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[Note from Susan: A main takeaway from the following article is that the non-nano zinc oxide that I use is the gold standard for a safe ingredient. Chemical based ingredients other companies may use are either unsafe or need more research to determine their status.]
ABC NEWS Article: FDA says mineral sunscreens are safe, chemical sunscreens need more research
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working on a rule that could change the way consumers think about which ingredients in sunscreen are considered safe, saying they believe now that mineral sunscreens are safe but products that use chemicals need more research.
The FDA announced Thursday that it has proposed a rule to declare mineral sunscreen ingredients as safe, specifically zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The agency said 12 other chemicals commonly used in sunscreens need more research to determine if they're can be officially listed as safe, including oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Two other chemicals will be declared unsafe, but an FDA spokeswoman said those two aren't used anymore in the U.S.
An agency spokesperson emphasized that the FDA is not concluding the 12 common chemical ingredients are unsafe, but that they need more information to decide. Products with those ingredients will still be available while FDA works with the manufacturers to answer their questions.
The Environmental Working Group, an outspoken advocacy group that works to eliminate dangerous chemicals in products, says the rule is a "major win for public health," and pursues changes they've been pushing since they started looking at sunscreen 10 years ago. The group only recommends mineral sunscreens because they say chemicals used in sunscreen can be absorbed into the skin and disrupt hormones, or be inhaled when people use spray sunscreen.
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Join me at Middlebury Mountaineer
for Midd Night Stroll Dec 6th + 13th
Pop Up Shop will have:
- Lip Balms
- Lip Balm Three Packs (in gift bag)
- Lip Balm Pocket + Balm Special
- Large Creams
- Travel Creams
- Caroline's Samplers (4 travel creams in gift bag)
LOCALS - You are welcome to PRE-order other items not listed and I will have them ready for you on your chosen evening. Email email@example.com, or call/text (802) 388-5458. Enjoy both the event discount and my free gift with every purchase.
Middlebury Mountaineer will be hosting a Darn Tough Sock Sale, 15% off Patagonia clothing, a raffle to win a free pair of Blundstone Boots ($185 value), beer tastings from Drop In Brewery.
Middlebury Mountaineer will be hosting a Darn Tough Sock Sale, free gift with purchase of Kari Traa Baselayers + Prana Clothing, raffle to win a free pair of Glerups Wool Slippers ($135 value), beer tastings from Drop In Brewery.
I wanted a wool poncho for this coming winter but I do not knit. I saw quite a few online but they were expensive and not the styles or colors that I wanted. I shyly asked one of my friends to take on the project and she said yes! I was only too happy to pay for supplies and her time to get exactly what I desired.
Win-win is how business consultants would describe such a situation but I think of it more in terms of a healthy community. We all have talents and skills to offer our friends and family and there is no reason to reinvent the wheel everyday. I certainly didn't need to learn to knit to get my new poncho.
I have a few customers who like to make their own skincare and I encourage them to do so. It takes alchemy and precision to successfully mix oil and water to make a moisture cream. So satisfying to get it right! But they don't always have the time to make their own and I am glad that they turn to me to fill in the gaps.
I love that my skills go towards taking care of a large community of people - all of you! It is important to me that these products nurture both you and your skin. I know you deserve that in these busy times and I work hard everyday to make the best skincare possible.
It is my pleasure to offer my skills in our community!
All the ingredients have their own natural sun screening properties but it's the non-nano zinc oxide that takes it to the next level. Non-nano means the particles are large enough that they do not penetrate the skin surface. This maximizes the sun blocking factor and you won't have any zinc oxide inside your body at the end of the day.
I had this formula officially tested for an SPF rating and water resistance a few years ago. This was before I learned that an SPF labelled product can only be sold if it was manufactured in a certified drug manufacturing facility. It's a shame to hold back a great sunscreen so I am making it available without listing the SPF.
After rubbing into skin (I left my hand bare)
For my 2 hour or less bike rides, I only apply before I go. For longer rides, I apply before and then reapply a thin layer while I snack at approx 2 hour intervals. As you can see from the photos above, a whitish layer which is the zinc oxide is moisturizing and protecting skin. It does a great job with my tattoo's red ink which is extra sensitive to fading in the sun.
I am a pale person who has used sun care with questionable ingredients. These products irritated my already sensitive skin by leaving sticky residues or stripping it before a burn could even happen. Yeah, I've had a lot of sunburns.
A few years ago I carefully formulated a sunscreen with coconut oil, shea butter, essential oils, beeswax and zinc oxide powder. I sent it off to be tested for an official SPF rating/ water resistance and was very pleased with it's performance. Then, I learned that SPF labelled products can only be sold if manufactured in a certified drug manufacturing facility. It was a crushing blow to my plans to make a healthy and effective sunscreen. I shelved the whole project and walked away for a while.
This year I am making and selling it without any SPF rating on the label. You'll find it in my limited edition collection with a functional but basic container and label. This gives me time to decide on the perfect packaging and appropriate label. Feedback from customers will directly shape these choices. You won't find an SPF listed but you can enjoy all the benefits anyway.
So let me tell you a bit about my sun sticks and you take it from there. The sun is your friend but cover clothing, a nice hat and reapplying protection throughout the day are wise things to include in any outdoor adventures.
All the ingredients included in my formula have their own natural sun screening properties but it's the non-nano zinc oxide that takes it to the next level. Non-nano means the particles are large enough that they do not penetrate the skin surface. This maximizes the sun blocking factor and you won't have any zinc oxide inside your body at the end of the day.
For my 2 hour or less bike rides, I only apply before I go. For longer rides, I apply before and then reapply while I snack at approximately 2 hour intervals. It will add a whitish layer to your skin which doesn't bother me but remember, I am a very pale person! My skin loves all the added moisturizing the stick provides and my tattoo is staying sharp and colorful.
If you are already burned because of another company's product, you'll want some Super Skin Salve
Please feel free to ask me questions anytime.
Q: Do you really make all the products yourself?
A: Absolutely. Caroline's Dream is a one woman operation. I do all the formulations, production, shipping/delivery & marketing. I have been known to ask friends and family over to help me put on labels during the holidays but otherwise, it's all me.
The one exception: I don't sew the lip balm pockets, they are designed & made by my sister Mary!
Q: What do you mean when you say your products are really concentrated?
A: You can use less of my skincare in comparison to big commercial brands. Only a small amount of my creams are needed to cover a large area of your skin or two swipes of deodorant per armpit... you get the idea. Caroline's Dream products last longer so they are good for your budget and are far more effective.
Q: What is up with the statement on the shipping note cards about shipping creams in cold temperatures?
A: When creams are shipped or stored in sub-zero temperatures, the coconut oil can solidify to form small harmless beads. These are a temperature reaction and will smooth out easily into your skin upon application. Keep in mind, it might not happen but is a possibility if temperatures are below zero for weeks in New England winters.
I hate when anything interferes with the smooth texture of my creams but I am not willing to add artificial emulsifiers that would then be absorbed by your skin to overcome a few weeks of cold weather.
Q: I am not sure which cream to choose for my skin. Should I get a Caroline's Sampler?
A: A Caroline's Sampler has a travel size jar of each of my face & body creams plus a foot cream. It is a great way to discover your favorite cream and the sampler is much less expensive then buying the jars separately. I like to reward the adventurous spirits.
Customers love that my business is named after my grandmother, Caroline. She is not of myth or legend but a real woman that should never be confused with being ordinary. She was the daughter of two celebrated artists: William known for his magazine cover art and illustrations, an mother Grace for her seed catalog illustrations.
In my eyes, Caroline's talent shone in everyday items such as the quilts and crochet work she made for her family. I have four of her quilts and enough Christmas tree ornaments to decorate several trees at a time! She kept her three children and their respective families well supplied over the years. I remember one summer she crocheted an entire fashion line for Barbie & Ken dolls. I also witnessed her joy in sharing her skills with the people she loved.
Caroline's large garden had a supply of fresh veggies on hand throughout the summer. I remember the abundance of herbs and flowers marked the season in planting, growth and harvest. Her homemade waffles with honey were my favorite whenever we visited. Bread dough was continually rising, baking or being eaten somewhere in her house. She read often from floor to ceiling bookshelves that were absolutely stuffed with books. I will note her passion for soap operas, leather moccasins and wild, Hawaiian print fabrics. She was not one to hide who she was from the world.
Caroline and my Grandfather, Ed were world travelers who enjoyed visiting our national parks. I got to enjoy a few local adventures in their Volkswagon pop up van (pic is a van similar to theirs). They owned a hunting cabin in northwestern PA that had the coldest, most delicious water I have ever tasted and an outhouse that made me cry more than once because of the spiders lurking inside.
Sadly, Caroline died when I was still a teenager but her work ethic and pride in handcrafting was the inspiration to start my company. She was a strong advocate in learning to value both beauty and function. I wish she could have seen my business in action but I have no doubt she would see shades of herself in the path I have chosen.
When I don't feel well, over the counter remedies don't help because of my autoimmune thyroid disease. A thyroid malfunction can make my immune system attack the rest of my body and cause inflammation, pain, plus a host of other uncomfortable conditions. Immune stimulants like Echinacea and Zinc make the reaction even worse.
I approach being sick in a different way, see if you want to try any of my suggestions.
1. Stay home and rest. So simple and so hard for many of us to accomplish. It's why sick days were created, if you've got 'em, use 'em. Bonus - your co-workers will thank you for not exposing them to your crud and having to listen to you sniffle, sneeze or cough all day.
2. Aches & chills? Take an epsom salt bath. 1-2 Cups of epsom salts per full, very warm bath tub. Add a few drops of essential oils: Lavender for relaxing and soothing sore muscles and joints. Eucalyptus and/ or Rosemary to break up phlem and breathe easier.
3. Stay in your jammies, take lots of naps. Hydrate with lots of water, teas and bone broth (I keep some in the freezer).
4. Sore throat or cough? Gargle with warm salted water several times a day. It makes a huge difference. Soups, bananas and applesauce go down easily when throats are swollen or irritated.
5. What kind of teas? Glad you asked.
Chamomile or Hibiscus, Lemon juice or a few slices of peeled Ginger Root with Honey, Decaf Black or Green (don't forget - go take a nap)
6. Feeling over the worst part but not really yourself yet? Short walks and gentle yoga poses can help get you up and moving. Then take another nap!