I know – we are late with this month’s newsletter. We’ve been very busy making soaps and creams and lotions for the upcoming holiday season. Can you believe it, the holidays are just around the corner? Reminder: Large orders for the holidays must be in a month prior to ship date for the order to arrive on time.
For now, we are thinking about the harvest time. We love getting fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers markets. We add fruits and vegetables to our products. They are considered additives and we just love those additives - they make our products unique. For example, to obtain the real skincare benefit from the cucumber, you must add the cucumber. Sounds basic enough but many folks will buy a cucumber “SCENTED” soap or lotion without checking the label to see if it contains cucumber. That includes other herbs, fruits and vegetables as well.
We prefer using organic or wild-harvested herbs, fruits and vegetables in our products. In cases when only the outer portion (skin portion) of a fruit or vegetable is used it’s best if it is organically grown and free of pesticides.
Organic and wild-harvested (or wild-crafted) are cultivation terms and should be used to define herbs, plants, fruits and vegetables. Certified Organic is a labeling term (often misused) that indicates the agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices. Certification is quite an involved (and expensive) process.
The validity of the organic certification of cosmetics is debatable. To have your cosmetic product “certified” organic it must contain at least 95% proven certified organic ingredients which would include certified organic plant-based oils but would exclude several very wonderful “wild-harvested” herbal-infused oils. Also, water is not typically “certified” organic. And, there have been some concerns as to the ingredients which are allowed in the remaining 5%.
Large companies can afford to pay for the certification; most small-business soapmakers and lotion-makers cannot. For now, we prefer to state our products are made BY US using natural, organic and wild-harvested ingredients.
Because you asked…….
We are making our 4-pack of guest-size soaps again this year in time for gift giving. They will be available on our website or at the Farmers Market in November.
What’s new at River Rock Bath and Body Products……
We are developing a new solid stick soother for sore muscles. One of our customers had the idea and shared her favorite sore muscle soothing ingredients with us. We will keep you updated!
Look for a new soap this season. It is Citrus Patchouli with Oatmeal and Shea Butter. A great new addition!
Celtic Moon Collection
What is the Celtic Moon Collection? We’ve included several of our more popular products in a unique collection called Celtic Moon. During season, a percentage of the profits from this “collection” will be divided between the Treasure Coast Food Bank and Autism Speaks.
Hand & Body Creams Itch-Y-Dayz Soothing Lotion Ache-Y-Dayz and BUG OFF Whipped Body Butters Whipped Body Mousse Solid Stick Lotions and Soothers
Treasure Coast Food Bank
For more information on programs, making a donation and how to get involved, go to www.StopHunger.org
Or TEXT: FEEDTC to 20222 to donate $10. For every ten dollars donated they can share 80 meals.
Coping with an autistic child is a daunting task but there is help available. Autism Speaks does so much to provide parents with much needed information as well as resources. They also help to educate folks about autism. There are millions of autistic children who need to be “heard”. Autism Speaks is their voice.
Support Your Local Farmers Market
If you are in town visit us at our booth at the Downtown Ft Pierce Farmers Market in Ft Pierce, Florida. The market is open every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM until Noon.