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Everyday Essentials by Plant Therapy

Siam Wood & Star Anise CO2

January Oil of the Month Reveal: Siam Wood & Star Anise CO2

Our Oil of the Month Club is back with TWO exciting and exotic essential oils! Siam Wood has a rich, warm, sweet, woody, and slightly coniferous aroma that is sure to help put your mind at ease. Star Anise CO2 has an elegant, warm, and spicy aroma very similar to licorice. 

*Don’t have Siam Wood or Star Anise CO2? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

Siam Wood

Siam Wood Essential Oil, also known as Pemou or Po Mu, is a precious oil from the evergreen Fokienia hodginsii, which can grow up to 100 feet tall. With a warm, creamy, woodsy aroma that has coniferous hints, this calming and grounding essential oil may help with fatigue, grief, stress, and also support mental clarity. Because of these benefits, Siam Wood makes an excellent addition to meditation and yoga practices. This essential oil may also be useful in alleviating sore muscles from overexertion and helping protect yourself against outdoor annoyances when you’re spending time outdoors.

The amazingly complex aroma of Siam Wood will be a great addition to all of your perfumery blends. It’s also because of this aroma and its benefits, that some consider it to be a lovely substitute for Sandalwood.

Sacred Meditation Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Fill your diffuser with water and add essential oils. Turn on and enjoy!

Star Anise CO2 & Siam Wood

Some Things to Know

Star Anise CO2

Star Anise CO2 boasts an elegant, warm, and slightly spicy aroma that offers a gourmand richness and a hint of licorice to your fragrance blend DIYs. The supercritical extraction preserves the natural profile identity of the raw material giving it an aroma that is more true to the original plant.

Star Anise is believed to help ease occasional issues that affect older women, like sudden bursts of heat and sweating. It may also help support healthy digestion, ease occasional cramping, and soothe queasiness when you’ve overindulged or digestive issues strike. To help settle the tummy and help ease digestive discomfort, dilute to a maximum of 1.75% in a carrier oil and massage directly onto your abdomen.

Tummy Soother Belly Rub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Combine essential oils and Jojoba carrier oil. Mix well and apply to the abdomen in a clockwise motion. 

Some Things to Know

What are you most excited to do with your Siam Wood and Star Anise CO2? Share with us in the comments below!

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Liquid Hand Soaps

Meet the Ingredients in Our Liquid Hand Soaps

Clean hands have always been important. But more so now than ever before. It makes sense that you want a hand soap that cleans and leaves your hands soft after each wash. Say no more! We’re bringing you these amazing new hand soaps that effectively remove dirt and grime while also nourishing your hands. Let’s take a look at what makes these Liquid Hand Soaps so stellar.

Pear Blossom Liquid Hand Soap

Liquid Hand Soaps

Treat your hands right with the fantastic aroma of one of our three new liquid hand soaps! Enjoy the warm, spicy, and slightly sweet citrus scent of Grapefruit Cardamom, the citrus and floral scent of Pear Blossom, and the sweet orange, floral, and spicy scent of Black Pepper Magnolia. Our new hand soaps gently remove dirt and grime while the plant-based cleansers and plant extracts help keep hands feeling soft and moisturized. They are gentle enough to use throughout the day to keep your hands clean, happy, and smelling fresh, no matter how messy!

Formulated with thoughtfully chosen ingredients, our hand soaps are made without parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde donors, SLS, SLES, DEA, TEA, EDTA, triclosan, and synthetic fragrances and colorants.

Naturally Scented

For those that have been shopping with us for a while, you may have already spotted hand soaps in some of our amazing seasonal scents. While we’ll continue to come out with fun seasonal scents in the future, Grapefruit Cardamom, Black Pepper Magnolia and Pear Blossom are here to stay. Each scent is comprised of essential oils and other natural fragrances. They make the perfect complement to our other bath and body products

Grapefruit Cardamom Liquid Hand Soap

What’s Inside

If you glance at the label, you might spot some long, complicated words that you don’t recognize. Not to worry. We’re going to walk through each ingredient in our hand soaps, explain where it comes from and what it does. 

  • Water: Disperses the ingredients and helps create the perfect consistency.
  • Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine: Naturally derived from coconuts and Whole Foods compliant, this ingredient works as a conditioning agent (hello soft hands). It also helps create that sudsy, foamy goodness that won’t be overly drying. 
  • Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate & Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate: This duo works together as a mild, non-drying cleanser. They’re naturally derived from oleochemicals (a chemical compound derived from vegetable oils or fats).
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Aloe hydrates and softens the skin. Plus it’s packed with vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, choline, niacinamide, glycoprotein, enzymes, phenolic compounds, a variety of amino acids, phytochemicals, and salicylic acids, all of which are great for your skin.
  • Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer: Naturally derived, this ingredient solubilizes the fragrance in the soap.
  • Sodium Chloride: Also known as salt, it acts as a surfactant.
  • Glycerin: Naturally derived from vegetable sources, it helps draw moisture to the skin and helps the other ingredients absorb into the uppermost layers of the skin.
  • Sodium Benzoate: This ingredient acts as a preservative and helps inhibit the growth of bacteria.
  • Citric Acid: Naturally derived from some citrus fruits, it acts as a preservative and helps adjust the acidity in the soap.
  • Potassium Sorbate: Another naturally derived ingredient, it acts as a preservative.

 

With three amazing new scents to choose from, which scent are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gingerbread Coffee Scrub

DIY Gingerbread Coffee Scrub

It’s no secret that we love a good DIY scrub. Whether you use salt or sugar, the exfoliation they provide can transform your skincare routine. A good exfoliant (like this coffee scrub) will help your skin look brighter, allow your skincare products to absorb more easily, and help prevent clogged pores. Plus, when you exfoliate before shaving, it will help remove dead skin cells and allow you to get the closest, smoothest shave possible. 

But salt and sugar aren’t the only tools in your kit to help give you smooth, healthy skin. Coffee is full of antioxidants and caffeine, which may help improve the overall look and feel of your skin. Many even believe it to help with cellulite (but there hasn’t been enough research to say for sure). Luckily, this DIY is simple, easy and smells fantastic. We recommend using a light roast coffee to avoid staining or a completely overwhelming coffee aroma. When paired with our Gingerbread blend, it will take on notes of your favorite spiced coffee shop drink. 

Gingerbread Coffee Scrub Instructions

Gingerbread Coffee Scrub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Combine carrier oils and essential oils in a bowl. Add coffee grounds and mix well to combine. Use a small amount to exfoliate and smooth skin. Store in an airtight container.

 

What’s your favorite exfoliant? Let us know in the comments below.

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Plant Therapy Household Laundry Blends

Introducing Sparkling Laundry Blends, Wool Dryer Balls & Wrinkle Releaser

We’re kicking off the new year with new products. Just in time for spring cleaning, say hello to our new Sparkling Laundry Blends, Wool Dryer Balls and Wrinkle Releaser. These products are a natural way to soften and add a burst of scent to your clothes. Now you can ditch the dryer sheets and artificial fragrance in favor of something more eco-friendly. Here’s everything you need to know about adding essential oils to your laundry day routine.

Plant Therapy Sparkling Laundry Blends

Sparkling Laundry Blends

Each of our new Sparkling Laundry Blends was expertly tailored towards making your laundry smell fresh. The oils in the blends were chosen because of the intensity of their aroma as well as their dryer safety (more on that later). You can use them in the washer when combined with an unscented laundry detergent. Or you can combine them with wool dryer balls for a naturally fragrant laundry softener. When used as directed, all three Sparkling Laundry Blends can be safely used on the whole family’s laundry.

Sparkling Grapefruit 

  • Aroma: Uplifting Citrus and Lavender
  • Ingredients: Lavender, Lime Steam Distilled, Pink Grapefruit, and Spearmint
  • Ingredient Table

Sparkling Peppermint

  • Aroma: Minty and Fresh
  • Ingredients: Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, Clary Sage, and Linalool Isolate
  • Ingredient Table

Sparkling Lavender

  • Aroma: Fresh Lavender
  • Ingredients: Lemon, Lavender, Patchouli, Lavandin, Vanilla Botanical Extract
  • Ingredient Table

Plant Therapy Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls

One of the easiest ways to add scent to your clothes naturally is with dryer balls. Plus Wool Dryer Balls have benefits of their own! Our 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls are an eco-friendly way to soften clothing and help reduce static. All-natural and chemical-free, you can replace dryer sheets with this reusable alternative. Each ball lasts for up to 1,000 dryer loads.

After you’ve loaded your freshly washed laundry into the dryer, toss 3-4 wool dryer balls into the dryer for small loads. For larger loads, use 5-6 wool dryer balls. To help boost the scent, add 3-4 drops of one of our Sparkling Laundry Blends to a dryer ball and add with your laundry. For the strongest aroma, add the essential oils to the dryer balls during the last 15 minutes of the drying cycle when the dryer air is cool. 

Remember, while essential oils will add scent to your laundry, it won’t be nearly as strong as traditional laundry soap might give you. 

Adding Essential oils to a wool dryer ball

Dryer Safety

Essentials offer many incredible benefits, including helping laundry smell great naturally. But one of the drawbacks is that some essential oils have a flashpoint (the lowest temperature at which a compound will ignite given an ignition source) that often falls within the range of traditional dryers. With that in mind, we carefully crafted these blends with oils that have a higher flashpoint so that can safely be used in most dryers. But since commercial dryers or some older models run hotter, we don’t recommend using these blends when the dryer settings heat above 135° F or 57° C. When in doubt, the cooldown setting is a great option.

Plant Therapy Unscented Wrinkle Releaser

Unscented Wrinkle Releaser

Last, but certainly not least, we’re bringing you an Unscented Wrinkle Releaser. It effortlessly smooths wrinkles from clothing, linen, and other fabrics. This easy-to-use spray relaxes fabric fibers to release moderate wrinkles and help reduce static. This makes it ideal for rushed mornings, traveling, or when you’re just feeling too lazy to set up the ironing board and iron.

To smooth out wrinkles, simply spray onto the fabric with a sweeping motion until slightly damp. Shake fabric and use your hands to pull and smooth. Then lay flat or hang to dry and viola! 

Like our Linen and Room Sprays, this product has been tested for colorfastness on black and white rayon, polished cotton, and silk. There was some color change when wet for the silk and white rayon, but no color change once it was dry. In addition to this testing, we always recommend doing a small patch test first to make sure it’s safe for every fabric in your closet. Plus find the Ingredient Table here.

 

Which laundry product are you most excited to try first? Let us know in the comments below!

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Self Care & Skin Care DIYs for the New Year

It’s official, 2020 is finally over. We can kick it to the curb and welcome in the new year with open arms. Usually, we start seeing new year’s resolutions everywhere and they are telling us how to improve ourselves. But not this year. This year we are going to take time to care for our mental and emotional wellbeing, practice self-care, and try to find our center again. Instead of tips on how to conquer your resolutions, here are some soothing self-care and skincare DIYs to help you start your year off right.

These quick and simple DIYs will leave you and your skin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to face whatever life throws at you. Featuring powerful ingredients like matcha powder, oats, Plant Therapy essential oils, and more, these recipes are exactly what you need to enhance your overall look and feel. Matcha powder is an excellent ingredient for skincare as it is known to have antibacterial properties as well as a large amount of epigallocatechin gallate (a plant compound) which helps reduce redness and inflammation as well as support even skin tone. Oats on the other hand help absorb some of the excess oil on the face while providing antioxidant and cleansing benefits for your skin. 

And the diffuser blend will provide just the right amount of soothing, calming benefits to help you start your year off right.

*Green Tea CO2 Extract was December 2020’s Oil of the Month selection. If you don’t have it in your collection, you can also substitute Chamomile.

Hydrating Honey Lemon Tea Mask

Hydrating Honey Lemon Tea Face Mask

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

In a medium bowl, combine Clear Complex with essential oils. Add honey and stir. Add fine oats and matcha powder and stir well. Massage onto the face and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse well. 

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.

For a printable version, click here.

Self Care Diffuser Blend

Self Care Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need: 

  1. 4 drops Green Tea CO2 Extract
  2. 3 drops Lavender
  3. 2 drops Vetiver

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

For a printable version, click here.

Soothing Lavender No-Sew Eye Mask

What you’ll need:

  1. Cotton fabric
  2. Hem tape
  3. 1/2 cup white rice
  4. 1/4 cup lavender buds

What you’ll do: 

Fold your fabric to make a 6×6 in. square. Cut hem tape for two sides. Lay hem tape on the edges of the patterned side of the fabric. Iron each side with tape for about 30 seconds and allow to dry for at least 30 seconds. Turn the fabric out so the patterned side is facing outward. Fill with the desired amount of rice and lavender buds. Close the final sachet edge with hem tape and iron for 30 seconds to seal. Lay over eyes for a soothing, restful experience.

For a printable version, click here.

 

It’s completely okay to find yourself needing more. If this is you, check out our other tips and tricks to taking care of yourself and your emotional wellbeing here. For those of you who aren’t new to the self-care scene, let us know in the comments what your favorite tips and tricks are to staying calm, cool, collected, and healthy. 

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2020

End of Year Review with Plant Therapy

This has been quite the year. And while we’re ready to look to the new year for better things and a fresh start, we want to take a moment to look back at some of the highlights, challenges, and changes that 2020 brought.

TOP 5 PRODUCTS

Defender Glass Cleaner

 

 

 

With so many new products this year, it was difficult to choose our favorites. But at the top of the list, it would have to be our Multi-Surface Cleaner Concentrates. Powered by plants and essentials, they’re a fantastic natural way to keep your home clean and positively sparkling. We started with our incredible Defender blend but were then able to give you festive cleaners in two of our most popular holiday scents: Christmas Tree and Holly Berries.

 

 

Grapefruit Cardamom Natural Deodorant

 

 

 

If there’s one product we’ve been asked to make more than any other, it’s deodorant. After lots of hard work, we were proud to offer Natural Deodorant in two of our most-loved fragrances. Whether you choose Grapefruit Cardamom or Tiare Flower, you’ll smell fresh and stay dry all day long. Plus you can pair the deodorant with the coordinating body creme or butter for a full body scent experience.

 

Age Defying Hand Cream

 

 

 

 

 

What’s better than Age-Defying Body Crème for everyday soft skin? Age-Defying Hand Creams, of course! You can take these conveniently sized tubes with you on the go. Plus, they’re available in several lovely scents like Sweet Orange & Neroli, Forever, or one of our holiday blends like Candy Cane, Gingerbread, and Sugar Plum!

 

 

Naturally Scented Candles

 

 

 

 

It’s no secret we’re a fan of diffusing essential oils and blends to scent our homes. But sometimes the ambiance and gentle aroma of candles is a wonderful way to switch things up. Combining an all-natural blend of soy wax and coconut wax, these Naturally Scented Candles use essential oils and other natural fragrances to give you the subtle aroma of Bamboo Rose or Lavender Vanilla. 

 

CBD+iso Intense Relief Collection

 

 

 

 

 

For our last top product, we couldn’t pick just one. And so we’re choosing to celebrate our entire CBD+iso collection! With a variety of topical and supplement options for pain, sleep, and stress, CBD+iso combines broad-spectrum CBD with specific isolates to help give you relief for life’s issues. Choose from Intense Relief, Rest Easy, or Quiet Mind collections.

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 5 BLOG POSTS

It wasn’t just a big year for new product releases, we also devoted ourselves to bringing you quality education about essential oil basics, new products and fun, quality DIYs. While there were many hits, five posts really stood above the rest. 

Top 5 Blog Posts

How to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Burns

Lavender is well known for its many benefits, like sleep, relaxation, and soothing skin irritation. But when it comes to mild burns, it’s the best essential oil for the job. Learn everything you need to know about how to soothe your skin after a brush with a hot pan, your oven door, or when you spent a little too much time outside. 

Three DIYs for Our All the Fall Blends

For the first time ever, we brought back six of our most-loved fall blends from years past. But what fun are blends without a way to use them? We put together three fun and practical DIYs for the six different seasonal blends. 

Essential Oil Glossary

There are a lot of terms that get thrown around in the aromatherapy world, and a lot of them can be confusing. Find all of the terminologies you might need to know in one spot, along with easy to understand definitions and links to more in-depth information.

All Bundled Up Holiday Blends: Festive DIY Room Freshener

We could all use a little extra holiday cheer this year. In addition to six fabulously festive blends and more holiday products than ever before, we wanted to give you a quick and easy DIY that you could do with whichever blend you choose. 

How to Use an Essential Oil Diffuser

A good diffuser is one of the staples for your aromatherapy collection. And while they’re not complicated, there are some tips and tricks for making sure you get the most out of your diffuser and your essential oils.

 

COVID CHANGES

COVID came and everything changed, not always for the better. We maintained flexibility so that we could continue to provide our customers with excellent service, maintain steady employment for many families in Southeast Idaho and plant kindness to the community in as many ways as possible.

 

Gift Cards from local businesses

 

 

 

Small, local businesses were hit hard this year. As a way to help those businesses and thank our employees for their tireless work, Chris Jones (our CEO) purchased over $25,000 worth of gift cards from 18 of the locally owned businesses in our community to give to Plant Therapy employees and issued a challenge to other business owners to jump in and help in similar ways.

 

 

 

Packing lunches

 

 

 

 

With the help of local food vendors, we made and gave out 1,000 sack lunches at our 2nd Avenue S location in Twin Falls, ID to provide an essential meal to those in need. Whether it’s kids, seniors, or struggling families, we wanted to make sure those in our community were taken care of and fed.

 

 

Mother helping her son with a mask

 

 

 

 

 

Safety is a big part of what we do at Plant Therapy, whether it’s using essential oils topically or how to choose which CBD product is right for you. With the COVID threat, we implemented recommended CDC safety measures at our production and fulfillment facilities. And we transitioned as many employees who can to work from home. 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS & PLANTING KINDNESS

While we did what we could to help the local community, we recognize the need was much greater than just our state. Whether it was sending care packages to hospitals and essential workers across the country or partnering with our customers to see where is most, we’re committed to doing our part.

West Coast Fire Donations

 

 

 

 

As fires burned across the west coast, we wanted to help. So we reached out to our customers to let us know which organizations and non-profits were doing the most work on the ground. We were able to donate $3,500 to The American Red Cross, $3,500 to the Santiam Hospital and $3,708.25 to United Way of the Colombia-Willamette.

 

 

Year in Review

 

 

 

 

 

We put together care packages for teacher appreciation week, sent products to a number of hospitals, and special gifts to assisted living facilities. To learn about more of our efforts to plant kindness across the nation during COVID, click here.

 

 

 

 

Be the Good

 

The donations don’t start, or stop for that matter, in 2020. It is integral in who we are as a company and we are always working to be the good in the world. Here are just a few of the organizations we donated over $5,000 to this year:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Make-A-Wish
  • Africa Heartwood Project
  • St Jude’s Research Hospital
  • Impact Your World (Hurricane Laura Relief)
  • Operation Underground Railroad
  • NAACP LPF
  • Loveland Foundation
  • Operation Zero
  • And more…

While we’re all glad to see the back of 2020, we were able to create some great with the help of our amazing customers. Here’s to better and brighter things in the new year!

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Green Tea Extract

December Oil of the Month Reveal: Green Tea CO2 Extract

Our Oil of the Month Club is back with another exciting and soothing essential oil! Green Tea CO2 Extract has a green, crisp, and slightly sweet aroma with hints of seaweed.

*Don’t have Green Tea CO2 Extract? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

Green Tea CO2 Extract

Green Tea is grown in China from the Camellia sinensis plant and has been used for centuries for relaxation and skin rejuvenation. Green Tea CO2 Extract has a green, crisp, slightly sweet, herbal scent with light seaweed notes. Excellent for spa-like experiences, this lovely aroma instantly creates a zen atmosphere. 

Known to support healthy skin and boost appearances with age-defying effects, Green Tea CO2 Extract is an excellent addition to your skincare routine. To add to DIY body care products and use topically, dilute this extract to 2-3% in a carrier and gently massage into the skin. Enjoy the refreshing aroma and rejuvenating effects. 

Green Tea Extract

Green Tea CO2 extract is also excellent in times of stress and anxiety as it may help soothe tension and sharpen focus. To use aromatically, diffuse using 3-4 drops per 100 mL of water, use with a passive diffuser, or add to a personal inhaler – whatever you prefer! Try blending this lovely herbal and crisp extract with other essential oil staples like Lemon, Yuzu, or Jasmine. 

Green Tea CO2 Extract is one of our favorite oils. Benefit from the therapeutic qualities and aromatic scent with these wonderful self-care DIYs. They’re perfect for pampering yourself to a self-care night when stress has got you down.

Chapped Cheeks Soothing Salve DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Melt Shea Butter and Beeswax over a double boiler. Add jojoba and essential oils and stir well. Pour into empty tins and allow to cool. Apply to dry or chapped skin as needed.

Green Tea Extract

Some Things to Know

For a printable version, click here.

What’s your favorite way to use Green Tea CO2 Extract? Share your go-to DIYs in the comments below!

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Mimosa Lip Balm DIY

Mimosa Lip Balm DIY for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and we’re rolling up our sleeves for our DIY Superbowl. Is that too dramatic? We don’t think so! Hardly anything beats handmade gifts with clean, natural ingredients and personalized scents. To dazzle our friends and family we’re creating something crafty and luxurious for everyone on our list. This time we’re making Mimosa Lip Balm!

The combination of Blood Orange and just a hint of Copaiba for sweetness mimics the lovely, fresh scent of orange juice and champagne. And the combination of Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, and Mango butter provides the perfect amount of moisturization without a greasy feeling. The result is an incredible balm that will leave you with soft, supple lips.

Mimosa Lip Balm DIY instructions

Mimosa Lip Balm

What you’ll need: 

What you’ll do:

Melt Beeswax Pearls and Mango Butter over a double boiler. Remove from heat and add Sunflower Oil and essential oils. Stir until completely combined. Pour into empty lip balm tubes or tins and allow to cool. Apply Mimosa Lip Balm to lips as desired.

Download a printable version here

What sweet and fruit scent combinations have you discovered while DIYing? Tell us in the comments below!

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All Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash

Introducing All-Natural Fruit & Veggie Wash

This year has been a big one for Plant Therapy! We’ve harnessed the power of plants and essential oils to give you a wonderfully clean and fresh smelling home. It started with our Defender Multi-Surface Cleaner and Window Cleaner concentrates, then moving to hand soaps and seasonal cleaners, and now we’re bringing you our new All Natural Fruit & Veggie Wash

All-Natural Fruit & Veggie Wash

You’ve done your grocery shopping, got everything on your list, but you definitely don’t want to eat your produce without giving a thorough cleaning first. Produce can have germs, food born bacteria, dirt, wax that preserves freshness, and grime. This All-Natural Fruit & Veggie wash is a simple solution. It uses the combines all-natural ingredients with essential oils to remove residue and provide you with clean and healthy fruits and veggies. 

This fresh, citrusy wash efficiently removes surface residues from all types of fruits and vegetables, rinses clean, and doesn’t leave behind an aftertaste. When paired with a reusable glass bottle, this all-natural concentrate makes 64 oz of wash, helps cut down on the use of single-use plastics, and reduces the environmental impact of your cleaning products.

Family washing vegetables

How to Use

Just like with our Multi-Surface Cleaners and Window Cleaners, this a concentrate. To wash hard fruits and veggies, combine 4 tablespoons of All Natural Fruit & Veggie Wash in a clean, empty 16 fl. oz. spray bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Give the bottle a good shake, spray down your produce, and rub for 30 seconds or until clean. Rinse with water and you’re good to go! Plus, this wash won’t leave an aftertaste on your food.

For leafy greens, grapes, and berries, the process is a little different.  Mix 1 teaspoon of concentrate in a gallon of water. Soak fruit and veggies in a large bowl for approximately 5-10 minutes. Once it’s done soaking, rinse well and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Tips & Tricks

  • Wait until right before you’re ready to prepare the produce to wash it. Putting freshly washed produce in the fridge may spoil faster. But if you do prefer to wash it right after purchase, make sure it dries completely before refrigeration.
  • While you don’t have to wash pre-bagged salad, if you choose to do so, it’s totally okay.
  • For heads of lettuce, cut out the core and remove the stems. Once you’ve separated it into leaves, follow the directions for leafy greens and soak it in a bowl for 5-10 minutes.

Woman shopping in the produce section

Meet the Ingredients

As with all of our products, we chose only the best, clean ingredients to use in this All-Natural Fruit & Veggie Wash. You can find a handy table of these ingredients along with their corresponding CAS numbers. But we’ll provide a quick summary of these superstar natural ingredients here:

  • Citric Acid: found naturally in most citrus fruits (but especially in lemons and lime), it helps control the acidity and alkalinity of this product.
  • Decyl Glucoside: this plant-derived cleaning agent is natural and biodegradable. It helps clean and remove dirt and oil.
  • Glycerin: another plant-derived ingredient, glycerin stabilizes foam for better cleaning.
  • Grapefruit and Lemon Essential Oils: adds a wonderful and fresh aroma.
  • Sodium Citrate: the sodium salt of citric acid, this ingredient helps maintain a stable pH over time.
  • Water

The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

While washing your fruits and veggies might be a given and a good step towards removing pesticide residue, sometimes buying organic can be the best way to limit your exposure to pesticides. Because even though washing your product goes a long way towards removing pesticides, it will never be 100% effective as some pesticide can be absorbed in the produce itself. Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group (or EWG) releases a report each year with the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15. The Dirty Dozen is the top 12 fruits and veggies that have the highest pesticide residue (even after washing). For the fruits and veggies on this list, it’s worth paying a little extra to buy organic. However, the Clean 15 has very little pesticide residue. If you’re needing to save a little money in your budget, those are the best choices for buying regular over organic.

 

What’s your favorite cleaning product that have released so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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Natural Deodorant

New Natural Deodorant + Tips For Detoxing Your Pits

We’re always on the lookout for new and fun products to release. But where would we be without introducing our most customer-requested product… deodorant! We’ve been hard at work creating an effective natural deodorant that keeps you smelling amazing. It also doesn’t have any of the bad ingredients like aluminum, parabens, or synthetic fragrances.

Let’s take a look at what makes these natural deodorants your new best friend.

Grapefruit Cardamom and Tiare Flower Natural Deodorant

The natural ingredients in our natural deodorants will help your underarms stay fresh throughout the day while helping absorb and minimize wetness. Starting with a nourishing base of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and earth wax, the combination of tapioca starch, baking soda, and magnesium hydroxide work together to help neutralize odor, absorb wetness and keep you feeling dry. Plus the natural scent of Grapefruit Cardamom or Tiare Flower will leave you with a fresh, natural scent. 

These scents were also chosen for a reason! Not only will they help you smell wonderful, but they’re two of our most popular body care scents. Now you can coordinate for a full-body scent experience.

This natural deodorant is made without synthetic fragrance, parabens, and aluminum. It’s also non-GMO and cruelty-free.

Meet the Ingredients

Before we talk about anything else, we need to get one very crucial detail out of the way. This natural deodorant does not contain aluminum. Found in most antiperspirants, aluminum works by blocking the pores and not allowing sweat to escape. This can lead to problems like irritation, stains on your clothing, or even overheating as it interferes with your body’s natural process of cooling down. By using natural ingredients to absorb wetness, it allows your body to self regulate the temperature while keeping you fresh and dry. Let’s take a look at each of the superstar ingredients and how they work to keep you smelling good.

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: Derived from coconuts, this oil helps the deodorant go on smoothly.
  • Tapioca Starch: Extracted from the cassava plant, this starch helps keep you feeling dry throughout the day.
  • Ozokerite: Also known as earth wax, it stabilizes all the ingredients and helps keep things properly emulsified.
  • Magnesium Hydroxide: Also found in antacids like Milk of Magnesia, Magnesium Hydroxide partners with baking soda to help neutralize odor-causing bacteria.
  • Sodium BIcarbonate: Also known as baking soda, it is a natural and safe mineral that helps neutralize odor-causing bacteria. *For those sensitive to baking soda, we have a sensitive skin deodorant in the works! Stay tuned.
  • Coconut Oil: Also known as Cocos Nucifera Oil, it provides an excellent base for the deodorant and is packed with rich fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants.
  • Shea Butter: A great moisturizer that is full of antioxidants and vitamins. After all, your pits need a little love too.
  • Lactobacillus: A healthy bacteria and probiotic that is naturally found in your gut. It helps combat the bad, odor-causing bacteria found under your arms.
  • Natural Fragrance:  Made from only pure essential oils and isolates (chemical constituents isolated from essential oils for their aroma… learn more here), this completely natural ingredient gives the deodorant, and your underarms, a wonderfully fresh scent.

Tiare Flower Natural Deodorant

Tips for Making the Switch

If you’ve been using traditional deodorant for years, switching to natural deodorant can be a stinkier process than maybe you were expecting. As your pits detox and your pores start to become unclogged from the aluminum, it can cause extra odor leading to a very smelly transition period. Don’t despair! While you’re waiting for your pits to get used to the switch, you can add a few things to your routine to keep the odor to a minimum as you embrace your new natural journey.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV doesn’t just belong in your kitchen. Widely appreciated for its antibacterial properties, it can help minimize odor during your transition. Just make sure to dilute it in equal parts water before applying it to your underarms.
  • Bentonite Clay: Another great ingredient for your arsenal when it comes to making the switch to natural deodorant. It may help speed up the detox process and soothe your skin.
  • Charcoal Scrub: Don’t forget to exfoliate! (Gently, of course.) The scrub can help unclog your pores so your body can adapt to the new deodorant.
  • Time: In addition to the other products, your underarms just need some time. It will vary from person to person. But don’t give up! Your body will adjust and things will find their equilibrium before you know it.

 

Which scent are you excited to try first? Let us know in the comments below!

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