Business has the power to promote change

business, ethics, Skin

With our business going through a significant growth spurt, we thought it a good time to develop a mission statement. I remember learning about mission statements in my Masters in Communication Management and not really getting the importance.

Now I do.

I am a firm believer that business has the ability, even the responsibility, to bring about change. Change that is for the better.

Before we began making our soaps, I was uncomfortable with the fact that I had no idea about what I was putting on my skin. I began researching more into it and got up to speed on issues such as palm oil, animal testing, parabens, micro-plastics and sulfates. Realising that there was very little on the market that we wanted in our bathroom cabinet, we decided to start making our own skincare and soap.

I am a big believer that small changes – something as simple as using a more ethical soap — by many can cause real and significant change. The growing success of our business suggests that I am not alone. And this makes me so happy.

Our business was founded on strong ethics and we believe we are only as good as those ethics. And now as we begin to grow we need to ensure that everyone associated with the Australian Natural Soap Company – from employees, to suppliers, to wholesalers, share these values. And this is why we feel it’s the right time to produce our mission statement.

One of the areas of our business that we’re excited about is our partnerships with not-for-profits and organisations that align with our own values.

For a few months now, we’ve had a product partnership with the Orangutan Project. When we first came up with the idea of donating $1 for every $2 tester bar sold to this incredible organisation, I wondered whether we’d be able to raise anything significant. But it’s amazing how something small, supported by many, can grow. We have already donated more than $1,000 and will keep raising money for the Orangutan Project as we get bigger.

And we have lots more ideas in the pipeline to help other amazing organisations that do equally important work. We always have to be careful that we don’t over extend ourselves. But this is a big reason why we got into this business and one of the most rewarding parts of it.

It’s been a wonderful experience drafting our mission statement and we can’t wait to share it with you… so stay tuned.
– Emma ✌️

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Can you believe it’s only 3 weeks until Father’s Day!!! We’re already getting lots of people in our store a bit perplexed about what they should get so I thought I’d tell you about some of our best sellers for Dad:

Special release Father’s Day Beer Soap: It’s only been a few days since we released our beer soap and already it is selling like hotcakes. It’s not just a novelty soap, beer is actually an amazing natural ingredient for the skin… but we’re also sure a lot of Dads out there would love the idea of bathing in the amber ale.

Beard Grooming & Aftershave Oil: Combining argan with sweet almond & rice bran oils, this will tame even the shaggiest of beards. The argan is also very soothing on the skin and helps with irritation so it makes a great aftershave oil as well. We also flavour it with spearmint, cedarwood and cinnamon so it smells absolutely amazing.

Beard Soap: Our Beard Soap not only shampoos but conditions the beard leaving it soft & silky. It also soothes irritation. Definitely one to tame the beardruff and also soften a wiry beard.

Shaving Soap: Our shaving soap provides a rich, conditioning lather that will reduce nicks & cuts. The natural oils also leaves skin beautifully moisturised. So much better than the concoction of chemicals we’ve grown used to with shaving creams that come in aerosols.

Soap on a Rope: Soap on a Ropes used to once upon a time be THE THING to give Dad for Father’s Day but then they just got plain uncool…. Well we’re here to bring the soap on a rope back in a big way. Ours look a lot more rustic than the olden day ones and feel amazing on the skin. And what more, they are really practical – making sure your soap remains nice and drained. Don’t forget to put in check out (if ordering online) what soap you would like to give Dad on a rope.

Gift Packs including True Love For Him Gift Pack: Our True Love for Him Gift Pack includes True Love for Him & four complementing natural soaps. Lemon & Lime for calming, Peppermint & Pumice for exfoliation, Cedarwood for aroma & Sandalwood as a cleanser. Our True Love For Him soap in particular smells absolutely amazing.

We also have a lot of other gift packs at our special Father’s Day section at our website.

With all this and more on offer, we’ve really got you covered this Father’s Day.

– Emma ✌️

Beer – you may drink it, but did you know that the amber ale is great for the skin?

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We have been talking about making a beer soap for a while – yes, you heard me right, a beer soap. Beer is a wonderful, natural ingredient for the skin. It’s packed full of B vitamins and proteins that your skin absorbs readily, leaving it soft and supple. In fact, you can get your amber ale fix (for the skin that is) at one of the many beer spas in Germany and Austria. And as an ingredient in soap, it creates a beautiful, thick, rich lather.

The thing that we weren’t sure about was the smell. Once it’s gone through the soap making process, it really does smell like you are standing in a brewery. We’ve spiced it up with some bay and clove oil but you cannot mistake it for anything else but beer soap.

But we’ve done some thorough product testing and the verdict is that all our human guinea pigs LOVE this soap. The guys in particular love the smell and LOVE the feeling on their skin….

So after much research and development (and just in time for Father’s Day!), we present to you…. Beer Soap  Cheers!

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Why we love using Australian sea salt in our products.

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In this colder weather, we’re often asked in our shop what we would recommend as a natural exfoliant to help smooth the skin.

We firmly believe that natural Australian sea salt is one of the best things you can use on the skin. And it definitely beats plastic microbeads that are used in many cosmetics and are terrible for marine life.

Sea salt is the most effective natural exfoliant around. Unlike table salt, which is heavily processed after being mined from salt deposits, sea salt is made when seawater is left to evaporate helping to retain its natural mineral composition.

Sea salt is full of natural minerals, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium chloride – all of which hold many benefits for skin. Calcium helps unblock pores. Potassium works to energise skin and help balance moisture levels. And magnesium helps soothe damaged skin. It also has the ability to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin to help repair damaged skin cells.

Our sister company, Pharmaoil, has a natural scrub, which combines Australian sea salt with 12 plant-derived oils to become a powerful exfoliant that helps improve skin in three different ways.

Firstly, massaging it onto the skin helps remove dead skin cells, which can make your skin flaky and dry. Secondly, it helps improve circulation, while removing bacteria and unclogging pores. And thirdly, by removing dead skin cells, it promotes regeneration of new skin cells, which can help tighten your skin and even out skin tone.

We also use Australian sea salt in our bath salts, which are great for this colder weather.

We’re also working on a sea salt soap, which we’re very excited about so stay tuned!!