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Bet You didn’t Know This About Soap

Soap is an everyday staple in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms everywhere. We use soap daily and never give a second thought to its unique history and origins. It’s practical if not downright boring, right? Not so fast! Soap is a product that has been around for thousands of years and soap makers have been striving to perfect it since its humble beginnings. As one of those soap manufacturers, Mid-Michigan Soaps has decided to take a closer look at the history of soaps throughout history.

The earliest use of soap, or at least a soap like substance dates back to 2800BC in Babylon where excavations unearthed a soap-like material produced by a process of boiling fats with ashes. In 1550BC the Ancient Egyptians washed themselves with a combination of animal and plant oils and alkaline salt. A Roman myth says that soap gained its name from Mount Sapo. After a rain, material consisting of animal fats and ashes would wash down into a lake where women were washing clothes. The women discovered that the substance greatly enhanced their cleaning efforts.

Soaps before the second century were probably not used for cleaning due to the fact that they were coarse, foul smelling and irritated the skin. They were more commonly used for medical purposes such as cleansing scrofulous sores and treating skin disease. After the second century soap became more widely used in washing clothes but it took quite some time before it was perfected enough for people to want to use in for cleanliness and personal hygiene.

Soaps and soap operas! When Proctor & Gamble started advertising, it took to the airwaves and primarily aimed at soap operas to attract women and housewives. Of course, these daytime dramas only gained the name “soap operas” because the P&G was so successful at targeting its product to this audience, that it wasn’t long before dozens of soap companies followed suit.

Soap and dynamite have something in common. Throughout the 1800’s soap’s popularity began to “explode”. Better soaps and better plumbing led to more frequent bathing which in turn led to the discovery that there are health advantages to good hygiene. Manufacturers had to step up production and brought glycerin back into the soap making process. It was about that time that dynamite was invented using the ingredient nitroglycerin, which is basically glycerin with nitric and sulfuric acid.

The town of Port Sunlight which was dedicated to soap production still stands today. Port Sunlight is a picturesque tourist attraction near Liverpool whose origins lie deeply in the soap business. In 1888, the Lever Brothers, named the village Port Sunlight, after his most successful brand of soap. Lever was a kind and generous boss who built his soap empire by supporting his workers through campaigning for improved working conditions, shorter working hours and better education.  Their company brands included Lifebuoy, Lux and Vim. The town is just as quaint as ever and home to just 2,000 residents.

Ivory Soap was a mistake. In 1879 Procter & Gamble was producing a popular soap called “White Soap. One of the workers accidentally mixed too much air into a batch of soap and despite the mistake, it was shipped out.  People loved it and suddenly there was a huge demand for it. They switched the name from “white soap” to “ivory soap” and spent $11,000 on a national advertising campaign. The Ivory Soap campaign revolutionized the marketing of soap.

Soap is a multi-billion-dollar industry that was originally brought about by the awareness of the importance of hygiene and great marketing. Today, soap is more than a necessity, it’s a luxury. Soap comes in all different sizes, shapes, colors and fragrances. From its coarse and abrasive beginnings soap has evolved to a soothing and gentle staple of everyday life.

Organic soap makers like Mid-Michigan Soaps, strive to produce the finest quality soap products that are luxurious and healthy. We use all-natural ingredients and no harsh or toxic chemicals. We offer a wide variety of soap products from hand soap to bath salts, and laundry detergent to sun screen. Check out our products here.

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Are Home-Made Sanitizers Safe?

Are Home-Made Sanitizers Safe?

There is no shortage of recipes on the internet that you can try for yourself. But it still begs the question: Are these home-made sanitizers safe.

For the most part, all of the recipes on the internet SHOULD be safe for the mass population. However, there are a variety of factors that go into making a hand sanitizing solution. Sometimes, a person might be allergic to a certain ingredient(s) or an error in mixing sanitizing solutions might result in a harmful substance. Of course, these are regular risks that need to be considered when planning to make your own hand sanitizers.

Natural Disinfectants

Not a lot of people realize that they can save money by making use of household items that they already own. Instead of going out to a store and buying cleaning solutions that are loaded with chemicals here are some that also serve as very effective disinfectants and cleaners.

  • White Vinegar – a mix of acetic acid and water. These two-ingredients serves as a very powerful cleaner and disinfectant, while removing grease, mildew, stains, and wax buildup. It’s also a safer alternative to bleach when it comes to getting rid of bacteria on surfaces.
  • Lemon – a great cleanser and disinfectant because of its citric acid properties. It’s especially powerful at neutralizing alkaline stains such as soap stains on bathroom and kitchen tiles. It’s also used to shine metals and sanitize non-porous materials. Lemon wedges can be used to clean hands of any dirt, oil, or food particles.
  • Vodka – one of the most effective natural disinfectants that could be used. Very effective at removing odors and are great disinfectants for a variety of surfaces.
  • Essential Oils – liquids distilled from plants and used for a variety of purposes. Each have their own distinctive properties that make them useful for all sorts of tasks. Some popular oils for disinfecting are; tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cinnamon, oregano, lemon, peppermint, rosemary… the list can go to blends including a number of these oils.

We do not recommend rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant for use on your hands, because it is drying and can do more damage than good to your natural barrier, your skin. The first line of defense is always your skin so take care of it.

Of course, there are many options out there when sourcing natural ingredients to use for your disinfectants.

Mid-Michigan Soaps delivers quality organic products for home and body. Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value. To order your Michigan Made Hand Sanitizer, Click Here!

About the Author:

Ryan is a foodie blogging for goairfryer.com  He writes from Wyoming; where he lives with his wife, two daughters and an impatient golden retrieve

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Safe in the Sun

We’ve all heard that the lotions and sunscreens we rub into our skin may contain harmful chemicals, but a 2020 FDA testing of sunscreens has confirmed that. There are six active ingredients which are commonly used in sunscreens. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and into the body and may linger for days or even weeks. In addition, blood testing has reviled that even after just one application of sunscreen, these chemicals will show up in the blood in levels that exceed the FDA’s safe recommendation. While further testing is needed to determine just how harmful these active ingredients can be, previous research by the FDA has suggested that the toxins in sunscreens can disrupt hormones, lead to infertility, birth issues and perhaps even cancer.

As health-conscious individuals and parents, we realize the need to protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun which can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. Because of that, the sun screen business has become a multi-million-dollar industry in the United States.

As the FDA began requiring sunscreen manufacturers to do more testing of their products, it was discovered that some of the most common active ingredients include avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate. Tests on individuals’ blood after applying sunscreen showed concentrations of these chemicals as much as 500 times the recommended levels. In addition to the risks to humans, some of these chemicals have contributed to the killing of coral reefs in the ocean, leading states like Hawaii to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate beginning in 2021.

So how do we stay safe from the sun’s rays and avoid using harmful sunscreens?

  • Avoid sun if you can between 11 and 4, when UV radiation is at its peak
  • Use organic mineral-based sunscreens
  • Wear clothing that has built-in UPF sun protection
  • If you’re prone to burn or have a family history of skin cancer, limit your time in the sun

If you have children, it’s vital to be cautions when using sunscreens because we just don’t know the long-term effects on growing bodies. For children, look for mineral-based sunscreens that contain the ingredients zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide. Both of those ingredients are considered safe according to the FDA. Mineral sunscreen, formulated correctly by a reputable company is very effective. Products that contain Zinc and titanium provide a broad-spectrum of protection that is every bit as effective as a chemical sunscreen.

With summer off to a steamy start, you can count on Mid-Michigan Soaps to keep your family safe from the sun’s rays with a product that is safe for the whole family.

Our sunscreen is SFP 30 based on our formula to protect your skin naturally. The all-natural ingredients are Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Zinc Oxide Powder, and Essential Oils; Lavender and Frankincense.

Visit our website to shop at http://midmichigansoaps.com/product/sunscreen/ for sunscreens and our entire line of natural soaps and household products.

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Protecting Your Pets Paws in the Winter

Protecting Your Pets Paws in the Winter

Winter weather can be a fun experience for you and your pets. Playing go fetch the with a snowball, or running through snowy drifts may be exciting, however, the cold and snow can wreak havoc on your pet’s tender paws. Not only can long exposure to the cold, heat or rough surfaces damage their pads, in wintertime, you have to be careful of deicers and other chemicals designed to melt the snow and ice. Severe damage can result and lead to infections or even surgery if left untreated. With a few safety tips, these problems can be avoided and wintertime fun can be enjoyed by your furry friends

  • Start by making sure you dog’s paw are healthy to begin with. Check their pads for cuts, cracks or other issues.
  • Use moisturizing treatments that are made with natural ingredients such as Mid-Michigan’s Paw Protection that all-natural product you can use on your pet without worry. It is a blend of Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Vitamin E and Beeswax. This product will provide insulation that will protect their pads from the cold and salts.
  • While not all pets will allow you to put anything on their feet, if they will, try waterproof booties that you can pick up at most pet stores. Be patient. At first, they may try to remove them or refuse to walk, but in time, many pets will get use to wearing them.
  • When shopping for ice melting products, search for products that are safe to be used around pets. The traditional ice melting products, like salt, can cause damage to paws such as burns. If ingested many of these products can cause internal injuries or serious illness. Deicers and antifreeze are all poisonous and can be deadly if ingested.
  • After being outdoors, gently wipe and dry your pet’s feet.
  • Don’t allow your pet to be outdoors for extended periods in extreme cold. Animals can also suffer from frostbite. Signs of frostbite include trouble moving extremities like feet, tail and ear tips, discoloration of the skin, burns, or direct damage to tissue. Consult your vet if you suspect frostbite.
  • A dog’s breed is a factor in winter weather. While Huskies and many other breeds are made for running in the cold and snow, other breeds like Chihuahuas may need a jacket.
  • And finally, like humans, pets can slip and fall. Be especially careful with elderly pets.

These few simple tips can help your pets enjoy the winter weather in style and comfort. Using products like Mid-Michigan’s Paw Protection which can be purchased online, is a good start. Your pet will thank you.

Mid-Michigan Soaps delivers quality organic products for home and body. Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers.

We also offer an all-natural Pet Shampoo!

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Thinning Eyelashes? You’re Not Alone!

It is extremely normal for our eyelashes to thin and fall out as we age. This happens for a number of different reasons.

  • One main reason for eyelash hair loss is due to hormonal changes which is completely normal but unfortunately can slow production and growth of eyelashes.
  • As we age, our skin starts to get a little dryer and your eyelashes may lose the ability to retain moisture. Dry eyelashes can lead to thinning or damaged eyelashes.
  • Heredity is another factor in eyelash health. Some people are genetically prone to shed more hair than others. 30 million women in America suffer from this condition called androgenetic alopecia.
  • Medical Conditions relating to the thyroid and immune system that also affect your eyelashes. If you’re noticing sudden hair loss it is wise to have yourself checked out by your doctor to rule out a medical reason for the breakage or loss of your lashes.
  • Rubbing your eyelashes will cause them to break or fall off prematurely. When this happens, it can take longer than normal to grow them back. If you’re an eye rubber, be gentle and keep your hands clean.

What can you do to avoid or reduce eyelash loss or grow back beautiful long lashes? Although the aging process is inevitable, and thinning eyelashes is completely normal as we age, there are a number of ways to retain your eyelashes and your youthful look.

  • A diet that is rich in Vitamins H, E, C and B6 can encourage the growth of your eyelashes and maintain the health of your current lashes by reducing the chances of dry and brittle lashes.
  • Using organic and hypoallergenic makeup causes less damage to your eyelashes than products that are labeled as waterproof. Avoid eyelash curling if possible and always take your eye makeup off before going to bed.
  • Never pull or tug at your eyelashes. 
  • Cosmetic products available at any department stores contain vitamins and moisturizers that can rehydrate the lashes and keep them healthy and strong. These products can also be costly.
  • In more serious cases, false eyelashes or eyelash transplants can be considered.

Our eyelash serum, Fabulashes enhancers and encourages the growth of healthy eyelashes. This essential oil blend, used nightly, helps grow longer, thicker, healthier eye lashes within weeks. In addition, Fabulashes will strengthen and rehydrate your lashes and prevent them from becoming dry and brittle.

Fabulashes is Mid-Michigan Soaps newest and most popular essential oil blend. While department stores sell their products for as much as $100 or more, our product sells for only $15.

Get your order of Fabulashes HERE! 

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Avoid Bug Bites And Stop The Itch!

Mosquitoes are regarded as the deadliest animals on the planet and responsible for the largest numbers of human deaths. Just a few of the disease’s mosquitoes can spread include:

  1. Zika Virus. First found in Africa in the 1940s, this virus has spread to South and Central America.
  2. Malaria. Perhaps one of the most commonly known mosquito-borne diseases.
  3. Yellow Fever. Yellow fever affects approximately 200,000 people per year.
  4. West Nile Virus. Most people who get West Nile virus don’t have any symptoms yet for some, it has proven deadly.
  5. Encephalitis. Mosquitoes can pass on viruses that cause inflammation around your brain and spinal cord and can lead to death or lifelong disabilities.
  6. Chikungunya Virus. Found mostly in the Caribbean and South America and is now spreading to the United States.

Even if these viruses are not worry enough most people are highly allergic to bug bites breaking out in welts, swelling, and itching. It is best to avoid bug bites from the start but don’t use poison.

DEET had been the go to since 1957 and is a major ingredient in most insect repellants, it’s been effective. Unfortunately, continued exposure to DEET, may lead to serious side effects, especially in children. These side effects may include; difficulty in breathing, tremors, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, weakness, headache and even memory loss. To make it worse, these symptoms may not be noticeable until several months or years after exposure.

Here are a few tips on keeping those bug bites to a minimum.

  1. Wear light or neutral colored clothing and avoid brightly colored clothes or floral prints that might make you look like a sweet treat.
  2. Don’t wear scents or perfumed products including deodorants and hair products that attract bugs.
  3. Wear long pants, socks, and boots and tuck your pants into your socks especially in the early morning and evening hours or in wooded areas.
  4. If stung by a bee, leave the area because bees release pheromones that attract other bees to the area after they have bitten someone.
  5. Check for ticks and chigger bites after you’ve been outside.
  6. Use natural bug repellents made from pure essential oils. Bugs don’t care for scents such as catnip, geranium, citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, or peppermint.
  7. “CDC lists oil of lemon eucalyptus as comparable to DEET for mosquitoes” June 2018

If you would like to give all-natural bug spray a try, Mid-Michigan Soaps makes a product that really works.

No synthetic or toxic chemicals, unlike other products. This spray is expected to provide up to 6 hours of protection. It has a fresh, light citrus smell. Will not repel family and friends and can be used safely by everyone in the family, including dogs.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, and Essential Oils; Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, Cedarwood, Catnip, Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute.

·  Apply to the legs, arms, and neck before going outdoors.

·  Take on camping trips or outdoor events.

·  Spray around your door, window seals, and tent.

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Epsom Salt Bath Benefits

Epsom salt baths can soothe the body, mind and overall mood by relaxing the nervous system, improving skin conditions, and easing joint, muscle and back pain. Epsom salts can help cuts heal faster, treat cold symptoms like congestion, and draw toxins from the body.

Epsom salts have long been known for their healing properties and for treating several ailments. The “salts” and not actually salts at all but a naturally occurring compound containing magnesium and sulfate, both are easily absorbed through the skin. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is the ideal way to enjoy its many health benefits.

Magnesium can improve muscle and nerve function and reduce inflammation as well as prevent hardening of the arteries. Magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, increasing the magnesium levels in the body.  Magnesium helps to produce a mood-elevating chemical called serotonin. Serotonin creates a feeling of calm and relaxation and can help with sleep and concentration.

Sulfates help flush toxins out of the body, improving the absorption of nutrients and may ease the pain of migraine headaches and menstrual cramps.

Mid-Michigan Soaps makes both Bath Salts and Bath Bombs/Cupcakes containing Epsom Salt. A soaking bath 2 or 3 times a week in either the salts or bombs can become a healing, relaxing and enjoyable part of your life. Both the bath salts and bath bombs contain the highest quality of essentials oils such as peppermint or lavender, which has been shown to improve relaxation and sleep. If you have a chronic health condition, concern or are pregnant, please consult with your physician before using Epsom Salts in your bath.

For more information on Bath Salts or Bath Bombs/Cupcakes, or to order:

Email midmichigansoaps@gmail.com

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Why You Should Moisturize Every Day!

If you are not moisturizing your skin every day, you are missing out on some important benefits. Both men and women should use a facial moisturizer every day. Why you may be asking; your skin is your first defense against air and water pollutants, and Lifestyle such as stress, poor diet, too much sun can all increase the skins aging process. Healthy skin can also help with your circulation expressly as we get older and the skin gets thinner.

Moisturizing daily will keep your skin feeling softer, prevent dryness, and your skin will be more elastic. When using a moisturizer that has added sun screen, can protect from the harmful rays of the sun. Applying moisturizer as a base before applying makeup, will help makeup last longer and it creates a barrier against chemicals often found in most cosmetics.

Get into the habit! Start by moisturizing the same time each day as part of your routine. After a shower is a great time to moisturize; your skin is damp, and the pores are open to draw the moisturizer deep down into your skin building a healthy base. Try to remember to moisturize every time you wash your hands. Keep moisturizer in your bathroom so it is right there to remind you to use it.

There are a few things you should keep in mind before using moisturizer.

  • Keep your skin clean with natural chemical free moisturizing soaps. Such as Mid-Michigan Soaps coconut oil based soaps.
  • Avoid chemicals, many commercial products are chemical based and only coat your skin. These products do not research down into the skin where the moisture is needed most. 
  • Moisturizing products should not make your skin feel oily, heavy or make you break out. These symptoms can mean your products are harming your skin or you may have an allergy to one or more of the ingredients.  
  • The most expensive moisturizers are not always the best for your skin. A good moisturizer does not need more that 4 – 5 all-natural ingredients.
  • It’s always a good idea to use a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin from sun damage.

When it comes to your skin care, always use products that are all natural. Moisturizers made with coconut oil not only helps soften and moistens your skin, they can help treat and improve skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rashes, and psoriasis due to the antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil.

Mid-Michigan Soaps delivers quality organic products that are safe for you and your entire family. Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and value. Check out our website for a complete line of products, home and body.

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Thousands of Years of Healing Benefits – Essential Oils

Pre-historic humans 20,000 years ago used plants for their scent and therapeutic benefits, today we call them essential and aromatic oils. These aromatic compounds are found in flowers, roots, trees, seeds, and other plant parts. The essential oils have practical uses as ingredients in food preparation as well as beauty to health products and even spiritual and religious uses. To date, more than 3,000 unique varieties of aromatic essential oil compounds have been identified with endless practical uses.

Essential oils can be used in making safe, organic homemade body lotions, shampoos, deodorants, soaps, shower gels, bath salts, cleaning and other natural products. Essential oils such as cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, thyme, and cajuput are commonly used for inhalation therapy. Citronella, lavender, and peppermint have been shown to act as a natural repellent against mosquitos and other insects. To freshen the air in your home, try using a couple drops of lemon oil in a diffuser. Try a bath bomb made with lavender oil in the bath to de-stress after a long day. 

Essential oils have been used for pain, anxiety, depression, weight loss, digestive problems, sleep and so much more. If you have any questions about essential oils and how they can enhance your life, contact us at Mid-Michigan soaps for more information.

When using essential oils, be sure to also carefully read the safety information for any product you choose to use. The information in the article or on this website is not intended or should be considered as medical advice.

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Why are people switching to organic soap?

Why are people switching to organic soap?

Purchasing commercial, store-bought soaps might be more convenient and less expensive than artisan-made soap products, however, next time you pick up a package of brand-name soap, take a look at the label. If you notice ingredients you are not familiar with, be concerned. These ingredients are not added to the product to be good for your skin; they are there to preserve, add shelf life and make the soap last longer. These chemical additives and preservatives can dry and irritate your skin, especially those who have sensitive skin and young children. For those of us who care about the health, safety and well-being of our families, natural, organic soaps are becoming the clear choice.

Natural soaps are generally more expensive but well worth the price. The ingredients in natural soaps are made with high quality, non-artificial ingredients. They are made by hand, with special care and take longer to produce. When you buy soap from an artesian like Mid-Michigan Soaps, you know the product will be made with all-natural, organic ingredients, contain no artificial ingredients or harsh additives, and have a base of coconut oil, olive oil, or shea butter which provide nourishment for the skin as well as providing deep moisture. The scents used in these natural products come for all-natural sources as well, including essential oils.

The benefits of all-natural soaps include:

  • Round-the-clock moisturization
  • No clogging of pores
  • Providing essential vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A & E
  • Reduces the appearance of scars
  • Smooths out wrinkles and helps to prevent new ones
  • Good for sensitive skin and doesn’t cause irritation
  • Helps skin conditions like eczema

The national brands are increasingly aware of the shift to more healthy and natural products, but buyer, beware.  They may advertise “all natural” on their product labels but it is a good idea to still fully read the product ingredients. You might be surprised.

Switching to natural soap is simply the best way to treat your skin and is available in all kinds of natural fragrances like lavender, lime, orange, spice, peppermint or even unscented if you prefer.

Buying natural soaps from a local artisan is a great way to support small local business.

Contact us here for more products and information.