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December 06, 2016

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Not just your average hand balm

When it comes to climbing, or any outdoors activity really, having the right gear is necessary to get the job done. It doesn’t much matter if it’s second-hand or not, it just needs to do its job. On that note, though, climbing hardware can get all too expensive, but we end up paying the price in order to get the quality of equipment to make sure that we can do what we want to do, safely.

Some people don’t always think of hand balms as an essential in climbing equipment. But I think we can all agree that our hands are definitely one of the most important tools we regularly depend on while on the wall. Needless to say, taking care of our hands is vital to do the thing we love, so doesn’t it make sense to treat our hands only with the very best?

I have tried hand balms far and wide, attempting to get rid of eczema, heal cuts and prevent callouses from ripping open at the crag. Whether you climb on quartzite or granite, gripping the wall is no easy task for our palms and fingers, not to even mention the impact that chalk can have on nail beds.  Luckily, before I even got out to Joshua Tree, on some harder, rougher rock, I found Giddy’s Hard Lotion & Healing Salve. I’m a lavender kind of lady, so of course, I went right for the purple-covered tin.

At first, I was tentative to rely on such a strange-looking hockey puck of wax to save my hands from the destructions that come with climbing.  But it smelled fantastic, was easy to use and small to store. I had friends, fellow climbers, who would ask me about my newest habit of rolling around the puck in my palms a few times before leaving the crag or the gym. They’d try out the hand salve too, and be pretty excited about the awesome smell and how quickly the lotiony feel absorbed into the hands, not really leaving too much of a sticky residue. But it wasn’t until I was climbing out on a brisk fall day that I realize the hand salve’s greatest quality.

After crack climbing all day, my feet were beat up. The tops of my curling toes were starting to rash over and my heels were near cracking. The idea occurred to me that if the salve works on your hands, why not your feet too? Following a quick rub down on each of my barking dogs, they immediately started to feel better. Walking back to the car was a breeze because of how the salve had loosed up my skin and prevented any further rubbing on the tops of my toes and cuticles.

Later that week, my adventures took me to climb in Joshua Tree, where the rock and every plant in sight is just out to hurt you. Three long days of climbing later, my legs, elbows, wrists and hands were scraped raw from all the jams and off widths. In order to stop the burning I felt on my skin, I grabbed right for Lavender Healing Salve. I brushed the wax across the top of my many cuts and vio-la, good to go. The waxy finish of the hard lotion helps keeps irritating wing from making open scrapes burn more. Since the salves have all natural ingredients, there were no chemicals to further make my skin sting. The silky soothing attributes of the lotion were painless to rub on and then did wonders keeping dirt out of my open wounds.

Speaking of all natural ingredients, this not only helps you use safer, more body-friendly products, but this also impacts the environment in which we love to climb. Obviously we know that excess littering is hurting the world around us. It’s rare that we think of the amount that we touch things in our environment also impacts the surrounding ecosystems. Every time we chalk up and stick our hands back on the rock, we leave remnants of that chalk for the plants and animals native to that ecosystem to learn to deal with this newfound invasion of white dust. In the same way, every time that we lotion our hands, that substance transfers to the walls we thrutch on. Think about the amount of times that you’ve slid off a sloper or crimp; we lose a layer skin and a layer of whatever lotion and chalk every time that happens, and it stays there on the rock. When an animal comes along, that left behind layer can hurt it. But since Giddy’s products, including their hand salve, are all natural, it is very unlikely that it will hurt any organisms that also use the same rocks we climb on. This is extremely important because if we don’t take care of the environment around us, we could lose the beautiful landscapes in which we love to climb.

That being said, Giddy’s hand salve would be a good addition to your climbing gear repertoire. The lotion is good for your skin, good for the environment and has so many different uses. Take Giddy good of your skin; it makes it all the easier to be awesome.

October 21, 2016

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Outdoor Climbing Techniques for Beginners

For me, rock climbing was never about sending as many gym routes as I could. I climbed rocks because I wanted to be in nature. When I first got started climbing, I had no idea what I was doing or what to expect. My dreams of outdoor climbing were a little far off and not well researched. If you’re anything like I was, unknowledgeable and ambitious, have no fear. The great outdoors is not far off. In order to get into climbing outside, there are a few things to know in order to prepare yourself for the adventure.

  • Have someone experienced show you the ropes.

This might be the hardest part about climbing outside. Whether you go sport climbing (where the  walls are bolted), outdoor top rope climbing (where the rope hangs from above on a fixed anchor or a natural anchor) or trad climbing (where you place gear in order to protect yourself as you climb), you need equipment. This can get expensive. Finding friends who already have the gear can be your foot in the door of the outdoor climbing world. This minimizes having to teach yourself how all the gear works, having to invest all at once in your own rack (set of gear) or having to take on the outdoors alone. Which brings me to the most important part about going with someone experienced - it reduces the risk of injury. Climbing buddies are invaluable. With someone experienced, he or she should know how to climb outdoors safely and will be able to teach you, belay you and have your back in case anything were to happen. If you’re terrible with maps like I am, a climbing buddy can be helpful with this too.

  • Have the right footwear. 

Aside from showing up to the crag (outdoor climbing area) with a pair of your own climbing shoes, a safe climbing harness and maybe some chalk and carabiners, getting to the base of the wall also requires some gear of its own, mainly footwear. I tried to hike and approach in tennis shoes only once before I realized that hiking boots were a necessity. Sometimes you get lucky and the climbing area will have nice paths, but more likely than not, hiking shoes are a safe bet. When you aren’t climbing and you’re belaying instead, it is nice to not have to stand around in your toe-crunching climbing shoes. I always bring along some strappy sandals so wear among the talus or duff so that my feet don’t get too sore. I used to wear Birkenstocks and just normal flip-flops while waiting around, but I found that they slip off and cause more problems than being barefoot. I switched to some strappy sandals, like Tevas or Chacos, in order to keep my feet safer, and so far, they work like a charm.

  • Pack lots of food, lots of water.

I have a few friends who show up to climb with tupperware boxes of chicken and bags of fried rice. To me, this seems like overkill. When I am out at the crag, I survive by strictly snacks and water. This way, you avoid tupperware leaks, overstuffing or getting hungry later on when your  big meal is all gone. Instead, I graze all day. I also make sure to bring a balanced array of snacks. Granola bars made of whole grain ingredients, fruit, nuts, jerky and even some type of kale chips allow me to have lots of energy, lots of food and still get all my nutrients and protein throughout the day. I usually bring three or four bottles of water (Reusable ones! Go green!) just to make sure I stay hydrated all day. Before I even hit the trails, I drink an entire bottle of water, too. Taking care of my body is important, especially when I have to rely on my body to be able to climb.

  • Know your knots.

Believe it or not, your life depends on knowing how to tie knots when you’re climbing. Even if you go with someone else to climb outside, being able to check your knot and his or her knot before anyone climbs is important. The figure eight knot, which is what you tie yourself to the rope on the wall with, is easy to learn but also easy to mess up. When you climb, ask your partner to look at your knot before you start going up, just in case it got messed up. If you plan to rappel, also double check that you have overhand knots or barrel knots on the bottom of each end of the rope. This assures that if for some reason the ropes are uneven or not touching the ground, you do not accidentally rappel off the rope and fall. We are all only humans, and humans make mistakes. By checking each other’s gear and knots before each climb, we can hopefully reduce the amount of accidents, especially involving first-time outdoors climbers.

  • Get to know the guide book and Mountain Project.

It is really easy to look at climbing outdoors as a vacation, but it should be looked at a little bit more like a trip. What I mean is that research will help you get the most out of your time at the crag. Most climbing areas have guide books. Borrowing one from a friend, your local climbing gym or investing in one yourself are all not bad ideas. Spend some time looking through it before you even leave for your trip. Decide what areas you want to spend time at, which climbs are worth doing and what gear you’ll need to do each climb. Have a backup plan ready if the inevitable group of 15 boy scouts is posted up at your first choice area. Mountain Project is also a good resource. It is online, it has an app, it is designed and compiled by a bunch of real world climbers and it is free. Needless to say, this site has boundless amounts of information, from what kind of nuts to use while building a top rope on a route to where to park your car and get the easiest approach to a crag. There are maps and photos of the routes, too. Download these before you leave to climb in case you lose service. Believe me, it may sound like homework, but the effort you put in beforehand will save you a lot of time, confusion and frustration later on at the crag.

  • Have a plan of action for when nature calls!

Yup, this is the reminder that nature does not have bathrooms. So just like your mother might remind you, try to use the facilities in the parking lot or at a restaurant or gas station before you hit the trails. When nature calls when you’re out in the wilderness, bring some wet wipes (they come in clutch). Some people think that bringing a roll of toilet paper to the crag, but this can cause more problems than solutions. The second that your roll of TP gets wet, the whole thing is ruined and just a mushy gob of flaky white uselessness. If you do plan to use wipes, bring a little baggy to carry out whatever you carry in. Before you take care of your business, dig a quick hole so that you can cover up whatever you leave behind. Whatever you leave needs to be at least 6 inches below the surface. This prevents animals from eating it later on and getting sick. Peeing under an overhang might seem like a good idea because of the privacy but rain can’t wash it away. This can hurt the environment and also just end up really stinking later on. Avoid peeing on living plants, too, because the chemicals can harm them as well. 

4 Hand Moisturizing Tips That Will Change your Climb

Climbers Salve, Hard Lotion, Hand Balm, Repair Skin, Flappers

Rock climbing and sore hands seem to go hand-in-hand with one another – no pun intended. While the excitement of climbing is well worth the dry palms, rough calluses, short nails and shredded cuticles, it doesn’t have to be a painful experience, nor should it be. That’s also not to mention that the pain of dry, scuffed up hands can make climbing a difficult task – and maybe even an exasperating one. So, don’t let the gashes, cracks, scrapes, blisters and flappers get you down – literally. Here are four tips all professional and non-professional rock climbers should follow to repair skin and climb safer, higher, stronger and longer.

 

 

Slip Less with a Good, Low Grease Lotion Bar

Skin is one of the most important parts of your body when it comes to rock climbing – especially the skin on your hands. The Runnerup of the 2010 Ouray Ice Climbing Competition, Sam Elias told OutsideOnline.com, “When your skin is good, you don’t feel like you’re slipping as much. And more than anything, you can bear down on really small, sharp holds without pain taking your mind away and keeping you from trying as hard as you want to.” So get a better grip with our cool mint organic climbers salve, and get great skin that is just as strong and tough.

 

Just Any Hand Balm Won’t Do

A lot of people (non-climbers) use hand balm to add moisturize and softness into their skin, but it’s different for rock climbers. Moisture can actually disrupt the friction required to climb, and “regular” hand balms tend to make the skin softer, making it easier for the skin to rip or scrape. In other words, the benefits people get from regular hand lotions are cons for climbers. Instead, you need a GIDDY hard lotion to keep your skin dried out and moisture-free – in a healthy way, of course. The lavender scent is also amazing. 

 

Not All Skin is the Same

Just because your best climbing buddy is using one kind of hard lotion doesn’t mean that it will work as amazingly for you. Skin conditions vary per person, and as a climber, you need to find a climbers salve that is specific to your skin type. You may have fairly dry and tough skin to begin with, and won’t need a strong hand balm like a climber with soft, moisturized skin would. So, before you head on over to GIDDY to purchase some hard lotion, think about your individual skin.

 

You Have to Stay Clean

The last thing you’re doing (and thinking about) when climbing up a cliff with nothing but your hands and feet holding you up is staying clean. Fortunately, this rock-climbing tip is for before and after your climb. You never want any dirt, dust or grit getting into your scrapes, cuts and blisters, as this can cause severe irritation and possibly even infection. So, you have to keep your hands as clean as possible. As a rule of thumb, simply give yourself a good wash after your climb. Afterwards, apply some GIDDY Healing Salve to let your outer skin re-moisturize while keeping your skin tough for the next adventure.

Your grip has to be strong enough to endure the continuous holds of rock climbing, and damaged skin and sore hands can really jeopardize this while also sacrificing your climbing progress. Repair skin and prevail as a climber with the climbers salve and other hard lotions available at Get Giddy. Shop today and get higher.

 

 

 

DIY All Natural Sunscreen Recipe

Overview: 

Spring is here and with it comes the sun! Soon, it will be Summer and with it comes more sun! The sun is incredible – it’s what powers the earth and gives us life and light. However, the sun has its drawbacks. The most obvious drawback is that sunrays can cause skin cancer. More minor drawbacks are that overexposure to sun rays can temporarily burn your skin and cause premature aging over the course of your life.

With that said, you need to protect your skin!

I struggled for years to find the right sun protection. Most sunblocks break me out and/or are made from dangerous chemicals. As I started developing my own skin care products, I found a wide variety of natural oils that have (natural) UV and sunray protection.

I’ve read a ton of medical journals (and some of these oils have better scientific evidence than others) – however, this is a pretty good list if you're not into reading science essays. Before you shrug this article off and say, “Yeah right, why have I never heard of this?” Without going on a political rant, I’ll say there is one major reason you’ve never been told whether or not, for instance, Coconut Oil has natural SPF in itThese natural oils are not recognized by the FDA as being protective against sun rays (which makes it really hard for companies to market their benefits). Couple that with the expense of the ingredients and you’ll see why these types of recipes don’t have the power of billions of dollars in marketing working behind them to help gain awareness.

Well I have a solution! I made a great sunblock that is simple enough to make at home. I’ve been making it for years, but, needless to say, I can’t sell this product. Even if Giddy wanted to deal with FDA testing, the cost of oversight would ruin the simplicity of this recipe. I want to add; I am not a doctor so you may want to consult with a doctor before adding this to your skin care regimen.

However, without further adieu, here is the incredible and all natural sunblock I have been using/making for years:

What You’ll Need:

  • 16 oz. Glass Measuring Cup (this recipe won’t ruin your cookware)
  • Tins or Glass Containers to hold the finished product (Whole Foods should have this).
  • Egg Beater
  • Glass Serving Bowl

The Ingredients:

  • Shea Butter (SPF 3-6) - 1 Cup (8 oz. - $3.50)
  • Avocado Oil (SPF 5-10) – ¼ Cup (2 oz.) (Whole Foods should have this)*Can trade for Sunflower Oil or Safflower Oil if Avocado Oil breaks you out.
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil (SPF 30-50) – ¼ Cup (2 oz. - $9.75)
  • Tapioca Starch/Flour – 1-2 Tbs. (Whole Foods should have this – I love Bob’s Red Mill).  Tapioca starch, powder, and flour are all the same thing. This is what thickens your recipe.  If it's too oily - add 2 tablespoons instead of 1.

Optional:

  • Carrot Seed Oil (SPF 35-40) – 1 Tbs. (½ oz.  - $25)
  • Essential Oils for Scent (do NOT use Tea Tree Oil or Citrus Oils as they may cause photosensitivity and make you more prone to sunburn) 

Directions:

1)  Microwave the Shea Butter in the Glass Measuring Cup on 30 second intervals until completely melted.

2)  Mix in the Avocado Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, & Tapioca Starch into the melted Shea Butter and heat for another 30 seconds.

3)  Add in the optional ingredients and let cool completely.

4)  Once dried completely, transfer to glass serving bowl and whip using the egg beater (could change color of recipe during egg beating, this is normal).

5)  Transfer to tins/glass containers.

Never Run Out of Giddy!!

Rock Climbing Balm, Hand Repair Balm, Healing Salve - mailed out monthly!

Or add our lip balms or body scrubs!

We understand that it can be a hassle to go online each month on repeat and buy Giddy products or having to stock up in advance and sacrifice the freshness of our small batch hand made products!  So, from now on, you can subscribe to receive any of our skin care products every 30, 60, or 90 days.  Want the larger balms? Just click the drop down!  Want to add lip balms?  Simply include both in your cart to take advantage of bulk shipping.  What's best?  You save money in the process!  You're getting more for less and it's cheaper!  

What more could you ask for?  You're welcome in advance!

Rebuilding Van Morrison - A Van Life

 My boyfriend and I have wanted a camper van for about a year now. It started as just a dream, but then quickly became more and more attainable. My boyfriend, Derek, spent a great deal of time looking for camper vans on Craigslist and Sportsmobile.com. If you’ve never heard of them before, Sportsmobile is the company that outfits vans and trucks into campers.

Eventually, we found a Sportsmobile dodge van for sale by owner in Austin, but their asking price was a little bit out of our price range… by about $4,000. As we were thinking it over, Derek found a very similar Sportsmobile for sale up in Truckee, California, near Lake Tahoe for only $4k.

We FaceTimed the owner, checked out the van virtually, and decided to fly up and buy it. At the time, I was still working full-time at my previous job that pretty much never allowed vacation, so I was unable to go with Derek to retrieve the van. 

The Problems

  • broken gas gauge
  • broken gear shift indicator
  • muffler
  • loose steering
  • dying A/C
  • dead rear batteries

The Remodel

And so, the remodel began. We took the van to a mechanic to get a quote on the gas gauge and gear shift problems, but those are evidently time and labor-intensive problems that cost way more than they’re worth. So instead, we record our miles and count the gears as we shift.

We got a new muffler, new tires, new brakes, new rear batteries, new speakers, new door pull straps, LED light bulbs, and fixed the front end steering, and then I began working on the interior of the van.

My mom used to be a seamstress, and she taught me how to sew when I was younger, so I was SUPER excited to reupholster the inside of the van. The majority of it is just ripping off disgusting fabric and stapling nicer fabric onto the pieces, but the couch was a bit more complicated. I decided on a dark grey and lime green color scheme – because lime green is my favorite – and I went on down to Hancock Fabrics to find the best material.

I found a really durable outdoor furniture fabric on sale in neon green and bought the whole bolt of that at about $9/yard. I think the couch required about 4 yards, and the bed (which I covered in royal blue) was about 2 yards. The couch required a few extra steps like making fabric buttons, deep buttoning, and sewing a zipper onto the bottom of one piece, but it all came together very nicely.

Then, our next step was to paint the cabinets. Sadly, we forgot to sand down the surfaces, thinking that the primer + paint would be sufficient, but it wasn’t. So, we’ll likely be repainting the cabinets at some point… when it’s not sweltering outside. We painted the cabinets with the carpet still in, and then ripped the carpet out to make way for vinyl wood flooring.

Once we ripped out the carpet and the padding, we sanded the OSB board (the sub floor) down and primed it with latex-based floor primer. Then, we laid some 2mm-thick peel-and-stick vinyl wood planks along the floor. They were only $0.99 per plank, and we used about 45 planks total. We were able to cut the planks very easily with a box cutter and a putty knife, so placing them around corners was pretty easy. A couple planks wouldn’t stick down very well in the corners, so we went to the store and bought some flooring glue to re-glue the problem pieces.

We took our van to the Sportsmobile office in north Austin to just ask a bunch of questions, so that’s how we found out what we should replace and what we should forget about.

The vinyl flooring comes all the way up to the captain seats, but we left the front piece of carpet installed to help reduce the road noise. Our friend Aaron made a nice wooden threshold piece to cover the gap between the vinyl flooring and the carpet up front, and now all we have left for the flooring is to install the molding along the bottom of the cabinets to seal off the floors.

Once we get back to town, we’re making an appointment with the guys at Sportsmobile and having them take a look at all the electrical wiring to make sure everything is connected properly.

We still need to clean out the water tank, replace the exterior water connection, install a carbon monoxide monitor, repaint the cabinets, finish the flooring, and then start looking into fun toys that we might want like a roof rack, rocket box, solar charger, Yeti cooler, and more.

-Aicacia Young

Get Giddy With Bath Salts!

Giddy Bergamot Tea Tree Bath Salts

***It's actually 10 Ounces but says 5 ounces!***

Overview:
Get Giddy with Bath Salts! The Giddy Bergamot Tea Tree Bath Salts are uplifting, stimulating, exhilarating! It's an incredibly health wild ride for your skin! It's like getting to try bath salts without having to worry about the crazy come down! Next time you are stressed, or simply need a spa treatment - just treat yourself to Giddy Bath Salts! Your skin is going to be so soft and great smelling - you'll wonder why nobody came up with this concoction sooner! As always, made from naturally sourced ingredients - you're not going to find all the carcinogens and chemicals that you find in other skin care products... I made sure of that when I developed it!

Ingredients:
Epsom Salt
California Sea Salt
Organic Vegetable Glycerin
Organic Bergamot Oil
Organic Tea Tree Oil

Epsom Salt - one of the overlooked wonders of the cosmetic industry, epsom salt is a skin softening miracle ingredient that has been used in skin care products for hundreds of years. The epsom part of it’s name came about after it was discovered in a wide array of springs in Epsom England. However, Epsom “Salt” which is scientifically known as magnesium sulfate is not a salt at all. Instead, it is a naturally occurring mineral that has been proven through extensive studies to pull magnesium and sulfate into your skin cells. Magnesium has a wide range of homeopathic uses from regulating your body’s enzymes, to reducing inflammation and muscle fatigue. Sulfate, on the other hand, have been proven to eradicate certain skin toxins and help absorb nutrients. Together, they pack a powerful 1-2 punch for overall skin health and regenerative improvement.

California Sea Salt - while already popular in high end spa treatments, sea salt is steadily growing popularity in the skincare world. Going back to the times of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Judea - sea salt has been seen as both a beneficial stress reducer as a bath salt and skin exfoliant as a salt scrub. Even, documents from China dating back 4000-5000 years ago show salt extraction methods for trade, culinary, and skin care usage. It’s obvious why it’s so popular! Salt water is the basis of all life! The salt to water ratio in our blood is the same as the ocean so our body’s relationship with salt is nothing short of existential bliss. We use only the highest grade, solar dried, premium grade Pacific Sea Salts in our skin care products!

Organic Vegetable Glycerin - glycerin, a natural byproduct of the soap making process, is known to soften and moisturize skin. By pulling oxygen into skin cells, glycerin also helps to attract and retain moisture. Because glycerin is soluble in both water and alcohol, it’s versatility has allowed it to become one of the most widely used ingredients in skin care products around the world. It is used in shampoos, conditioners, bar soaps, lotions, creams, lip balms, and a wide variety of other skin care formulations.

Organic Bergamot Oil - “What smells so good in this?” That’s what everyone seems to ask once they smell a product with Bergamot! It’s claim to fame is it’s use in Earl Grey Tea which is simply black tea mixed with Bergamot! We’re always delighted to explain that bergamot not only smells amazing (and tastes amazing), but is also one of the most beneficial oils for your skin that is readily available. It’s a natural antibiotic and disinfectant (like many citrus oils) but is also very gentle on your skin and helps with acne-prone and oily skin conditions. Finally, because of it’s ability to regulate your skin’s natural pigment… it also helps to reduce scars and stretch marks.

Organic Tea Tree Oil - tea tree oil, derived from the melaleuca plant, is relatively new to the skin care world after only being discovered for it’s medicinal benefits around 100 years ago. “New schmew” in our opinion! Tea tree oil is growing rapidly in popularity and usage and for good reason! From fighting acne to fighting dandruff, tea tree has more solidified and scientifically backed research supporting the claims of the homeopathic community that even major pharmaceutical companies are perking up to the increasingly widespread usage and efficacy of tea tree oil in products. At this point, it would be tough, if not impossible, to argue what once may have sounded preposterous: “tea tree is a miracle of nature!”

Giddy Grapefruit Cardamom Bath Salts

***It's actually 10 Ounces but says 5 ounces!***

Overview:
Get Giddy with Bath Salts! The Giddy Grapefruit Cardamom Bath Salts are uplifting, stimulating, exhilarating! It's an incredibly healthy wild ride for your skin! It's like getting to try bath salts without having to worry about the crazy come down! Next time you are stressed, or simply need a spa treatment - just treat yourself to Giddy Bath Salts! Your skin is going to be so soft and great smelling - you'll wonder why nobody came up with this concoction sooner! As always, made from naturally sourced ingredients - you're not going to find all the carcinogens and chemicals that you find in other skin care products... I made sure of that when I developed it!

Ingredients:
Epsom Salt
California Sea Salt
Organic Vegetable Glycerin
Organic Grapefruit Oil
Organic Cardamom Oil

Epsom Salt - one of the overlooked wonders of the cosmetic industry, epsom salt is a skin softening miracle ingredient that has been used in skin care products for hundreds of years. The epsom part of it’s name came about after it was discovered in a wide array of springs in Epsom England. However, Epsom “Salt” which is scientifically known as magnesium sulfate is not a salt at all. Instead, it is a naturally occurring mineral that has been proven through extensive studies to pull magnesium and sulfate into your skin cells. Magnesium has a wide range of homeopathic uses from regulating your body’s enzymes, to reducing inflammation and muscle fatigue. Sulfate, on the other hand, have been proven to eradicate certain skin toxins and help absorb nutrients. Together, they pack a powerful 1-2 punch for overall skin health and regenerative improvement.

California Sea Salt - while already popular in high end spa treatments, sea salt is steadily growing popularity in the skincare world. Going back to the times of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Judea - sea salt has been seen as both a beneficial stress reducer as a bath salt and skin exfoliant as a salt scrub. Even, documents from China dating back 4000-5000 years ago show salt extraction methods for trade, culinary, and skin care usage. It’s obvious why it’s so popular! Salt water is the basis of all life! The salt to water ratio in our blood is the same as the ocean so our body’s relationship with salt is nothing short of existential bliss. We use only the highest grade, solar dried, premium grade Pacific Sea Salts in our skin care products!

Organic Vegetable Glycerin - glycerin, a natural byproduct of the soap making process, is known to soften and moisturize skin. By pulling oxygen into skin cells, glycerin also helps to attract and retain moisture. Because glycerin is soluble in both water and alcohol, it’s versatility has allowed it to become one of the most widely used ingredients in skin care products around the world. It is used in shampoos, conditioners, bar soaps, lotions, creams, lip balms, and a wide variety of other skin care formulations.

Organic Grapefruit Oil - while grapefruit is obviously loaded with Vitamin C, the bitter tangy scent is widely used for it’s fragrant properties in the cosmetic industry. Grapefruits is red in color due in part to it’s high antioxidant content which helps to fight and prevent aging within skin cells. Furthermore, studies have shown that topical application of grapefruit can help to boost collagen production which further helps to reduce aging by reinforcing your skin’s foundation and reducing wrinkles. Finally, grapefruit oil acts as an excellent toner and astringent which helps to give your skin that tight lifted look!

Organic Cardamom Oil - widely used in curry recipes and Ayurvedic medicine in India, Cardamom has been used for it’s fragrant properties for centuries to help boost the aroma for soaps and skin care products. The more we study this herb that was used primarily for it’s perfumery applications, the more we are beginning to learn various ways the oil can help to relieve pain, boost memory, help treat infections, and also boost lung function. Several studies have even suggested that cardamom can kill cancerous cells and prevent the spread of cancer. If that isn’t enough - it’s application will help to literally warm the surface layer of the skin which opens your pores to absorb more moisture and nutrients in skin care products.

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