Keepin' the skin baby soft.
When the Narwhal and the Manatee was still just a baby bean of an idea, there was no doubt that babies shouldn't be ignored. After all, Agatha, the owner's daughter, was the inspiration for creating healthy skin care in the first place. Thus we created our Polliwog Baby line!
Baby skin is different from kid skin, which is different from adult skin. Hence, our kid and baby products, featuring well thought out ingredients to keep littles healthy.
For babies, we have three special products.
1. Baby Bum Balm
Made with zinc oxide, this provides that wonderful bum barrier that will keep your baby's butt skin happy. No more diaper rash! Hooray! We also use rose and chamomile infused olive oil to calm skin and mango butter for some serious moisturizing.
2. Baby Powder
Most baby powders use baking soda. Not ours. We rely on arrowroot powder and kaolin clay for absorbing power. Tapioca powder and colloidal oats offer a gentle element to keep skin supple and soft.
3. Baby Bath Fizzies
These little nuggets are the perfect size for a baby bath. Also made with colloidal oats, they offer a special softness. We add in local honey to help build skin's immunities (plus, honey is naturally antibacterial!) and just a touch of lemon and frankincense for that special fresh baby scent.
We also partnered with Finn's Door, a local (and amazing) seamstress. She creates the best baby wash cloths, hoodie towels and cloth boxes for the perfect grab-and-go baby gift. You can see more of Finn's Door here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FinnsDoor
For the love of lavender.
Several years ago there were these awesome little tabs for your shower that smelled like eucalyptus. They were so perfect when I had a cold, but still had to function. I'd throw one in, take my shower and suddenly (even if only for a short time) I could breathe. Magic.
Of course, I can't find those anymore. In which I thought, "Hmm...can I make them?" Sure enough! I can. So I did. Then it dawned on me that I could make them smell however I wanted! So I did! (Bonus: they look like a tiny scoop of ice cream!)
Here's how they work: Place the Shower Refresher on your shower floor. Take your shower. The fragrances will effervesce into the air, filling your entire bathroom with good-smelling yum. It's that easy.
There are a lot of things I love about our Shower Refreshers. First, they are totally affordable. At 3 for $5 or 7 for $10, they make it an easy "splurge" for your shower every day. And we always have nine fragrances to choose from. We have some that rotate seasonally, but we have staples as well. We always keep eucalyptus and lemon, lavender & peppermint. And our lime mint is a favorite, so it's not going away anytime soon.
In addition to those, yuzu and lilac are very popular. Right now, our seasonal fragrance is Punkin Spice (shocker, I know). And for the holidays we are introducing Wassail and Vanilla Bean. Mmmm. Warm and yummy.
Surprise! It's .Thursday! Today and every Thursday, you get a FREE gift when you spend $20 or more at our retail location: 127 W Wayne St. Fort Wayne, IN
So what makes this Thursday so special? Punkin Spice! It's the season feature...so warm and yummy! We also have caramel tobacco and coffee scented fall goodies, so if you're not on the pumpkin train, we've got you covered.
Topping the bath fizzy is our signature whipped sugar scrub frosting. A tiny bit of glitter, some nutmeg and cinnamon are sure to make this Punkin Spice bath super magical. Mmmm....magic pumpkin...
Punkin Spice is available in our bath fizzies, whipped sugar scrub and shower refreshers.
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend (aka Coffee) is available in whipped sugar scrub and soap.
Caramel Tobacco is available in soap.
Welcome to Feature Friday, our new weekly blog that will go in-depth with the products we make by hand. This week's focus is on soap.
Here's the thing: all soap is not created equal. There's, of course, the debate of liquid soap vs. bar soap. Are you a shower gel person or a bar soap person? So let's talk about that...
We don't make shower gel. Why? Simply put: it doesn't match with our business model of simply packaging and simple ingredients. To make shower gel, you need additional ingredients to keep it from getting all sorts of ick. We don't like dealing with ick, so we stick with soap. Plus, we would need additional bottles and packaging, which have an upfront cost, which does you (the customer) no favors. Now, I'm not saying that we'll never make shower gel, but right now it's not on the radar.
Why is our soap so great? First of all, our recipes were designed by the amazing Micki, our Production Master. She made SO MANY batches of soap until she refined two unique recipes, perfect for skin and matching with our business model.
Soap 1: Fun Shapes!
Any soaps that you see that are amazing shapes are an olive and coconut oil based soap. It's so soft and creamy an appropriate for even the most sensitive skin. We use mica powder to add color and our wonderful essential and fragrance oils for the scent. This recipe is what we use for most of our custom orders, as it is so versatile and we can use it in any mold. We love it.
Soap 2: Classic Bar
Our bar and circle soaps are made with a lard-base. We hand-render our own lard and (sometimes) mix in goodies like orange peel powder, coffee grounds and turmeric. A lard-based soap lasts a long time in the shower or tub, creates a nice, thick lather and, with added olive oil, keeps skin healthy and clean. Plus, we create a variety of scents that are appropriate for men, women and children. Because everyone takes a shower or bath (I hope!).
If you're not sure about lard and tallow based soaps, this article outlines quite nicely some of the benefits: http://www.humblebeeandme.com/why-i-use-lard-or-tallow-in-my-soap-and-why-you-should-too/
And if you're interested in how it's done, check out this super low-budget (meaning we did this with my phone) video of us making some soap!
Today we are going to dive into Babassu Oil. It's a lesser-known oil, yet one of our favorites. It comes primarily from Brazil and is a species of palm tree (NOTE: this is NOT palm oil. We do not use palm oil and never will).
The Babassu palm tree fruits are harvested from August to November (so right now!) by the local and native women of Brazil called the “Babassu breakers.” The fruits that have naturally fallen from the tree are gathered and broken open using an axe (hence, the name "Babassu breakers"). They get the meat or flesh of these fruits and cold-press them until they get a clear light yellow vegetable oil from them.
While it isn't as well known here in America, Brazillians have used Babassu oil for generations in cooking and as a cleansing agent. We use it because it's also an amazing aid for dry, itchy skin. It is gentle enough to use on eczema, even for children and babies. Bonus: it doesn't leave a greasy after-feel.
It's even excellent for hair (Keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming hair products!). It's natural super-oiliness conditions and restores hair's natural elasticity and health, so it is wonderful in conditioners and styling creams.
The Babassu oil that we use in our products are certified as both Kosher and Vegan. You can find it featured in our Whipped Body Butters, a product that was specifically designed to be free of water (therefore no added preservatives!). It is excellent for even the most sensitive of skin as it provides moisture without build-up (and the dreaded stinging that comes with having sensitive skin!)
This week we focus on honey! We could very easily go and get honey from any store and use that. But what's the fun there? Using local honey is so much better for so many reasons!
This past spring I had the privilege of picking up FIVE GALLONS of honey to use in our products. Right now we only have a couple that use honey (the baby bath fizzies and a clay mask we make for private label), but it's good to know that we have it on hand for any special orders or future products we may carry.
So why honey? Well, it's amazing for the skin. We use it in the baby bath fizzies because honey has natural antibacterial properties, plus it's super mild. Using local honey introduces the added benefit of building up immunities to local allergens as well. It's a win-win.
We get our honey from Carol and Mike Miller, who are located just outside of Fort Wayne. They have hives all over the countryside and dedicated their time to education about honey bees, conservation and healthy practices. You can read more about their efforts here:
When I went to pick up my bucket of honey, Mike was kind enough to show me some of the new hives that had just arrived. I was there in the spring, so these were new queens brought up from the south to replenish hives that had lost a queen over the winter. It was fascinating to see how they were transported, cared for, and (eventually) taken to their new hive, surrounded by Indiana fields and flowers. (Have I mentioned I love this job?)
I managed to snap a couple of bee pics. Enjoy!