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Green Coffee Bean Benefits

We’ve heard of green tea and we’ve heard of coffee, but few people have ever heard of green coffee! They are coffee beans from Coffea fruit that haven’t been roasted yet and thus have a higher amount of chlorogenic acid, antioxidants and other compounds. Despite it being under the radar, there are actually an overwhelming amount of benefits that come from green coffee for your hair, skin and overall health. Here are seven huge benefits, to name a few:

1)    Green coffee extract is extremely popular to help combat weight loss. It boosts our metabolism by increasing our Basal Metabolic Rate, burns extra fat and works as an appetite suppressor so you won’t be craving that midnight snack!

2)    Helps fight against poor cholesterol by lowering levels of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL).

3)    Helps prevent blood from being clotted and improves natural blood circulation flow.

4)    Cleanses our livers and works as a natural detoxifier.

5)    Boosts concentration levels and energy so we don’t have to depend on those five cups of chai to get us through the day!

6)    Builds up the immune system.

7)    Helps to moisturize the skin and fight against baldness, keeping hair strong and healthy.

 

If you can’t wait to get your hands on some green coffee now, you’re in luck! Here are some of the green coffee bean products we have available on NaturalMantra.com :

Vedic Delite Green Coffee Bean Extract Powder 100 Gms (SAVE RS. 220 NOW)

Vedic Delite Green Coffee Bean 60 Veg Capsules 500mG With CGA For Weight Control

Vedic Delite Green Coffee Bean with Diet Consultation Plan

 


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Learn The Truth About Your (Dangerous) Laundry Detergent

While our typical laundry detergents are making our clothes seem fresh and clean, they may actually be doing much more harm than good. Very few people know just how dangerous regular laundry detergents can be so we thought that it was important for us to tell you! Here are seven reasons why they can be toxic:

  1. The fragrances which seem to smell so nice are actually synthetic and has: formaldehyde which is a chemical compound known to cause cancer in animals, other carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and phthalates which have shown negative effects on reproductive health and respiratory system.
  2. Most detergents have optical brighteners (additives that add blue light, making whites seem whiter) which stay in the clothes long after washing and can cause skin irritation.
  3. The chemicals have a negative effect on the environment, contributing to water pollution in particular.
  4. Laundry detergent manufacturers don’t have to list all ingredients on packaging, so you have no idea what chemicals they could be adding and whether or not they’re hazardous.
  5. Fabric softeners are designed to stay in the clothes after washing which means continuous contact between chemicals and the skin.
  6. Chlorine bleach (found in most detergents) when going down drain can produce organochlorines which can create problems for reproductive and neurological systems.
  7. Majority of products never been tested so we have no idea if they are actually safe to use or not.

Thanks to http://www.motherearthliving.com for this list.

While we do have to wear clothes, they don’t have to be washed with items that may potentially harm us! It’s time to get rid of the toxic chemicals in your home and purchase our all-natural chlorine-free laundry detergent for regular clothes.

Rustic Art Chlorine-free laundry detergent for regular clothes

Rustic Art Chlorine-free laundry detergent for regular clothes  1 Kg

About Rustic Art Power Laundry: Rustic Art laundry range is completely biodegradable and eco friendly such that the rinsed water can be used to water plants & is a good soil fertilizer. It is absolutely Chlorine Free and can be safely used in washing machines (Top & front load). Bio Laundry Range is vegetable oils based. This natural detergent is a single processed detergent with Lemon extracts.

 

 

 


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Organic 101: Benefits Of Organic Products

Today we are seeing more and more products with “organic” stickers plastered on them, hearing friends gush about their new organic cosmetics and reading people boast on Facebook about how they’ve switched their diets to only organic and gluten-free food. Yet, amongst this significant increase in popularity for going organic, people are left wondering what it even means. So, let’s break it down with some Organic 101:


What is Organic?

The simple definition of the term is: food and products made without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, dyes and other artificial chemicals. Not using these artificial products helps to improve the quality of the food produced and decreases the risk of contamination.

Organic farmers often swap out chemical fertilizers with natural ones such as manure and compost and instead of synthetic pesticides and herbicides use more natural methods like using insects and birds, crop rotation, mulching, hand weeding etc.


Not only are plants treated more naturally, but so are the animals and livestock raised for eggs, poultry, meat, and dairy products. They must have access to the outdoors and are not fed any regulating hormones, drugs, antibiotics or genetically modified feed. This organic farming helps to ensure that the food eventually reaching our mouths is more clean and pure, with less chemicals altering its natural state.

“Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production.” says the Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

What are the Benefits for Me?

So now that we know what organic means, it’s important to understand to the benefits! Here are some of the top reasons organic food and products are good for your health:

  •   They are easier for the body to break down in comparison to the chemicals and metals found inside the fertilizers used on inorganic products.
  •   They have more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (substances that help in preventing types of cell damage).
  •   Reduces exposure in your body to the residue from pesticides and chemicals.
  •   They are fresher due to the lack of preservatives.
  •   Taste better because of the care given to the soil and plants!
  •   Food labeled as organic undergoes a certification process so you can be sure no toxic chemicals are sneaking in there.

What are the Benefits for the Environment?

Not only is organic food good for you, but great for the environment too. Here are some of the main reasons why:

  •   Increases biodiversity: fewer chemicals are used that harm bees and other insects.
  •   Improves soil condition: uses manure/compost rather than pesticides which may damage soil.
  •   Helps to preserve natural habitats and local wildlife.
  •   Keeps water clean: stops the polluted runoff that goes into water from farms using with harmful pesticides, fertilizers and toxic animal waste.
  •   Help in fight against global warming: most organically produced food is distributed locally so less energy/carbon dioxide emissions are used in the transportation.

Looking at all the benefits, it’s easy to understand why people may be throwing out their artificial food and beauty products in exchange for organic ones. If you’re looking to make the switch, our website is the perfect place to start with everything from organic soap to organic coconut oil to organic green tea. Not sure where to begin? No worries, here are the organic versions of some of the staples of your diet that you can buy right now!

Organic India Quinoa

 

Organic Indian Quinoa

 

Organic Tattva Natural Rock Salt

Organic Tattva Natural Rock Salt

Organic Tattva Organic Brown Sugar

Organic Tattva Brown Sugar

 

Organic Tattva Organic Ragi Flour

Organic Tattva Ragi Flour

Organic Tattva Organic Arhar (Tur) Dal

Organic Tattva Arhar (Tur) Dal

 


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Say No Beauty Products With Chemicals

Say No Beauty Products With Chemicals

In a world ravaged with pollution and environmental factor damaging your skin, it’s hard to stay beautiful, retain clear skin without sans beauty enhancing products

The use of beauty products has come to full circle. In olden days people were using natural beauty products then we shifted to chemicals and now we are heading back to Mother Nature.

Say No Beauty Products With Chemicals

Here is a list of The Dirty Dozen ingredients that should be avoided:

1. Phthalates : ‘Dibutyl Phthalate

 What is it? : Phthalates can be easily absorbed by our skin.  It enhances the capacity of other chemicals to cause genetic mutations.

Why is it harmful? : It has been shown to cause developmental defects and is toxic to reproductionand can also harm the unborn and impair fertility.

2. Sulphates or Sodium Laurate(or Lauryl) Sulphate (SLS) 

What is it? : Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents.

Why is it harmful? : Depending on the manufacturing process it can work as a possible human carcinogen and can even harm the nervous system.

3. Paraben 

What is it? : Primarily used as a preservative, they are used as fragrance ingredients, not listed in your favorite perfume label.  Perfume recipes are considered trade secrets; hence the manufacturers are not obliged to disclose the ingredients. An estimated 75-90% of cosmetics contain this toxin.

Why is it harmful? : Parabens are easily absorbed by our skin. Parabens can mimic estrogen and has been detected in human breast cancer tissues. It is estimated that women are exposed to 50mg of parabens per day.

4. Formaldehyde 

What is it? :  These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics.

Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde.

Why is it harmful? : Formaldehyde has a very sharp odor.  It is also blamed for allergic reactions in sensitive people.

5. BHA and BHT

What is it? : BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers and are also used as food preservatives.

Why is it harmful? : They can cause allergic reactions, liver, thyroid and kidney problems along with lung function impairment and problems in blood coagulation. Moreover, they mimic estrogen and can have an adverse impact on reproduction.

6. Coal-Tar dyes

What is it? : Coal tar-derived colorants are used extensively in cosmetics. P-phenylenediamine is used frequently hair dyes.  These dyes are generally identified by a five-digit Colour Index (C.I.) number.
Why is it harmful? : Coal tar is a carcinogen and dyes made from it have a high potential for causing cancer. These colours are sometimes contaminated with aluminium substrate which is toxic to the brain.

7. DEA compounds

What is it? : DEA (diethanolamine) and its compounds are used in moisturizers and sunscreens, while cocamide and lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos to create more lather.

Why is it harmful? : These cause mild skin and eye irritation. Exposure to high doses of these chemicals has caused liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in skin and thyroid in a few cases.

8. Fragrance/Parfum

What is it? : Apart from being used in perfumes and deodorants, they are used in nearly every type of personal-care product. Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Over 3000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances.

Why is it harmful? : These are often unlisted ingredients that are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, andasthma symptoms and lead to asthma in children.

 

9. PEG compounds

What is it? : PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers and hence used for products requiring a cream base and also in laxatives.

Why is it harmful? : Ethylene oxide is a human carcinogen while 1, 4-dioxane – a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide harms the nervous system and causes developmental problems. They are also known to cause skin irritation and systemic toxicity.

10. Petrolatum

What is it? : Mineral oil jelly or petroleum jelly is used as a moisturizer and in hair-shine products.

Why is it harmful? : Petrolatum can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Exposure to PAHs is associated with cancer and skin irritation and allergies.

11. Siloxanes

What is it? : Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on easily.  They are also used extensively in moisturisers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants.

Why is it harmful? : Cyclotetrasiloxane and Cylcopentasiloxane —D4 and D5 — are endocrine disruptors, interfere with human hormone function and possible reproductive toxicants that may impair human fertility, cause uterine tumours and harm the reproductive and immune systems.

12. Triclosan

What is it? : Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. Also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds.

Why is it harmful? : It can pass through skin and is suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). Extensive use may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It can cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

Don’t forget to check the awesome awareness video in the this link.

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Natural and Herbal Face Washes: Herbal Home Remedies and Tips

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Washing your face seems simple, well you have been doing it all your life and if your face is still there, so you have to have got it right, correct? Your face is the first thing people notice about you, so you do want to definitely want it to look its best. Here are some tips for washing your face:

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Make sure your hands are clean: You cannot clean your face with dirty hands, So, wash your hands first, then wash your face.

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Use only lukewarm water: For best results, make sure the water is not too hot or too cold.

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Wash face twice a day: Face washing once in the morning and once at night is a good routine especially for those with acne-prone skin. Washing in the morning refreshes your face and cleanses away bacteria that may have grown in the night, while washing at night is important for removing sweat, dirt and makeup from your skin.

So, now that we know washing face is beauty must to do, do we use herbs for face or soaps or face washes.

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There are lot of herbs that can be used to wash your face like, lavender, neem, calendula. The easiest way to use herbs on your facial skin is with an herbal steam.

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Soaps is a no go. but, have you ever wondered why washing our face with soap is bad?  When the pH scale shows 7, it is neutral. Anything below that is acidic and above it is alkaline. Our skin’s pH balance is generally between 4 and 6.5, even when the skin is very oily. Soap is extremely alkaline, can disrupt your skin’s normal pH balance.

And, whether you have normal, breakout-prone, dry, oily, or sensitive skin, there’s a definitely a face wash  out there for you today.

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For an oily face look for face washes with salicylic acid and if you have dry skin look for moisturizing ingredients like aloe, glycerine, and Vitamin E. If you have a sensitive skin, then look for face washes that are alcohol-free and fragrance-free.

Natural and herbal face washes will leave your skin clean, fresh and nourished. Here are some home herbal remedies that are suitable for different skin types:

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Milk: Is good for all skin types. Use raw(not boiled) milk.

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Gram flour and Turmeric : For oily skin. Using milk to make a paste will help to nourish the skin.

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Honey and Yogurt: For dry skin.

Rosewater: Good for all skin types, best used at night before going to bed.

These home remedies with Ayurvedic massage are  sure to leave your face well-nourished and radiating.

Here are some natural face washes you can find:

sandalwood

Sandal wood extract present in this face wash fills the pores and results in instant fairness.

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This face wash is gentle and oil free and thoroughly removes impurities and treats the skin leaving it soft and clean.

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Nirogam Ivy Honey Face Wash – 100 ml

This face wash with Honey, Haldi, Aritha, Daruhaldi as key ingredients  are ideal for keeping harmful effects of Pollution away.

 


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Gluten Free : Recipes and Products

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If you have been thinking that no gluten means no bread, no pasta, and no pizza. It is true,  most of these products in regular grocery stores contain gluten, but we are starting to see plenty of gluten-free options too.

So, what is gluten-free?  A glutenfree diet is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye, and all their species and hybrids.

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There is also an abundance of grains that just happen to be gluten free including rice, corn, millet, sorghum, wild rice, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth. All the gluten-free whole grains—they are delicious, nutritious and easy to cook.

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Gluten free diet is suitable for those who suffer from wheat allergy, celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is a lifelong, serious autoimmune disease caused by the immune system reacting to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment for the condition is a strict gluten free diet for life.

Here are some tips for everyday eating.

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Read food labels when you shop: If a cereal containing gluten has been used as an ingredient in the product, it will be listed in the ingredients list.

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Some foods are naturally gluten-free: Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheese and eggs are naturally gluten-free.

Gluten-free meals can be delicious and healthy too: Finding the right gluten-free substitute can be a matter of personal taste too, experiment in the kitchen and you are sure to find a substitute to your taste.

Cut the gluten, keep the flavor. Here are some gluten free recipes including a gluten free dessert recipe:

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Ruchira Hoon

Ingredients

180 gm dark cooking chocolate
100 gm butter
3/4 cup sugar
Salt, a pinch
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp ground almond
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the chocolate ganache:

100 gms chopped chocolate
100 gms cream

Method:

  • Line the bottom of a 7-inch cake tin with parchment paper.
  • Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
  • Add sugar, salt and almonds and reduce heat to low. Now add cocoa powder and stir.
  • Remove pan from heat. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Give the mixture a good whisk until it looks smooth and glossy and pour vanilla essence in the end.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. In a heated cooker pour sand to about 1/4 th the depth and cover with foil. Place the cake pan in the cooker and cover the lid for about 30 minutes.
  • In case you want to bake this cake in an oven. Bake it for 25 minutes at 180 degrees C.
  • The center of the cake should be just firm to the touch. Leave the cake to cool down completely (About 2 hours).
  • Glaze with chocolate ganache.

For the chocolate ganache:

Boil the cream. Pour it over the chopped chocolate and mix it till the chocolate melts completely. Your ganache is ready!

Bombay chicken

Bombay Chicken with Coconut Rice

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons ginger root minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Garnish:

  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Method: Cut the chicken breasts into 2-inch pieces and keep aside. Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan and put the chicken pieces in it, cook till they are slightly brown, remove from pan. Now, cook the onions for 3 minutes, add the garlic and fry for another 1 minute and return the chicken to the pan, add the broth, salt, chili powder, cayenne, ginger, curry powder, chopped tomatoes and wine and mix all the ingredients with a spatula. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on low flame or till the chicken pieces are tender. Mix milk and cornstarch in a cup and add it to the chicken, mix well, bring it to boil and allow the sauce to thicken. Serve with rice and sprinkle chopped onion and shredded coconut on top.

Here are some foods and grains that are gluten-free:

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Quinoa is considered to be the best in grains family as it has the highest nutrient content of all. It is the best source of proteins and vitamins. Quinoa is known for its high magnesium content which helps in bone formation.

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Amaranth provides a high quality protein, with a nearly perfect balance of essential amino acids, including abundant lysine and methionine, which is not found in most grains.

kodo millet

 

Kodo millet has around 11% protein, and the nutritional value of the protein has been found to be slightly better than that of foxtail millet but comparable to that of other small millets.

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Couscous consists of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a popular alternative to rice and pasta.


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Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Hand made soaps are usually made in small batches using traditional methods and plant-based ingredients.  Hand made soaps are high in glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process.

Why should you buy a natural handmade soap:

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Handcrafted soap is made with natural, wholesome ingredients that cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils. Commercially-made bars are made with chemical additives, or synthetic detergents.

Commercially-made bars are made with synthetic detergents, they cannot even legally use the term “soap.” Instead, they may be called “beauty bars,” “cleaning bars,” “cream bars,” or something similar. Handcrafted soap is made with real and wholesome ingredients.

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Glycerin is a humectant; it attracts moisture and softens your skin. Glycerin is not merely added to handcrafted soap. Rather, it is naturally created in the process of mixing water, oils, and butters. In handcrafted soap, the glycerin is left in place.The absence of glycerin is another reason that commercial bars dry out the skin.

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To know more about natural handmade soaps, you would need to how the soaps are made. There are basically three ways to make a soap:

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One common way is called “melt and pour” soap. There are even melt and pour kits you can buy to make cute soap shapes with your kids. These are generally glycerine based transparent soaps.

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The other two methods are “hot process” and “cold process.” The hot process method utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. Undoubtedly the best method for producing the highest quality soaps is the cold process method.

A combination of oils or fats and lye goes in the making of cold process soap bars. Lye is not as scary as it sounds as all the caustic qualities of the lye are removed during the saponification process. When the lye interacts with the oils or fats, it creates glycerine. How hard or soft the soap bar ends up being, and how well it lathers depends on the type of oils and fats that are being used.

Botanical sounding name does not necessarily mean that the product came from a plant either. Cranberry, watermelon, peach, pear, apple, strawberry, fig, pomegranate, coconut are synthetic scents made in a laboratory. Many soaps supposedly containing vanilla, jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, and sandalwood are also made with synthetic scents because the real essential oils, absolutes, or concretes are very expensive or even endangered.

If an oil doesn’t have a latin botanical name, then it’s not a true essential oil and it has no aromatherapeutic benefits. If it dries your skin out or makes it feel tight or itchy, it may not be real, this is a real soap test.  Because a well made, glycerin rich, handcrafted natural soap will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished.
Remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with.  Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain.

Here is how you can take care of natural handmade soap:

  • Don’t let your soap drown in water.
  • Make sure your soap gets plenty of fresh air between uses.
  • Store your soap on a well drained soap dish.
  • Store unused soap in a dark cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen close

Here are some natural handmade soaps you can find:

This soaps gives deep cleansing, conditioning, nourishment to your skin, remove dead skin cells and also gives. Revitalise and soften skin. For all skin types.

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A glycerin soap with the refreshing fragrance of jasmine and peach.

Aromatherapy-Massage

Spiced with versatile lavender oil, this bar is blended with shea butter and oils of coconut, olive, almond and patchouli making it intensely nourishing. Activated charcoal and green clay help detoxify the skin.