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Soap Making School and Karma Suds….. We are Getting Certified For 2012!

Rene Whitlock

Posted on January 31 2012

I have been told I can make a New Year’s resolution right up until the end of January.  So here I am cutting it close.

By the end of 2012, we will be a Certified Natural Company.

The standards are high, there are a lot of steps, but I am going to make my way through the process.  If you are at all interested in going through this process, please follow me on this journey, I will give you information that I find out as I go along.

There is only one organization that does the Natural and Organic Certification in Canada.  That is Certech Registration.

If you are in the US, you have several  options, the best and most well known are the USDA National Organic Program (for organic products) and NPA -Natural Products Association (for natural products).

There are quite a few European Standard Programs available too,  Ecocert Greenlife being among the toughest with the highest standards in both Organic and Natural Products.

For the Soap Making School members from Asia and Africa, I am not sure how you would become certified, but I will look into that for you.

One of the main reasons I am doing this is because no matter how strict I am with my own formulations, I am still lumped in with other companies that have polluted the market with their unnatural products that claim to be natural.

There are very few regulations on calling your products natural.  This is true for Organics as well.  The only way to truly be considered a natural company is to become certified through a private association.  The rules and guidelines are clear and it gives you credibility.

There are many ingredients that can’t be included in your product if you are certified.

Some of the ingredients include :

Synthetic Fragrances

Synthetic Colors


Formaldehyde producing ingredients


propylene glycol

Sodium Laureth Sulphate

Sodium Coco Sulphate








and several other ingredients that you would find in uncertified “natural” products on the market.


I will keep you up to date on the whole process and I will talk about carry these standards into the Soap Making School classes.  So far I have not used any ingredients in the classes and videos that don’t qualify as a natural ingredient.  I look forward to sharing this journey and hope this encourages all of the Soap Making School members to possibly take the steps too.

Happy Natural Soaping!!