We love trees even more than we love soap, so we were delighted to discover Oregon Soap Company. For every ten bars or five gallons of liquid soap sold, this socially conscious company plants a tree or other native plant in the Portland metro area. Since their inception in 1993, OSC has planted more than 340,000 trees. That’s impressive! When you use their products, you can feel especially good, knowing that you’re helping to sustain an important natural resource.
Founded by two musicians with a passion for the environment, OSC focuses on soap and nothing else. Their formula has remained the same over the past 25 years, although their bars have gotten a bit larger. You can check out the company’s offerings on their website, www.oregonsoapcompany.com. Their bar soaps are mild, long lasting, and delightfully scented. We’re drawn to the Forest Bar ($7.00). Like all of the company’s soaps, it’s certified organic by Oregon Tilth. You’ll love its mild coconut oil base. The woodsy aroma comes from a combination of cedar, sage, oatmeal, and bran. It smells good enough to eat, but do your best to resist the temptation.
If you’re a liquid soap enthusiast, try one of the company’s all-purpose castile soaps. They come in a host of sizes, from two ounces to a jumbo, 62-ounce container, and range in price from $3.09 to $62.00. OSC manufactures nine different scents, but we especially love the Geranium Bliss variety. The combination of geranium and lavender ingredients will send you straight to olfactory heaven! Its heady scent is soothing and calming. This versatile product can be used to cleanse your body, your clothing, and/or your dishes. Some folks even use it as a dog shampoo. Great for camping!
Foaming soaps are great for hand washing, and you’ll be thrilled by OSC’s selection. They range in size from 8.3 ounces to one gallon, and in price from $8.25 to $55.00. You’ll want to try them all. Start with the Lemongrass Zinger, which combines healing oils (sunflower seed, safflower, coconut, and castor seed) with the zesty aroma of lemongrass. You’ll feel enlivened and invigorated after using this product. It’s a winner!
We feel confident that you’ll love your Oregon Soap Company products. The company operates according to high standards of integrity, and pays their employees a living wage. You have to love an outfit that has such a passion for trees. Especially when their prices are so reasonable! Be sure to check out their “specials” tab on the website for even deeper discounts. Enjoy!