One question that we get asked quite often by customers is

What would you recommend for __?

 The blank is filled in by all sorts of different things – acne, eczema, dry skin, oily skin, face soap, itchy dogs, fleas, etc.

For every person that asks a question, we can assume that there are many more that think the same question, but don’t ask it out loud….this post is for you!  Here are our recommendations for 7 of the most common questions we get asked and why they work.

  • What would you recommend for acne?

Glynne’s Soaps makes four soaps that can reduce acne.  The best one is Misty Mountain, made with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oils. Tea Tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal, so it will clear up those breakouts.  Because it’s all natural, it’s very gentle on your skin as well.  Another soap that works well to clear acne is Rain.  Both the Lemongrass and Bergamot essential oils will reduce breakouts.  Our California Cool soap is made with cucumber and lime essential oil.  Both of these natural ingredients have astringent properties and will clean your face without being harsh on the skin.  Lastly, our latest soap – Eczema & Psoriasis Soap – made with Neem oil can clean your skin and prevent acne.

  • What would you recommend for eczema?

Our new Eczema & Psoriasis soap, made with Neem oil is perfect for people with eczema and psoriasis.  The Neem oil has antibacterial, antifungal and anti inflammatory properties.  It’s strong enough to fight these skin conditions, but very safe for your skin.

  • What would you recommend for oily skin?

Oily skin needs a soap that will cleanse, without causing dryness.  Soaps made with the following essential oils will do just that; Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, Bergamot and Patchouli.  Try our Misty Mountain, Perfect Peace, Rain or Hipp”E” soaps, each with their unique scents but giving the same result.  They will combat your oily skin without doing damage.

  • What would you recommend for dry skin?

Dry skin needs the same basic treatment as oily skin, just in reverse.  It needs a soap that will moisturize without leaving skin feeling oily or greasy.

California Cool with cucumber and lime, Frankincense & Myrrh, or any of the Simply Olive Oil soaps are great moisturizing soaps.

  • What would you recommend as a face soap?

The astringent properties of both cucumber and lime makes California Cool the perfect face soap.  Although any of our soaps, because they are made with only natural ingredients will leave your face feeling clean and soft.

  • What would you recommend for itchy dogs?

Roxy’s Soap made with Neem oil is perfect for dogs with itchy skin.  It is the natural treatment for mange and it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make it the perfect choice for dogs with itchy inflamed skin.  Coalman’s Soap, made with lavender essential oil and crushed oatmeal is also good to treat dry itchy skin

  • What would you recommend as a flea treatment?

If you have been following us long enough, you have seen the story of how we got started in the soap business.  Our dog Franklyn was killed by the harmful pesticides in chemical flea treatments.  You can read the whole story here.  Because of this, I used my Chemistry knowledge to create a soap that will combat fleas, and we named it after Franklyn.  Made with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils, Franklyn’s soap will kill fleas.  We also have developed a three step process that will keep your dog from getting future fleas.  You can read about this process here and purchase all the materials needs to get rid of fleas.

These are some of the most frequently asked questions we get.  Hopefully, this post has helped answer some of your questions.  You can order any of these soaps on our website, or find us at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturday and the Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market on Wednesday.

Stay tuned for the opportunity to get an Essential Oil Cheat Sheet – with all the information you need to pick the perfect essential oil for whatever ails you.

 

“I found a recipe for a great organic weed killer.”

“I make my own natural flea treatment for my dog.”

These are just two comments we have heard recently by people who stopped by our booth at local farmer’s markets….and they aren’t the only two!  It happens quite regularly.  We love natural products  and we ALWAYS love to learn tricks, tips, and hints we can share. Therefore, our natural first question is “what’s in it?” We have noticed that they all have one thing in common.  Any guesses (banging desk in a very bad drumroll)?

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

We try not to roll our eyes. We attempt a little education. Because it’s a huge pet peeve of mine to hear people throw around all these organic or all natural recipes for flea control, weed killer, kitchen cleaner, stain remover, etc that include Dawn, because there is nothing organic or all natural about it.  Tweet this.

The Truth about Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

First, look at the color.  There is nothing in nature (that I can think of) that is that neon blue color (aside from maybe some tropical fish in the Caribbean – I said maybe). There is some chemical additive that makes it that distinct color that everyone associates with Dawn.  And they don’t have to disclose what it is because it’s proprietary information.  So, by law, they don’t have to tell us.

And second, how about those ingredients?  They aren’t listed on the bottle which would make it easy for us to read them.  A quick internet search gives us these as the main ingredients –  The full list is quite long, and you can find it here - but here are a few of the “natural” things in Dawn:

  • alkyl dimethyl amine oxide – a synthetically manufactured surfactant that allows the detergent to remove grease. Because oil and water do not mix something needs to be included in the ingredients that bridges that gap between the oil and water and get rid of the grease.
  • sodium lauryl sulfate – another chemically manufactured ingredient that removes grease, scientists are concerned that continued skin contact can cause liver, lungs and brain damage.
  • potassium carbonate – a buffering agent that controls the pH of the liquid.  It has no real known hazards except it can irritate your skin.
  • fragrance and color – an unknown group of chemicals that gives Dawn it’s distinct color and odor

And don’t be fooled by those who call it soap.  

It can’t be called soap, because technically, it isn’t.  You’ll notice on the bottle that it says “dishwashing liquid”.  Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is not soap.  And because it’s not soap, chemicals need to be added to make it act like soap. Tweet: Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is not soap, because it's not soap, chemicals are  added to make it act like soap. http://ctt.ec/0amUd+ #beNatural tweet this

When we question people about this “organic” weed killer the response we get is “Well, it’s all over Facebook”  Because you know, they couldn’t say it on the internet if it wasn’t true!

Now, don’t get me wrong,  I use Dawn.  It works great on my dishes, and mixed half and half with hydrogen peroxide makes a great stain remover for clothes.  However, I’m under no illusion that it is organic or all natural.  No matter what people say on Facebook!

Glynne’s Soaps is committed to providing all natural products for people and their pets.  Truly all natural products – with the ingredient list to prove it.

And if you are looking for all natural flea treatment, put down the blue bottle and look here.

 

 

 

 

Most of our readers probably know we are dog people! We treat our dogs like family (maybe even better)! If you have ever encountered us in the real world, or in the virtual world (i.e. Facebook or twitter) you probably know that Marshall, one of our rescue Dalmatians, goes with us everywhere. He is the market mascot at several of the area farmers markets and heaven forbid that we ever go to an event without him….where’s Marshall is all we hear.

It seems obvious for me to say that Marshall is a dog that loves people and other dogs. Without an easy going temperament we could never take him to all the places we do. He relishes being petted by the smallest or the oldest. We are oft amazed at the number of elderly, dressed to the nines, obviously wealthy women who will sit on the ground and be wollered by Marshall. He’s just that kind of personality.

However, a couple of weeks ago we encountered a situation. An off leash dog was walking around a market. While it’s owner shopped at a nearby tent, this dog decided to challenge Marshall in our tent.Marshall Isn’t extremely territorial about the tent, but he does recognize it as his space. When an issue arose, the other owner responded with the typical “my dog is friendly response”.

An uncontrolled friendly dog can be just as much of a menace in public as an aggressive or fearful dog. 

Recently I discovered this great educational graphics by Lili Chin I think they do a great job of explaining animal behaviors to humans.

We keep a yellow ribbon tied to our other rescue, Wrigley’s leash. He is a fearful dog. He is a large dog. He can behave as an aggressive dog because of his fear.

If you are taking your dog in public, even if it’s just as walk around the neighborhood, be aware of not only your own dog and his/her issues or non-issues but also all the dogs around you and how they may interpret you and your dog or any issues they may have.

Alert and Aware

If you stay alert and aware while you and your canine companion enjoy your adventures, you both will come home happier and healthy.

Marshall can’t wait to see you at our next event!

Welcome to our new feature “Reader Questions”  In it, we will answer question posed by our customers about living an all natural life.  Our first question was posed by a customer at a farmer’s market.

“How do I remove fire ants from the yard all naturally?”

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How many times have you been in the yard and discovered that tell-tale mound filled with the nightmare that is fire ants?  They are painful, destroy your yard and seem impossible to get rid of, especially without using pesticides that might harm your pets or kids.

After some research, I have discovered three natural ways that will get rid of those pesky insects.

1.  Orange Oil – mix 1 ½ teaspoons of orange essential oil with a gallon of water and pour it down the mound.  The oil will coat the ants and kill them.

2.  Boiling water – carefully pour 3 gallons of boiling water down into the mound to kill the ants.  This method works best first thing in the morning or just after a rain when the ants are nearer the surface.  It has been shown to be 60% effective, so it might have to be repeated to kill all the fire ants.

3.  Diatomaceous earth – A few tablespoons of food grade diatomaceous earth placed right at the entrance to the mound will kill the ants.  Since diatomaceous earth works by piercing the insect’s exoskeleton and drying them out, this method works best in areas of low humidity.

These are the three, most reliable methods for removing fire ants from your yard without using dangerous chemicals.  Have you had success with these methods or any others?  Leave us a comment and let us know.

Do you have a question about living all naturally?  Let us know and we will do our best to answer it.

 

 

 

 

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The Habit of Recycling

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The staff of Glynne’s Soaps is giving up trash for Lent.  Well, in a manner of speaking….. The practice of giving up something for Lent has religious beginnings, but is often used by people just wanting to start a new …

 

How Will You Celebrate Bathtub Party Day?

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Today, December the 5th, is National Bathtub Party Day.  Now, before you try and decide what type of cake to make for the tub or go out looking for an oversized party hat, let me tell you that Bathtub Party …