Fun Facts:

Bramble Berry has been selling high-quality soap making ingredients to bath and body care manufacturers since 1998.

Bramble Berry's founder, Anne-Marie Faiola, is a former correctional officer who left the criminal justice system to become an entrepreneur and follow her true passion.

The company has grown rapidly from the living room of Faiola  to a 13,000 square foot warehouse in Bellingham, Washington.

Today, Bramble Berry offers more than 2,500 soap making products (ie. fragrance oils, colorants, soap molds, packaging, kits), as well as cosmetic supplies such as essential oils, lip butter flavorings, herbal extracts, and mineral makeup.

Company News/Recent Launches:

To help people learn more about the soap-making process, Bramble Berry recently developed a daily instructional blog at www.soapqueen.com and a community site at www.teachsoap.com.

Bramble Berry plans to launch customized soap mold options in early 2010.

Key Ingredients:

Bramble Berry offers a wide range of botanicals, herbs, extracts, essential oils, flavoring oils, and fragrance oils.

Its colorants are for the most part natural clays, pigments, and micas, with comprehensive information about which options are safe for the lip and eye areas.

Among its lotion-making supplies, Bramble Berry recommends the following ingredients: Aloe Vera liquid, Btms- 50 Conditioning Emulsifier, Cetearyl Alcohol, DPG, Emulsifying Wax, Germall II (powder), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Oats, Isopropyl Mysitrate, Optiphen, Phenonip, Polysorbate 80, Stearic Acid, Witch Hazel Extract.

TIA's Take:

The do-it-yourself premise of Bramble Berry allows consumers to have complete control over what goes into their bath and body products. The company offers a diverse array of botanical extracts that contribute not only fragrance but also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Bramble Berry' recommended preservative systems (phenonip, optiphen, germall II) are burdened by phenoxyethanol, but at least the latter two are paraben and formaldehyde-free. All of the company's ingredients and supplies come with detailed instructions that explain their purpose in the soap (or other cosmetic) making process.  The information presented across its family of sites gives consumers the opportunity to see which components have certain properties and deliver certain actions. Bramble Berry should be lauded for creating a forum to share tips and recipes and ultimately for educating consumers about the cosmetics creation process.