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Natural Cold Process Soap FAQs

Natural Cold Process Soap FAQs

In this post, we're going to tackle some of the myths and misconceptions about natural or "cold process" soap. Natural soap used to be the only kind of soap, but the industrial revolution changed all that. What was an art and careful science, became a job for factories and machines. However, in recent years, there's been a huge resurgence of artisan soap-making, which means good things for our skin and the environment (granted it's palm oil-free, of course!)  What is soap /cold  process soap? Soap is the product of alkali reacting with a triglyceride (fat).  The resulting product is a "surfactant," which allows...

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We're One!

We're One!

Bloomtown turns 1...and what a year it's been!  It's hard to believe that we started out selling just 4 "flavours" of our balancing palm oil-free soap at markets and fairs only 12 months ago.     We feel so fortunate to have established partnerships with an exciting range of online and brick-and-mortar retailers as well as gained such an amazing customer base in such a short amount of time.  It confirms to us what we always knew: there is a real demand for truly palm oil-free and thus truly cruelty-free body and skin care.    And we are committed to...

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Surprising Sources of Palm Oil

Surprising Sources of Palm Oil

Palm oil cultivation has destroyed 90% of Orangutan habitat in the last 20 years. While you rarely ever hear of anyone cooking with palm oil at home, companies love adding it to all manner of products, from toothpaste to taco shells.  Why? Because it's dirt cheap! But the money you save on your shopping bill comes at a hefty environmental cost. Experts estimate that if virgin rain forest in Indonesia and Malaysia continues to be cleared to make way for palm oil plantations at the current rate (300 football pitches per hour), the Sumatran Tiger could become extinct within 3-5 years and Orangutans...

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Father's Day

Father's Day

While Medwin and I were still living in Bali, my father came to visit us and, to my surprise, asked if he could take my soap workshop. It shouldn't have surprised me because he does, after all, come from a family of artisan makers and crafters: In the 1920s my great grandfather started a little shop in the foothills of the Himalayas and drew in the foreign missionaries by offering them homemade cheese, peanut butter and jams. My grandfather and uncle still run the store, which has had a loyal following for almost a hundred years.  

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