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Fragrance Free Organic Beauty Products - Confused?

April 06, 2014

There seems to be a bit of confusion as to why Nurture My Body offers Fragrance Free Organic Beauty Products in addition to products with essential oils. First, you should know that we have never used Synthetic Fragrances in our products, nor will we ever, as they are toxic to the body.

All About Essential Oils - Are They Really Oily?

The only ingredients we use in our products that produce a scent or fragrance are our certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils. And here's the real important reason why. We use essential oils not just for their smell but for the therapeutic properties they possess.

An essential oil is made by taking different parts of plant materials and either processing them by steam distillation, cold process or CO2 process. An example is Lavender. The plant flowers are used to create the essential oil. It takes about 25 pounds of the flowers to produce 1 ounce of essential oil by the steam distillation process. So, you can see how potent it is.

The essential oil is said to be the essence or soul of the plant. It carries the information in it that the plant uses to survive and thrive in nature. The oils are contained in the cellular structure of the plant in the glands of the leaves, root, bark or blossoms.

Although it is called an Essential Oil, there is no oily substance to it! It can evaporate easily in the air if it is not put into a medium or stored properly. It is easily dissolved by the sebaceous fat and the molecules are so small it can actually penetrate the skin to reach the lowest level affecting the deeper tissue. Because of its potency we use only 0.5% in our Baby Care, 1% in Hand and Body Lotions, Body Washes, Shampoos and Moisturizers, and 0.25% in our Eye Cream.

Clearing Up the Confusion

We are proud to offer Fragrance Free to our customers. The reason we brought on Fragrance Free was that we have customers who have illnesses that have compromised their immune system, such as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, AIDS or Cancer. So even though essential oils are a natural substance, your body possibly may not be able to handle them because of the complexity of the information. The solution to those who have major health issues was to offer our products in Fragrance Free - which means without the essential oils.

What Should I Use If I'm Healthy?

If you are healthy it is recommended that you choose our products that contain Essential Oils because of the added nutritive benefits they provide. They are an essential part to any organic formulation. We formulate our products for specific purposes of that product. The wonderful fragrance that you smell is a pleasurable benefit the beautiful plants produce to either repel certain animals or insects from it or attract beneficial birds, insects or butterflies.

So feel safe knowing that whether you use our products that contain essential oils or are Fragrance Free, they are made with the healthiest ingredients we have found available.

And you can count on us to never settle for anything less.

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Interview with Patty Kerr, Founder of Nurture My Body

April 06, 2014

Patty Kerr Answers Your Personal Care Questions

You asked Patty Kerr, founder of Nurture My Body, about her products and green personal care. So read her answers and feel free to add any comments or questions as Patty will be checking in to respond to all your posts.


Q:  Entrepreneurs often have interesting stories about how/why they decided to stick their necks out and start something from nothing...what's Nurture My Body's story? by Eli

A:  I always have known that events happen in our life are for a reason. My story is about working as a hairstylist and esthetician for many years and becoming chemical-sensitive from overexposure to all the chemicals used in salons. What was a life crisis became a blessing; It caused me to rethink my life and health. I changed the way I lived and worked to a healthier and more balanced approach. I studied holistic health and incorporated that in my salon by using only the safest of products. When I wanted better results from the products I realized it was up to me to make it happen. So I created my line, Nurture My Body. I am in love with the process. I feel so blessed to be able to create products that I know are contributing to the health and well-being of others, as well as honoring our environment. There is nothing like living your bliss. Creating something out of nothing just takes following your heart. I am happy I have found my purpose.


Q: I noticed that you are a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.  What exactly does that mean? by Magdalena

A: Thank you for asking the question! I have signed a contract that requires me to promise that within the next 3 years all toxic ingredients will be out of my products. That was an easy one for me as my products never contained any! You can take a peek at About Our Products and see what just what we have and do not have in them. But I would like to outline for you the requirements so you can see what other companies must comply with:

  1. To be compliant with the formulation of the European Union (EU) Cosmetic Directive. This means removing the 1,100 toxic ingredients from their products that were banned from personal care products by the EU.
  2. List all ingredients using the standard based on INCI listings. An example is this: “Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Essential Oil” instead of “Chamomile Essential Oil”. You'll find this in all of our Ingredient listings on our Website.
  3. Enter all ingredients and products into the Skin Deep database. Here is the link: www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.
  4. Substitute harmful ingredients and impurities for the safety of the consumer.
  5. Develop a substitution plan.
  6. Let consumers know which ingredients are used in their products by listing all of them on their websites and on the bottles.

Q:  What green criteria do your products meet? by dana1981

A:  Well, nowadays that’s a loaded question. There are so many “green criterion” ~ either official with certificates, or you can get badges about being green by filling out questionnaires from companies. Some you pay for and then they allow you to post their badge on your Website and products. So to clarify, I belong to Coop America who has stringent qualifications on company practices and who allow you to be a part of their organization. These are the practices that our company uses that have allowed us to be a part of this organization: We use packing materials that are either biodegradable or contain recycled content. We also reuse shipping materials or recycle them. Our office supplies are made from recycled materials and we recycle all of our goods. Our office is run off of our own Solar Energy and when the sun doesn’t shine enough, and we have to use electricity, we buy Green energy from Puget Power. We now only use glass bottles for our full-sized organic products, having recently discontinued the use of PET 1 plastic bottles. We also do not animal test. For our Organic Gift Baskets and Organic Sample Sets we use fair trade baskets and bags. Our products themselves contain Certified Organic Ingredients, Organic Ingredients, Wildcrafted Ingredients and a few naturally derived. We use no chemicals in our products. They are plant, herb and floral based. How cool is all of that?


How do you choose which organic ingredients to use, and which conventional ingredients to use?  In the Huddle, lately we've had some talk on the economics of going green and the cost of organics.  Do you find that the organic ingredients that go into your products are more expensive than conventional ingredients? by nitedreamer and Deej

A:  I love the fact that you all have discussed this. An informed consumer is the best. It is so exciting that everyone wants to take responsibility for their choices. And knowledge is the best way I have found to see through the hype and mistruths. It costs much more to buy Organic Ingredients. I first source out Certified Organic, then Organic, then Wildcrafted. Certified Organic is the most expensive followed by Organic. An example is: I can buy 1 pound of Calendula for $7.50. To buy 1 pound of Certified Organic Calendula would cost around $40.00. I only use a few naturally derived ingredients in my products. That is when the natural alternatives do not meet my standard for performance and I am able to find a safe alternative. An example would be my surfactants. Natural surfactants such as castile soap leave a waxy residue on the hair shaft. I do not like that, so I use a surfactant that is derived from cornstarch, glucose and natural fatty acids.


Q:  When choosing ingredients for your products, is it important to you to get local ingredients as well as organic ones? by jessg

A:  Absolutely!!! I love to support local farmers. I get my hydrosols and lavender from local farmers in Washington and Oregon. As our company grows we will have more buying power and will be able to procure more ingredients from the larger farms that have high minimums. Because of the demand from our customers I do not use local ingredients that are not organic.


Q:  Indonesia and Malaysia are responsible for production of 83% of the world’s palm oil (UNEP); however, in those countries, there is a significant amount of deforestation caused by the transition of land to palm oil plantations.&91;  Why do you use palm oil in some of your products? by nitedreamer

A:  Well to be honest, I am not aware of this issue and I am glad you have brought it to my attention. There is so much to keep up on and I thought I was doing such a good job. I love it when someone kicks me in the bottom and points me in a direction that I need to stretch myself some more. We use the palm oils in our soaps and get it from a very picky distributor. I will definitely check into this and make the best choices once I go over the data for myself. Ah, Sunday reading.


Q:  Beyond the ingredients that you use in your products, what makes Nurture My Body stand out from the crowd?  What are other elements of your company that make you leaders in environmental stewardship? by stins

A:  We’re nice…No really, we live what we create. We live on a 5-acre farm that is self-sustainable. We grow most of our foods in our beautiful gardens; we have an orchard, herb gardens, chickens, goats and rabbits. We also have untouched woods on our property. We love and respect nature so it is not a philosophy for us, it is our truth. Our desire is to be a Steward with the earth and give back by living in harmony with her. That way of life affects the way we run our business. We don’t own an Organic Personal Care company and run home to our city apartment and live in a concrete based life separate from nature. We immerse ourselves in the ingredients we use and learn to understand their principles by even growing them ourselves. I have come to understand that our thoughts matter. Another thing that sets us apart is that each day we start out by being contemplative. We bless each of our products and our customers knowing that the frequency of thoughts can affect matter as proven by quantum physics. Each of our products comes with a beautiful inspirational saying. We do so knowing that when the recipient reads it, it will remind them of their greatness and help in the overall effectiveness and healing of the product and the person. Take a look at Our Future page and find out about our passion for Mother Earth. This is what sets us apart.


Q:  I'm curious to hear about what business challenges you've faced that you do think you would have faced if the business weren't green. Do you think it has gotten any easier to start a green business today vs. when you started? by dordal

A:  Quite frankly, I can’t think of any challenges I would rather take on than the ability to make a difference in the future of our planet and other people’s lives. Being a business owner most of my life there has always brought challenges because it is up to you to make the choices and stand behind them. It is up to you to hold the dream no matter what your external circumstances dictate so you don’t give up. Being an owner of a green business requires a lot of research! You have to be a closet chemist to keep abreast of all of the new data that comes out daily. You have to be wise to know the difference between hype and truth. You have to have a long-term vision to make sure the choices you make now will make you proud 100 years from now. Lastly, I think being a green business owner now is a lot easier then it was ten years ago. It is more acceptable. Even our kids think we are cool now when they used to roll their eyes at us because our lifestyle used to make them different from their friends. Now they are proud to say their parents own an eco-friendly business. That brings great joy and hope to our hearts.


Q:  Why did you choose to start an internet business instead of a "real world" shop? by herodrx1

A:  Our reason for creating an online Boutique rather than a brick-and-mortar storefront is simply due to the power of the Internet. We knew our products are among the safest in the world and we wanted to provide a healthy choice to more than our local community. There is something quite satisfying in knowing that our dream can contribute to the health and well-being of everyone anywhere in the world.  The emails we receive from our customers in the US, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Israel, England, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Greece, Canada, Mexico and Spain have touched us in a way that no money could buy. This is what makes it so worth it for us! Besides that, it is very hard to leave our paradise here on our farm.


Q:  How do you feel about companies like Clorox coming in and selling "Green" lines of products? Or in the other direction, Burt’s Bees being acquired by a much larger company, Clorox. Is it important for green companies to go mainstream or do mass market pressures make it impossible to stay true to your roots? by Lola

A:  Good question. I have never been one to hypothesize or generalize things but my feeling is it is a double-edged sword that I am taking a wait-and-see attitude about. If these larger corporations will ethically and honestly operate their companies to better the environment, then kudos to them. If it helps humanity and the earth in the long run, then great. If they fall prey to the temptation of taking shortcuts, hiding their chemicals they use, then, once again, it will cause confusion among consumers. I never think it has anything to do with the external temptations of the environment that cause a person or company to stray but the leader or individual themselves struggling with their own inner demons. Greed and notoriety has been a tough test for any human to tackle. I believe the meek, and the companies with the leaders that are grounded with their roots deep into the earth, no matter how big or small they are, will ultimately make the nobler choices. That’s what I am counting on.

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Organic Baby Care Products

April 06, 2014

Here are some helpful tips for parents who are considering Organic Baby Care Products.

Shopping at a "natural" store does not mean everyting is paraben and phthalate-free for your precious baby. Read labels, know how to interpret the ingredients and don't let the wool be pulled over your eyes by the word "natural" on the label. If it says -paraben in any shape or form, it contains parabens!

Be suspicious of the term "fragrance". Synthetic fragrances are a phthalate culprit so if you can, try to use products with organic or natural fragrances - or choose "unscented". Unscented products can also contain phthalates (yup!)! EWG says,

"Fragrance-free" or "unscented" means a product has no odor, but synthetic ingredients are often added to mask odors. Products without the word "fragrance" on their label should be OK.

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A Did-You-Know Eco Tip

April 06, 2014

Shampoo, conditioner, serum, wax, gel, hair spray, color... the list goes on. Hair, like the skin, is extremely absorbent and all those products can contain harmful chemicals.

Watch out for shampoos and conditioners containing petroleum products and sodium laurel sulphates; hair dyes with carcinogenic coal tar; hairsprays and hair gels containing petroleum derivatives, formaldehyde, phthalates, and synthetic fragrance.

Care for your hair and use only safe organic hair care products including pure organic shampoos and organic conditioners. And take the time to find out exactly what's in the products you're about to buy. Your hair, and health will love you for it.

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Truly Safe Organic Beauty Products

April 06, 2014

The color of beauty is turning green, which pleases Organic Beauty Products companies who offer products with natural or organic ingredients. But what are you really getting? Some can contain ingredients that have been linked to cancer or reproductive problems.

Shopper Nikole Sarno said, "It's a little scary when you find out what you're actually putting on your body every day."

That fear is leading a growing number of women to explore so-called green alternatives for organic beauty products.

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Acne Serum is Back!

Acne Serum is Back!

April 06, 2014

Good Morning Nurture My Body Family :)

In my “oh my gosh where did the summer go?” frenzy I realized that I haven’t posted a blog in a while, so this morning I decided to grab a hot cup of coffee and get to it :)

To help you get over the end-of-summer blues, I've got some news that should cheer you up :)

I’m happy to announce that we will be bringing back the much adored Acne Serum!  Each week, we get at least one email from one of you guys about how you wish we would bring our Acne Serum back.  Well, your wish is our command and we have done it!

With gentle yet effective acne fighting botanicals such as calendula, grapefruit extract and tea tree oil; apply this serum daily to a freshly washed face to treat your acne organically.

As an NMB insider, I have had the opportunity to try the Acne Serum before it is re-released.  I have only been using it for a week and my end-of-summer stress induced pimples have vanished before my eyes.  Unlike other acne serums that contain harsh chemicals that dry my face out, the Nurture My Body Acne Serum is gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin.

Oh, and did I mention that it is ranked as a “0” by the EWG?

Just in time for back-to-school, be sure to arm your teens (and yourselves) with the botanical acne fighting powers in Nurture My Body’s Acne Serum.  Got kids in college?  Surprise them with a care package from Nurture My Body (we ship all over the world). :)

-Sally, Summer Intern

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Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

April 06, 2014

Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

There are so many benefits that you're able to get out of our natural skin care products that you'll wonder why you didn't use them sooner than this. With moisturizers, toners, facial serums and cleansers – you're able to choose the best product to match the results you're in search of. First things first though, let us take a look at what benefits you're able to obtain from purchasing these natural skin care products – we promise you'll love them.

- The natural skin care products are not made using chemicals or other harmful products that might harm the skin and cause rashes or other problems.

- The ingredients are all ingredients that you know and trust. These are listed out right on the product that you're using.

- 100% biodegradable products so you're able to do your part for the environment.

- All products are certified organic and safe to use.

- Be able to personalize what you'd like to use, while also ensuring that it is free of gluten, vegan or even specially formulated for you to use during pregnancy.

- Each and every package is eco-friendly, so even on the outside, we are trying our best to do our part to save the environment.

- Never have to worry about not obtaining the right product for your skin with our all natural skin care products – each one is made for all skin types and sensitivities, find one that works with you.

Now is the time to choose natural skin care products that can give you exactly what it is that you're after. Finding a skin care product does not have to be hard to do when you are able to put a little more time into it. Speak with us about any natural skin care products you're looking for specifically, we are always happy to help.

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Natural Skin Care

Natural Skin Care

March 02, 2014

FAQ on Natural Skin Care

Understanding more about your skin is essential if you want beautiful, rejuvenated and youthful looking skin as you age. However, did you know that some of those products you're rubbing into your skin have many harmful chemicals in them? Why not learn a bit more regarding natural skin care and what it can provide you and your skin with – it could be well worth it.

Do you only provide one lotion, for one type of skin or can I be certain there is something that matches what I am looking for?

We provide numerous types of natural skin care products that are able to match a wide range of skin types. We provide moisturizers, toners, facial serums and facial cleansers for you to use. Each one is 100% organic and provides the nutrients that your skin needs to feel nourished and soft.

Are all of your products cruelty free and all natural? Will I have to worry about chemicals and animal testing with the products you sell?

No, you do not have to worry about animal testing with any of the products that we offer. We are able to provide you with an all natural solution to the dry skin that you're faced with. Each natural skin care product is made with ingredients that you know and trust to use on your skin – there is nothing on the ingredient list that you do not recognize and if there is – give us a ring and we can let you know what that something is.

Can anyone use the natural skin care products that you're offering?

Anyone is able to use these products – adults and children. If you have a young one suffering from dry skin and you'd like to put a nice, all natural remedy on that skin without worrying about them breaking out then our products can provide just that and so much more. 

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