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About

Who is Oleo Soapworks?

Oleo Soapworks is small handmade soap shop located in Chicago, which is owned and operated by Vida Perez-Velazquez.

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Handmade with natural (not Organic) ingredients

You'll notice there's no mention of the word 'organic' on this website but that's not because we think organic is a bad thing. You see, labeling a product organic entails certain [legal] requirements and while our products are made natural and in some instances organic ingredients, unless they are certified Organic by the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) where a minimum of 70% (and up to 95%) of the total ingredients (including the water AND lye -- which don't exist) are certified organic, we can't legally use the word 'organic' on our products. So in the interest honesty and full disclosure what we strive to do is list our raw ingredients on our product labels and website and continue to source those ingredients from established and reputable companies with the highest standards.

What's in our products?

All of our products are made containing some combination of the following ingredients:

Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Rice Bran Oil
Castor Oil
Beef Tallow
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
Kaolin Clay
Bentonite Clay
Palm Kernel Oil
Essential Oils
Skin Safe Synthetic Fragrances
Skin Safe Cosmetic Colors
Beeswax
Sodium Hydroxide aka Lye (Lye is required to make soap -- none remains in the soap after the reaction takes place)
Stearic Acid
Emulsifying Wax
Jojoba Oil
Colloidal Oatmeal
Paraben/Formaldehyde Free Preservative (Creams, Lotions, Body Butters)
Arrowroot Starch
Corn Starch

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