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Saturday, April 12, 2014

No Heartbleed Here



By now, you've probably heard about the ominous Heartbleed bug, a recent breech affecting the security of millions of websites that use the vulnerable OpenSSL.  Well I'm happy to report that A Wild Soap Bar's online shopping cart was not affected in any way.  Whew!

OpenSSL is used primarily on linux servers, but our shopping cart uses Windows servers. As always, when you shop online with A Wild Soap Bar, you can be assured of the privacy and security of your personal information.  I hope this puts your mind at ease.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Year of the Horse EO Blends - Basic & Not



Recently I had the good fortune of collaborating with my friend David Fisher, About.com Candle & Soap Making Guide, to come up with some essential oil blends commemorating the Chinese Year of the Horse. David did most of the work.  I got to chat with an old friend and an About.com link to my website.  A pretty sweet deal if you ask me.  You can read all about that project and see the blends here.  

Before I knew exactly what he wanted though (which was several simple, more basic type blends for his readers) I came up with this somewhat complex not-so-basic blend.  David called me an over-achiever.  I called it fun!  

And it's a really good blend I might add.  I'm currently cleaning my bathroom with it.  It chases away germs and odors like nobody's business.  :)

My Not-So-Basic Year of the Horse Essential Oil Blend


6 parts lavender
4 parts 5X orange
2 parts bergamot
2 parts rose geranium
2 parts spearmint
1 part anise
1 part cinnamon bark
1 part patchouli
1 part cedarwood

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Power of Possessions

While cleaning, organizing, and purging our soap shop of all the unnecessary "stuff", I ran across this newspaper clipping I had saved many years ago...author unknown.  Timely, don't you think?

Power of Possessions

Less is best.  The less you have, the less you will have to take care of.  Really! Material goods gobble your time and energy, so we urge you to have only what you use and love in your life.  Do not make decisions about buying and keeping stuff lightly.  Stop compulsive shopping!  Also realize that your things make a statement about who you are and what you value.   Do you value quality or quantity?  Most of the people we know are slaves to their possessions and don't know it.  Here are some facts to ponder:

Possessions clutter.  Possessions weigh you down emotionally, cluttering your mind.  Casually placed possessions clutter tabletops, closets, counters and garages.  Putting stuff away can take all day.

Possessions cost more than the original price.  You spend additional money storing, repairing, protecting and cleaning goods.  And it takes time to cater to them, and lost time is worth money.

Possessions need cleaning.  Do you enjoy washing, dusting, polishing, soaking, scouring and scraping?  Even minimal cleaning is time consuming.

Possessions create errands.  How many miles a year do you drive to buy, repair and clean your things?  How many hours do you spend waiting in store lines and looking for parking?  Shopping centers thrive on consumerism.

Possessions are worrisome.   Fretting about breakage, loss, theft, fire, repairs and insurance premiums clutter our minds.  Every item let go of is one less worry.

Possessions need organizing.   Things need to be alphabetized, color coded, sorted and grouped for sanity's sake.  Woe to people who do not know how to organize their things.

Possessions get lost.  The less you have, the less you have to lose.

Possessions depreciate.  Things that spot, rust, crumble, dent, fray and come unglued lose value.  Invest in yourself, not in things.

Possessions are climbed over, hidden, apologized for and argued over.  How much more do you need to know?

Possessions encourage greed.  Materialistic people tend to compete with their neighbors, brag, hoard, and constantly desire more.  They are seldom satisfied with what they've got.

Working hard to maintain an over-materialized lifestyle puts stress on your relationships, your sex life, and your finances.  It is a cause of divorce, bankruptcy, job dissatisfaction, and declining mental and physical health.  Do not become intoxicated or infatuated by, or addicted to possessions.  They have the power to own more of you than you own of them!


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Our New Mini Soap Loaves Are Here!



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

Of Course We Use Sustainable Palm Oil


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!