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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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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Mugs for Jugs event at Front Street Brewery

The staff of Glynne’s Soaps knows the importance of giving back.  One cause that we have been committed to the past few years is Front Street Brewery’s Mugs for Jugs.  This annual fundraiser raises money for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation.  This organization provides free mammograms for women in need.  They also provide support for women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 3rd annual Mugs for Jugs event will occur this Saturday January 29th.  For a  donation of $9.99, you can get a commemorative t-shirt and mug.  Your mug will be filled once for free with your beer of choice.  The party starts at 7, (You can get a mug and t-shirt starting at 11:30am, if you can’t make it for the festivities.) with giveaways, raffle prizes, a fun photobooth and live entertainment that will continue into the night.

Of course, Glynne’s Soaps will be there, but we will also be donating some fun stuff for the raffle prizes.  We have created “Second Base Balm”, a lavender scented lotion in the shape of breasts.  We are very excited about these lotions, they are fun, but also all natural and moisturizing.  There will also be a gift basket you can bid on in the silent auction.  Remember that all proceeds will go to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation.  Factor in the good cause, and we know that the evening will be a great success.

Make sure to put this event on your calendar and don’t forget to find us and say Hello.

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Got Soap? or are you using detergent? (the answer may surprise you)

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it is very good at absorbing most of what it comes into contact with.  This includes any toxins that might be in the soaps, lotions and makeup that you are using.  If you look at the ingredient list on the back of your store bought soap, you will probably see the following items:

  • SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) – used to create foam and lather, can be an irritant
  • Lauric Acid – irritating to mucus membranes
  • Pentasodium pentetate – used as a water softener, emulsifier and dispersing ingredient in cosmetic cleansing creams, lotions and soaps, can be an eye irritant
  • Tetrasodium EDTA – synthetic preservative Trisodium etidronate – a preservative and possible irritant BHT – (butylhydroxytoluene) – synthetic antioxidant to keep oils in formula from going rancid, it has been linked to tumor formation and liver enlargement
  • Triclosan (or triclocarban) – this is found in most anti-bacterial soaps and is registered with the EPA as a pesticide.  (It does kill the bacteria.  All the bacteria, even the good stuff you need to stay healthy) Commercial manufacturers of anti-bacterial soaps will tell you that it is used at such low levels that it is not harmful, but it has been shown that Triclosan can be stored in your fat cells and it will soon reach a toxic level.  “A study at Virginia Tech discovered that products containing triclosan produced either chloroform or other chlorine byproducts when exposed to tap water.( In fact, triclosan decomposes into chlorine byproducts in as little as one minute when exposed to chlorinated tap water at 100 degrees Fahrenheit.(  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers the triclosan byproduct, chloroform, to be a probable human carcinogen that could cause cancer.” (Body Ecology)

Another reason to stay away from commercial soaps is that most of them are not really soap.  Look carefully at the label and you will see the words “beauty bar”, “cleansing bar”, “deodorant bar” or something similar.  This is because these products are not soap.  They are detergents.  The glycerin that is a natural by-product of the soap making process is removed so it can be made into lotions and other products that can be sold for a higher profit.  That natural glycerin is very moisturizing and when left in the soap, can keep your skin soft, reducing the need for lotions.  Using a commercial detergent strips your skin of the natural moisturizing oils that your skin needs, leaving it dry and irritated.  So, the next time you are at the store buying soap, take a look at the ingredients and consider an all natural alternative that is much safer and better for your skin.  Visit our website to purchase all natural soaps, lotions. lip balms and other skin care products.  Our products contain no chemicals and are very gently and safe for your skin.

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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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No Animals Were Harmed in the Writing of this Blog

There is much conversation around products that are all natural, safe for the environment and free from nasty dangerous chemicals.  And Glynne’s Soaps is proud to provide a quality product that fits all these characteristics.  There is one other category that we fall in that is not mentioned as often, but in our opinion is just as important.

Glynne’s Soaps is proud to say that we do not do any animal testing on our products.  Well, unless you count giving samples to friends and asking for their opinions.  Or using new products on ourselves for a while before offering them to you.

Unfortunately, there are still companies that do test their products or ingredients on animals.  Even though it is not required by law, they continue, even though there are other ways to test the safety of a product.  The only place where animal testing is required is by the EPA – they require animal toxicity testing on all pesticides.  It has just been a common practice for so long that many companies don’t even think twice about the harm they might be inflicting.  And it is not just cosmetic companies.  Companies that make personal care products, household cleaning products and even fruit juice can be included in this list.

If you would like a complete list of companies that still test their products on animals, you can check out this list.  Awareness is the first step to creating positive change.

You can also go to our website and pick out soaps, lotions, lip balms, scrubs and hand sanitizers that are cruelty free, all natural and environmentally friendly.

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