101 Ways to Live Green (Part 2)

Two weeks ago, we gave you 10 tips to living green with your skin care.  This post will highlight 10 ways to green your house cleaning.  The chemicals and dangerous toxins that are in the products you use every week to clean your house are damaging the health or you and your family.  There are ways to clean without using harsh chemicals that are just as effective, cheaper and often do a better job at keeping your house in tip top shape.

1) To cut grease in the kitchen, sprinkle borax or baking soda on a sponge and scrub away.  To clean your outdoor grill, use salt.

2) Warm water and vinegar make an effective tile or linoleum floor cleaner.  Add a few drops of lemon essential oil for a fresh clean scent.

3)  Clean windows and glass with a 50:50 mix of vinegar and water.

4)  The vinegar and water mix will also get rid of mildew in the shower.

5) To clean toilets, place 1/4 cup of borax in the bowl and let set overnight.  Scrub in the morning, using more borax if needed.

6)  A paste made from baking soda and water will get your tubs and sinks sparkling with a minimum of work.

7)  Mix 1 teaspoon borax and 1/4 cup vinegar with a quart of water and place in a spray bottle to use as an all purpose cleaner.  It works great on counter tops, floors, walls, carpets and upholstery.

8.)  If you have a clogged drain, dissolve 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in boiling water and pour down the drain.  The effervescence of the baking soda and vinegar should clear the clog.

9)  Equal parts olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar can be used as a furniture polish.  Just be sure to shake well before use.

10)  2 teaspoons of borax and 15 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water makes a very effective disinfectant spray.  It will kill germs without harming the environment or contributing to disease resistant bacteria.

The EPA has determined that indoor pollution levels can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels.  A big contributor to indoor pollution is cleaning products.  For the safety of your family, consider switching to all natural alternatives to clean your house.

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Nozes and Tozes Balm (Product Spotlight)

Most people have experienced the pain of having dry chapped skin, but did you know that your dog can experience the same painful dry chapped skin on the pads of his feet, his nose and even his elbows.  Harsh winter conditions can lead to cracking of your dog’s nose, and walking on cold surfaces, or surfaces that have been salted to prevent slipping can damage the pads of his feet.

Glynne’s Soaps created “Nozes and Tozes” balm to help combat the dry skin your dog can experience.  Made with all natural vegetable oils, bees wax and Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils, Nozes and Tozes is safe to use everyday.  The conditioning oils will soften and soothe the dry areas.  Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal and antviral.  It will help prevent any infections and fight any that might already be present.  Lavender oil is known for its ability to promote healing.

If your dog is suffering from dry cracked pads, nose or other sensitive areas, buy Glynne’s Nozes and Tozes Balm to give them the relief they need.

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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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Spearmint and Tea Tree Lip Balm (Product Spotlight)

Working for yourself has definite positive and negative aspects.  One of the major positives is meeting new people. We are always excited to get out, talk with people, hear their stories and share with them.

We had the privilege to attend a workshop last Friday that was put on by Coach Reggie, and was about growing your business.  After getting our coffee before the start of the seminar, we sat at the table across from a woman who proceeded to pull out a tube of our lip balm and compliment us on it.  She said that it was the best lip balm she had ever used.  We were both pleased and humbled that she enjoyed it so much.

Your lips are a very important part of your body and shouldn’t be ignored.  They are the spot on your body where your skin is the thinnest.  They also do not have any oil secreting glands like the rest of your skin, which makes it  easy for them to get dry and cracked.  Chapped lips can be very painful, and they can also open your body up for infection.  For a lip balm to be effective, it must do four your lips what they can not do for themselves, keep in moisture and protect them from drying out.

Glynne’s Soaps All Natural Lip Balm does just that.  And for especially dry lips, the Spearmint and Tea Tree Lip Balm is the best.   All our lip balms are made with all natural

The best remedy for chapped lips

beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil and soybean oil.  This means they have no petroleum products and nothing that will ultimately keep you lips from getting the moisture they need.

Beeswax is full of vitamin A which aids in cell development and will help your lips with new cell growth.  It also help form a protective barrier between your lips and the air to hold in moisture.  Coconut oil is very moisturizing as well, and as it penetrates into the skin it helps the connective tissue remain strong and supple.  Olive oil is well known for it’s ability to heal dry skin.  It is full of vitamins and nutrients that are very beneficial for your skin.  The soybean oil is good for evening out wrinkles and also is a great moisturizer.

The addition of tea tree oil gives an antibacterial quality to the lip balm.  This is beneficial in that it will help kill any germs that might be trying to enter your system through your chapped lips.  It also speeds the healing of dry cracked lips allowing them to become soft and smooth in a very short time.

So, if you are suffering from dry chapped lips this winter, get some of our All Natural Spearmint and Tea Tree Lip Balm.  Your lips will feel soft again in no time.

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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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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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All Natural Germ Fighter

I came down with a cold yesterday that has stopped me in my tracks.  I slept all yesterday afternoon and didn’t get up this morning until 11.  So, I’ve been up for two hours and it wouldn’t take much convincing to get me back in bed.  Wrigley has been a great help, snuggling me almost literally, the entire time.  Even when I’m sitting up in a chair or doing something else, he has his eye on me.  He’s very concerned…..which is super cute.  We are calling him my CMN (Cuddly Male Nurse). 

Because I’ve been sick, and haven’t wanted to pass along any germs….especially to Gayle, I have been washing my hands every chance I get.  This is a good idea anyway, and especially during the cold and flu season.  The biggest problem with washing your hands frequently is that they tend to get dry and chapped.  Well, that is not a problem with all-natural soap like Glynne’s Soaps.  Because the glycerin is left in the soap, and not removed like with commercial soaps, our soap leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, no matter how often you wash with it. 

The other benefit to all natural soaps during this time of year is that all essential oils are naturally antiseptic and antibacterial. They will help kill the germs associated with colds and flu without using any harsh chemicals that are bad for you and bad for the environment.  If you really want to protect yourself, use a soap containing tea tree oil.  Even though all essential oils have some antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is renowned for its antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties.  Plus, it smells great!  Our Misty Mountain soap contains both tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil

So, keep yourself safe this winter season.  Buy a soap that will leave your skin soft and fight germs the all natural way!

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