The winter solstice is fast approaching, many of us have had our first snowfall and with all the cheerful twinkle lights it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We have lots of sustainable gifts and stocking stuffers for family and friends. Our holiday gift guide has suggestions for all the unique personalities in your life.
The Bearded Guy-a beard is a gift you give your face
Give some beard love this holiday season with our Beard and Scalp Oil.
The Comedian- laugh and the world laughs with you
Give the power of seaweed with a bar of Weed n' Shrooms soap or Seaweed it’s Legal Canva Bag
The Bathing Beauty- happiness is taking a long bath
Make every bath extra special with our Hot Island Bath Tea or Bath Effervescents.
The Stressed Mom- stressed is dessert spelt backwards
When mom has had too much it's our botanical perfumes to the rescue.
The Tattoo Artist- it's always a good day for a tattoo
Keep skin art looking good with our all natural, chemical free soothing Tattoo Butter.
The Vegan- be kind to every kind
Pure and natural vegan butter.
The Gardner- to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow
Give the gift of flowers and soft skin with our gentle Gardeners Scrub.
Sleeping Beauty- prioritizing good sleep is good self love
Bring on the Zzzz's with our balm or roll on.
And finally the stockings were hung by the fire with care
Place our shower shots on the floor of your shower and let the fun begin. Aromatherapy for every mood.
An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse is a great addition to your natural hair care routine. Rinsing with ACV is super nice when you are making the transition to shampoo bars because it helps to keep your hair at the proper pH level.
There are lots of benefits of rinsing with ACV including-
- less tangles, less frizz because an ACV helps smooth the cuticle. Think of the cuticle as the outer layer of your hair, sort of like bark on a tree.
- more shine because if your cuticle is smooth it lies flat which increases shine.
- helps clarify and reduce build up.
- adds bounce without weight.
- ACV rinse is a tonic for your hair with nutrients that help stimulate hair growth.
- full of natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help soothe an itchy, flakey scalp.
- balances the pH of your hair especially with shampoo bars.
If you've been using one type of hair product because you love how it works and then after a period of time notice a difference an ACV rinse can help clarify and remove product build up.
It's easy to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse. In general, you can use any type of vinegar but apple cider vinegar is the popular choice. A natural unprocessed vinegar will give you the "mother"- full of bacteria, nutrients and enzymes. The next step is to dilute the vinegar with water. How much depends on your hair type, in general 1/4 to 1/2 vinegar to water. Add the appropriate amount of vinegar to a spray bottle and then fill with water. You can boil your water first, add tap water or purchase distilled water.
To make your vinegar extra special add herbs. There are many herbs which are beneficial to your hair. Our favorites include rose petals, rosemary, chamomile and calendula petals. Pour your vinegar into a glass jar add your herbs, fresh or dried. Place in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking and admiring occasionally. Strain to remove all the herb bits and pour back into your clean glass jar. Remember to dilute before use.
It's fun and relatively easy to make your own ACV hair rinse and it's a great way to use garden herbs. But for busy folks who want a high quality natural hair rinse filled with our own Maine island flowers try our handcrafted Herbal Vinegar.
And remember always be a Goldilocks and experiment to find the right combination for your unique hair.
"What would happen if 10,000 people decided to reduce their trash impact for one month? We could reduce the trash on Earth by over 1 million pounds."
If you are looking for a way to reduce your plastic consumption our Maine seaweed rich shampoo bars are the way to go. Our shampoo bars are a natural way to clean and condition your hair.
Both Carly and I have super curly, easy to frizz hair. In the past, we were hair product junkies. A large bottle of conditioner might last a week. I shampooed everyday due to my tendency to look like a deranged cartoon character with severe bed head.
I also suffered from itchy scalp. I’ve battled flakey head since high school. At one point, it got really bad. I hoped my hairdresser wouldn’t notice- fat chance. He thought it was “unusual”. I dreaded my next appointment. He suggested seeing a doctor. I knew exactly what the doctor would prescribe- a highly medicated/toxic/unnatural shampoo. I was right. The chemical laden shampoo didn't help my scalp and gave me super horrible looking hair. By chance and desperation I began experimenting with different natural ingredients. Adding seaweed to my hair care routine brought me natural and lasting relief.
The most important ingredient in our shampoo bars is seaweed. Seaweeds are the powerhouses of our shampoo bars. Kelp in particular contains essential nutrients to help hair grow. Seaweeds are super gentle cleaners and naturally hydrate. Plus seaweeds help control flaky scalps and can help promote hair growth.
We make three shampoo bars blends. All are seaweed rich, the difference is the blends of oils.
Lovely Rita Super Conditioning: Some hair needs more moisture and we should know since we both have SUPER curly hair. Our Lovely Rita Bar contains coconut and castor oil which help creating superior thick lather but also condition those pesky locks. Olive oil and rose hip oil leave your hair shiny and soft.
Sweet Melissa Gentle and Mild: If your hair is straight and needs less moisture our Sweet Melissa bar is for you. Your hair needs protein and a blend of oils that moisturize without being too heavy. Our shampoo bars harness the power of sugar kelp to pump up the protein which is what your hair craves.
Men's Shampoo Bar: Our Seaweed Shampoo Bar specially packaged just for men. The power of seaweed can help tame an itchy scalp or full beard and designed to be used anywhere including rivers and streams.
Thanks to the ocean conservancy for the opening quote. Check them out.
Last year, I took a business development course and the guru wanted us to find our customer's pain points. I talked about our Maine Seaweed shampoo bars and how I believed they would appeal to anyone who loved the ocean and is concerned about the plague of plastic. Our shampoo bars are a plastic free alternative to hair products packed in plastic bottles. I got a gigantic "pshaw".
About a week later I was in the grocery debating which peppers to buy. I wasn't looking at the price as much as the packaging. I bought my usual only to discover at home that an extra plastic nest had been added. I thought to myself, "Won't buy these again" and made a purchasing decision based on plastic packaging". And remember- this was a year ago, I've come a long way and now don't purchase produce wrapped in plastic.
This quick vignette is to illustrate how your hard earned dollars can make a difference. You can still eat great food, have lovely hair and enjoy an afternoon latte without creating a mountain of waste. It does take a bit more organization and thought. And be prepared to move two steps forward and one step back but stay on the plastic free journey. Choose an area to go plastic free every month or so. Master one and pick a new goal. Buy a few reusable grocery and produce totes. Try a shampoo bars. Carry around a coffee cup for your afternoon fix. Head outside to your favorite nature spot and pick up the trash.
Even if you never become completely zero-waste you'll be amazed at how far you can go!