A while back, I was listening to Ted Radio Hour and this wonderful TedTalk was on about hand washing. You should watch it...because it's great (see video below).
Basically, this talk by Myriam Sidibe states that the simplest, cheapest way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands with soap. What? Soap? I have some of that!
Even better, the way we process our soap is all-natural, which means we aren't introducing unnecessary ingredients that could interfere with the work soap is meant to do. Plus, our soaps are super-sudsy, which means the soap is grabbing on to more germs, grime, etc. and rinsing it away (off your hands and body).
Best thing? Our soaps are only $5 per bar. Which makes them affordable enough to have in the shower, by every sink in the house, give to friends, and more!
Let's work together to stay healthy...let's wash our hands.
Here's the direct link to the video:
Or watch it right here!
It's November. The month for beards. Why? Well, No Shave November, of course!
No Shave November is this fun (and in our opinion sexy) movement for men to help raise cancer research awareness. You can find out the details here: https://no-shave.org/
Now. You have a beard. Or you want to have a beard. It's important to take care of your whiskers...AND the skin underneath (keep those cheeks sweet!).
Our beard balm is both moisturizing for skin and nourishing for beards. Our use of shea butter is the main reason (it keeps whiskers from getting wild, while still moisturizing), but we also use Rice Bran Oil, Argan Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and Benzoin Resin, which are all wonderful oils to help enrich whiskers.
We have two varieties:
Skovhugger smells like a campfire (we add birch tar oil...for that lovely, smoky scent).
Burchereon smells like vanilla and cedarwood, warm and comforting.
You can grab them both in the store and online (make sure to leave a note about which one you want if you order online!). One stick lasts...a really long time (my husband uses it every single day, and he just opened his second tube after a year!).
So keep those whiskers growing...but keep them healthy!
This week we are focusing on the little-known, yet mighty powerful Evening Primrose Oil. This pretty little flower grows all over North America, but the oil comes from the seeds of the plant. We utilize this in several products, but it is the star of the show in our Naked Cream Cleanser...and for good reason!
We choose to use evening primrose oil for a few reasons:
1. It is considered one of the best soothers of eczema (and many other skin-related irritations!)
2. It has a high fatty acid content, which is essential for skin health.
3, It is very gentle and can be used directly as a moisturizer anywhere on the body.
4. It boosts blood circulation, so is especially helpful for tired skin and eyes.
It's the #1 ingredient in our cream cleanser for all of these reasons...because our cleanser also doubles as moisturizer and a make-up remover. So using a super-safe, gentle, light oil is pretty important.
You can nab our Naked Cream Cleanser from our online store or in our brick and mortar location in beautiful Downtown Fort Wayne, IN.
Coconut Oil. Yes, we've blogged about it before, but we simply can't get enough of it. It is SO good for your skin. Plus, the coconut oil we use, Dignity, is good for your soul.
First, let's talk about Dignity Coconut Oil. First of all, it is the highest quality coconut oil we have ever tried (and, trust us, we've tried a LOT). It is raw. It is organic. And, best of all, they help employ women who have been saved from sex trafficking. This company is amazing. You can find out more about them here: http://www.dignitycoconuts.com
And, just in case you don't believe us, here is an excerpt directly from their website:
"Our business was born out of a conviction to help communities overcome cycles of poverty and slavery. Not with a handout, but with a sustainable business that will bring lasting hope and change to communities."
"We make the most pure and delicious virgin coconut oil a jar can hold. We don't heat it. We don't refine it. Our unique raw method gives you every bit of healthy goodness."
SO...let's talk about that "healthy goodness." Why IS coconut oil so good for your skin?
1. Anti-aging properties
2. Combats yeast infections
3. Reduces inflammation
4. Boosts immune system
5. Naturally Cleansing
6. Super moisturizing
We use coconut oil in a lot of our products because it is so healthy and pure. It is mild enough for even the most sensitive skin, while still being moisturizing enough for the toughest of skin. It's amazing. And we love it.
You can find it in all of these products (plus more that you'll find in our store)!
Lips. We love them. We especially love to keep them healthy. That's why we paired our moisturizing lip balm with healing herb blends for an ultimate lip experience. Let's outline the differences:
Heaven: This lip balm is made with a scarlet rooibos tea. Rooibos teas are naturally full of calcium and manganese, both really excellent for teeth (and lets face it, your lips are really close to your teeth). It also contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc, both of which are excellent for your skin. We named it "Heaven" because it glides on so smoothly, has a faint berry essence and makes lips silky soft.
Peppermint Rose: First of all, let me point out that we raise our own mint AND roses. We dry them and then infuse them into our lip balm. Why this combo? Well peppermint is naturally cooling, which makes this an excellent choice if you have chronic chapped lips (especially in the winter). Rose draws blood to the surface of the skin, which creates faster healing. This is the perfect cold-weather lip balm (and doubling as a cuticle balm makes this a favorite!)
Chai: Well, lets be honest, chai is delicious. Beyond that, chai is naturally anti-inflammatory and is full of anti-oxidants. This is a perfect choice to keep your lips healthy and soft, and even better if you're post sunburn or a super chapped episode.
Zen Shuay (not pictured): Made with green tea, this lip balm is full of caffeine. Caffeine increases circulation, which promotes healing and prevents dry skin. It also helps to clear acne (it helps prevent the production of sebum), so it's also a good choice if you have breakouts (because a zit on the edge of the lip is super-ouchy).
These aren't just your typical lip balms. They are super balms. All of them double as a cuticle balm, and I even use it on my elbows or knuckles in really dry weather. It's amazing. We sell it in two sizes: A tube for $5 or a tin for $8.
And if you're not convinced you need to keep those lips moisturized, check out this article from She Knows with some excellent reasons why: http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/1013495/benefits-of-hydrated-lips
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.