Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Exfoliating Bar Soap

An exfoliating bar soap is a great way to scrub away dead skin cells while cleansing at the same time. Two ingredients that work well to exfoliate in a bar of soap are ground juniper berries and oats. They gently remove dry, flaky skin without drying you out.

Soap bars should also include moisturizing oils to hydrate and soften skin at the same time. Safflower, sunflower, and coconut oils are excellent to aid in hydration. Exfoliating bar soap that is free from chemicals and certified organic keeps your skin glowing and healthy!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Bar Soap Organic

There are many harmful ingredients in soap. Here are some dangers in soap and good reasons to keep your bar soap organic:
  • Sodium tallowate is often used to make bar soap. It is the fat renderings from meat processing. Hormones, antibiotics and toxins are stored in animal fat and then this fat is used to make soap.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfates are added to soap to make it lather more. This chemical can cause skin irritation.
  • Fragrances are used to give soap its scent. There are over 200 reported chemicals used in fragrances but none have to be listed in the ingredients because they are cloaked under the word "fragrances".
Look for ingredients that are certified organic and use plant oils to make the bar soap not animal fat. The scent should come from essential oils which come directly from the plant. Healing herbs also contribute to the overall scent of the soap.

Head To Toe Organics wants to help you keep your bar soap organic by offering 25% off organic bar soap. Eleven scents available.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Karite Shea Butter

What is the difference between karite shea butter and African shea butter?

They are the same thing. Shea butter is extracted from the fruit of the karite (or shea) tree in Africa. It grows naturally in the wild. These fruits are harvested, dried, then ground into powder. The powder is boiled where the oil rises to the top and collected and then solidifies.

This super hydrating butter has a high degree of healing properties and is excellent for dry, chapped lips and skin, eczema, burns, wrinkles and insect bites to name a few.

Most shea is refined to take out impurities. Many commercial companies use the chemical "hexane" to refine which removes most of the healing properties. Certified organic shea is filtered through earthen clay and never uses any chemicals but still retains a high degree of healing qualities.

If you are feeling the "winter dry skin", your best defense is karite shea butter that is certified organic.