Marci – A Zero Waste Soap


Marci — a name meaning dedicated to Mars, the Roman god of fertility.

Let’s all lather up, clean up, and become a better version of our best self with Marci – a soap created to celebrate rebirth and regeneration… and the amazing people at The Other Side Academy Denver!

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Proof positive example that no one is a scrap of soap too small to be of value

We’re always excited to introduce a new friend soap, and we’re extra excited about Marci. She’s a celebration of an entire group of amazing people at The Other Side Academy of Denver. They first reached out to us last year asking if we would be willing to sponsor holiday gifts for their students. When we learned about their organization our answer was an elated yes! And now, we’re taking the entire month of May to help them celebrate their anniversary. 

❤️ Marci (the soap) is the celebration of rebirth and regeneration, and of taking ownership of who you are and who you can become. She’s created as a “re-batch” of soap shreds and scraps that others might not think worth saving, but we know better! These shreds that others might toss aside make the most amazing soap. We’ve blended them with some fresh oils to give the shreds a little bit of support on their journey to a new bar. The soaps are well-aged making them a strong and dependable and long-lasting friend soap. Marci (the soap) is our attempt to put into “soapy words” the amazing journey that everyone at The Other Side Academy goes through. 

❤️ Marci is also the real name of one of the amazing folks at The Other Side Academy. The Other Side Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, social enterprise modeled after the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco. The Other Side Academy functions as a school where students learn vocational, pro-social, and life skills so they can succeed on “the other side” of addiction and criminal behavior.  

They rely on each other and nurture honesty and trust. They strive for self-sufficiency (both financially as an organization, and as individuals). TOSA is a proof positive example that no one is a scrap of soap too small to be of value. We’re never too broken to save, and we can all make the most out of ourselves – no matter what life throws at us. 

So lets all lather up, clean up, and become a better version of our best self!

The Other Side Academy Donation

Coconut, Olive, and Sunflower Seed Oils, Soap, Sodium Hydroxide, Water, Yogurt, Essential Oils, Botanicals

Weight / Dimensions

3.8 oz bars / 3 x 2 x 1 in.

Natural Oils

Babassu Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil

Natural Additives

Activated Charcoal, Alkanet, Aloe Vera, Annatto Seed (color), Calendula, Chamomile, Cocoa Powder, Comfrey Leaf, Creosote (Chaparral Plant), Indigo Powder, Kaolin Clay, Madder Root, Oats (gluten free)


Lavender Essential Oil, Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Spearmint Essential Oil


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Handmade Soap

The short answer is yes! When you use a bar of soap (or Tooth Suds) the oil attracting end of the soap molecule picks up the grease and oils on your skin. When you rinse, the water-attracting end of the soap molecule follows the water, rinsing the soap and any impurities down the drain when you wash it off (or spit it out). 

After washing or brushing your teeth, any bacterium that was present on either the soap or your hands/teeth is washed down the drain.

Here’s more information about why soap isn’t dirty and perfectly hygienic and sanitary.

Soap ages, like a fine wine, but we recommend that you use your soap within one year of purchase. When a bar of our soap ages:

  • the aroma from essential oils will fade (after about 3-months)
  • the plant-based colors may fade (some within 6-months, other after a few years)
  • the lather will become creamier and thicker
  • the soap will become milder

The scent and color changes on our sample bars will be more noticeable and occur sooner than the full sized bars. This is due to an increased percentage of the surface area being exposed to air.

My favorite bar of soap is the first bar I ever made. My daughters and I spent months researching and collecting tools and materials with my husband. Our first soap then took us a full day to mix by hand. I’ll cherish those memories for the rest of my life. I still have a bar from that first batch and I use is once a year on my daughter’s birthday.

Kandra, Owner and Soap Maker, Alō Goods

Short Answer: It depends on how often it’s used, and if it’s kept dry between uses.

When used at the sink for handwashing, a bar of our handmade soap can last for around 6 weeks or more. This assumes that the bar will be placed on a soap dish that allows the water to drain away from the soap, giving the soap a chance to dry out between uses. You can read more on extending the life of your soap here.

When used in the shower, a bar of soap will typically last around 4 weeks. This assumes that the bar is exposed to water longer than at the sink, and then multiple people are using the same bar to wash head to toe.

  • A bar of Tooth Suds typically lasts for 3 months!
  • A Shampoo Bar typically lasts 2-6 months (depending on how many times you wash your hair, and how long your hair is).

Compared to commercial “soaps”, natural soaps are normally softer as they retain their natural glycerin (commercial soap production removes the glycerine to sell as a separate product). Our soaps are also free from artificial hardening chemicals, synthetic waxes, or free alkali.

No, there is no lye in our soap. However, all true soap is made through the saponification of oils with lye—either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Once saponified none of the lye remains, and the oils are turned into soap. You can read more how soap is made, cured, and cared for in these articles:

Alō products are made in a private kitchen, with clean and sterile equipment and quality ingredients. In fact, many of the ingredients are food grade…but please don’t eat your soap or body butter!

Our products are made with all natural ingredients, including organic oils, nut butters, essential oils, and botanicals. Natural does not always mean safe, and we encourage you to educate yourself on the power of natural ingredients. If you are allergic to any ingredient in a product, you should not use that product.

  • You can find a complete list of ingredients on the product page of our website for each of our products.
  • If you have a Shea Butter allergy, you can shop shea free products here.
  • The Pure signature blend line features products crafted for individuals with sensitive skin and for those who seek a natural product free from added fragrances.

Alo Goods is not responsible for any reaction to any ingredient. All ingredients are clearly listed on each product page of our website as well as on the ingredients tag included with each purchase. People with sensitivities to any listed ingredient should not use the product. If you have severe anaphylactic-type reactions to ANY of the ingredients we use, please do not buy any of our products. Our workspace is kept meticulously clean and, while all soaps are cured in separate containers, we cannot guarantee that one soap did not touch another.

Unless otherwise noted, all items sold individually. Pictures show multiple items to illustrate size, shape, and variances in our handcrafted goods.

Disclaimer:  Alō products are handmade using natural ingredients. Please allow for color and design differences in each batch.
Information, statements, and reviews regarding products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. There is no guarantee of specific results. Alo Goods assumes no liability for inaccuracies or misstatements about products.

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