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. #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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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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We’ll be at RiverFest, Will You?

Again this year, for RiverFest,  we will be set up outside The City Market at 170 S Water St, in downtown Wilmington. The actual street fair reaches from Water Street to Cape Fear Community College and while this is a fun place to people watch and eat funnel cakes; our experience says it does not give us the time to talk with and share with customers. The smaller venue at the Old City Market allows us to be in a more relaxed setting and to bring Marshall (which as you know is important)!


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Enjoy your funnel cake, watch some people, and then come on down to the Old City Market. You’ll be glad you did!

This year Marshall will be tweeting and facebooking deals and bargains. Be sure to follow us on social media (links at the bottom of this post) or search #soapdeals to get in on the fun.

Make us part of your weekend plans.  We would love to see you! and we know you’ll want to come see Marshall!

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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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Why What We Do Is Not a Craft

March is National Craft Month.  Which makes me happy because I am starting to open up my creative side and be more crafty.  I have recently learned to crochet, and I have plans to begin making paper in the near future.   Actually, I probably have a million other crafty ideas out there just waiting to burst forth.

However, the bulk of what I do as soap maker for Glynne’s Soaps is not crafty – It’s Chemistry.  

Yes, it’s fun and creative, but it’s truly a science – not just a craft.  And here’s why.

  1. Research & Development - All of Glynne’s Soaps products have gone through rigorous research, testing and trial & error before coming to market.  We do not purchase pre-made base for any of our products.  Everything is made from the raw materials, and the amounts and proportions have been carefully selected based on the properties they give to the item.
  2. Safety – Because we start with raw materials in our soap making, we do use sodium hydroxide (lye) in the process.  As Gayle is fond of saying “You can’t make soap without lye, and anyone who tells you they did is lying.”.  Putting the fun play on words aside, her statement is 100% true.  But because of my science background and chemistry knowledge, I create a formula that includes enough oils to fully bond with the lye, removing all it’s harsh properties and leaving only safe, moisturizing soap.
  3. Knowledge -  My MS in Chemistry and 10 years experience working for a research & development lab of a pharmaceutical company gives me knowledge of the chemical process that goes along with the production of soap and also an understanding of the properties of the natural ingredients we use.  Each ingredient is chosen with regard to the specific properties it brings to the products – including the essential oils that are responsible for the scents and therapeutic properties they provide.

Soapmaking isn’t a cute hobby at Glynne’s Soaps. We put years of experience, copious amounts of research, a large amount of time and expertise into every product we create. We’re not saying there is no artistry or craftsmanship to what we do – have you seen our labels? You may even see us at a Farmers Market, and maybe even the occasional craft or Art show, but our soaps  aren’t just pretty and fun they are functional and environmentally safe.

There are plenty of craft soaps out there. People who buy a base (often glycerin) add scent or fun colors and say they are making soap. When what they are actually doing is crafting soap.

Look for more blog posts this month on the ingredients, and processes we use to create the best natural soaps and more for you and your pets.


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Oatmeal – It is More than a Boring Breakfast

January is National Oatmeal Month (yep, it gets a WHOLE month).  Now, I know the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the word “oatmeal” is kind of a grey lumpy breakfast food with no flavor that your mom made you eat on cold mornings …. at least that’s what came to my mind!

But oatmeal is so much more than that.

Aside from being a natural and healthy breakfast food and a nutritious addition to cookies and granola – oatmeal is good for your skin.

Perfect Peace

Did you know oatmeal is:

  • an anti-inflammatory
  • is very moisturizing and will remove dead skin cells
  • can relieve dry itchy skin quickly
  • an all natural treatment for acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes

These properties and more make oatmeal the perfect additive to our all natural soaps. Oatmeal is great for even the most sensitive skin types. For this reason we make

Three all natural soaps that contain oatmeal

Soothing Solitude

In honor of this little grain – we are offering a discount on all our oatmeal soaps this week.  

So zip on over to our shopping page; and  purchase any or all of  our oatmeal soaps put in the coupon code OatmealMonth at check out and receive 33% off the all natural oatmeal soaps! This code is good ALL month!

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Free Shipping Day

Today, Glynne’s Soaps is participating in

Free Shipping Day!

Every order placed on our website today will ship for free!!

Finish out your shopping list with all natural skin care from Glynne’s Soaps.

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FREE All Natural Holiday Soap when you spend $12

There are 12 Days of Christmas and today is 12-12-12, That can only mean one thing….spend $12 and get twelve  a free bar of all natural soap! So, here’s what we’re thinking.

You know how the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without those certain distinctive smells?  

If I asked you all to name your favorite Christmas smells, I would probably get 50 different answers.  Everyone has their own favorite. Gayle’s favorite is the smell of holiday baking (something we just don’t do) and mine is anything but the smell of pine (I’m allergic). But here at Glynne’s Soaps we have developed twelve some great all natural holiday scented soaps! Frankincense  & Myrrh, Peppermint & Mistletoe, Pumpkin Spice, Egg Nog, and Cinnamon and clove.

Now through Saturday, if you spend at least $12 on our website, you will get a bar of one of our all natural holiday soaps FREE!  There are  five great scents to choose from.

When you checkout, make sure there is at least one of these all natural soaps in your basket, use coupon code HolidayScent and one all natural holiday soap will be FREE.

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Name That Soap

When I was little I had a Christmas Scratch and Sniff book that I absolutely loved!  It was pulled out of the box every holiday season,  and I spent a lot of time enjoying all the scents.  Some of my favorites were pine, hot chocolate, peppermint and oranges.  I scratched and sniffed until the pictures were faded, but those smells remained.  I’m going to have to ask my mom if she still has that book!

Our all natural Holiday soaps are the same way, they make an appearance every  year, and I love the different scents.

We have decided this year to add a soap to our holiday collection.  It is made with cinnamon and clove essential oils and really captures the spicy feel of the season.  It reminds me of mulled cider on cold days;  just a nice warm feeling.

There are, of course, benefits to these oils that go beyond the great smell.  Both oils are antibacterial and anti-fungal.  Clove oil  also has pain relieving properties.  Cinnamon oil can increase brain function because it stimulates blood flow.  It will also help relieve stiff and achy muscles.  And of course, this soap is made like all of our products – with only the best all natural ingredients and therapeutic grade essential oils.

Our only problem is that we haven’t come up with a name for the soap yet.  This is where we need your help.  Leave a comment giving us your name ideas for the cinnamon and clove soap.  If we use yours, we will give you a bar.  But don’t delay – we will be picking a name at 5:00 this afternoon!


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