Another Reason to Go Green – Striving for Better Skin & Hair Care

Author:
Renee Vailes

What are sulfates? Should I be worried? Are they bad for you?  What other chemicals are in my soaps, shampoos and other health products?  This article aims to answer these questions and explain why going ‘green’ is not always a bad thing when it comes to your personal care. Sulfates are used in everything these days and using more natural products without these chemicals is the wave of the future.  An intelligent consumer will read not only what’s on the cereal box, but what’s in the shampoo bottle!

We all love the soapy, frothy bubbles we get from bubble bath, body washes, shampoos… but, do we really understand what’s in these products?  The primary purpose of any soap or cleansing product is to clean, get rid of grime or dirt, and leave a nice smell behind.  But, most commercial products nowadays leave our clothes faded, our hair dry and brittle and our skin screaming for moisturizer.  Read below to find out why!

What are sulfates? Should I be worried?

Sulfates like sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are found in almost every body cleanser in the stores today; many others contain similarly named surfactants (sudsing agents):  sodium cocoyl isetheoinate, methyl cocoyl taurate, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamidopropylamine oxide, ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and alpha olefin sulfonate.  

SLS or SLES is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, dishwashing liquid, etc.). It is an inexpensive and very Sulfuric Acid Warningeffective foaming agent made by mixing sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, and sodium salt. (Wikepedia: Sodium laureth sulfate)  Although claims have been made for the last 15 years that it causes cancer, it is still under debate. It is a known fact that surfactants are irritants and strip your hair and skin of their natural oils.  That’s why your eyes burn when you get soap in your eyes and your hair and skin stay dried out!  The jury is still out on the safety of these products, but as with many chemicals in our products today, it is best to err on the side of caution whenever possible.  The less we expose ourselves to harsh cleansing agents and other chemicals, the better off we will be.  Especially choose natural products for your children.

Products commonly found to contain SLS or SLES:

Soap
Shampoo
Bubble bath
Toothpaste
Washing liquid / dish soap
Laundry detergent
Childrens soaps / shampoos
Stain Remover
Carpet Cleaner
Fabric glue
Body wash
Shave cream
Mascara
Mouthwash
Skin cleanser
Moisture lotion / Moisturiser
Sun Screen

What else is in my soap or shampoo?

Shampoo and other body cleansers can contain any number of the following ingredients:

Water is usually the first or second ingredient listed on a bottle or wrapper. It dilutes the detergent and makes shampoo and body washes go farther for the buck.

Surfactants are usually next.  We covered those in the above paragraphs.

Detanglers and anti-static agents are found in some shampoos. ‘Quaternary ammonium’ compounds are common.

Humectants attract and retain water. Found most often in shampoos for dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair, the most common of these include commercially made glycerin, sorbitol, and hyaluronic acid.

Conditioners soften hair and retain moisture. Examples include amino acids, collagen, panthenol, proteins, and elastin.

Emulsifiers are thickeners give shampoos viscosity and make them easy to handle. A commonly used thickening agent is hydroxyethyl cellulose.

Volumizers help give hair more body and bounce.They contain ingredients like hydroxyethyl cellulose, gum arabic, guar, xanthan and chitin.

Preservatives prevent contamination from mold or bacteria. Search the label for methylparaben, quaternium-15, or propylparaben.  They contain ingredients like hydroxyethyl cellulose, gum arabic, guar, xanthan and chitin.

Cosmetic ingredients – and this includes hair-care products – are listed in descending order. This means a product contains most of whatever ingredient is listed first, and least of whatever ingredient is listed last.  Fragrance oils and colorants usually come last on the label.

Should I go ‘green’ with my skin care and try natural or handmade soaps?

Natural and homemade soaps and lotions can provide you with a healthful alternative to chemical cleansers.  I don’t just mean using vinegar to wash your hair or baking soda for deodorant!  Our grandmothers did that, and while they are ‘natural’ remedies, you also want something that moisturizes and smells nice.  What I’m talking about are natural and non-irritating soaps made from coconut, soybean, olive, vegetable or hempseed oils.  Stay away from ‘sodium tallowate’ as these soaps are made from animal tallow or lard. 

Natural Soaps and shampoos can also be made from goat’s milk, cow’s milk, etc. and even contain fruit zest or peels, essential oils and butters like cocoa and shea.  Many may also contain avocado oil, emu oil, etc.  Most will use small amounts of cosmetic grade fragrance or essential oils, if any.  I personally like oatmeal and natural honey for the best soaps and moisturizers.  While you may pay a little more for your ‘all natural’ soap or shampoo, the benefits far outweigh the risks.  I have found that my skin and hair retain more of its natural shine and moisture when I am using natural skin care products.  That includes doing away with commercial moisturizers!

My husband and I make an all natural bar of soap. Each bar is made from natural vegetable oils, shea butter and goat’s milk.  You can read more about Goat’s Milk here on articles base.  Just click on my name for the rest of my articles.  Look for ‘Got Goat’s Milk? You should!’  or you can read it here at http://www.neeneessoapshop.com/whyusegomi.html You can check our soaps out at http://www.NeeNeesSoapShop.com/products.html

Do not believe that just because a product is labeled as ‘natural‘  that it is free from SLS or SLES. Most common brands of ‘Natural’ or ‘Herbal‘ shampoos and cleansers still use these harmful chemicals as their main active ingredient – check your labels!  Most handmade or homemade soaps and shampoos are NOT going to contain these chemicals.   

The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes. The information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional or medical advice.

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date18 Aug

There’s some great info here about cocoa and Shea butters – both wonderful ingredients! Try Blue Mountain Soapworks’ Spectacular Shea Butter soap. It’s completely fragrance free and makes your skin feel wonderfully soft, smooth and NOT dry!

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Cocoa Or Shea Butter? What's The Difference?

Author:
Renee Vailes

Cocoa and Shea butter are two of the best emollients around.  If you suffer from dry skin, like so many seem to do, you can’t go wrong with either one!  Moisture is moisture, I say, so how do you choose?  To make an educated decision, you have to look at the qualities of both and decide for yourself.  Some companies even combine the two in a lotion or body wash, for the best of both worlds.  In my estimation, the two are interchangeable and equally moisturizing.  I have made lotions from both, choosing the Shea butter for myself… but we shall get to that later.

Spectacular Shea Butter Soap

Skin conditioning is of utmost priority for me.  I suffer from some of the worst dry skin in the winter, even suffering from it in the summer, especially as I get ‘older.’   Most people are open to using anything that will moisturize and keep them looking young.  I know from experience that both cocoa and Shea butter are listed in many lotions and body washes.  I like to couple them in body wash with any oatmeal type ingredient. 

In the past, I have bought every kind of moisturizing butter available and in every scent imaginable:  mango, grapefruit, lime and coconut, banana, apple pie, etc.  Obviously the scent has nothing whatsoever to do with its ability to soften your skin.  The moisturizing elements within the body lotion or body butter are your key to longer lasting beauty and youthfulness.

I am going to outline here the history and uses of both cocoa and Shea butter.  You can decide for yourself

COCOA BUTTER

Cocoa butter is the natural fat extracted from the cacao bean from South America and West Africa.  It has to be grown around the equator; no other location will do. Cocoa butter is used to make toiletries, skin care products, cocoa powder and chocolate. Cocoa butter has a delicious subdued chocolate odor, and has natural antioxidants that prevent products containing it from going bad, thus increasing their shelf life for up to two years. It is a favorite in the production of soaps, cosmetics and skincare products. Its emollient properties and its smooth texture make it a perfect ingredient for body butter and lotions.  Cocoa butter has been around for centuries. Known as the ‘ultimate moisturizer,’ cocoa butter absorbs into the skin with ease due to its body temperature melting point.

Cocoa ButterThe cocoa butter creates a shield against the environment, and it is very helpful in the alleviating of psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It works by holding back the production of immunoglobulin which is known to aggravate and accelerate the above mentioned conditions.

This butter will soothe the skin, relieve stress, and help you relax.  It is useful for pregnant women, when used in regular applications, as a formula to help prevent, and ward off stretch marks. The butter has a very nice smell also. It has been said that cocoa butter may also help to ease arthritis and even help to prevent heart disease. Wonderful claims I must say. I really had no idea just how good this butter was for my skin and body. I just enjoyed using it.

SHEA BUTTER

The benefits of Shea Butter have been enjoyed for centuries. Women in Africa have been using Shea butter to smooth their skin and hair far longer than their Western counterparts.  Shea butter has tremendous benefits for hair and skin. It comes from the tropics of Africa from the nut of the Karite tree, where the fatty acids are extracted from the the nut container. The quality of the irremovable fatty acid is far more superior to that of the cocoa butter, but unfortunately it can take up to thirty years for a crop to yield the right quality of this fatty acid. It’s a wonder they can actually bring it to us at a reasonable price bearing all this in mind.  The women of Africa call it ‘women’s gold’ as many on the continent depend on it for their livelihoods.

Shea butter is known especially for its cosmetic properties as a moisturizer and emollient. It is also a known anti-inflammatory agent, although we make no medical claims here! :-) Shea butter is reported by many as being effective at treating the following conditions: fading scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and in lessening the irritation of psoriasis.

Raw shea butter and nutsShea butter provides natural ultraviolet sun protection, although the level of protection is extremely variable, ranging from none at all to approximately SPF 6. Shea butter absorbs rapidly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling.  Africans have been enjoying the natural properties of Shea butter for centuries, and they have used it on their hair as a conditioner, and also on their skin for protection against the sun, and the harsh elements of their climate.

Shea butter is a luxurious moisturizer, which leaves the skin feeling silky soft. It works by stimulating the skin’s renewal process, thus revealing a more youthful, fresh skin. It is non greasy, and it is used in many expensive skin products. It is also a wonderful, natural conditioner that makes the hair vibrant, while also protecting it from dryness and preventing split ends. It is also the base of many essential oils.  Shea butter works by maintaining the natural oils in our skin, and it can also activate collagen production.

IN CONCLUSION

To wrap up our discussion, I have to say, given the info here, I must profess a penchant, a fondness for shea butter.  Given its natural SPF, healing qualities and richness of moisture, it seems only natural to choose it over cocoa butter.  Both leave you feeling silky soft… and while both are superior moisturizers and healing agents (again no medical claims here!), one can’t go wrong with Shea butter! 

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date14 Aug

Give your skin and natural soap a caffeine boost! :kissing:

Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans

Most of us think of coffee as a pick-me-up, a drink to energize us and get us going in the morning. And most of us love and appreciate the taste and aroma of coffee. Green unroasted coffee beans are one of the most-traded agricultural commodities and coffee is one of the most-consumed beverages all over the globe. Have you ever tried it in natural soap?

Would it surprise you to learn that coffee is also a wonderful pick-me-up for your skin and hair?

Coffee comes from the seeds, or “beans”, of the coffee plant. The beans are found in the coffee cherries, or “berries”, growing on trees in more than 70 countries around the globe, primarily in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. In fact, the stimulating effects of coffee were first discovered in Ethiopia in the 15th Century.

Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap

Blue Mountain Mocha soap

As you would expect, we at Blue Mountain Soapworks only use one of the world’s finest coffees, Jamaica Blue Mountain® coffee, in our delightful Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap!! Jamaica Blue Mountain® is made exclusively from the Arabica bean and is renowned as one of the best and most flavorful coffees in the world. We use both the brewed coffee and coffee grounds along with cocoa powder and vanilla to handcraft this delightful Jamaican natural soap. And the coffee aroma is natural – no fragrances are added.


So what does coffee in natural soap do for our skin?

Coffee in natural soap is wonderful for any skin type, from dry to oily to acne-prone to sensitive skin. Coffee in natural soap can:

  • Exfoliate your skin – New skin cells are created in the dermis, the lower layer of our skin. The new cells eventually work themselves to the surface but, as we age, the process slows down and becomes uneven, giving our skin a dry, rough look. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells on the surface of our skin to reveal the newer skin underneath. Coffee is a very effective natural exfoliant in natural soap. Coffee grounds are gritty enough yet not abrasive, so they exfoliate gently. Natural soap containing coffee makes a great scrubbing soap for both body and face and will help you achieve smoother, better-looking skin. It is also great for men because it helps expose hair follicles, allowing for a better shave and preventing ingrown hairs. Because exfoliation can dry the skin, we put wonderful oils and shea butter in our natural soap to keep it moisturized. Why spend your money on expensive chemical peels or products to exfoliate when you can use our Blue Mountain Mocha soap instead?!!
  • Fight acne, eczema and psoriasis – The natural oil in coffee contains enzymes that detoxify, cleanse and help unclog pores, making it ideal for treating acne, eczema and other skin problems. Coffee oil is very similar to our natural body oils and has the same PH level as human skin. Your skin will absorb the oils in this natural soap, giving it a soft and silky feel.
  • Reduce skin redness – The caffeine in coffee has the ability to constrict blood vessels (vasoconstrictor), making it very useful in natural soap for those who suffer from rosacea and skin redness. It will even out your skin tone. It can also help minimize the appearance of tiny “spider” veins on the skin.
  • Reduce under-eye puffiness – While it may not get rid of those dark circles under your eyes (which are often hereditary), the anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine in coffee help minimize under-eye redness and inflammation. It also helps prevent the build-up of blood under your eyes which contributes to those dark circles. You may discover it as an ingredient in many eye creams.
  • Absorb odors – When we cook, our hands absorb the unpleasant odors of pungent foods like garlic, onion, hot peppers, fish, etc. Keep this delightful natural soap on hand in your kitchen! It will remove all of these, and other, nasty odors from your skin. It really works! (Tip: Place a bowl of coffee grounds mixed with a little vanilla in your fridge to absorb unwanted smells.)
  • Add shine to your hair – There are some nourishing oils in coffee beans. They help retain moisture levels in hair (and skin). Wash your hair with our Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap bar, rinse, and enjoy softer, shinier hair.
  • Prevent sun & cell damage – Our cells and tissues are constantly under attack from excessive amounts of free radicals. Free radical damage is a known contributor to the premature aging of our skin, along with acne, eczema and other problems. Our bodies naturally fight off free radical damage with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, and polyphenols, such as those found in green tea. The coffee cherry, the fruit of the coffee plant, has gained attention for its powerful antioxidant properties. Promising research studies have shown that the antioxidants in topical cream or solutions (and natural soap!) containing coffee/caffeine may prevent sun (UV) damage, or repair it if it has already occurred. In fact, extracts from the coffee cherry may even be three times stronger as an antioxidant than green tea (an antioxidant powerhouse)!
  • Get rid of cellulite? – Recent studies show that coffee/caffeine applied to the skin may tighten and firm skin, reducing cellulite! Researchers in Brazil at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2007) and the Universidade de São Paulo (2008) found that the application of skin cream and solutions containing caffeine significantly reduced the size of cellulite cells by 17%. Caffeine apparently dehydrates fat cells by energizing them which causes the elimination of water and the sodium/potassium component of the cells. By massaging and rubbing the areas with natural soap containing coffee, the fat cells break up and the lumps and bumps of cellulite decrease. The end result is smoother skin.
  • Lift your mood – Last, but certainly not least, is the spectacular natural aroma of coffee! The aroma relaxes us and clears our minds. Just the smell can lift our energy or mood. Smelling coffee is also known to reduce nausea.

How many natural products can boast of all these benefits? And you can get them all by bathing with a product such as our Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap handcrafted in Jamaica by Blue Mountain Soapworks. Beautify your skin with coffee! Your skin will look lovely and smell great too!

Go Green for Better Skin & Hair Care!

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date25 Apr

At Blue Mountain Soapworks, we LOVE Shea butter!

Dry, wintry weather can strip our skin of its natural moisture barrier causing the top layer to dry and flake off. When combined with coconut oil, shea butter soaps soothe the skin, making them the perfect choice for getting rid of that dry, itchy mess. Get your skin ready for Spring!

Nearly all of our Blue Mountain Soapworks natural handcrafted soaps contain soothing shea butter because we want your skin to feel soft, supple and luxurious!! Let’s find out why shea butter is so great.

The African Shea Karité Tree (Vitellaria paradoxa or Butyrospermum parkii)

Shea Karite TreeShea butter is a solid nut fat (oil) extracted from the kernels (nuts) of the wild African Shea Karité tree. Most of the world’s Shea Karité trees grow wild in the equatorial savannas of 19 countries across central Africa. Some of the largest producers are the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Namibia and Nigeria.

Living as long as 200 to 300 years, the Karité tree begins to bear fruit after 10 to 20 years and doesn’t bear a full crop until it’s 20 to 40 years old! The trees grow wild (there is very little cultivation of these trees) and they are pollinated by small fruit bats to ensure they continue to thrive.

Shea trees are most active during June and July, bearing dark green fruits that fall to the ground when ripe. The source of the shea oil/butter is the hard white kernel of the nut inside of those fruits. In Ghana it is common for prayers to be said before harvesting the fruits to praise Mother Nature. The name “Karité” means “the tree of life”.

So how did it get the name “shea”?? The English word “shea” comes from ‘s’í, the tree’s name in the Bamana language of Mali. Shea butter is also known as “Nkuto” in Ghana, “Beurre de Karité” in French (Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo), and “Ori” in Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria).

As recently as 2010, researchers estimate there are nearly 500 million productive Shea trees and over 2,000,000 African women working with shea butter in this equatorial African region!

The Making of Shea Butter

Raw shea butter and nutsRaw shea butter looks a bit like whipped cream, but varies in color from grayish-yellow to light almond to a light yellow color. The colors make no difference (unless it’s pure white); color is determined by the nut itself. When extracted using traditional methods, it is completely pure, has no preservatives and no added mineral oils.

Raw unrefined shea butter has a natural earthy, nutty, smoky aroma. Although the aroma may sometimes be strong, it loses its smell within minutes of being applied to your skin or hair.

Most of the traditional African shea butter process is passed down through generations. The nuts are picked, sorted, boiled, and left to dry in the hot sun. When they are completely dry, they can be stored for months or be processed into shea butter.

Crushing shea nuts with a pestle - Ghana, 2006Crushing and pounding the dried nuts with a pestle makes the kernels separate. Next, the kernels are roasted in large metal pots. The labor-intensive procedure continues with the mixing and kneading of the kernels while adding water. While this step of the shea butter making production goes on for several hours, it’s a vital step as this is what creates the shea butter itself. The shea butter is then scooped into gourds and left to cool. At this point, the shea butter is raw and “unrefined”.

Today, many African women use a metal press to crush the nuts and squeeze the butter from the kernel. This enables them to produce more butter in less time. Shea butter may also be filtered through clay to strain debris such as dirt and leaves (a good thing). The end result is still pure, raw, unrefined shea butter with no added chemicals.

Producing shea butter is a long, involved manual process but this is an important economic crop in Africa, and traditional extraction is a way of providing good employment opportunities to the local villagers.

Refined (or processed) Shea Butter

As with many other things in the world today, people want things faster, easier and prettier.

Shea butter can be chemically extracted, bleached to a pure white color, and deodorized (bad things). This involves the use of hexane solvents, a toxic by-product of petroleum production. These solvents bleach the shea butter, removing many of its natural vitamins and minerals in the process, and can remain in the finished product. Most shea butter that is refined in Africa is usually free of hexane solvents.

Refined shea butter is pure white, has no aroma, and has practically none of the wonderful benefits for our skin left in it. (We use only raw and unrefined shea butter in our products!)

Why Shea Butter is Fabulous! :wub:

High in triglycerides and fatty acids, the soft buttery texture penetrates easily into your skin. Shea butter naturally contains cinnamic acid, which protects skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun and benefits those of us who suffer from dry skin, dermatitis and sunburn. Shea butter usually does not trigger Minty Pick-Me-Up Jamaican Shea Butter Soapany allergic reactions, so our soaps and lotions are fantastic for people with sensitive skin.

Shea butter was traditionally used by herbalists for burns, wounds, sunburn, muscle aches and as a moisturizing beauty aid for hair and skin. Africans use it to heal skin and scalp ailments. The Vitamins A and E found in it help to keep the skin supple and healthy. Vitamin F works as a rejuvenator. It also helps to prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Can there be a more delightful beauty product??!!

Shea Butter is beneficial for:

  • Moisturizing all skin types, babies to adults
  • Restoring elasticity to the skin and slowing down aging
  • Healing blemishes and keeping wrinkles at bay
  • Restructuring dry and fragile hair
  • Easing dry scalp and irritation from chemical processing (hair dyes)
  • Restoring the luster of hair
  • Protection from the harsh sun and wind
  • Moisturizing tough skin on feet
  • Eczema, psoriasis, dehydrated skin, diaper rash, insect bites, burns, stretch marks

Do your skin and hair a huge favor and pamper them! Our wonderful Jamaican handcrafted shea butter soaps can be used all over the body (including the face), by men and women alike, and you will LOVE the results. Try one of them today!!

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date2 Apr

We will be open for business beginning Tuesday, February 8th, 2011!! :tongue:

We’re still getting things up & running, but we expect to be open for your shopping enjoyment most afternoons between at least 12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM beginning Tuesday, February 8, 2011. You may find us there earlier some days and we may stay open later now & then. Please stop in and visit us!

If you want to confirm that we’ll be there when you come, please email us at bluemtnsoapworks@gmail.com and we’ll get right back to you with an answer!

In case you don’t know where to find Long Bay, we are in Portland Parish on the northeast coast of Jamaica not far from Port Antonio, the Blue Lagoon and Frenchman’s Cove, between Manchioneal and Boston Bay (stop & eat some delicious jerk!). You really can’t miss us. We’re right on the main road (A4), across from the spectacular beach, and very near Chill Out Restaurant & Bar. Check out our map:


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date1 Feb

Whole Heap a Tea Tree Oil Soap – Try some today!

Troubled by acne, skin bumps, eczema, athlete’s foot, dandruff, bug bites (like mosquitoes or those pesky sand flies, a.k.a. “no-see-ums”)?? Why not give our Whole Heap a Tea Tree Oil soap a try? You’ll be glad you did!

Tea Tree essential oil is an amazing oil that comes from the Malaleuca alternifolia, the Tea Tree, a small tree native to Australia. The oil is distilled from its leaves. It has remarkable antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial and fungicidal properties, making it an excellent natural treatment for acne, skin bumps, bug bites, cuts, fungus, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and much more. When used as a shampoo bar, it can also help keep away head lice and may reduce dandruff. It has been used by aboriginal natives for centuries to cure nearly every skin ailment you can imagine. Wow! What a fantastic oil!

Yes, tea tree oil has a rather strong & spicy scent that people either love or hate. So we add Cajeput essential oil (from another Australian tree) to make the aroma a bit more woodsy. In the same family as the tea tree, Cajeput also adds antiseptic and antibacterial properties. When I’m in Jamaica, tea tree oil has been the ONLY product I’ve found that calms the itching & burning of my sand fly bites, so I can easily overlook the scent! Anyway, the aroma does dissipate quickly but I’ve actually grown to love it for the fabulous things it does for my skin!

Used externally (such as in soap), tea tree oil can benefit your skin in so many wonderful ways:

  • helps eliminate some of the ugliest bacterial infections and combats body odor (anti-bacterial)
  • protects wounds, boils, sores, cuts, insect bites/stings, & acne from infection; helps heal quickly; reduces itching; diminishes scar marks (antiseptic, cicatrisant)
  • kills & keeps away insects like mosquitoes, sand flies, fleas, lice, etc. and certain microbes & parasites responsible for tropical fevers, malaria etc. (anti-microbial and insecticidal)
  • help combat viral infections like common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, etc.; removes toxins, moistens skin, opens pores & keeps the body cool (anti-viral)
  • inhibits fungus & may help heal psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm & athlete’s foot (fungicidal)
  • helps remedy dandruff & scalp problems when used on the hair
  • helps relieve pain from arthritis & rheumatism when massaged into skin

:w00t: :silly: It’s hard to find anything better than tea tree oil, direct from Mother Nature!

Our Whole Heap a Tea Tree Oil soap is made with a combination of all-natural olive, coconut, palm, sunflower and soy oils, along with wonderful shea butter, which attracts and holds moisture close to your skin, making it fantastic for people with dry or sensitive skin. It can be used as shampoo, face wash, hand and body soap, laundry soap and shaving lather. Be good to your skin – try some today!

Order full-size bars (US$4.25) here or half-size (guest) bars (US $2.75) here. And you might like to try our Bath Fountain Spa Eucalyptus, Hemp & Tea Tree bars if you love the added aroma of eucalyptus as much as we do!

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date27 Jan

YES, we are currently manufacturing our delightful Blue Mountain Soapworks natural handcrafted soaps in Long Bay, Portland, Jamaica, and they are all available here on the website and ready to ship to you! Take a look around – maybe you’ll find something you just can’t live without!

Our “real” shop in Long Bay, however, will not be ready to open to the general public until early this year (2011), but here’s a new photo of the shop with custom artwork by Portland artist, Art Katapul!! Doesn’t it look great?!


We hosted our 1st Annual Holiday Craft Fair at the shop on December 18th and are now setting up the large space to make it inviting for visitors. We’ll let you know very soon about the Grand Opening,

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date13 Jan

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was renowned for being the most beautiful woman who walked those desert lands. Her secret? She soaked in baths of fresh goat milk! The baths made her skin beautiful and radiant. And, centuries later, dermatologists discovered that Cleopatra was right, because goat milk is loaded with alpha-hydroxy and caprylic acids – natural materials that slough off dead skin cells leaving smooth new cells. Goat milk can cleanse and moisturize your skin down to its deepest layers!

:wub: Try our goat milk soaps on your skin & hair and you’ll discover:

  • a natural moisturizer and skin rejuvenator; lipoproteins absorb easily into our skin to seal in moisture and prevent dryness, cracking & premature aging;
  • caprylic, capric, and caproic acids in goat milk soap work together to maintain the perfect pH for human skin and hair. The skin’s “acid mantle” is a thin, oily, slightly acidic film that sits on top of the outermost layer of our skin and fights off harmful bacteria & viruses. These harmful invaders are alkaline, but goat milk neutralizes them to reduce the attacks that lead to acne, infection and irritation;
  • many nourishing vitamins (A, B6, B12, D), minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus) & proteins containing all the known and essential amino acids;
  • healing properties for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne, and general relief for itchy skin;
  • great for your face as well as your whole body. You may be able to reduce the need for lotions and creams;
  • soothes bug bites. Apply a lather of the soap to the bite and let it sit for a bit before rinsing.

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date10 Jan

:wub: :wub: Love is in the air!! :wub: :wub:

February 14th is Valentine’s Day & it’s coming fast! It’s all about giving something sweet and romantic. Surprise your “special someone” with one of our wonderful natural soaps, lotions or luxurious bath salts handcrafted in Jamaica – they make the most DIVINE scented gifts for Valentine’s Day!

Our soaps are much less expensive than flowers (but smell just as sweet!) and far less fattening than candy (although they smell delicious!). They’re loved & enjoyed by both men and women. And kids love them too! Wouldn’t a little gift bag of our soaps make your “little Valentine” happy too??

For the gals, try romantic fragrances like Cherry Almond Kisses, Luscious Lavender, Jamaican Roses or Vivine’s Vibrant Vanilla. For the guys, try sexy masculine scents like Hector’s River Bay Rum, Mountain Mystic or Reach Falls Spicy Citrus Cedar Sage. Don’t stop there! We have about 30 scented and unscented soaps to choose from. And don’t miss our new Fairy Hill Chocolate Decadence Soap which arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day! Check our complete list and find something to please your sweetie!

Order online or come in to the shop starting February 7th to meet us and choose your gift in person. We’ll wrap your selection in your choice of a red, white or hot pink organza bag with some extra coordinating organza ribbon – so pretty & ready for giving! Of course, you may also like one of our gift bags or baskets which are always available. Simply place your order and include a message/note to let us know you want a Valentine’s Day wrap. Easy as pie!

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