In honor of Father's Day, we thought we'd chat about some interesting tidbits regarding shaving. Even men who sport beards usually maintain its shape with a bit of shaving and trimming. Here's some things we bet you didn't know about this long-standing tradition.
1. Alexander the Great started a shaving trend in 331 BC when he ordered his men to shave their beards in preparation for a decisive battle with the Persians. Some say that this was because beards are easy to get a hold of in hand-to-hand battle, but others say that Alexander wanted to inspire his men to identify with the demigod young Hercules.
2. The word "clean-shaven" was first documented in 1823. Other words that made their appearance in the English language in 1823 are blouse, trolley, caffeine, dandify, misfit, and thesaurus.
3. It's a myth that when you shave, it grows back in thicker. It may seem that way for a couple of reasons. When hair first grows, it hasn't been exposed to light which may lighten the hair over time. Also, the end of the hair strand tends to taper, and when we shave, the tapered portion is removed. In comparison, what is left may seem thicker.
Also, our shave soap is available online and at the Lynd Market. It has some rave reviews from some men who have used it. It is made with coconut oil, shea butter and castor oil. It also includes Bentonite Clay for more slip and Tussah Silk for a silky-smooth feel.
Another favorite is our body wash and shampoo. It's two products in one, which has a certain appeal to men... So easy to wash it all without any fuss! If you are wondering what scent to get, we recommend the Tobacco & Bay Leaf body wash, as a lot of men (and women!) love this scent!
We've added another clay variety to our selection! Each clay has its own blend of minerals that makes it unique and gives it its color. Dead Sea Clay is known for its therapeutic saline content, plus it contains a vast amount of minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromine, and iron. Here's some benefits to using Dead Sea Clay.
Like our other clay masks, it comes in powder form. To use it, remove a small amount of clay and combine with water to make a mud mixture. One jar of this clay will yield multiple mask treatments.
If you'd like to give this a try, you can find it on our website here.
Our secret is out! We do make shave soap, but we've only made it in very small quantities. We have a small following of guys that absolutely love it, and they ask when we will have more available. The wait is over! We've got it!
This product is newly added to our website! We have three new batches -- Peppermint, Lemon Eucalyptus, and Lingonberry Spice. We also have a Spiced Red Tea and a fragrance free option. Our shave soap is made with nourishing organic oils like coconut oil, shea butter and castor oil. It also includes Bentonite Clay for more slip and Tussah Silk for a silky-smooth feel. And if you need the brush, we've got that too! You can find our shave soap options here.
Starting now through the entire month of May, we are offering a coupon code for any of our shave soap products from our website. Use the code SHAVE25 for 25% off shave soap. This would be a great time to grab that Father's Day gift!
We always love introducing new fragrances -- it's so fun to discover a new favorite! We've got three new scents for you to try.
We are so excited about our new scent, Love Letter! This enchanting fragrance is sophisticated and warm with a slightly sweet floral scent. Reminiscent of handwritten love letters from days gone by, this romantic scent whispers tones of mandarin, orange blossom, magnolia, heliotrope, pink jasmine, amber, and musk. You'll be in love with this alluring perfume-like fragrance!
Our new Wild Rose fragrance is a modern take on a classic scent. With notes of orange peel, pink rose, geranium, mimosa, lily of the valley, guaiac wood, vanilla, and musk, this scent reminds you of a fresh rose after a spring rain. The authentic and delicate rose fragrance is balanced with earthy, sweet greens for a lovely and dewy scent. Even people who usually don't care for a rose fragrance enjoy this modern floral!
This sultry floral scent starts with notes of black currant, pink pepper, rhubarb, rose, violet, berries, jasmine, and patchouli. Base notes of amber, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, and iris add complexity.
If you are looking for a Mother's Day gift, consider our Simple Luxuries gift set. Take a look at the graphic below to see what is included.
You can find the Simple Luxuries set here.
Have you ever caught a whiff of a scent that unexpectedly took you back to a moment in time from your childhood? For me, when I smell chlorine it takes me back to carefree days at the local pool. I love the fragrance even today for that reason. I was talking with a friend who said that the smell of rubbing alcohol was reminiscent of pleasant visits to the pediatrician as a child. Many dislike the scent, but for her it evokes memories of nurses in clean white dresses and a peaceful feeling of everything being clean and in order. Isn't it interesting how our sense of smell is so closely connected with our memories? Last month we chatted about the fragrance pyramid and how fragrances are layered based on the type and size of the scent molecules. This month I thought we could continue our chat about fragrances and how they can evoke memories and affect our moods.
The answer to our question lies in how our brains process fragrances, and this is part of the limbic system in the brain. There's some really interesting tidbits on how this process works!
Our sensory input (including our sense of smell), our memories, and our emotions are all processed in the part of our brain called the limbic system, which sits on top of the brain stem. Scientists are still discussing exactly what structures are included in this system, but they generally agree that it includes at least the hypothalamus, the amygdala, the thalamus, the hippocampus, and the olfactory bulb (scent receptors). Honestly, I'm not going to explain all those terms to you because the details are beyond my comprehension. But here's the interesting part. Our sense of smell is processed differently than all our other senses. All of our senses except for smell are processed through the thalamus; so sight, sound, touch, and taste are all relayed through the thalamus. But input from our sense of smell bypasses the thalamus. Scents have a private relay system straight from the olfactory bulb to other parts of the brain! No wonder the connection between scents and memories is so strong! Here's an over-simplified diagram of how this works.
Often, when you have a childhood memory associated with a scent, it was formed before you were ten years old. Usually it is a perceptive memory, not a specific memory. In other words, the scent is linked to a general feeling more than a detailed account of an specific event. This memory is deeply embedded in your long-term memory and connected to your emotions, due to how scents are processed by the limbic system.
Because our sense of smell is so strongly connected with our memories, emotions, and even our hormones, we can use the power of scent to boost our moods when we need a pick-me-up, thanks to our limbic system! Even though we have different memories associated with certain fragrances, there are some generalities that can be made about scents and our moods. For example, we've all heard about how lavender is calming and promotes rest. Here's a chart of some common fragrances, and how they can positively affect our moods.
Next time you need some added energy for a task, try adding some grapefruit, orange, or lemon scents to your environment. Or if you'd like to uplift your mood and increase your confidence, try a floral fragrance! And you don't need to save a woodsy pine scent for Christmas. It can bring you joy all year!
Also, did you know that the limbic system is supported partly by zinc and thiamine (vitamin B1)? If we lack these essential nutrients it can affect how our limbic system functions. Maybe you've heard about the connection between losing your sense of smell and a zinc deficiency. Zinc is an important part of building our immune system as well. Not only is zinc necessary for our immune system, but it also strengthens our limbic system! Eating foods rich in thiamine and zinc can help boost your immune system and your limbic system -- this is a win-win!
Have you ever noticed when you are in a room where someone slices or peels an orange, you can smell it almost immediately? There's a reason why the citrus scent travels through the air so quickly, and that reason also relates to creating fragrances that we love.
When an orange is sliced, the orange molecules are released into the air, and they diffuse, or spread out, throughout the space. The size of the molecules affects how quickly they spread. Since citrus molecules are relatively small compared to other scents, they can travel quickly through the room.
Just as a musician creates beautiful and complex chords with notes of varying wavelengths, fragrance designers create alluring and rich fragrance combinations with scents composed of various sized molecules. This creates sophisticated and lasting scents that we enjoy.
In the fragrance world, individual scents are called notes, and they are broadly categorized as top notes, middle notes and base notes.
The top notes, also called head notes, are the first scents we detect in a fragrance. These include the uplifting citrus notes and the fresh herbal aromatics. Because they are the smallest molecules, they are also the first to begin to evaporate or dissipate.
Next we have the middle notes, or the heart notes. This is the heart of the fragrance, and it often includes soft floral notes, sweet fruity notes, fresh green notes, and warm spicy notes. The middle notes impart body and fullness to the ensemble.
Finally we have the base notes. These are the earthy, woody and musky scents. Since these molecules are the largest, they have the most staying power, and they provide the deep richness that is foundational to the fragrance combination.
This fragrance pyramid is one tool we use to describe fragrances. For example, here's our description of our Pineapple Papaya fragrance.
"Sweet, juicy and tropical! A tantalizing blend of citrus top notes, and sweet fruits and sugared base notes. At first sniff, mandarin, pineapple and coconut palms open this bright fragrance. Mid notes of papaya guava and pomegranate are rounded out with a base of sugarcane, sandalwood and cypress. This fragrance will be a favorite for any fruit lover."
See how the top, middle and base notes are described and balanced for an exotic and tropical fragrance combination?
Also, the fragrance pyramid explains why fragrances will sometimes change. When a fragrance is first applied, the top notes are stronger. As the smallest molecules evaporate over time, the balance changes, allowing the mid and base notes to come through more.
So what are some of your favorite fragrance notes?
And just like that, the longest, coldest, grayest month of February transforms into a few delectably sunny days, enticing us with their intermittent warmth and reminding us of the freshness and newness of life! We are excited for the promise of a new season and the hope we feel as we see nature come to life again.
Freshness in a Bottle
Speaking of fresh and new, we thought March would be a good time to feature a classic scent that is perfect for spring and St. Patrick's Day... Emerald Agave!
If you haven't tried this fragrance yet, you are missing out! Clean and fresh with subtly sweet herbaceous notes, it's a sweet mix of sea moss, melon, agave, passionflower, acai, aloe, coconut bark, teakwood, grass, and amber. We can't get enough of this one!
Here's what one sweet customer has to say about the Emerald Agave scent.
We thought it would be fun to offer a discount on Emerald Agave products for the month of March as a nod to St. Patrick's Day. You can find Emerald Agave lotion, scrub, foaming soap, body oil, bar soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner on our website here. Use the code EMERALD20 for 20% off Emerald Agave products through the month of March. (This does not include gift sets.) This is the perfect time to try it for the first time or to stock up! Since so many people love this scent, it's a great one to share with a friend.
If you are looking for a particular product on our website, don't forget that there's a search bar on our home page that makes it easy to find what you need!
If you live in a cold and grey climate like Ohio, February can be a struggle. Here's three things I (Polly) am doing not just to survive, but to thrive during this time.
Have you heard of this one? It's a key ingredient in our lip balm. It's similar to coconut oil, but it absorbs better and is more lightweight. It comes from the nut of the babassu tree (in the palm tree family) indigenous to the forests of northeast Brazil. Here's three reasons we love using organic babassu oil for lip care.
Babassu Palm Trees (wirestock photo attribution)
Our lip balm is made with organic shea butter, organic babassu oil, and organic beeswax. The shea butter is a rich moisturizer while the babassu oil is easily absorbed by your lips. The beeswax creates a protective barrier while still allowing your lips to breathe. It also provides the firmness necessary for the balm to be in stick form.
Did you know that many lip balm manufacturers use petroleum-based ingredients? Our lip balms (and any of our products) do NOT contain any petroleum-based ingredients, like petroleum jelly, which can block pores and introduce unwanted chemicals. We also don't add any colors or dyes. We wanted to create a balm that is nourishing and full of goodness! The scent we add to our lip balms are called flavor oils, but they actually are an unsweetened scent, not a flavor at all. This is a higher-quality scent that is specifically lip-safe. If a lip balm has a taste, it often has an added sweetener that entices you to lick your lips. Although that can be fun, licking your lips actually causes a cycle of more dryness, so the added flavors and sweeteners are not helpful. In addition, these sweeteners can make the product less stable. We have a HUGE variety of lip balms here, including scents such as Iced Pineapple and Tangerine, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Latte, and Mango Lassi. If you're looking for an all-natural scent, try our Peppermint Lip Balm, which uses peppermint essential oil. (Essential oils will have the scent and an all-natural flavor.) We also have a Menthol Eucalyptus Lip Balm with eucalyptus essential oil. We even have a Fragrance Free Lip Balm for an ultra-pure choice. To try any of our lip balms, you can use the code LIPS25 to get 25% off any of our lip balms on our website for the month of February.
Babassu Leaves (wirestock photo attribution)
Cold and blustery weather paired with dry indoor air can really do a number on our lips. Take a look at this diagram of lip skin to see how different it is from the rest of our skin.
What We Can Do
Here's a few things we can do to combat dry lips.
We hope that this information can help you better take care of those lips this winter!
This blog is an interactive place where we can share more about natural skin care and how we create what your skin craves!