Make It a Phthalate FREE Holiday!

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on November 26th, 2014
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What is a Phthalate anyway?

Besides being hard to pronounce, a phthalate is a synthetic chemical used to extend the life of a scent and to help a liquid, lotion or cream spreadand absorb easily.

It’s also used in plastics to make them soft and pliable.

You won’t see the word ‘phthalate’ on a label because label regulations do not require it to be listed, but if you see the word ‘Fragrance’ or ‘Parfum’ on a synthetic product, odds are very high that it contains phthalates.

So why the fuss?

Groups such as the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have red-flagged phthalates as endocrine disruptors. Our take is that if you don’t need phthalates to make great bath & body products (or toys, or food or the plethora of stuff that phthalates are used in) then why take the risk?

It’s easy to avoid phthalates, just look for ‘Fragrance’ or ‘Parfum’ on the label and steer clear.

 

Make Your Own Vanilla Mint Lip Gloss

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on November 24th, 2014
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Feeling like getting festive and crafty in the kitchen this holiday season? Why not whip up a delicious batch of home made Vanilla Mint Lip Gloss! Its easy, moisturizing, smells like heaven, and tastes pretty good too if you add the chocolate chips!

You’ll Need:

1-2 drops of pure peppermint extract

1 drop of pure vanilla extract

1 tsp cocoa butter

1 tsp almond oil

1 tsp coconut oil

3-4 semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

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sterilized containers (little pots or lip balm containers)

Instructions:

Use a double boiler, or just use a heat-safe bowl placed inside a saucepan with an inch of water in it. Melt all the ingredients slowly until everything is thoroughly melted and blended. When the mixture is smooth, pour the warm gloss into your choice of container and allow to cool down. The gloss will slowly solidify when it reaches room temperature. Store it in your fridge because it will melt if it gets too warm. It should last roughly 6-8 weeks.

Enjoy sweet and glossy lips and give lots of kisses under the mistletoe!

 

Holiday Gift idea? Set of Four Lip Butters from Rocky Mountain Soap Company!

RMSC LipButter Gift Set.

 

What Is An Essential Oil Anyway?

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on November 18th, 2014
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This is the time of year when the air is bursting with holiday scents. Just take a stroll through any mall and you’ll see what we mean. From the favourites that everyone knows and loves like Vanilla, Cinnamon and Peppermint, to the more creatively named perfumes like Frosted Wonderland or Holiday Snowdrops.

 

What are all these scents made of?

 

Natural scents use Essential Oils and compounds of E.O.’s to make these wonderful holiday essences. Essential Oils are 100% natural and are basically a concentrated liquid that contains aroma compounds from plants. A Fragrance Oil could contain Essential Oils but also contains synthetic aroma compounds and a carrier substance such as mineral oil or propylene glycol. If you’re looking to avoid Fragrance Oils just watch labels for the presence of Parfum or Fragrance.

 

If you’d like to learn more about synthetic fragrances and why you might choose to avoid them, check out this article from the David Suzuki Foundation. Fill your house with the delectable and completely Toxin-FREE scents of Essential Oils, they smell absolutely amazing, you can blend your own, and there is no down side whatsoever!

Vanilla Candy Cane

Delicious and Natural Sugar Plums Recipe

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on November 18th, 2014
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Sugar Plums are the inspiration behind our exclusive holiday scent this year, and they’re an old-fashioned favourite to offer at parties. Traditionally made from any combination of dried fruits, nuts and spices, Sugar Plums were neither plum shaped nor plum flavoured.

The popularity of Sugar Plums soared with the creation of The Sugar Plum Fairy in Tchaikovsky’s ballet and have been associated with Christmas ever since.

Make your own Toxin-Free and healthy Sugar Plum treats this year. They’ll be loved by old and young alike, and they pack a nutritional punch too!

You’ll need:

3⁄4 cup toasted, slivered almonds or hazelnuts

1⁄2 cup prunes

1⁄2 cup figs

1⁄2 cup dried fruit such as cherries, raisins and apricots

1⁄4 cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp toasted caraway, plus 1⁄4 tsp

1 tbsp toasted anise, plus 1⁄4 tsp

1 tbsp toasted fennel, plus 1⁄4 tsp

1 tbsp ground cardamom plus 1⁄4 tsp seeds

pinch of sea salt

1 cup crystal sugar (could use palm sugar or xylitol)

 

Instructions:

1. Use a food processor to chop the nuts and fruit into small pieces. Don’t chop so fine that it becomes a ball in the reservoir.

2. Blend the 1 tbsp of caraway, anise and fennel with the powdered sugar, powdered cardamom and salt; blend to as fine a powder as you can.

3. Add the powdered mixture to the fruit & nuts and work together with hands

4. Put the remaining seeds in a bowl.

5. Put the sugar into a bowl.

6. Roll the Sugar Plums into a ball, insert a seed or two into each ball. Then roll in the sugar and place on a parchment covered baking sheet to dry.

7. Store in a sealed container.

 

Enjoy the sweet and spicy flavour of Sugar Plums this holiday!

RMSC Sugar Plum 2

 

Have a Sulfate FREE Holiday!

This blog post was written by Nicola Doherty and posted on November 13th, 2014
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Sulfates are a synthetic foaming agent found in anything that lathers. So soap, body wash, hair care, toothpaste and bubble bath are a few examples of products that may contain Sulfates.

While Sulfates are harsh detergents that have been known to irritate the skin and the eyes, it’s the potential presence of a by-product called 1, 4 Dioxane that is of the most concern. And 1,4 Dioxane wouldn’t be listed on labels. 1, 4 Dioxane has been classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Learn more about 1,4 Dioxane here on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and from David Suzuki. And watch for Sodium Laureth Sulfate and PEG compounds on labels.

Choose products that use natural foaming agents such as Coconut Oil and keep it a Sulfate FREE holiday season!

RMSC Soap SamplerChristmas 2014

New Deodorant Scents…What’s Your Preference?

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on October 28th, 2014
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Thanks to all those that gave their feedback! We’ve sent the information back to our amazing team and will be announcing shortly!

We’re working on new scents for our deodorant line and would love your feedback on which scents you think you would buy. There are nine scents available in store for you to smell and give feedback on and we’d LOVE to hear your response.

Not near a store? Let us know the type of  deodorant scent you would like for a new deodorant!

 

To purchase or learn more about our Toxin-FREE deodorants, click HERE

Toxin-FREE Days are here!

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on October 15th, 2014
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Oct-Toxin-FREE-todayVisit your nearest store or order online on Oct. 17 or 18 and receive your FREE 100% Natural Toxin-FREE Deodorant

Did you know that synthetic anti-perspirants contain Aluminum Chlorohydrate, which has been linked to Alzheimers? It quickly enters the bloodstream and puckers pores to prevent the natural process of sweating.

Our toxin-free deodorant contains Potassium Alum, a natural crystal that will not pass through into the bloodstream and works to kill the bacteria that causes odour without stopping perspiration.

Join us in Removing Toxins From Our World.

 

Rescue Aromatherapy Spray – Rocky Mountain Soap Company

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on October 12th, 2014
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Feeling a little under the weather? Let Eucalyptus and Tea Tree come to the Rescue! Spray and inhale for a sense of relief from stuffiness and congestion. Whistle while you work, not while you breathe.

Abby from Marketing explains our newest formula and the best ways to use it!

Ingredients

Water (Distilled), Alcohol, Glycerin*, Quillaja Saponaria (Chilean Soap Bark Tree) Extract*, Eucalyptus Globululs Oil, Ravensara Aromatica Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil. *Organic -

Sleepy Time Aromatherapy – Rocky Mountain Soap Company

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on October 12th, 2014
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Sleepy Time Aromatherapy

Time to power down for the night? Allow Chamomile and Neroli to lull you into a sense of calm before bedtime. Mother nature takes care.

Abby from our Marketing Department describes how to use Sleepy Time Aromatherapy. We promise this video will not make you sleepy.

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dreamsIngredients:

Aromatherapy Spray

Water (Distilled), Alcohol, Glycerin*, Quillaja Saponaria (Chilean Soap Bark Tree) Extract*, Lavandula Dentata (French Lavender) Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Citrus Sinensis Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Vanilla Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetiver) Root Oil. *Organic

Aromatherapy Stick

Cera Alba (Beeswax), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Lavandula Dentata (French Lavender) Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Citrus Sinensis Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Vanilla Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Organic

Feature Soap: Blue Dot

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on October 12th, 2014
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Until November 9, David Suzuki will be crossing our beautiful country and inspiring the next generation of environmentalists to take care of this Blue Dot we call home. Support the tour (and bring joy to your shower) by purchasing a bar of our Blue Dot soap. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation.

No sulfates, phthalates, parabens or any other icky ingredients were used in the making of this soap, or any of our products.

Purchase tickets and learn more about the tour at www.bluedot.ca

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Aqua (Water), Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil), Sodium Canolate (Canola Oil), Sodium Cottonseedate (Cottonseed Oil), Sodium Olivate (Olive Oil), Natural Sea Salt Oil, Ultramarine (Blue). *Organic
Sea Salt Oil – is a proprietary scent blend based on 100% natural essential oils.
Pregnancy alert : Contains Juniper essential oil.