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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How To Tuesday: Fight a Cold the Natural Way

We all know that not wearing a hat in cold weather or going outside with wet hair do not cause colds, however there are things you can do that will decrease your immune systems ability to fight off cold germs.  And right now, after a busy weekend with little sleep, Gayle’s immune system needs some help.  So, while Gayle’s fighting her cold we thought we’d share some cold remedies with you.

  1. SLEEP – This doesn’t mean lay on the couch and watch TV or play with your phone / iPad or computer. Sleep, as in close your eyes and snore! Your body can heal itself, but you must allow it to do just that and sleep is just what the doctor ordered.
  2. DRINK – sorry to break the bad news, but drink water. Your body really needs to flush out the toxins, break down the mucus and those sugary sodas and juices aren’t gonna do a daggon thing to help. So have a few if you must but chug-a-lug some water!
  3. Combat cold symptoms with eucalyptus

    Get Steamy – A hot and steamy bath will help to open and clear congestion.  You can place a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your bath or you can also use Glynne’s Bath Soak in either the Aussie Rainforest (Eucalyptus) or Rejuvenation (Eucalyptus and Peppermint) varieties.

  4. Neti Pot –  It’s most useful to use it before you are majorly clogged up. As a preventative measure, it can be used daily.  It cleans those pipes out! But the salt water can be drying in cold weather, so follow up with a bit of sesame oil or tea tree essential oil in each nostril. Gayle loves her neti pot and swears by it!
  5. Lavender and Tea Tree oils also have antibacterial properties, and Tea Tree oil will help heal dry nasal passages.  You can mix a few drops of each of these oils (add some eucalyptus as well) with a carrier oil such as olive oil or shea butter and use it as a chest rub.
  6. Enjoy some Ginger Tea – Combine a piece of ginger root with water in a pot. Boil, then simmer 10 minutes. Add a touch of raw local honey or lemon and drink.
  7. Eat Chicken Soup – Turns out Grandma was right chicken soup is good for helping to fight colds. So enjoy some delicious chicken soup (it’s best if someone who loves you makes it for you – DON’T discount the TLC factor <grin>)
  8. Avoid Dairy - Dairy creates excess mucus in the body. So don’t drink milk or eat cheese right now.
  9. Wash Your Hands – nothing prevents the spread of germs like hand washing. You should be doing it often anyway, but do it MORE when you’re fighting a cold or have a cold.
  10. Drink some more and sleep some more!

Start these therapies at the first sign of a cold.  You can decrease the severity of your cold and also alleviate the symptoms.


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What’s The Benefit?

This past week, a customer was looking at all our soap offerings, looked up and asked me a question.  ”What are the benefits of all these essential oils?”

After answering his question, I continued to think about all the great benefits that were sitting on the table that I probably don’t highlight as often as I should.  Yes, the soaps are all natural, free from harmful chemicals and generally great for your skin, but the essential oils also have therapeutic properties.

So I thought today that I would list some of those for you.

  • Zen Aura (Lemongrass and Green Tea) – lemongrass essential oil has anti-depressive properties, it will boost confidence and give you feelings of joy – what would be better first thing in the morning?
  • Rejuvenation (Eucalyptus and Peppermint)the properties of these oils that make them a great soap are the pain relieving qualities, they are great at removing aches and pains, congestion and sinus problems
  • Simply Olive Oil Lavender (Lavender) – most everyone knows the benefits of lavender which include calming tension, reducing depression and inducing sleep
  • Frankincense & Myrrh – one of the little known benefits of both these oils are their cold and congestion relieving abilities.  This is a great soap for reducing the effects of those summer colds.
  • Citrus Zing (Orange and Ginger) - orange and ginger oils both are good at reducing inflammation which makes them great for easing the pain of arthritis and other aches and pains.

Aside from the fact that these products smell wonderful, they also have benefits you might not have thought about.  Buy some today and let them work for you.


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All Natural Germ Fighter

I came down with a cold yesterday that has stopped me in my tracks.  I slept all yesterday afternoon and didn’t get up this morning until 11.  So, I’ve been up for two hours and it wouldn’t take much convincing to get me back in bed.  Wrigley has been a great help, snuggling me almost literally, the entire time.  Even when I’m sitting up in a chair or doing something else, he has his eye on me.  He’s very concerned…..which is super cute.  We are calling him my CMN (Cuddly Male Nurse). 

Because I’ve been sick, and haven’t wanted to pass along any germs….especially to Gayle, I have been washing my hands every chance I get.  This is a good idea anyway, and especially during the cold and flu season.  The biggest problem with washing your hands frequently is that they tend to get dry and chapped.  Well, that is not a problem with all-natural soap like Glynne’s Soaps.  Because the glycerin is left in the soap, and not removed like with commercial soaps, our soap leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, no matter how often you wash with it. 

The other benefit to all natural soaps during this time of year is that all essential oils are naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. They will help kill the germs associated with colds and flu without using any harsh chemicals that are bad for you and bad for the environment.  If you really want to protect yourself, use a soap containing tea tree oil.  Even though all essential oils have some antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is renowned for its antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties.  Plus, it smells great!  Our Misty Mountain soap contains both tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil

So, keep yourself safe this winter season.  Buy a soap that will leave your skin soft and fight germs the all natural way!

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Why Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

When it comes to making our all-natural skin care essentials, Glynne’s Soaps believes in using only the very best ingredients. We refuse to use fragrance oils or synthetic fragrances, even though these oils are cheaper to purchase and even though synthetic gives us a far wider variety of scents. Each and every essential oil we use is not just an essential oil but a therapeutic grade essential oil.

True therapeutic grade essential oils have strong medicinal qualities.  They stimulate the immune system, fight viruses, infections, fungi, bacteria, microbes, and even tumors.  They also are natural antiseptics.  Only true therapeutic grade oils can deliver all this.  Ninety-eight percent of essential oils contain synthetic components.  These synthetics do not bring the desired results and can potentially carry risks.  Oils that are not therapeutic grade will not help with any medicinal or health needs, and they can even lead to health problems, both acute and long term.  (Young Leaf Essential Oils)

Only 2% of all essential oils sold in the United States are classified as therapeutic.  To be called therapeutic, the oils must go through rigorous testing and then are certified by the International Standards Organization (ISO).  The chemical complexity of therapeutic oils requires that each component be present in its proper ratio.  If not, it will not produce the desired effect on the body.  The key to producing these high quality oils is to preserve all the mandatory components.  Due to the fragile nature of the compounds, it is essential that the entire process must be completed with great care.

Here is what is needed:                                                          

            The proper type of plant.  Not all plants are created equal and only those of the highest quality can be used to make therapeutic grade oils.

            The proper cultivation process.  There can be no pesticides or chemicals used on the plants during growth.  They must be grown on virgin land away from any industry or large populations.  The water used for irrigation must come from a mountain spring.

            The proper harvesting.  The timing of the harvest must be perfect, being off by even a few hours can make all the difference.  The amount of dew on the leaves must be correct, if the plant dries out prior to the distillation process it will not qualify as therapeutic.

            The proper distillation process.  Every aspect of the process of removing the oil from the plants is closely monitored. The temperature, pressure, length of time, size of the batch and even the chemical composition of the pots used is regulated.     

Only true high quality therapeutic grade essential oils can deliver the benefits of healing.  At Glynne’s Soaps, we are committed to bringing you all-natural skin care essentials produced with the highest quality ingredients and all of the strong medicinal qualities only therapeutic grade essential oils can bring.

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