Thursday, November 14, 2013
But only for the holidays. Our festive new 8.5 oz. mini soap loaf will make a fragrant useful gift for almost anyone on your list (including you). Just remove it from the paper loaf pan and cut to the desired bar size with a large kitchen knife. Or leave it sitting in the bathroom for a while and cut it up after the holidays. Choose Orange Walnut or Brown Sugar Fig. Available now through December only. Limited quantities so order early!
PS: I'm using the Brown Sugar Fig right now and it is...TO DIE FOR!!! Honestly, it smells so delicious I just want to take a big bite out of it. Orange Walnut will be up next. :)
Thursday, October 31, 2013
A Wild Soap Bar was using sustainable organic palm oil before it was cool to do so. Our long time palm oil supplier, Daabon, was awarded the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's highest level of Identity Preserved sustainable organic palm oil certification. That means that each palm oil lot meets strict sustainability standards and can be traced back to its field of origin in Colombia. Daabon was also the very first palm oil producer to earn Rainforest Alliance Certification. In fact they hold a total of 27 sustainability certifications.
We're proud to have Daabon as our sustainable palm oil supplier!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I just learned of a freind's passing. These things are never easy. David W. Busch died suddenly on Sept. 24 of a massive heart attack while hiking with his partner in Big Bend National Park. My first reaction to the news was complete shock of course, but that was followed by the comforting thought that at least he went quickly doing what he dearly loved, surrounded by the beauty of nature that awed and inspired him.
I first met David many years ago at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Wild Ideas Shopping Event. Over the years we exhibited there many times together as well as at other area festivals and shows. We once traded a large watercolor depicting an eagle soaring above the canyons of Big Bend for a limestone sculpture of an eagle in flight that my husband Mike carved. It takes on even greater meaning now.
David was a gardener, a naturalist, and an accomplished watercolor artist who exhibited all over the country. He was an extremely talented and gentle soul whose loss will be felt by all who knew him. Examples of his incredible work can be found at Raindance Watercolors.
My heart goes out to Ray and the entire Busch family.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
After all, it's only a bar of soap! And a cheap bar of soap gets you just as clean as an expensive one, right? Most likely. So if getting clean is all you're after, then by all means buy the cheaply made commercial bars and go about your merry way. But if you're looking for superior skin care, safe natural ingredients, and environmental and social responsibility, then you might want to reconsider. Because those aspects are often ignored by the big commercial corporations. Let's take a closer look.
Cheap milled soaps are usually made by lifeless machines operated by low paid workers, sometimes in foreign countries. By contrast, our handmade natural soaps are made in the USA by folks who earn a decent living wage, who enjoy paid vacations, and who also get company paid family health care year round. In addition, our employees are free to arrange their work schedules to tend to family matters as necessary. When's the last time you heard of a big corporation with such flexibility?
Every facet of our business is done by hand, the good old fashioned way, by someone who cares, and who is compensated fairly for it. From designing the packaging, to tediously perfecting our original recipes, to stirring up the formulas in small batches by hand, to cutting and stacking, to carefully picking and packing your orders and answering your phone calls and emails with a smile. Huge corporations simply can't offer this much care and attention to detail.
Cheap corporate soaps are also made with cheap ingredients and not much else, like conventional palm and soybean oils, certainly not organic and usually GMO. Many are also made with cheap factory farmed animals fats too...not something anyone with a conscience would want to support! Our natural soaps are made with more costly but sustainable certified organic vegetable oils that do no harm to people or planet. Cheap commercial soaps are typically scented with harmful synthetic fragrance oils too. Our soaps are always scented with only botanical essential oils that possess therapeutic qualities and again, do no harm when used properly. A Wild Soap Bar soaps retain all of their moisturizing glycerin too, while the cheap commercial brands take that out and sell it to make more profit. Ever wonder why your skin is so dry and itchy after using commercial soaps? Bingo. Artificial dyes, synthetic foam boosters, harmful antibacterial agents...the list goes on and on. None of these will EVER be found in our pure and natural soaps and you can count on that!
Purely profit driven vs. also caring for people & planet. Are you starting to get the idea here? Cheaply made soaps may seem cheap on the surface, but they take a heavy toll on our world as well as your skin. Which business model do you want to support?
Considering the many benefits of our handmade soap (safer, smells better, more moisturizing, more sustainable, lasts longer!) it's not really that expensive after all, is it?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I'm so excited. Fall is in the air and the weather is cool and crisp (well, almost...it's Texas!) We poured the first batch of our seasonal Warm Wishes Soap last week (think cinnamon and vanilla spice and everything nice). And you know what that means... 'Tis the Season is right around the corner!
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