WARNING! This post is a "rant" about what I consider "unethical soaping practices" if you would prefer not to read such opinions STOP HERE and go read a friendlier blog!
Still reading? Well here comes my rant -brace yourself:
It seems the FDA may regulate the handmade soap industry more closely in the future....making it difficult for many small home-based business to comply because of the mountains of paperwork necessary & time required to fill out said paperwork. Such a shame that all soap makers aren't HONEST enough ON THEIR OWN to properly represent what is really in their products -perhaps then this would be a non-issue!
For instance, check out this ingredient list from what many would consider a "successful" handmade soap company:
INGREDIENTS: Goat’s Milk, Certified Organic Olive Oil, Certified Organic Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Palm Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Certified Organic Cocoa Butter.
Can anyone out there explain to me how a soap made of the above ingredients will do the following?
"The sweet scent of warm, ripe cherries will linger on your skin hours after lathering up..."
(not to mention give this soap color)
You can't explain it? I didn't think so. I can't either! But there it is.
Is it ignorance or deception? Hard to tell, but I think anyone who would lie about ingredients would lie about other things as well!
This particular soap company must be hoping that the consumer will assume (and in my opinion rightly so) that this is a complete ingredient listing because, after all, what's the use of an incomplete ingredient list?
How do these people sleep at night? We honest soap-makers could tell our customers that our soaps smell like flowers or cherries without the use of anything but the above ingredients, too -selling them a sweet-smelling lie.....no wait, we really couldn't....you see a little quality called "integrity" prevents it.
My point in case you missed it is this: To those of you who feel consumers won't buy your product without being deceived or misled into doing so,
"Clean Up Your Act" or Congress will, most likely, clean it up for you! It's your deceptive practices that cause regulations (that most of us don't need) to be considered in the first place!
I don't care if you use fragrance oils or essential oils, natural colors or not, organic oils or not....just TELL THE TRUTH! It's not that difficult, really!
Oh, and BTW, if you happen to promote a deceptive company on your blog....it could affect your reputation as well....you know, "the company you keep" and all that...I'm just sayin'...