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The Special Flower Blog

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

Skin Issues

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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The Case for Sustainable Palm Oil

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The Case for Sustainable Palm Oil

After sitting for countless hours researching recipes, doing everything I can to understand sustainability practices, and doing research I've come to an interesting conclusion. PALM OIL MIGHT NOT BE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ENEMY WE THINK IT IS. Wait. What? Hear me out for a second.  Sustainability issues have been a focus regarding palm oil for the better half of the last two decades, culminating in the formation of the  Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or RSPO in 2004. The goal of the RSPO is to promote the sustainable production of palm oil - certifying palm plantations and subjecting them to audits by an...

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Customer Service: Above and Beyond Basic Duty

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Customer Service: Above and Beyond Basic Duty

This past week we were fortunate enough to be featured in a blog by Bloomin' Uterus(Thank you Lisa!) regarding the custom creation of soap and body care items, and their interaction with people who suffer from endometriosis. Shortly after answering the interview questions and subsequent post by BU, a woman named Melissa reached out to us. Melissa suffers not only endometriosis, but Hashimoto's (an autoimmune disorder that turns the body against the thyroid) and Toxicant‐Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT is an autoimmune disorder characterized by a breakdown of innate tolerance to even the most basic chemicals, resulting in anything from headaches,...

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