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Holiday Gift Must-Haves | Mini Gift Guide

Our annual guides aim to make holiday shopping personal, thoughtful, and more than a little natural. We’ve got you covered from gifts for family, teens, teachers, soap lovers, and more. Don’t procrastinate- these natural gifts don’t last long.

Scents of the Season

 

Zum Christmas Chi – Spruce & Sage

This Glow Votive is a little ballad of seasonal scents that make the days brighter and fills your home with the true Christmas spirit. Enjoy this candle and make your home a little jollier this year. Great gift for the Christmas enthusiast. Check it out.

Bourbon Cedar Candle

This beautiful copper vessel with a cedar top for storage emits bourbon cedar features with notes of rich red cedar and smoky vanilla. This candle is perfect for the man in your life that wants to keep it casual with his candle arrangement. Get it here.

The Christmas Collection

Goodlight has given you the perfect holiday collection to deck the halls in your home this year. Think scents of orange clove and cinnamon. With vanilla nutmeg and cardamom. Finally, infuse the season with noble fir. We can’t decide between the three of these season scentful packed tins. Get them all.

Deck the Shower with Soap

 

Good Tidings

The scent of almond is a holiday favorite. Now you can carry that scent around with you all day long while you enjoy scratch made soap by A Wild Soap Bar. May your days be merry and bright with this natural holiday soap. Stock up.

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning is a special day, but you don’t have to experience it just once a year. This soap combines essential oils to leave you feeling and smelling like Christmas. Get it now.

Bundle Up

We just can’t decide. With goat’s milk and 100% pure essential oils in the Holiday Zum Bundle from Indigo Wild, you’ll get moisturized skin without stripping your natural oils or making you feel dry and parched. The Green (or Red!) box contains 9 ounces of Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Sample Size Soap Slivers so you can easily use them without having to hassle with a bulky bar. Indigo Wild brings you high quality, handmade, all natural goods made with pure essential oils. These gnarly avengers say no to all things toxic, manufactured, harsh, chemical and unnatural. Buy the bundle.

Silver Bell Bath Lovers

 

Bath Bombs Trio

Jump into a warm and essential oil luxury bath with some of Hugo Natural’s bestselling bath bombs. This trio will destress your skin and your soul this season. Unwind, relax and get it here.

Chakra Around the Tree

The Zum Chakra Salts Gift Pack pairs an invigorating scent with each of the body’s seven chakras. Infused with shea butter, pure essential oils, and all-natural micas, these natural sea salts will help you balance and align your chakras and relax into a higher plane this holiday season. Sink in and soak here.

Elfs a Foot Candy Mint

Deep Steep’s Candy Mint Therapeutic Foot Scrub conditions and nourishes skin while exfoliating to reveal soft, smooth skin. Enjoy the soothing effects of Peppermint essential oil while revitalizing the senses with the scents of the season. Scrub and Soothe here.

Get Glowing Protocol

Are you ready for this? I have selected some specific Soap Hope products that work together to support the skin’s optimal turnover, circulation, healthy boost, and supple balance. Sound good? Then follow this AM/PM protocol 1-2 times a week to revive the skin, even out the tone and get it glowing for the next holiday party, special occasion or just because you’re feelin’ it!

P.M. ROUTINE:

At night, your skin is solely focused on rejuvenating itself while you sleep. The following heroes set the stage for success, starting with a super yummy pre-cleanse…my favorite part!

The Pre-Cleanse with Badger’s Sea Buckthorn Face OilSea Buckthorn CO2 Extract, which contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, along with Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids, is awesome to soften and soothe. Massage 2-3 pumps of oil into damp or dry skin to loosen makeup, dirt, and soften debris in the pores. Use light, upward strokes to the face, neck, and chest to stimulate healthy blood and lymph flow, which helps the skin hydrate and detox more efficiently.

Full Cleanse with Andalou Naturals Meyer Lemon + C Creamy Cleanser. Lather up a nickel-sized dollop of cleanser with water and work it over using only your fingertips. Rinse with luke-warm water and gently pat dry. Vitamin C and juice from Meyer Lemons naturally work to brighten and Manuka honey protects moisture balance and healthy microflora on the skin.

Enzyme Exfoliation is never better than with ACURE’s Brightening Vegetable Peel. Pineapple and papaya fruit enzymes digest and loosen the dead, damaged layers, and decongest the pores. Chlorella Growth Factor And Kale dive deep to feed active skin cells firming superfood power to even skin tone and boost collagen regeneration. Apply a thin layer to face, neck, and chest for 4-8 minutes (depending on your sensitivity level). Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Tone with Zum Face’s Lemon-Geranium Zum Face Gentle Facial Toner.  A good toner is key to bring your skin pH back to a more acidic happy place. This one engages aloe, marshmallow root and rosemary to help soothe inflammation, redness, and bring lovely hydration. Apply to an organic cotton ball or cotton round and lightly spread to face, neck and chest.

Moisturize using Olivina Age-Defying Day & Night Face Rescue (a line designed for men but excellent for ladies too!). As the skin works hard rejuvenate while you sleep, it’s also losing a lot of hydration in the process. That’s why I love this light application of omega 3,6 and 9 through two of my favorite oils…Olive and Hemp Seed! They help draw moisture from the air into the skin with their humectant properties. Also full of essential amino acids they help support younger, smoother-looking skin and reduce inflammation. Plant-derived squalene acts as a natural lubricant and skin barrier to protect and slow moisture loss. It also helps boost the penetration of other ingredients.

Now sleep tight, beautiful!

A.M. ROUTINE:

Once you wake, it’s key to cleanse all that your skin has shed and purged overnight, and apply optimal acidic protection and support for the day.

Cleanse/Exfoliate with the ACURE’s Pore Clarifying Facial Scrub. Moroccan red clay helps gently draw impurities from the pores as black jojoba beads softly slough away the dead skin cell layers you loosened the night before. It helps improve skin clarity and elasticity, stimulate collagen support, and most importantly, soothe inflammation to moisturize, remineralize, and brighten!

Tone once again with Zum Face’s Lemon-Geranium Zum Face Gentle Facial Toner. Remember, the skin is happiest at a more acidic pH. Even water can be too alkaline and stripping, so a toner like this helps to re-establish your acid mantle and pull more hydration into the skin with aloe and glycerine. Apply to an organic cotton ball or cotton round and lightly spread to face, neck and chest.

Moisturize using Olivina Age-Defying Day & Night Face Rescue. A bean-sized amount will do and don’t forget to apply to your neck and chest too…hey, that rhymed!

Seal the deal with an additional pump of Badger’s Seabuckthorn Face Oil. This extra kick of nutrition in a lightweight oil delivery adds brightening, plumping and skin firming radiance. 1 pump pressed into the skin on top of your moisturizer, protects your hydration and supplements your barrier function for optimal support from the weather, pollution, and irritations of the day….now that’s what I call the perfect cocktail for the skin!

You are ready for the day…glow on with your bad self!

Natural Beard Grooming Tips

With No-Shave November creeping up quickly here are our natural beard grooming tips to get you started!

Did you know that the average man grows about 1/2 millimeter of beard length and develops about 20,000 beard hairs every day? You need to understand how to take care of your beard with this kind of growth.

A lot of people who have tried to groom beards have given up; the reason is quite simple; they did not understand that a beard requires special care and grooming. Hence, this resulted in the growth of uncomfortable facial hair. Do not give up, if you find yourself in this situation, considering that beard hair is different than normal hair, and, require different types of care.

Understanding the right way to take care and groom your beard will give you refreshed joy, and you will be able to improve your beard game.

In spending on beauty and toiletries, one might think that men are far behind women, but recently we have seen an incredible increase in the average amount that men spend on make toiletries and products.

This can be determined by several factors; firstly, men take care of their appearance more than before and thus spend on clothes and accessories. Secondly, it could very well be that this increase is due to men shaving less than before. And you must know that a beard, it can be expensive. Hence, the essential and basic care of the beard must not be neglected.

Beard Cleanser and Conditioner

Often we hear men complaining of trying to grow his beard off without success, due to the irritation. The reason being that when a man stops shaving something happens; the dead skin remains trapped in your newly grown hair.

To avoid irritation of the beard, washing it with suitable shampoo will help a lot. The natural oils stripped by other soaps will be replenished while protecting your skin. We recommend this Olivina All-In-One Shower Gel to keep your routine simple, but effective. Looking for extra care? Check out this Shave Soap. Organic shea butter hydrates and softens skin, while organic hemp seed and olive oils comfort and moisturize.

When cultivating a beard, another thing to consider is that they can trap the smells of smoke or food, a good reason to wash and condition your daily beard with proper care.

Beard balms and Butter Oils

In the grooming routine of every bearded man, essential beard treatments such as beard balms, beard oils or shaving butter are also a must. While softening the hair and preventing dry, scaly skin (beardruff) they follicle and moisturize the skin. Another element to consider is that they will help you get good control over the stubborn hairs on your beard. In addition to helping you maintain unruly hair, a product like shaving balm will provide the desired condition effect, making your beard to smell like Zeus’s and be bright like the stars.

Combs and Beard Brushes

Massaging you beard with hands with some beard oil or combine it with a beard comb is also essential. Firstly, you want to comb with a wide teeth comb and then finish with a fine tooth comb. Why it’s important to tame your beard with a comb or brush is that the hairs on your beard need to be trained to grow to the desired orientation you want.

Cut, Trim and Shave the Beard

Last but not least is the cutting, thinning and definition of your beard. Any big ‘beards man’ knows that trimming his beard is the key to success. All hairs do not grow at the same speed in the direction. Start with the ears; continue along your neck taking care to keep a good length. The difference between a “lousy beard” and a gentleman’s beard can be as thin as a proper beard grooming. Hence that’s’ the importance of it. In addition to cutting and thinning, trim the lines of your beard with a razor.

You and Your Beard

These tips will undoubtedly give you some points of virility and respect for “Beard King”!

If you follow these beard care tips and with little effort, you will soon achieve a more beautiful overall picture of your beard splendor.

P.S. When November is over or you decide you are over your beard, check out our favorite Standard Shave Collection.

Pets on the Prowl for Healthy Living

We all love our pets, and our pets love us. My own fur baby; Krypto the 3-year-old German, Labrador, and Husky gets super excited when I come home. And then gets excited again when I come back from checking the mail. Then it’s dinner! And a Walk! Do you want to take a shower? Allow me to guard the door by blocking it with my body so you cannot leave. Are you asleep? Can you tell I’m right next to the bed watching you? Maybe you’re awake? We should be awake. Let’s snuggle!

I think I can speak for a lot of pet parents when I say I spend more time and energy making sure I’m giving healthy products to my dog than I do for myself. There aren’t strict regulations for pet products, so I have to be the barrier between toxic and Krypto’s tummy.

When I first joined Soap Hope, the first thing I bought wasn’t for me, but for Krypto, because I checked the ingredients and found them more than satisfactory. Here are some products that Krypto and others love!

Bach’s Rescue Remedy for Pets

Sometimes our poor furry friends get stressed out. It happens. Krypto gets super stressed out during thunderstorms. I didn’t think dogs could hyperventilate until I got him. So, I decided to try out Rescue Remedy Pet Drops. It calms him without making him drowsy. He’s still alert, he’s just calm. No heavy panting, no panicked jumping, just a chill pooch. Let’s be honest, sometimes we also need a chill out pill, Bach’s thinks of both canine and human. Check out their entire line here.

Indigo Wild’s Yum Zum Mist

Sometimes I get home and Krypto just stinks. Where did he pick up this smell? Do I want to know? Why must he rub against my sofa afterward? I don’t even have time to bathe him. This mist is a good substitute. It’s fine for dogs and what they rub against. My first experiment with this was to spray it on Krypto’s back. He didn’t care, then ran around the house because I got too close to the leash. After that my whole house smelled good. Thank you, Zum!

A Wild Soap Bar Woof Wild

Finally, enough time to wash my dog. How did it go? Well, he pretty quickly realized that he could flee when I washed him off and ran around the yard like he was on fire. But with this soap, he still smelled good after that impromptu run, and it kept mosquitoes at bay. Unfortunately, the only picture I was able to get was of him begging for his beloved collar.

Not Puppy Love: Why is Formaldehyde in Shampoo

When you last went to the store, did you buy soap or shampoo? Have you recently purchased shampoo for your dog or cat? If so, did you even consider that there might be formaldehyde in shampoo, soap, and other skin care products you use every day for your pets, your baby, or yourself? This is the sad, but sometimes true reality of the products we have in our homes. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Really, there’s formaldehyde in shampoo?!

By now you’ve probably seen the adorable pictures that blogger Jessica Shyba took of her son Beau napping with the family dog Theo.

Puppy and baby got us talking here at Soap Hope about what goes into products for kids and pets.

We picked up a bottle of dog shampoo at the local pet store and had a look at the ingredient list. It started off fine – water, honey extract, and chamomile extract seemed like winners to us — but why was artificial fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, and Tetrasodium EDTA in dog shampoo?

Formaldehyde is for the Dogs

DMDM Hydantoin is a preservative that works by releasing formaldehyde into the product continuously over time. Formaldehyde does a great job inhibiting the growth of mold; but it’s also a known carcinogen, and most people don’t want it on their bodies or on their pets – especially when the puppy is snuggled up with the kids.

The consumer goods industry in the U.S. has a lot of leeway. If they want formaldehyde in shampoo, for example, but you don’t want to tell their customers, they can just add DMDM Hydantoin instead. The DMDM Hydantoin will slowly break down into formaldehyde in the shampoo throughout the life of the product. Problem solved!

(In the European Union, companies can’t get away with this trick: if an ingredient in their product breaks down into formaldehyde, they have to write “contains formaldehyde” on the label.)

In the Dog House

It’s not just Theo’s shampoo we think about at Soap Hope, it’s young Beau’s as well. Until 2014, Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo had Quaternium-15 in it. You guessed it – Quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde in shampoo and other products they designed for babies. Years of public outcry finally caused Johnson & Johnson to reformulate their baby shampoo.

J&J Removing Formaldehyde in Shampoo
J&J removes formaldehyde-causing ingredients in their shampoo.
Image Source: NYTimes.com

Shampoo needs a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria. Big manufacturers don’t care that Quaternium-15 and DMDM Hydantoin produce formaldehyde; they care that they are very cheap and give their products a shelf life of over a year. These manufacturers know they can put pretty pictures on the products and make commercials with happy kids and pets, and that most people won’t look any further.

“No more tears!” Not quite.

Better Ways

There are better ways for manufacturers to preserve shampoo rather, than putting formaldehyde in their products. They can use a low-risk food-grade preservative like potassium sorbate, which has the same toxicity level as table salt. Even better, they can use vitamin e (tocopherol).

Some manufacturers don’t even require a preservative. For your pooch, try the totally natural Woof Wild Dog Shampoo Bar. Hand made by Maggie Hanus at A Wild Soap Bar, this shampoo bar has organic oils, aloe, oats, clay, sea salt, essential oils, yucca root and horsemint. It will leave your dog’s coat soft, shiny, and smelling great.

For moms and dads looking for a safe shampoo, we recommend any products from Acure Organics.

For baby’s bath time, try Hugo Natural’s Chamomile Vanilla Shampoo and Wash, followed by Badger’s Chamomile & Calendula Baby Oil, which contains nothing but certified organic essential oils.

What other ingredients are you worried about in your body care products? Let us know.

Hair’s Best Friend: Moroccan Argan Oil

Miracle Oil

By now you’ve certainly heard of argan oil. It’s been called “the miracle oil” and “liquid gold,” and while it’s a relatively new discovery in the beauty industry, the benefits of argan oil have been known for centuries in northern Africa. In the arid environment where it grows, argan has always been used to keep hair and skin soft and supple. Rich in nutrients, argan was also used topically for skin ailments and to fight infections.

Argan oil is one of the rarest oils on the planet, because it comes from the fruit of the argania spinosa tree which grows in only a very small part of the world.

Focus on Hair

Argan oil has powerful applications for skin, face, eyes, and nails, and as you will learn today, for hair.

Many people who try argan oil for the first time are amazed by its effects. It helps with both oily and dry scalp conditions because it regulates the activity of hair follicles. Argan is used to counteract the root causes of dry or damaged hair. For those with dull or rough hair, it can create shine and smoothness.

Argan oil is rich in the nutrients that your body and hair need – antioxidants, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acid, linoleic acid and oleic acid to name a few. Hair absorbs and retains this oil to create shine and body – but argan is light and does not build up, so hair gets the benefit of these great properties without being weighed down.

Argan oil penetrates the hair follicle and even protects from UV rays and environmental pollutants; it is definitely recommended for color treated hair and to strengthen styled hair.

Everything Good

At Soap Hope we always encourage practices that support our “Everything Good” motto. We love that most argan oil in the world is produced by fair trade women’s co-operatives. Environmentally, the argan forest in Morocco is a designated protected biosphere to ensure that argan fruit production remains sustainable.

I Want It!

Soap Hope’s brands recognize the importance of argan oil in their top of the line hair products. You’ll find argan-focused hair products and more from Seaweed Bath Company, Acure Organics, Hugo Naturals, and more. You can also get pure organic argan oil at Soap Hope from Acure Organics.

Do you use argan oil as a part of your hair regimen? Share your experiences with us in the comments below – we want to hear from you.

Hydrating Herbals

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

If you’re a new mom, you’ve likely heard the common refrain. While ample fluids after birth are critical for your recovery and well-being, as well as making plenty of breast milk for the baby, there’s more to the story than keeping your water bottle full at all times.

Teas and tonics have historically featured prominently in postpartum care. Traditional healing systems like Ayurveda, in which I’m formally trained, recognize the value in herbal medicine and use much more than plain-Jane H2O for hydrating new moms. In fact, they often viewed the unadorned stuff straight from the faucet a lamentable missed opportunity. After all, with so many changes after birth, every sip and morsel can make a difference, so why not give your hydration the biggest bang for the buck?

Common spices like cumin, coriander, and fennel can be brewed into a simple digestive tea, as can ginger and fenugreek, with added support for breastfeeding. Other mineral-rich plants, like nettles, can infuse postpartum hydration, while more substantive tonics, like specially prepared kinds of milk, provide easily assimilated nutrition as well as hydration.

Before we look at each of these options, in turn, notice the emphasis on heating hydrators like herbal teas. In proper postpartum care, warmth is key! Food and drink should be served warm, with even plain water no colder than room temperature.

This is because birth disperses the newly delivered mother’s critical warmth, which must be rekindled from the inside out. Learn more.

Reaching for warm drinks serves another, less tangible purpose: ritual.

Medicinal and celebratory drinks permeate all cultures and cuisines—and not only for their powerful healing compounds. The ritual of savoring a warm drink can steady the mind and emotions far beyond the capacity of the given constituents to heal the body.

Furthermore, sharing a warm drink with a companion or community, or even in solitude if it’s a brew that’s been cherished throughout the ages, can create a sense of unity, a type of soul synergy that defies time, place, and even explanation. Postpartum hydration is indeed nourishment for body, mind, and soul!

Spiced teas

Cumin, coriander, and fennel (CCF) are powerful digestive spices that create a synergistic blend when simmered together. A traditional Ayurvedic remedy for a number of gastrointestinal symptoms, CCF tea especially benefits new mothers. In addition to gently removing gas, relieving abdominal distension, and enkindling the digestive fire, it aids hormone balance and milk production. Mildly laxative and diuretic, this easy-to-prepare tea benefits both mother and baby, since fussiness may be due to digestive discomfort.

While not classic components of CCF tea, fenugreek and ginger can be welcome additions. For new moms, fenugreek is often the go-to lactation aid, but it has other perks: in addition to supporting digestion and rejuvenation, it encourages the uterus to release remaining placental fragments. It also supports normal bile production, healthy pancreatic function, and blood sugar balance.

Ginger is also a well-known digestive aid. Gently warming with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, fresh ginger features liberally in postpartum cooking. In fact, Ayurveda affectionately dubs it the “universal medicine,” so throw in a few slices whenever you can!

Cumin-Coriander-Fennel Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (optional)
  • fresh ginger, peeled and sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring seeds, water, and optional ginger to a boil on the stove.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes or more.
  3. Strain and serve hot.

Especially for postpartum moms, the thermos method is even easier. Add the seeds and boiling water to a quart-sized thermos. Drink throughout the day, aiming for 5 to 10 minutes before breastfeeding if trying to counteract digestive discomfort in the baby. Chew some of the seeds while you drink for a little extra strength or strain them and add to a meal later.

If tea isn’t possible, you can still benefit from these healing plants. Herbal suppliers like Motherlove, a family business that makes organic products for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and babies, crafts supplements with similar ingredients. Their More Milk Plus and More Milk Special Blend alcohol-free liquid herbal extracts contain both fennel and fenugreek. Motherlove also makes a plain Fenugreek extract.

Herbal infusions

Other time-honored herbal favorites for both pregnancy and postpartum include red raspberry leaf, nettle leaf, and oat straw, often prepared as infusions. When used regularly over time, they have myriad benefits, including

  • nourishing both mother and baby
  • strengthening bones, teeth, lungs, nerves, and the circulatory system
  • preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage
  • easing morning sickness
  • providing vital nutrients like iron and protein
  • reducing pain during labor
  • speeding birth
  • assisting milk production

Infusions are stronger than teas, extracting more vitamins, minerals, and proteins from the plant leaves. Yet they are easy to prepare: steep overnight and drink in the morning! Pick two herbs and prepare on alternating days, or combine several herbs into a large glass jar for storage and then infuse together.

Basic Herbal Infusion

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried herbs (like red raspberry leaf or nettle leaf)
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • fresh lemon wedges (optional)
  • stevia to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put a large handful of herbal matter (about ½ cup) into a quart-sized glass jar or a small handful (about ¼ cup) into a pint-sized glass jar.
  2. Fill the jar with boiling water and cap tightly.
  3. Let stand for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Strain and drink, adding a few squeezes of fresh lemon or a few drops of stevia to taste, if desired. Refrigerate what you do not consume, reheating later as needed.

Again, Motherlove offers alternatives, if tea isn’t available. Check out their More Milk Two alcohol-free liquid herbal extract, which is specially formulated to include both red raspberry and nettle.

Tonics

If you tolerate dairy, consider warm milk tonics for additional nourishment and rebuilding. Make sure to choose raw (or at least low-temperature pasteurized), grass-fed, non-homogenized, organic cream-top milk whenever possible. You can also replace dairy milk with nut kinds of milk like almond, cashew, or coconut. Either way, make sure to warm it up and spice it up with tasty digestive aids like cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.

Here’s one new-mom-approved recipe for a warm milk tonic. You’ll notice that I often camouflage traditional herbal medicine, like Shatavari, in my postpartum tonics. Shatavari is a classic rejuvenating herb that promotes vitality and strength, nourishing the tissues and supporting healthy lactation.

While I like the simplicity of powdered Shatavari, it can also be taken in supplement form, like the Shatavari capsules or Shatavari extract from Motherlove.

Proper hydration with heating herbal brews can ease the transition into motherhood for body, mind, and soul. But much more goes into successful breastfeeding and a peaceful postpartum experience. Learn more.

And if you’re interested in other herbal products designed especially for the delicate and sacred season of new motherhood, check out the whole line of Motherlove products. They’re 15%  off right now at Soap Hope, but only for only a limited time! Use code MLVDD.

 

Stacy Claxton is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P) and an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (AHP) specializing in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum care. She offers a range of services that merge the laboratory investigation of her FDN training and her foundational background in Ayurveda and yoga. As an educator and a clinician, she believes strongly in the transformative power of diet and lifestyle and desires to inspire wise stewardship in the realm of holistic health. Stacy is one half of the dynamic duo behind Preparing to Parent (P2P), where she and her identical twin, Erin, are “growing families with purpose…on purpose.” To learn more about Stacy’s private practice and the mission of P2P, please visit www.preparingtoparent.com.

A Mother’s Day Natural Gift Guide

As a new mother this year, the day has taken on a whole new meaning for me personally. There are no words that truly reflect everything our moms mean to us. So, naturally, we look forward to showing her just how much we love and appreciate her with natural, organic, and eco-friendly Mother’s Day Gifts. From great collections to handcrafted artisan soap, to sweet selection of fragrances, and more. We’ve got the goods to make Mom feel all joy on her special day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmas, and moms-to-be!

This day and every day 100% of the profits from each purchase at Soap Hope empowers women around the world to lift them and their families from poverty, this Mother’s Day find a gift that celebrates the one who started it all! Here’s our best of the best Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

  1. A mother by any other name is still slaying it and deserves to be pampered. Why not shower her with a Soap Hope exclusive, By Any Other Name Collection. A sweet and fragrant bouquet of some of our favorite Roses, because a classic never goes out of style.
  2. Mother’s Day is all about spoiling your mom – treat her to this indulgent Nourish Your Skin Collection so she can enjoy a spa-like escape at home every day!
  3. For the Mindfulness Momma relax her right into a higher plane with Zum Chakra Salts Gift Pack. This pairs an invigorating scent with each of the body’s seven chakras. Infused with shea butter, pure essential oils, and all-natural micas, these natural sea salts will help Momma balance and align her chakras.
  4. Let’s face it! Your pretty mug was inspired by your beautiful Mom. Not that she needs the extra luck, but just in case – share this Your Face Just Got Lucky, an all-natural skin care set for her to conquer the day with effortless natural beauty.
  5. For the eco-friendly mom-on-the-go let her carry this versatile  Klean Kanteen Classic beauty around as she tackles the day-to-day.
  6. Recycled never looked so lux and eco-friendly. These makeup brushes from Eco Tools will leave your mom looking flawless and feeling pampered.
  7. A relax and restorative Momma needs soaking time! Infuse your bath with this salty number by Indigo Wild – patchouli and ylang-ylang create a bath that is deep, intense and a little sweet – just like your love. Doesn’t hurt to light a candle or two for that extra relaxing atmosphere, burn clean with the Goodlight Candle Broderick Collection.
  8. For the Mom-to-be or new Mom, this Nurturing Life Gift Box by Motherlove has all the must-haves to celebrate motherhood! From pregnancy and labor to breastfeeding and babies, this organic herb and pure ingredients box will give her just the care she needs during this tender time.
  9. Let your mom know how essential she is with a great assortment in this J.R. Watkins Lavender Kit that is totally natural.
  10. Inspire your Mom’s next vaca with this Hawaiian Ruby Guava Solid Perfume by Pacifica Beauty that combines sweet, berry-like notes of Guava with a bright, citrusy top note of Pomelo and warm, subtle coconut base. All that is missing is your feet in the sand.
  11. We’ll say it again because seriously we love candles. Doesn’t hurt to light a candle or two for that extra relaxing atmosphere, burn clean with the Goodlight Candle Broderick Collection. Did we mention sustainably sourced palm oil? Extra win!
  12. Brighten her day today, just like she brightens your’s every day with Andalou Naturals Get Started Brightening Essentials Box. This Vitamin C infused selection will give her all the sunshine she needs.
  13. For the Mom who loves essential oils, infuse her day with this Essential Oil Discovery Kit by Aura Cacia.
  14. We are wild about Mom and we know you are too! Give her a handcrafted box of artisan soaps by A Wild Soap Bar Collection with our most popular scents designed to help relax. These scents will remind your Mother that variety really is the spice of life!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. What are you gifting your Mom with this year?

What’s Up with This Sheet?!  Sheet Masks vs Traditional Masks

Ever wonder what the big deal is about sheet masks?

When you have a million options for traditional masks (and probably a few hanging out in your bathroom), what makes a sheet mask so dynamic?

With the right ingredients, and maybe even some excellent ones you can find in your own kitchen, traditional masks (or paste masks), are most often a great way to cleanse and exfoliate the skin.

However, they typically require more time, more water, and more steps after its removal to replenish the skin with further moisture and ingredients that re-nourish.

Additionally, how often do you buy a mask, apply it a few times a year, and then the container of a product simply goes bad in the process? Likely, more often than you realize!

Sheet masks, however, provide many ways to infuse, optimize and boost the skin, intensely and easily. No water, no waste, no extra steps. Sheet masks utilize the power of serum delivery, which is my very favorite option to feed the skin.

Serums are made of small, concentrated molecules of active ingredients that have a much easier time penetrating the surface epidermis to fuse moisture, vitamins, and antioxidants back into the skin.

Additionally, the sheet itself, is super-drenched in nutritional serum-based infusion, so that when applied and molded to the contours of the face, creates a seal that deeply pushes nutrients and moisture in, quickly. It can also be removed and repositioned if necessary.

To top it off, it is individually packaged to go with you anytime, anywhere, for a sanitary application that requires no water, no extra steps, and no wasted product.

Here are a few amazing sheet masks to give you the perfect boost!

ACURE Seriously Soothing™ BIOCELLULOSE GEL MASK (With rose, argan & plant peptides, for normal to sensitive skin)

Helpful with inflammation, stress, and irritation of the skin. Supplements with high vitamin, mineral and antioxidant nutrients to boost collagen, help ward off free radical damage and supplement moisture Vitamin C to even and brighten tone while facilitating recovery.

Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask

Vitamin C, tamarind, and fruit stem cells immediately help to brighten, tighten, and lighten by aiming for UV sun damage, and then activating elastin and collagen to bring about bright and smooth complexion.

ACURE Radically Rejuvenating Under Eye Hydrogel Mask™ AGE PERFORMANCE ELIXIR (With cucumber & silk tree, for age performance)

Cooling and brightening to dark and puffy under eye. Relief to inflammation that can encourage pooling under eyes and detoxification support to tissue. Hydration and mineral content to boost and plump. Tip…follow with Brilliant Brightening Eye Contour Gel!

Check out all our natural facial masks and find the right one for what you are trying to achieve. Naturally, we’ve got something for everyone!

Natural Deodorants That Seriously Work

Aluminum! Everyone’s heard about aluminum in deodorant. Is it safe? Is it bad? Does it matter?

Aluminum chloralhydrate is a group of salts that is made by reacting aluminum with hydrochloric acid. Its commonly used in deodorants and antiperspirants because it alters the pH balance of the skin and production of sweat.  Funny thing is, it doesn’t even work that well at preventing perspiration. With that said it’s not worth using aluminum-based deodorants whatever the health risks might be. If you are looking for alternative options without aluminum here are some natural deodorants we are absolutely loving at Soap Hope!

Tom of Maine

No aluminum and a spotless track record should put you at ease. If not, well, this is the brand that my mother taught me to use. She sat me down and said she didn’t care what I used, as long as it didn’t have aluminum in it, and then recommended Tom of Maine. We both still use it today. The deodorants offer ingredients like plant extracts and water.

Schmidt’s Naturals

Want something even more natural? This deodorant uses plant extracts, vitamin E, and essential oils. Give yourself some extra aromatherapy with scents like tea tree and geranium. Several on our staff swear by it.

KIND Soap Company

Containing natural ingredients like beeswax and shea butter, this brand offers deodorants that are multi-purpose. Yes, it’s deodorant, but it’s also a muscle rub, perfume, and lotion. It’s also travel sized.

Hugo Natural

Made with botanicals, Hugo Natural’s deodorants offer a wide variety of scents. No chemicals here, just natural ingredients made from plant extracts.

Nourish Organics

This brand of deodorant was good enough to get our Best rating. That means everything is natural and organic. Makes sense for Nourish Organics. Their deodorant is made using organic ingredients and is soft even on sensitive skin.

With Summer right around the corner, it is a good time to enjoy the weather and smell naturally amazing of course!