Entertaining Out of Town Guests

It’s midway through August and if you are like many people in Florida, you may be having company. Visitors from the midwest and the New England states seem to like to come just before their kids have to go back to school so the two weeks just before Labor Day are often filled with visitors. If you live North of the Mason Dixon Line, you may be one of them.

For many visitors to Florida, the two biggest draws are:

  • Disneyworld
  • The Beach

sunnyIn both cases, but especially with the beach, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun. That’s not the healthiest thing for your skin but it sure is fun! What do you need to really have fun in the sun AND take care of yourself?

First, invest in a good-paraben free broad spectrum sunscreen. Choose one that will be kind to your body. Avoid products that contain a lot of chemicals you can’t pronounce. The simpler and purer the ingredient, the safer the product is. Beach Organics sunscreen contains no parabens but it does contain soothing jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil and zinc oxide and titanium oxide to block the harmful rays of the sun. It comes in SPF 15 and SPF 30 and you can read more about it here.

What else do you need? After Sun Lotion. Even with a good sunblock your skin is exposed at the beach and is washed by salt water, experiences evaporation, and the drying effects of wind and sand. Pamper that skin after you get home with After Sun Lotion with Aloe featuring beeswax, cocoa butter, mango butter, aloe and botanical oils. You will hear your skin say, “Ahhhhh!”

And don’t forget to take along our Beachgoer Sand Away™. Just a handful sprinkled on your legs or feet makes sand release and let go so your shoes don’t chafe and your car doesn’t get filled with sand!

Is Everything Getting Greener?

Labels today seem to imply that everyone is getting healthier and greener. “No transfats!” “No Animal Testing!” “No Gluten!” It’s hard to tell what is health and what is hype. It doesn’t help that some products never had transfats or gluten or high-fructose corn syrup in them to begin with. Additionally, some labels have gotten very tricky.

I read a label earlier this week that illustrates that perfectly. The ingredient was apple juice and the label said, “Water, apples, high fructose grape juice, sugar, liquid fructose” Now those last three ingredients were three different ways of saying “sugars.” So if we relisted the ingredients it would read, based on volume, “Water, (many sugars), apples.” The label also announced proudly, “Not from concentrate!” The implication, we guess, is that it was just pure fresh apple juice but, really, it was anything but pure and fresh apple juice.

Why do manufacturer’s do that? Partly because they know consumers want healthier foods. They know consumers are reading the labels and thinking about what they eat and drink. The manufacturer wants you to choose their product so they make it seem like the one you would want by announcing what is NOT in it.

Don’t be fooled. Buy wholesome, real food products from your produce department. Choose organic wherever possible. Choose vegan choices and look for organic and vegan certifications so you know the products are the real thing. Cook your own food rather than relying on processed and prepared meals. If you buy something canned or bottled, look for the smallest and shortest list of ingredients.

And buy from manufacturers you know and trust – like Beach Organics! We will always have the best organic ingredients the same as we did the last time you bought our product! No new labeling with lots of exclamation marks. Just a good quality product with a short and simple list of ingredients that you know you can count on!

Time to Condition Your Hair

Did you know that the most important times to condition your hair were in the dead of winter and the hottest part of summer. Part of that is for the same reason, heat. Heat causes moisture to evaporate out of your hair leaving it drier and more susceptible to breakage and split ends. It can even get dull and lose body and shine.

In the Winter this heat comes from the heating systems used in homes and businesses. Heat is usually distributed through air currents traveling through ducts and vents. This air moves the air around a building keeping it fairly uniformly heated. But as that air travels through your hair it promotes evaporation and dries your hair shafts. This is a little like when you use a blow dryer on your hair but milder.

In the Summer, direct heat from the rays of the sun heat your hair, scalp and whole head which causes evaporation and drying. If you’ve been in the water, your hair dries out quickly but that also removes suppleness and flexibility from your hair.

So if you are going to skip conditioning your hair because you feel as if your hair is healthy enough, now is not the time to do it.

Beach Organics offers the ideal natural and herbal conditioners to pamper and nourish your hair with silk fibers and aloe vera, restoring shine and bounce to your tresses. This pure cream rinse is carefully formulated using NO parabens, chemical preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances. Additionally, our conditioner is never tested on animals. We don’t believe in animal testing so none of our products are ever tested on animals. You can buy our conditioner in delightfully, natural fragrances to match our line of shampoos. You’ll love your options. Here’s a great choice:

Coastal Breeze™ conditioner uses Lemongrass, Bergamot, Geranium and Clary Sage to make your hair smell wonderful, and penetrating Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Kosher Vegetable Glycerin to make sure your hair looks and feels healthy and shiny every day!


Mosquito Warnings

Maybe you’ve heard about a concerted initiative to get mosquitoes under control in Florida and other states. Several strains of virus are associated with mosquito bites and people are right to be concerned. But what is someone to do if they do not want toyxic sprays loaded with chemical pesticides everywhere?

First, make sure there are no mosquito breeding grounds happening around your house. If there is a birdbath or other container that catches water, empty it daily. If there is a rain bucket, make sure it is screened to keep mosquito larvae from hatching in it. If you have plants in pots with a dish underneath make sure to remove the dish or water carefully so that standing water is not an issue. This way your own personal environment is not breeding the very pests you are trying to avoid.

Next, consider an insect repellant instead of an insecticide. The way this works is that the insect repellant is created out of essential oils that appeal to people but bugs don’t like them. So instead of mosquitoes biting you, they fly away. We all know someone who seems to be a mosquito magnet but other people that are not bothered by them. If the two people stand side by side, mosquitoes would all head towards one and not the other. A lot of that is based on scent. So by wearing something mosquitoes do not like to smell, they will avoid you.

Our all natural Bug Off Insect Repellent does just that. Mosquitoes don’t land because they don’t like the smells and yet the ingredients are purified water and organic essential oils that are pure and non-toxic so you can use them daily without worrying. You become the person who looks and smells just great but mosquitoes stay away! What could be a better solution than that? And because there are no chemical pesticides in our mosquito spray, you can use it on children to keep them safe! Enjoy the summer and don’t scratch a single bite!


Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat

Beach Organics Skin Care is made in NE Florida on the Space Coast so we know what the summer sun can do to the way you feel. You start out in the morning, fresh as a daisy, and then you find yourself dragging as the day wears on and gets hotter and more humid. It’s hard to stay in a good mood when you feel like a vegetable on a steam table. But there are some ways to beat the heat beside staying inside in the air conditioning and refusing to leave the building!

First, change your shower time. If you are used to taking a shower just before bedtime or first thing upon waking you may find that one simple change makes all the difference. Shower when you first get home. People who work in hot jobs automatically do this, they get in from a day of landscaping or other work in a hot environment and they step into a shower before they do anything else. You don’t have to spend the day swinging a weed-whacker for that system to work for you. It immediately perks you up and refreshes you so that you don’t drag yourself into the evening. You feel lighter, your mood is better, and you immediately have more energy.

Another tip is after bath, or shower, powder to keep yourself feeling dry and cool. Our organic body powder is the perfect finish to your shower on a hot day. It is 100% talc-free, made with organic and vegan corn starch and fine white clay. These gentle ingredients are more absorbent than talc and do not have the potential health issues associated with commercial talc. Our organic body powder is suitable for all skin types and comes in our exclusive fragrances to make your body powder a mini aromatherapy experience. Try the Beachcomber™, First Light™, Voyager™, Coastal Breeze™, or Atlantis™ fragrances and discover just how delicious keeping cool can be!

Ready to try our bath powders? Click here to learn more and to buy this great talc-free  powder!

Talc-free organic body powder


Blue Haired Ladies, Why Does That Happen?

They are almost a cliche, the old woman with white hair that has a blue rinse on it. That’s often done at great cost by her hair dresser but you always wonder, “Why?” The answer is simple – to cover yellowing. But have you wondered why hair yellows to begin with? The root of the problem is not that hard to find and there are several.

First, smoking. Women who smoke heavily often carry stains in hair, on teeth, on fingernails. When the hair is young and healthy, the yellow is masked by the color of the hair, but as it fades to white the yellow look of old parchment is revealed.

Second, unwanted ingredients in hair products. When you wash your hair with a typical commercial shampoo product it usually contains sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate. This is a foaming and degreasing agent used at car washes and found in industrial cleaning products that strips hair of oil. It is an irritant and is implicated in health issues. What else is it? It is an ester of sulphuric acid and sulphur is yellow. That’s right, when you use a shampoo containing SLS on your hair it contains an ester of sulphuric acid. Does that sound great? No, we don’t think so either.

Last, the amount of chlorine and / or chloramine in your local water can damage expensive hair color jobs giving platinum blonde hair a nice greenish highlight.

How can a woman avoid all of this? It is important to get serious about health and the purity of the elements your body is absorbing. Make sure your water is as pure as you are able to get it. Make sure your shampoo is created from good organic, vegan ingredients and does not contain parabens or any form of sodium lauryl sulfate. We love your hair whatever color it may be but blue is probably not what nature intended. Love your hair from the outside in! Try Beach Organics SLS-free shampoo today.

Summertime, Fun Time, Time to Smile

Yesterday was the official First Day of Summer, June 21st. Of course, Beach Organics Skin Care is manufactured in Cocoa Beach, Florida where it is officially summer 10 months out of the year. But there is something about the longest, sunniest day of the year that brings out the surfer, picnicker, sailor, kite-flyer, and beachcomber in all of us. It’s impossible to miss because of the smiles on everyone’s faces. Sun = better moods, happier times, less arguments, more weddings, less divorces. Of course, sun is also not so great for our skin.

You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again, choose peak sun hours to stay indoors. The closer it is to noon, the more you should be inside. Tanning is not a good health choice, so embrace your paler self and play up makeup that complements pale skin and clothing choices that are colorful and happy. Wear a hat. Not just any hat, a hat with flair! Something with a wide brim (but breathable straw so your scalp doesn’t perspire) and a scarf or a big fabric flower! Throw a white cotton beach shirt over your upper arms and a loose peasant skirt over your sandal-shod feet. You are still cool and comfy, fashionable and dressed for summer, but you aren’t exposing much skin.

We wouldn’t be a skin care company if we did not have some products that are just made for summer:

  • Our wonderful sand removing powder to keep the beach sand out of your car and out from between your toes! Beachgoer Sand Away™!
  • Our SPF 15 and SPF 30 Paraben Free All Natural Sunscreen you can wear it all over with confidence knowing there are no chemical additives just good, natural, safe ingredients to protect your skin.
  • Our special After Sun lotion with Aloe. A perfect blend of Jojoba Oil, Mango Butter, Aloe Vera and other nourishing organic ingredients to bring hydration and support to your skin after a day outdoors.

Have a happy and splendid summer no matter how many months long it is! And remember to love your body from the outside in with Beach Organics products.


It’s a Breeze!

Don’t you love a good skin lotion? You take a brisk shower after a long day and then you smooth on some lotion and your skin feels so buttery and soft your senses are enchanted. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling. That’s why we made our signature line of Organic Body Lotions. We understand that feeling, and we want to contribute to your sense of being pampered and cared for!

So we created the body lotions and were true to our mission of only using certified organic ingredients – all pure and natural from start to finish. That’s very important in a body lotion because you typically apply it after a bath or shower when the pores of your skin are open. Then the lotion penetrates and sinks into the skin cells making them plumper and smoothing out dryness and wrinkles. When that happens, the ingredients of the body lotion are absorbed directly into the skin. Many lotions contain toxins like parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, fragrances or preservatives or just fillers and chemical extenders. Some of those have been implicated in women’s health issues. So the last thing we would want is anything like that sinking into your skin.

You would not trust us if we treated you like that, and we would not be maintaining true to our vision! So when you look at a luscious lotion like our Beach Organics Coastal Breeze™ Body Lotion, you are getting the purest ingredients possible. No animal products, no chemicals, just soothing aloe, lavender, chamomile, and coconut oil, plus Vitamins C and E. And it smells wonderful! Lemongrass, bergamot, geranium and clary sage lend Coastal Breeze Body Lotion a light, fresh, breezy scent that any woman will love. It’s the perfect end to your bath or shower, and the perfect lotion to trust on your skin. You’ll feel delicious all over!

If you’re ready to try Beach Organics Coastal Breeze Body Lotion click here!


Salt Therapy for Smooth Beauty

Do you ever give yourself a spa day just for fun? If you work, have children, or other stressors in your life it can be hard to carve out the time for yourself. Sometimes, it is even hard to get the privacy or to think of your own needs after a long day of taking care of everyone else. But we can assure you that it is well worth your time if you do.

If you have not tried the therapeutic benefits of salt for your skin, now is the time. Our salts are made from 100% pure Dead Sea Salts mixed with other salts and our amazing essential oil blends. Take our Beachcomber™ Dead Sea Bath Salts. When you climb into a warm bath, get a little in the palm of your hand, and then gently rub down the length of your leg, you will be amazed at how wonderful your skin feels. The naturally exfoliating function of the coarse salt takes away all the rough skin cells and then smooths and soothes the skin so that it feels like silk. The special Beachcomber™ blend of lemongrass and vetiver make you smell luscious and the overall effect is one of pampering and luxury.

Don’t forget that all Beach Organics products are pure and natural so there are no fillers, preservatives, or other chemicals to be concerned about. Just nature’s true coarse salt and organic herbal essential oils without anything added that could harm you. Are you ready to try the Beachcomber Dead Sea Bath Salts? We think you will be thrilled with them. Order alone or with any of our Beachcomber brand products for your hair or bath. You’ll be glad you did – naturally! Click here to get more product information and to place an order online!



Fresh, Fresh Shampoo!

People seem to be divided into two groups. Those who wash their hair at night before going to bed, and those that wash it in the shower in the morning. A lot depends on whether they are a morning person or a go-to-bed-at-midnight type. If you are a morning person you probably love the fresh feeling of a shower rinsing away the night’s sleepiness and leaving you alert and sparkling for the rest of the day.

There’s a shampoo in the Beach Organics line that I think is just right for the morning person. It’s the Beach Organics Voyager Shampoo and it is lightly scented with oils of citrus and mint which give it that bright, fresh scent for first thing in the morning. Lathering and working it through your hair you can almost feel the nourishing power of coconut oil, green tea, Vitamin E and aloe enrich your hair from the scalp to the very tip of each strand. And this wonderful shampoo contains no parabens and no SLS to strip your hair of natural oils. Just good cleansing ingredients that are certified organic, cruelty free, gluten free and good for the environment and your hair.

You can use Beach Organics Voyager Shampoo with a good conscience because the ingredients running down your drain are pure and natural. You can also use it with a big smile on your face because, in addition to feeling and smelling wonderful, your hair will be glossy and easy to manage. This luscious shampoo has everything you ever wanted in a hair product and nothing that’s bad for you! It’s mild enough to use on children and people with sensitive scalps. You get the best of these first-class ingredients:

  • Aloe-Leaf
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Tocopheral (Vitamin E)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Green Tea

And your hair will appreciate it! Give it a try today, you’ll be glad you did!