Glass over Plastic

One of the many things that drew us into the apothecary business was packaging. I’m not talking about pretty or fancy packaging, I’m referring to how the product is stored. How a product is stored determines if the integrity of natural ingredients is preserved. I have been weary of plastics for years, mainly for how the leaching chemicals which plastic is made of would affect my food, drinks and skincare. Why spend time and energy looking for the best products when they are stored in something we are told to avoid and why worry about other chemicals eventually escaping into your product. Glass storage containers are not only more earth friendly, it is the best way to store skincare. Being in the beauty industry we have noticed that that glass bottles, jars and vials are better in protecting the ingredients of natural skincare products. We have noticed a increase amount of companies switching from plastic to glass containers not only for aesthetic reasons but health reasons as well.   After months of research while trying to grow our brand I found a wealth of information to help make our decisions. Glass is good as it increases the shelf life, prevents light degradation and energizes organic and botanical ingredients. In addition, glass containers ensure no biochemical integration. Meaning you do not need to worry about chemicals from the container getting into the product your going to use on your body! If you take time to notice many of the natural and organic skin care products are indeed sold in glass bottles, jars and vials.  Theis Raiford products do not contain synthetic preservatives, we rely on packaging to help with natural preservation.   Our product line is especially suitable for glass containers because they contain real essential oils. Essential oils are particularly volatile and by containing them in glass, they won’t pick up any plastic residues. Clear glasses are not ideal as light can easily penetrate through and degrade the quality of all natural ingredients that is why all of our Theis Raiford products that come in jars, vials or bottles are stored in amber glass.   When you are in the market for your skincare and are paying a pretty penny for organic products that contain essential oils think twice before buying them if they are not in glass!

One of the many things that drew us into the apothecary business was packaging. I’m not talking about pretty or fancy packaging, I’m referring to how the product is stored. How a product is stored determines if the integrity of natural ingredients is preserved. I have been weary of plastics for years, mainly for how the leaching chemicals which plastic is made of would affect my food, drinks and skincare. Why spend time and energy looking for the best products when they are stored in something we are told to avoid and why worry about other chemicals eventually escaping into your product. Glass storage containers are not only more earth friendly, it is the best way to store skincare.

Being in the beauty industry we have noticed that that glass bottles, jars and vials are better in protecting the ingredients of natural skincare products. We have noticed a increase amount of companies switching from plastic to glass containers not only for aesthetic reasons but health reasons as well.   After months of research while trying to grow our brand I found a wealth of information to help make our decisions. Glass is good as it increases the shelf life, prevents light degradation and energizes organic and botanical ingredients. In addition, glass containers ensure no biochemical integration. Meaning you do not need to worry about chemicals from the container getting into the product your going to use on your body!

If you take time to notice many of the natural and organic skin care products are indeed sold in glass bottles, jars and vials.  Theis Raiford products do not contain synthetic preservatives, we rely on packaging to help with natural preservation.

 

Our product line is especially suitable for glass containers because they contain real essential oils. Essential oils are particularly volatile and by containing them in glass, they won’t pick up any plastic residues. Clear glasses are not ideal as light can easily penetrate through and degrade the quality of all natural ingredients that is why all of our Theis Raiford products that come in jars, vials or bottles are stored in amber glass.

 

When you are in the market for your skincare and are paying a pretty penny for organic products that contain essential oils think twice before buying them if they are not in glass!

Kit and Ace Pop-Up

Thank you to everyone who made it to our Pop-Up at Kit and Ace here in Austin. It was great meeting new people and seeing familiar faces from past pop-up shops. We will have a few new products coming for the end of summer! Check back soon for updates. 

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Just say NO to Parabens

Every wonder why more and more people have rosacea and dermatitis? Studies show that people that use products that contain parabens can develop many types of skin annoying conditions.   Did you know that there is supporting evidence to indicate that there is a link between parabens and breast cancer?

Parabens are used in conventionally produced health and beauty products as a preservative to extend the shelf life of products. Parabens, however, are synthetic and mimic your body's natural hormones. Many people worry that this can alter the functions of your body's endocrine system. Artificial ingredients like parabens may help a product do one thing well, but there could be possible side effects that are still being uncovered. Natural health and beauty products use natural preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract or essential oil of rosemary, that won't affect your body. Very few people have allergic reactions to all natural skincare products and over time see better and more consistent results.  Plus it is way more eco-friendly using plant based products! 

Acid is for a Car Battery..…Not Our Bodies!

My years of extensive gardening and research of horticulture made me realize several years ago that plants only flourish when the soil is at the right pH level. You can have the best seeds, best soil, best fertilizer, and none of that matters if the pH is off. Just as the water my pet fish swim in must be at a certain pH for them to live. Life only exists where there’s balance, and our bodies are regulated by pH!  It got me thinking, is my body too acidic?

That question got me doing some research about our bodies and the necessary balance needed to be healthy and happy. I found that acid/alkaline imbalance causing disease is not a new concept. Doctors have been researching this for years.

In 1933, Dr. William Howard Hay from New York published A New Health Era in which he maintains that all disease is caused by “self-poisoning” due to acid accumulation in the body.

An overly acidic condition weakens the body and can become dangerous. Our body requires a slightly alkaline condition to function well. Blood, for example, needs to be 7.4 pH.  A shift in blood pH of just 0.2 could result in death.  Obviously, the body does not want to die so it is forced to borrow minerals (calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium) from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid.  A condition of high acidity may go undetected for years, causing the body to suffer prolonged damage.

I found studies showing 6 out of 10 American adults overweight and acidic, most people are not aware that many of the foods they regularly consume negatively affect their alkaline body balance. The human body is a natural alkaline environment but eating an overly acidic processed diet affects the body’s healthy pH balance making it susceptible for illness and disease.

The body has a normal pH level at 7.35 to 7.45 and when the acidity is high, it results to sickness and diseases. You will notice that people who have high acidity levels also have dry skin and develop colds and flu symptoms often. High acidity is caused by factors such as eating acidic foods like processed foods and meat, drinking soda, excessive amounts of alcohol, stressful environments and lack of oxygen.

Symptoms to look for is you are concerned your body might be too acidic:

 

1.    Digestive issues:

    Excess stomach acid

    Acid reflux

    Gastritis

    Ulcers

    Saliva acidic

2.    Unhealthy Skin, Nails and Hair:

    Nails are thin and break easily

    Dry skin

    Cracks at the corners of the lips

    Hair is dull with split ends, and falls out

    Hives

    Very pale face

3.    Teeth and Mouth Issues:

    Loose teeth

    Teeth sensitive to hot, cold, or acidic foods

    Teeth have a tendency to crack or chip

    Sensitive gums

    Mouth ulcers

    Infections in throat and tonsils

    Tooth nerve pain

4.    Eyes, Head and General Body:

    Headaches

    Low body temperature (feels cold)

    Tendency to get infections

    Leg cramps and spasms

    Eyes tear easily, conjunctivitis, inflammation of the eyelids and corneas

5.    Nerves and Emotions:

    Low energy; constant fatigue

    Being continually depressed with a loss of joy and enthusiasm

    Excessive nervousness

 

All of this can be pretty overwhelming, and you might not know where to even start. Changing your diet to be rich in organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains is a good start. Limiting red meats and eating more fish. Limiting stress levels in your life and off-setting it with exercise or meditation can also help. But one easy way to help is by taking long hot detoxing alkazing baths at least once a week.

Soaking in the Theis Raiford alkalizing bath soaks help to pull excess acid from your body, remove toxins and relive stress. The other added benefits include relieving sore muscles/arthritis and helping rejuvenate your spirt!   

We use all natural sea salt, ancient mineral rich salts mined in Utah and the Himalayas, sodium bicarbonate, and magnesium sulfate to give a well rounded approach to health and relaxation. The different blends contain pure and organic essential oils to further help your wellness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Harm...

When you purchase handmade soap from us, you can be certain that no humans were harmed, impoverished or subjected to sweat shop working conditions in the process. No communities or natural habitats were laid to waste by the run off from some large chemical factory and we don’t use lab animals to test our products. I think I speak for all handmade soap makers when I proclaim to you that we have the utmost respect for the earth and all of its creatures. Reverence to a kinder way of living is a big part of why we do what we do.

Handmade in small batches here in Austin Texas using organic, free trade oils and butter to make your feel good inside and out. 

Why we do what we do.

We have always liked to stand out, and in a good way. Why do we spend so much time and money buying the best perfumes, makeup, hair products and face creams and then use a chemical blob mass-produce in a factory all over our bodies? Some of us will spend $50, $75 or even more than a hundred dollars on an anti-aging face cream yet wash our faces and all of our skin with an icky chemical cocktails made of detergents and downright disturbing synthetic ingredients that dehydrate and age skin, cause allergic reactions and have been linked to various forms of cancer. 

 

We have spent countless hours trying to be different and think others will appreciate our creativity. We spent over a year experimenting with different oils to make our soap base and we believe that we have created winner. After mastering that we thought how would we like our soaps to treat our skin, how can they help while leaving us fresh and soft. Why not have a mint soap that contains 2 types of mint and organic green tea leaves to gently exfoliate your body?  Why not make a facial bar that you can believe in!  Harnessing the powers of Mother Nature to help clear up acne and blemishes, reverse signs of aging and balance out you skin? That’s why we created the Facial Bar that utilizes essential oils of thyme and tea tree for anti fungal and anti bacterial properties, carrot seed oil and ylang ylang for balancing your skin and it anti aging properties, and ground fennel seeds to gently exfoliate your skin and calm it at the same time.  If you feel that variety is the spice of life, then handmade soap won’t disappoint! No matter your skin type or personal preferences, we have a soap just what your skin and senses crave at bath time. skin just the way you like it!

Shower talk, what exactly are you putting on your skin?

Did you know that what most of America uses in the bath or shower to clean up is not even close to soap? It is a bar made of chemicals and oil refinery by-products. Next time you are at the store check out the box of "soap" that you normally buy to clean up with. You will notice that it doesn't say soap on it anywhere, it will be called a "beauty bar", "cleansing bar" or "moisturizing bar" that is because it legally can not be called soap. It is a bar full of chemicals that you can't pronounce, preservatives and dye. 

Cleansing bars are not soap, they are detergents. Detergents are good for washing dishes and clothes because they do an excellent job at removing grease. Therein, however, lies the problem and the reason why they should not be used for cleaning your hands: detergents not only remove the grease from food, oil, etc., they also remove the good oils that are contained in your body. This is why people use lotion after a shower. The lotion replenishes the oils that the detergent stripped away from the skin. One would not need that lotion if one had used real soap.

Real soap is the result of a chemical reaction between fatty acids and one or two bases. To make soap, you need oils and/or fats and lye. The byproduct of this chemical reaction is glycerin. Most of the "soap" you purchase in stores does not contain this naturally-occurring glycerin because the "soap" manufacturers have removed it because the glycerin is worth more than the soap itself. If a commercial "soap" does contain glycerin, it almost always contains glycerin because the "soap" manufacturer added back a little bit for label appeal. This is usually given away by the addition of sodium chloride, salt, on the ingredients list.

Usually, the only pro of a cleansing bar is the price, which is most often rendered mute by the fact that if you take into consideration how long one lasts vs. how long a bar of real soap lasts, the real soap only costs a little more. I also think this is an illogical argument. We take good care of our other organs. We try to eat low sodium food, we take multivitamins, we exercise, we try not to smoke or drink too much, yet then we turn around and abuse our body's largest organ: our skin. If we want to take good care of our heart, brain, and lungs, I think we should logically take just as good care of our body's largest organ by using skin care products that are good for it.

 

 

Welcome to Theis Raiford

Thank you for stopping by our online store. Check back with more updates and different soaps that we are working on for the Holidays. Gift baskets and custom orders are available upon request, please give us an email at orders@theisraiford.com for pricing and more information.