Monday, June 26, 2006

NEW! Transparent soap by the log!

We are very pleased to introduce our new 100% natural transparent soap by the log!

This transparent soap is slightly different from our transparent soap bars, because it is made without alcohol. This means that the soap is ready to use and needs no curing, making it perfect for slicing at home. Super rich, thick lather and great slip to the soap makes it wonderful to use for you entire body, including your hair!

Transparent soap logs are available in our existing 10 scent varieties and colours, and also as a custom scented and coloured version! A 1 kg log will give you 10 100g bars, making a soap log a great value!

Buy before July 15th and use the discount code CSW06 in the checkout to save $5.00 per log.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Cancer Causing Cosmetics

Another little snippet in the news about the dangerous chemicals present in almost all cosmetics. Dr. Samuel Epstein from the University of Illinois is quoted online at as saying:
..."many household products are cancer-causing yet consumers don't get the full message from authorities."
He says the Canadian and American governments have failed to protect their citizens from harmful chemicals in and around the home.

Dr. Epstein singles out products such as milk, which can contain anitbiotics, and since American milk can flow into Canada, Canadians may also be drinking milk with growth hormones, the use of which is banned in Canada.

Soaps, shampoos and cosmetics are also mentioned, since they contain synthetic fragrances that contain a high percentage of allergens, as well as preservatives called parabens, which act like hormones and can disrupt the immune system. Products may also contain formaldehyde, or chemicals that break down into formaldehyde in the body, which is a known human carcinogen.

Dr. Epstein says because there's no labeling of the ingredients or their dangers on these products:
"To the overwhelming majority of the Canadian public this will mean nothing at all"
and he calls cosmetics:
"a witches' brew of carcinogens and hormonal agents."
Clearwater Soap Works stands by our opinions on artificial, synthetic ingredients in cosmetics, and why it is so important that people educate themselves about what chemicals they use on their bodies. To learn more about the dangers of using mass-produced cosmetics, and find out why our natural transparent soap made with pure essential oils can replace your toxic shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions and skin creams, read our full length article, The Dry Skin Dilemma.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Make Your Own Perfumes

Have you ever wanted to make your own perfumes? You can, with a set of pure essential oils and a carrier oil. Use your imagination and your nose to blend your favourite oils, just for you! Start with a base note, such as Cedarwood or Patchouli, and add some Lavender, Ylang Ylang, or Bergamot.

Once you discover your perfect potion, mix the essential oils in a carrier oil such as jojoba, apricot kernel, or sweet almond oil, and pour it into a roll-on bottle to make it a snap to apply. Use approximately 20 drops in total of essential oil for 10 mL carrier oil. You'll find that the perfume changes over time, as it interacts with your own body chemistry, and as the essential oils evaporate.