Why should you try using a sugar scrub? Sugar Scrubs exfoliate your skin, remove dirt, dead skin, and extra oils from your skin. It will leave your skin feeling invigorated, clean and refreshed without the harshness of other exfoliation methods. A lot of people prefer a sugar scrub over a salt scrub due to the fact that sugar scrubs are far less harsh than a salt scrub is. The oils and fragrance in a sugar scrub are meant to moisturize and relax, creating a spa-like experience. To use a sugar scrub in your own shower or bath tub: Turn on the water and let yourself get completely wet, then after you have been in for a minute or two turn off the water. Then take the sugar scrub and rub onto your skin, including your face, arms, body, and legs. Once you have rubbed the scrub into the entirety of your body and the sugar has completely dissolved, go ahead and turn the water back on and rinse. You won't need to apply lotion after your done as the sugar scrub is extremely moisturizing too. One other benefit is that it increases blood flow beneath your skin speeding up the healing of blemishes, and acne on your skin from the inside out. So we hope you enjoy a sugar scrub soon whether you buy it from us or make your own, sugar scrubs have much to offer you in your overall skin health!
So here it is. winter time, the perfect time to take baths! So maybe you've heard of people using bath salts, or seen them for sale somewhere, but why use bath salts in your baths? Well, there are several different types of salts people put in their baths but one in particular stands out, and it's this particular one that Dirty Kids Soap sells as well, Dead Sea Salts. Here is why we use Dead Sea Salts:
Dead Sea Salt contains a unique balance of salts that include; magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. The following article by Amy K. McNulty PHD explains what each off these ingredients do and why they are so good for you.
"Magnesium is important for both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function). So we can see that bathing in high quality sea salt could replenish the minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism.
Studies have been conducted on the health benefits of bathing in Dead Sea salts. One such study was conducted by Dr. I. Machtey on 103 patients suffering from osteoarthritis and tendinitis. Patients were either treated with baths of 7.5%, 2% or 0.5% Dead Sea salt concentration. Improvement was found after as little as one week of treatment for those treated with 7.5% or 2% salt baths. By the study's end, 80% of the patients reported less pain; 70% experienced improved mobility and 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics.
Dr. J. Arndt studied the effect of Dead Sea salt baths on psoriasis. Fifty patients were treated for 3-4 weeks, taking 3-4 baths each week. In as little as one week, many patients treated with a 10% salt concentration in their baths experienced marked improvement. This improvement included relief from itching, sleep disturbances, and skin scaling. Treatment with Dead Sea salts is not associated with any side effects."
- by Amy K. McNulty, Ph.D.
(1.) Machtey, Dr. I. 1982, Dead Sea Balneotherapy in Osteoarthritis, Proc. International Seminar on Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases.
(2.) Arndt, Dr. J. 1982, Salt from the Promised Land Helps Psoriasis Patients, Arztliche Praxis, 34(48).
DRY SKIN? Eczema? Psoriasis? Since we are heading into the time of year where your skin needs extra help to stay healthy we are going to highlight some great products Dirty Kids Soap has to offer to help.
Lotion Bars contain a number of awesome ingredients for you skin which include
1. Cocoa Butter- helps to neutralize free radicals throughout the body, particularly in the skin. By reducing the occurrence of oxidative stress, cocoa butter helps reduce the signs of aging, including wrinkles and age marks
2 Sweet Almond Oil- is packed with antioxidants, high in vitamins E, A, D and B, contains protein, essential minerals and healthy fats as well. It is also rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Due to its high nutrient-contents, this oil is used as a skin care product. It is used not only for skin and face care, but also as a medicinal oil and for treating some skin disorders.
3. Beeswax- Besides offering your skin a natural moisture and glow, the anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties of bees wax can actually soothe easily irritated skin, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for those who suffer from allergies or other skin problems like rosacea or eczema.
4. Shea Butter- Is moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
Shea Butter Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
5. Vitamin E- is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and prevent cellular damage from occurring. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants, but your body can't produce it, which means you have to make sure you're getting enough of this valuable nutrient.
I love to get out of the shower and use this bar on my entire body locking in needed moisture for my skin for the whole day!
Get ALL of these benefits in three amazing scent options at www.dirtykidssoap.com
In an age of the conscientous consumer I have found it an interesting conversation to have with people concerning the origins, ownership, and accetable practices involved in the "Natural" and "Locally" labeled products we find in stores. So, after I ran into a couple of articles my eyes were opened a bit to who actually owned and ran companies that give the appearance of being "local", and "natural" companies. Probably, the most applicable to our business is Burt's Bees. We have seen it in a lot of chain stores and have had multiple conversations about how a natural company gets to the point of being in Target or Walmart. I had never gone so far as to doing any research on it till recently and found out some interesting things.
L'Oréal bought Body Shop for $1.3 billion in 2006.
Immediately after the deal, consumer satisfaction with Body Shop fell almost 50%, according to an index that tracks public perception of more than 1,000 consumer brands.
Animal rights activists and multinational Swiss company Nestlé, which has a 26% share in L'Oréal, also called for a boycott of Body Shop.
Colgate-Palmolive bought Tom's of Maine for $100 million in 2006.
Colgate-Palmolive acquired an 84% stake in the company for roughly $100 million. After the acquisition, Tom's of Maine loyalists grappled with whether to keep supporting the brand. Some complained about the new toothpaste's sweet flavor, the new plastic packaging, and the new smell of deodorant soap.
With that being said, there are still many small, local and uncompromisingly natural businesses out there. Many are right around you. Just in our area of Jewell IA, we have found people selling chickens, eggs, vegetables, pork, repurposed furniture, and of course bath and bodycare products, who we know personally. Sometimes it takes just a little more effort up front but it keeps the money in our communities and provides a safe and trustworthy product for our families. Dirty Kids Soap is small, natural, and local business!!
Dear Journal. It’s been a couple months since my last confession, sorry. So last night I was getting ready for bed, I looked over and saw these things sitting on the shelf that said “Bath Bomb”. I thought “Hmmm… that sounds intriguing. It has the word “bomb” in it and it gave me pictures of what happens when you put Alka Seltzer in a 2 liter bottle of Coke. BOOOM! That sounded AWESOME! The fleeting thought of me taking a bath sometime in my male-adult future actually looked… "cool". Then I thought of me having to explain to the guys at work why I smelled like roses and I quickly pushed that out of my mind, but I was still curious. So I decided I would fill the sink with water and watch the “bomb” “go off”. I took and placed a rose colored “Bath Bomb” in the water. Ok, it wasn’t exactly how I pictured it… no explosion. But, there was rose petals and fizzing. The fizzing was super violent, though! Well, maybe not so much violent but more like Alka Seltzer in water kind of fizzing. So the end result was there was a rose scented bath, with rose petals, and it left my hands silky smooth. There, I confessed. Don’t let the guys at work know, I will be the laughingstock. :)
1. MOISTURIZING. Use this lotion as a moisturizer. It is not greasy like storebought lotions, but rather soft and silky. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth to the touch. The moisturizing benefits of goat milk lotion far surpass that of commercial lotion because of the natural creams of goat milk.
2.SKIN NUTRITION. Use goat milk lotion because it is packed with vitamins and minerals! How many lotions can offer your skin this? Goat milk lotion is enriched with high amounts of protein, fat, iron, vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and many more. These vitamins and minerals help slow down aging, help the skin rebuild, add elasticity, and help retain skin moisture.
3. ACNE TREATMENT. Use this lotion to treat acne. Research shows that this lotion has a pH level similar to your skin along with other vitamins and minerals stated above. This lotion also diminishes bacteria from the skin while keeping your skin moisturized at the same time.The vitamins it contains also means that goat milk has some anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce acne redness.
4. SENSITIVE SKIN. Handmade goat milk lotion benefits people with sensative skin because it doesn't contain additives like alcohol, petroleum, and preservatives, as do mass-produced, store bought lotions. This reduces the risk of skin irritation and allergic reactions.
5. ECZEMA, PSORIASIS, KERATOSIS PILARIS. Eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, skin conditions resulting in red, itchy, skin patches, benefit from goat milk soap since the natural nutrients in goat milk moisturize skin and reduce redness, itchiness, and bumps in the skin.
6.PROBIOTICS. Goat milk also contains probiotics, which are living micro-organisms that help protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet light.
Defender Has these 5 Essential Oils in the Blend.
Clove bud essential oil: Clove oil is great for toothaches & oral issues, used for digestive problems, to relieve nausea, for respiratory problems, asthma, bronchitis, as an analgesic for arthritis, & muscular aches & sprains, Clove is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, a strong antiseptic, & great for all around immune support.
Lemon essential oil: Lemon oil has strong antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic & antiviral properties, & is being used successfully for candida, ridding the body of toxins & poisons, great used as an antidepressant, immune booster, for aiding digestion, it can be used for cold, flu, congestion, respiratory issues, nail fungus, cold sores, corns calluses, mood booster, & much more, It is also great for skin & hair & awesome in the laundry room.
Cinnamon essential oil: Cinnamon oil is great for intestinal & urinary system, it is antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, astringent, anti-parasitic, anti-infectious & antidepressant, it is also a purifier, immune booster & stimulant as well as it goes great with other oils enhancing the effects of the other oils.
Eucalyptus essential oil: Eucalyptus oil is analgesic, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, & an expectorant, it also used as a natural cleaning solvent, it is great for cold, flu & Eucalyptus has a antibacterial effect in the repository system including upper respiratory, decongestant, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, used successfully as an inhalant & a rub, as a natural deodorant, it is a fever reducer, Used on skin wounds, bruises, soreness, aches & pains, insect repellent, Eucalyptus promotes periodontal health, & fights against tooth decay, great for everything from acne, candida, migraines to diabetes & ulcers & so much more.
Rosemary essential oil: Rosemary essential oil is invigorating, refreshing & stimulating, it is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, & expectorant, great for massages to improve circulation & for muscle cramps, great for DIY beauty for skin, scalp, hair care, dandruff, reversing & preventing hair loss, great for memory, staying awake & alert, gout, pain
Now that you know what is in the Blend you can see why it is such an amazing blend!
Defender Roller Uses:
Fights Viruses and Bacteria. Roll on and rub in the oil blend on your neck, under your ears, lower back, chest and bottoms of your feet.
It is cold, flu & allergy season, so it is time to have vapor rub on hand. Instead of using toxic petroleum based products you can easily use this roller as a safe and effective version at home. Defender can also be used for cold, flu. stuffy noses etc. To use, apply on chest & back, & on throat if desired. This can also be rubbed on feet to help cough & congestion. Additionally, it's great for massaging sore muscles, or can be rubbed into tired feet.
Support for Sinus, Respiratory or Minor Body Aches
Defender Oil Recipe for Topical Immune support
Roll on and rub into the bottoms of your feet. Apply twice daily, morning and night, for extra immune support when "bugs" are going around. (especially before leaving for school, work, or going out in public)
For healthy immune support, apply to the bottom of feet.
Defender Oil Recipe for Healthy Respiratory Support
Apply Defender to lower back, sternum, chest and throat. Rub on the feet sinus and bronchial “vita-flex” points.
Insect bites (mosquito, bee & wasp stings)
Apply to bite or sting to reduce inflammation, and relieve minor pain.
Minor Cuts and scrapes
Roll on Defender and apply to wound to help prevent infection and speed healing. You can apply Defender on gauze or band-aide and cover wound or scrape.
Head, Sinus and Lung Support
To help relieve minor congestion
Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with towel and inhale vapors.
Immune and Skin Support for Poison Ivy
Roll on the Poison Ivy that has infected your skin.
Defender Oil Bottle .375ml (10ml)
This Bottle contains 400 drops of the Defender Essential Oil Blend. It has many uses
Defender Oil for Diffusing
Diffusing Defender Oil will purify the air and eliminate odors.
Different diffusers have different directions so follow yours.
Defender Oil Recipe for Diffusing
Diffuse 15-20 drops of Defender Oil for 15 minutes three or four times a day in an essential oil diffuser. This can help purify the air of germs while adding a nice fragrance. As your family breathes in the oils it will help to support a healthy respiratory system. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water and diffusing essential oils is valuable during cold and flu season
If we come in contact with, or have been exposed to any infectious germs we run the diffuser continuously for a few hours. Diffusing helps give our immune system the support it needs to stay strong and fight against viruses and bacteria. At the very first sign or symptom that our immune system needs support we diffuse until symptoms subside.
I like to add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil along with the Defender Oil in the diffuser for healthy respiratory support.
We also run the diffuser in the bedroom of anyone who needs healthy immune support, while they sleep at night. This gets a continuous flow of the oils into the respiratory tract. It is highly supportive.
Defender Oil Recipe for an All-purpose Spray:
This is an all-purpose spray solution for cleaning and disinfecting around the home. This Defender Oil is great for purifying the air and eliminating odors
1 drop of Defender essential oil for each ounce of water, or for a stronger solution (my preference) 1 drop for every 1/2 ounce of water.
Add the Defender oil first, then add water. It mixes better that way. Shake vigorously before each use.
Defender Oil Recipes for Household Use
Stuffed Animals- To disinfect and clean, place toy inside pillowcase and tie shut. Fill washer with detergent, use fabric softener if desired. Add 5-10 drops of Defender Essential Oil, (for small load) to washing machine. Wash on gentle cycle.
Hair spray buildup, gum, gummy adhesive- Dilute 8 drops in 4 ounces of water, spray, let set for a few minutes before wiping.
Cell phones- Spray Defender cleaning solution very lightly on a cloth and gently wipe phone.
Dishwasher- Add 4-5 drops Defender oil to thoroughly clean dishes, eliminate bacteria and odors.
Laundry- Add 5-6 drops per load to freshen and disinfect.
Pet Bedding- Spray down cat boxes, dog houses, and pet cages to clean and disinfect.
Pet Dishes- Add 1-2 drops to soapy water and wash dishes. Rinse well.
Plants- To repel aphids spray plants with a mixture of 2 drops thieves oil to every 4 ounces of water.
Floors- Add 10-15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.
Surface Disinfectant- To clean and sanitize surfaces-add 8-10 drops to 8 oz. of water in spray bottle.
Fragrance- Add a few drops to potpourri or cinnamon sticks to fragrance your home.
Purify the air- Add several drops of oil onto a cotton ball and place in home, office, car, or hotel air vents to eliminate odor..
Freshen laundry- Drop 4–5 drops onto a cloth and place in clothes dryer.
Bed Bugs- Spray mattresses to help dispel bed bugs.
Children’s Toys- Add 4-5 drops to sink water and wash children's toys to clean and disinfect.
This blend is commonly known as Thieves or On Guard if you are famililar with either of the direct sales company that makes these products.
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What does she do down there?? I find myself asking myself that question often. “Bang, Bang, Clash!” Now if she was building a Frankenstein down there wouldn’t there be a foul order of some kind? After all the banging and crashing only fruity, flowery scents come wafting up from the basement. Crazy! What irony it is that from such violent sounds comes such wonderful fragrance. It would be like walking out to your rose bushes having a rock concert, or the morning doves shooting AK-47’s at each other. They just don’t go together, and how my beautiful wife can make such noise is such a mystery. Sometimes she asks me to help her... I think, “ Did she see the fear in my eyes, or maybe she just smelled it on me.” I probably gave it away by the quick footsteps and exit out the front door. I will not be brought in to her devious schemes as an accomplice! I am far to intelligent for that. I am sure at the sight of all the bubbling pots, machinery, and mechanisms she is using down there you too would wonder at how she makes such wonderful soaps, perfumes, make-ups, etc.
Confessions of a Soaper’s Husband
My first confession: I hate Bath and Body Works. I always have, and not because I dislike their products, no, I have nothing against their products. I don’t like it, because for a man the nauseating mixture of scents is the signal to walk, neigh, run the other direction. It’s the same emotion I feel when I encounter the candle section of the Hallmark store, or the perfume section of Younkers. I’m a man, I don’t belong any of these places. Here’s where the irony enters. Unbeknownst to me on the day of my wedding, I married a woman who would become a full blown soaper and at this point nearly all 875sqft of my basement is filled with soap and soap paraphernalia. I have a mixture of scents that waft from the basement, and when the heater kicks in, it gets blown into every corner of the house through the vents! At first I panicked, and followed my instinct; I ran. But then I realized that there was no escape and here I am. I am what you would call a skeptic when It comes to most of the products that are produced in my house and since we have started this business we have recruited many men who are what I am: A closet Dirty Kids Soap lover. These men stand outside of our booth cracking jokes while their wives shop and when the wife asks what they would want then just snicker and snort. A few weeks later, the wife shows up again, and this time on a mission. What the husband doesn’t know is that the wife gladly rats the husband out, that she is back to get more of the soap her husband can’t live without. Now, you might think I were embellishing a bit and maybe I am but, this scenario has played itself out more times than I can count! On top of that, if my house were not full of a never ending supply of the stuff, I would be “that guy”. I might even don a disguise just to get seconds on a few of the products I secretly love…
The Soaper’s Husband
Minnesota Just Became the First State to Ban Anti-Bacterial Soap454,995g
If you've ever washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap, there's a good chance you were rubbing yourself down with a chemical called triclosan—a chemical that's been proven to be harmful in humans in recent years. Now, Minnesota has become the first state to officially ban it. And yours could be next.
The Minnesota ban, which doesn't actually go into effect until January 1, 2017, applies to pretty much any retail consumer hygiene products that includes triclosan as an active ingredient—including about 75 percent of anti-bacterial soaps.
The FDA claims there's no evidence that triclosan soap is any more effective at washing away germs than non-antibacterial soap and water. What's more, according to recent studies, triclosan can "disrupt hormones critical for reproduction and development, at least in lab animals, and contribute to the development of resistant bacteria." So not only is this chemical not doing you any real good, it could actually be harming you, too.
Minnesota may be the first to pass an overarching ban, but there's a good chance other states will follow suit; triclosan is even getting some heavier regulations nation-wide. Just this past December, the FDA ruled that anti-bacterial soap manufactures would have to prove that their soaps are not only safe, but also more effective than plain soap or water. Which sounds like something they probably should have been doing all along. [AP]
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All of our Soaps made by Dirty Kids Soap are Anti-Bacterial because we use lye in the process of making our soap, making them an all natural, chemical free and good for the environment soap. The Tea- Tree Bar of soap is the best one since Tea Tree is known for anti-bacterial qualities.
More Technical Research on Lye Soaps verses store bought anti-bacterial soaps
Research Article: An in vitro Analysis of the Efficacy of Selected Bar Soaps as Antibacterial Agents
William Butron and Joel Gaikwad
Department of Biology, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK 74177
Correspondence to: Joel Gaikwad, Department of Biology, Oral Roberts University, 7777 S. Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74177; phone: (918) 495-6944; fax: 495-6297; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract.The disturbing prevalence and increasing incidence of nosocomial infections and community-acquired infections, compounded with bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents, dictates the need for effective and varied means with which to cleanse hands and work surfaces. Lye Soap, Dial Antibacterial, Cinthol and Dettol bar soaps were evaluated in vitro for their effectiveness as antimicrobial agents against eleven selected genera of bacteria that have been implicated in nosocomial infections and are part of the resident or transient flora of the skin. Trichlorocarban, the active ingredient in Dial Antibacterial, Cinthol and Dettol soaps, and Lye soap were assessed for their antibacterial activity. The null hypothesis was that there would not be a significant difference in antimicrobial efficacy when compared with the non-antibacterial soap Irish Spring used as a control based on zone of inhibition analysis. The alternative hypothesis, which was accepted for all of the soaps except Lye soap, stated that the rejection of the null hypothesis is indicative of significant bacterial inhibition (p<0.001). Statistical analysis of the data by the Kruskal Wallis test demonstrated that there was a significant difference between the inhibitory capacity of all of the soaps tested, excluding Lye soap, when compared with the Irish Spring control (p<0.001 for each) for three of the four tested concentrations validating the rejection of null hypothesis. It was also determined that there was no significant inhibition of Gram negative bacteria by any of the tested soaps (p<0.001).
Received: December 20, 2007; Accepted: April 8, 2008
I, Rachel Uttecht, am the owner and creator of Dirty Kids Soap. I got interested in making all-natural products when I realized the benefits they would have on my skin. By switching to natural soaps my ezcema and psorisis has cleared up completely. Because of this dramatic change in my skin health I now spend my time teaching others the benefits of all- natural skin care products.