Saturday, November 03, 2007

Why we don't use Canola oil (and why you shouldn't either!)

The more I learn about Canola oil, the more I am glad we don't use it! Here are some quick facts:
  • Canola oil comes from a genetically modified plant (originally rapeseed)
  • Canola oil is deodorized at very high temperatures (>300F), which destroys any possible nutritive value it may have.
  • Rapeseed is a member of the mustard family, one of the most toxic of all plants, and is shunned by insects. You can use Canola oil (shaken with water) as an effective bug spray on your indoor plants.
  • Studies of canola oil done on rats indicate many problems. Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals and thyroid gland. When the canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs. No studies were done on humans before it was listed as GRAS (Generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.
Problems in humans take about 10 years to develop. How long have you been using Canola? Farming relatives have told us they stopped farming Canola because they believed it to be a poison.

Are you concerned enough about Canola oil to remove it from your life? If you are, you need to know where it is so you can stop using those products. Read your ingredients closely. Watch for, 'Canola Oil', 'Hydrogenated Canola Oil', 'vegetable oil' (most often this is Canola Oil disguised as something not so bad because Canola oil is so cheap).

Canola Oil is also present in soap from other companies. Ask yourself (and them) if using oil from a genetically modified organism is natural.

Pay close attention to your peanut butter, a staple in most people's diets. Peanut butter should only contain peanuts, and maybe salt... Do not eat margarine.

Some links to interesting articles:

Educate yourself, and live a healthier life.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Deluxe Aromatherapy Starter Kit
15 mL

This aromatherapy kit contains
24 essential oils
for you to explore!
Start your Aromatherapy experience right & save money too! This kit contains 24 of our most popular essential oils in the 15 mL size. Perfect for those who are serious about exploring what aromatherapy has to offer & would like more of each oil to start out with. Comes with our Large Treasure Chest to keep them in, & a handy set of blending suggestions to get you started.
Comes with our special blending guide.
Contains 15 mL of each of the following oils
  1. Anise Star
  2. Basil
  3. Bergamot
  4. Cedarwood
  5. Cinnamon Leaf
  6. Clary Sage
  7. Clove Bud
  8. Cypress
  9. Eucalyptus
  10. Ginger
  11. Grapefruit
  12. Lavender 40/42
  13. Lemon
  14. Lemongrass
  15. Lime
  16. Orange
  17. Palmarosa
  18. Patchouli
  19. Pepper
  20. Peppermint
  21. Pine
  22. Rosemary
  23. Tea Tree
  24. Ylang Ylang III
Start your aromatherapy journey today. Get this great kit for an incredible price:

Separate Cost: $169.43
Special Price: $134.99

Buy it today at Clearwater Soap Works

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Deluxe Aromatherapy Starter Kit
5 mL

This aromatherapy kit contains
35 essential oils
for you to explore!

Have you thought about aromatherapy, but didn't know where to start? Here's a great way to introduce yourself to 35 great essential oils at a great price. This set was specially selected for beginners, and comes with instructions and blending suggestions. Select this aromatherapy starter kit for a quick and painless introduction to what is sure to become your absolutely favourite pastime! Comes with 7 empty 5 mL bottles for you blends, and our special blending guide.

Comes with the following essential oils:
  1. Anise Star
  2. Basil
  3. Bergamot
  4. Birch, Sweet
  5. Camphor, White
  6. Cedarwood Himalayan
  7. Cinnamon Leaf
  8. Citronella
  9. Clary Sage
  10. Clove Bud
  11. Coriander
  12. Cypress
  13. Eucalyptus
  14. Fir Needle
  15. Ginger
  16. Grapefruit, Pink
  17. Ho Wood
  18. Lavender 40/42
  19. Lemon
  20. Lemon Eucalyptus
  21. Lemongrass
  22. Lime
  23. Litsea Cubeba
  24. Mandarin
  25. Orange, Sweet
  26. Palmarosa
  27. Patchouli
  28. Pepper Black
  29. Peppermint Japanese
  30. Pine Long Leaf
  31. Rosemary Spanish Camphor
  32. Spearmint
  33. Tea Tree
  34. Vetiver
  35. Ylang Ylang III
Start your aromatherapy journey today. Get this great kit for an incredible price:
Separate cost: $144.14
Special price: $109.99
Buy it today at Clearwater Soap Works

Friday, October 19, 2007

Precious Oils

Did you know we have some precious oils in stock now? Find Sandalwood and Bulgarian Rose Absolute here.

To get the most from these oils, you should dilute them in a suitable carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil (Clear & Deodorized). Both of these carriers are perfect for use with precious oils since they are non-greasy and have no scent of their own. Get a roll-on glass bottle and you have your own precious perfume.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Want Better Looking Nails?

Sure, who doesn't? I just noticed how fast my nails are growing lately. I never had long nails because they were brittle and thin and kept breaking and ripping well below where they should be. Ouch!

Not anymore! My nails are flexible, strong, and are growing at an incredible rate. Not too surprising really when you consider what I use on them: Nothing at all! Well, not really. I don't use nail polish, I don't use cuticle enhancer, I don't use hand creams. I also don't use shampoo, conditioner or any other detergent based 'cleanser'. By now you can see where I am going with this!

Detergents and other similar products (such as skin creams, body lotions and nail polish) will damage all of the proteins of your body (hair, skin, nails). If you don't use these products, ipso facto, no damage. No damage = beautiful nails!

Oh, there is one thing I do use on them (and on my skin and hair)... a bar of natural soap.

Did you notice that we've got 12 new varieties now? Just in time for gift giving! Stay tuned for more gift items to be added very soon...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Household Sprays Raise Asthma Risk?

A new study out indicates that using cleaner sprays (really any sprayed liquid) can damage your lungs and contribute to asthma. Using these sprays for as little as a week can cause damage.

The use of these sprays is so wide spread that an estimated 1 in 7 adult asthma cases could be linked to use of cleaning and deodorizing sprays, according to the study.

So, instead of using toxic aerosol or trigger spray liquids for household cleaning and air freshening, it is a good idea to dig out your bucket & cloth. Use hot water and plain soap to clean surfaces, and open your windows to let in fresh air! To add some healthy scent, you can always add some essential oils. Perfect freshening essential oils are Lavender, Eucalyptus and Pine.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Lead in Lipsticks

The Group Campaign for safe cosmetics has found that 61% of name-brand lipsticks contain detectable amounts of lead.

Brands tested included L'Oréal Colour Riche "True Red," L'Oréal Colour Riche "Classic Wine," Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor "Maximum Red" and Dior Addict "Positive Red."

Cosmetic companies and trade associations are defending these brands as being within the guidelines established by the FDA, but medical professional say that since there is NO SAFE LEVEL of LEAD exposure, and that these products are applied & re-applied multiple times a day, and that lead tends to accumulate in the body, there should be no lead in cosmetics at all.

Once again, brand name companies are not pro-active in removing unsafe chemicals such as heavy metals from their products. How long will it be before they bow to public pressure? Probably just as long as it takes for them to raise their already premium prices to compensate for their added expenses for testing their products.

Isn't it about time to stop poisoning yourself for looks?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mandarin Essential Oil: Uses, blend selections and more!

I love exploring new (& old) essential oils! Although I have been using essential oils for almost 4 years now, I find out new things about them all the time. For instance, this month I have rediscovered the beauty of Mandarin essential oil.

Long known for its gentleness, Mandarin essential oil can be used by anyone, including children and pregnant women.
Essential OilsSweet Almond Carrier Oil

Sweet, fresh Mandarin essential oil has an incredible relaxing effect, making it perfect for stressful times. Diffuse it in your house to restore calm and order if you have unruly children, or your work life leaves something to be desired.
For pregnant women, Mandarin essential oil can be a godsend, but not just for its relaxing affects...If used along with a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond or Apricot Kernel oil, it can help prevent stretch marks. For this to work, you must start massaging the oil gently into the abdomen before you begin to show, and must be done regularly. All in all, a fantastic and safe oil for pregnant women!

Buy Mandarin essential oils from this great source

What other oils go well with Mandarin essential oil? Well, a little trick I picked up on is that if you blend equal amounts of Petitgrain (Another citrus essential oil) with Mandarin, you get a blend that is very similar to the very expensive but exquisite Neroli!

Besides this Neroli smell alike, what other oils work well with Mandarin? Well pretty much any other essential oil you can think of! You have to consider whether you want to blend just for scent, or for other aromatherapy benefits. For instance, say you want to make a blend that is ultra-relaxing, then you would pick other oils that have similar properties. Vetiver, Lavender, Spikenard, Patchouli & Peru Balsam would be good choices.

If you like to remain in the citrus realm and make a blend a little more energetic, besides Petitgrain, you can also add Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lime, & Lemon with confidence.

You can also spice it up with Black Pepper, Sweet Fennel or Anise for a warming blend.

The remarkable versatility of Mandarin essential oil makes it not only a great value, but one of the safest choices you can make. Buy it at Clearwater Soap Works today!