Win a Free T-Shirt

Today is National Trivia Day!  And we LOVE trivia!  So, in honor of this momentous occasion, we are sponsoring a trivia contest.  Answer these questions about Glynne’s Soaps correctly for a chance to win a t-shirt!

First – the Rules

  1. Answer the following trivia questions about us by leaving a comment.  Your comment will not be made public right away, so others can’t copy your answers.
  2. The comment with the most number of correct answers will be the winner.
  3. If there is a tie, a winner will be chosen at random from those with the same number of correct answers.
  4. The contest ends Sunday at 8 pm

Second – the Questions

  1. How did Glynne’s Soaps begin?
  2. Where does the name Glynne come from?
  3. What are two things our soaps will never contain?
  4. What do we use to kill fleas if we do get them in the house?
  5. List 3 places you can find our products

Third – GOOD LUCK!

 

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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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Spring has Sprung

The last few days have been beautiful – warm, sunny  Spring days. Although here in Southeast North Carolina with temperatures topping 88 degrees, some of us feel we have just sprung into summer!  These beautiful days you want to spend as much time outside as possible.  Unfortunately, nice warm days also bring the summer bugs.  I got my first mosquito bite yesterday while spending some time enjoying the weather.

Of course, in our house, we are far more concerned with how the bugs affect our four-legged fuzzy children than we are with how they bother us.  Spring weather means fleas.  If you haven’t read the story about our fight against the flea, check it out here and here.   We have successfully been able to win the war against fleas will all natural products.  Products that are safe for our dogs, ourselves and the environment.  This is our battle plan:

First, we use an all natural soap to bathe our boys regularly.  Franklyn’s is a good choice because it contains Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are both great at repelling fleas.  The Tea Tree oil has the added benefit of being a natural antiseptic so it will help ease the pain and itching from any flea bites.  Roxy’s is also very effective at fighting fleas.  If you can’t decide, you can always get a sample stack which includes a one ounce bar of each of our dog soaps.

To get rid of any fleas in the house, we use Borax.  It can be found in the grocery store with the laundry detergent.  We sprinkle the powder on the carpet, sofas, chairs, beds, etc.,  rub it in with a dry broom and let it sit for a few hours.  Then just vacuum it up.  Borax will suck out all the moisture from the fleas and kill them.

For the outside, we use food grade diatomaceous earth.  It is very important to buy the food grade material and not what you find at a pool store.  The diatomaceous earth at the pool store contains silica which makes the dust harmful if inhaled.  We sprinkle it all over the yard.  The small sharp crystals will literally poke holes in the fleas, killing them.  It also works for other crawling bugs – roaches, ticks, bed bugs, beetles and more.

We have been using this approach for the past year and a half and have had less problems with fleas then ever before.  We encourage you to fight fleas all naturally this year.  You, your pet and your environment will be better off. In our next post we will discuss the options for dealing with the pesky bugs which are out to bite you.

On another note, it is time to announce the winner of our Soap on the Run contest.  Congratulations to Amy whose comment was “I bought my first soap at the WB marathon expo and I love it. I am a walker not a runner so I will walk (but very fast) away from the soaps I have been currently using. Thank you for producing a product that I can buy locally.”  Send us an e-mail Amy with your address so we can get you your Soap in the Run.  Thanks to everyone who entered – be on the lookout for our next contest coming soon.

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Soap on the Run

The Glynne’s Soaps R&D group has been jumping lately.  It seems that there are quite a few new all natural products that are available now, or will be available soon.  We thought we’d take a minute to give you a sneak peak at what’s coming this spring.

Our first new and exciting product is called “Soap on the Run”.

Soap on the Run

It’s an all natural soap, scented with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils.  The best part about this soap is that it comes in its own container.  You can toss it in your gym bag, overnight bag, travel bag or desk drawer at work.  When you hit the showers, you have a safe gentle all natural soap that is great for your skin.  You don’t have to worry about a plastic bag full of slimy soap that is disintegrating and becoming unusable.  You won’t lose sleep wondering if your liquid soap is small enough to pass airport security yet large enough for you to use it your entire trip.  You won’t have to be concerned about what harsh chemicals and nasty preservatives are in the soap dispenser at the gym.  You will know that the soap you carry is all natural and good for you in a container that won’t set off alarms or leak all over your bag.  Going along with that, the essential oils used to scent “Soap on the Run” are great for active people.  Eucalyptus oil is the best all natural remedy for soothing sore, tired and achy muscles.  It also will combat mental fatigue.  Because it is an antibacterial, it is used as an all natural deodorant.  Tea tree oil is a natural therapy for bacterial and fungal skin ailments including acne, oily skin, athlete’s foot, insect bites and dandruff.  The next time you need an all natural soap that you can take with you, get some Soap on the Run.

But Soap on the Run is not the only thing that is new at Glynne’s Soaps.  We also have developed a soap that we are calling “man soap”.  It’s a manly sized bar, with 12 oz of soap scented with Grapefruit and Eucalyptus essential oils.  Man Soap is currently in the human and animal testing phase of Glynne’s Soaps R&D process.  (This means that we have given some to friends of ours and they are using it and giving feedback.)  It will hopefully be available on our website soon.

We have also developed a new scent that is currently available at festivals and will soon be available online.  It is called “Rejuvenation” and is a refreshing combination of Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils.

Our last new venture is still in the Glynne’s Soaps laboratory, but should be available for testing soon.  It is something we are very excited about – bath fizzies!  Be on the lookout for this and all our other new products.

On another note, it is time again for our monthly contest.  Thank you to everyone who entered last month’s contest!  We loved learning about your passions and what inspires you.  If you weren’t sure what your passion is, hopefully we encouraged you to find it and do something about it.

Now, on to our winner -

According to the random number generator which spit out the number 5, our winner is Jessica P. who wrote, “I am passionate about art. I am always thinking of new ideas to make and create…”

Thanks for entering our contest Jessica, and congratulations!  Please contact us via the “Contact Us” page of our website and we will discuss how to get you your soaps.

For those of you who didn’t win, thanks again for sharing your passion.  Feel free to head on over to our website and purchase some soap for yourself.  You might as well be clean while pursuing your passion.  Or afterward, as some of you expressed that gardening and digging in the dirt was what you enjoyed.

This month, leave a comment letting us know where you would most like to travel, taking a container of “Soap on the Run” with you (of course).  Leave your comment before April 7th.  The winner will receive a container of “Soap on the Run”

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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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Every Day is a Holiday

There are those people who see Birthdays as a time to morn the passing of their youth. They dread the big day and hide it from anyone and everyone as much as they can. At Glynne’s Soaps, we have a different attitude about Birthdays; we see it as a day to celebrate the fact that you are alive.

Because we believe in celebrating Birthdays Glynne’s Soaps was closed for business yesterday.  It was Gayle’s birthday.  Therefore, we closed up the office, had a nice leisurely morning, spent the afternoon at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher (head over to our facebook fan page to see our fun pictures from the Aquarium) and had a great Japanese Hibachi style dinner with a wonderful friend.  Overall, I think it was a day worthy of being called a holiday. 

We are still feeling “in the holiday spirit” this morning, and have decided to have a contest.  Everyone that signs up for our newsletter before January 28th will be entered into a drawing.  (If you are already, a subscriber you too are eligible to win.)  The winner will receive a free “Design Your Own” Sample Stack of our soaps (shipping included). 

Just pop on over to our website, click on the link that says “Sign Up for Our Mailing List”, follow the instructions and you will be entered to win. 

When you sign up, make sure and let us know your birthday.  We will also send you a gift on your special holiday.

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