Sunday, September 11, 2016

Vermont Soap Product Picks for Eco-Friendly, Environmentally Conscious Living

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I have noted such a surge in your interest in organic products, therefore I have recently sought out more natural and organic products to feature for you. Vermont Soaps has been on my radar for a while, but I only just recently tried the line, and I am so glad that I did. I make every effort to eliminate as many harmful chemicals from my life as possible, and while I haven't given up all of my  chemical-laden skincare and makeup products, I have made a concerted effort to green up my life considerably.

About Vermont Soap,

Larry Plesent started the socially responsible company in Middlebury, Vermont in 1992 after experiencing severe skin problems from detergents used by his window washing company. He began researching healthy alternatives for himself and the many people like him that are sensitive to detergents and other synthetic ingredients commonly used in personal care product formulations. 

Most products made by Vermont Soap are certified to USDA organic standards by Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the certification program of NOFA-VT. All Vermont Soap products are GMO, Gluten Free and Vegan; and are formulated for people with sensitive skin. 
Vermont Soap Lemongrass Zen Organic Deodorant ($9.98 for 3.25 oz. from Vermont Soap): As I have said numerous times in these virtual pages, I began using healthy deodorants when I was a teenager. I always had a fear of using so many chemical compounds in such a sensitive area, and notwithstanding a few occasions in my adult life, I have exclusively used healthier deodorants. Not all are created equal, and some seem to promote, rather than eradicate odor, but Vermont Soap Lemongrass Zen Deodorant is both effective and gentle on sensitive skin. If you love the scent of Lemongrass, then you will be enchanted by this deodorant. I find that it gives me fantastic odor control without irritating my sensitive underarm skin.

According to Vermont Soap,

Lemongrass Zen Organic Deodorant is safe, nontoxic and made from 100% organic ingredients for people with sensitive skin and for reactive bodies of all skin types. 

Lemongrass Zen Organic Deodorant Stick is made from 100% organic coconut oil, cornstarch, essential oils and beeswax. Never any propylene glycol, triclosan or alcohol; this is product for people who care about their health and the health of our world. 

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cornstarch, Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil Blend, Organic Rosemary Extract.
Vermont Soap Produce Magic ($4.98 for 2 oz. from Vermont Soap): While I buy organic fruits and vegetables that aren't sprayed with pesticides, it's still a great idea to do more than just rinse them with water. If you don't buy organic, then pesticides, fertilizers and waxes really should be removed before you eat your produce, and an effective produce wash is a great line of defense against digesting such undesirable toxins.

According to Vermont Soap,

Vermont Soap's Fruit & Veggie Wash can be used a number of ways. Pour into a spray bottle for a convenient spray and rinse. Apply directly to foods and rinse. Apply to a brush - scrub and rinse. Add to a container of water for root crops and larger volumes. Add just enough Produce Magic to the water to work up a hint of foam. Don't worry about using too much, actual percentage required will vary with the temperature and hardness of your water.  

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Oils of Coconut, Olive and Jojoba, Natural Essential Oil Blend, Natural Rosemary Extract, Organic Aloe Vera
Vermont Soap Castile Liquid Soap with Aloe & Olive Oil in Lemongrass Zen ($6.96 for 8 oz. from Vermont Soap): Castile soap is such a wonderful multi-purpose cleanser that can be used to clean your house, your dishes, your laundry, your vehicles and yourself! Lemongrass Zen is utterly delectable and leaves everything smelling fresh and clean.

According to Vermont Soap,

Aloe Castile Liquid Soap is a safe, nontoxic, green, multi-purpose, multi-surface concentrate that is made with organic plant oils for your safety and for the safety of our planet.

Castile Liquid Soap is a natural detergent alternative made from organic oils. Cleans all water safe surfaces; including you! Available in various sizes and scents.

Cleans ALL water-safe surfaces. Use different dilutions for different solutions.

Lemongrass Zen Ingredients: Saponified Organic Coconut, Olive and Jojoba Oils, Natural Lemongrass Essential Oil Blend, Rosemary Extract, Organic Aloe Vera

Vermont Soap Castile Liquid Soap with Aloe & Olive Oil in Country Lavender ($6.96 for 8 oz. from Vermont Soap): This has such a beautiful lavender aroma that lingers in the air, makes your house smell like Province, and it leaves you with a sense of wellbeing.

Country Lavender Ingredients: Saponified Organic Coconut, Olive and Jojoba Oils, Lavender Essential Oil Blend with Organic Lavender Oil, Rosemary Extract, Organic Aloe Vera.


HANDS and BODY: Use full strength or dilute up to 50%.

DISHES: Saturate applicator with full strength castile soap and scrub. Add more as needed. Always soak tough stuff in soap and hot water first to loosen debris. Use some castile soap in your wash water, but utilize a soapy sponge or scrubber to do the bulk of the cleaning.

FLOORS: Add 3oz (6 tbsps) of Aloe Castile Liquid Soap to mop water. Clean as usual, and allow to dry.

WALLS & WOODWORK: Dilute 1/4 cup per 1 gallon of hot water. Clean, rinse and let dry.

LAUNDRY: Use about 1/3 cup per load – a little more for hard water. Castile Liquid Soap may be neutralized by detergent residues in the machine so use enough to get the barest start of foam on top. You may have to use a little extra the first time. Best to mix into warm water before adding the clothes. Great for hand-washing most silks and fine fabrics, wool and suede (may darken). Bleach compatible.

STAIN REMOVAL: Safe and effective. Wet surface and apply full strength. Work into the material from several directions and let sit a moment. Blot stain with cloth or towel and rinse.

CARPETS: Replaces detergent concentrates. Works well in all carpet cleaning machines and on stains.

GENERAL CLEANING: Fill a clean spray bottle with warm water, add 5% of concentrate, then spray & wipe. Great for ALL watersafe surfaces. Help eliminate new plastic smell. Safe and nontoxic for humans, plants & pets.

BATHROOMS: Use full strength on sponge and rinse. For all porcelain and tile surfaces.

VEHICLES: Saturate sponge with Aloe Castile Liquid Soap. Work over vehicle in sections, wetting first, scrubbing and then rinsing. Always wash vehicles out of direct sunlight.

Warning: Will slightly darken most porous materials. Test on a small inconspicuous area prior to use.
Vermont Soap Oatmeal Lavender Bar Soap ($6.98 for 3.25 oz. from Vermont Soap): This gentle face and body bar has a lovely lavender scent that has a lovely twist of citrus. It leaves the skin soft, supple and hydrated. The creamy lather is non-stripping, and perfectly suited for shaving legs and underarms.

According to Vermont Soap,

This is Vermont Soap's signature lavender blend (not your Great Grandmother's lavender). This is a clean light lavender blend with hints of citrus and echoes of deep woods. It reverberates in the heart and is both calming and cheering.

All of their products are free of artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives or any synthetics. They use Rosemary Extract as a natural preservative.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Oils of Palm, Coconut, Olive and Palm Kernel, Natural Lavender Essential Oil Blend with Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Oatmeal, Rosemary Extract

Vermont Soap Sweet Orange Bar Soap ($6.98 for 3.25 oz. from Vermont Soap): Like the Oatmeal Lavender Bar Soap, the Sweet Orange also leaves the skin soft, supple and hydrated. The creamy lather is non-stripping, and perfectly suited for shaving legs and underarms. The aroma is a sunny, sweet orange that invigorates and refreshes the skin and the senses.

According to Vermont Soap,

If you could capture sunlight and happiness in a scent this just might be it. Light as a Spring morning with a full bouquet that will put a smile on your nose.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Oils of Palm, Coconut, Olive and Palm Kernel, Natural Citrus Essential Oil Blend with Organic Orange Oil, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Rosemary Extract.
Overall Assessment: I am very impressed by the quality of Vermont Soap products to the extent that I definitely want to further explore the line. It makes me feel very good using healthy, eco-friendly products that are good for my household, my body, and that aren't harmful to the environment. If you are looking to green up your life a little, or a lot– I recommend taking a closer look at Vermont Soap's wonderful products.

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