Canmore in Chatelaine

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on January 24th, 2015
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In the February feature of Chatelaine magazine, our beautiful town of Canmore was featured as a “Hot Hood.”

We couldn’t be more excited for our beautiful town except when we saw our flagship store in Canmore next to some of our awesome neighbours!

Thanks for the shout out Chatelaine! You’re welcome back any time!

 

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The Benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on January 21st, 2015
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Himalayan Salt is from…you guessed it…the Himalayans. More specifically it can come from China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and many other countries whose territory contains the crystallized sea beds it is gleaned from.

It’s a pink colour because it’s rich in 84 essential minerals and vitamins, including naturally occurring iodine. Sprinkling Himalayan Salt into your bath has been touted to offer detoxifying benefits, stimulate circulation, and soothe sore muscles.

For an added punch, our Cleanse Salts also include Juniper Berry (detoxifying, antiviral, antiseptic), Cypress (touted to improve congestion and cellulite), and Grapefruit (detoxifying) Essential Oils. Feeling under the weather? Crawl into a bath with Himalayan Salts, drink lots of water, and get to bed early…like mama said.

 

 

What is a Sulfate Anyway?

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on January 14th, 2015
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Sulfates are commonly referred to as SLS, which stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. They are prevalent in mainstream body care and hygiene products because they have industrial strength cleaning power and provide the big, sudsy lather that people have come to expect from their toothpaste, shampoos and bodywash. SLS is fairly corrsive as it ‘breaks down’ in order to clean, and has been shown to irritate skin.

In an effort to soften the effects of SLS, chemical companies have processed it further, producing SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). The problem is that during the process (called ethoxylation), a by-product occurs called 1-4 Dioxane. It is Dioxane that has been found to be carcinogenic and linked to organ toxicity.

You can learn more about 1-4 Dioxane (not listed on labels) from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=288

Rocky will never use Sulfates in anything we make. Ever. We prefer to use Coconut Oil. It creates a nice lather naturally, while softening and moisturizing skin to boot!

Shea Butter vs Petrolatum

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on January 7th, 2015
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There are many lip products on the market that use Petrolatum (you may find it listed as Mineral Oil) to create glide and shine.  There are also many lip products that use Shea Butter to give that moisturized and nourished feel. Lets do a quick mini history lesson on these two ingredients.

Shea Butter: Rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E, Shea Butter is a cream coloured fat that has been extracted from the African Shea Tree. A precious commodity from ancient times, Egyptians used Shea Butter to protect and nourish their hair and skin in desert-like conditions. There are no known health risks associated with Shea Butter.

Petrolatum (Petroleum Jelly, Mineral Oil) : Discovered in 1859, workers on oil rigs in the US discovered a material that formed on their equipment seemed to speed healing on cuts and burns. A chemist refined the substance and patented the process to make it. It was touted as a miracle healer. There is some concern that PAH’s (a contaminant commonly found in Petrolatum) are carcinogenic. In 2004 the European Union’s dangerous substance Directive banned all petroleum oils with one proviso: “The classification as a carcinogen need not apply if the full refining history is known and it can be shown that the substance from which it is produced is not a carcinogen.”

Check out the Environmental Working Groups rating page on Petrolatum for more information.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704786/PETROLATUM/

Into every life a little rain must fall.

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on January 7th, 2015
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Our Victoria store lease has now expired and we have made the decision not to renew it. As of January 18. 2015, our Mayfair Mall location will no longer exist. If you’re in Victoria we invite you to visit the store before Jan 18 to stock up on all your toxin-free favourites.

We have wonderful customers in Victoria and the surrounding area and until March 31, 2015 we will be offering free shipping to all Vancouver Island addresses. Please use code toxinfreevancouverisland at checkout.

If you have any questions or concerns or would just like to know more about why we made this decision, please feel free to contact Reeza at 1.877.229.7627 or info@rockymountainsoap.com. We’re always happy to hear from you.

Thank you again to everyone for supporting our Victoria store and our team members there. We love BC, and we believe that its the right place for us to be. We look forward to expanding our presence on the mainland and providing excellent service to those who aren’t near a retail location through our online store www.rockymountainsoap.com.

Happy New Year from Us to You!

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on January 1st, 2015
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It’s the start of a brand new year. The time of making resolutions and promises. The time to turn over a new leaf and start over anew. We promise to never put anything synthetic in anything we make. That includes sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, triclosan and a whole lot of ingredients typically found in body care that just aren’t necessary. We will only ever use 100% natural and Toxin-FREE ingredients, because we know that’s what you care about. What is your promise for 2015? We want to know! Write on our facebook page or to info@rockymountainsoap.com.

How Does Our Natural Deodorant Work?

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 29th, 2014
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Our Natural Deodorants are made using Potassium Alum, a naturally occurring salt. It has been crushed up and suspended in liquid form and blended with anti-bacterial and therapeutic essential oils to provide you with a solution to stinky armpits.

The molecules of Potassium Alum are too large to pass through pores and into the bloodstream, so they don’t actually go into your body. But what they do is inhibit the growth of the bacteria that causes body odour. By adjusting the pH of the skin’s surface, it creates an environment where bacteria cannot grow. It goes on wet, and then when the minerals dry, they rest on top of the skin as a protective layer.

So be sure to shake your deodorant well and allow it to dry before getting dressed. You should expect our deodorant to last at least 6 hours, but we’ve had many customers report that it lasts all day. Please write to us with your experience using our deodorants, we’d love to hear from you!

Check Out Our New Natural Deodorants

Sugar Plum Gratin with Lavender & Honey

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 25th, 2014
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Take your inspiration from the Sugar Plum Fairy and whip up this beautiful creation in your kitchen for the holidays.

INGREDIENTS
CUSTARD
3/4 cup 1% milk
3/4 tsp unsprayed fresh lavender buds, or 1/4 tsp dried, rinsed
2 large egg yolks
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
FRUIT & TOPPING
4 medium plums, pitted and cut into eighths
2 tbsp sugar

PREPARATION
1. To prepare custard: Heat milk in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Remove from heat. Add lavender, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
2. Strain milk through a fine sieve into a medium bowl. Return the milk to the saucepan and reheat until steaming.
3. Whisk egg yolks, honey and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually add the hot milk, whisking until blended. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened and starting to bubble gently, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl. Whisk in vanilla. Cover loosely and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
4. To prepare fruit topping: Preheat broiler. Coat an 11-by-7-inch oval gratin dish or 4 individual gratin dishes with cooking spray. Spoon custard evenly into the dish or dishes. Arrange plums on their sides, slightly overlapping, in a single layer over custard. Sprinkle sugar evenly over plums. Broil until plums are lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately.

Thank You

This blog post was written by Abby-Lynn Knorr and posted on December 25th, 2014
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There is absolutely, positively no way we could ever exist to do what we do without your support, your input, your feedback, and your love of natural and Toxin-FREE products. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. And from all of our families to yours, may you have a blessed and joyful holiday season. We look forward to another wonderful year of conversations, fun events, and breakthroughs in Removing Toxins From Our World.

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!