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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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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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