Frequently Asked Questions
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WHERE IS PACHA SOAP SOLD?
WHAT QUALITY OF INGREDIENTS ARE USED IN PACHA'S PRODUCTS?
Why organic ingredients?
We choose organic ingredients because of the transparency of said ingredient. When certified organic, you can be sure that it is a real, quality ingredient that is non-GMO and pesticide and chemical free!
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade means that fair wages are paid to the farmers and those across the supply chain, helping create livelihoods for farmers in developing nations.
Why sustainable palm oil and what does sustainable mean?
Our palm oil is Rainforest Alliance Certified, RSPO certified, member of the POIG group (Palm Oil Initiative Group), organic certified, non-GMO and Fair Trade certified through IMO. We choose this high-quality, sustainable palm oil because it creates fair wages and sustainable livelihoods for farmers in developing nations while adhering to conservation requirements regarding soil, water, and native plants and forest areas. Use of most pesticides and chemicals is also restricted. Palm has a high oil yield and when used in soap making, contributes to excellent moisturizing and foaming properties!
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extremely concentrated plant oils, obtained by steam distilling or cold pressing plants. Each essential oil has its own unique aromatherapeutic values, corresponding to the plant it was harvested from.
What are mineral pigments?
Mineral pigments are oxides used as colorants in many body care products. These mineral pigments are nature identicals to oxides found in the earth, but are stripped of impurities to produce a safer and higher quality colorant.
What are all natural fragrances?
All natural fragrances are blends of essential oils and natural components of essential oils, to obtain a desired scent. With this, you get unique, 100% essential oil-derived scents that last longer and can even be a more sustainable solution to essential oil sourcing.
What is sodium hydroxide?
Sodium hydroxide, commonly known as “lye,” is used in the soap making process to saponify, or react, our base oils (organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, etc.) into soap. The sodium hydroxide reacts in the process, and there is none left in the final product.
What is Titanium Dioxide?
Titanium dioxide is used as a white, opaque colorant. It is said to have uv reflectant properties, making it one of the most common ingredients found in sunscreens. In liquid form, like how we use in our soap blends, it is completely harm-free and creates a beautiful white color in blends like Almond Goat’s Milk and Clarifying Charcoal!
WHAT STANDARDS DO YOU HAVE FOR PACHA PRODUCTS?
At Pacha, we choose to adhere to strict and very high standards in the body care realm. We do this because our mission is to create the finest, environmentally sustainable products while providing maximum benefits to all stakeholders. That means we think of you, your family, our employees, the earth and cute fuzzy animals when we create our products.
We are passionate about responsible ingredient sourcing, environmental impact, safety and results. We are Leaping Bunny certified; we use essential oils and all-natural colorants; our palm oil is Rainforest Alliance Certified, RSPO certified, member of the POIG group, organic certified and fair trade certified through IMO; and most of our blends are gluten free!*. Along with the good ingredients we do use, there are also ingredients we don’t use, including harsh surfactants, parabens, phthalates and silicones.
If you have further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to answer them for you.
*Gluten free does not include blends with oats and farm-fresh goat’s milk
WHERE ARE PACHA SOAP BARS MADE?
Each bar of Pacha Soap you purchase is carefully crafted by our soap makers, in-house in historic downtown Hastings, Nebraska!
Because we give a bar of soap for every bar you purchase, there are actually two bars that need to be made. Instead of shipping soap to those in need, we help train and provide careers for the local people to make and distribute the give-away bars to children in their surrounding communities!
ARE PACHA SOAP BARS HANDMADE?
When you purchase a bar of Pacha Soap, you know you are getting a premium product. Not only do we use premium plant oils and essential oils, but our soap makers handcraft every batch of bar soap by hand, in-house in Hastings, Nebraska! We pour, mix, cut, stack and ship all our bars by hand. We even make our soap molds and soap cutters! We’re about as handcrafted as it gets. The reason we are so insistent about the handmade quality of our soap is two-fold:
- It is part of Pacha Soap’s mission to create the finest, environmentally sustainable products… the best way to monitor that is to get our hands in there and make the bars ourselves!
- We want to be able to intimately know the soap-making process, so when we set up small scale soap making shops in developing nations, we have the knowledge and tools to help them be as successful as possible.
HOW LONG DOES A BAR OF PACHA SOAP LAST?
Our soap dries very hard, which means a longer life for the bar. However, a bar of soap in the shower will get used up more quickly than a bar used strictly for hand washing. For hand washing, a bar can last up to two months. In the shower, the bar will last about 2-3 weeks. To extend the life of your bar of Pacha Soap, keep it out of direct contact with water and let the bar dry between uses.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS IN BODY CARE?
We handcraft our blends with essential oils and all natural scents. Essential oils can be very powerful and are known to have a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. It is also good to know that some essential oils, such as cassia, cinnamon, and peppermint, can be irritating to young and sensitive skin. We highly recommend using our simplest, unscented blend, Pacha Nada, for babies and young children. It contains no herbs, spices, or essential oils, and is great for those with more sensitive skin. If you do encounter a reaction to the essential oils, simply rinse with water and discontinue use of that blend. You can also request a sample of our Pacha Nada blend with any pachasoap.com order!
HOW CAN I BECOME A PACHA SOAP RETAILER?
WHAT IS PACHA SOAP ALL ABOUT?
We are a bunch of Dirty Hippies with a Clean Purpose. Headquartered in Hastings, Nebraska, Pacha Soap is on a mission to implement sustainable solutions to the poverty cycle, to promote health and well-being around the world, and to provide quality products for our customers… all with veracity and love.
If you’d like to help provide clean water for a community, soap for school children and provide jobs for men and women around the world, you can do so through the purchase of our products! Shop online or find a Pacha retailer near you. Learn more about our purpose here.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF MY PACHA SOAP PURCHASE?
When you purchase Pacha Soap, you can know you are getting a premium product. But your purchases also have a global impact!
When you purchase Pacha Soap products, you are supporting small-scale soap shops and clean water initiatives around the world! You are helping provide opportunities for others to free their entrepreneurial spirits and lift themselves from poverty. Learn more about it on our Our Mission page!
HOW DO I JOIN PACHA SOAP'S CAUSE?
IS PACHA SOAP A CHARITY?
Pacha Soap is a for-profit company. We believe the free enterprise system is the most efficient way of building infrastructure and providing sustainability in developing nations. Not having to depend upon donations means we can give help when and where it is needed.
WHAT DOES PACHA MEAN AND HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE IT?
“Pacha” (pronounced PAH-chuh) means “earth” in Quechua: the native language of the people from the Central Andes of South America. We strive to create our products using the goodness from the earth, and it is our mission to love the people who live on it!