I've wanted to do this topic for quite a while, because I have noticed that more and more companies are importing soaps from other countries (or faraway places) rather than supporting local vendors. I took the most popular 15 soap companies and decided to really find out where they come from. Are your stores buying local soaps?
Uptown Soap Co. - Obviously I had to include our fabulous soaps. We make them right here in Upper Manhattan and as the name of our company implies - Uptown Baby!
Zum Bars - Kansas City, MO
Plantlife - California
Pangea Organics - Boulder, CO
Pacifica Parfume - California
MOR Cosmetics - Australia
Mistral - Their soaps can be found in abundance in Anthropologie. They come from Solana Beach, CA but they are originally made in France.
Savon de Marseille - Marseille, France
LAFCO owns a bunch of soap companies by different names (such as Claus Porto soaps) They are all made in Portugal
Korres - these can be readily found in Whole Foods stores and they are made in Greece.
K Hall Designs - St Louis, MO
Grandpa's Soaps - Kentucky
Gianna Rose Atelier - Santa Ana, California
Fraiche - Texas
Pre de Provence or European Soaps - France
Burt's Bees - North Carolina
As much as I love many of these brands, I think it's important for stores to really think about where their products come from and try to put as many local vendors as possible. Till next time!