Pride in Products
We take pride in providing an holistic approach to healing. Our products have been organically and naturally wildcrafted. Most of our products are vegan and all of our products are cruetly free and GMO- free.
How Products are Made
We make all the herbal oils, salves, balms, butters, soap, body scrubs, and lotion sticks by hand, by using various infusing methods with a range of organic herbs, unrefined, steam-distilled and cold-pressed ingredients.
We also double infuse certain oils for therapeutic reasons in order to provide additional healing properties. It is through these raw materials that the color, texture and scent of the products are determined.
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 herbs and the essence without compromising the outcome. Although some products have a shelf life of about two years, we recommend using them within six months of opening to minimize external bacterial contamination.
Since our products contain only organic and wildcrafted ingredients, they are affected by the weather and temperature, and thus can melt in warmer weather. You can avoid this by keeping them out of the sun and solidifying them in the fridge. In cooler weather, they may get firmer. Always apply the product on a clean surface with clean hands so as to avoid contaminating the containers.
We have selected packaging that reflects our commitment to environmental sustainability. We do not like to use plastic even if it is considered a “green” product. And we try very hard to limit our use of it. We only have 1 product that requires use of a hard plastic tube for our larger sunscreen.
We use only glass, reusable or biodegradable products. Even our inside seals are made from certified unbleached chlorine free paper.
We do not like to use any kind of sealer that requires heat transfer of glue or plastic.
Our labels are all printed on recycled paper.
When we first started to make the products we had chosen NOT to sell anything online for the simple fact of having too much carbon footprint for such small products was counter intuitive to healing. Therefore, decided only to keep it very local or when we would be in the extended areas the products would be hand delivered to them on our way to other venues or events etc.
In a very short time everyone had wanted to order our herbal products online and we had to decide how to have a lesser carbon footprint for such small items.
So we decided to have a minimum online order so that people can get what they needed in one time. In addition, in order to keep with the less carbon footprint we decided to reuse a lot of our shipping boxes whenever we received shipping boxes from our vendors.
Soap making, because of its' chemistry, cannot ever reach above the 85% level of organic content. Bar of soaps require sodium hydroxide (NaOH, or lye) for their production. Sodium hydroxide is on the allowed list of non-organic ingredients that can be used in making organic products, and it accounts for approximately 10-15% of the ingredients, by weight (not including water or salt and depending on the recipe). Even if every other ingredient in a bar of soap were certified organic, the soap would never have an organic content of more than 85%-90%, as this is the maximum level of organic content in a bar of soap.
At Just Skin Food, we maintain a minimum organic content level of 85% in our entire bar of soaps. We have also taken the additional step of making sure all of our ingredients that can be organic are certified under the USDA National Organic Program. Our soaps are certified by PCO - certifying agent USDA. Liquid soap, shampoos or body washes with liquid soap that is USDA certified organic is not 100% just soap.
Here is why… ...they'll take the original liquid soap (most times it is castile soap), usually about 80% organic, and dilute it with organic tea, juice or another form of liquid. The finished product ends up being 20% soap to get the non-organic content down below 5% (20% times 20% = 5%).
So, when you're buying a certified organic liquid soap, know that you're buying a product that's been considerably diluted, and basically 80% water.Why buy something that's already diluted, when you can buy full-strength soap and dilute it yourself? So if you buy a full strength 8 oz castile (shower, soap or other) gels, it makes eight 8 oz bottles of their liquid soap...that's like buying an 8 oz bottle of their soap for just $1.40!