The Health Risks of Hand Sanitizers

Image courtesy of Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

You have heard us say many times that the use of commercial anti-bacterial products that contain triclosan are dangerous to your health.  Well, scientists have discovered yet another reason to rethink these products, especially around your kids.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered a link between the levels of triclosan in the urine and the presence of antibodies in the blood that are found in people with  allergies.

What this means, in a nutshell, is that kids with high levels of triclosan in their bodies are also the kids who have the most allergies. The children with high levels had over twice the risk of food allergies and almost twice the risk of environmental allergies as those with low levels .

Triclosan can be found in many soaps, mouthwashes and toothpastes, but is most commonly found in hand sanitizer.  It has been shown to affect hormone production and also contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Over time, it does accumulate in the body and this most recent study shows that the accumulation can have dangerous effects on children.

This information should cause you to think twice about picking up that hand sanitizer over and over throughout the day.  Glynne’s Soaps does offer an all natural alternative to hand sanitizer containing triclosan.  Our All Natural Lavender or Lemon Hand Sanitizer is now available on our website and will soon be available at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market, The Poplar Grove Farmers Market, The Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace and any of the other events Glynne’s Soaps attends.  Get yours today!

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National Flip Flop Day

Sometimes it seems there is a National Day of Celebration for any possible thing or event. Today is no different! Aside from it being Jenn’s mom’s birthday and the annual celebration of Jenn’s migration to North Carolina from California; today is National Flip Flop Day!

Yep, it a day to kick off your shoes and socks and air out your feet!

If you’re like most of us, your feet may have acquired a few calluses and rough patches during the day of being trapped in clunky shoes. Never fear, Glynne’s Soaps has the answer – Flip Flop Balm – Yes, this lotion is made specifically for your feet!

We make two scents of Flip Flop Balm

Peppermint and Lavender – perfect for those of us who suffer from foot pain, as peppermint is a great natural pain reliever.

Dreamsicle – great for helping to mend the damaging effects of oxidation from the summer sun (and I think it smells like baby powder – which I like).

Either scent is available with pumice. The pumice is great if you are looking for the exfoliation of dry skin or rough and unsightly calluses and smooth rough patches.

To find out more visit the National Flip Flop Day website.

Now go get your flip flops on!

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Searching for a way to use your lips

Google Analytics is an amazing thing.  It provides so much information, and I’m sure I don’t understand even half of it, but I do like to check on how many people have been to our website. I like to see where they are from, and especially what they were searching for that brought them to us.  Frequently, it’s not what I expect.

One search term that brings quite a bit of traffic to Glynne’s Soaps is lip balm.  We also get a few inquiries about “brewed coffee” and “llama soap”.  I think I’ll save washing your llama as a post for another time.  It might even be a series of posts.  (=

Spearmint & Tea Tree Lip Balm

Back to the lip balm. We currently make 12 different flavors of lip balm, everything from Spearmint & Tea Tree to Front Street Brewery Scottish Ale.  They are all made with 100% natural ingredients and petroleum free. As with all our products they are made with only the best ingredients. Our customers tell us our lip balms keep their lips soft without a waxy or oily feeling. We agree!

You use your lips every day! From a smile to a kiss!

Lips are exposed to the elements day after day, and there is no time of year when they are safe from the weather.  Cold, wind, heat – they all have potential to dry out your lips.  And we all know that dry cracked lips are unattractive and unhealthy (not to mention unkissable).

Don’t just take our word for it – try them for yourself!  Head straight to our website – no need to Google anything, we can get you there direct. Use coupon code ‘KISSME’ and we’ll cover the shipping cost (good through March 4th, 2012).

Oh, and if you want to bathe your llama, we can’t help. However we do make a llama soap (sort of) check it out!

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Happy National Coffee Day!

Today is national coffee day, and if you are anything like us, you start your morning with at least one cup of coffee.  Besides tasting good, there are some health benefits to enjoying that daily grind.  It has been linked to lower instances of type II diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and even cancer.

As if that weren’t enough, we here at Glynne’s Soaps know that there is more to coffee than just drinking it to jump start your day.  You can also wash with coffee if you use our all natural Java Scrub soap.  Made with fresh brewed coffee, this soap has a wonderful aroma that will help wake you up.  It also includes coffee grounds for an exfoliating benefit.  Coffee has also been linked with the removal of cellulite.  

Glynne’s Soaps Java Scrub also makes a great addition to your kitchen.  The coffee does an exceptional job at removing odors such as onion, fish or garlic.  Keep this soap by your sink and you won’t have to worry about everyone in the movie theater smelling your fish dinner.

In honor of National Coffee Day we are offering a 20% discount on Java Scrub.  Just use the code COFFEE at checkout.  The discount is good through Friday at midnight so get yours today.

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Back and Better Than Ever

This weekend, Glynne’s Soaps will be re-releasing our Citrus Zing All Natural Soap.  We just were not happy with the formula and knew it could be better.  So, after discussions with our apothecary, Eva at Down to Earth Essential Oils in downtown Wilmington, we developed a new formula.

Citrus Zing is made with Orange and Ginger essential oils.  Orange oil is high is anti-oxidants and Vitamin C.  Skin care products containing orange oil are very effective at reducing wrinkles and slowing down the aging process.  The scent is bright and clean and will boost emotions and reduce depression.  Ginger essential oil, when added to skin care products, combats lethargy and muscle fatigue.

The combination of these oils makes this soap a perfect addition to your morning shower.  It will wake you up and get you ready for whatever your day brings.

Citrus Zing All Natural Soap is currently available on our website and will be available at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

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California Cool – Product Spotlight

It seems like summer is in full swing here in Wilmington, NC, and that means hot humid days (and nights).  When you are hot and sticky, a refreshing shower with a nice light soap can be marvelous.

Glynne’s Soaps All Natural California Cool is just that soap.  Made with fresh cucumber juice and lime essential oil is perfect for those warm summer days.  The cucumber juice is fresh squeezed at the time it is needed for the soap.  Nothing is added to it.  It is loaded with antioxidants that are very beneficial for your skin.  The lime essential oil is cooling and has the added bonus of working to tone and firm up muscles and tissues.  Perfect for swimsuit season.

California Cool All Natural Soap is gentle and moisturizing.  It won’t dry your skin or leave you feeling like you need to load up on lotion after your shower.  Its light crisp scent and feel will help you beat the summer heat.

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All Natural Tranquility Soap (Product Spotlight)

Are you one of those people that takes a bath before bed to relax?  When I was growing up, it was my grandmother’s “cure all”.  ”Just take a bath and go to bed”, she would often say.  If this describes you….we have just the thing you need to wash the worries of the day right down the drain.

Glynne’s Soaps All Natural Tranquility Soap is made with lavender and chamomile essential oils.  Both of these oils are well known for their relaxing qualities.  A study performed in England in 2009 demonstrated the anti-anxiety effects of lavender essential oil.  Studies have also been done to show the effects of chamomile essential oil as a sleep aid.

The relaxation benefits of these two oils are well known and documented.  In our Tranquility soap, they are carefully blended and used to create the perfect soap for winding down at the end of a long hard day.

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Bug Off (Product Spotlight)

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer!  At our place, the process of getting the pool ready for the season has begun, the weather is beautiful and the bugs are out.  This weekend we were besieged by a multitude of annoying bitting critters.  Fortunately, Glynne’s Soaps makes a product that can help.  Our Bug Off contains six essential oils that are known for their bug repelling properties.  When combined, they create an effective barrier between your skin and the bothersome bugs.

Bug Off comes in soap and lotion form and includes eucalyptus, citronella, cedar, peppermint, lavender and ravensara essential oils**.  The base is a special combination of oils designed to keep your skin feeling smooth and moisturized, even in the driest summers.

But don’t take our word for it, check out some product reviews given by customers here and here.

So, stop by our website, or come see us at one of our events and try it for yourself.  You’ll be glad you did.

**The FDA has not evaluated statements regarding the uses of essential oils or other ingredients as a bug or insect repellent. Glynne’s Soaps makes no claims regarding the use of these essential oils

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Yoga Mat Spray (Product Spotlight)

Get rid of that Yoga Mat Funk

After your yoga class, what becomes of your yoga mat?  Do you just roll it up, put it in the back of your car and bring it out for the next class?  One side of the mat is covered with your sweat and exercise funk and the other side has picked up who knows what from the floor of the yoga studio.  Try not to think of it the next time your downward dog brings your face close to your mat.

Glynne’s Soaps has the solution to your yoga mat woes.  Our Yoga Mat Spray is an all natural disinfectant that will refresh your mat and destroy any germs that might be lingering there.  Made with Lemon and Clove essential oil, Yoga Mat Spray not only cleans your mat, but it leaves a refreshing fresh scent.

Lemon essential oil is a powerful antiseptic.  It is also known to uplift and refresh the mood, removing feelings of doubt and depression.  Clove essential oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and  antiviral properties.  It also can be used as a stress reliever.  Combined, these two essential oils make a great all natural disinfecting spray.

Packaged in a 4 oz container that is slim and easy to carry anywhere, Glynne’s Yoga Mat Spray does not have to be limited to cleaning your yoga mat.  Use it on shopping carts, gym equipment,  or any other surface that needs disinfecting.

Head over to our website and purchase yours today.

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Beer Soap? – (Product Spotlight)

When people see that we make soaps and lip balms using beer from Front Street Brewery (a local brewery in downtown Wilmington) we get a wide variety of comments ranging from “My ___________ (dad, boyfriend, husband, wife, etc.) would love this!” to “Cool!  If I get pulled over I can just tell the officer it’s my soap.”

Don’t try that one, both the soaps and lip balms are heating during the process so their alcohol content is zero.  However, the first comment is very valid.  There is a lot to love about the soaps and lip balms we make using beer.  They are very moisturizing.  Beer is full of antioxidants that help promote younger looking, healthier skin.  And the hops have antibacterial properties.  They smell wonderful.  And they are a great gift for someone you know who loves beer.

One soap is made using Scottish Ale.  It is a dark rich soap that smells faintly of chocolate.  The other is made using an IPA.  This soap also contains ground hops for a slightly exfoliating wash and some citrus essential oils to bring out the natural citrus scent of the hops.  As with all of Glynne’s Soaps, the base for these soaps is made with only the finest all natural ingredients that are safe and gentle for your skin.

The lip balm choices include a Scottish Ale and a Raspberry Wheat.  Both contain their respective beers.  The Scottie has a touch of cocoa powder added while the raspberry flavor of the Razz is highlighted with a touch of natural raspberry flavor.  Just like all our lip balms, there are no petroleum products in these lip balms.  Everything is all natural, safe for you and the environment.

Head over to our web site today and get some skin care products for your favorite beer lover.

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