All Natural for baby and me

Having a baby of my own has certainly inspired me to create products that I am confident are good for her and her skin.  I care so deeply for her and her soft delicate skin that I can’t even bear to stand in the aisle of baby products commercially made with ingredients that I don’t recognize.

My latest creation is Happy Baby Infant Massage Oil. It was inspired by a customer of mine who loves the Happy Baby Balm but also understands the importance and bonding experience that an infant massage can effect. The request was all I needed to dive into research for this product. This research resulted in a skin enriching blend of Organic Sunflower Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and extremely nourishing Grapeseed Oil. These oils are all excellent for a baby’s skin and safe enough for her to get into her mouth if it were to get on her hands.

To these oils I added pure Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils because I love these oils for babies. Lavender is so calming and very safe on an infant’s skin. Tea Tree acts as a healing oil to fight bacteria and restore skin that is prone to diaper rashes and other dry skin issues.

Infant massage has so many wonderful and positive outcomes. It helps you and your baby to bond. It relaxes your baby and prepares him to rest. It can also alleviate discomfort from gas.  I love the massage time because it is time for me to have with my little girl in a quiet environment, away from the normal chaos of the day.

I am very excited about this new massage oil and all my other baby products.

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To Love and Be Loved….

Instead of giving the same traditional bouquet of roses to your loved one this Valentine’s Day consider giving a gift that will not only delight the senses but also nourish your beloved’s skin…

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The Science of Moisture

No matter what lotion you buy you have probably noticed that the foremost ingredient is water. It is often easy to assume that this is a cost cutting method to “water down” products; however, when it comes to moisturizers it is the very opposite. Our bodies need water. It is the primary ingredient of our bodies and is necessary to maintain health and vitality. Not only do our bodies depend on water but our skin does too.

The only downside to this wonderful ingredient is that bacteria love water too. A puddle of water left to itself quickly becomes a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria.  This nourishing water then becomes a threat to our health. Lotions and skin products are no exception to this reality.

Major commercial manufacturers of lotions put a plethora of preservatives in their lotions in order to ensure that bacteria will not grow in their products. Even though the end goal is admirable and also legally required, recent studies have shown that these preservatives contain parabens and formaldehyde.

It might be instantly obvious to most of us that we wouldn’t want to be slathering our skin with formaldehyde but what about Parabens? Since many of the everyday products we use contain parabens, including commercial moisturizers, it is good for us to be aware of their long term effects.

Parabens have been linked to certain types of cancer. They mimic the hormone estrogen in our system which is a threat to women. Too much estrogen in the system could possibly result in breast cancer. Women are not the only ones effected by this subtle contaminant. Researchers have also discovered that parabens effect the male reproductive system, hence the new labels “BP (batylparaben) free” on sippy cups, bottles, etc.

With all this research regarding the danger of preservatives, especially ones containing parabens and formaldehyde, it is very difficult to create an all natural moisturizer that contains water and yet uses a more natural paraben free preservative.

Our first reaction to this at Oil and Spice was to only offer preservative free moisturizers. Our line of body butters provides a safe alternative since they contain only oil. We found that these body butters were excellent for dry skin; however, because of the absence of water it does take them a bit longer to absorb. For these reasons our next step in our moisturizer line was to create an all natural lotion that we could be confident in even with the use of a preservative.

After many hours of research we have discovered a preservative that is both paraben and formaldehyde free and still performs its essential role of combating bacteria.  Thus, our line of body creams was formulated. Instead of referring to them as lotions we consider to be body creams since we have created something thicker and more silky than the typical over the counter lotion. Our body creams are extremely moisturizing but absorb quickly so that you can return to your everyday tasks quickly.

At this time we offer three scent options: Summertime, Bergamot and Grapefruit, and Rose. We plan to offer many more scents and always love to hear what scents you would like us to create.

With our all natural body creams you can restore the moisture that winter is so desperately trying to rob from your skin and still be confident that what you are rubbing into your skin is safe for you and your family.

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Summertime

The warm breezes are finally blowing through our windows and caressing our cheeks. We are spending almost all of our time soaking it up and finding every excuse to be outside. The world is alive once more!

In honor of the change of seasons and our own commitment to completely all natural products we would like to introduce our Summertime All Natural Body Cream.  Unlike many over the counter lotions, our Summertime All Natural Body Cream is completely all natural. It is free of Parabens and Sulfates which are found in so many preservatives used in lotions and moisturizers.  Our all natural body creams are also free of synthetic fragrances and dyes and are 100% vegan.

Summertime is scented with the clean and invigorating scents of Orange, Peppermint, Bergamot and a blend of other pure essential oils.

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Four Green Fields

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There are some things we can only enjoy during certain times of year.  For instance, take conversation hearts, would they really be as delightful if we had the option of passing one to a friend just any day of the … Continue reading

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New Year Baby

With the new year comes new products for your little one.  New babies soon to arrive and others already drinking in their new world have inspired our new baby line.

First, we have created a Goat Milk soap that is completely all naturally and mild enough to pamper and care for your baby’s delicate skin. This all natural baby soap is made with only olive oil and coconut oil which helps nourish sensitive skin. The added goat’s milk creates an even milder soap that soothes while the soap cleans.  Our all natural baby goat’s milk soap is fragrance free so you don’t have to be concerned about the harsh effects of fragrance on young skin.

Secondly, we have created an all natural, preservative and talc free baby powder that will keep your baby’s bum and tiny parts dry and refreshed.  Our all natural baby powder was made by crushing real chamomile flowers and lavender buds and combining them with arrowroot powder and kaolin clay. The arrowroot powder and kaolin clay provide all natural moisture wicking properties while the lavender and chamomile create a lovely scent and act to deodorize and nurture your baby.

Combine these to make a great gift for those in your life who have just had a baby or are expecting one.

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! May the season be blessed with family, dear friends, and wonderful memories.

Thank you for visiting our shop, enjoying our all natural soaps and giving them to your loved ones this Christmas.

We are all anticipating a new year, with new products, giveaways, discounts and more. May this new year cause us to be even more aware of all natural products and more caring about the world around us.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

During the week of Thanksgiving, we at Oil and Spice are also taking time to spend with our families giving thanks for all the wonderful blessings that surround us.  We thank you for you patience as we enjoy the holiday!

All orders placed during the week of Thanksgiving, November 21-27 will be shipped the following week, November 28th-December 4th. Still in plenty of time for your Christmas festivities, office parties, and so many more things that you attend in December.  Please check out our many gift options for these occasions and let us know if there is anything we can do to make your holiday season even more delightful!

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Gifts for all types

Just in time for the holidays, we have compiled some wonderful all natural products as ready made gifts for anyone on your list. The New York City Debutante, The Elegant Co-worker, The Cleaner, and The Timid Beginner! Check out or site and find out which gift set would be perfect for the special people in your life.

Check our gift sets out for Christmas or any occasion! To celebrate these gift sets we are offering 10% off when you use the word GIFT in the message box. This offer will run from November 8-November 15th so don’t miss out!

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New Look

Oil and Spice strives to create quality soaps and all natural bath products for all types of customers.  We have been working to revamp our image even further so that when our soaps are added to a gift basket of slipping into a Christmas stocking, the receiver not only loves the soap but is impressed with the look and style of Oil and Spice as well.

That said, we are releasing all new labels for our soaps. With these new labels we still remain committed to our eco friendly policy. We stand firm on our policy of biodegradable or reusable packaging.

If you would like to experience our new labels for yourself or your friends, enjoy 15% off your order from October 25-November 6th.  Just note the code word “Labels” in your order at checkout and your discount will be refunded through paypal.

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