My Personal Story

Sherry Zielinski

Let me tell you a story. I have suffered with eczema most of my adult life. For those of you that don’t know about eczema, it is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed; with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation (eczematous dermatitis).  At times my hands would get itchy, then crack and bleed. It would be so painful and even my hand mobility would be limited. Lucky for me, my husband would shoo me out of the kitchen so he could wash the dishes and my hands would not get worse (FACT). Woo hooo!! No dishes for me.

All kidding aside, my doctors would tell me to stop washing my hands so much and find more ‘natural’ products to use. Not washing my hands was a difficult thing. My career and being a tomboy has always put me in dirty places. As an Environmental Investigator and Environmental Superstar (that’s what my friends call me), I was often found getting dirty on patrol, hiking through forests, doing a little abandoned camp clean-up, inspecting industrial facilities or taking samples of bad stuff. Who doesn’t want to wash their hands after that!! Ewwww. Anyway, back on track….my hunt for a natural product. So many times I would stroll through the big chain stores looking at all the soap labels that would indicate they were ‘more gentle’. Did you know that many of the so called soap bars sold at the grocery stores are actually not soap. They are called “beauty bars”, “moisturizing bath bars”, “cleansing bars” and “deodorant bars.” These are likely made with a synthetic detergent.

How FDA defines "soap". Not every product marketed as soap meets FDA's definition of the term. FDA interprets the term "soap" to apply only when

  • the bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds, and
  • the product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap

http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm074201.htm

Through research and educating myself, I finally realized these “soap” products weren’t helping my hands to heal. They were actually making my hands worse. At times, even the strongest cortisone creams could not repair my hands because I was still washing them with harsh detergent soaps and chemicals.

So, finally after years of suffering and wondering why these ‘soaps’ and cortisone creams weren’t working I decided to make my own pure soap. Our pure soap is safe and gentle enough for your whole family, from babies to seniors, and it is gentle to even the most sensitive skin. I have a love for aromatherapy and essential oils and have encompassed that in my soaps. Through the discovery of better ingredients, natural products, my skin has never looked better. Moreover, the planet is even cleaner!

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