Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Staying healthy...

With all the recent news about the new flu strain making it's way north, it's time be sure that we're doing all we can to keep ourselves and our families healthy.

One very simple thing to help ward of disease is to be sure that hands are washed with plain soap and water several times a day. In our house, any time we come home from shopping or playing at the park, the first order of business is to wash hands thoroughly using soap and warm water.

Some essential oils help to prevent the spread of flu type viruses. These oils can be added to a liquid natural soap or diffused in the air. We do NOT advocate using essential oils internally or applying them directly to the skin undiluted.

Tea Tree
Scientific Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Associated Chemical Properties: Antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, decongestant, expectorant, immune stimulant.

Scientific Name: Lavandula latifolia
Associated Chemical Properties: Antiseptic, antimicrobial, bactericidal, decongestant.

While we don't carry a tea tree soap (yet!), we do use eucalyptus in 'Garden Mint' and 'Yuba Wild'.

Wishing you continued health!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Soap with a smile

I love making's a satisfying creative process for me. From an idea scratched out in my note book to the final product, every phase of the process is enjoyable for me.

Every now and then, I'll get a unique image that naturally appears in my soap. This time, to my amusement, I got soap that is smiling back at me! This bar of soap made it's way to one of my local wholesale accounts...I wonder who ended up with this bar and did they notice the smile? I hope it brightened someones day as it did mine when I discovered it.