Holiday Stress? Stay Cool This Yule.

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 21st, 2014
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While joyful and full of parties and giving, the holidays can also be a very stressful time. Manage your stress by taking just a few minutes out of your day to do these 3 easy steps so you maintain your calm during the holiday hurricane.
1. Set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes. Make sure the volume is low and the chime is gentle then sit or lie in a comfortable position.
2. Close your eyes and relax. Take a few deep belly breaths and let them out slowly.
3. Let go of your thoughts. Don’t try to think of nothing, instead accept anything that comes into your mind, accept it and let it go. Continue this until the timer chimes.
This short but sweet time to yourself can turn your whole day around. Don’t underestimate the power of a mini-meditation. It can help lower stress, revive a tired mind or body and give you better focus to get everything done. You deserve to enjoy every day during this season, so Keep Calm and Holiday On!

Have you checked the ingredients?

This blog post was written by Nicola Doherty and posted on December 20th, 2014
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Meet Leah!

Leah came into our Metropolis at Metrotown location to check out the foaming wash, on her way to her favourite store to buy bath and beauty products.

Leah was helped by our Customer Experience Manager, Mary, who went through some of the scents and our products.

Leah wasn’t convinced our scents would match her favourite scents from another store, so took some information that Mary gave her about the Toxin-FREE movement, our Red list (ingredients that we will never use and should be avoided) and went to her favourite stores with our Red List in hand and checked out her favourite products ingredients.

An hour later Leah was back at Rocky Mountain Soap Company and told Mary that she was shocked by what she found. Upon reading the ingredients in her favourite products,  she noticed the toxins that she had no idea were in there.

Thank you Leah for coming back and telling us what you found, and we’re so happy to have you a part of the Toxin-FREE Movement!

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Sugar Plum Cobbler Recipe

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 19th, 2014
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Make the Sugar Plum Fairy proud with your dessert presentation at your holiday dinner this year. Try this delicious plum dessert and have them dancing for joy.

Filling:
4lbs of plums, sliced into 1” cubes
¾ cups of sugar or sugar substitute (such as palm sugar or xylitol)
2 tbsp cornstarch

Batter:
2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup cornmeal
¾ cup sugar or sugar substitute
2 tbsp minced candied ginger
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2 sticks of cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
¾ cup milk

Directions:
Toss the plums with the sugar and cornstarch and let stand for about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375. Pulse the flour in a food processor while adding cornmeal, sugar, candied ginger, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and pulse until its crumbled. Add the milk and pulse until moistened.
Spread the filling in a 9×13” baking dish. Scoop 15 mounds of dough over the filling. Bake in the center of the oven for 75 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden and crisp. Let cool for 1 hour before serving.

Rocky Mountain Soap on The Marilyn Denis Show

This blog post was written by Nicola Doherty and posted on December 19th, 2014
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Each year The Marilyn Denis Show hosts 10 days of giveaways! This year Rocky Mountains Soap Company was chosen to be one of the top gifts to bring to your host this year!

What is more fitting than a “Gratitude” Gift box to give to someone that is hosting you this year.

Watch below as Marilyn and Charles MacPherson go through some fantastic host gifts, including the Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s Toxin-FREE Gift Box: Gratitude  If you’d like to skip ahead to see the Gratitude Box in its TV premiere, skip through to 7:20.

 

 

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Why Get Informed? Because Your Skin is a Conduit, Not Armour

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 15th, 2014
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Think for a moment about the number of personal care products and cosmetic items you use in a day. All of which gets sprayed, slathered, rubbed and painted directly onto your largest organ.

Skin absorption studies have shown a wide range of absorption rates when substances are applied. The skin on your face has been found to be much more absorbent than skin elsewhere on your body.

How much of which products ends up in your bloodstream is impossible to tell without extensive blood and urine testing at intervals after application, but you can at least know for certain that stuff does go in. The highest absorption rate ever recorded was ingredient.

We recognize that just because an ingredient is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe (arsenic and hemlock for instance). However there are a wonderful plethora of natural ingredients that have been used for hundreds if not thousands of years and are known for their therapeutic benefits (lavender and shea butter for example).

According to Gillian Deacon’s ‘There’s Lead in Your Lipstick’, 85% of the more than 85,000 chemicals in use in today’s marketplace have not been tested for long term human health impacts.

This is a call to you to inform yourself. Make educated buying decisions. In an effort to make a gray world a little more black and white, we created a Red List of ingredients we’ll never use. We made a promise to use only 100% natural ingredients. We defined natural, so everyone would know what we meant when we used the word. We also recognize that toxicity is a matter of dose, in extremely large quantities even water is toxic. But to make it easy for people to understand that we don’t use any of the toxins typically found in body care products we refer to our products as Toxin-Free.

There are many resources out there to help you navigate the world of natural. Starting with Gill Deacon’s book mentioned above, ThinkDirty, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and EWG’s Skin Deep Database.

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1. Robinson et al. The Importance of Exposure Estimation in the Assessment of Skin Sensitization risk. Contact Dermatitis 2000; 42:251-259

Candy Cane Vanilla Latte

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 15th, 2014
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In the spirit of our exclusive Holiday scent, Vanilla Candy Cane…try out this delicious Candy Cane Vanilla Latte to warm the cockles of your heart.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup hot milk
  • 1 espresso shot
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup half & half
  • 1 tbsp melted chocolate
  • 1 to 2 drops peppermint extract
  • whipped cream to decorate
  • crushed or whole candy canes on top, if desired.

Keep Cool This Yule

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 11th, 2014
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While joyful and full of parties and giving, the holidays can also be a very stressful time. Manage your stress by taking just a few minutes out of your day to do these 3 easy steps so you maintain your calm during the holiday hurricane.

  1.  Set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes. Make sure the volume is low and the chime is gentle then sit or lie in a comfortable position.
  2. Close your eyes and relax. Take a few deep belly breaths and let them out slowly.
  3. Let go of your thoughts. Don’t try to think of nothing, instead accept anything that comes into your mind, accept it and let it go.
  4. Continue this until the timer chimes.

This short but sweet time to yourself can turn your whole day around. Don’t underestimate the power of a mini-meditation. It can help lower stress, revive a tired mind or body and give you better focus to get everything done.

You deserve to enjoy every day during this season, so Keep Calm and Holiday On!

 

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Pamper Yourself with Natural

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 7th, 2014
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In this hectic time of year we often feel that we need 8 arms.

Take a little break from the baking, decorating, shopping, working and everything else you do!

For yourself or for the friend who has everything, give the gift of pampering!  Imagine lapsing into a luxurious lavender nirvana with our Bathing Bliss box.

Picture yourself  in a haze of heavenly hydration from head to toe with the Gratitude Gift Set.

No time to sit and slather or soak? Try a zap of our zesty Energize Me gift to get you zinging! These pampering beauties and many more await you in our little shop of nifty gifties!

 

Toxin-Free DIY Oatmeal Body Scrub

No time to pop into the shop? Don’t fret! With a few ingredients you can whip up a delight for your dermis!  All of these ingredients are edible, Toxin-Free and easy to find. Here is a sure fire recipe;

Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup grape seed oil (I have used olive oil in the past)

5 drops lavender essential oil (or whichever you enjoy)

 

Mix oats and oils together in a bowl.  Apply to the skin and gently rub in circles toward the heart.  This will remove dead skin, soothe irritation, hydrate and help with lymphatic drainage.

You can also add honey for healing, coffee for stimulating or a bit of lemon juice for brightening. Rinse off well and rinse the tub too as oatmeal can be sticky. Also be aware that the oil can make the tub slippery. Happy Scrubbing!

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Twelve Days of Gifting

This blog post was written by Nicola Doherty and posted on December 2nd, 2014
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Tuesday December 2nd was #GivingTuesday ? A day dedicated to giving back to those that need a helping hand or a little love.

We want to give back to our customers, and the people that help out 365 days a year and instead of giving for one day, we’re going to give Twelve Days of Gifting!

Each day we’re going to give away one gift box and the winner will be nominated by you and then picked at random draw. 

Who can you nominate? Anyone! Your friends, co-workers or family members  and to win the prize they must be nominated based on a question inspired by some of Rocky’s core values:

  • Giving
  • Toxin-FREE
  • Responsibility to the Environment
  • Honesty
  • Giving it a go or taking a leap
  • Positive Attitude
  • Helping others
  • Community Involvement.

 

How to participate? Each morning on our Facebook Page we’ll ask a question and  answer the question in the comments. Its that easy.

The winner will be picked randomly at 10pm (mst) and announced on Facebook.

What are you vying to win? We’ll update  here and Facebook daily with the prizes and the question! Good luck to you and all the amazing people you know.

 

Day One

The question:

Nominate one person who gives unconditionally,  goes above and beyond for you. This person gives their time, their shoulder to cry on and their laughter at the good times. Then, tell us why you’re nominating them.

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The winner will win a Juicy Cherry Mini Tray that includes a Juicy Cherry Soap, lip butter and body butter.

Congratulations Dawn Carter who nominated her friend Rita

 

Day Two

The question:

Nominate one person who gives unconditionally,  goes above and beyond for you. This person gives their time, their shoulder to cry on and their laughter at the good times. Then, tell us why you’re nominating them.

 

 

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The winner will win a Lemongrass Mini Tray that includes a Lemongrass soap, lip butter and body butter.

 

Day 3

The question:

We’d like you to nominate someone in your life (family/friend/co-worker) who has a positive attitude and brightens your day!

 

 

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The winner will win a Vanilla Coconut Mini Tray that includes a Vanilla Coconut soap, lip butter and body butter.

 

Day 4

The question:
It’s Friday and time for a break. We’d like you to nominate someone in your life (family/friend/co-worker) who would deserve a little fun this weekend! Skiing in the mountains, relaxing in a hot bath or a walk in the crisp air!

 

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The winner will win a Lavender Mini Tray that includes a Lavender soap, lip butter and body butter.

Top Ingredients to Avoid When Shopping for Body Care

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 2nd, 2014
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It shouldn’t be stressful to shop for body care. It should be a pleasurable and completely worry-free experience. You shouldn’t have to read labels until you go cross-eyed, you should be able to trust our government and manufacturers to not allow anything toxic into stuff you spread on your skin, soak in, moisturize with or put on your face and lips.

Sadly, this is not the reality we live in. According to Gill Deacon’s research (author of ‘There’s Lead in Your Lipstick’) there are between 85,000 and 100,000 chemicals are used in the marketplace today and 85% of those chemicals have never been tested for human health impacts.

Jaw dropping, isn’t it?

This stat is so not cool with us, and chances are if you’re reading this, it’s not cool with you either.

You, as the consumer, have more power than anyone else to effect change. Every time you choose a toxin-free product over one that contains known toxins, it’s one small butvery important win. Educate yourself bit by bit on the most dangerous ingredients out there. Making change doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just educating yourself on the worst offenders will go a long way towards limiting your exposure.

Here are the top ingredients to avoid when shopping for body care products as well as some links that will help shed more light on why.

Sulfates (sodium or ammonium lauryl/laureth/myreth sulfate)

Foaming agents found in toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath – may contain 1,4-Dioxane.
Learn more HERE

Parabens (methyl, propyl, ethyl, butyl)

Preservatives used in lotions, gels, shampoos, toners, deodorants, antiperspirants & sunscreens – mimics estrogen.
Learn more HERE

Petrochemicals / Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)

Elements found in petrolatum,  oil, paraffin, and propylene glycol which which are used in shampoos, conditioners, baby powder, baby moisturizers, lip balm, lip gloss and perfume.

Learn more HERE

Phthalates: Stabilizers used to enhance fragrance in hair products, deodorants, body lotions, perfumes and nail polishes.

NOT REQUIRED TO BE LISTED ON COSMETIC LABELS!

Learn more HERE: 

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