New unscented soaps!
Italian Olive Oil Soap
Salt Soap Bar
EXCITING NEW PRODUCTS!!
We’ve been busy creating some new and exciting goodies! (well, WE think they are exciting!) We are expanding our line of scent free vegan soaps. You (our customers) have been asking for a more expansive scent free collection, and here it comes. On the curing shelf, and will be ready in 3 – 4 weeks we have:
FRENCH KISS – Made with French Pink Clay-It is considered to be the mildest of all the cl…ays and works well for normal, sensitive and mature skin types. Its unique composition includes Kaolinite, Iron, Illite, Montmorillonite and Calcite.
LAVA RED ROOIBOS – Made with Moroccan Red Lava Clay and Rooibos Tea- Rooibos is loaded with minerals alpha-hydroxyl acid and zinc, which are important elements for healthy skin. Moroccan Lava Clay improves skin clarity, removes dead layers, smooths texture and improves elasticity. It also helps detoxify the skin while it exfoliates gently
ROSA CANINA – Made with Rose Hips-one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C available. In addition to C, rose hips also contain A, D and E, as well as antioxidants
SINGIN’ THE BLUES – Made with Cambrian Blue Clay-Cambrian Blue Clay is one of the rarest and most ancient clays on earth, and it is also incredibly good for your skin being known for its anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and blemish-fighting properties
MUD SLINGER- Made with Dead Sea Mud-enriched with 26 minerals essential to skin health. Wonderful also for skin troubled with eczema and psoriasis. The high mineral content allows skin to say natural hydrated and moisturized.
GREEN WITH ENVY-Made with French Green Clay. French green clay acts like a micro-molecule sponge, removing impurities, dust, oil, dead skin, and contaminants with its ability to absorb. Pulling toxic substances from skin invigorates the complexion and tightens pores.
Honey is Sweet, Inside and Out
(Original article I wrote for The Orange Times)
In recent years the theory of ingesting local honey to help alleviate or diminish seasonal allergies has saturated the media, and although there doesn’t seem to be any scientific proof, those of us who take it for just that purpose swear by its effectiveness. After all, it makes sense: bees gather pollen from the very plants that make us sneeze, and the end result is small amounts end up in the honey, which we ingest and, in theory, build a resulting immunity. Suffer from allergies? It’s worth a try. Take one tablespoon of raw honey daily, year round. What is “raw” honey? Raw honey is honey that has not been heated to above 118 degrees. Raw honey has higher nutritional value, and retains its natural enzymes and yeast. Most local honey is raw, but always ask the beekeeper to be sure.
This sweet little treat can be used for a whole lot more. This time of year the cold, dry air results in dry, parched skin. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture. For most of us, smearing thick, sticky honey on our face is quite unappealing, but easy, less messy, do-it-yourself facial masks can be made from things found in the kitchen. A mixture of yogurt, honey and cooked oatmeal is most effective for dry skin. Higher fat yogurt works best, but any will do. Mix two tablespoons yogurt with one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon cooked oatmeal, mix into a paste, apply to face, leave on about 15 minutes and rinse. If you want to add a little natural scrub to exfoliate dry skin, replace the oatmeal with a tablespoon of ground almonds (you can finely grind them in your coffee grinder), gently massage into face and rinse.
Is your scalp and hair dry and lackluster? Mix two tablespoons virgin coconut oil (oil section of supermarket), two tablespoons raw honey until combined, whisk in one egg yolk until smooth, apply to scalp and hair and cover with shower cap or plastic wrap for 20 minutes or longer (the longer the better). Rinse, shampoo (only once) and condition as usual.
Raw honey also contains a natural antibiotic. Next time instead of reaching for the Neosporin, dab the area with a bit of raw honey and cover with bandage; in my experience the area heals faster with honey.
Ate too much? Spicy food giving you heartburn? Mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar and ingest. This mixture will also help a sore throat. Many arthritis sufferers also say that this same mixture, added to 8 oz. of water and taken once a day helps with their arthritis.
Suffer from a dry hacking cough just when you put your head on the pillow at the end of the day? Take a teaspoon of honey just before bed.