The Natural Buzz / Dermatitis

Natural Colorants

This week I went to a large indoor/outdoor market where there were many wonderful vendors and several of them were soap makers. As I perused the isles one booth caught my eye, simply because it claimed all the products they sold were completely natural, scented only with essential oils and colored naturally. Yet one of the soaps was hot pink and the scent was strawberry mango. I ask you this? What color is your soap? Hot pink? Neon Green? Bright Purple? Well, if it is, it’s NOT natural! Those colors can only be achieved by using a synthetic dye. And since our skin is a sponge, not a barrier, it absorbs EVERYTHING we put on it. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to absorb Red Dye #30 or any other synthetic, chemical filled dye! Synthetic dyes are listed in the top 10 causes of skin allergies! That’s why Ann Bee’s Naturals uses only natural colorants. We love the beneficial properties of mineral rich clays, healing herbs, and food grade detoxifying bamboo charcoal adds to our soaps! It has to have a benefit for the skin to make it into an Ann Bee’s Naturals product because our customers deserve the very best! Don’t be fooled by pretty colors and fruity scented imitations, the things Nature has to offer is so much better!

 

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Sure, it smells great but our soap works best when used!

I've been doing shows this Fall and I've met some wonderful people. One woman in particular made me laugh. She told me she loved my soap but couldn't possibly bring anymore home because she has almost 20 bars that still haven't been used. This isn't the first time I've heard something similar so that in itself wasn't a big surprise. Many of my customers are "Soap Junkies". She went on to tell me about how she likes to put them out in baskets around her house as air fresheners and she's currently out of baskets, therefore, she can't get anymore soap. She was also talking about needing something for eczema so I showed her the St. John's Wort & Hemp Salve. Out of habit I asked what she's currently bathing with because so often what we are using directly contributes to our skin conditions. Her reply was this, "Same thing my husband uses, $**^%##%." Not really but I don't like to call out other brands. We'll just leave it at this, she wasn't having the fresh and clean as a whistle experience! With all the natural soap she keeps in the house it never occurred to her to take a bar into the shower. We talked about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate being a skin irritant linked to eczema, contact dermatitis, rosacea as well as toxic burden.

 

She sent me an email and I'd like to share her experience with you.

 

"Dear Ann,

Since meeting you at the Trinity Craft Fair I threw out all the %$##%^&. I won't let anyone else use it either. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. The patches of eczema on my face went away after only a few days and now my ankles, elbows and hands are better too. I love the Almond Oatmeal. I like the soap better in the shower than the basket, lol! My family likes it better too although it took some convincing to get my husband to try it. Now he's obsessed with it. You got a customer for life!

Thanks again,

Susan O.

Shippensburg, PA"

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