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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Everyone NEEDS Lip Balm! Why not get one FREE?

Boy do we have a special deal for you!  Today through Friday, if you purchase 4 of our natural lip balm, you can get one free.  Lip balm make the best stocking stuffers!

Buy 4 Get one FREE

Our all natural lip balms are petroleum free, paraben free and contain no artificial chemicals, dyes or fragrances.   This makes them the perfect choice for everyone.  You will be amazed at how much softer your lips will feel when you use an all natural lip balm.

And with 14 different flavors to choose from, including blueberry, mocha and even one made with Scottish Ale beer, you are sure to find something that everyone on your holiday list will enjoy.

Head over to our website, put 5 lip balm in your basket and use the code FREELIPBALM.

Fine Print: This offer can not be combined with any other offer. Customer is responsible for any applicable tax or shipping. Yada Yada

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Forgotten Skin Care

In researching some things for this blog post, I stumbled upon an interesting statement, one that I hadn’t really thought about before.

Don't forget your hands

The first step to your skin care regimen should be to wash your hands.  Our hands carry around billions of bacteria at any given moment, and every time you touch your face, you transfer this bacteria from your hands, which accounts for skin breakouts and unhealthy looking skin.

So, the next time you start to wash your face, or put on makeup or moisturizer – remember to wash your hands first.  Your skin will thank you.

PS – Don’t rely on antibacterial products – not only do they kill good bacteria, they help create resistant bacteria that are harder to kill.  A good soap is all you need to kill the bad bacteria.

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But Why? The Importance of Natural Products

I had a woman come to our booth at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and say, “My daughter says I need to switch to natural soap because of the dangers of parabens in commercial soap.  Why?  And how do I know if my soap contains parabens?”

In case you are wondering the same thing, I will tell you what I told her – Parabens are a group of chemicals used as preservatives in many cosmetic and skin care products.  Parabens mimic estrogen which is thought to play a role in breast cancer.  There also is some evidence that parabens disrupt development and growth by mimicking hormones, fooling the body.  And, since there are paraben free products out there, why not avoid something that could possibly lead to cancer or other health problems.

The safe alternative is to use products that do not contain parabens; unfortunately, you can’t look at a list of ingredients and immediately see the word “paraben”, since there are many different chemicals that are types of parabens. The six most commonly found parabens are:

  1. methylparaben
  2. ethylparaben
  3. propylparaben
  4. isobutylparaben
  5. butylparaben
  6. benzylparaben

The safest thing to do for the health of your family is to avoid products that contain one or more of these ingredients, and purchase natural products, like Glynne’s Soaps whenever possible.

 

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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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Winter Skin Care & a Birthday Coupon

Like it or not, it seems that winter weather is here.  And with it comes dry, chapped skin.  Sometimes it seems like no matter what we do, we still end up with dry hands and chapped lips.  Well, fortunately, there are some things you can do to combat the dry cold weather and keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

  • Use oil based moisturizers. Many products on the market these days have water as their first ingredient.  The higher the oil to water ratio is, the more moisturizing a lotion is.  The oil creates a protective barrier on the skin.   Glynne’s Soaps lotions are made entirely from skin softening oils such as shea butter and coconut oil.  They contain no water and so they are more moisturizing than other creams and lotions.
  • Drink lots of water.  Your skin can become dry due to dehydration, so don’t forget to drink lots of water and limit the amount of alcohol to stay hydrated.
  • Skip the blow dryer. If at all possible, let your hair dry naturally.  Using a blow dryer just adds to the dryness of your skin by exposing it to the hot dry air.
  • Don’t forget your lips. Cold, dry weather and high winds can leave your lips dry and cracked.  Using a natural lip balm will get them back to kissable form in no time.  It’s important to remember to stay away from products that contain petroleum because it will make the chapping worse.  A good rule of thumb to follow for not only your lip balm, but all your moisturizers is to only use things on your skin that contain ingredients safe enough to eat.  Food grade oils and butters instead of petroleum and chemical based products are safer for your skin and will keep you feeling soft all winter.  If possible, choose a lip balm with sunscreen.  Even in the winter, the sun can be damaging.

The skin is your largest organ.  It is important to keep it healthy and looking good.  Following a few simple steps and making sure you use only the best all natural products is the best way to avoid dry winter skin.

Don’t forget that your dog’s skin can suffer ill effects from the winter weather also.  Using an all natural soap for bathing will help.  Try Glynne’s Soaps Roxy Dog and Cat soap.  It’s made with neem oil, which is wonderful at relieving itchy skin.  For the pads of their feet and their nose, you can get NoZes &ToZes, a natural balm containing lavender and tea tree essential oils for healing.

Birthday Coupon Alert!!!

The staff of Glynne’s Soaps would like to take this opportunity to wish Gayle a very Happy Birthday.  Her birthday is today, and we are  taking the day off to celebrate.  Thank you Gayle for all the hard work you do to make Glynne’s Soaps the great company that it is.  We couldn’t do it without you! – Jenn, Wrigley & Marshall

To celebrate the event, we are offering a coupon for 25% off any website order placed today.  Just use the coupon code “Gayle’s 49″ to get your discount!

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Fall Skin Care

As summer transitions into fall there are changes all around.  And whether you enjoy the changes or not, they will happen.  It’s probably best to just go with the flow and accept that summer is leaving and winter is on it’s way.

You don’t have to feel like a dry scaly alligator as the weather changes.  Just a few simple steps and you can keep your skin looking and feeling silky soft.

You might not realize it, but your skin care should change with the seasons as well.  Your skin has different needs as the weather gets cooler.  Here are some things you should make sure to do to keep your skin looking great through the fall season.

1. Drink plenty of water.  It is essential to keep your skin hydrated throughout the year.  This is easier to remember in the summer, but is just as important as the weather cools.

2. Don’t forget your feet.  Just because they are covered, doesn’t mean they are gone.  They still need TLC. Glynne’s Soaps Flip Flop Balm is the perfect addition to any fall skin care regime.  This lotion will keep your feet soft all winter.
3. Choose a soap that will keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.  An all natural soap is better for your skin and won’t dry you out like the detergent bars you can buy at the grocery store.
4. Sunscreen is still important.  Even though the temperatures are cooler and the sun is lower in the sky, your skin can still be damaged by it’s rays.  You should be wearing a sunscreen everyday.
5. Keep your lips soft and smooth with an all natural lip balm.  Glynne’s Soaps lip balms are great at keeping your lips hydrated and protected from the cold wind.  Choose one with zinc oxide for added safety.
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101 Ways to Live Green (Part 1)

Welcome to the first post in a series about living green.  The staff of Glynne’s Soaps is very committed to healthy living in all areas and also committed to educating others about the importance of living chemical free and reducing their carbon footprint.  Here are some ways in which you can incorporate environmentally friendly living into your daily routine.

Petroleum Free Lip Balm

1.  Keep away from petroleum based products.  By choosing products that do not contain petroleum based oils you are going a long way toward improving the environment.

2.  Know what’s in your skin care products.  Only 11% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care products have been documented and publicly assessed for safety by the U.S. government.  Choose products that only contain safe, all natural ingredients.

3.  Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water will keep your skin soft and smooth, and reduce dry cracked areas.

4.  Increase blood flow.  Exercising will increase blood flow through your body.  This increased flow speeds healing and keeps all areas of your skin healthy.

5.  Play in the sun.  Spending safe time in the sun brings needed vitamin D to your skin.  Vitamin D deficiency can lead to softening of the bones.  By spending the appropriate amount of time in the sun and using a safe sunscreen, you can increase the amount of vitamin D that is absorbed by your body.

6.  Simplify your makeup routine.  Natural skin is beautiful skin.  By reducing the amount of makeup you use you will keep your skin healthy and younger looking.

7.  Choose products with limited or recyclable packaging. Bypassing skin care products with extra packaging or packaging that can not be recycled is another way to green up your life.  All that excess just finds it’s way into a landfill and is bad for the environment.

8.  Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. By turning off the water during brushing, you will save that water from just running down the drain.

9.  Educate yourself on the companies you purchase from. Do you know where your skin care products come from?  Are they tested on animals? Does the company you give your money to support good environmental causes?  These are things you should discover about the companies you choose to do business with

10.  If at all possible, buy local. Products made by local companies have not traveled as far to get to your area, saving gas and pollution.  They also are more likely to support other local endeavors, keeping the money at work in your area.

Not everything works for everyone, but by adopting as many of these tips as you can, you are living greener and making a positive impact on the environment.

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Are You Ready for Summer?

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for warmer weather and long sunny days.  We had our first festival of the season last weekend and spending the day outside was wonderful.  Even though it was still a bit chilly, it was a preview of the nice weather that is just around the corner.

Your mind might be ready for the summer, but is your skin?  There are things you can do that will help get those areas of your body that have been under wraps for a few months ready to shine.

  • Exfoliate – Nothing gets your skin silky smooth like removing all the dead skin cells.
  • Moisturize – Keep your skin soft with a good all natural lotion which will add moisture but none of the artificial chemicals.  Choose your favorite from Glynne’s Soaps variety of natural products.  And don’t forget your lips, they need moisturizing too.  Glynne’s Soaps has a line of all natural, petroleum free lip balms, including some with zinc oxide to protect your lips from the sun’s rays.
  • Firm up cellulite.  Using skin products containing caffeine has been shown to reduce cellulite and firm up areas that might be a bit saggy.  Before you get in to that swim suit, make sure you are showering with Glynne’s Soaps Java Scrub, an all natural soap made with coffee.  You should notice a difference before that first pool party.

Don’t let the summer sneak up on you.  Start getting ready now so you can fully enjoy the season and all it has to offer.  Glynne’s Soaps will be at the Pleasure Island Fresh Market starting Saturday, March 19th.  Come see us.

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Go Ahead – Sing Out Loud in a Public Restroom

As you might imagine, Glynne’s Soaps is committed to helping people find and use products that are healthy and good for their skin.  We also feel it’s important to provide people with information that will help them make the right choices when it comes to their skin care.  One aspect of caring for skin that everyone does many times a day is hand washing.    And while washing your hands is an important part of keeping you germ free and warding off any illness that might be running around, it’s also important to wash your hands properly.  This includes using the right soap, one that is not too harsh and that doesn’t contain chemicals that are bad for your skin or bad for the environment.

According to a poll by the American Cleaning Institute, 74% of Americans use antibacterial soap.  In our opinion,  antibacterial soap falls into the “bad to use” category.  Using antibacterial soap is not only bad for the environment, but it will also kill any “good bacteria” while it helps breed resistant strains of bad bacteria, all of which leaves you open to even more infections and illnesses.

Below is a video from Derm TV that demonstrates the proper way to wash your hands.  It includes tips such as what is the correct time to wash your hands.  I’ve always heard that you should sing “Happy Birthday” while washing your hands to make sure you wash long enough.  The video recommends 10-15 seconds.  So, my scientific self went to get a watch with a second hand to time myself singing “Happy Birthday”.  Sure enough, it took me 13 seconds to sing.  (Both times, since it was more scientific to do more than one trial.)

All of the soaps we sell are all natural and gentle on your skin.  Some of the essential oils they contain are also natural antibacterial or antifungal.  Essential oils such as Tea Tree and Lavender are well known for their germ fighting properties.  We also make a natural hand sanitizer that is safe for the environment and you.  If you are concerned about protecting your family from germs and harmful chemicals, make soap from Glynne’s Soaps part of your hand washing routine.

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