• Summertime fun... part 1

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    My Seasonal Products of Poison Ivy Salve, Mosquito-b-Gone and my Natural & Organic Sunscreen lotion bars have been in stores for about 2 weeks now.

    Actually, at the time I started writing this I had stock on my mosquito-b-gone but as of this past weekend all of my mosquito-b-gone lotion bars are already out of stock.  More will be made this week and back in stock.  This brings me to highlight my Mosquito-b-Gone...

    Anyone that uses any kind of bug spray should really read the ingredients.

    • Most conventional bug sprays for personal use are laced with N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it's commonly known.   DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill insects has been linked to neurological problems; just to state a few FACTS, according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse neurological effects were reported and who knows how many others that go under reported or unreported.

    My Mosquito-b-Gone ingredients are all non-toxic with very simple herbs that nature has provided to help with those pesky little buggers - no pun intended during our summertime.

    IMG_3126My lotion bars are even more effective at keeping bugs away than regular bug spray.  The bars coat the skin with a  protective layer, it also nourishes and moisturizes. No drying of skin like those conventional bug sprays.

    •  Ingredients:  organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil infused with peppermint, catnip mint, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, shea butter, neem oil, with a special blend of essential oils, candelilla wax and vitamin E.

    My special blend of essential oils list was too long to add on my label so just made it as a special blend but here are the actual ingredients, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, Litsea,  Patchouli, Catnip, Geranium Rose.

    Benefits & Features:

    • It Smells nice!  It doesn't have that synthetic citronella candle scent because it is real citronella essential oil.
    • organic and naturally grown ingredients
    • DEET free
    • Non-toxic
    • Non-chemical
    • Non-irritating
    • Vegetable and plant based ingredients
    • Safe and gentle does not cause any neurological problems.
    • Neem oil is an excellent "smelly" oil that repels not just mosquitoes but ticks and fleas as well.

    Simple Tip:

    • Garlic capsules also help repel insects by making the skin smell unattractive to bugs.

    Someone asked me why I do not make my Mosquito-b-Gone in a spray bottle.  Well, like all of my products, none contain water and in order not to use any type of preservative no water can be added to it. Once you add water to any lotion, or spray then a preservative must be added - a chemical one for that matter- in order for mold NOT to grow.

    Also, I would have to use a plastic spray bottle and I will not use any plastic "green" by-product for my products.  Plastic is not "green" nor natural- it's a petroleum product.  When the plastic bottle gets heated in someway it will always release chemicals into whatever is inside. NO THANK YOU!

    You can make your own bug spray using organic essential oils with water and spray it, but after 24 to 48 hours mold will start to develop. So you need to use it up fairly quickly.

    Ouchy Grouch Salve

    To complement my mosquito-b-gone, don't forget ouchy grouchy salve in case you have forgotten  your mosquito-b-gone at home.

    IMG_2903 Ouchy Grouchy Salve is an excellent first aid that brings relief to any skin inflammation and helps with all kinds of stings.   Stops those bumps and itching from mosquitoes.  It works wonderfully on drawing out poisons from wasp, bees and other stings. Both are a great have for summertime fun.

     

    Find these products here or online www.justskinfood.com.

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  • How Products Are Made

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    Many people have been asking us how exactly the products are made and if we make it all ourselves.

    So I guess we need to explain more about how the products are actually made…

    We make all the herbal infused oils, salves and balms by hand, using various infusing methods with a range of organic herbs, unrefined, steam-distilled and cold-pressed ingredients. 

    What does it mean to infuse the oils…the herbal infused oils are made on premise and take about 6 plus weeks to solar infuse. We do not buy the herbal oils  and then mix them to make an herbal infusion. Before and after the solar infusion we also use another method to intensify the process. This process is our own and it is an older method. This is where the most intense part takes place and it is much more labor intense.

    We also have a green house to help the infusion along and a place that they are stored in order to keep it cool after infusion. Once the infusion is made it is measured according to the percentage that is needed to make that specific therapeutic herbal salve.

    Depending on when the herbs have been picked, dried and stored and when the oils have been infused the color and scent can actually be different. Nature is incredible, and it is always different.  There will never be any 2 batches that will ever be the same.  But the healing power of each herb will still be as intense.

    Our products are made in small batches in order to pay attention to each step in the process and to keep the integrity and quality of the therapeutic infused herbal oil. Keeping the integrity of each batch also means each batch will be different in consistency and look. You might even have some residual herbs in a salve giving it even more intensity.

    We try to make our batches only twice a month during the full moon and the new moon and only if our supply is low.  The energy is much stronger and yet much gentler for the batches to really intensify.

    We do not keep lots of stock on hand.  Our products are made when needed simply because the salves and balms need to be as close to the date made for the intensity of the herbs.  And so there might be a wait for some salves if we are out of stock.

    All our salves and balms are dated at the time they were produced.

    So there is a lot of thought process and labor that goes into making a real therapeutic herbal salve and balm.

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