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  • Why Craft Soap Should be on Your Christmas List

    If you’re looking for a great gift to give to a teacher, hostess or for a work or club gift exchange, you might want to consider craft soap. Not only does it make a unique and appreciated gift that smells great, it also can do some good for your local area.
  • Beer Soap - What It Is and Why You Want It

    We all know that plant-based soap is good for your skin, but why would you want a soap made from beer? In addition to making every shower include a “shower beer,” hops are incredibly good for your skin!

    If you are aware of brewing in beer preparation, you probably might know about hops. These flowers are used to impart flavor and taste to the beer. The benefits of hops are many, and they are not only mere simple flavoring agents. These female flowers of the hop plant were first discovered in the early 11th century and are grown in many parts of the world.
  • What Type of Soap Works Best for Sensitive Skin?

    Did you know that researchers have estimated 40% of people worldwide describe their skin as being sensitive? That is a lot of sensitive skin! Even if you would not describe your own skin as being sensitive, it is still necessary to consider the various ingredients in your skin products.
  • The Proper Way to Wash Your Face, Hands, and Other Body Parts According to Science

    Cleansing has become a little confusing. How often should you wash your face? What about your hands? Should you use a mitt, loofah, puff, flannel, sponge or your bare hands? What's the optimum water temperature for washing your body, and should you shower every day?
  • Our One Not-So-Secret Ingredient that Makes Your Skin Glow

    Do you know our one not-so-secret ingredient that makes your skin glow? If you guessed charcoal, you are correct!

    Activated charcoal is the little black dress of the health and beauty scene. It appears in shampoo, toothpaste, face masks, and supplement capsules. This power-house product offers many benefits for your skin, hair, teeth, and overall health.
  • History of Soapmaking

    Soap has been around a whole lot longer than you might think! In fact, the sudsy suds have been keeping things clean for at least 4,800 years. The first concrete evidence we have of soap-like substance is dated around 2800 BC.

    The first soap makers were Babylonians, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans. All of them made soap by mixing fat, oils and salts. Soap wasn't made and used for bathing and personal hygiene, but was rather produced for cleaning cooking utensils or goods or was used for medicine purposes.

    Soap got its name from an ancient Roman legend about Mount Sapo. Rain would wash down the mountain mixing with animal fat and ashes, resulting in a clay mixture found to make cleaning easier. By the 7th century, soap-making was an established art in Italy, Spain and France.
  • Charcoal's Benefits to Your Skin

    Activated charcoal is one of the most popular natural beauty product ingredients of the moment, but it’s definitely not the same as the black coal...
  • 10 Tips to Protecting Your Skin in the Summer

    Summer is right around the corner, and with the changing season comes beach days, barbecues, swimming pools, flip-flops, and lots of time in the sun!

    Being outside enjoying the warm weather is one of the best parts of this season. While it’s true that exposing your skin to 10-15 minutes of sunlight each day is the best way to boost your vitamin D levels, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can also damage your unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes.

    If you don’t protect your skin from the sun, you may end up getting burned and feeling miserable while everyone else is having fun. Besides any immediate discomfort a sunburn causes, overexposure to the sun can cause irreversible skin damage.
  • Why We Use Plants (and Which Ones) Are In Our Soap

    Most of today’s mainstream soap is made with ingredients you can’t even pronounce, so why would you put it on your skin? At Groove Soaps, we only use the purest, plant-based ingredients to assure our soaps are not only soft on sensitive skin, but really get you clean, too.

    We make the highest quality hand-crafted, plant-based soap using just six ingredients - coconut oil, sustainable palm oil (RSFO palm oil), canola oil, olive oil, castor oil, and vitamin E. Our process is a nod to the traditional soapmakers of times past. We believe today’s manufactured soap doesn’t have the same soul, so we prefer handcrafted soap making due to its pure art form.

    Here is a rundown of the plant-based oils we use in our soaps and why they are good for your skin and the planet.
  • Tips for the Perfect Spring Break Skin

    Spring Break is coming and everyone is preparing to make sure they are looking their best for the time off. One facet that often does not get enough attention is skincare. Many people plan to hit up sunny getaways, however, these destinations might throw off your skin. Here are some tips to keep your skin in top shape before and after vacation.
  • Creating the Ultimate Bubble Bath

    Maybe you’re a full-time shower guy but you’re looking for a way to shake things up. A bath may be the perfect method to get some relaxing time in, whether it’s just for yourself or for your partner.

    A good, long bath can melt away stress from a particularly demanding day. If you're lucky enough to have a bathtub in your home or apartment, perhaps you're pulling out all the stops for a relaxing soak: candles, music, crystals, as well all the soothing bath products you can get your hands on—be it a handful of Epsom salts, the perfect-smelling soaps, a bath bomb, or a bottle of bubble bath.
  • 6 Skin Care Resolutions that Are Easy to Keep

    Unlike standard beauty trends, clean, healthy skin never goes out of style. Now is the best time to aim for beautiful skin through restorative practices. The new year comes with a reminder to reevaluate our skincare regimen and rethink our goals.