About Jenn, the Glynne's Soaps Soapmaker

Jenn has a Master's Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After the tragedy of pesticides struck her dog, Jenn left her job of several years in Research and Development for a pharmaceutical company, to start Glynne's Soaps.

The Seven Most Popular Questions about Skin Care – ANSWERED

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.

 

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Is it Really All Natural? or even ANY Natural?

“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.

 

 

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Fire Ants – Reader Question

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 Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Your relationship with your mother is like nothing else.  She changed your diapers, wiped your nose and push comes to shove, will do almost anything for you.  But, she’s also the person that can push your buttons quicker than anyone else.

But, doesn’t she deserve the best Mother’s Day gift you can find?

Let Glynne’s Soaps help you find that perfect gift.  With our extensive selection of soaps, lotions, lip balm and other skin care products, we can help you put together a gift that mom is sure to love.

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Perfect Peace - this lavender oatmeal soap is one of our best sellers.  With the soothing scent of lavender and just the right amount of ground oats, it’s the perfect combination of relaxation and exfoliation.

Flip Flop Balm - does your mom love her flip flops?  Then this is the lotion for her.  Made with shea butter and coconut oil it with smooth rough skin and soothe tired feet without that greasy feeling.  Comes in two scents- peppermint lavender and dreamsicle.

 

Lavender Pillow Spray - For those nights when mom has trouble sleeping, just a spritz of this relaxing pillow spray will give her a peaceful night’s sleep.

 

Zen Aura - made with freshly brewed green tea and lemongrass essential oil, this soap has an exhilarating citrus scent that will invigorate and clear the mind of the stresses of the day.

These are just a small sampling of the over 100 items we have to offer.  You can pick and choose for yourself, or let our knowledgeable staff help you find just the right gift for your mom, wife, sister, daughter or any one else that you want to celebrate.  Because she’s worth it.

 

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Happy Earth Day – 6 Ways to Celebrate Today

Today is Earth Day, a day in which we all celebrate this great planet we live on, and commit to doing something that will protect and preserve it’s resources.  This year, the global focus of Earth Day is on our cities and how to make them more environmentally resilient and sustainable.

According to the Earth Day Network, over a billion people in 190 countries celebrate Earth Day every year.  Here are 6 ways you can celebrate Earth Day today.

  • Take a Global Selfie – This year, NASA is asking people to take a selfie somewhere outdoor and share it on social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.  The aim is to encourage environmental awareness.  NASA is also planning to use the pictures to create a photo mosaic of Earth.
  • Eat Lunch Outside – Spend some time outside enjoying the area where you live or work.  Reconnecting with nature is one of the best ways to remember why we are working so hard to save it.
  • Download an App – OK, I can see you shaking your head, wondering what on earth this has to do with saving the planet, but there are a lot of good apps out there that can help you in the quest to “go green”.   Here are the top 10 green apps to help get you started.
  • Eat Local – Did you know that if everyone ate one meal a week from only locally sourced foods,  we can reduce our national oil consumption by more than 1.1 million barrels of oil — every single week. That’s more than 57.2 million barrels of oil saved per year!*  Download the Locavore App to help you find local in-season foods.
  • Buy Smart – When making purchases, choose those that have the smallest environmental impact.  Less packaging, recycled materials, natural ingredients; all are ways to reduce your environmental footprint.  Glynne’s Soaps prides itself on it’s use of all natural ingredients in it’s products.
  • Set a Good Example – The next generation will learn how to treat things by watching us.  It is so important to set a good example by showing respect for the planet and doing as much as we can to preserve our resources.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day today?  Leave a comment and let us know your plans!

 

*(From Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver)

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Why We Preach All Natural and What does it Mean?

No matter where you look, you are bombarded with the phrase “all natural” or “natural”.  But what does this word mean?  What do you think of when you hear or see the word natural?  I’m betting that every person reading this blog has a different picture in their mind’s eye right now.

Unfortunately, there is very little government regulation on using the word.  So when you see it, you can’t be certain that it means what you think it means.  In fact, much of the time, it doesn’t mean anything at all except a way to make money.  Which brings up an important question -

How can you determine if a product is truly natural?

There are a few things you can look for that will help you choose wisely.

  • Read the ingredient list.  Most unfamiliar long scientific sounding words are probably describing heavily processed ingredients or chemicals.
  • Do your research.  The Environmental Working Group is a great place to start.  They have information on a multitude of products and ingredients.
  • Avoid products that contain dyes and fragrances.  Companies don’t have to define them and they are full of toxins.  The worst offenders are the words “parfum” or “parfume”.
  • Stay far away from parabens, formaldehyde, dimethicone, dioxins and pthalates.  These are the main toxic chemicals found in skin care and have been linked to all sorts of health issues.

You might be asking yourself, why is this important?  Why should I care?

Well, let me tell you….

From a scientific standpoint, you should care because there are ingredients out there that are toxic and harmful.  Even if it’s not immediately dangerous, a buildup of these chemicals can cause all sorts of health problems – things like kidney failure, cancer, asthma, migraines and a host of other problems.

Why We Preach All Natural

From a personal standpoint, don’t you want your family to be healthy?  I know I do.  And avoiding toxic chemicals is one way we can do that.  It’s a lesson we learned the hard way.  Which is why we preach the importance of using truly all natural ingredients whenever possible.  And why you will find nothing but the best most natural ingredients in all our products.

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How to Keep the Fleas Away this Spring

We have had a long cold winter.  There have been jokes, cartoons and grumblings all related to the extraordinary weather.

It seems that things are making a change toward spring.  The weather has been glorious here this week (high 70′s)! The sun is shining, folks are pulling their shorts out of storage (including us – white legs are everywhere) and the beach is calling.  Unfortunately, the warm weather brings with it fleas and all their associated problems.

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts by biting them.  Aside from being annoying, they also can cause skin irritation, dermatitis, and anemia.  They can also give their hosts tapeworms.  Different pets react differently to the saliva of the flea, and bites can cause severe reactions in some pets.

The bad news is that chemical flea treatments can be worse than the fleas themselves.  Tweet This.

They are full of toxic chemicals that will kill the fleas, but will also damage your pet and possibly your children or yourself.  These treatments kill thousands of pets each year.

It happened to us, and you can read our story here … but to make a long story short, Frontline killed our dog, Franklyn. This is the reason we started Glynne’s Soaps.

In addition, they can have adverse affects on humans, especially children.  Because children are more likely to pet the dog, or touch toys, floors or furniture where there might be residue and then put their hands in their mouths, they are more likely to suffer effects from the toxins.

 So, what can you do to keep the fleas away?

Because of our experience, we have developed an all natural three step process for fighting fleas.

  1. Pesticide-free Flea Treatment

    Use All Natural Soap and Fido Fresh on your dog.   Franklyn’s Soap is a good choice because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas.  The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites.  Fido Fresh contains a blend of essential oils that can keep the fleas at bay.  Spray it on your dog after they have been outside to keep them (and you) flea free.

  2. Treat your yard with food-grade diatomaceous earth.  We sprinkle it all over the yard.  The small sharp crystals will literally poke holes in the fleas, killing them.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.
  3. If you get fleas in your house, treat with Borax.   It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  We sprinkle the powder on the carpet, sofas, chairs, beds, etc.,  rub it in with a dry broom and let it sit for a few hours.  Then just vacuum it up.  Borax will suck out all the moisture from the fleas and kill them.

By using these all natural methods to fight fleas, you can keep your whole family safe this spring.

To celebrate the coming of spring, we are currently offering a special deal  on our website.  You can purchase a bar of dog soap and a Fido Fresh for $16.  That’s a savings of over 10% off the regular price!  Just use the coupon code SpringIsHere at checkout to get your savings.

 

 

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The Habit of Recycling

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 habit or eliminate an old bad habit.  It is meant to be a serious undertaking,  however some people joke about it.  The  10 year old son of a friend of ours decided to give up school for Lent.   Not quite the point, but cute none the less.

As a company, Glynne’s Soaps has decided to literally give up trash for the season.  What does this really mean?  It means we are going to make a more concerted effort to recycle everything we can.

 The average American discards 4.4 pounds of garbage every day.  

To let you know how much garbage this is - If we put all of the solid waste collected in the U.S. in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks could cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles, more than 100 times!  That’s a lot of garbage.  And that number can be reduced by recycling.  On average, each American recycles one item every year.  I don’t know about you, but I know I consume more than one can or bottle of soda or water every year, so there is a lot out there that is not being recycled.  To add to the impact of that -

Every aluminum can that is recycled generates enough energy to power a TV for 6 hours.  

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Think about that while you are tossing that can in the trash.

We used to be a lot better about recycling.  And it showed in the amount of trash we had for the garbage men each week.  But, I got lazy and just decided to start tossing it all in the garbage can.  And again, it make a noticeable difference, this time in a negative way.  So we are taking this time to make a concerted effort to renew and increase our recycling efforts.

In addition to recycling, 34% of the trash tossed out each year could be composted, creating nutrient rich soil for gardens and flower beds.  For Christmas I got a compost bin.

It sits on the kitchen counter and I put all my veggie scraps in it, along with coffee grounds, egg shells and the insides of tea bags…..well, everything organic I would potentially toss out.  It has made composting so much easier!  I love using it. You can learn more about composting at How to Compost.org

Recycling in a lot of areas is easy. It’s just a matter of putting recyclables in the recycle bin as opposed to the regular garbage. However, because our area does not offer curbside recycling, we must make a greater effort. To do this, we separate our glass, plastic and paper into separate bins. We have found it easier to make a weekly trip to the recycle station (it’s a very short drive and a location we pass regularly). With a little planning we can deposit our recyclables without an extra trip. Here is a great site with information on what can be recycled and where in your area to take your recyclables.

Experts say it takes 21 days to make a habit.  Our Glynne’s Soaps goal for the next 40 days is to recycle or compost everything we can and turn it into a habit.  One that will have a positive effect on the environment.

What are some ways that you recycle and have a positive impact on the environment?  Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Is Your Shower Killing You?

A recent study by the Center for Environmental Health discovered a cancer causing chemical in at least 98 soaps and shampoos, some of which are labeled organic.

The Culprit

Is this worth your health?

Cocomide DEA is a chemically modified form of coconut oil that is used as a foaming agent.  Cocmide DEA is a Group  2B carcinogen, which means it is possibly carcinogenic to humans.  It also has a high irritation potential.  All this means is that the cocomide DEA in your soaps and shampoos has the potential to cause cancer and also severely irritate your skin.

To see the list of products found to contain cocomide DEA, follow this link.  You can also look at the list of ingredients on your soaps and shampoos for “cocomide DEA”.

What is the Alternative? 

The best alternative for you and your family is to choose soaps and shampoos that truly are all natural!

Completely Natural Soap (even the scent)

Here at Glynne’s Soaps we refuse to make a soap we wouldn’t use on us our our beloved pets!  We use only the finest all natural ingredients that are safe for you and your family.

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How to Naturally Clean Your Coffee Pot

 

Here at Glynne’s Soaps we love coffee.  Especially Gayle!

We love coffee so much we’ve even made it into a soap (but that’s another story).

We have this great coffeemaker which grinds the beans just before brewing the coffee! It makes the best coffee and the smell of the freshly ground coffee is delightful! Gayle drinks almost  an entire pot of coffee by herself every morning (Jenn usually limits herself to only one cup) and some mornings we actually make a second pot.  It’s not uncommon for us to make a pot in the evening as well.

Needless to say, our coffee pot gets a workout.

Our coffee pot gets a wash every day. We take out all the moving parts (baskets, pot, grinding area) and give them a clean and at the very least a rinse. However, eventually the coffee begins to taste bitter.

To keep the coffee tasting fresh and not bitter, it’s important to clean out the innards of the pot every so often.

This can be done very simply with just water and vinegar.

The best way to do this is to follow these steps:

  1. Make a mixture that is half water and half vinegar.
  2. Put a filter in your coffee maker, as usual.
  3. Pour the vinegar/water mix where you would normally add the water.
  4. Turn the coffee pot on and let it run.
  5. Throw out the filter and rinse the pot.  You should let your coffee pot cool for about 15 minutes before filling with cold water.  Otherwise, the glass may crack.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 using water only.
  7. Run the cycle with fresh water a second time.

Your coffee pot should now be nice and clean.  It’s probably good to repeat this process every few months or so.

Here is a comparison of the water/vinegar mix after it ran through the coffee pot, and then the second rinse water after it’s cycle.  There is a huge difference in the color of the water.

Water - Vinegar mix

After second rinse

I think you will be pleased with the result.  And the best part?  It’s all natural, no chemicals or other crazy cleaners are used.

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