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Dog shampoo to reduce itching and scratching

Does your dog have itchy skin, rashes, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis?
I’ve found that my itch relief pine tar shampoo bar is great for dogs to soothe itchy, irritated skin.
Tested on dogs by my sister who is a dog minder and she said it was great.
Pine tar has been used for over 2,000 years to soothe and treat skin conditions. I use Stockholm pine tar which is considered to be the best quality pine tar available.

Itch Relief Solid Shampoo

What is Pine Tar?

Pine tar is the end product of pine wood carbonisation following distillation using extreme heat. An extensive literature search was conducted back to the 1950s for this review. Pine tar has been used in medicine for more than 2000 years to treat a range of skin conditions because of its soothing and antiseptic properties. Pine tar should not be confused with coal tar, which has been produced from coal for approximately a hundred years. Pine tar is thought to exert its effect by reducing DNA synthesis and mitotic activity, which promotes a return to normal keratinisation. In addition, pine tar has been shown to be antipruritic, anti‐inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. These properties make pine tar suitable for the topical treatment of eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and other dry, itchy, flaky or inflamed skin conditions. Topical products available over‐the‐counter in Australia today contain up to 2.3% pine tar, and come in several different formulations that can be used on the entire body, including the face. Modern day pine tar is manufactured with increased purity to eliminate toxic phenol and carcinogenic components, which have been of concern in the past. Primary irritation is uncommon. In conclusion, the long experience with topical pine tar therapy and its worldwide usage, together with the evidence presented in this review, suggests that pine tar is an effective treatment with minimal safety risk.

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Itch Relief Soap and Shampoo

Do you have itchy skin, rashes, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis?
I’ve found that my itch relief pine tar shampoo bar is great for an itchy scalp and the whole body to soothe itchy, irritated skin.
Pine tar has been used for over 2,000 years to soothe and treat skin conditions. I use Stockholm pine tar which is considered to be the best quality pine tar available.

Itch Relief Solid Shampoo

What is Pine Tar?

Pine tar is the end product of pine wood carbonisation following distillation using extreme heat. An extensive literature search was conducted back to the 1950s for this review. Pine tar has been used in medicine for more than 2000 years to treat a range of skin conditions because of its soothing and antiseptic properties. Pine tar should not be confused with coal tar, which has been produced from coal for approximately a hundred years. Pine tar is thought to exert its effect by reducing DNA synthesis and mitotic activity, which promotes a return to normal keratinisation. In addition, pine tar has been shown to be antipruritic, anti‐inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. These properties make pine tar suitable for the topical treatment of eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and other dry, itchy, flaky or inflamed skin conditions. Topical products available over‐the‐counter in Australia today contain up to 2.3% pine tar, and come in several different formulations that can be used on the entire body, including the face. Modern day pine tar is manufactured with increased purity to eliminate toxic phenol and carcinogenic components, which have been of concern in the past. Primary irritation is uncommon. In conclusion, the long experience with topical pine tar therapy and its worldwide usage, together with the evidence presented in this review, suggests that pine tar is an effective treatment with minimal safety risk.

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Lysine Cold Sore Lip Balm

Cold sore lip balm

Lysine cold sore lip balm contains ingredients that provide immediate relief from cold sores and help reduce the severity of the attack. My customers swear by it and often buy in bulk so they have it on hand as soon as that unpleasant, tell-tale itch starts.

The lysine cold sore lip balm comes in a 5ml windup tube. It contains healing oils and naturally recommended treatments to help lessen the severity of the attack and reduce the skin damage.
Lysine is an effective, natural anti viral treatment of the herpes simplex virus according to many reports – read more here – https://draxe.com/cold-sores/
Also zinc and vitamin C contain properties to fight the virus and lemon balm is reported to be effective in treating cold sores. Peppermint oil is cooling and clove bud oil has a numbing effect to provide relief from the itch.

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How to clean greasy hair

This is a method that I recommend as a one-off prewash treatment to remove any build up from commercial shampoos and clean greasy hair.

Simply mix up a paste of 2 tablespoons of bi carb soda with enough water to make a paste and work this through your wet hair.  Then rinse.
Next, use my shampoo, working it all over your hair to build up a lather.  Work this through for a minute or so, finger comb to remove tangles, then rinse.

solid shampoos and solid conditioners
50g solid shampoo bar

A solid, natural shampoo can take up to several washes before it feels good.  This is because of the build up of silicones and other residuals in store bought shampoo.  Also, your hair may be damaged, treated or may not respond well to a natural shampoo.  Give it time and allow your hair and scalp to adjust.

Read more about how bi carb soda works and what it does to your hair – https://www.hairstory.com/stories/2020/07/10/how-to-wash-your-hair-with-baking-soda/

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Shampoo bars instead of plastic bottles

Shampoo and conditioner bottles

We discard more than 10,000 tonnes of detergent and shampoo bottles in Australia every year.

If everyone started using solid shampoo bars instead of buying liquid shampoo in plastic bottles, the earth would sigh with relief.

Plus there are other reasons not to use commercial liquid shampoo:

. Liquid shampoo contains up to 80% water

. Liquid shampoo often contains synthetics like ammonium lauryl sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate which can cause skin irritation and allergies

. Liquid shampoo can spill when travelling, making a mess of your luggage

. Liquid shampoo often contains other ingredients that are harmful to the environment

So why not try a shampoo bar? Some benefits are:

. Lasts a long time

. Easy to travel with

. Compact and lightweight

. Good for the environment

. Good for your hair, skin, body

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Reusable, triple layer cloth/cotton face masks – northern beaches Sydney

Cotton face masks for COVID-19

Cloth/cotton face masks are now in short supply on the northern beaches of Sydney. Our reusable, cloth/cotton face masks are flying out the door. They are made with 3 layers and are washable and reusable.
The outer layer is cotton, middle layer is fusible interfacing and the inner layer is soft, white t-shirt fabric.
They are soft on the face and the face masks are easy to breathe through.
We also make a reversible cotton face mask which has cotton on both sides with a fusible interfacing in the middle.
The current price is $20 but may increase due to the unprecedented demand.
Our cloth/cotton face masks can be made with elastic around the back of the head and neck or with ear loops.

We are using lots of different fabric for the face masks so that they will appeal to the whole family.
Solid colours or checks for the men, florals and attractive prints for the ladies and cute prints for the kids.
See some of our range of cloth/cotton face masks

We are based on Sydney’s northern beaches and we welcome pickup orders which can be contact free.
Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases in the last couple of weeks, there is a high demand for these sorts of face masks.
They are very handy when going to the shops, on public transport and anywhere in public where it is difficult to keep your distance.

Because the Corona Virus is so virulent and easy to contract, it is important that we all try to do the right thing. Wearing a mask in public is another way to protect yourself and protect others in case you are asymptomatic. Of course, the other health precautions are still necessary – wash your hands regularly with soap or use hand sanitiser, don’t touch your face when you’re in public places, cough or sneeze only into your handkerchief, shirt, elbow.

We’re struggling to keep up with demand and taking limited orders. Please contact Sue on 0425252180 for more information on our cotton face masks.

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How to use a solid shampoo bar

If you haven’t used a natural shampoo before, I’d recommend a one-off prewash treatment to remove any build up from commercial shampoos.

Mix up a paste of 2 tsp bi carb soda with water and work this through your wet hair.  Then rinse.
Next, use my shampoo, working it all over your hair to build up a lather.  Work this through for a minute or so, finger comb to remove tangles, then rinse.

solid shampoos and solid conditioners
50g solid shampoo bar

A solid, natural shampoo can take up to several washes before it feels good.  This is because of the build up of silicones and other residuals in store bought shampoo.  Also, your hair may be damaged, treated or may not respond well to a natural shampoo.  Give it time and allow your hair and scalp to adjust.

Some people find that the shampoo doesn’t lather very well.  This could be because you have hard water and any shampoo (or any soap) will struggle to lather.  You could try mixing up a bucket of water with some water softener crystals and using this for washing your hair.

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How to use a solid conditioner bar

Apply the conditioner to the hair straight after shampooing, either by rubbing the conditioner onto the hands or by stroking the bar down the hair starting about 4cm from the scalp.  Leave in for a minute or two.  The conditioner removes tangles and allows you to comb your hair with your fingers before rinsing out.

The 30g bar conditioner should last for around 90 days based on everyday hairwash use on shoulder length hair. Try to keep the bar dry between washes and don’t leave it sitting in water.

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Vegan Christmas Present Ideas

If you are looking for a Christmas present for a vegan, why not give them a solid shampoo and solid conditioner bar set. Our solid hair bars are vegan and contain only pure, natural ingredients. They are good for the environment, are waste free, have minimal packaging and are great value. A solid shampoo bar can last up to 80 washes (depending on the way you use it of course). The conditioner bar lasts much longer.

Don’t buy the synthetic ones from Lush – get a good, old fashioned shampoo bar from a local Sydney business. Lush make a bar called a syndet which stands for synthetic/detergent. These aren’t good for the environment and probably aren’t that good for your body either.