written by Megan Lieberman, our Assistant Grocery Manager
One of the top selling handmade soaps in the Coop is Zum. Hopefully after reading this article you will know why. Zum is based in Kansas City with a grassroots start. Zum is a made up word and the font on the labels was designed on a cocktail napkin.
All of the employees embrace the holistic approach that company embodies. The work is scheduled so the whole company can eat lunch together. They also love dogs even allowing them to come to work! All the bars are cut and hand labeled.
The soap itself is incredible. It is all vegetarian and some are gluten free. Zum never tests on animals and the soaps are gentle enough to use on the whole body. One of the main reasons it’s so gentle is because they use goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is high in naturally occurring triglycerides which results in a PH level close to that of human skin. Not to mention it’s ultra moisturizing. Another reason is Zum uses naturally sourced essential oils. The amount they use is so high that soap bars can be considered therapeutic. Soy wax, jojoba oil, shea butter, and argan oil are the few other ingredients they use. Finally, their soap is cold processed. By not added any heat it retains all the vitamins and minerals.
Zum also gives back. One dollar of every Yum bar goes to Kansas City Sheltie Rescue. Yum is a line just for pets. They also have a Betsy line. Betsy is an employee of Zum that beat breast cancer. One dollar of every Betsy bar is donated to Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing. Twenty five percent of Betsy Body sales go to Back in the Swing of Things. Both charities focus on wellness and healthy living beyond breast cancer.
If all of the above wasn’t enough to make you want to purchase a bar here are a few fun facts. Frankincense and Myrrh is the top seller. Their Rosemary Mint mist is good for hangover headaches. Their packaging is bright and festive. All of Zum’s products, including fun Holiday gifts, are located on the health and beauty rack in the front of the store.