Monthly Archives: June 2008

“Organics” of Dooooom

For years, handmade and artisan bath and cosmetics people have been making organic and cruelty-free products, providing an alternative for consumers who want to avoid petrochemicals and animal testing.  Well, it didn’t take long before the large chemical companies caught on to the fact that they were leaving a market untapped, and suddenly, we see […]

ICMAD Awards: Small companies, big acclaim

Small and innovative beauty manufacturers have been recognized at the CITY awards, hosted by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (ICMAD). The awards are intended to reward and recognize innovative products, package designs and marketing ideas among independent creators of cosmetics. “The CITY Awards represent dedication and creativity of ICMAD members and recognize the […]

A brief history of dirty people

What’s the history? The earliest known evidence of soap use are Babylonian clay cylinders dating from 2800 BC containing a soap-like substance. A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC. The Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550 BC) indicates that ancient Egyptians bathed regularly […]

Where does alkali come from?

Once upon a time rainwater was filtered through hardwood ashes to make a Potassium Hydroxide solution. It’s actually a pretty cool process. The ladies who taught me how to make soap would let rainwater collect in an old tree stump, and add ashes to it periodically. They knew the water was alkali “enough” to make […]

Soap, what is it?

n. 1. A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars, granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats. 2. A metallic salt of a fatty acid, as of aluminum or iron. Soap is fascinating stuff. It is actually a salt that foams! This […]