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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.

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Never Buy Laundry Toxic Detergent Again! by, Mid-Michigan Soaps

More and more people are turning to organic cleaning supplies as they become aware of the dangers these products pose to their health as well as the environment. Laundry detergents are one of the worst offenders, yet it’s a product many of us use on a weekly, if not daily, basis. If you think finding an alternative to store bought laundry detergent is too much trouble, consider some of the common ingredients found in laundry detergent. To make it even more confusing, laundry detergents and fabric softeners that claim to be “free” are only free of fragrance and dyes while the other hazardous chemicals remain. Additionally, manufacturers are not required to list all of the ingredients on their packaging. The toxic dangers in these laundry products including dryer sheets and fabric softeners include some of the following:

Fragrance – Everyone loves a fresh smelling laundry and house, however the fragrances used in many products designed to make things smell fresh can be dangerous to humans and pets. Fragrances listed on laundry detergents and dryer sheets can refer to hundreds of different chemicals yet the manufacturers aren’t required to actually list them. Adding fragrance to laundry products don’t make your clothes any cleaner and in fact, can lead to serios health issues including asthma attacks. Products that contain phthalates (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity) have been also been linked to diabetes, obesity, and hormone disruption.

Household Bleach – While bleach does make your whites brighter and remove stains, it is one of the most toxic chemicals in our homes resulting in the majority of household poisonings.  Bleach is so harmful that when required in a work environment, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employees must wear a mask and gloves and that proper ventilation is provided. Chlorine bleach is a corrosive substance that can irritate your eyes, skin and respiratory tract. When combined with other products, the gases created can become life threatening. Bleach has been linked to liver, kidney, lung damage, and breast cancer.

Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates (LAB) or (LAS) are often the number one ingredient in laundry detergents. They may also be listed on the product label as anionic surfactants. This product is considered a carcinogen and when produced release toxins into the environment such as benzene (used in plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides).

Surfactants are a synthetic crude oil product added to laundry detergents to dissolve grease and grime. Also referred to as phenol or naphthas, these chemicals, which are easily absorbed through the skin, have been linked to damage of the mucus membranes and lungs, inflammation, asthma, cancer, central nervous system, blood vessels, heart and kidneys, and even death in some cases. It is also used in Roundup weed killer.

Dioxane is all too common in laundry detergents and is a known carcinogen. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency dioxane is a serious threat to our public water supplies, it is used in Cosmetics, Detergents, and Shampoos.

Phosphates end up in our rivers and lakes, acting as a toxic fertilizer to water systems, stimulating the growth of algae which starves marine life from oxygen. Phosphates were removed from most laundry detergents in the 1970’s yet they are still available. Replacing phosphates with Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid has resoled some of the problems, however, EDTA’s are still highly toxic. Animal testing of EDTA’s have been shown to kill cells and damage DNA. EDTA, like phosphates, do not biodegrade easily and therefore are also a threat to our water systems and environment. Phosphates are also used in soft drinks, soda water, and some flavorings.

Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) has been banned in Canada and the European Union but can still be found in laundry products, paints, pesticides, personal care products, and plastics in the United States. NPE’s can damage fetal development and physical functions as exposure to this toxic chemical can interference with hormones. Fish and shellfish exposed to NPE’s have been found to develop both male and female sex organs. With the average family in the United States washing as much as 90 pounds of laundry each and every week, the use of toxic laundry detergents and products has become a real concern. Fortunately, there are alternatives to store bought laundry products that can not only keep your family, your pets and the environment safe, but are less costly as well.

You can make your own laundry products with safe household products such as white vinegar and baking soda, and for fragrance, you can add a few drops of a high-quality essential oil. Dryer sheets can also be replaced with wool dryer balls.

You can find recipes for homemade laundry products on the internet or if your too busy to make your own, Companies like Mid-Michigan Soaps can offer you an easy affordable and safe alternative to store bought products.

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Stop Using Deodorants!?

In our health conscience society, we are all looking for better ways to protect our health. When it comes to the deodorant or antiperspirant you use, it may be a bit confusing to know which products are safe. The truth is, very few of the over the counter deodorants or antiperspirants are totally safe, especially after prolonged use. In fact, they might not only be dangerous, these products may actually be causing your sweat issues to become worse.

We clearly like to smell good though because sales of deodorants and antiperspirants in the United States alone are over a $3 billion industry, with more than 90% of us using such products on a daily basis. Unfortunately, what you might consider part of your daily hygiene routine may have severe health consequences down the line. The vast majority of these products contain harmful ingredients and many of us aren’t even aware.

When shopping for deodorants and antiperspirants check the labels and if you see any of these ingredients, think twice:

  • Parabens, with common names like methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl are very common ingredients found in deodorants and antiperspirants as well as everyday cosmetic products. Look for products that say “paraben free”. Paraben has been used in products for 70 years and have recently been linked to breast cancer.  Parabens can mimic estrogen, which can be linked to cancer, and disturb the body’s hormonal balance.
  • Silica is a known as a skin irritant, leading to cancer, allergic reactions and immunotoxicity.  Silica is often contaminated with crystalline quartz which is also capable of causing cancer.
  • Aluminum, aluminum chloralhydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex and gly products can act as a plug to your pores which work to prevent the flow of sweat. Aluminum compounds can also be absorbed into the skin, and like parabens, are linked to breast cancer due to their ability to act like estrogen.
  • TalcThe International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), warns consumers that if Talc contains asbestos fibers, it is considered a carcinogen.  Unfortunately, the quantity of asbestiform fibers is not regulated in cosmetic products. Asbestos in talc has been linked to cancer
  • Triclosan is another ingredient to watch out for as it can irritate your skin, cause contact dermatitis and cancer. You have both good and bad bacteria in your body but triclosan doesn’t know the difference, killing both. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers triclosan as a pesticide, and IARC has triclosan listed as a possible carcinogen.
  • Propylene glycol is another commonly found ingredient in deodorants and antiperspirants with health hazards that may include allergic reactions and kidney or liver damage. Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin, which has been linked to kidney and liver damage.
  • Steareth-n, though produced from vegetables, has also been linked to cancer. In the making of deodorants and antiperspirants, it is combined with ethylene oxide, which is a known carcinogen.
  • Fragrances make us smell good, right? True, but they can also cause skin irritation, allergies, toxicity, and are harmful to the environment. Check out some heathy fragrances here!

Most popular deodorants on the shelves today are likely to contain at least one of these harmful ingredients. No one should put their health at risk to smell good. There are plenty of solutions that can work for you that are safe and made with all-natural ingredients. You could even make your own deodorant at home with recipes easily found on the internet.

If you care about your health and don’t have the time or interest to make your own products, or if you’re confused by product labeling, (sometimes “all-natural” doesn’t mean what you think) check out Mid-Michigan Soaps for quality organic products for home and body.

 

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Safe Sunscreen Alternative

While the summer might be over, exposure to the sun’s harmful rays continue year-round. It is advised by the American Academy of Dermatologists that sun screen with an SPF of 30 be applied daily to prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging.

If you’re mindlessly rubbing sun screen all over your skin, you should be aware of the dangers of sun screen and the harmful chemicals in such products.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), when shopping for sunscreen, you have a pretty good chance of picking a potentially dangerous product. The EWG has evaluated a number of sunscreens that have been both approved and pending by the Food and Drug Administration and found them to contain ingredients with nano-sized molecules that can penetrate the skin. The chemicals in these particles have been shown to affect a person’s hormone receptors and organs and may also cause problems with the thyroid, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems, and cause allergic reactions. cause hyperplasia, skin tumors and create free-radicals that potentially damage DNA. While SPF sunscreen blocks the suns rays, many experts suggest that the risks aren’t worth it and even go as far to claim that blocking the suns rays is responsible for low levels of Vitamin D which may potentially be a cause of skin cancer.

Before buying sunscreen, check the ingredients for harmful chemicals. Ingredients to avoid include retinyl palmitate or retinol, oxybenzone (a synthetic estrogen), octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

Mid-Michigan Soaps delivers high quality all-natural organic products for home and body. Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers. Our sunscreen is an SFP 30, based on the formula we use. Protect your skin naturally. Our products are safe for your entire family.

Our sunscreen ingredients include: Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Zinc Powder, and DōTERRA Essential Oils; Lavender and Frankincense.

For More information about Mid-Michigan Soaps,

check out our website: http://midmichigansoaps.com/

Phone us at 586-839-0359

Or Email Ronda at midmichigansoaps@gmail.com

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Why you need to use Coconut Oil based sunscreen.

Unlike other oils coconut oil provides a natural SPF of approximately 4. SPF 4 may not be much but when blended with zinc oxide it will increase the SPF protection.

Mid-Michigan Soaps makes a superior sunscreen and the difference is obvious. We start with a natural coconut oil and add a “broad-spectrum” zinc oxide to the formula creating a SPF 30*. SPF above 30 offer little noticeable difference in the amount of protection.

The broad-spectrum zinc oxide provides protection from both UVA and UVB light and the coconut oil can block up to 75% UV penetration.

BUT, we do not stop there. We also add in Mango Butter and Shea Butter, which blocks UV light and keeps skin hydrated and Vitamin E, helping to reduce free radicals reducing skin damage.

*Based on formula.

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Benefits of Coconut Oil Soaps and Products

Coconut oil, used in all Mid-Michigan products, is a powerful oil with many benefits including:

  • Anti-fungal properties
  • Anti-microbial properties
  • Keeps skin’s connective tissues strong therefore reducing wrinkles
  • Hydrating properties that help keep the skin glowing

As a soap, it has additional benefits:

  • It is thoroughly cleansing
  • Makes a very hard bar of soap
  • Works into a great lather

Coconut oils soaps are a great alternative for people who do not want all the toxic chemicals found in commercial soaps. Soap made with coconut oil combines both the benefit of the coconut oil soap (hard, cleansing) as well as the benefits of the raw coconut soap (anti-microbial, anti-fungal, reduces wrinkles and hydrating). You will feel the difference on your skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil repairs skin and build cells, moisturizes skin, deep cleansing, removes makeup, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, soothes skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis, is a great massage oil, fights free radical damage that causes ageing.

Coconut oil used to moisturize skin will keep it looking supple and soft, without having to keep reapplying. This is because the skin absorbs it slowly and deeply, unlike other creams that have high water content, eventually leaving skin feeling dried out. Solid at room temperature, coconut oil gently melts as it gets rubbed into the skin and penetrates deep into the pores.

Lauric acid, existing in large quantities in coconut oil, is an anti-microbial compound that makes coconut oil a deep and invigorating skin cleanser, that lifts dirt and bacteria from deep within the skin as well as removing makeup. Lauric acid, incidentally, is an all-round healing chemical that fights both fungi and bacteria, helping keep spots and blackheads away.

Unlike other acids used in other cosmetics that quickly oxidize and turn bad, causing free radical cell damage, Lauric acid in coconut oil stays fresh for longer. This also means that coconut oil is packed with antioxidants, along with the medium chain fatty acids. These acids help build cells rather than destroy them. This is good news for younger looking skin. Using coconut oil based products regularly helps build and repair skin, slowing down the development of wrinkles and liver spots.