Our business began with Alex Sr., our founder, developing his soaps at his home-based business in San Francisco California in the 1960's. He kept on making the tiny soap batches attempting to create a superior Glycerine soap bar to sell to the local businesses. After making every type of soap imaginable, he perfected a multi-oil vegetable formula high in Glycerine and continued experimenting until he felt he had just the right balance of lather, emolliency, "rinseability, durability and after feel.
Once he had an excellent product, he began marketing it in the SF Bay Area. This his Crystal Glycerine soap started to be sold in natural food stores and grocery chains, while bars with exotic scents from the East appeared in the "Flower Power" shops in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. The 1960's brought forth many artists and crafters who began a "hand-made" product revival and some of them began asking Alex Sr. for Glycerine soap in bulk. The artists could then make unusual shapes or figurines by molding the soap along with scenting and coloring the soap themselves. As Alex Sr. was always sympathetic to small enterprises like his own, he complied and offered helpful suggestions. This was the time of the birth of "Melt and Pour" soap.
By the 1970's SFIC, as the business became known, had relocated to Concord (thirty miles east of San Francisco) and was now a small factory with a few employees. Soon SFIC expanded into Hotel Amenities and custom products for a large clientele. These customers included numerous nationally known brands, working with SFIC in a private label fashion.