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
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.
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.
Are we EVER excited because ABC News has featured our products on Tom Watson's EcoConsumer segment on May 13, 2009. Watch out world, Nurture My Body is here to stay to offer you the safest beauty products made with certified organic ingredients!
This is the final excerpt from E Magazine, March/April 2009, a noteworthy article about protecting our precious little ones by learning about the more unrecognized allergen sources and where they are located, with simple solutions that can help reduce those indoor asthma triggers.
Where to Find Indoor Allergy and Asthma Triggers, and How to Stop Them
by Jeffrey C. May
Last time we learned about some obvious and some not-so-obvious sources of indoor allergens, such as Dog Beds, Fish Aquariums, Feathers and Jar Candles. This time we'll discover a few more that just may surprise you.
Kitchens and Laundry Areas
Kitchens and laundry areas can contain allergen sources. Always vent a dryer to the exterior, because lint or excess moisture can build up indoors, leading to condensation and mold growth on cool surfaces. And if your dryer hose is leaky, lint containing potentially irritating laundry chemicals can build up behind the appliance and enter the home on dryer airflows.
Solution: Check the hose for leaks and also vacuum the lint collector area. Lots of lint collects in the slot where the catcher is located.
If your refrigerator has a drip tray that hasn't been cleaned for a while, it may be full of mold, yeast and bacteria.
Solution: Remove the tray once or twice a year for cleaning. If the tray is plastic, add three tablespoons of salt to inhibit microbial growth.
Basements are prone to elevated relative humidity and mold growth. In the winter, up to a third of the air in a house rises from the basement, so basement mold is a potential health concern.
It's not always easy to see surface mold growth. Shine a bright flashlight parallel to a surface to look for oval mold colonies. In an unfinished basement, mold can grow on the bottom of a shelf or workbench, on the ceiling joists or on dust captured in exposed fiberglass insulation. In finished basements, mold can grow on the lower foot of wooden furniture legs, on furniture surfaces facing cooler floors or walls, and in dust captured in a basement carpet.
Solution: Control the moisture that leads to mold by dehumidifying a finished or unfinished basement in the humid season. Measure the relative humidity (RH) with a hygrometer, and keep the RH at or below 50%. [I use a Digital Pen-Type Hygrometer Model DTH10&91; And whether in use or not, finished basements must also be consistently heated in the cooler season, with the thermostat set no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Air-to-Air Heat Exchanger
An air-to-air heat exchanger helps flush out a home's stale air and lets the fresh air in, but because cool air and warm, mist air flow by each other inside the heat exchanger, condensation can occur. Most air-to-air heat exchangers have inadequate filtration and fill with dust, dead bugs and pollen, leading to mold growth. By-products of this biological growth - including unpleasant smells - are carried into the house on the incoming air stream.
Solution: If you have an air-to-air heat exchanger in your home, install a supplemental MERV-8 (minimum efficiency rating value) filter on both the intake duct for the house air and the intake duct for the exterior air. And clean the heat exchanger at least twice a year to avoid dust build-up.
Real vigilance against household allergens may result in increased energy use, but preventing mold growth and keeping a home's indoor air clean is essential to protecting your family's health. And properly maintaining appliances and filters is always energy-wise in the long run.
Surprise, surprise for me; I learned a great deal. I hope this was helpful for you. Let me know.
I am taking a departure this week from my world of Organic Beauty Products because I have come across a fantastic article to help those who suffer from Allergen Attacks. Here's an excerpt from a phenomenal magazine, E Magazine, March/April 2009. Where to Find Indoor Allergy and Asthma Triggers, and How to Stop Them by Jeffrey C. May Some sources of indoor allergens are well known: mattresses and bed pillows infested with dust mites, for example, and carpeting that contains pet dander. Others are more secret. If you or anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, getting to know the more unrecognized allergen sources and where they are located can help you take steps to reduce the indoor triggers. Dog Beds Dog beds can become infested with dust mites and their allergens. Your beloved companion's fur is then exposed to the allergens -- and you are, too, when you cuddle the dog, or if you allow the dog to sleep on your bed. Solution: Use a blanket or think quilt instead of a thick dog bed that can't be washed, and wash the blanket or quilt at least once a month. Fish Fish are often the pet of choice when children are allergic to dogs or cats. Unfortunately, dust mites can colonize a fish-tank cover, where there is warm, moist air and plenty of food in the form of protein-rich fish flakes. Solution: Don't put a fish tank in your allergic child's bedroom, and wherever the tank is located, always keep the cover and tank rim free of dust and fish food. Feathers Feathers produce fragments that can be irritating to breathe and may contain microscopic granules of bird allergens. Families with allergic or asthmatic members should avoid feather-filled bedding or furniture. Feathers are also a problem when attached to a living bird. Several types of respiratory diseases, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis, are associated with contact with birds and their microscopic dander. So it's not a great idea to have a pet bird in the house, either, especially cockatiels. Solution: The solution is rather obvious here. The birdie has to find a new home. Jar Candles Jar candles (regardless of the type of wax inside) produce a lot of soot that can stain walls and ceilings. Soot particles are small enough to remain permanently suspended in air and to be breathed deep into the lungs. And a soot particle can also become a surrogate allergen (carrying the allergen on its surface). Solution: If you find you can't give up burning candles altogether, burn tapered candles, which typically produce less soot. Personally, I have found this information enormously helpful. Haven't you? Stay tuned for Part II of Jeffrey May's Secret Allergen Attacks next time.
Two of the main components we use in Nurture My Body product formulations for you are herbs and flora because they contain volatile oils, antibiotics and other healing chemicals as well as being aromatic. Usually one part of the plant is used at a time, such as root, bark, stems, leaves or flowers. You can either use the plant material fresh or dried. Dried herbage is generally 2 to 3 times stronger than fresh. How We Release the Miracle of Plants The chemicals of the plants are released in a wide variety of ways. Plants react to stimuli. Some plants are soluble in water while others require a medium such as grain alcohol or oil to withdraw the chemicals of the plant. Two of the methods we use to release nature's miraculous healing chemicals are infusions and extracts. These two principles are done in-house to insure that when we use the infusions or extracts in our formulations they are the freshest, so the healing properties are most potent. Types of Infusions There are two types of infusions, cold or hot. Cold infusion is used when the active principles of the plant are highly volatile and can be injured by heat. We infuse our herbs in an oil base. The benefit of this is that the infused oil contains the therapeutic properties of both the carrier oil and the herbs that were infused in it. The types of herbs used are ones that can release their active ingredients easily such as chamomile, in our Organic Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, and hops, in our Organic Exfoliating Cleanser and Organic Moisture Cream. Infusing Once, Twice or Thrice and Why The common mixture ratios for infusions are 1 oz herb to 1 pint liquid. The time the plant material is infused in the oil depends on the strength of the infusion desired. It can be heated by the sun or another heat source. Once the infusion is ready the plant material is strained out. Straining is generally done twice. You can also triple infuse an oil meaning the whole process is done three times. And What is an Herbal Extract? Liquid herbal extracts result from the evaporation of the substance the herbage was obtained from. Extracts can be obtained a few different ways. One is by expressing the juice of fresh plants, by using a solvent such as pure grape alcohol or by simmering or setting in water. Some herbs are not soluble in water thus requiring using the other methods as stated above. An advantage of herbal extracts is their ability to preserve the active constituents and their long shelf life. Our herbal extracts have high potencies and superior quality. We use carefully detailed methods and unsurpassed integrity. The Actual Making of an Extract Requires Patience To make herbal extracts you can either use fresh or dried plant material. Cover completely the herbage with your liquid of choice in a container, generally 1 part herb to 5 parts liquid with fresh herbs being used, or 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid when using dried plant material. The mixture is then kept in a dark environment allowing the herbs to soak or macerate for 4 to 6 weeks being shaken every few days. This allows the liquid to extract the active constituents from the herbs. The herbs are then strained until the extract is clear. Some of the plant materials we use for extract are green tea, found in our Organic Vita C Cream and Organic Regenerating Cream Fragrance Free, and seaweed, found in our Organic Cleansing Milk. We hope this has helped to inform you of two of the methods we use to make use of the miraculous healing properties of the certified organic plant materials that are in our personal care products. Nature is amazing and these methods are great ways that allow her to release her life essence to be used in healthy and rejuvenating formulations for your hair, skin and body.
The written word is so powerful. Especially when presented by the "trusted" name brand companies. Let's find out just how honest these companies really are when it comes to listing their ingredients on their personal care products. Proud as a Peacock I can tell you that Nurture My Body feels as proud as a peacock while being a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. This is an organization that is helping to spearhead the requirement for companies to disclose all of their ingredients on their labels. Nurture My Body has always listed all of the ingredients used in our formulations, but the way we list them has changed per the requirement of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. INCI - What is That? As a campaign signer we are now required to list our ingredients by their INCI name. INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Ingredients. It is a system for naming cosmetic ingredients that is multilingual, multinational and based on the Latin language. Here is an example of a partial list of ingredients for our Acne Serum: Old Version of an Ingredient Label Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic and Wildcrafted Herbal Infusion of Burdock Root, Echinacea, Dandelion Root and Leaf, Horsetail, Calendula Blossom NEW Version of an Ingredient Label Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root) Infusion**, Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Infusion**, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Root and Leaf) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion****, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion** * Organic ** Certified Organic *** Wildcrafted **** Biodynamic/Demeter Certified Whew, now that’s a lot to read. So, let me simplify it for you. Just look at the words in parentheses. Those are the common names of the plants. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has also asked to provide you with the nature of the plant if it is:
You will notice after each ingredient there is an asterisk or series of asterisks. At the end of the ingredient list there is the explanation (legend) of how each plant was grown, harvested and manufactured. The Most Important Thing to Learn About the New Ingredient RequirementsIf the ingredient does not contain an INCI listing then it is not from a plant origin. It is either derived from plant material or is synthetic. One example is our Lauryl Polyglucose which is a safe derivative found in our Organic Body Washes and Shampoos. For this particular ingredient it is shown on our Ingredients Glossary that it is a very gentle and mild surfactant that occurs naturally in ambrette seed and sweet orange. It is a fatty polyglycoside that is prepared by reacting corn starch glucose with natural fatty acids. It contains no solvents or hydrotropes. Nurture My Body hides absolutely nothing when it comes to educating our customers and keeping you healthy. How Companies Fool the Unknowing Consumer This is what irritates me. Some companies think they can fool consumers to make their ingredients look more natural. They list a chemical ingredient and follow it with a plant name in parenthesis. Great (deceptive) example, a proven poison - sodium lauryl sulfate (corn). It's an ingredient that is chemically processed from corn; however it is absolutely synthetic because it has been altered tremendously. But you think it's OK because it's followed by "Corn". How deceitful. Nurture My Body is Up To Date (almost) You'll notice that our product ingredients listed on our Website now reflect the current INCI requirements. We even go further to teach our customers the properties of each ingredient by offering a link to an Ingredients Glossary. Great idea, huh! Our outstanding homework assignment is to now change all of the labels on our bottles. This will require twice as much space to do, making the labels even larger (or the font smaller!), so we are researching a solution. Knowledge is Power (and Health) We hope this information will make it easier for you to read our labels and other personal care labels. Knowledge is power and it is always our intent to have the most brilliant and trusting customers.
Would you consider using Organic Baby Care if you knew that up to 60% of what you put on your little precious one’s skin is absorbed directly into their body?
Science Teaches Us
An investigation by scientific communities led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group, suggests that on average, "91 industrial chemicals stay in our bodies because we can’t break them down." As a parent myself, that's just down right petrifying.
Obviously these chemicals, which tend to build up, may cause serious diseases like cancer. The complexity of chemicals used by companies these days makes it virtually impossible for us consumers to determine whether or not these chemicals are harmful. Knowing this, now go read the label on your kid’s shampoo or liquid soap bottle. Dyes. Preservatives. Synthetic foaming agents. Parabens and Petrochemicals. Is that the kind of stuff you want coursing through their veins?
A Free Ride for Poison
Remember, the skin is a porous membrane that lets impurities in and out of our bodies. So some of the ingredients in our shampoos, creams, cleansers, cosmetics and other products are bound to permeate that membrane, allowing toxins to enter the blood stream and organs.
Dr. Mercola says, "Putting chemicals on your skin is actually far worse than ingesting them, because when you eat something the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break down and flush it out of your body. When you put these chemicals on your skin, however, it is absorbed straight into your blood stream without filtering of any kind."
I've always heard that our skin is the largest organism in our body, but until I was educated by Dr. Mercola, I never understood how important it is to scrutinize with I put on my child's skin, as well as my own. Can you see the reason why more and more parents are switching to Organic Baby Shampoos and Washes for their children as well as pure natural Baby Bar Soap and Organic Baby Lotions
When choosing ingredients for our formulations we strive to use primarily Certified Organic, Organic or Wildcrafted ingredients. Out of the 105 ingredients found in our products and listed in our Ingredients Glossary, there are only 7 ingredients which I have elected to use that are naturally derived and are irrefutably safe. The reason for this is that I was not pleased with the action or results that the Organic or Wildcrafted ingredients provided and chose a healthy alternative that would give me the effect I was after and at the same time be safe for our bodies.
An example of this would be the surfactants (sudsing agents) that I use. The purest form of surfactant is Castile based. However, I do not like the way it leaves a waxy residue on the hair shaft or how you need to use a vinegar or lemon rinse to remove the soap film. So, I replaced it with our Decyl Polyglucose and Lauryl Polyglucose, both naturally derived and safe.
Below is a list of our 7 naturally derived ingredients, as well as an explanation of the Water Process we use in our formulations. Being a Hairstylist and an Esthetician for twenty-some-odd years, I have grown accustomed to using the best products out there and so I strive to provide you with high quality products that meet and surpass the high-end synthetic products in my field. As you can see below, these 7 naturally derived ingredients all have the lowest ratings from EWG (Environmental Working Group) and we are pleased as punch that we can provide you with the safest, yet most effective products we can dream up.
Grapefruit Extract: (Citrus Paradisi) Is a liquid derived from the seeds, pulp, and white membranes of grapefruit. The extract is prepared by grinding grapefruit seeds and pulp into a fine powder. In the United States, standardized GSE contains 60% grapefruit extract materials and 40% vegetable glycerin. Per EWG*, Grapefruit Seed Extract has a low concern rate of 0 on a scale of 0 to 10. It is a natural preservative.
Vegetable Emulsifying Wax: Our vegetable emulsifying waxes are fatty polyglycosides that are prepared by reacting glucose or olive wax and collagen with natural fatty acids. They contain no solvents or hydrotropes. Per EWG*, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax has a low concern rate of 0 on a scale of 0 to 10. They are moisturizing to the skin and allow the liquids to mix with the oils in our formulations.
Xanthan Gum: Is a natural carbohydrate gum produced by a pure culture fermentation of a carbohydrate with Xanthomonas campestris. Per EWG*, Xanthan Gum has a low concern rate of 0 on a scale of 0 to 10. It is a thickener, emulsifier, and a stabilizer.
Vegetable Glycerin: Is a sweet oily fluid obtained by adding alkalies to fats and fixed oils. Per EWG*, Vegetable Glycerin has a low concern rate of 1 on a scale of 0 to 10. It is a demulcent, emollient, soothing and healing.
Decyl Polyglucose: Is a naturally based ingredient derived from corn and several different sugars. It occurs naturally in Sweet Orange and Ambrette seed. It is nitrogen and ethylene free. Per EWG*, Decyl Glucose has a low concern rate of 0 on a scale of 0 to 10. It is a surfactant as well as soothes the skin.
Lauryl Polyglucose: A highly active, non-ionic surfactant containing no solvents or hydrotropes. Per EWG*, Lauryl Glucose has a low concern rate of 0 on a scale of 0 to 10. It is a surfactant.
AHA: Alpha Hydroxy Acids are water soluble. They are a group of structurally related organic acids found in natural sources. Per EWG*, Alpha Hydroxy Acids have a low concern rate of 2 on a scale of 0 to 10. AHA's allow the skin to be smoother and softer with an overall lessening of fine wrinkles and skin discoloration.
Purified Water: Well it’s not just water; we utilize a 2-step process.
In the first step we use a natural purification processes in combination with advanced technology. Our water filter not only removes harmful contaminants but it also enhances the water through a patented process that creates a quality of water beyond the reach of conventional water filters. The filter eliminates salt and other chemicals. The result is conditioned, purified, and enhanced water. You’ll notice the difference in your skin and hair after just one bath or shower. It’s like bringing a spa into your home.
The second process our purified water goes through is using an energizing device. After extensive research and basing their work on the knowledge of ancient cultures, our company based out of Austria has been able to develop the NARASAN technology that gives water back its original structure and spring energy: when the water passes through the NARASAN energising device, disturbance information in the structure is eliminated and its natural structure is reestablished - thereby the quality of water and even its action on life-energy are increased. Since our bodies are composed of mostly water it seemed only right to rehydrate the cells in order to make them more permeable for our other ingredients.