StoneClean Soap is a company founded by two engineers with a combined experience of over 70 years in the personal care industry. They have traveled extensively over the world, from Romania and New Zealand to Thailand and South Korea, successfully opening manufacturing plants across the globe and gaining further insight into the production of personal care items. Products that you’ve passed in the personal care aisles utilize the formulas and processes that were designed or modified by these two soap experts.
After decades in the corporate world, they decided to form their own company, bringing with them the expertise, creativity and knowledge of combining natural ingredients found around the world to form a truly unique product. The ingredients used are sourced globally, utilizing the best raw materials available and manufactured in the United States to provide a high- quality product.
StoneClean Soap is manufactured by one of the oldest soap manufacturers in the world, using the traditional high-quality batch kettle process. Each bar is hand crafted using a combination of natural ingredients to create an artisanal bar soap of the highest quality that will delight our customers, leaving them refreshed, rejuvenated, and having a sense of a spa- like experience.
StoneClean Soap is a machine built on experience and oiled with love which we’re very proud to be a part of. StoneClean Soap serves as an engine to drive creativity and innovation to the forefront, embracing the degrees of freedom that smaller companies enjoy and allowing us to present you, our highly valued customer, with quality products to enjoy.
Steve entered the soap manufacturing world early in his career and benefited from working with veteran soap makers in one of the largest traditional processes in existence. He learned the art as well as the science of soap making from these masters, pursuing his passion to build his knowledge in this unique soap making environment. He combined engineering and science with the “art” to become a well-rounded expert in the soap making arena.
Steve traveled globally, sharing his expertise while continuing to be a student of his profession. His partnership with Research and Development as well as Marketing gave him the invaluable consumer side of soap that was not so well understood by an engineer. Learning about the key ingredients used and what the consumer really valued in bar soap helped Steve bridge the gap between technology and the consumer’s desires to best prepare him for his future endeavors as an independent “Soaper”.
Ron began his road to entrepreneurship with a desire to learn from those around him. Delving into experiences that would provide growth and expertise in a multitude of areas; this path led him to a degree in engineering and earned his long running place in the corporate world. Applying his passion for innovation and knowledge of engineering to real world challenges strengthened the belief in the importance of team work, diversity, and the value of problem solving.
Applying the experiences and opportunities gleaned from the corporate world, the knowledge of consumer goods, and the relationships and cultural awareness from around the globe, it was Ron’s desire to create a product that was simple, yet unique and weighted in innovation and sustainability.
Academia and Industry
Providing opportunities for both the student and professional practitioner to learn about a typical manufacturing process from theory through practice, as students do participating in some Engineering Co-Op programs today. This hands on training is beneficial to academia as well as industry. We provide the necessary technical background through presentation of soap manufacturing basics, then move to practical learning from the lab bench and moving to scale up at pilot and plant operations. The overall experience that we provide to participants in producing personal care products like bar soap and antiperspirants/deodorants generates genuine interest in the technology at the academic level and develops subject matter expertise commercially.
We provide a background in the fundamentals of these processes from raw materials through finished product specifications. The conversion progress is explained through pilot lab and pilot plant scale batching to generate samples for evaluation of both process and formula. Participants develop the necessary skills with formulation, processes, quality, mass balances and cost modeling for new products to grasp the practical details of personal care products manufacturing. This training enables the student to progress into new product development, understanding the process from the early stages of proof of concept to later stages of consumer evaluation and manufacturing feasibility.
Feedback received from both industrial and academic participants indicates the desire to have this type of opportunity as a practical learning tool. Our idea of this training originated in work with Engineering Co-Op students and expanded to industrial professionals. This training is proven to develop capable practitioners in the formulation and processing of personal care products.
Our training will provide a unique industrial applications experience that could easily develop and prosper at the university level. Students will actually learn about the manufacture of a personal care products and be able to produce goods for use or sale, eg : through the student store as revenue goods that would support the applications lab and/or other needs on campus.
The industrial applications concept would bring students closer to technologies that they could easily find themselves working with after graduation. Observing our Co-Op students in action and receiving their very positive feedback on the work that they do as they execute process development engineering projects indicates that this concept would successfully deliver multiple benefits to the student, the university and industry.
Additionally, with such a “remote” facility capable of doing actual research in consumer product/process development such an applications facility could serve as an extension of a pilot lab/pilot plant operation for a company focused on keeping NVO costs down. The future of industry will see continuing efforts for cost reduction through fewer overhead resources not directly related to the manufacture of products. The off-site academic resource that this concept represents will allow companies to continue valuable research to develop innovative products and processes that will keep their businesses growing and vital.