Organic FAQs

What is the difference between 100% Organic vs. Organic?

There are three levels of organic certification according to the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). A label of 100% Organic means that all of the ingredients (without including water and salt) are completely, 100% organic. An “organic” label is given to any product that has a minimum of 95% organic content by weight..[Read More]

What is the difference between Organic vs. Natural?

Unlike organic, there is not a certification for the use of the word “natural” on products. As a result, the term tends to be abused by companies with products filled with unnatural dyes, preservatives, and fragrances. However, many companies that label their products as natural truly do use natural ingredients. The trick to...[Read More]

Can soap be 100% organic?

No. Not only can a soap not be 100% organic, but it is not possible for a soap to even reach the 95% requirement for an “organic” label. This is due to the chemistry of soap and how it is made. Bar soaps require sodium hydroxide (NaOH), or lye, and it makes up 10-15% of the ingredients by weight. As a result, even if ...[Read More]

Is there lye in the soap? Is it harmful?

No. In a well-made soap, lye is a raw ingredient, but the soap will not contain any lye in the final product. The lye is consumed in the saponification process, and, as a result, will not harm you.

Do your products have organic certification through the USDA?

Yes. Godai soaps are certified through the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), an Organic Certifying Agent through the USDA’s National Organic Program. The USDA organic certification allows us to guarantee that our soaps are made with organic ingredients, and that our products have not been processed through...[Read More]

What is the difference between essential oils (volatile oils) and carrier oils (fixed oils)?

Essential oils are also known as volatile or ethereal oils. They are not technically an oil, but a hydrophobic liquid that evaporates. Some of the main chemical ingredients in essential oils is alcohols, aldehydes, esters, ethers, ketones, phenols, and terpenes. Essential oils are only obtained through the distillation,....[Read More]