Vermont Soap, one of the largest makers of organic soap in the U.S., buys large quantities of certified organic oils and botanicals to make their popular branded soap products—sometimes by the tractor-trailer load. They have created a new “Bucketloads of Savings” program that passes along their bulk buying discounts to their craft-producing customers.
“We are tough negotiators on prices and shipping costs for the ingredients we buy, and now we’re passing on the savings to small scale soap makers and start up personal care manufacturers,” says Vermont Soap Founder and CEO Larry Plesent. “Our main gig is 5 gallon pails, but we can partner on larger sizes, too,” adds Plesent. More information can be found at http://www.vermontsoap.com/wholesale/organicbaseoils.shtml.
Expanding into bulk organic oil sales compliments the sales of other bulk soap making ingredients including unscented castile liquid soaps and shower gels and natural shea butter. Pricing for the 5 gallon pails of certified organic oils in the Bucketloads of Savings program are: Palm Oil ($99); Coconut Oil ($99); Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($199); and Vegetable Glycerin from Palm Oil ($99). Pricing for other bulk soap ingredients can be found at http://www.vermontsoap.com/custom/pailmadness.shtml.
Vermont Soap has been raising the bar on natural and organic soap quality and innovation since 1992. The thriving Middlebury company was one of the first in the nation to gain organic processing certification back in 2002 and they have been busy creating innovative organic foaming products ever since. Their series of pioneering ‘firsts’ includes the first certified organic shampoo base, organic spray cleaner, organic bath & shower gel, organic pet wash, organic yoga mat wash, organic multi-purpose nontoxic cleaner; and organic foaming liquid hand soap.
Larry Plesent started Vermont Soap in 1992 after experiencing severe skin problems from the cleaning chemicals used by his window washing company. He began researching healthy alternatives for himself and the many people like him that are sensitive to detergents and other synthetic ingredients. “We think of ourselves as molecule herders, rather than molecule torturers,” says Plesent. “Our job is to help the molecules follow their nature and that is what makes us a different kind of company.”
Vermont Soap also operates a Discount Factory Outlet Store that features an Antique Soap Museum, factory tours and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.vermontsoap.com or call 1-866-SOAP-4U2.