I LIKE Killing Flies

July 30, 2020

I LIKE Killing Flies! My wife owns a bakery and as you know, flies and restaurants do not mix. Hence the title of this month’s musing on all things natural and sustainable, “I LIKE Killing Flies”. Did you know that all insects “breathe” through their bellies? Their abdomens are coated with an oily substance that helps their spiracles or air holes to pull oxygen out of the air and expel carbon dioxide. Air travels throughout the insect’s body through a tube-like ventilation system to get to the cells.  And therein lies their fatal kryptonite weakness. Soap washes away oil and…

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Chevy Bolt vs. Toyota Tacoma

May 28, 2020

Making the Connection Turning Soap into Transportation It always bothered Vermont Soap’s founder Larry “the Soapman” that he drove an internal combustion engine to work every day. And so, one chilly morning in January 2020 he finally did something about it and ordered an electric car. By plugging his all-electric Chevy Bolt into Vermont Soap’s 20,000 sqft 150kw rooftop solar array he was able to metaphorically turn soap into transport (read more about Vermont Soap’s environmental mission here)! Here in his own words is a comparison between his beloved Toyota Tacoma pick up truck and his newly found infatuation with…

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Soak Yourself to Bliss

May 15, 2020

Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you get muscle cramps, spasms, or twitches? Are you generally tired and run down and find it hard to get your energy levels up no matter how much coffee you drink? Do you have inflammation issues like arthritis, chronic diarrhea or high blood pressure? Are you concerned about Type 2 diabetes? All these issues and diseases have a dozen possible causes and this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any of them. However if you would like to do something healthy and nutritious for yourself that is without side effects or harm…

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The Downlow on Deodorants

April 27, 2020

Like many of us you just might be working from home right now. Our web lady let drop that for her this means washing her hair just once a week and not using (ahem) underarm deodorants.  In her honor let’s take a couple of minutes to think about the ingredients natural formulators use to create organic underarm deodorants. Each one of us has a unique scent, a combination of diet and our invisible skin ecosystem of bacteria and fungus. Your deodorant’s job is to repress this natural microbial ecosystem in order to make all that biology less noticeable to the…

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The 42 Second Rule and Other Nerdy Germ-Killing Facts You Need to Know

April 20, 2020

Sanitizing and Disinfecting: Regulation of the “Killing Claims” Way back in the old days when we got our ATF cosmetic alcohol license (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for you history buffs), we learned a few basic guidance rules, kept our formulas up to spec, and were able to make a sanitizing or disinfecting product claim for any surface cleaning product containing 62.5% or better ethanol. This all changed due to the Patriot Act which rolled ATF into Homeland Security. Homeland Security is great at killing terrorists, but handling germ killing claims is not their area of expertise. They passed alcohol sanitizing…

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Western Civilization is No Longer Confined to the West

March 30, 2020

Western Civilization is no longer confined to the West. That ship sailed a long time ago. As echoed by the obvious metaphor of the moment; what happens in one corner of the world can and does have life altering effects on people living all around the globe. Nationalism the old “my country right or wrong approach”, is just an expanded version of old school inter-town high school basketball team rivalry. My team is better than yours! The not-so-distant roots of this universal tendency are in the creation of mutual protection societies and tribal identities beginning at very least 300,000 years…

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Quarantined? Deep Clean!

March 19, 2020

Keep The Stir-Crazy At Bay The Green Old Fashioned Way! It has been quite the week friends. We’re all doing our best to establish thoughtful new hygienic practices in our personal and professional lives. As fears of Coronavirus sweep the nation drastic measures are being taken to contain it. Now, in this phase of social distancing we are left asking ourselves, “What am I going to do with all this time?” Here’s a quick list of safe nontoxic organic and natural spray cleaners to get things rolling. And to keep you from fretting too much about the news cycle. Implement…

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Why You Should Be Washing Your Vegetables – With Our Stuff

March 5, 2020

Here’s the thing: you really should be washing your vegetables. Even if they’re organic and you bought them from the farmer down the road. Keep reading to find out why. Our trusty organic farmers take generous precautions to keep their produce safe, and we’re grateful for their efforts. But consider how those perfect fruits and veggies traveled to get to your hands. Were they put on a truck? Stacked on top of other vegetables? Displayed in a grocery store produce section where countless people could have handled it, coughed on it, sneezed on it before you tossed it into your…

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Foamer Soap Primer

February 13, 2020

I love foam. I like it on my skin and I like it on my beer. Foam is both fun and cool and at the same time. Not everyone knows or cares that the bubbles in foam always have an odd number of sides in the presence of gravity. Or that despite being 95% gas, a glob of foam continues to act like a springy solid. Or that increasing the liquid to gas ratio results in flattened bubbles that might just mimic the true shape of our entire universe! People like to see large quick bubbles from their soap. It…

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Organic Shower Gel – Yes Naomi, USDA organic shower gels DO exist!

January 30, 2020

Organic Shower Gel Yes Naomi, USDA organic shower gels DO exist! And they are not going away. USDA certified shower gels are here in many forms and they will absolutely play an increasingly important role in the future of wash off cleansing products. Remember that the mantra for the future of personal care is Natural-Organic-Sustainable. This is the future. And that future is already a multibillion-dollar movement and industry. I like to think Natural-Organic-Sustainable is what pretty much ALL products will look like in 20 years or so. And if you are reading this you probably do too. What we…

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