All Natural – Organic – What’s the difference?

All Natural – Organic – What’s the difference?

You cannot technically call soap organic unless it is certified organic. There are different levels of “organic-ness”. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) created the National Organic Program (NOP) which provides a standard for defining the term “organic” on the products that we all buy and use. There are three levels of USDA definitions for organic – all of which require proof and content verification and classify a product based on total percentages of organic ingredients (salt and water content is not included).

  • "100% Organic" - Means 100% of the ingredients are certified organic.

  • "Organic" - Products which contain a minimum of 95% organic content by weight. Usually there are trace ingredients found in the product that cannot be certified organic.

  • "Made with Organic" - Products which contain a minimum of 70% certified organic content but do not reach the 95% minimum. According to the USDA you can have a product with 70% certified organic ingredients and still have the word organic on its labeling.

Because of the way soap is produced you cannot technically reach the 95% threshold for certified organic content, and the reason is that sodium hydroxide (lye) is required to make soap. While sodium hydroxide is on the allowed list of non-organic ingredients that can be used in making organic products, it accounts for approximately 10-15% of the ingredients and therefore a finished bar of soap, even if all other ingredients were certified organic, could never have a truly certified organic content of more than 90%. Some soap producers may argue this point, and they may call their product “100% organic”, or even “Organic”, but according to the USDA definitions it might not be the case. In any case, it is important to know what you are buying.

Some of our soap contains all “certified organic” ingredients – others do not. Our ingredient list will tell you exactly what is in each bar of soap. The list is short, and you will recognize every ingredient in the list. When we do not use “certified organics” we use the very best quality ingredients just the same. We do not use fillers, or preservatives, and we don’t test on animals. The result is a high quality bar which will be attractive to the eye, heavenly to your nose, nourishing to your skin, and soothing to your soul.

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