Seven Uses for All-Purpose Soap

Seven Uses for All-Purpose Soap

All-purpose soaps like the organic hand and body wash we make at Sagestone Botanicals can be used for a lot more than just cleaning skin. Here are seven ways you can use our soap in everyday life:

1. As a gentle, all-purpose cleaner

All-purpose soaps have disinfecting power, whether you are using them on your skin or on your kitchen counters. Just mix a quart cup of all-purpose soap with a quart of warm water, stir well and then spray onto your countertops.

2. Thoroughly washing produce

There is so much on the skin of our produce these days, from dirt to wax to pesticides. All-purpose soap can help get your food nice and clean. Just mix a quarter teaspoon into a bowl of water, then stir. Once your mix is ready, use the bowl to pre-wash your fruits and veggies before rinsing them thoroughly with cold water.

3. Moisturizing hand wash

Our organic soap has oil as its base, so washing your hands with it can help keep your skin moisturized - even when you don’t have time to top off your routine with lotion.

4. Cleaning dishes

Try all-purpose soap for handwashing dishes. Because our products are biodegradable, they are ideal for both disinfecting and cleaning your dishes - and they won’t pollute our waterways.

5. Plant bug spray

It can be hard to find a gentle, natural bug spray for your plants. All-purpose soap is a quick and easy solution. Just mix one tablespoon of soap into a quart of water and spray the solution onto your plants to help get them bug-free.

6. Shampoo

Shampoo is just soap for your hair. Our all-purpose soap is safe for your scalp and your hair. Plus, having an all-in-one soap/shampoo combo makes holiday packing that much easier!

7. Face wash

You can ditch the expensive face wash in favor of our gentle, organic, all-purpose soap. It is sulfate and paraben free, and has its base in natural oils, so the soap is very gentle on your skin.

All-purpose soap really should be used for all things that need to be cleaned! So, try out our all-purpose, organic soaps today! Read more  
How to Shop Responsibly

How to Shop Responsibly

We know that many of you are working hard to shop responsibly, but it can be hard. Packaging carries buzzwords like “natural” - but sometimes these words mean very little. That’s why we wanted to help by giving a quick “how to” on buying your soaps and lotions responsibly.

Read the Label

Remember that all of your soaps and lotions will soak into your skin - and many products will go down your drains and into our waterways and streams. Read the label and buy items with ingredients you can understand. Some ingredients to avoid include:

  • Fragrance

  • Parabens

  • Propylene Glycol

  • Triclosan

  • Sulfates

  • Synthetics

  • Ureas

Look for biodegradable products

You would think that skincare products would naturally be biodegradable, but unfortunately this is not always the case. When shopping for your soaps, lotions, and creams, be sure to find products that are biodegradable. Not only will these generally be healthier for you, when they wash into our waterways they will break down into nontoxic components.

Buy direct from the manufacturer

When buying artisanal soaps and lotions, try buying direct from the manufacturer. This can help the manufacturer see a higher percentage of their profits - and it provides you with a direct line to the people making the product so that all of your questions can be answered at the source. Finally, buying direct is often cheaper - so it can help you save money, too!

Look for labels that mean something

Labels like “organic” or “fair trade” have a legal meaning. However, a label like “natural” may mean very little. If you aren’t sure what the label means, contact the manufacturer directly and get it clarified. Many artisanal or handmade products are produced by people who are eager to talk about their best practices.

Shopping for biodegradable, natural skin care products requires a little more thought than just grabbing something from your local big box store. However, the results make the extra care worth the trouble!

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Is Bug Spray Toxic?

Is Bug Spray Toxic?

Summer is right around the corner which, for many, means camping, cookouts, and other outdoor activities. It also means a higher likelihood of being bit by a mosquito. While mosquitoes have been a mere irritant here in America in the past, we now have a frightening, mosquito-borne disease to worry about. That is, the Zika virus.

As summer approaches, many families and expecting mothers are buying bug spray in bulk for mosquito-bite prevention. However, when it comes to bug repellents, there are specific drawbacks that everyone should be aware of.

The Dangers of DEET

DEET stands for N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide. You can see why it got abbreviated!

This chemical is one of the most common ingredients in bug repellants. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that products that use DEET are safe, they also note that it can cause skin rashes, blisters, and mucous membrane irritation. Additionally, it is not recommended that DEET repellents are used too frequently, DEET should not be used for children under 2 months old, and it should not be inhaled as it is toxic if ingested.

Two separate studies have found that DEET has additional negative health effects. The first was done on Everglades National Park employees. This found that 25% of the subjects experienced negative health effects from rashes to nausea, from headaches to dizziness from DEET. A later study done at Duke University found that frequent and prolonged exposure to DEET led to brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats. The conclusion of both studies was that this product should not be used on humans.

Natural Mosquito Repellants

Fortunately, botanical repellents have been found to be effective against bugs and mosquitos. Ingredients like citronella, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and geraniol have all been found to repel mosquitoes.

Here at Sage Stone Botanicals, we offer an effective, toxin-free bug spray. The active ingredient is simply citronella, which is an essential oil distilled from two varieties of grass. It smells grassy and floral, but bugs and mosquitoes hate the scent.

Not only is citronella safe to put on your body, the Food and Drug Administration recognizes it as a safe flavoring agent for food or beverages. So, it is simple and safe to apply on moms, moms-to-be, dads, children and even babies.

Our goal is to help you, your family, and your friends stay safe and healthy this summer. Head on over to our shop to find our safe and effective citronella bug spray along with all of our other citronella products. And, if you are shopping in the month of June, 2016, be sure to take advantage of our online special which includes our citronella bug spray, citronella body lotion, unscented hand and heel cream and unscented bath and shower gel all for only $40.00.
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9 Most Common Chemicals in Body Care

9 Most Common Chemicals in Body Care

If you look at the ingredients of most skin-care products you own or almost all "healthy" and expensive skin-care products sold in any store, you will find a combination of the following dangerous, chemical and synthetic ingredients.  Please keep in mind that when you use ANYTHING on your skin or hair, ALL of the ingredients absorb into your body.  Skin absorption is so potent that an increasing number of medicines are in patch form. Read more  

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