Friday, December 31, 2010

Giveaway at Rawfully Tempting

Rawfully Tempting is having a giveaway! You can win a Lifefactory Glass Beverage Botttle, in your choice of size and color, AND any Glass Dharma Glass Drinking Straw that you'd like!

The glass bottle/glass straw combo is a great way to get in your water, your fresh juices, or your smoothies each day! The straws come in two diameters, a smaller one for water and juices and a larger one for those thick, delicious smoothies.

Barbara at Rawfully Tempting has some of the most amazing, healthy, raw foods recipes out there, so you'll want to spend some time browsing around her blog after you enter.

Tell your friends, and be sure to follow her instructions when entering! You can't win if you don't follow the giveaway rules! :)

Giveaway ends on January 7th.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Glass Drinking Straws

We've been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to post about one of my favorite new products, Glass Dharma Drinking Straws!

I'd never really thought about glass straws before but the beautiful blue in the Decorative Dots Straws caught my eye and inspired me to read more.


I tend to overlook the so-called insignificant things, such as plastic straws, that end up in our landfills. However, when I stop and think about it, straws really aren't all that insignificant. According to McDonalds' website, they serve an average of 52 MILLION meals PER DAY! How many straws are included with those 52 million meals every single day? How quickly do they pile up in our landfills? And that's just one of the fast food chains. Think about how many others there are, how many restaurants, and how many plastic straws that are used at home.

So, I'm doing my little part by not using plastic straws. There are a few other bonuses: I love the feel of the straws! I love that they don't leach any chemicals into my smoothies. I love that they feel strong and don't seem at all fragile. I honestly enjoy drinking with them!

We carry straws called Simple Elegance in two lengths, 9-inch and 10-inch. The 9-inch straws fit perfectly in our 16-ounce Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottles, and the 10-inch straws fit the 22-ounce bottles. Both straws come in two different diameters: a 9.5-millimeter for regular drinks, and a larger 12-millimeter diameter for smoothies and other thick drinks.

We also offer the Decorative Dots Straws, which are 9 inches long and come in both diameters. Decorative Dots are available in Blue, Green, Red, Black, Amber, and Clear. In addition to looking beautiful, the dots prevent the straws from rolling when placed on a flat surface.

We've been asked about the potential for breakage. Like anything else made of glass, these straws certainly can break if dropped or treated carelessly. I believe that they would be extremely difficult to break while using them. The glass is so thick and sturdy that I just don't see that happening. I feel perfectly comfortable letting my young children use them. They love them and treat them carefully, just as they would glass dishes, bottles, or glasses.

The straws travel in style in Bamboo Cases and may also be stored and carried in hemp sleeves, which we will be adding to our site in the very near future.


Here are a few facts about the straws from our website:

  • GlassDharma glass drinking straws were created to contribute one solution to the misuse of plastics in our society. Not only are they environmentally friendly and promote health, but they do these things with elegance and style.
  • Glass straws don’t leach toxins into your food as you drink.
  • Each time you use your glass straw equals one less plastic straw ending up in your landfill.
  • One glass straw replaces thousands of plastic straws. (How many times will you use a straw the rest of your life?)
  • Using your glass drinking straw adds a feeling of beauty to your day.

Glass Dharma glass drinking straws are:

  • Made of borosilicate tubing, the strongest glass commercially available...
  • Which means that no expense has been spared in bringing you the strongest,most durable drinking straw possible.

  • Annealed to Corning, Inc. specifications (a process that strengthens the glass)...
  • Which means that you are purchasing the highest quality glass straws available.

  • Made of glass which does not leach ANY TOXINS into your food...
  • Which means that you can use your non-toxic straws with confidence.

  • Created with the beauty and elegance that only glass can give...
  • Which means that you’ll feel like royalty – with a touch of glass.

  • A great environmental addition to your kitchenware...
  • Which means that they’re great for hot or cold drinks, and dishwasher safe!!

  • Covered with Glass Dharma’s unbelievable Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage...
  • Which means that if they ever break, Glass Dharma will replace them - Free

Each Glass Dharma straw is hand-made by a glassblower in the U.S.A.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pictures of TPN Shows

Franconia Holiday Fair & Gift Shop on November 20, 2010

Pennypack Holiday Craft and Bake Sale on December 12, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

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Friday, November 26, 2010

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jen'der Coconut Milk Soap!

It's no secret that I love all things coconut. I use coconut in smoothies, in preparing foods, for skincare, and for haircare. So, when I learned that there was a company that makes coconut milk soap, I was thrilled. Even better, they're local!

The soap is called Jen'der and it's made by Possum Hollow Farm Soap. Possum Hollow Farm is a small family business in Bucks and Lehigh Counties, here in Pennsylvania. I asked about the name, and the owner said that they wanted to make soaps for either gender, and they chose the name Jen'der because it's a combination of his wife's name, Jennifer, and his name, Derek.

All of the Jen'der soaps are completely natural without any artificial additives, colors, fragrances, or preservatives. They are 100% vegan, and the soaps that we carry are all gluten-free (with the exception of the gift boxes, which may contain Citrus Oatmeal Spice, which is not gluten-free). None of their products are tested on animals.

In addition to the coconut milk, Jen'der soaps are made with a blend of saponified coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, and shea butter, plus various flowers, herbs, and essential oils. The essential oils are blended to provide both different scents and different benefits. The soaps are mild, gentle, and moisturizing.

The first thing I noticed about the Jen'der soaps is that they're the biggest bars I've ever seen! They've wrapped in fabric and, when opened, the bars themselves are beautifully cut.


My favorite is the Citrus Spice, simply because the smell is amazing! It's a blend of orange, lemon, and grapefruit with a touch of ground nutmeg. I also love the Vanilla Bean, which is a gentle exfoliating bar. The Spearmint is great, too and is so refreshing! There's a Eucalyptus Lavender Soap with Organic Sea Kelp and French Green Clay that can be used as a shaving bar or a regular bathing bar. We also have Lavender, Lemongrass Vanilla, and Unscented.

One of the products I like best is the Jen'der Sample Gift Box. It features six small bars of soap, each a different popular variety. The bars are individually wrapped in beautiful fabric and come in an environmentally friendly box tied with pretty raffia. This makes a great gift, or you may decide to treat yourself to one! These bars are perfect for travel or for sampling different varieties. Each box contains six preselected soaps, and, in addition to the varieties we carry, they may contain: Citrus Lavender, Citrus Mint, Citrus Oatmeal Spice, Eucalyptus Lavender & Citrus, Eucalyptus Mint, Eucalyptus Mint & Lemongrass, Lavender Mint, Matcha Green Tea & Lemongrass, Rosemary Lavender, Rosemary Mint, Splavender Mint, and Tea Tree Mint.


New Lifefactory 16-oz Glass Water Bottles

We just got the brand new Lifefactory 16-ounce glass drinking bottles in, and we love them already! They're the same style as the 22-oz bottles, but they're shorter and have a smaller footprint, which means they fit better in the cup holders in cars. They're obviously a little bit lighter than the 22-ounce bottles, and they have the same great contour in the middle of the bottle that makes them so comfortable to hold.

They come in some new colors, including turquoise, graphite, and raspberry. They also come in royal purple, spring green, and pearl white.

In addition to water, these bottles are great for smoothies and fresh juices because they're so easy to clean.

Our older kids think that these are the perfect size for them, and they love the new colors, too.


Next up are sippy cup tops for the 9-ounce bottles, which are due out next month. Sports tops for the 16 and 22-oz bottles should be available next March.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Goraw Super Chips and Super Cookies

We've added some other new products to our lineup:
Goraw Super Chips and Super Cookies!


We have two varieties of chips: Spirulina and Pumpkin. We also have two varieties of cookies: Original and Chocolate. I'm still not certain exactly what the difference is between the chips and the cookies. They look the same to me!

I expected the chips to be salty but they're both sweet. The Spirulina taste like banana with that cool green spirulina color. I thought that the Pumpkin were going to have a pumpkin pie spice flavor, but they're a sweet snack made with (sprouted!) pumpkin seeds.

Both cookies are good, although I prefer the Original. Nick likes the Chocolate better, so it's all just a matter of personal preference.

We both like the fact that they're dehydrated at under 105 degrees, they're vegan, they're organic, and they're free of refined sugars, wheat, gluten, oils, dairy, and nuts. They have no GMO's or trans fats. They're made by hand in an all-raw kitchen. The company is working on biodegradable packaging, which is much appreciated.

We recently attended a day-long conference, and these were great little snacks to toss in our bag. They're small, lightweight, and were a quick, easy snack to munch on throughout the day. The manufacturer says that refrigeration is not mandatory but will keep the product fresher longer.

**Check out our Raw Snacks Page and save money on Goraw combo packs!**

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Brad's Raw Leafy Kale

Brad has come out with a new snack food: Brad's Raw Leafy Kale!

Brad's Kale

I'll be honest; I wasn't terribly excited when I first heard about it. I've made my own kale that was okay, but far from delicious. I've tried other brands that were so bad they were inedible, at least in my opinion!

So, Nick came home with the three new varieties of Brad's kale, and I begrudgingly tried them.

I started with the Naked variety. Within about 20 seconds, I pulled the container over to me, and told Nick that I was no longer interested in sharing with him!

Let me explain it this way: I like Brad's Chips a lot. I've said before that they're not for everyone, especially people who are used to eating refined foods. I've been following a raw diet for a couple of months now, and Brad's chips taste good to me because of their great crunch. However, the leafy kale is a whole different ballgame. I absolutely love them! They are so good that I don't want to stop eating them. They are just plain delicious!

My only complaint is the name. To me, Naked implies that there's no seasoning, that it's just plain, dehydrated kale. That is so far from true! They are loaded with cheesy flavor. Loaded!

Oh yeah, there are other varieties, aren't there? There's the Vampire Killer, which is onion and garlic. It's tasty. Honestly, I'd probably like it a lot better if I hadn't first tried the absolutely perfect Naked variety.

There's also the Nasty Hot variety. The name is not deceiving, believe me. It has a great flavor but it's just too hot for me. If you're into really hot, you won't be disappointed.

So, I was forced to return to the Naked (should be called Cheesy) variety. What can I say? I gotta do what I gotta do!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bee Pollen

We've started carrying bee pollen. I've heard such good things about it and I wanted to try it. I'm really not in a position to blog about it because I'm still learning. I'll just relay some of the things I've read about it.

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is an extremely nutritious food. It contains 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 22 amino acids, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 25% carbohydrates, and about 25% protein.

Some of the reported benefits of bee pollen are that it:

Greatly improves energy levels
Helps normalize digestive problems
Alleviates depression and fatigue
Speeds up the healing of wounds
Aids in weight control
May help alleviate allergies
Reduces cholesterol
Alleviates migraine headaches
Helps prevent prostate problems

There's a small chance that some people may be sensitive to bee pollen, so it's best to start slowly with it. One site recommends placing one granule under the tongue and letting it dissolve. Then try a second granule. Try a few more granules, one at a time, and look for symptoms such as an itchy throat, runny nose, watery eyes, or headache. These symptoms are very rare, but this is a way to find out whether or not there is a sensitivity.

Some sites recommend that anyone who is allergic to bee venom not take bee pollen. Other sites recommend seeing a doctor before taking bee pollen. Most sites say that bee pollen is a food and does not cause reactions in most people.

Start with small amounts of bee pollen and work up to a teaspoon or two a day. Some people take a tablespoon a day. It can give quite a boost of energy, so it's advised to avoid taking it in the evening. Bee pollen can be mixed into granola, applesauce, a little raw honey, or mixed into a green smoothie. It can be chewed and swallowed. I read that it's an acquired taste. Let's just say that I definitely have not acquired that taste yet! :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NEW Lifefactory 9-oz Glass Water Bottles

We're now carrying the new Lifefactory 9-oz glass beverage bottles. Our two youngest were so excited when we opened the package! They each immediately claimed their colors and started drinking. They're four and five years old, and the bottles are perfectly sized for their little hands. They're drinking more, which makes me happy. What makes me really happy is that they're using their bottles instead of running and grabbing a new cup each time they get a drink, so I have fewer dishes to do!

We've been selling at local fall festivals, and we took these to a festival last weekend. The response was great! People really seemed to love them.

Lifefactory Bottles

Now we're waiting for the 16-oz bottles for our older boys. They'll be the same style as the 22-oz bottles, and should be available in the next month or so.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brad's Raw Chips!

TPN is now carrying Brad's Raw Chips! I'd heard about Brad's chips awhile ago because they're local, but just never got around to calling them. Nick finally called and they sent us some samples. It was definitely love at first bite!

Brad's Raw Chips

Brad's Raw Chips are made from raw (organic and local, whenever possible!) vegetables, sprouted flax seeds and buckwheat groats. They're dehydrated, not baked or fried, in order to maintain the enzymes in the ingredients. The chips are vegan and gluten-free.

Brad's chips provide the crunch that many people who follow a raw foods diet are missing. They don't crumble or fall apart and they are great with dips, guacamole, or salsa.

We offer samples at the different local festivals and expos that we attend, and we get varied responses. Some people love them as much as I do, while others aren't so enthusiastic. :) I will say that if you're used to snacking on different flavored chips and snacks that are full of artificial flavors and MSG, these probably won't taste great to you. They are loaded with a very concentrated form of vegetables, and the flavors are intense. To me, that's a positive thing!

The chips come in different flavors: Red Pepper, Hot Red Pepper, Kale, Indian, and Sweet Potato.

My favorite is the Red Pepper. I like the hot variety, but, to me, they are really HOT and I can't eat more than a few bites. I plan on trying them again with a cool dip and see if I can handle that! :)

Some people have commented about the price being high. Yes, it's higher than a bag of the conventional chemical-laden chips that are fried in unhealthy oils. Brad's Raw Chips is a small, new company, and they're committed to offering an extremely healthy snack. They use local vegetables, and it takes a lot of those vegetables to make the chips! In one of Brad's videos, he says that 100 pounds of vegetables, when dehydrated, may yield about 15 pounds! Another consideration is that they're so packed with nutrients that they're more satisfying and filling than say, potato chips. So, I find that I don't eat that much before I feel full. So, yes, they cost more. To me, it's well worth it!

Brad's Raw Chips

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Bar Soaps!

I am so happy to announce that we have some new bar soaps that we want to share with you! I'm excited because I used these soaps for years. My friend, Jane, used to make them, and after trying them, I refused to go back to store-bought soap! I was so sad when she said that she was going to stop making them, and I bought the last of her soap that I'd used for so long.

I recently learned that Cathy is now making soap using Jane's exact recipe. Nick and I talked to Cathy and she is just as nice as Jane! We were both happy to start carrying her soaps. All of the soaps are made of a base of saponified coconut, olive, and palm oils, using the cold process method. The scented soaps are scented with essential oils only, no harmful perfume oils. No artificial colors or dyes are used. Some of the soaps contain shea butter or ground herbs or flowers. All soaps are handmade and hand cut to approximately 5 oz.

Unscented Oatmeal - With shea butter for sensitive skin and those with eczema and psoriasis. Unscented for those who are sensitive to scents of have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). Oatmeal is very finely ground and the soap is soothing with a wonderful texture.

Eucalyptus Mint - Refreshing, with a wonderful smell of eucalyptus and spearmint.

Lemongrass - Lemon and orange essential oils provide a crisp, citrus scent.

Lavender - Calming scent from lavender essential oil and ground lavender buds. Naturally colored with ground indigo root.

Gardener's Soap - Lemongrass, peppermint, and ylang ylang essential oils combine to provide a fresh scent. Ground juniper berries make this a great scrub bar, getting the dirtiest gardener's hands clean!

Cathy's husband makes wonderful Cedar Soap Dishes, pictured below.


To learn more about natural soaps, click on the following link in our sidebar under Helpful Sites: The Benefits of Using Real, Natural Soap.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Soap for Teeth??

I've heard about different tooth soaps for years. While the idea sounded kind of strange to me, enough people raved about them to make me curious. I heard about how amazingly well they clean and how they help irritated gums. Many people said that they would never even consider going back to regular toothpaste.

So, I looked around online.

I was struck by a couple of things. First, the price was, well...really high! I just couldn't see spending $30.00 to brush my teeth! Also, some of the products looked just like little pieces of soap, and honestly, that just didn't appeal to me. There may have been more to them than that; I moved on after seeing the pictures.

So, I never did try any type of tooth soap.

Well, I just learned about a handmade product called Soap for Teeth. Cathy, who makes Soap for Teeth, said that it had rapidly become one of her best sellers! People tried it and kept coming back for more.

We did something we don't normally do; we ordered Soap for Teeth for Truly Pure & Natural before trying it. Cathy's recommendation was so strong that we felt comfortable doing that.

I tried it, and honestly, I was a bit surprised at first. I'm used to a sweet taste when I brush, and there was absolutely no sweetness in this product. I could definitely taste the soap, and I wasn't expecting that!

I brushed for two minutes, and afterwards my teeth felt so clean! I don't know how to describe it except to say that they felt different than they'd ever felt after brushing. The peppermint left my mouth feeling a little bit tingly, too.

I've only been using Soap for Teeth for a week or so, and I'll come back and update later on. So far, I'm okay with it. For people who want really clean feeling teeth and gums, and for people who are sugar-free and are avoiding all sweeteners, this is a good product.

Soap for Teeth is a liquid and comes in a 1-ounce cobalt blue bottle (we will be getting 4-ounce bottles in soon) with a dropper. Simply wet your toothbrush, place about four drops of Soap for Teeth on your brush, and you're ready to go.

Oh, and the price? A fraction of the cost of the other products I've seen out there!

soap for teeth

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lifefactory Bottle Giveaway Winner!

Nate was going to choose our winner tonight but he got tired and went to bed. So, Nick filled in.

Before I announce the winner, I want to include a quote as a little hint:

"I never win those things anyway. No luck in this Irish girl! :)"

Bottle Giveaway

Congratulations, Stacey!!

And a big thank you to everyone who entered!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottle Giveaway!

Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottle Giveaway from Truly Pure & Natural

We're giving away one 22-ounce Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottle in Pearl White!
$21.49 value

These bottles are the hottest new drinking bottles and are out of stock on many sites.

pearl bottle

  • BPA, phthalate, PVC, and polycarbonate free!
  • Silicone sleeve is free of plastics and 100% non-toxic
  • All materials are FDA approved
  • With glass there is no chemical leaching and no metallic taste
  • Widemouth bottle make it easy to add ice, citrus slices, tea bags, etc
  • Patent pending silicone sleeve provides a great gripping surface and helps to prevent breakage
  • Bottle and sleeve can be put in the dishwasher together
  • Glass bottle is made in France, lid is made in Poland, sleeve is made in the USA
  • Assembled in the USA

How To Enter: Go to the Truly Pure & Natural website and join our email list. Be sure to respond to the confirmation email. (If you don't see the email confirmation, check your spam folder!) Then leave a comment on this post to enter.

Additional Entries: Do any or all of the following to earn up to four additional entries. Leave a separate comment for each entry in order to have each one count!

1.) Become a follower or subscribe to our blog.

2.) Join us on Facebook and post something on your wall about the giveaway.

3.) Follow us on Twitter (T_P_N) and tweet about the giveaway.

4.) Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking back to our blog. Be sure to leave a link to your post when you comment here.

We will choose one random winner on Monday, June 14th at 10:00pm EST. We will post the winner here and notify the winner via email, so be sure to leave a valid email address. The winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Winner must have a valid US shipping address.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lifefactory Glass Beverage Bottles

I have a new favorite product. Really, really favorite! I've been searching for something like this and I finally found it and it's every bit as amazing as I thought it would be.

Okay, maybe I need to get a life and not get so excited over a drinking bottle, but I really can't help it.

I've been working hard at drinking more water, and I don't like bottled water and I don't like to drink out of plastic. So, I got a stainless steel bottle, which is nice, but not exactly what I was looking for. It has a sports cap and I just plain don't drink as much from a sports cap as I do from a glass. Lazy, I guess. Plus, I picked up on a little bit of a metallic taste that I'd heard people mention.

So, I wanted glass. I didn't want a sports cap but I wanted some sort of a lid so that I could take it with me. Or keep it from spilling when the kids knocked it over every 12 minutes. When I finally found Lifefactory Beverage Bottles, I knew they were what I wanted.

They arrived today. Love at first sight. Seriously. The glass is thick but not overly heavy. It's contoured so that it fits perfectly in my hand. The silicone sleeve helps protect it and provides a better grip. Did I mention that it's plastic-free and completely non-toxic? Even better than that, it's dishwasher safe! You don't even have to remove the sleeve while washing. The entire thing goes in the dishwasher (unlike my stainless bottle), which scores big points with me!

The bottles hold 22 oz (650 ml), and have a wide opening, making it easy to add ice, lemon wedges, or tea bags. It also makes it easier to drink out of. There's that laziness thing again, but I drank four bottles tonight without even thinking about it.

My biggest concern was what color to choose. I went with the pearl white (so much prettier than in the pictures!). I figured it would go with everything. The problem is that I love the other colors, too, and honestly want one in every color!

These bottles are BPA, phthalate, PVC, and polycarbonate free. The glass is made in France, the lids are made in Poland, and the sleeve is made in the U.S.A.
Assembly is in the U.S.A. also.


Great quality, feel good, look good, and functional. I'm sold.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

We Have a Winner!

GracieGirl helped us out by picking the winner of our first giveaway!

And the winner is................


Congratulations, Rachel! You were the last person to enter, and you won!

Thank you to everyone who entered, and please watch for our next giveaway!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Grand Opening Giveaway!

Truly Pure & Natural is officially open
for business
and we're celebrating with a giveaway!

Grand Opening Giveaway
: Your choice of any one product (including combo deals) from Truly Pure & Natural!

To Enter: Go to the Truly Pure & Natural website and join our email list. Then look over the website and leave a comment on this post telling us which Truly Pure & Natural product you will choose if you're the winner!

Additional Entries
: Do any or all of the following to earn up to five additional entries. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry in order to have each one count!

1.) Become a follower or subscribe to our blog.

2.) Post about this giveaway on your blog, linking back to our blog. Be sure to leave a link to your post when you comment here.

3.) Add our badge to your sidebar.

4.) Join us on Facebook and post something on your wall about the giveaway.

5.) Follow us on Twitter (T_P_N) and tweet about the giveaway.

We will choose one random winner on Sunday, May 9th at 8:00pm EST. We will post the winner here and notify the winner via email, so be sure to leave a valid email address. The winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Winner must have a valid US shipping address.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mother's Day is May 9th!

The gift that's sure to please!


If you’re looking for a Mother's Day gift and you just can’t decide, give a TPN Gift Certificate and let them choose their own Truly Pure & Natural product.

We offer $5.00, $10.00, $25.00, and $50.00 denominations.

Save a tree! We are going green and saving trees by not mailing paper gift certificates. After you purchase a gift certificate, the recipient will receive an email with the gift certificate code and redemption instructions, within 1 day. Please check your Inbox not your Mailbox.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chemicals to Avoid in Cosmetics

When it comes to cosmetics and personal care products, my personal rule of thumb is that I try to avoid anything with:

Dyes (run from all of those bright green or blue toothpastes, shampoos, etc.!)
Parabens (preservatives found in many "natural" skin care products)
Triclosan (in antibacterial hand soaps and many other things)
Talc (baby powder)
Petrolatum (petroleum jelly, mineral oil)

This rules out the majority of drugstore and department store cosmetics.

I'll be honest and say that I haven't yet let go of hair color. I use the safest product I can find but it's still not healthy.

*Below is a limited list of potentially harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care items, including their function and their potential health concerns:



Function: Anti-Oxidant; slows down the rate at which product ingredients change in color.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Banned by EU.

Health Concerns: Immune system toxicant; endocrine disruptor; probable human carcinogen; animal studies show brain, liver, neurotoxin, reproductive and respiratory toxicant.



Function: pH adjuster.

Present in: Sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation, hair color.

Health concerns: Skin and immune system toxicant; possible carcinogen; irritant; animal studies show endocrine disruption and neuro developmental, brain and nervous system effects; may trigger asthma.



Function: Anti-microbial preservative.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Forms nitrosamines when in the presence of amines such as MEA, DEA and TEA; probable immune system, blood, cardiovascular and skin toxicant; possible carcinogen; animal studies show endocrine disruption, nervous system and organ system effects; may contain harmful impurities.



Function: Deodorant, masking, perfuming

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; possible neurotoxin; can contain between 10 and 300 different chemicals, many of which have never been tested for safety; see phthalates. Labeling can be confusing. If uncertain, check with manufacture.



Function: Antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin bleaching agent, hair colorant.

Present in: Skin fading/lightener, facial moisturizer, anti-aging, sunscreen, hair color, facial cleanser and moisturizer. Restricted in Canada.

Health concerns: Immune system and respiratory toxicant; probable neurotoxin; possible carcinogen; irritant; animal studies show endocrine disruption.


Function: Preservative.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels. Restricted in Canada and Japan.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; animal studies show restricted growth of the axons and dendrites of immature nerves, neurotoxicity and positive mutation results; can lead to a malfunction in the way neurons communicate with each other; especially detrimental to a developing nervous system.



Function: Preservative and anti-bacterial agent.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: May alter hormone levels, possibly increasing risk for certain types of cancer, impaired fertility, or alteration of the development of a fetus or young child; studies have found parabens in breast tumors; probable skin toxicant; animal studies show brain and nervous system effects.



Function: Forms barrier on skin; makes lipsticks shine and creams smoother; inexpensive skin softener.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels. Banned by EU.

Health concerns: May be contaminated with impurities, linked to cancer or other significant health problems.



Function: Solvent, penetration enhancer, conditions skin, controls viscosity and keeps products from melting in high or freezing when it is cold.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin and increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream; animal studies show reproductive effects, positive mutation results, brain and nervous system effects and endocrine disruption.



Function: Surfactant, penetration enhancer.

Present in: Many cosmetics and personal care products, read labels.

Health concerns: Alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin, increasing the amounts of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream; Irritant; animal studies show sense organ effects.


  • TALC

Function: Absorbs moisture, anti-caking agent, bulking agent.

Present in: Blush, powder, eye shadow, baby powder, deodorant.

Health concerns: Carcinogen; link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer; talc particles are similar to asbestos particles and data suggests that it can cause tumors in the lungs; probable respiratory toxin.



Function: Antioxidant, solvent to improve adhesion and gloss.

Present in: Nail polish and hair dye.

Health concerns: Liver toxin; probable developmental, nervous system and respiratory toxin; possible cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, renal and sense organ toxin; possible carcinogen and reproductive toxin; irritant; highly flammable.



Function: Anti-bacterial agent, deodorant, preservative, biocide. Reduces and controls bacterial contamination on the hands and on treated products.

Present in: Antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, mouthwashes, face wash and cleaning supplies. Restricted in Japan and Canada.

Health concerns: Probable endocrine disrupter and carcinogen; easily bio-accumulates to dangerous levels; irritant; animal studies show reproductive and other broad systematic effects; potentially contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and other significant health problems; studies have shown it can actually induce cell death when used in mouth washes.



Function: Fragrance ingredient, pH adjuster, surfactant.

Present in: Hand & body lotion, shaving creams, soap, shampoo, bath powders and moisturizer.

Health concerns: Immune system toxicant; possible carcinogen; animal studies show endocrine disruption; may trigger asthma; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds if mixed with nitrosating agents.


*Source: Search for the Cause

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Health Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw Honey is Antiseptic, Antibiotic, Antifungal, Antibacterial, and it Never Spoils!

Raw honey is a powerful immune system booster. Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system. One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your toast is all that is needed to reap these benefits.

Raw Honey can be Beneficial when Trying to Lose Weight

Unlike refined sugar, honey contains vitamins and minerals. Honey helps metabolize cholesterol and fatty acid, preventing obesity. Try making a drink by adding honey and lemon to a glass of water.


Raw Honey as a Beauty Aid

Raw honey can be used as a moisturizer, facial mask, hair conditioner, and cleanser. It has natural humectants with the ability to replenish the moisture level in skin without adding oil.

As a moisturizing facial mask:

To exfoliate, clarify, and unclog pores, smooth a small amount of raw honey lightly over the skin; relax and leave on for 30 minutes. Remove with warm water. Leaves skin baby soft.

As a dry hair treatment:

After shampooing, smooth raw honey evenly on hair. Rinse well. Or, apply to wet or dry hair 30 minutes before shampooing. Shampoo as usual. Hair will be soft and full of shine.

As an antibacterial cleanser:

Wash with a small amount of raw honey to help clear facial blemishes and acne.

Raw Honey can Help Treat Cuts and Wounds

Use the antiseptic properties of raw honey to clean wounds and help inhibit bacterial growth. Its natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties aid in treating cuts and burns. It may help promote healing, reduce swelling and help prevent infections. Apply a small amount of raw honey lightly over the affected area; may cover with a dressing or a dusting of cornstarch to reduce any stickiness.

Raw Honey as a Dental Aid

Apply raw honey to canker sores, fever blisters, and irritations on gums and mouth.

Raw Honey as an Aid in Digestion

Raw honey does not ferment in the stomach and is easily absorbed. The flavor excites the appetite and may help with digestion. It also has a lubricating effect that may help with constipation.

Raw Honey for Arthritis

Add one tablespoon raw honey and one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg’s, to a cup of warm water. Drinking one to three times per day may help with arthritis pain.


Statements made by Truly Pure & Natural have not been evaluated by the FDA. These suggestions are not intended to diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; they are from personal opinions and reported claims and are for general informational purposes only. If you are experiencing health problems or conditions seek medical attention from a health care professional.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Why This Blog?


We started this blog to supplement our family business so I guess I should back up and talk about why we started our business!

I've had various skin problems including eczema, Rosacea, sensitive skin, and a number of supposedly unexplainable rashes. I saw different dermatologists, and it became clear that they really didn't know what to do with my skin. They prescribed every imaginable prepared cream and ointment, and then went on to prescribe compounded creams. Nothing worked.

In the past several years, I've had other health problems, such as osteoarthritis, lymphedema, candida, and pituitary problems, that became severe enough that Nick left his career of 21 years as an IT Director to come home and take care of me and our children. He wanted to find work that he could do from home, and, at the same time, I was searching for answers to my health issues.

Most of the experiences I've had with orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain management doctors, and other physicians have been similar to the experiences I had with dermatologists. I was given steroid injections, epidural injections, physical therapy, and a huge number of prescription medications that left me unchanged or, more often, suffering with new side effects.

So, I quit. I'm working on getting healthy my way, by changing what I put in my mouth and what I put on my body. I'm finished with toxins; I'm finding ways to nourish my body, both inside and out.

Two of our children have eczema, and we started making our own body butters and salves for them.  Friends asked if we'd make some for their children, and we decided we wanted to share things that worked for us. 

We adopted all of our children, and they're African American.  In addition to the body butters and salves, we found that coconut oil helped keep their skin nourished, hydrated, smooth, and beautiful.

We also love the raw honey we use and eat, and wanted to share that with others.  We started eating it in hopes of helping our children with their seasonal allergies.  We grew to love it so much that Nick started making his own raw creamed honey which he flavors with different organic flavors.

So we're starting our little family-run business and we're starting this blog. Nick does all of the work on the business end, with a little input here and there from me. :) My current personal goal is to work on getting myself healthy and getting my family healthy. One way to do that is by using products on our skin that support good health, rather than hinder it.

I know many people who eat really well...but don't give a second thought to the chemicals that they slather on their bodies. They use products by manufacturers that have spent big bucks on advertising to make us believe that their products will make us look and feel younger, or happier, or more beautiful, or more assured; they will target whatever their studies show our weaknesses are. Uninformed consumers buy into this and spend small fortunes on these products that are made with petrochemicals, fragrances that have been proven to be carcinogenic, parabens and other chemical preservatives. The skin is our body's largest organ and these products, with their carcinogens, plasticizers, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxins, and pesticides, are designed to penetrate it, and many of them have been found in people's tissue, fat, and urine. The laws regarding what can be added to personal care products are weak, and the ingredients are not safety tested. The result is a lot of products in appealing packages, created to make the manufacturers rich, rather than to benefit our skin. In addition, many of these products are tested on innocent animals, and they are harming the earth and the wildlife as more and more chemicals end up in our air and in our rivers and streams.

We want to find and share products that promote good health, and are free of harmful ingredients. We're always open to hearing about new products and we welcome feedback. We'd love to have have anyone who's interested join us on this journey to good health!

Monday, March 8, 2010


Welcome to Truly Pure & Natural

We are a family owned and operated small Christian business. My wife, Denise and I have adopted four beautiful African American children over the last 12 years, all as infants. We are Caucasian, and wanted to learn to care for our children’s hair and skin with the best natural products we could find. We shopped around and were surprised at the lack of truly natural hair and skin care products out there. We found many companies that claimed to offer natural products but were actually selling products full of chemicals and preservatives, with a few herbs or essential oils thrown in, presumably to make them appear natural or healthy.

We finally found some great products that not only worked for our children, but worked for us as well. Best of all, they're free from preservatives and other harmful chemicals. We liked them so much that we wanted to share them with others who may be searching for similar products.

We have dealt with chemical sensitivities, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions, and the skin care products we sell are products that have helped us tremendously.

After finding skin and hair care products, we searched for and found natural cosmetics that Denise, who has sensitive skin, Rosacea, and chemical sensitivities, was able to use. Like the body care products, the cosmetics are free from parabens, colors and fragrances, and are not tested on animals. We sell only brands that we believe in and have used ourselves.

A friend asked, “Why not sell other natural items?” So we decided to offer other products, such as locally roasted organic coffee, local raw honey, and hand crafted artisan soaps. We will also be selling our own brand lip balm, body butter, and salve. If you have a suggestion for a truly pure and natural product you would like us to carry, please let us know!

Our Mission:

* Provide excellent Customer Service

* Offer only truly pure and natural products at very affordable prices

* Provide an easy and secure shopping experience

~ Nick
Co-Owner, Truly Pure & Natural



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