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Monday, February 20 2017

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Tuesday, January 31 2017

Five good reasons to start using goat's milk soap

Delays signs of skin aging: Goat's milk soap delays signs of skin again due to its high content 
of alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid. Alpha-hydroxy acids break down dead skin cell
bonds, removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface and leaving behind new cells on the
surface that appear smoother and more youthful.

Not a chemical counterfeit: Water-based soaps on mainstream supermarket shelves use
harsh chemical acids to break down dead skin cells. The lasting effect of chemical acids on
the skin is more similar to a chemical "burn." Alpha hydroxyl acids found in goat's milk, work
with skin instead of breaking it down and aging it further.

Anti-inflammatory properties: Goat's milk reduces skin inflammation due to its fat molecule
content. The cream present in goat's milk is a moisturizer, soothing dry and damaged skin,
possessing an anti-inflammatory effect.

Loaded with essentials: Goat's milk is packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin
D, C, B1, B6, B12, and E, that feed the skin and are absorbed into the body.

Treats acne: Studies now show that goat's milk is effective for treating acne and skin conditions.
This is primarily because goat's milk has anti-bacterial properties that delay the growth of
microbial organisms that spur the spread of acne.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040766_goats_milk_soap_personal_care_products.html#ixzz4XNJFT1pO

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Thursday, October 13 2016

After many requests coming forth to develop a natural tooth whitener, our research has shown that Activated Charcoal is the best alternative for safe and effective stain removal.  Why?  Holistic Dentists know that Food Grade Activated charcoal is a natural product that pulls toxins from the mouth (like it does with ingested poisons) and removes stains!  

Activated charcoal is also a wonderful cavity and gingivitis fighter as it changes the PH and health of your mouth.  After brushing with this blend of Calcium Bendonite Clay, Ultra Fine Activated Powder (made for 100% Virgin Coconut Shells), Organic Aloe Vera, GMO Free Xylitol, Pink Himalayin Salt and Organic White Oak Bark, you will feel the difference in the 'feel' of your mouth.  

We made this into a paste like substance because we know that if you spill charcoal powder, you are going to have a mess that is a nightmare to clean up.  This product is more 'useable' and a lot less messy.  It will make a mess of your sink and toothbrush (and stain clothes if you get it on them) and it's frightening to see your teeth totally black, BUT its natural and effective.  Chemical tooth whiteners, while fashionable, are extremely bad for body and teeth health.  We strongly suggest that you avoid such products.  See our full line of Oral Care Products that are Fluoride Free, GMO Free, Gluten Free and Vegan here :)

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Friday, May 27 2016

We are passionate about teaching our customers about healthy body products.  We are so saddened by all the women that have gone through life changing surgeries and the number of children we see fighting cancer.  Please share, please adjust your buying patterns and stop being slaves to our culture that demands a certain 'look' to fit in.

For years, obstetricians and gynecologists have warned pregnant women to avoid everything from tobacco and caffeine to high heels.

Now, it appears, they will begin alerting them about something else: toxic chemicals in their cosmetics and other products.

As EWG has reported for more than a decade, many chemicals found in personal care products have the potential to hinder people’s ability to reproduce, to interfere with pregnancies and to cause birth defects. 

And recently, citing scientific evidence accumulated over the last 15 years, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine have urged doctors to warn their patients that exposure to toxic chemicals before conception and during pregnancy can have significant and long-lasting effects on reproductive health.  

The medical groups’ conclusions align with EWG’s research, which has determined that reproductive health problems linked to toxic chemicals in cosmetics and other personal care products include:

  • Infertility
  • Low birth weight
  • Preterm birth
  • Cancers
  • Birth defects

For example, in 2005, scientists at the University of Rochester reported that prenatal exposure to phthalates —plasticizers commonly used in personal care products — was linked to abnormal reproductive development in baby boys. Despite these findings phthalates are still used in cosmetic products, including some nail polishes and “fragrance” mixtures.

Another group of troublesome ingredients oftem found in personal care products from moisturizers to toothpaste are parabens. Studies indicate they can mimic the hormone estrogen and interfere with the normal function of the hormone system.

Although dangerous chemicals are sometimes found in food, pregnant women are more likely to smear chemicals on their bodies than on their bagels.

According to an EWG survey, an average woman uses about twelve personal care products each day, exposing herself to about 168 unique chemicals. These products don’t always remain on the skin’s surface. Many cosmetics ingredients penetrate the skin.  Scientists have found ingredients such as phthalates and fragrance components in human tissues.  

Most cosmetics are not subject to any meaningful regulation.  EWG is trying to change that.  But powerful cosmetics houses are fighting efforts to give the federal Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate chemicals in cosmetics.  They say they conduct their own “safety” reviews, but they do not have to share them with the FDA. What’s more, the FDA does not have the resources or legal authority to conduct its own safety reviews or to compel studies by cosmetic companies.

As the medical groups have pointed out in their joint statement, “Preconception and prenatal exposure to toxic eand lasting effect on reproductive health across the life course…. Because of deficiencies in the current regulatory structure, unlike pharmaceuticals, most environmental chemicals have entered the marketplace without comprehensive and standardized information regarding their reproductive or other long-term toxic effect.”

Among the major companies that persist in using potentially ingredients despite mounting evidence of their dangers are L’Oreal and Revlon.  They produce and sell a number of personal care products made with hazardous parabens. For example, L’Oreal’s Revitalift Cream Cleanser and Revlon’s Colorsilk line of hair colors contain at least one paraben.

An industry-financed review system called the Cosmetic Ingredient Review has rubber-stamped thousands of chemicals and has rejected only 11 ingredients as unsafe for use in personal care products. By contrast, European regulators have banned hundreds of chemicals in cosmetics. Nevertheless, U.S. companies have been allowed to use Cosmetic Ingredient Review “studies” to substantiate the “safety” of their ingredients.

As EWG’s Heather White pointed out in her recent article,  “Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little Heads,” the American Chemistry Council has cynically attacked the doctors’ statement on chemicals dangers, claiming it will sow "confusion and alarm among expectant mothers."  Pregnant women need better than this condescending public relations tactic.  They deserve to be confident that their personal care products won’t endanger their reproductive health. 

Reposted from:  http://www.ewg.org/research/exposing-cosmetics-cover/toxic-chemicals-threaten-healthy-births

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Wednesday, April 27 2016
Mother's Day

While I have always told our daughters that every day is a mother's day, there has been a day specifically set aside to honor her.  This year that day is May 8. Wonderful, well meaning children will try to pamper her with wonderful smelling body care products.  But is that the healthiest for mom over the long term?

Most over the counter products contain toxic laden ingredients that include parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, triclosan and artificial fragrances.  Some say knowledge is power but it couldn't be more true in relation to good health.  

Parabens are synthetic preservatives. They include a long list of products which end in 'paraben' and are found in many creams and lotions.  Parabens mimic estrogen and disrupt the body's hormone system. Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and effect other hormones that stimulate brease cell division.  Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue. Deodorants are one of the culprits of this dangerous ingredient which is applied right by the lymph nodes uder the arms.  

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the bubble maker, is absorbed into the body from skin application.  Once absorbed, one of the main effects is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen.  This has many health implications but the primary ones are PMS and menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers (specifically breast) where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.  Natural soaps and shampoos are a way to avoid this nasty ingredient.

Triclosan, used as an anti-bacterial agent, have been documented to generate abnormalities with the endocrine system, particularly with thyroid hormone signaling and weakening of the immune system.  Anti-bacterial soaps and even toothpaste contain this agent but it can hide in other cosmetics also.

Fragrance oils are proven to be hormone disrupters so staying away from them is also a move toward health.

According to Dr. Mercola, the body can accumulate up to five pounds of toxic cosmetic chemicals per year.  That's a scary amount!  So....this Mother's Day, love on her through products that will also extend her life!  

Mother's Day sale through May 15, 2016 on Creams, Lotions and Soaps.  Use coupon code "LoveMOM" at checkout!

 
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Thursday, January 21 2016

Teeth that crack are a real problem so it's important to keep teeth moist to prevent cracking.  But how do we ensure that it's done right?  Glycerin can be very instrumental in this process but are all glycerins created equal?  NO!!

Synthetic glycerin, known on ingredient labels as Propylene glycol, is highly irritating to the skin and should be avoided.  The Cosmetic Safety database reports this on this ingredient:    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports this substance causes effects on the blood at very high doses in laboratory animals.  One thing that impacted me was 'laboratory animals' and the other that it affects 'blood' (at high levels).  If you injest daily, would that fit? Just a question to ponder.

Vegetable glycerin on the other hand, is a natural occurring by product of soap that is created from the saponification process .  It is a rich emollient, humectant and lubricant naturally extracted from vegetable oils.  

So what difference does it make in regard to our teeth?  The synthetic glycerin coats your teeth with a chemical substance which would take 27 rinses to remove from your teeth according to 
Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D., Chemist, Researcher for 18 years and Professor of Chemistry for 33 years.  The impact of that is trapped bacteria and a host of dental issues.  Natural glycerine only takes a few rinses to remove but leaves the moisturizing benefits behind.  

The simple cleaning process of using 'Soap For Teeth' not only cleans your pearly whites, but also allows nutrients from your saliva to nourish and re-enamelize your teeth.  Healthy teeth come from Natural Products that don't infect your bloodstream with toxic chemicals.  

Happy Brushing!


 

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Tuesday, October 27 2015

One of the things that we've always said is that God has put all things on the earth for our health and wellness.  He is the creator of all and gives us wisdom on how to use the gifts He has given us.  One of those gifts, we believe, is the Neem Tree.  Although realitively unknown in the United States, neem is a cornerstone of the ancient Ayurvedic heath care  and is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs in the world.  Our focus today will be Neem Bark/Leaves in Oral care.*  

Gum Disease is a recognized public health problem in the western world. The widespread chronic infection of gums (gingivitis) is even believed to contribute to heart disease.  Chewing on a neem twig has been the commonly preferred way to prevent gum disease and maintain healthy teeth in India for centuries. Researchers found that neem twigs helped villagers avoid cavities and tooth loss, even without access to modern dental facilities. 

Neem Bark contains natural immune-boosting phytonutrients such as azadirachtin and nimbidol.*  

Years of traditional use in India shows that neem can:

    • prevent and heal gum disease,
    • prevent cavities,
    • eliminate bacteria that cause cavities and inflammation of the gums,
    • prevent bacteria from adhering to your teeth (reduce plaque),
    • enhance mouth immunity in general,
    • and through all this freshen the breath naturally
​​While these statements are not out there to make claims of curing disease, we do know that ancient traditional medicine has proven over and over again to provide benefits that outweigh modern medicine.  It's our job to harness it and bring it back into our daily lives.  To do that, we have formulated our Oral Care Line with Neem Bark  which includes Tooth Chips - Soap for Teeth, Tooth Spritz with Neem Bark and our newest Neem Mouthwash,  to bring this ancient tradition into each and every home that God allows us to touch.  None of these products contain fluoride, parabens, tricolsan, or other nasty chemicals.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are in no way meant to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.
                     
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Wednesday, July 01 2015

The handmade / artisian soap  industry has gained momentum throughout the last decade as people become more aware of the impure ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate, in the mass produced soap industry.  Realizing that what you put 'on' your skin goes 'into' your body is finally making headway into the homes of informed people.  So with the rise of this industry, why would one choose Goat Milk Soap over soaps made with water?

Properties in Goat Milk cannot be reproduced in any chemically produced body product!

 It's unique and God given.

 

Goat Milk has been used since ancient times as a natural cleanser. It is one of the finest moisturizers and has excellent emollient properties. Goat Milk contains vitamin A, and several B vitamins including riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12. Vitamin A is extremely important in skin care and aids in curtailing acne and may also help with eczema.  Water based soaps can add vitamins, but most don't so this benefit is lacking.

Alpha-hydroxy acids contained in goat milk are believed to have rejuvenating effects on skin cells and the rich butterfat softens and moisturizes. Alpha-hydroxy acids penetrate the top layers of the skin, epidermis and upper dermis, to achieve exfoliation (sloughing of old skin cells). Exfoliation stimulates the skin and healthy cells are regenerated. The effect essentially is "anti-aging." The skin is smoother and softer with an overall lessening of fine wrinkles and skin discoloration. The hydroxy acids are also used to improve scaling, precancerous growths (actinic keratoses) on sun-damaged skin. In addition, there is also great benefit with acne. Dead skin cells are exfoliated, opening the pores. Alpha hydroxy acids have been used for thousands of years as a skin rejuvenating product.Water based soaps can add chemicals that result in this process, but skin damage will always be the end result.

Goat milk with it's abundance of cream actually 'feeds' the skin and permeates through the cell walls delivering calcium similiar to patches applied to the skin.  In hair care, goat milk replenishes the moisture in every strand by penetrating the hair shaft. It nourishes the scalp which adds life, luster and body to the hair. Because we  milk our own goats, we can assure our customers that no hormones or antibiotics are included in this milk.

Goat Milk contains minerals such as selenium.  This important mineral is believe by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer.  We provide 'free choice' minerals to our herd and provide extra selenium for them to ensure their health which is transferred into their rich milk.

We personally make all of our goat milk soaps by hand in small batches using the cold process method. To make soap, there is a liquid and oil side.  The liquid side of our soaps contain 100% goat milk with no dilutions unless specifically included on the label.  That is one reason that our soaps produce such dramatic results with your skin.

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Monday, April 27 2015

Assaults on home based business face yet another governmental intrusion with the possibility of new regulations proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).   The Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) Feinstein says, will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing "everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion."  She is supported by her corporate backers (listed below) whose products, if you screen them through the Cosmetic Safety Base, show greater health issues than most small producers.  She introduced the amendment to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, because of troubling negative health effects from chemicals used in personal care products.

Is there some validity to the concern??  You bet.  That's why many of the cottage industry soapmakers screen their products for safe ingredients.  Personally, we have spent an incredible amount of time researching items included in our products to insure the safety of every family member!  

There are five basic ingredients that this bill is targeting:  

  1. Methylene Glycol - an ingredient popular in hair smoothing treatments.  It turns into formaldehyde when heated and exposure has been reported to result in hair loss, rashes, blisterd scalps and an incresed risk of cancer.
  2. Propyl paraben - a preservative used in a wide range of products including shampoos, conditioners, lotions and can mimic the hormone estrogen.  This ingredient can potentially disrupt the endocrine system and cause reporductive system disorders. (Have you heard us preach about parabens????)
  3. Diazolidinyl Urea - a preservative used in products including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and lotions.  (What you can't pronounce - don't use)
  4. Lead Acetate - used as a color in hair dyes.   (Why I ask would anyone want to use anything that contains the word LEAD????)
  5. Quaternium-15 - another preservative used including shampoo, chaving cream, skin creams and cleansers.

NONE OF THESE INGREDIENTS APPEAR IN ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS!

Feinstein does not propose to ban these dangerous ingredients from soaps and cosmetics, just REGULATE them with tests and warning labels, FEES and RECALL AUTHORITY.   Feinstein says her proposal is a 'streamlined national system of oversight" and it won't cost the taxpayer anything....but wait, I'M A TAXPAYER AND IT WILL COST US A LOT!  Because of all the proposed fees and nightmare of paperwork to small companies, ultimately YOU will pay the price through highter fees incurred to obey the law.  Your options will be to abandon the small businesses and go to the corporate backers and other companies that are more concerned with the bottom line dollar instead of the wellness of your families.  Will you fight for us?  Please contact your Senators/Congressman and let them know that you don't want them passing this bill.  

Our family, as well as other soapmakers earning a little extra to help their families along, we thank you for your support in this battle.

Companies and brands that support the bill:
 
Johnson & Johnson, brands include Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Lubriderm, Johnson’s baby products.
 
Procter & Gamble, including Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Clairol, Herbal Essences, Secret, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Ivory, CoverGirl, Olay, Sebastian Professional, Vidal Sassoon.
 
Revlon, brands include Revlon, Almay, Mitchum
 
Esteee Lauder, brands include Esteee Lauder, Clinique, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan, Aveda, Michael Kors.
 
Unilever, brands include Dove, Tresemme, Lever, St. Ives, Noxzema, Nexxus, Pond’s, Suave, Sunsilk, Vaseline, Degree.
 
L’Oreeal, brands include L’Oreeal Paris, Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Essie, Garnier, Maybelline-New York, Vichy, La Roche-Posay, The Body Shop, Redken.
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