Vermont Soapworks Liquid Soaps, Shower Gels and Nontoxic Cleaners are Certified Organic

One of the First Certified Organic Soap Processors in the Country

Middlebury, VT – Vermont Soapworks is once again leading the way in the personal care industry.

At the Natural Products Expo East show in Washington, DC in September the company announced that all of its Liquid Soaps, Shower Gels and Nontoxic Cleaners are now organic.

The National Organic Program regulations issued in October 2002 established some important ground rules for organic claims. It is impossible under current organic rules for any soap company to make a 100% organic claim since all soap is made with alkali. Because their castile liquid soaps, shower gels and non-toxic specialty cleaners are made with more than 70% organic ingredients, Vermont Soapworks packaging will state ‘made with organic oils.’ “We have been using organic ingredients in our natural soap products since we started in 1992, - this just makes it official,” says founder and President Larry Plesent.

In addition to using certified organic ingredients in their products, Vermont Soapworks’ manufacturing operation is also certified as a U.S. Department of Agriculture organic processing facility. “We will be making organic soap products under our brand name as well as for private labels,” Plesent says.


Due to the recent explosion of consumer interest in organic products, being among the first soap companies to obtain certification may well be a tremendous business opportunity for the Middlebury, Vermont-based company. According to the Organic Trade Association’s Manufacturer Market Survey, sales of organic personal care products grew 29 percent in 2002.

Vermont Soapworks products are good for the skin

Regardless of the organic certification, Vermont Soapworks bar and liquid soap products are high-quality and good for the skin. The company follows a strict definition of “natural.” Vermont Soapworks products are made from natural and organic vegetable and botanical sources such as: palm, palm kernel, coconut, and olive oils; liquid aloe; oats; exotic oils; and essential oils in aromatherapy blends. The products are free of artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, and animal by-products and they are not tested on animals. To learn more visit

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