Tim’s Soap Green Label is coming soon! Green Label is a new line of soaps I am producing with a different base formulation. The core values of Tim’s Soap remain intact with this soap, but it is very much its own beast, and I think it’s a pretty revolutionary one. For years I looked for a really good shave soap with no tallow and no palm oil, and I just never found it. I mean, I found a bunch of great soaps without any tallow or palm in the ingredient list, but the fact is, almost every bit of stearic acid sold wholesale anywhere in the world is derived from palm oil. Now, I know many guys have no ethical problem with tallow, and I certainly never set out to make a vegan soap, but as it turns out, I tend to prefer the performance of soaps without tallow.
Avoiding palm oil, though, is something I have wanted to do for a variety of ethical reasons. Palm oil production is an incredibly destructive agricultural activity, and I use the term agricultural loosely. Clear-cutting rainforests and violating the human rights of workers on palm oil plantations are par for the course, and while there are more sources of sustainable palm oil now than in years past, it is still difficult and expensive to source sustainable palm stearic.
Tim’s Soap Green Label is a palm-free vegan soap. It uses soy wax – hydrogenated soybean oil – in place of palm stearic acid. The soy wax I use is natural and kosher, and soy is a far more sustainable crop than palm. The hydrogenation process yields a product that is almost entirely stearic acid, meaning the performance of this soap is every bit as good as my standard formulation. In fact, it may be better. Tim’s Soap Green Label also includes kokum butter and castor oil to improve ease of lathering, lather durability, and post-shave feel. Coconut oil gives volume to the lather, and a touch of jojoba oil provides even more skin-nourishing goodness. The result is a soap that performs beautifully and treats your face (or legs, or whatever) kindly.
The fragrances in Tim’s Soap Green Label products will be the best of the many blends I have created for my own use, and for now, will be completely natural. Eventually I will probably include some mixed-media scents, as things like synthetic sandalwood or rose accords are both more cost-effective and more environmentally friendly than their natural counterparts. Each scent will be available for as long as it’s interesting to me, with no seasonal releases or limited editions.
The Tim’s Soap Green Label line is a true labor of love for me, the culmination of my soapmaking journey: eco-friendly and naturally scented, easy to lather and kind to skin, and totally unique. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making every prototype batch and scent blend. I’m finalizing the details regarding labeling, but a final label, ingredient list, and an announcement regarding the first soap scent ought to be coming any day now.