How We Package Each and Every Order - Recyclable packaging, even down to the peanuts!

How We Package Each and Every Order - Recyclable packaging, even down to the peanuts!

April 06, 2014

Happy belated 4th of July Weekend!

I hope that you all had a fun BBQ and fireworks-filled Independence Day with your friends and family!  I know that I did (okay, maybe too much BBQ). I wanted to take a minute today to show you how we package all our orders that go out the door, and highlight the ways we're always keeping our environment in mind.

Here at Nurture My Body skin isn’t our only concern...we want to make sure that we are also taking care of Mother Earth! We know that you care too, and that’s why all of our packaging is eco-friendly.

If you've ever ordered from us, you know that every box is packed with care and presented as a gift - you're treating yourself, so we want to treat you too!

We try our best to package our product beautifully, while incorporating the highest recyclable content from safe and renewable sources with minimum environmental impact.

Because we mostly sell our products online, we are constantly packing our goodies in recyclable cardboard brown boxes. To be sure that we aren’t too wasteful, we reuse packing and shipping materials that we have received rather than generate new waste (does anybody else do this at home? I always have the hardest time covering up old packing stickers, but it’s worth it!).

And get this – the "peanuts" we use are biodegradable and made from corn starch, which Mother Nature just gobbles up without harming herself :) Try it yourself - just drop a few of our peanuts in a glass of water, and watch them dissolve in no time. You can even drink it afterward if you want, but it probably won't taste very good (it's just unsweetened cornstarch).

We also invite you to please reuse or recycle our packaging materials as well as our product containers! Side note: Look for a DIY post about upcycling our product containers coming in the next few weeks (how cute would a blue glass vase be?)

Until next time,

-Sally, Nurture My Body Summer Intern

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Our Sunscreen is Finally Here, Hooray!

Our Sunscreen is Finally Here, Hooray!

April 06, 2014

Hi Nurture My Body family!

Are you as excited as I am about our new sunscreen?  Well, you should be!  And I’ll tell you why :)

The number one request from you guys (our customers) over the last 3 years has been for a sunscreen that you can feel safe using, without all of the toxic chemicals found in big brand sunscreens.

It has been traveling with our families to the beach for the past few months, and we finally decided to share.  So, just 2 weeks ago we introduced our Natural SPF 32 Sunscreen to the Nurture My Body family of products.

My favorite part about this product is that it only has 8 ingredients.  I don’t know about you, but when I look at a label, the #1 thing that I look for is the number of ingredients.  After all, there is nothing scarier than a label with a long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce.  Something even better?  All 8 of these ingredients are natural, as you've come to expect from Nurture My Body.

Here are the highlights:

  • Healthy – non-nano, non-micronized Zinc Oxide as its sole active ingredient; 
  • Safe – contains only eight edible-grade, certified organic ingredients and is completely petrochemical-free
  • Effective – provides 97% UV absorption across the entire UVA & UVB spectrum
  • Unique formula – gluten-free, corn-free and vegan
  • Safe for sensitive skin – Fragrance-free & non-comedogenic
  • Ecosystem approved – biodegradable formula is safe for reefs and the aquatic environment & packaged in 100% recyclable bottles
  • Cruelty-free – never tested on animals
  • Dermatologist and FDA approved – Zinc Oxide is the only sunscreen active ingredient FDA-approved for children under 6 months of age.

Where will you be wearing your Nurture My Body 32 SPF Organic Sunscreen? Comment below and let me know!  Wherever you wear it, don’t forget to re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming, sweating or towel-drying.

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Nurture My Body Named Champion by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

April 06, 2014

November 30, 2011

Ever try going up against the "big guys?" We have found that it is not as insurmountable as one might think - especially when you have a genius who has a scientific mind, has formulated some of the safest and most effective beauty products in the world - and she just happens to be my wife.

Hot off the press! The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced today that Nurture My Body is 1 of only 321 cosmetics companies in the entire world (they are called “Champions”) that have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the Campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients – a pioneering practice in the cosmetics industry.

“These companies have truly broken the mold. They are leading the cosmetics industry toward safety, showing it’s possible to make products with full transparency and without using hazardous chemicals,” said Janet Nudelman, program director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Rather outstanding, don't you think? We certainly do.

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Nurture My Body Donates Portion of Fragrance Free Sales to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

April 06, 2014

Nurture My Body, a provider of certified organic products, has announced that it will donate 2% of all retail sales of its fragrance free skin care products to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Rainier, WA November 21, 2011

Nurture My Body is proud to announce that from Thanksgiving through the end of the 2011 Holiday Season, the Company will donate 2% of all retail sales of its fragrance free skin care products to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at http://www.lls.org/.

Each one of the company’s growing line of fragrance free products is made entirely from natural, organic ingredients. Nurture My Body built its reputation and its loyal customer following by adhering firmly to the philosophy that certified organic ingredients make better skin and hair care products. Natural ingredients offer a more meaningful and sustainable restorative experience, especially for those who are fighting and winning their battle with cancer.

“From our Fragrance Free Vita C Cream to a growing selection of Fragrance Free Body Wash and Fragrance Free Baby Lotion, we are committed to providing cancer survivors with the soothing nutrients and peace of mind that comes with using certified organic skin care products,” said Rich Arnold, co-founder of Nurture My Body.

Fragrance free is an extremely important distinction for everyone who is concerned about their health, but it is of even greater importance for cancer survivors. Many cosmetic products contain phthalates and other toxic agents that mask chemical smells with various types of fragrances. Even products described as “unscented” often contain phthalates that are used to hide the smells of other chemicals.

Nurture My Body has gone to great lengths to ensure that all of its fragrance free hair products are 100% safe and effective for all of its customers, including those who have overcome cancer.

“By dedicating 2% of our retail sales to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we’re encouraging our loyal customers to help us celebrate the triumphant courage of cancer survivors everywhere,” added Patty Kerr, co-founder of NMB. “Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect time to launch the promotion.”

Nurture My Body has an array of fragrance free products available in its skin care, hair care, body care and baby care product lines. The company also offers sulfate free shampoo and a complete line of gluten free skin care products.

This is the second consecutive year that Nurture My Body has donated a portion of its holiday sales to an organization dedicated to winning the battle against cancer. Last year’s recipient was the St. Jude Children’s Hospital for Cancer.

About Nurture My Body

Nurture My Body provides natural products for all ages and complexions that are fragrance free, paraben free, sulfate free, toxic chemical free, and cruelty free. The family business is genuinely concerned about the personal health of its customers and the world at large. All of the Company’s organic skin care products are specially packaged for optimal freshness and minimal environmental impact. Nurture My Body also offers vegan skin care and gluten-free choices that are 100 percent biodegradable and handmade in the U.S.A.

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Our 10,000th Order - What Did We Do?

April 06, 2014

Only happens once. We just completed our 10,000th order and let's see what happened to the unsuspecting lucky customer.

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Why Are Organic Beauty Products More Expensive?

April 06, 2014

The other day we received a letter from a potential customer mentioning they heard about our organic beauty products from a friend and were interested in purchasing them. However, much to their dismay, the price of our products were cost prohibitive for the average consumer who wishes to do what is right. This person was just trying to voice the feelings of many of the consumers that are out there looking for great organic products but have similar concerns regarding the cost.

The first thing out of my mouth was "God Bless this person." You may be asking why I had such an unusual knee-jerk reaction? Well, instead of just sticking it to us and telling us to take a hike under their breath, this person actually took the time to write us acknowledging they know we have a great product but it's just too much for the every-day-folk's pocket book.

This got me thinking that maybe there are others out there considering to buy our products and wondering why we charge the higher prices that we do. So, it's high time you know what I know.

"Thank you so much for taking the time to voice your thoughts. It is obvious that you care a great deal about your health and the health of your family. Please allow me to explain how our prices have come to be.

"Although I would love to make a lower price product I am unable to do so without compromising the integrity of the ingredients I choose to use.

"I am not sure if you have ever owned a company before but starting up a smaller company such as ours in this economy is not an easy task.  Especially if it is a conscientious company - which is exactly what Nurture My Body is.

"Our company is run by myself and my husband and we employ our daughter part time. We cannot afford to pay other employees so we do all of the work ourselves. With many long days! But, we love it.  The reason why our products are expensive is the cost of our raw ingredients.

"We actually cannot even mark up our products properly as we are at the top of our price point and are competitively priced for our market. We have not taken a vacation together since we started our company 4 years ago. Nor do we spend frivolously.

"Other companies start out in debt by taking out huge loans to start up. However we chose not to. Other companies also source out less expensive ingredients such as petroleum ingredients or chemicals so they can make a bigger profit. Larger companies can buy their ingredients in bulk. We are a smaller company going up against the "big guys" and are not able to buy in bulk.

"We source out our ingredients from local Organic Growers and when the ingredient can not be grown in the US then we import from smaller organic growers out of the country. We do this to help support their growth as well as know they are fairly paying their employees and we are getting a pure ingredient. This is called fair trade and it is wonderful to do business with people we trust.

"I am so baffled at times and talk to other small business owners in the green and organic industries and many of us are so confused. We all share the same quandaries about price point, safe ingredients and costly organic sources.

"Part of the reason why people have gotten so sick is that as a society we have demanded to buy things cheaper, so cheaper ingredients (such as chemicals) were used by companies, with the result being lower quality products produced.

"Come to find out that those ingredients weren't healthy. So, the consumers point their fingers and say, 'Why you greedy producers. You just wanted to make a lot of money.' (Which in some cases is true.) But no one wants to take responsibility for their own choices - namely buying products that are cheaper.

"We are trying to bring people around the world products made with the safest ingredients. And we run our company in a way that leaves the lowest carbon footprint on our precious earth.

"As I have said I wish I could make cheaper products but I can't; to do so would be going backwards. I personally have learned to do with less and buy quality personal care products as well as healthy food for my body. I have also made the choice to not compromise my integrity for greed.

"Unfortunately it leaves my products too expensive for some because as a society we are used to buying cheap junk, and I can only hope that there are enough people out there that understand our products' value.

"My husband, Rich, made a great video about this very subject, called 'Costing Your Life.' Please take a moment to watch it, and perhaps in the end we will have been blessed by contributing to yet another caring soul that has crossed our path."

In great sincerity,

Patty Kerr
Owner
Nurture My Body

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How Nurture My Body Began

April 06, 2014

To All Our Wonderful Fans and Readers,

My name is Patty Kerr, and I want to use this space to begin telling you some things about myself and the business that I run along with my husband, Rich.

I have worked in the beauty industry for 30 years as a hairstylist, esthetician, barber and manicurist. I am also trained in nutrition, herbalism, natural body care and aromatherapy. The inspiration behind Nurture My Body came after a doctor told me I would not be able to continue working in the industry after I became seriously ill from overexposure to chemicals in the hair and body care products with which I worked. To think they were called hair care products and they were poisoning me!

That said, I never take ‘no’ for an answer and was determined to continue working in the industry I love. So I began researching “natural” personal care products, and realized that they contained few truly natural ingredients while the rest were chemicals.

My next step took some guts—I tested out the real natural products on myself as well as on my friends and family. I made sure to sort out the fake naturals and test those too. The results were unexpected:

While I liked the ingredients that the real naturals were using, I found that they did not leave my hair and skin feeling as good as the high-end products which contained the chemicals! Something was wrong—chemicals shouldn’t make your hair feel better than Mother Nature!

I was determined to correct this and make a product which made my body feel far better than any chemical could, but base it on the use of fully natural or organic ingredients. My background knowledge in the field, along with years of painstaking research, guided me. And so, Nurture My Body was born.

Out of the 105 ingredients found in our products, only 7 of them are derived (and derived naturally, at that!). Even being a small step away from nature, they are irrefutably safe. This was because I wasn’t pleased with the results that some organic ingredients offered and chose a healthy alternative. In fact, out of 51 products 47 have an EWG rating of 0 and 4 have a 1! EWG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the power of information to protect human health and the environment. It has created the Skin Deep database, which rates cosmetic products based on its ingredients and how hazardous they are. A low EWG rating (on a scale of 0 to 10) means that all our products are low to non-hazardous to the human health and the environment.

At Nurture My Body, we believe in helping to preserve the Earth’s resources and we use green practices in our work environment, from powering the property with solar energy, to recycling our waste, as well as using eco-friendly packaging materials. Together with Rich, my husband and VP of Nurture My Body, it is our greatest desire to give back to the world by helping with the longevity and quality of human life and the preservation of this beautiful planet we all inhabit.

I am so happy to begin sharing my thoughts and findings with all of you, and I hope you will find the information as refreshing as you will find our products!

Sincerely,

Patty Kerr

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A Surprise from Hawaii

April 06, 2014

To All Our Fans, Followers and Dear Friends, We've been in business since June, 2006, and in all that time, nothing like this has EVER happened before. This is a big one for us, and we were so floored by this wonderful act of kindness to Mother Earth and to us that we just knew it deserved more than just a short little mention. A couple of weeks ago a customer of ours from Hawaii called to return her used glass bottles to us to recycle because Hawaii does not recycle glass. She loves Mother Nature that much. I was sincerely touched and offered to pay for the shipping. She said don't bother, it won't cost much. Then I forgot about it. Well, today we receive a box from her that included not only the empty glass product bottles for us to recycle but two canning jars that at first I thought she also wanted to have me recycle. I said to myself, 'well, OK, if she wants to have me recycle the canning jars for her too then I will.' Until I picked up the two jars and saw they were filled with homemade Organic Orange Marmalade and Papaya Coconut Jam! Needless to say, Patty and I had our mouths agape for about 30 seconds because in the 4 years of doing business and giving away free $50 Gift Boxes to our customers every month, no one has EVER given US a gift in return! It brought tears of joy to know how much a person who doesn't even know us face-to-face loves our products and Mother Nature so much to pay for shipping of the returned bottles and additionally include a handmade gift for us. Words can't begin to express our humble gratitude. Thank you SO much Bridgette, --Rich & Patty Now we should say that after tasting these *amazing* jams, we immediately wanted to know if Bridgette makes organic jams for a business. This was her kind reply, and we’re officially encouraging her to go into it, we’d be the biggest customers! **** Rich & Patty, I’m actually active duty Navy (Chinese translator). Making jams is just a hobby of mine. I like to make homemade gifts, I think they mean a lot more than a card from Wal-mart :) The family gets a kick out of when I send them Hawaiian jams. I’m a big DIY kinda gal, and I love to cook, so it’s right up my alley! Thank you for the very sweet sentiment though – just thought I would express my thanks, I’m not expecting anything in return. Sounds cheesy, but your products have made my life so much easier (and less itchy). You make a difference and I thought you should know that :) If you like them though, let me know – I’m planning on doing another batch of pineapple and maybe mango chutney soon. Best wishes, Bridgette

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Do Nurture My Body Organic Cleansers Remove Makeup?

April 06, 2014

Many customers ask if our Organic Facial Cleansers remove makeup. So, as a Co-owner of Nurture My Body, I decided to find out for myself.

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Costing You Your Life

April 06, 2014

"Sure we could make more money. But not if it costs you your life." ~ Rich Arnold, Co-owner of Nurture My Body

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Organic Shave Cream - The Right Way To Apply

April 06, 2014

Made with certified organic ingredients, Nurture My Body's Organic Shave Cream is a safe, non-toxic, chemical free moisturizing cream that is applied far differently than the foamy chemical stuff that you've been used to for shaving your face, legs or underarms.

Learn from Rich of Nurture My Body the right way to apply their Organic Shave Cream and you'll discover a new way of shaving that gives a surprisingly close shave while leaving your skin soft and your body healthy.

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Absolutely Chemical Free Beauty Products at Nurture My Body

April 06, 2014

Are you using chemical-free beauty products?

Do they have any cancer-causing ingredients in them? Certainly not in your toothpaste. Or lipstick. What about your body lotion and underarm deodorant? Or hair spray? And, of course there's NO WAY that manufacturers would put cancer-causing chemicals in your baby shampoo and baby lotion, would they? Would the Government allow that? Watch this if you love yourself, your spouse, your parents and especially your children.

Here at Nurture My Body we make absolutely chemical free beauty products. And they're madewith certified organic ingredients, are not tested on animals, are phthalate-free and packaged with eco-friendly materials.

Nurture My Body is a proud Signer of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics. This means that we care what goes on (and in) your body.

Come visit us now at Nurture My Body if you decide that chemical free beauty products are safer for you and your family. Especially your kids.

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