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Sunday, September 27, 2015

We're Clearing Out Our Shaving Soap Kits

After much deliberation, we've decided to discontinue our beautiful Shaving Soap Kits...and that means fantastic savings for you! These make a distinctive gift for that hard to buy for man in your life. You know you have one or two and at this price, well, let's just say we're practically giving them away. The kit includes a sustainably harvested, sealed hardwood shaving bowl with lid, a nice matching badger hair shaving brush (not the cheap boar bristle ones you see in most kits), and of course a shaving soap...all in a rugged burlap bag. Choose Sassafras Shaving Soap or Black Willow Bark Shaving Soap.

Don't worry, we're not discontinuing the soaps, just the kits! Get yours now while supplies last.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August is Psoriasis Month

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition marked by red, itchy, scaly patches.  It's one of the most common autoimmune diseases in the country today. Psoriasis develops when faulty signals in the immune system cause new skin cells to form too rapidly. The body can't shed these excess cells so they pile up and cause unsightly scales to form. While there is currently no "cure" for psoriasis, the latest research indicates that healthy skin starts with a healthy microbiome. Contrary to popular belief, psoriasis is not contagious.

One of the easiest home treatments for psoriasis is to keep your skin moisturized. Traditional creams, soaps, and ointments contain pine tar or neem oil, among other things. Commercial soaps can be very harsh and drying and can actually worsen the symptoms of psoriasis, but our moisturizing Pine Tar Neem Oil Soap does just the opposite.

Creosote free pine tar has been known to soothe the itching and flaking while anti-inflammatory neem oil is said to reduce swelling, itching, and redness. Both are believed to fight germs that become trapped in scratched, raw skin, helping to keep the skin free of infection. Our clients tell us that A Wild Soap Bar's Pine Tar Neem Oil Soap is an effective home treatment for psoriasis and eczema. They also say it works as a dandruff shampoo bar as well as a deodorant bar.

Do you have an effective home remedy for psoriasis?  Do tell.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Yucca: One Stop Shopping

Our popular Yucca Root Shampoo & Body Soap was featured in this interactive National Park Service poster which outlines the many uses of our native yucca, also known as cortadillo in Spanish.  You lift the panels to match the product with the part of the yucca used to make it.  Since you can't read the poster or lift the flaps here, I've recreated the English version below.  The educational poster is also in Spanish.

Yucca: One Stop Shopping

Imagine yourself living in the surrounding desert some 500 years ago.  Without any grocery stores, where would you get your food?  What about soap and medicine?  The soaptree yucca is your store, with more than 100 different uses!

Leaves (Hojas): used to make cords for baskets, aprons, and sandals
You can dry the leaves and weave them whole.  For finer threads, soak the leaves, scrape them, separate the fibers, and twist.

Roots & Leaves (Raiz y hojas): used to make soap & shampoo
Peel and puree the root then let dry.  Scrape the leaf, mix with water, then strain the scrapings.

Flowers (Flores comestibles): used to make frittatas & other dishes
Cook the petals with your favorite egg dish, or add them to hearty stews of beef, pork, or chicken.

Seeds (Semillas): used to dye fibers for basketry
Soak seeds in water to make a rich black dye.