The Truth About Lye and a Quick History

In this blog we take a look at what real soap is versus commercial detergents, in a sea of misleading ideas and concepts surrounding soap making's most controversial chemicals, Sodium Hydroxide Lye.

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