Plant-based Vegetable Oils

Previous “Ingredient of the Month” columns have focused on topical ingredients to avoid, generally petrochemical based materials and specific preservatives like Triclosan ™ and Butyl Parabens. Let’s talk some GOOD ingredients to look for, like plant-based vegetable oils. Remember; “Good … Continued

Vermont Soap Reduces Carbon Footprint – Video

Vermont Soap switches to corrugated cardboard packing material to replace bubble wrap. We’ve had it with bubble wrap! Vermont Soap was spending over $2,000/yr on single use, petroluem based bubble wrap and it was driving us crazy! One day we … Continued

These Are Great Seal of Approval

These Are Great Seal of Approval

Our organic foaming soap was awarded the These Are Great Seal of Approval! The combination in this foaming organic soap makes your skin soft and best of all, you are not using anything toxic! You clean all of the germs away … Continued

DEA (Diethanolamine) and You

Take a look at the ingredients in your shampoo right now, even those touted as “natural”. Chances are the of those ingredients is DEA or Diethanolamine. This foaming chemical is found in combination with fatty acids (bits of oil molecules) … Continued


And this month’s ingredient of the month is…pthalates! Pthalates, (pronounced thalates) is a large family of molecules used in a variety of industries. Pthalates are used to flavor cheap whiskey, and they are what makes plastics flexible. The rule of … Continued

Healing Power of Essential Oils

Robert Tisserand, essential oils and aromatherapy expert, speaks with Larry Plesent, founder of Vermont Soapworks, at the 2011 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild convention in Miami, FL. Larry tells a true story about how an essential oil blend saved a man’s life … Continued

The Role of Surfactants

The Role of Saponified Systems as a Substitute for Ethoxylated and Sulfonated Surfactants and the Assembling of Safe and Sustainable Molecules in the Green Formulator’s Kit “Above all else, do no harm”, wrote Hippocrates 2400 years ago. This, more than … Continued