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Think Pink In October

Think Pink In October

It’s October which means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and, here at Rinse, this is the time of year when we like to think pink for a wide variety of reasons! As you probably already know, breast cancer is an extremely common form of cancer. In the U.S., 1 in 8 women (13%) will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, and there are currently 3.8 million women in the U.S. with a history of breast cancer. That’s a lot of women! Dealing with this disease not only effects the women who have it, but also their network of friends, family, and loved ones who are by their side through diagnosis, treatment, and ideally recovery! It’s very likely that you are or know someone who has been affected by this horrible disease. While the statistics on breast cancer can be overwhelming, the statistics on how strong and resilient women are can be encouraging and a cause for great optimism in this battle!

That’s why we love that the color used to symbolize breast cancer awareness is PINK! It’s commonly seen in the form of pink ribbons - either actual ribbons or images of pink ribbons added to all kinds of products from coffee cups to socks! Did you know that this pink ribbon phenomenon is actually relatively new though? And that the first ribbons used to bring awareness to breast cancer weren’t actually pink?

Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Fact

A Little History of the Pink Ribbon

As it turns out, the first use of ribbons for breast cancer occurred in 1991 when a woman named Charlotte Haley began making peach-colored ribbons in her home and attaching them to postcards that brought awareness to others about how only 5% of the $1.8 billion dollar annual budget for the National Cancer Institute actually went to breast cancer. She asked people to wear the ribbons and to take action by contacting their legislators to try and get more of the budget allocated to breast cancer. She distributed her ribbons through a totally grassroots effort, handing them out at local stores and even sending them to prominent women such as former First Ladies. Her movement gained traction, which then gained the attention of two large companies, Self Magazine & Estee Lauder. These companies reached out to Charlotte to see about working together to brand the ribbon, but she was uninterested in working with such large corporations. At that point, these companies recognized that they could change the color of the ribbon and move forward with branding without Mrs. Haley’s permission and that is where the pink ribbon was born.

Pink ribbons were also embraced by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (now known as Komen for the Cure) who has actually used the color pink in its logo since it was created back in 1982. In fact, the original logo featured an abstract female runner outlined with a pink ribbon. The ribbon was used in a big way in 1991 when pink ribbons were distributed to the participants of the Komen New York City Race for the Cure®. Since the 90’s, the pink ribbon and the color pink have only grown in popularity when it comes to symbolizing breast cancer awareness. We are huge fans of this fun, girly color and we are huge advocates of breast cancer awareness which is why we are focusing on all things pink this month!

Think Pink

Our line of “Pink” products were created with the idea of making products that are fun, girly, and smell like the color pink (if colors had smells!). We’ve got an awesome line up of Pink products that we know you’re going to love! Check them out and snag some for yourself, or consider sending a Pink product (or bundle!) to a survivor! What better way to brighten their day and let them know you are thinking of them than with some fun Pink Rinse products!?

  • Pink Stick – If you’ve ever tried one of our Skin Stick’s, then you already know what the hype is all about! Our Pink Stick is a solid lotion formula and melts right into your skin, just where you need it. Nourish your knees, feet, hands, elbows... anywhere you feel dry or are constantly applying lotion.

 

Pink Stick
  • Pink Body Spread – When you're in the mood to treat your skin to something that's thick, creamy, amazingly luxurious, and smells like a dream then Pink Body Spread is for you! This ultra-moisturizing body spread will keep your skin feeling baby-soft while leaving you smelling amazing with light, warm, vanilla tones! 

 Pink Body Spread

  • Pink Bath Bomb – Say hello to fizzy & fun luxury with our Pink Bath Bomb! Drop one in your bath to watch it fizzle away, quickly dissolving and releasing the delicious, warm, vanilla fragrance as well as moisturizing shea butter that will leave your skin soft and hydrated!

 Pink Bath Bomb

  • Pink Tub Truffle – It's called a truffle and it's pink, so it has to be amazing, right!? This fun little tub truffle is an absolute treat! Drop one in your next bath and watch it melt away along with your cares while you enjoy the moisturizing Cocoa Butter that is released into your bath! 

 Pink Tub Truffle

  • Pink Body Bliss Oil - There's nothing quite like a spritz of our Pink Body Bliss Oil to leave your skin feeling moisturized and refreshed! This oil features the same warm, buttery, vanilla scent as all our other Pink products!
Pink Body Bliss Oil

    Our fun lineup of Pink products make perfect gifts for yourself or for loved ones! Stay tuned next week to learn more about Pink products and how a portion of proceeds are poured back into our local community through a non profit that is near and dear to our hearts! 

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    Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

    Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

     

    We’ve made it to September which means it’s time to celebrate the return of Fall! It was a long, hot Summer and (as much as we love those laid-back Summer days) we are BEYOND ready for the cool, crisp Fall days! It really is such an iconic time of year. The leaves begin to turn brilliant shades of red and orange, the weather cools and cozy clothes come back into our wardrobes, weekends are filled with football and great food, pumpkin patches and corn mazes become the go-to family activity, and the anticipation of upcoming holidays starts to build. It’s a truly magical time of year and we are giddy just thinking about it!

    For as magical as Fall is, there is one iconic aspect that we haven’t mentioned yet. Can you guess what it is? Yep. PUMPKIN SPICE - The quintessential flavor of Fall! There’s just nothing better than the dreamy combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. It’s amazing how Pumpkin Spice has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years, and now it reigns supreme as the king of Fall! Everyone knows about the classic PSL, and Pumpkin Spice candles have long been a Fall favorite, but did you know you can now get Pumpkin Spice Oreos!? Yep. The obsession has crept into every corner of our lives. You can get t-shirts that state “My Blood Type is Pumpkin Spice,” coffee mugs that read “Pumpkin Spice Everything”, or pillows that say “Pumpkin Spice Keeps Me Nice”. We’ve seen similar Pumpkin Spice loving statements on blankets, bracelets, keychains… pretty much any product you can think of! People don’t just like Pumpkin Spice, they are obsessed with it!

    We kinda are too, which is why we wanted to share a few of our own Pumpkin Spice products with you, as well as one of our favorite Pumpkin Spice recipes! Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies sound good to anyone else!?

    If you’re looking to get your Pumpkin Spice fix, we have got plenty of options for you, starting with our adorable Pumpkin Spice Fry Box! This super cute bundle contains one bar of Pumpkin Spice Soap, one Pumpkin Spice Skin Stick lotion, and one Pumpkin Spice Pucker Stick lip balm. Each of the products in this bundle is made from high-quality, naturally derived ingredients. We know you will “Fall in love” with everything included!

    Pumpkin Spice Fry Box

    • Pumpkin Spice Soap (4.5 oz bar) - This warm and spicy soap will have you smelling like you bathed in a pumpkin pie! It smells ah-mazing and cleans even better! We know that what we put ON our skin is just as important as what we put IN our bodies which is why we make our soaps from naturally derived ingredients! Our soaps are handmade the old-fashioned way and include incredible moisturizers like Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter, as well as glycerin for some amazing suds! This soap is topped with a sprinkling of Powdered Pumpkin (and its exfoliating enzymes) for an extra touch of Fall!
    • Pumpkin Spice Skin Stick (0.5 oz) - Those dropping temperatures that we love do have one small downside... dry skin! Luckily, there is no need to suffer! Our Pumpkin Spice Skin Stick is a perfectly portable lotion that you can throw in your purse or pocket and have any time! Think of it a bit like a lip balm for your body. The solid lotion is packed into a twist-up tube so you can access it any time you need, without waste and without making a mess! So easy to throw in your purse, gym bag, or keep in your car!
    • Pumpkin Spice Pucker Stick (0.15 oz) - Treat your lips to the most nourishing lip balm EVER! Our Pumpkin Spice Pucker Stick lip balm contains some incredible natural moisturizers as well as our game changing ingredient, Squalane Oil! This quickly absorbed oil is known for being extremely healing which makes it perfect for dry, chapped lips! The only thing that could make Pucker Sticks more awesome is getting them in the Pumpkin Spice flavor!

    If you've already got the Pumpkin Spice Fry Box but you still are in need of a Pumpkin Spice fix, don't fret! We have a variety of additional products that can satisfy your Pumpkin Spice cravings!

    • Pumpkin Spice Body Spread (4 oz) – This thick, creamy, luxurious Pumpkin Spice Body Spread is made from a super moisturizing blend of ingredients including Shea Butter & Olive Oil! This is a must have for the cool, dry months!
    • Pumpkin Spice Body Buff (4 oz) – This Pumpkin Spice Body Buff is our version of a sugar scrub and it. is. AMAZING!! We made this Body Buff with a blend of sugar and hydrating oils so that it will not only leave your skin exfoliated and fresh, but it will also leave it soft and moisturized! (without any greasy or oily feeling, of course!)
    • Pumpkin Spice Body Bliss Oil (4 oz) - Fall luxury in a bottle! Our Pumpkin Spice Body Bliss Oil is essential if you’re looking to keep your skin feeling soft and smelling great! This oil is perfect for using as an all-over moisturizing oil, bath oil, or even a massage oil! It is made from a blend of light oils that soak right in and won’t leave you feeling greasy!

    Pumpkin Spice Favorite Products

     

    We hope our lineup of Pumpkin Spice products gets you through this magical time of year! If you’re still looking for more of a fix, try out this recipe for Mini Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies! They are the perfect unique, seasonal treat that will be a hit at your next gathering!

    Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies:

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
    • 1 ¼ cups sugar
    • 2 large eggs (room temperature, lightly beaten)
    • 1 cup pure pumpkin
    • 1 ¼ vanilla extract (divided)
    • 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
    • 6 tablespoons softened butter
    • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

    How to Make:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 4 baking sheets by using parchment paper or lightly greasing.
    2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, beat in ½ cup softened butter and granulated sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs in (one at a time), being sure to beat well after each addition.
    4. Add 1 cup pumpkin and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
    5. Stir in flour mixture slowly until well combined.
    6. Use a cookie scoop to drop batter onto prepared baking sheets.
    7. Place in oven and bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch.
    8. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to wire cooling racks to continue cooling.
    9. In a small mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, 6 tablespoons of softened butter, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract on medium speed until fluffy.
    10. Slowly add in powdered sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy.
    11. Once the baked portion is completely cool, spread a heaping tablespoon of the filling onto the flat side of the cookie. Then top with the flat side of another cookie to create a sandwich.
    12. ENJOY!

    Store your extra Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies in a covered container in the refrigerator!

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    8 Reasons Why Peppermint Is a Powerhouse Essential Oil That Everyone Should Have!

    8 Reasons Why Peppermint Is a Powerhouse Essential Oil That Everyone Should Have!

    In the world of essential oils, there are a plethora of options to choose from. Each oil has its own set of unique uses and benefits, but one of the most popular, versatile, and best smelling oils around is the classic Peppermint Oil. This familiar oil is one of the most popular on the market and, for many, it is actually the very first oil they ever purchase. So what makes it so popular? No doubt the incredible scent plays a part, as well as the holiday nostalgia that this oil can induce, but it is so much more than that!

     

    Peppermint oil has actually been used for centuries. Some believe that it was used by the ancient Egyptians for medicinal purposes, but we can be certain that it began to gain traction during the 18th century in England. Peppermint belongs to the mint family and peppermint oil is the naturally occurring hybrid of water, mint and spearmint. It is known to have anti-microbial properties and its most active components are Menthol and Menthone. You may be familiar with Menthol as it is a common ingredient in many cough drops, expectorant rubs, and muscle rubs. It is known for its analgesic, pain-reducing properties. Menthone also has analgesic properties in addition to having antiseptic properties. These two components together are also famous for providing energizing and invigorating effects! You could say these are the keys to why peppermint oil is so versatile and has such a wide range of uses. We’ve made a list of 9 of our favorite uses of this powerhouse oil!

     

    1. Ease Muscle Aches & Pains – Thanks to the analgesic properties of the menthol contained in peppermint oil, this is a fantastic natural remedy for helping to ease aching muscles. There are a myriad of ways to apply peppermint oil to aching muscles. Try adding a few drops to a warm bath or massage oil to get some natural relief! We also recommend giving our Peppofoot Stick a try! This soothing foot balm is incredible for relieving fatigued, tired foot muscles! It could even be used elsewhere as a muscle rub!

     

    1. Relieve Headaches – Peppermint oil is widely known for its ability to help ease headaches. We can again thank the menthol content which can help to ease the pain of headaches. Try using our Peppermint Roll-On for a portable way to have quick, easy to apply peppermint oil any time you feel a headache coming on! Check out some of these amazing reviews from our customers who have found that the headache relief from our Peppermint Roll-On can’t be beat!

     

    • “My go-to for headache relief!” – Dana M.

     

    • “This stuff always helps me when I have a headache. I have recommended it to so many people who say it also works for them.” – Robin T.

     

    • “AHHHMAZING!!! I've suffered from crippling migraines for over 40 yrs. I saw this product while I was at Epcot on 01/11/18 & decided to try it. I had a migraine when I woke up today and used this oil on my forehead, temples & tip of my nose. Not only did it get rid of the migraine, it did so in record time. I've tried other natural oil products as well as countless over the counter & prescription meds and none of them have ever done what this oil did. I'm beyond ecstatic with this product. I also purchased the pomegranate lip balm and that's also amazing.” – Kris

     

    • “I suffer from bad migraines and am prone to getting them at work. I keep this in my pocket and roll some on my temples and it helps relieve the pain! Definitely love this product!!” – Gillian R.

     

     

    1. Encourage Scalp & Hair Health – We all know what a struggle it can be to maintain a healthy scalp and healthy hair, especially if you are trying to do so naturally. Peppermint oil is known to help stimulate the scalp and has even been shown to help reduce dandruff. Some have reported that peppermint oil has even helped with hair growth, balancing oils, and increasing hair thickness. Just be sure not to overdo it. It is recommended to use peppermint oil no more than 3 times per week in your hair care routine. Try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to another carrier oil and massaging it on your scalp, or try making a DIY mask with coconut oil and peppermint oil!

     

    1. Increase Energy – The fresh, minty scent of peppermint oil is one of the most invigorating and energizing scents around! In fact, a study completed in 2013 found that peppermint oil is effective at preventing fatigue and even improving exercise performance! We totally recommend reaching for the peppermint oil when you need a quick boost of energy. One of our favorite ways to reap the energizing benefits is to simply use peppermint oil in a diffuser and then breathe in the invigorating peppermint air! Use our pure peppermint essential oil drops in your diffuser to see the benefits yourself! Another favorite method is using our Peppermint Shower Bomb to really create an energizing, spa-like experience!

     

    1. Reduce Itchiness – No one enjoys having itchy skin. It’s a super common issue that can be caused for a wide variety of reasons including bug bites, hives, and poison ivy. When you’re dealing with any of these, you know that getting relief is at the top of the priority list! Thankfully, the cooling effect of Peppermint Essential Oil can be a strong antidote to itchy skin. This can be especially powerful when combined with Lavender Essential Oil.

     

    1. Keep Bugs Away – Did you know that peppermint oil is a natural bug repellent? It’s true. Insects have a strong dislike for peppermint oil, meaning it is your new secret weapon for keeping creepy crawly bugs at bay in a safe and natural way! There are several ways to tackle de-bugging your home. Try putting some Peppermint Essential Oil on a cotton ball and then placing that in areas where you are prone to have bugs. You can also try mixing up your own spray by combining water with a few drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle.

     

    1. Relieve Stomach Issues – Stomach issues. We’ve all been there, and we all know how miserable it can be! When you are dealing with stomach issues such as gas and indigestion, relief literally cannot come soon enough! Thankfully, peppermint oil is known as a natural remedy that may have calming effects on the gastrointestinal tract. It essentially helps to calm the muscles of the stomach, which in turn helps everything to function more effectively and can help relieve these uncomfortable issues! Try using our Peppermint Body Bliss Oil to rub some soothing peppermint on your stomach next time you need a little relief!

     

    1. Nausea – Speaking of issues that are super uncomfortable, dealing with a bout of nausea is never fun or convenient! Peppermint oil is amazing for helping to provide quick relief when you are feeling nauseous. Try dabbing a bit of oil from our Peppermint Roll-On onto your wrists, temples, or even the tip of your nose to start breathing in the soothing peppermint scent!

     

    It’s clear that Peppermint Oil truly is a powerhouse when it comes to being a natural remedy for a wide variety of things! We personally can’t get enough of it, which is why we’ve added it to so many of our favorite products! If you are looking to get your peppermint fix, check out some of these fun and minty fresh peppermint products:

     

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    13 Incredible Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

    13 Incredible Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

    Here at Rinse, we are obviously big fans of natural products, especially Essential Oils. It would be impossible to pick a favorite, but one that definitely ranks towards the top of our list is Tea Tree Oil! Sometimes it feels like Tea Tree Oil doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves. It may not be as flashy and well known as Peppermint Oil or Lavender Oil, but it sure has some knock-out benefits that we’re certain you will love!

    Tea Tree Oil is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia (yeah, we can’t pronounce it either!), commonly known as the Tea Tree! This unique tree is native to Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland. The oil is obtained through a process of steam distilling the leaves to extract the oil. Tea Tree Oil has been used for centuries. The Aboriginal people of Australia discovered the benefits of the oil first. They would crush the leaves to extract the oil which they would use to treat a wide variety of ailments including cuts, burns, and skin infections. They would even bathe in lagoons that were under Tea Trees. The leaves would fall into the waters which would essentially create natural antiseptic baths. The benefits of the Tea Tree quickly became known throughout Australia and physicians began using the oil to sterilize wounds after surgery. Tea Tree Oil was even issued to Australian soldiers during WWII for the treatment of wounds, infections, and more. It wasn’t until more recent history that the “secret” of Tea Tree Oil made it’s way around the world. It has since been widely studied and has become extremely popular among those looking for natural remedies to common ailments and those looking for natural additions to their beauty routines!

    So what makes Tea Tree Oil so unique? This powerful, purifying oil has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In fact, it is the only oil that actually has an effect on bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. It’s basically an oil straight out of mother natures medicine closet! It has become a popular ingredient in many beauty and skincare products. It can be found in skin creams, massage oils, hair products, and more. Because this oil is so potent, it is not recommended to apply it topically to skin without a carrier oil. Also, it should be noted that despite it’s name including the word “tea,” this oil should never be swallowed!

    The uses for Tea Tree Oil are nearly endless. We’ve listed out some of the most common uses below!

     

    Popular Uses:

     

    • Acne & Pimples – No one appreciates those pesky pimples that can pop up at the most inconvenient times. For those who deal with frequent breakouts, Tea Tree Oil may be a natural solution! Several studies from the past couple of decades indicate that Tea Tree Oil is useful in fighting mild to moderate acne and helping to clear up pimples. Because this oil has naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it is able to help lower bacteria levels on the skin, thus helping to reduce outbreaks. For those concerned that using Tea Tree Oil might clog pores, no need to worry! This oil is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog up your skin! Give our Tea Tree Mint Soap a shot if you're looking for a gentle, yet powerful Tea Tree Oil cleanser! 

     

     Tea Tree Mint Soap

     

    • Dry Skin & Eczema – Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natura solution for treating dry skin and even can be effective at treating eczema. If you have ever dealt with eczema, you know how frustrating this chronic condition can be. The many antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties of Tea Tree Oil make it an effective treatment. In fact, a study conducted in 2011 found that topically applied Tea Tree Oil was even more effective at treating eczema than zinc oxide and clobetasone buyrate creams. As always, it is important to use a carrier oil when treating dry skin with Tea Tree Oil. Check out our ready-to-use Tea Tree Mint Body Spread for a quick solution for treating dry skin!

     Tea Tree Mint Body Spread

     

    • Oily Skin – If you are someone who battles oily skin, Tea Tree Oil may just be your new best friend! It’s antiseptic properties have been shown to be effective at combating oily skin. Adding just a few drops to your daily moisturizer can help to break up and remove unwanted surface oils from your skin.

     

    • Inflammation – Tea Tree Oil is fantastic for helping to sooth inflamed and irritated skin. It has even been shown to help reduce histamine-induced skin inflammation. Give our Tea Tree Body Bliss Oil a shot for helping to soothe irritated skin.

     

    • Cuts/Wounds/Infections – As we mentioned before, this powerful oil was given to Australian soldiers back during WWII so that they could help to treat cuts & wounds. That’s a pretty ringing endorsement speaking to the effectiveness of Tea Tree Oil! It’s antibacterial properties make it a fantastic natural option for helping to heal wounds.

     

    • Hair & Scalp Health – Tea Tree is excellent for helping with a dry scalp or dry hair. Improper cleaning of hair follicles on the scalp can lead to clogged pores which can lead to dandruff or even hair loss. Tea Tree Oil can help to cleanse the scalp, helping to reduce dandruff. It also can make hair follicles more receptive to nutrition which can help to generally support healthy hair. Adding a few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to your shampoo can be a real game changer!

       

      • Psoriasis – Many people who suffer from this autoimmune skin condition have reported that they find relief from using Tea Tree Oil. Many find that it is soothing when applied to the bothersome, scaly patches caused by psoriasis.

       

      • Athletes Foot – If you’ve ever dealt with Athlete’s Foot, you know that this common foot infection can wreak some serious havoc on your feet leaving them feeling scaly, itching, or even painful. Tea Tree Oil can be used as an effective home remedy. Using it with a carrier such as coconut oil may help to treat both the cause (fungus) and the symptoms of this condition. Check out our Tea Tree Mint Loofah Soap which can help to cleanse rough foot skin, as well as our Tea Tree Soaking Salts to give your feet a refreshing, cleansing soak! 

         

        • Burns – While no one ever plans to get burned, it’s unfortunately a reality of life that it happens from time to time! When you are dealing with a burn to your skin, Tea Tree Oil can be an effective home remedy to help provide some much needed relief. It’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties can help to keep the burned skin clean, while also helping to accelerate the healing which may in turn help reduce the appearance of scars.
        • Bug Bites – Yet another unavoidable reality of life, especially during the Summer! If you are sugary sweet and tend to get eaten up by biting bugs, this oil is for you! It can be very helpful for alleviating bug bite pain and reducing inflammation caused by it. Check out our Tea Tree Oil Roll-On for a pre-made, ready-to-apply, convenient option for spot treating those pesky bug bites! 



        • Aromatherapy – Tea Tree Oil can be added to a diffuser for a purifying, calming environment. This is great for times when you want to let your brain and body get a little rest and relaxation!

         

        • Expectorant – Australian Aboriginal people have long used a method of crushing Tea Tree leaves and inhaling the oil to help alleviate coughs and colds. It is a little easier to access these days, but the effectiveness of Tea Tree Oils as an expectorant has not changed! Diffusing the oil in combination with using it in a massage oil can help to act as an expectorant, providing relief from coughs, colds, and congestion.

         

        • Cleaning – As many of us are looking to move from traditional (potentially toxic) cleaning products to more natural and safe solutions, we should definitely consider using Tea Tree Oil in our natural cleaning product lineup! Making a home made cleaner is super simple and can be done by adding about 10 drops of the oil to 2 cups of hot water and ½ cup of vinegar! This DIY all purpose cleaner solution can safely and naturally help to disinfect surfaces in your home. Just be sure to steer clear of using it on any granite surfaces!

         

        While our list of uses for Tea Tree Oil could go on for what feels like forever, we think you kind of get the point… this stuff is awesome! Hopefully this list has helped to educate you on how powerful and versatile this oil really is. If you’re ready to give it a try, we’ve got quite a few products that might be just what you’re looking for!  

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        5 Simple Steps for Summer Ready Feet

        5 Simple Steps for Summer Ready Feet

        The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer which can only mean one thing… Summer is here! We all love the magic that Summer holds. It’s a time when we slow down the pace of life a bit.  Kids are out of school, we get to enjoy vacations, and of course spend LOTS of time outside! Who doesn’t love catching a baseball game, grilling out, or hanging at the pool, lake, or beach!? Pretty much all you need to enjoy this time of year is good food, good friends, and a good swimsuit!

        There is one more thing that can make this time of year far more enjoyable though, and that’s having Summer ready feet! After spending all winter cooped up and covered by socks and shoes, our feet are about to be set free and enjoy lots of barefoot moments! For most of us, our feet need a little help to make the transition to being Summer ready! The good news is, you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to get your tootsies in top-notch-shape! Our Peppofoot line of products was designed to help you naturally and effectively get soft, touchable feet! You might be surprised at how easy it is to go from gross winter feet to Summer ready feet with just a little TLC! We’re breaking down our 5 easy steps for Summer ready feet below!

        Step 1 – Soak

        The very first step to getting your feet prepped for summer is to give them a nice, soaking foot bath! Not only is this step super relaxing, but it also can provide a wide variety of benefits! We recommend adding some Epsom salts to your foot bath to get the most out of this step. Epsom salts have been used for thousands of years to help with a wide range of ailments. Many people find that using Epsom salts can help to relieve aches, pains, and can even decrease inflammation. Considering the many miles we put on our feet, they could surely benefit from that! Soaking the feet can also help to reduce odor and may even help to decrease roughness, leaving you with softer skin.

        Check out our Speppermint Epsom Salt Soak for a great Epsom salt addition to your next foot soak! This contains a blend of salts and invigorating Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils that will give you a luxurious soaking experience while soothing your tired feet!

        Step 2 – Exfoliate

        When you have finished soaking your feet, it’s a great time to go ahead exfoliate them. Exfoliating the feet helps to slough off dead skin cells that can make the feet look unattractive and can also make the feet smell. While our feet are pretty tough, you don’t want to use an exfoliator that is going to irritate your feet. We recommend using Peppofoot Polish Exfoliating Foot Scrub. This scrub features powdered pumice which acts as an effective, natural & gentle exfoliator. In addition, this scrub contains a moisturizing blend of Shea Butter and Avocado Oil so that it inourishes the feet as it exfoliates them.

        Step 3 – Moisturize

        Now that you have soaked your feet and exfoliated them, it’s time to lock some moisture into those perfectly polished peds! It’s actually a good practice to moisturize your feet daily. Many people experience dry, cracked feet on a regular basis. This is such a common problem because our feet don’t actually have the oil glands that are found on most other parts of the body. Without a constant supply of oil, feet quickly become dry and cracked which can be unsightly at best, and painful at worst! In the past, moisturizing feet was a bit of a messy ordeal that involved getting greasy creams and lotions on your hands, slathering them on your feet, and then having to awkwardly tip toe to the nearest sink to de-grease your hands! Yuck! Fortunately, those problems are no more thanks to Peppofoot Moisturizing Stick!  

        Step 4 – Trim

        At this point, you’ve put in the work to make your feet feel amazing, so it’s time to level up and make them look amazing by giving your toe nails a trim! Proper nail care is critical for having truly healthy feet. To complete this task, you will simply need a clean set of sharp nail clippers and a nail file. It’s best to trim your nails straight across, giving them a straight or boxy look rather than rounded. This gives a clean and professional look, without putting you at risk for ingrown nails. Once you have finished trimming, give them a completed look by filing them.

        Step 5 – Paint

        Last step, best step! Make those toes pop with some fresh nail polish! This is where you can let your personality shine! Feel like making a statement? Go bold with a bright, eye catching color! Looking to go more subtle? A soft pastel will do the trick! The opportunities are truly limitless, so have fun with this part!

        If you’ve made it through these 5 steps, but are still hungry for more, don’t fret! Here are some “bonus steps” to show your feet a little extra love in between weeks!

        • Keep your feet CLEAN! One of the best things you can do to keep your feet Summer-ready is to make sure to clean them well every day. This task calls for something a little more tailored to the job than your regular body soap. You want to use a soap that will clean the feet and also provide some additional exfoliating power. We recommend using our Tea Tree Mint Soap Stick. This handy soap comes in a super convenient twist-up tube which makes it convenient to take with you anywhere (throw it in your gym bag, travel bag, etc). This unique soap helps to give your feet a double cleansing thanks to the soap with Tea Tree Oil that also includes some powdered pumice for a little extra exfoliation!
        • Stay cool with a daily spritz! Your feet carry you around everywhere you go. In the Summer time, that can definitely mean that they get hot and sweaty! Give them a little relief from the heat with a cooling spritz of Peppofoot Refreshing Spray!
        • After moisturizing, throw on a pair of comfy socks to help retain the moisture! Cotton socks do a great job of helping to keep the moisture in, while helping to keep dirt and debris away from your freshly hydrated feet!
        • Get yourself a pair of cute sandals! There’s no better way to show off your Summer-ready feet than with a pair of cute sandals! Make sure to choose some that give your foot the support it needs!
        • Feel a blister coming on? Don’t wait for it to fester… nip it in the bud! Try treating it with Calendula Salve. This natural salve has been know to help with naturally treating a variety of skin ailments and wounds.
        • Protect your feet from the sun with SPF sunscreen! It’s easy to forget about the tops of your feet when lathering up for a day outside. However, it can be a critical mistake that you pay for later if your feet get burned! Remember to cover them well! If you do end up suffering from a sunburn on your feet, try using a bit of aloe to give them some relief.
        • Treat your feet to a massage!

        Check out these awesome Rinse products to help get you on your way to those soft, Summer ready feet!

         

        Peppofoot Moisturizing Stick

        Pedi-to-Go Set

        Peppofoot Polish

        Peppofoot Refreshing Spray

         

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        Pucker Stick: The Last Lip Balm You'll Ever Need!

        Pucker Stick: The Last Lip Balm You'll Ever Need!

        It’s been said that life is one grand adventure - and one endless search for a lip balm that actually works! We all know the struggle, right? Having a trusted go-to lip balm is critical, but finding one that's up to the task is not easy. Lip balm is one of those funny products that doesn't always get the attention it deserves. It can easily fly under the radar, until you reach for it and can’t find it or, worse, find that your lip balm doesn’t actually give you relief from your dry, chapped lips. Studies suggest that Americans spend $200 million annually on lip balms - whoa! We can only imagine how many of these end up lost (it happens) or in the trash because they simply don’t get the job done! We have been there. We have tried them all, only to find that many lip balms on the market today miss the mark in some way. Some are too heavy, too thick, too greasy, too messy, too smelly,… the list goes on. One other huge issue is that many of the lip balms on the market include ingredients that ultimately leave your lips drier than if you had never used them! How ironic is that! The frustration of finding a lip balm that actually works was something we felt in our souls. We felt like Goldilocks, trying everything but yet we never could find a product that was “just right”. So we made one – Pucker Stick! It took us over 1 ½ years to get the recipe perfected, but we think you’ll agree that this one is the last lip balm you’ll ever need to try!

        So what sets Pucker Stick apart? We created Pucker Sticks with all-natural ingredients that truly nourish the lips and leave them soft and hydrated! Many lip balms contain a long list of synthetic ingredients that make it really hard to know what you’re actually putting on your skin. Some even include pesticides, petrochemical additives, fragrances, and more. As if that weren’t concerning enough, many of these products include ingredients that actually can contribute to the drying of skin such as menthol, salicylic acid, and cinnamic aldehyde. The irony of using these ingredients is that sometimes standard lip balms can provide a moment of relief, that is then followed by a longer period of dealing with lips that are more dry and chapped than before you ever used the lip balm. Simply masking the problem wasn’t satisfactory to us. There HAD to be a better way, and we set out to find it! We wanted to keep it simple and choose easily recognizable natural ingredients that deeply nourish so that we could treat the issue at the root of the problem, and so you never have confusion about the product going on your delicate skin.

         

        Ingredients in Pucker Stick include light, easily absorbed moisturizers:

        • Apricot Kernel Oil – In addition to being incredibly nourishing, this oil is naturally high in Vitamin E which is excellent for helping with skin elasticity. It is also known to be helpful with improving skin tone and texture!
        • Coconut Oil – This oil is one of our FAVORITE natural ingredients! This powerhouse oil is highly moisturizing which makes it ideal for a lip balm. It’s full of super nourishing fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that are perfect for retaining moisture and giving you smooth and soft lips!
        • Cocoa Butter – This amazing natural ingredient comes from the cocoa bean (which means obviously we love it already!) It’s a natural emollient and contains vitamins A and E. It is known as an excellent full body moisturizer, and those same benefits transfer perfectly to the lips!

         Additional ingredients are:

        • Castor Oil – This natural humectant helps the lips to retain moisture which is exactly what you want a lip balm to do!
        • Beeswax – This popular ingredient in many skin care products and is ideal for a lip balm. Benefits of Beeswax for the lips include the fact that it’s highly moisturizing due to it’s natural emulsifiers. It also is highly protective. It has antibacterial properties that can protect skin and it may even help protect your lips from harmful UV rays.
        • Vitamin E – Why not add a little extra Vitamin E!? It’s perfect for helping to boost circulation and helping to generate new skin cells, keeping those lips super fresh!
        • Essential Oils – The perfect way to add a pop of scent!

        At this point we’ve covered most of the ingredients in Pucker Stick and, as you can see, they are all super natural and have so many benefits! We could have stopped there and we’d probably have a pretty decent lip balm, but around here we don’t go for “good”… we go for GREAT! Which is exactly why we added this last ingredient, the real MVP… Squalane Oil! You’ve heard us sing the praises of this miracle oil before (if you haven't, check out our Squalane blog here!), and it lives up to it’s reputation in these lip balms! Squalane Oil is derived from the olive and is quickly absorbed into the skin. It has fantastic healing properties which is exactly what you want in a lip balm!

        So to recap, Pucker Sticks are fantastic lip balms made with a creamy, nourishing blend of natural ingredients that glide on smooth. These lip balms have a light feel that never leaves you with a thick, greasy, or waxy film on your lips. Pucker Sticks easily absorb into the skin and deliver the nourishing hydration where you need it! Additionally, Pucker Sticks are:

        • Paraben Free
        • Gluten Free
        • Cruelty Free
        • Travel Friendly
        • Hand Made in the USA

        Once you try Pucker Sticks, you’ll never go back to any other brand! One of the best things about them is that they come in such a wide variety of fun flavors! There’s literally something for everyone! Whether you're into fruity tropical flavors, warm and spicy flavors, sweet flavors - there is a Pucker Stick for you! 

        These little sticks of goodness make amazing gifts as well! They’re truly life-changing… your friends and family will forever thank you! They’re also perfect for keeping around your house, in your car, in your purse, at your office… anywhere that you spend time is a good place to keep Pucker Sticks! They come in fun bundles as well as individual sticks!

        In addition to Pucker Sticks, we also created Pucker Polish which is a lip scrub that helps to prepare lips for Pucker Stick lip balms! Pucker Polish is made of super finely ground Apricot Kernel Meal. These tiny granules make for a gentle and effective exfoliant that is perfect for lips! It’s a great way to slough off the dry and dead skin from the lips (and surrounding areas) to get them nice and polished up to make a great base for moisturizing them with Pucker Sticks! We bundled them up in our Pucker Packs that pack a 1-2 punch of exfoliation and hydration!

        As always, we never want you to just take our word for it! Check out these amazing reviews from satisfied customers who love their Pucker Sticks!

        Customer Testimonials:

        “If I was stranded on an island I’d bring this. I'd probably bring other things too but this is something I'd definitely want. This is my absolute favorite lip balm of all time. I've finished two sticks, and I wear it everyday. I put it on before bed and it's still on when I wake up. I love it so much I once bought three at a time.” - Cece

        “Really great lip balm. Very nourishing and doesn't dry my lips out at all. I love it. I actually bought it at the Disney location in Florida and forgot about it. I found it in my make up bag and put it on and my lips feel amazing. I have super dry lips and this really does the trick. Super glad I bought it and I will be buying more!” – Heather

        “ This was the first item I ever purchased from Rinse and let's just say I'm obsessed now! Goes on smooth and doesn't leave a white residue.” – Cheryl G.

        “I am addicted to your lip balms. Always have one on me at all times. The scents are amazing and they glide on nicely. Highly recommend!” – Corrine K.

        “I’ve tried everything in the Chapstick world and pucker stick is the only one that has healed and smoothed my lips! My must have item and my favorite product on the market by far. Absolutely recommend trying this pucker stick!” – Andee V.

        If you want to end your search for the perfect lip balm today, go ahead and order a Pucker Stick or two! There's sure to be a flavor that fits you! Check out some of our best sellers below!

        Peppermint Pucker Stick

        Coconut Pucker Stick

        Lavender Pucker Stick

        Honey Pucker Stick

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        Discover the Amazing Benefits of Dead Sea Mud!

        Discover the Amazing Benefits of Dead Sea Mud!

        Here at Rinse, we are all about natural skin care. We believe that natural products are better for our skin, and we believe that they can be just as effective as conventional products. In many cases, we would argue they are actually more effective! In our never-ending search for natural skin care ingredients that are truly effective, there is one ingredient we have come to genuinely LOVE for its many skin-loving benefits. It’s a 100% natural ingredient that comes straight from the Earth. We love it so much that we put it into soaps, masks, and even a body polish… So, what is this remarkable ingredient we speak of? Dead Sea Mud, of course!

        Despite its name, the Dead Sea is actually a lake located in the Middle East that borders Jordan on its east and Israel on its right. It has a rich and storied history dating back to ancient times. Many of us grew up learning of its low elevation (the lowest on Earth!) and its incredibly high salt content (saltier than the ocean!). We probably remember learning that those who take a swim in the Dead Sea actually float without even trying due to the high salinity. It always seemed like a magical place, but there is more magic to be found there in the mineral-rich mud! While not everyone has heard of the benefits of Dead Sea mud, you may be surprised to learn that the benefits are not a new discovery at all. In fact, it is said that this mud was a favorite beauty product of ancient leaders dating back to Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba! If it was good enough for them, it is good enough for us!

         

        What Makes Dead Sea Mud So Good For Skin?

        We all know that the Dead Sea has an excessively high salt (sodium) content, but there are far more minerals that are dissolved in the Dead Sea. Dead Sea mud is some of the most mineral-rich mud on Earth, containing a total of 21 minerals! The list of minerals includes sodium, magnesium, calcium, bromine, iodine, zinc, bitumen, sulfur, and potassium. Many of these minerals have known therapeutic, detoxifying, relieving, and healing properties. The high concentration of these minerals found in this mud makes Dead Sea mud a potent ingredient in a variety of natural skin care products. Curious what some of these minerals are known for?

        • Sodium: This mineral is known to have moisturizing properties which means it can be super helpful when it comes to locking in hydration. It's also an excellent ingredient for cleansing and exfoliating.
        • Magnesium: This mineral is known to work as a calming agent and to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with overall appearance of skin. Some have even reported it helping to reduce skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis!
        • Calcium: This mineral is known to promote cell regeneration and skin growth. Also known for helping to retain moisture.
        • Zinc: This mineral is known to help rejuvenate and heal skin. Many have reported that Zinc is helpful when it comes to acne, reducing signs of aging, and providing protection from the sun!
        • Sulfur: Helpful for clearing pores and known for it’s healing and antibacterial properties

         Another amazing fact about Dead Sea Mud is that it is universally beneficial. Unlike many products and ingredients, Dead Sea mud can safely be used on a wide range of skin types. When used topically, it is fantastic for dry skin, normal skin, and even oily skin! This is great news because most everyone falls into one of those buckets! So, that’s a long way of saying that Dead Sea mud is great for everyone!

        Benefits of Dead Sea Mud

         

        With all those amazing minerals present in Dead Sea mud, you probably have a good idea of what the skin-care benefits are from using this mud, but we'll break it down for you a little more! If you're wondering "What's the bottom line? What can Dead Sea Mud do for me?," here are a few of our favorite benefits:

        • Purifying – It might be hard to think of mud as a purifying cleanser, but consider this a truth stranger than fiction! Dead Sea Mud works to clean and purify the skin, ridding it of unwanted dirt and grime. It helps to draw out unwanted toxins and other build up to remove it from the skin. Aside from having cleaner skin, an added benefit of this is that it can help to make pores look smaller, resulting in more smooth and refined-looking skin!
        • Exfoliating – Considering that Dead Sea mud is made up of salt and minerals, it has a fine texture that makes it an excellent natural exfoliator. It has a gentle pulling action that helps to exfoliate the skin while the minerals in the mud invigorate the skin. Exfoliating the skin is a great way to get rid of those unwanted dead skin cells to reveal softer, more radiant skin below!
        • Hydrating – Dead Sea Mud is a great option for helping to restore skin’s moisture levels. The hydrating effects of this mud are excellent for those dealing with skin issues such as dryness, patchiness, and cracking. Get the hydration boost you have been looking for from a natural source!
        • Clearing – Using Dead Sea mud is a great option for clarifying your skin. The mineral-rich content of the mud has been known to help clear complexion for healthier skin. Many have reported that using Dead Sea Mud on the skin has helped with clearing a wide variety of tricky skin conditions including acne, eczema, and more!
        • Soothing – Who doesn't need a little skin soothing? People travel from near and far to enjoy the soothing relief of the Dead Sea. Many report that the mud provides a soothing effect on their skin, as well as on tired joints and muscles! 

        The benefits of Dead Sea mud are nearly endless! The fact that people throughout the centuries have taken advantage of the magical mud speaks volumes about it's effectiveness. With so much goodness packed into a naturally occurring mud, it’s no wonder it has become such a popular skin care ingredient in many products today!

         

        Many Ways To Take Advantage of Dead Sea Mud

        Now that you know all the amazing benefits of Dead Sea mud, you may be wondering "How can I get my hands on this!?". No worries... We have you covered! Check out some of our favorite products featuring our favorite magical mud! There are many applications for how to use the mud... everything from soap (and soap sticks), to facial masks and salt scrubs! We import mud directly from the Dead Sea (in Israel) to put in our products. It is the same high quality stuff used in spa's! Let us bring the Dead Sea to you!

        Dead Sea Mud Soap: This soap is an excellent way to get the benefits of Dead Sea mud in a soap form! The Dead Sea mud is blended with incredible spa-like scents of Bulgarian Lavender and Spearmint essential oils to create a luxurious soap experience! This versatile soap can be used as a facial soap or as an all over body soap. It’s excellent for removing makeup, and many have even reported benefits for various skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Many experience reduced redness and bright, fresh skin!

        What a great face soap! It's creamy and takes off all of my makeup including the mascara. I have combo oily skin and it leaves my face feeling clean and fresh without any drying. My complexion looks and feels better already after just a few uses. Smell is great and relaxing. This will be one of my new favorites from Rinse!” – Heather H.

         

        I have used just about every facial product made, including Proactiv, and this is THE best for oily skin. Feels tight without drying and clears up pimples in a day or two.” – Carla E.

         

        Dead Sea Mud Soap Stick: All the benefits of Dead Sea Mud, but in a convenient twist-up tube! This is the perfect choice for anyone looking to enjoy the benefits of Dead Sea Mud Soap on-the-go! Throw it in your gym bag, travel bag, or even keep it in your home shower… no matter where you go, you can enjoy the amazing benefits of Dead Sea Mud soap!

         

        Love this soap. It leaves my skin so clean & it feels so smooth. It diminishes any redness & leaves my skin looking bright & clear.” – Danielle C.

         

        I’ve used a Dead Sea mud mask, but I liked the idea of a soap with it in. The first time I used the soap on my face, my pores appeared smaller. I’ve been using it once a day, and my skin looks and feels great.” – Karla G.

         

        Dead Sea Mud Loofah Soap: Imagine Dead Sea Mud Soap, with loofah added in for extra exfoliation! This soap is quite literally our classic Dead Sea Mud Soap poured over a loofah for a well-rounded experience! The soap cleanses the skin while the loofah exfoliates. This is a great option for a hand and all over body soap, and even works great on the feet or as an exfoliating soap to use before shaving!

         

        A must have! Have always loved the Dead Sea mud soap for my face. Decided to try it in the loofa form. Did not disappoint! Skin feels wonderful!” – Farra S.
         
        I’ve used countless exfoliating soaps. This one is the best. The smell is great and relaxing. I feel like a lizard that just shed it’s dead skin. I come out soft and refreshed.” - Sarah

         

        Dead Sea Mud Salt Polish: A salt scrub with the highest quality salt to be found! This body polish is made from salt (of course) blended with high-quality moisturizing oils and a refreshing Lavender and Spearmint essential oil blend. It is a rich body polish that leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized, but never greasy!

         

        This product is one of my favorites. It is a needed relief to my sometimes rough skin!” – Joel C.

         

        Love this product!” – Andrea C.

         

        Dead Sea Mud Mask: One of our favorite ways to get the benefits of Dead Sea mud is using it as a mask! This mask is purifying, nourishing, clearing, and soothing!

         

        I received this mask in my box of goodness. It’s not normally a product I would order. I have very sensitive skin and I am cautious about new products. This mask has been amazing! My complexion feels clean, bright, and refreshed after each use. I highly recommend this mask!” – Heather C.
         
        I absolutely love this mask. It’s easy to use, it doesn’t have a funny smell and it leaves my skin really smooth and soft. I feel like every time I try a new product from Rinse I say “this is my new favorite product.” But this really is my new favorite product. I’m thinking of getting a tub for my sister.” – Stephanie P.
         

        Dead Sea Mud Facial Kit: The closest thing to going to the spa, without actually going to the spa! Our Dead Sea Mud Facial Kit includes our best-selling Dead Sea Mud Soap as well as our Dead Sea Mud Mask so you can treat your skin to a spa-like experience from the comfort of home!

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        How to SUCCESSFULLY Switch to Natural Deodorant (and Never Go Back!)

        How to SUCCESSFULLY Switch to Natural Deodorant (and Never Go Back!)

        So you’re considering switching to a natural deodorant? You’ve heard that it's better for you, but you’re not entirely sure why or what to expect as you make the switch? You are not alone! Natural deodorant is all the rage these days, and the opinions on it span a huge spectrum – some swear by it and some swear they’ll never use it again (which makes us super sad!). The most common theme we have heard among those transitioning to natural deodorant are that they can't find a product that works and/or that they give up on the transition too soon! We are huge fans of natural deodorant and are here to help break it all down for you so that you can successfully make the transition to natural! We are certain that you will love it and will never go back!

        Why switch to natural deodorant?

         

        As with most things in life, when you're trying something new it's good to start with WHY! Many people have heard that traditional deodorants aren’t good for them, but it all seems a bit mysterious and they aren’t sure exactly why natural deodorant is better. In order to help make more sense of this, we need to clarify a few terms that are sometimes (incorrectly) used interchangeably: deodorant vs. antiperspirant. These two words may sound similar, but they do not mean the same thing! A deodorant is simply a product that helps to protect against odor, while an antiperspirant is a product that protects against both sweat and odor. It might sound like a small difference, but it’s actually a pretty big deal. Any why is that? Well, antiperspirants are pretty serious business. Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually considers antiperspirants to be a drug because of the way that they affect the function of the body by reducing the amount of sweat that reaches the skin? That’s pretty intense! Who knew you were buying an Over-The-Counter drug when you snagged your last stick of drug store deodorant!?

        Most antiperspirants include aluminum to help reduce sweating. That might sound good on it’s surface, but there is a huge downside! Unfortunately, the way the aluminum compounds help to reduce sweat levels is actually by clogging your pores. Yikes. Have you ever heard of anything good coming from clogged pores!? This method of reducing sweat can be a huge problem because our bodies were literally designed to sweat. It’s how we get rid of yucky toxins that don’t belong in our bodies. So, when our pores are clogged, it can actually cause our bodies to work even harder to try and expel these toxins.

        In addition to aluminum, many traditional deodorants also include other questionable ingredients such as parabens, perfumes/fragrances, phthalates, talc, and BHT. That's a lot of ingredients getting rolled onto and absorbed by the skin... As a general life rule, we tend to prefer clean ingredients that don't leave us wondering if there will be any negative effects from them! We knew there had to be a better way to stay stink-free than slathering on lab-made chemicals that we couldn't even pronounce! But before we jump too far ahead, let's take a minute to re-evaluate our relationship with sweat...

        Sweat is not your enemy!

         

        You may be wondering what’s a girl (or guy) to do now? You know you don’t want to be putting a pore-clogging drug on your skin every day, but you also don’t want the stench that comes with being a sweaty mess all day. Well, here’s a fun little plot twist that may help with your decision on "what to do"… Did you know that sweat itself doesn’t smell? (wait, what!?) Seriously. The reason that we sometimes associate sweat with stinking is because, well, we were all in middle school once and we ALL endured that foul teenage gym class aroma. Kids were sweating and the air was stinking! The only problem is, that traumatic time caused us to over-simplify what was actually going on. It's not the sweat that smells. The reason for the stench is that there can be an odor caused when the bacteria on our skin breaks down the acid in our sweat. Who knew!? 

        Now that we've established the fun fact that sweat doesn't stink, let's talk about what sweat actually DOES do. It's main purpose is to regulate body temperature, which is a pretty important job! Our bodies would literally overheat if we didn't sweat. Having sweat to cool us down when we're in hot environments has literally been vital to allowing humans to adapt and survive! Some believe that sweat also has benefits such as helping to fight off germs, clearing skin, and (our personal favorite) reducing stress! 

        All this time we were being so hard on sweat, but it really exists for our own good! Now that we know that sweat is actually kind of our friend and it was really the bacteria on our skin that was making us stink, we have a better understanding of our "problem" and are a little closer to realizing what our bodies actually need to function best and still smell great! If only there were a natural product out there that could help with the stinky bacteria... 

        Good news. There is!

         

        deOdor Stick – All Natural Deodorant That Actually Works!

        This is where our awesome natural deodorant, deOdor Stick, comes into play! deOdor Stick All Natural Deodorant is made from high-quality, natural ingredients that are super effective at eliminating body odors! We'll be honest... we had heard so much negative feedback on other natural deodorants that we had low (REALLY low) expectations when we decided to attempt to make our own. In fact, we were basically attempting to make a natural deodorant at some level expecting to fail, but at least we could honestly say we had tried! 

        Believe us when we say no one was more shocked than we were when our new natural deodorant actually worked! And we don't mean it worked as in "well, it's good enough". No... it passed with flying colors! More on this in the "Reviews" section below, but suffice it to say that when customers in hot & humid south Florida swear by it, you know you've hit on something!

        So, what makes deOdor Stick Natural Deodorant so great? This powerful deodorant contains only the good stuff! Every ingredient is something you will recognize (and can pronounce!) Made from highly nourishing and moisturizing ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter, it is gentle on the skin while being hard on the stink! deOdor Stick contains 100% natural essential oils that help you to smell fresh all day! Best of all, deOdor Stick is aluminum-free and won’t clog your pores!

        Here are a few reasons why deOdor Stick rocks:

        • Made from high-quality, natural ingredients
        • Includes incredible essential oils
        • Super moisturizing
        • Smells amazing
        • Aluminum-Free
        • Alcohol-Free
        • Paraben-Free
        • Gluten-Free
        • Travel-Friendly
        • Hand made in the USA

         We have quite a few deOdor Stick options to choose from, but we highly recommend trying our Original deOdor Stick if you are new to natural deodorant! This is a great starter stick that is gentle, effective, and smells great!

        What to Expect

        Now that you have committed to making the transition to natural deodorant, it’s important that you are prepared for exactly what to expect! When we say that it is a transition, we mean it! Remember how we talked about your body working extra hard to make up for the clogged pores from your antiperspirant? Yeah, that’s going to come into play in a big way as you switch to natural. Your body will be spending a few weeks working through getting rid of all those built-up toxins and bacteria and it’s going to be a little smelly. But that’s ok! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! So, here’s what you are going to want to do:

        • Mentally COMMIT! You’ve done WAY harder things in your life so we don’t want to build this up to be bigger than it is, but the transition will go a lot better if you mentally commit on the front end. Remember that your body is going through somewhat of a detox from your traditional antiperspirant and there are going to be some days of smelling less than your best!
        • Plan to give your body at least 2 weeks to transition (it could take 3-4 weeks for your body to completely adjust, but don’t worry, your body will find it’s balance and the stink won’t last forever!)
        • Carry your deOdor stick with you and be prepared to reapply throughout the day in the beginning.
        • Wear loose, breathable clothing!
        • Get your sweat on!! This helps your body to super charge the detox process. And it will give you some endorphins… sounds like a win-win to us!

         

        Transition Timeline:

         Although everybody is different, and everyone will experience their own journey of transitioning to natural deodorant, here are a few general guidelines of things that many people commonly experience and when.

        • Week 1 – Many people find that the first week is one of the easiest. The main reason is because the mainstream antiperspirants are super effective at blocking sweat, and those effects can last for a while even after stopping use of the antiperspirant.
        • Week 2 – Here is where it starts to get real! Once your body is no longer being restricted from sweating, it will start to quickly increase sweat production and you will likely notice some odor. This is a result of the bacterial colonies under your arm.
        • Week 3 – You may still experience a level of odor, but during this week your bacterial microbiome will be starting to balance out which should result in decreased odor and perspiration!
        • Week 4 – By this week your body should be well adjusted to your new natural deodorant! You did it!

         

        Reviews

         As always, we never want you to take our word for it when it comes to our products. Nothing matters more than what our customers are saying! Check out what Rinse customers are saying about our deOdor Stick!

         

        I’ve always been completely satisfied w/all the products I’ve ordered from Rinse Soap—I recommend to family & friends! Because we live in SWFL, I was skeptical of an all natural deodorant! Trying to be more conscientious of chemical-free products, I decided to give this a try! I wasn’t disappointed—a little goes a long way, tube looks small but is deceiving, it lasts a long time! Now my husband & my daughter-in-law both love it! If it works in our hot & humid climate, it will work anywhere!” – Cbel

         

        Only deodorant I will use! I love this product. I’ve been using it for over a year now. It’s the only deodorant I will use. It’s so wonderful to have a natural, nontoxic deodorant that makes me feel fresh and smell great all day long. Fantastic product!!” – Jessica B.

         

        "Amazing, I have it sent from USA to Australia as not available here yet and is the best of the natural deodorants I have found!!! Love!" – Jacqui S.

         

        "NEW FAVORITE! This is BY FAR the best natural deodorant I have ever used! I absolutely love the smell, it works wonders, and goes a long way. I work in an Intensive Care Unit, so stress sweat is inevitable, but my sweat does not smell with this deodorant!" - Emily

         

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        deOdor Stick Original

         

        deOdor Stick - Lemongrass Bergamot

        deOdor Stick - Rosemary Mint

        deOdor Stick - Rugged

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        5 Simple Steps You Can Take Today to Start “Going Natural”

        5 Simple Steps You Can Take Today to Start “Going Natural”

        Have you been considering making the switch to more natural skincare and beauty products? If you’re like a lot of us, you’ve become more aware and mindful of some of the harmful chemicals that are common in many of today’s conventional products and are looking for ways to transition to a more natural, clean lifestyle! If you want to make the leap but are uncertain of where to start, you are in the right place! While the natural living lifestyle can encompass so many aspects of life, we think starting small is best! Here are 5 simple steps you can take to start “going natural” today!!

        1. Start Using a Natural Soap

        A company that was built on making natural soap is recommending you switch to natural soap!? Who woulda thunk it!? Although this might seem like our most obvious tip, it is one of our most important ones and one that we are super passionate about! Here’s an interesting fact that you may not even be aware of: Most commercial soaps sold in stores aren’t actually even soap! Yep. Take a look next time you go to the store and see how many actually include the word “soap” on the package. You will probably be shocked at how few use that term! And you might be even more surprised at how many unfamiliar and hard to pronounce ingredients are included in these products. The reality is that many of the commercial soaps are more akin to detergents… They include chemical detergent cleaners and synthetic lathering agents that are harsh on the skin and can strip it of its natural oils.

        Our skin is our largest organ and our first line of defense against germs! It’s critical that we take care of it properly and give it the nourishment it needs! This is why we recommend switching to a natural soap that includes good-for-you ingredients. One of the best things about truly natural, handmade soap is that it contains glycerin. It is a byproduct of the fats and oils that are blended together during the soap making process. Glycerin is a natural skin emollient and is an amazing humectant. Basically, it helps to attract moisture to your skin.  Many of the commercial grade soaps actually remove glycerin to make their bars lighter and less expensive to ship!

         

        A good, natural, handmade soap will effectively cleanse the dirt and grime from your skin while leaving the naturally occurring good oils in your skin. It will leave you clean, moisturized and your skin more balanced!

        One of our favorite soaps is our Dead Sea Mud Soap. It’s one of our best selling soaps for a reason! It contains mineral-rich mud straight from the Dead Sea and this ingredient makes the soap incredibly purifying and great for all types of skin – even those with tricky skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema! This soap also includes some of our favorite natural moisturizers such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and more! And bonus, it can be used as a facial soap or an all-over body soap making it super versatile.

        2. Begin Using Sulfate-Free Shampoo

        While we are not in the shampoo business, we are huge advocates of switching to a sulfate-free shampoo! Similar to how commercial soaps are really more accurately described as detergents, shampoos that contain sulfates are really detergents as well. These shampoos strip hair of its natural oils and leave it dry, brittle, and even can leave colored hair looking dull and lackluster! So what should you do to start restoring health and shine to your hair? Easy - simply switch to a sulfate-free shampoo! These shampoos are sold at most big box retail stores, grocery stores, and drug stores. All you need to do is look for “sulfate free” on the bottle and you’ll be good to go. If you REALLY want to step your hair game up, try skipping a day or two of washing your hair!

         

        3. Switch to a Natural Deodorant

        You knew this was coming didn’t you?! Natural deodorants are all the rage these days! People are beginning to learn more and more about the long term effects of the chemicals that are included in conventional deodorants which has led to a huge demand for natural deodorants.

        So, what’s the deal with transitioning to natural deodorant? Well, first of all, it is truly a transition! Traditional deodorants are generally deodorants (they keep you from smelling bad) AND antiperspirants (they keep you from sweating so much!) While the idea of reducing the amount of sweat sounds appealing, there is a downside. Unfortunately, they accomplish this feat that by clogging pores which then causes our bodies to overcompensate and can actually result in even more sweat production! Beyond that, our bodies were literally designed to sweat. It’s an important way that we regulate temperature and expel toxins. As if all this wasn’t bad enough, many traditional deodorants contain lots of foreign chemicals that aren’t exactly healthy for our skin. A lot of traditional deodorants cause people to experience a plethora of skin issues including redness, bumps, and itchiness!

         

        With all of these reasons to move away from regular deodorants, it sounds like a no brainer! There’s only one little problem… so many natural deodorants do nothing but disappoint! We've heard so many stories from people who have tried natural deodorants with the highest of hopes, only to come away disappointed and ready to go back to their old chemical-filled deodorants.

        After getting a lot of requests for a Rinse deodorant, we finally took the plunge to try and see if we could come up with something that would be effective. To be honest, our expectations were low. We basically only gave it a try so that we could tell people that we had given it our best shot but it wasn’t possible to create an effective natural deodorant. Needless to say, no one was more shocked than we were when our efforts at creating a natural deodorant that actually works were successful!

        We highly recommend giving our deOdor Stick a try if you’re looking to go natural! They are free of all metal, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates! These come in a variety of scents so there is something for everyone! Check out the reviews to see what our customers are saying about how well they work!

        4. Discover the Natural Benefits of Oils

        Ok, we KNOW the whole topic of oils can be overwhelming and we aren’t here to get you flustered! There’s plenty of time to dig into all the oils out there and discover their benefits, but if we could recommend just a few to start introducing into your hygiene and beauty line up they would be:

         

        • Squalane Oil – Not to be too bold or overstate it too much, but Squalane Oil is seriously about to be your new best friend! This little miracle oil is taking the world by storm and being used in all sorts of products from hair care, cosmetics, to even sunscreens! We have a whole blog that explains the benefits of Squalane, so we won’t go into all the details here, but if you’re looking for a natural product to help moisturize your skin, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and provide amazing antioxidant properties then look no further! Our customers have referred to Squalane Oil as a “face lift in a bottle” and we couldn’t agree more!

         

        • Argan Oil – This oil is derived from the Moroccan Argan Tree and we love it for the fact that it is light, quick absorbing, and packed with tons of fatty acids as well as Vitamin E! This oil is phenomenal for using on hair! It helps to ease frizz, treat split ends, and provide a natural shine and bounce to the hair!

         

        • Peppermint Oil – We might be a little biased, but we think Peppermint Oil is a real MVP of essential oils! This powerful oil has been known to curb many common issues and can help soothe your head and activate your mind! Our customers love using Peppermint Oil as a natural remedy for headaches, to help them focus, to help with sinuses, and so much more!

        5. Treat Your Feet to Natural Rejuvenation

        Last but not least, we can’t neglect our feet! They do so much for us and carry us around everywhere we go… It’s only right that we show them some love! One of our favorite natural ways to pamper our tired tootsies is with our Peppofoot Stick. This fun foot balm is an incredible treat for tired, dry, cracked feet! It includes lots of fabulous natural moisturizers such as Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Avocado Oil! It also includes 100% natural Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil to give this foot balm some tingling, antiseptic oomph! Best of all, this foot balm comes in the form of a twist-up tube meaning application is super simple! No mess!

         

        If you’re serious about getting started on your natural journey, we have got a few products designed to make your transition easy peasy! We designed our “New Natural You Discovery Box” Collections to be curated boxes filled with natural products for every level of transition!

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        Squalane Explained: What It Is and Why Should You Care?

        Squalane Explained: What It Is and Why Should You Care?

        Squalane Skin Care Benefits

        We're not sure if you've heard, but there's a "new" skincare ingredient that is garnering A LOT of attention these days. It's showing up in all kinds of beauty and skin care products - everything from cosmetics to hair products and even sunscreens! It is making its presence known in a big way and people all over are discovering its benefits and singing its praises. So what is this mystery ingredient? Squalane Oil.

        Squalane Oil? Who has ever even heard of that? What is it? Where does it come from? What does it do?

        A lot of people are asking these questions (and rightfully so!) There are probably more than a few of us out there who have been duped into falling for some "flavor of the week" product that promises the world and then fails to deliver. If you're like me, you're skeptical...right? You have questions and you want answers! If that's you, buckle up because we have all the questions AND answers on Squalane! 

        First things first...

        What Is Squalane Oil?

        Squalane Oil is a light, scentless, and quickly absorbing oil that is derived from the olive. It is actually more familiar to us than you may realize! Our bodies naturally produce a lipid called "squalene" that functions kind of like a built-in moisturizing system. It's great and awesome except for one little problem... our bodies decrease production of squalene as we age. In fact, production significantly decreases after the age of 30, meaning we have to find other sources to replenish it! This is where Squalane comes into play!

        Squalene Vs. Squalane - What Are The Differences?

        Squalene is naturally found in our skin, but in its natural state it is actually quite unstable. Squalane is simply a version of squalene that has gone through a hydrogenation process which prevents it from turning rancid and oxidizing. Simply put, this process makes it a more shelf-stable, fully saturated oil that is effective for use directly on the skin or as an ingredient in skin care and personal care products!

        What Is Squalane Made From?

        Squalane is found in a variety of places (including shark liver...yikes!), but our 100% squalane is plant-based, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free as it is derived from olives! Olive squalane is an excellent option for personal care products - all the benefits from an ethically sourced ingredient!

        How Do You Use Squalane?

        It's a super simple process! All you do is just apply a thin layer wherever needed! You can apply directly with your fingers - no special tools required!

        What Are The Benefits Of Squalane?

        We were hoping you'd ask! There are SO MANY BENEFITS! We know we could never actually list all of the benefits (it's just that good!) but here are some of our favorites!

        • It is incredibly moisturizing on the skin - Oh my word is it moisturizing! This lightweight oil glides on smoothly and absorbs easily deep into the skin, leaving it soft, supple, and super moisturized - without an oily feel! 
        • It helps to combat pesky fine lines and wrinkles - When our skin is well hydrated, it appears plumper, softer, and smoother. Many of our customers report noticing a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! Some have even called this a "facelift in a bottle"! 
        • It has awesome antioxidant qualities - According to a study completed in 2009, squalane has been found to have antioxidant properties. Many people have found it to be helpful for skin issues such as eczema and acne.

        Who Should Use Squalane?

        Anyone who is interested in protecting their skin and maintaining a youthful glow!

        Is Squalane Non-Comedogenic? Does It Clog Pores?

        Non-Comedogenic is simply a term to describe whether or not a product is likely to clog pores. Even though squalane is an oil, it is non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog pores! 

        How Should You Use Squalane Oil For Your Face?

        It really is so easy! Simply wash your face so that you are working with clean skin. Then pump a few drops of Squalane Oil into the palm of your hand and use your fingers to apply to your skin. Remember that a little goes a long way!

        Is Squalane Oil Good For Your Hair?

        Yes! We love using Squalane Oil on our hair! Apply a few drops to your fingertips and run through your hair to tame those unruly frizzy hairs! It also makes a phenomenal addition to hair masks.

        What Are Some Common Uses For Squalane?

        Squalane is extremely versatile! Some of our customers have told us their favorite ways to use it! Popular uses are:

        • Facial Moisturizer (Daily...Even for tricky skin types!)
        • Under-Eye Treatment
        • Scratches, Scuffs, and Scrapes
        • Blisters
        • Fever Blisters
        • Sunburns
        • Burns
        • Bug Bites
        • After Shave
        • Hand Cream

        To summarize - We think squalane oil is the perfect addition to any skin care routine! The benefits of this oil are endless and we know you'll love it! But don't take our work for it! Here's what our customers are saying about it!

        Customer Testimonials

        "Love this oil! Super light, absorbs great, keeps face moisturized all day!" - Stephanie S.

        "This lovely lightweight, fragrance free oil is a must have. I use it on my face, neck, bug bites, sunburn and anywhere else that needs a little extra moisture." - Julie T.

        "Squalane oil is the only thing I have found that makes my dry skin soft without breaking it out. Love it use it every morning and night." - Vanessa G.

        "The best and only oil I will ever use! It has healing properties. It truly improves your skin and it feels divine:) love it!" - Rebecca H. 

        "I've been using this product for years. At the shop we call it "facelift in a bottle" and it erases those tight wrinkles around your eyes. But don't limit it there. Because it's odorless, colorless and tasteless, it's absolutely gentle for sensitive skin. This is what I use to remove my waterproof mascara. I use it twice a day as my only moisturizer. I'm also glad that it's the carrier oil for so many Rinse products." - Megan S.

        If you're interested in giving squalane a try, we've got two great options for you!

        Squalane Oil

        Squalane Oil Roll-On

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