Liquid Soaps

hand holding liquid soap bottle with Vanguard Soap logo
In 1946, first-generation soap maker Charlie Breazeale built our first facility for making liquid soaps out of soybean oil and coconut oil. In the days before detergents, these soaps were used for everything from washing hair in salons to washing clothes and cleaning floors, and they were typically sold in 55-gallon drums.

By the 1980s, Jim Breazeale purchased our first line for packaging liquid soaps in smaller containers for the consumer market. Today, we focus on natural and organic soaps, body washes, and bath gels for the consumer market—but we can also manufacture formulations that are not soap-based.


Vanguard maintains a quality management system that is ISO 9001:2015 certified through MCNA for both bar and liquid soaps. We also maintain certification for organic products and FDA-registered drug items.

ISO 9001:2015, RSPO Certified, FDA OTC Registered, OTCO Certified

Liquid Soap Manufacturing

Our liquid soap manufacturing lines offer a wide variety of options to meet our customers’ needs. Our experienced staff and operations managers have years of experience, and we have multiple lines equipped with high-speed fillers. Our capabilities include:

  • Multiple viscosities
  • Multiple pumps and caps
  • Laser coding
  • Variety of labeling, including wrap-around labels
  • Filling a variety of bottle shapes and sizes

Our water is sourced from the deep artesian wells in the Memphis Aquifer, where ancient deposits of sand and clay create a natural filtration process that produces some of the highest-quality water in the world. Before processing, we further purify it by using quality deionized water filtration and UV purification systems in a controlled environment.

Research & Development

Many members of our R&D team have been developing soap formulations for more than 20 years. We are constantly searching out new trends in materials and markets and presenting innovative soap formulations to meet our customers’ needs. In recent years, our focus on market trends has led to a concentration on natural and organic soaps, but we do manufacture more common formulations, and formulations that are not strictly soap-based.

Because we make our own custom bases, we are able to research and develop bases using special oils and other additives that require saponification. This also gives us great flexibility in adding additional special ingredients at the manufacturing stage.

Our fully equipped development and sample lab works to develop custom formulation liquid soaps with appropriate bases to meet performance color and fragrance requirements. We pride ourselves in being able to provide manufacturing-quality samples for our customers to test and approve.

All formulations are tested in-house for stability, activity, and as appropriate, micro-biological activity. Our package development team ensures that appropriate packaging materials are selected to meet market requirements.

Quality Assurance

Our “Quality Policy,” which Charles Breazeale developed in the 1950s, is as follows: “We strive to be the best at meeting the needs of our customers through quality, the result of intelligent effort.”

At Vanguard Soap, we utilize a full-cycle quality control practice which includes:

  • Process controls and monitoring
  • Technical analysis
  • On-line inspection of production soaps and liquids
  • Quarantine and testing of incoming goods and materials
  • Microbial biological testing

To ensure that we stay current with industry standards, we make it a priority of maintaining and gaining certifications. Our current certifications include:

  • FDA Registration (Over the Counter “OTC” Soaps)
  • Certified Processor of Organic Materials and Bar Soap Products
  • ISO 9001 Registration
  • RSPO Certified, Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
  • Non-GMO

We believe Vanguard Soap is the only US contract bar and liquid soap manufacturer whose quality system has achieved this range of certifications.