Ask the Soapman

Which of your soaps is best to preserve the microbiome of our skin?

March 4, 2021

Hello! Which of your soaps is best to preserve the microbiome of our skin, the most hydrating and leaves the least residue? Many thanks, Monty Fantastic question Monty. Love it. Look, soap is mildly alkaline and sudzy, two things that are useful in controlling bacteria, virus and fungi that want to colonize you while you sleep. See the documentary “Life on You” for more on that. Using organic soap wisely allows you to have some actual control regarding your skin biome. Without knowing you or your skin I generally recommend foamer soap for your hands, Blue Bar or Fungasoap for…

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Do you make anything for laundry?

December 21, 2020

I love your stuff and have skin sensitivities including sensitivity to fragrance. Do you make anything for laundry? -Darcy in Huntington Hi Darcy, Hope ya’ll are well up there in Huntington. Having sensitivities can be a real pain. We are here for you, kid. Rather than write you a book, here is a link to one I already wrote called the Reactive Body Handbook. It’s free as a short and readable ebook download. To learn more than you ever wanted to know about how to use Vermont Soap’s Castile Liquid Soap for laundry, click here. We also have a version…

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Do you sell bar soap without palm oil?

November 16, 2020

Do you sell bar soap without palm oil or its derivatives? -Elena from Atlanta Hi Elena, The short answer is no. We use certified organic palm oil, sustainably grown. For very acre put into production 2 acres are set aside in a nature preserve. Our sole source is Agropalma in Brazil which won a Greenpeace award for their work. No orangutans in Brazil. All the best, Soapman

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Does your soap have vitamin E in it?

November 9, 2020

Does your soap have vit. E (Tocopherol) in it? Thank you. -Melissa from Cypress Hi Melissa, Thanks for writing. We use Vitamin E in our Green Gold Healing Salve. We do not use it in any soap product we produce. The pH of soap breaks down tocopherols over time, negating the antioxidant and preservation properties. All the Best, Soapman

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Why do most soap companies use hot process?

November 4, 2020

I want to know if in commercial soap making it’s more profitable to use hot process and if yes, what’s increasing the soap quantity in hot process? I really will like to use cold process but I don’t know why most commercial companies are using hot process and if it’s because of profit. Thanks. -Daniel from Yenagoa, Nigeria   Hello Daniel, Thanks for thinking about soap. Soap is a crystal (see my video). The mildest and all around BEST quality soap is properly made cold process bar soap. A world class bar needs world class crystal structure, ie uniform, medium-sized,…

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Should Organic African Shea Nut Butter be stored in the fridge?

October 27, 2020

Should Organic African Shea Nut Butter be stored in the fridge after a period of time? If so, after how long a time? What happens if this is not done? It doesn’t start to grow any bad stuff, does it? I prefer it at room temp. Thanks. -Bob in Apalachin Hello Bob, This product has a 1 year shelf life when kept cool but not refrigerated. You can also separate out some for long term storage and keep it in the fridge. This will add another year or more to its shelf life. No bad stuff will grow in it…

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When will you get more soap in stock?

September 10, 2020

All of your foam soaps are out of stock. When will there be more? -Kathleen Hi Kathleen, Most people do not realize there is a nationwide shortage of bottles and caps due to COVID-19, and deteriorating international relations with key suppliers of parts and spare parts coming out of Asia. Most of our suppliers are US based, but they are backed up for months in advance. We are waiting for our (delayed again) shipment of foamer bottles to arrive and hope to have foam soaps back in inventory in 2 weeks (end of September). You can help by saving your…

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Is your bar soap bactericidal?

September 9, 2020

Is your oatmeal lavender for dry skin aromatherapy bar soap BACTERICIDAL? -Gary in Colorado   Hey Gary! Thanks for your question. Killing claims ie “disinfect”, “sanitize”, “anti-microbial” and “bactericidal”, etc are FDA-regulated terms. Vermont Soap with our 35 employees is nowhere near large enough to support an FDA lawyer on retainer and the management and record keeping required to support an FDA audit and the giant fines and recalls that come from making a paperwork error. Additionally, applying antimicrobial chemicals on your skin is not without consequence. Vermont Soap has long been an advocate for continuing the phase out of…

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Are all your soaps septic safe?

August 14, 2020

I love your products! Are all your soaps septic safe? Thanks! -Lori Hi Lori, Yes indeed! Organic soap is biodegradable. Our liquid and gel products are potassium based and contribute a vital nutrient back to the soil. Soapman

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What’s the best product for cleaning chiropractic equipment?

June 22, 2020

Good morning! I have a chiropractic office and we use your hand soap through the Greenline Paper company. I am looking for an organic cleaning and disinfecting product to use on my naugahyde-ish covered treatment tables and was wondering if your Yoga Mat Cleaner or any others would be most appropriate to clean and also not damage the material. I use saddle soap every few days to protect them from so much cleaning these days. Thanks for your help! -Marc from Hagerstown   Dr. Marc, Thank you for reaching out. Here is what I recommend: Yes, one of our castile…

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