Living Green

Yesterday we attended the Green Living Conference and Expo in downtown Wilmington NC. It was a fun event with many like-minded people. It is so nice to attend an event where the environment takes center stage! More and more everyone is realizing that everything we do affects the environment in one way or another.  Moreover, the things that have a harmful effect on the environment can have a harmful effect on our health. One area that can be improved is in the area of skin care. If the products you are using have a negative effect on the earth, they probably are not the best things you could be putting on your skin.

There are many reasons to go green with you skin care:

  • To keep your skin safe. The FDA does not require safety tests before personal care products enter the market. The chemical ingredients listed on the back of your favorite soap may not be healthy for you or the environment.
  • To keep the earth clean. Just because something is touted to clean your skin, does not automatically mean it is clean for the earth as well. If you see the ingredients mercury, lead acetate, toluene or petroleum, you might want to consider something that is safer for our rivers, lakes and oceans.
  • To support a sustainable economy.  Contributing to companies that have products and services that are healthy for you and the environment goes a long way toward bettering the planet and the global economy.

What are some things to look for when trying to keep your skin and the earth safe from dangerous chemicals? Research states that 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your blood stream. Be on the look out for these in the list of ingredients:

  • Parabens – including methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben — might be associated with skin problems like irritations, dermatitis and allergic reactions
  • sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
  • artificial fragrances
  • lanolin
  • phthalates – dibutylphthalate, diethylphthalate, and butyl ester- have been linked to birth defects
  • petrochemicals – petroleum-based substances like mineral oil and paraffins – petroleum products not only take hundreds of years to biodegrade, but they might be linked to skin irritation, allergies and cancer. •
  • DMDM hydantoin – breaks down to release formaldehyde, which is classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Many natural ingredients can be used to protect, rejuvenate and soothe your skin. They are to numerous to list here, but here are a few examples of ingredients to look for when buying green skin care products.

Plant Extracts:

  • Cucumber soothes and reduces inflammation. (Like our California Cool)
  • Green and white teas have antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radicals. (Like our ZenAura)

Essential Oils:

  • Tea tree oil is an antiseptic and provides light hydration; it is great for acne-prone skin. (Like our Misty Mountain)
  • Lavender oil evens skin tone and balances moisture levels. (Like our Perfect Peace)

Other Natural Aids: •

So, as you are looking for ways to “go green”, do not forget your daily cleaning regimen. You can find all the soaps mentioned on our website. Your skin and your earth will thank you.

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Soap Spotlight

During a business meeting this morning over coffee, Wrigley, our sales manager, suggested that we dedicate one blog post a month to feature two all natural soaps from our collection.  The rest of us thought this was a great idea.  So, be on the lookout for our “Soap Spotlight” As new products roll out, you can read about them here.  You also will get a more in depth description of the properties and benefits of soaps that are already available.  Today, we will highlight one of our dog soaps and one from the “people collection”.

Coalman’s All-Natural Dog Soap (Lavender and Oatmeal) – Like all our dog soaps, Coalman’s soap was named for one of our kids.  Coalman was Gayle’s first Dalmatian and he lived with her for 13 years.  They had a very close, special connection and he was a very calming factor in her life back when times were tough.  The soap that bears his name is equally calming.  Coalman’s All Natural Dog Soap is  made with lavender essential oil and ground oatmeal.  Lavender essential oil has been called a “must have” for dogs.  It is very safe and gentle, with antibacterial, anti-itch, and nerve-calming properties. It should reduce the itching and also calm and relax your dog.  Never mind the fact that it just smells wonderful.  The addition of ground oatmeal helps to nourish, moisturize and soothe the skin.  Washing your dog with oatmeal leaves an invisible protective coating on their skin protecting them from further itching.  Oatmeal also has anti-inflammatory properties.  It reduces the swelling and pain caused by the dry itching skin and gives your pet relief.   Adding these qualities to the skin softening benefits of using an all natural soap makes this a great product for any dog.

Zen Aura(Green Tea and Lemongrass) – Zen Aura is one of our most popular all natural soaps for people.  It is made using actual green tea, including the tea leaves and lemongrass essential oil.  The anti-oxidant properties of green tea are thought to help prevent skin cancer by boosting the effects of sunscreen and also by reducing the swelling of skin cells that are exposed to the sun. They also have shown some wrinkle reducing effects.  The addition of a small amount of tea leaves makes this soap a gentle exfoliant.  The lemongrass essential oil, besides the wonderful smell, gives this soap many beneficial qualities.  Lemongrass is known for it’s antidepressant properties. It has been shown to boost self esteem, confidence, and mental strength.  Doesn’t that sound like something you want to start your morning with?  It can also reduce pain and swelling due to muscle or joint aches and arthritis.

Both of these products, along with all the other soaps we produce can be found on our website.  If you have a particular product you would like to know more about, leave a comment and we will add it to the spotlight schedule.  You still have one week to enter our contest.  Leave a comment on last week’s post and let us know what you are passionate about.

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The Skin Benefits of All Natural Soaps

It is easy for us to say that all natural soap is better for your skin, and it might be easy for you to believe us when we do say it.  But if you really start to think about it, you might wonder specifically how it is good for your skin.  Aside from the therapeutic properties associated with the different essential oils used, the base ingredients we use have advantageous and even healing properties.

The base oils used to make Glynne’s Soaps soap are chosen for very specific reasons. Much research goes in to picking just the right combination to make a great bar of soap.  Some are chosen because they will give your soap a good rich lather, others because they make a nice hard bar of soap.  Every base oil chosen by Glynne’s Soaps will also have skin enriching properties.

Coconut Oil

During this flu season, you will be relieved to know that coconut oil forms a barrier on your skin to ward off infection. Along with its ability to maintain the natural chemical balance of your skin, it is very beneficial in other ways.  It is a safe all natural moisturizer for all skin types, from very dry to very oily.  It is helpful in treating skin infections, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.  Coconut oil delays the formation of wrinkles and saggy skin while it prevents aging because of its antioxidant properties.  An additional benefit to coconut oil is that it is very soothing and can reduce stress and mental fatigue.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in Vitamin E and other antioxidants.  It has remarkable healing and anti-aging properties due to the presence of chlorophyll.  It can restore the moisture and elasticity to your skin and remove the damage done as you go about your day.  Damage from the sun, wind, cold, makeup, and any harmful chemicals you are exposed to on a daily basis.  It is also very moisturizing and is helpful in reducing dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Castor Oil

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil can be used to treat arthritis and other joint pains.  It is also a natural emollient which means it will penetrate the outer layer of skin to promote the body’s production of elastin and collagen.  This will give you softer, more hydrated skin.  It will restore the youthful appearance of your skin by reducing wrinkles and making your skin smoother and softer.

Cottonseed and Soybean Oils

These oils are full of fatty acids and anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and Vitamin B.  They are critical to keeping your skin smooth and younger looking.  They also prevent the development of wrinkles and age spots.  The fatty acids present in cottonseed and soybean oils are a key component to the restoration of your skin after the damage done by exposure to the sun and all the harmful pollutants in the air.

So, before you buy that next bar of soap this winter, check the ingredients.  Is it full of chemicals and words you can’t pronounce?  Why not reach for an all natural bar of soap from Glynne’s Soaps.  They smell great, are safe for you and the environment and you will start to notice the benefits to your skin after the first use.

As a side note, our new website is coming soon to a computer near you. We are excited about the new design and hope to be able to share it with you soon. Our Thanksgiving  free shipping deal ends tonight at midnight. We would love to be your stocking stuffer!

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