Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Pillows in Stock with Washable Organic Cotton Covers

New GOTS certified Organic Cotton Pillow covers for our Organic cotton-hemp flaxseed microwave pillows.

I just added new Organic fabric options for our line of Organic cotton - hemp flaxseed pillows with washable Organic cotton covers.  All these fabrics shown above are by Cloud 9 Fabrics which are GOTS certified. These pillows make excellent gifts, and are currently shipping next business day. We make them to order either unscented or scented with Organic herbs of your choice. We have one other new item coming soon, and I will share it in a separate blog post.  Hope you are having a great holiday season.

Cory Trusty
president, Aquarian Bath

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Plastic Free Holiday Giveaway

Beth Terry at My Plastic Free Life is hosting a holiday giveaway for the EcoEtsy team. Head over to Beth's blog for a change to win 3 Aquarian Bath shampoo bars, or another plastic free prize. Some of the other prizes include items such as 3 catnip pillows from Organic Kitty Land, and bath tea from Shanti Aromatherapy. You can enter the giveaway by posting something you are trying to do to reduce plastic from your holiday season. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Aquarian Bath: Online Security Update

To ensure your online safety and ours, only uses the latest methods to secure your online transactions with us. If you are having trouble with our website, it may be because your browser does not support TLS1.2 encryption standards for HTTPS traffic. To ensure a smooth and satisfying shopping experience with us, we recommend that you use only the latest available version of Firefox or Chrome, to ensure support for this critical security feature. Yes, other websites may fall back on less secure standards sometimes. This opens them up to all manner of problems. Vendors not supporting these newer security measures leave their customers open to the possibility of having their traffic intercepted by malicious parties. The intercepted data could then be used to access online financial data, or in identity theft. 

The following browsers are not up to date with TLS security 
Android 2.3.7
BingBot Dec 2013
IE6 / XP
IE7/ Vista
Java 6u45
Yahoo Slurp Jun 2014
BingBot Dec 2013

The following browsers do not support TLS-1.2, however I have made modification to our server to overcome that handicap:
IE 8-10 / Win 7
IE 11 / Win 7
IE 11 / Win 8.1
IE Mobile 10 / Win Phone 8.0
IE Mobile 11 / Win Phone 8.1

If you have been trying to shop with these browsers, you should be able to do so successfully now, however we recommend that you use a more modern secure browser to ensure your overall safety online.  You can download Firefox here and Chrome here.

Scott Johnson, VP

Friday, November 28, 2014

Eucalyptus Spotlight

Did you know there are 300 species of Eucalyptus trees? These trees are indigenous to Australia where the fresh leaves have been used traditionally in wound treatments, and the wood is used for making didgeridoo wind instruments. Trees are also used for making pulp and charcoal.  Eucalyptus essential oil, which is powerfully cleansing, antiseptic, and deodorizing, is steam distilled from the leaves.

Eucalyptus tree in bloom, photo by Starr. Trees can grow as high as 90 meters

We use Australian Eucalyptus globulus essential oil in our products. Due to its camphoraceous, sweet and woody scent, 75% of "Eucalyptus Oil" actually comes from China where the faux oil is made from Camphor Trees. True Eucalyptus oil is refreshing and stimulating; a favorite to use in steams or bath formulas for people with congested sinuses. A 2% Eucalyptus oil room spray emulsion is extremely antiseptic, with the ability to kill 70% of airborne Staph bacteria. The oil provides a cooling and stimulating sensation useful in a congested chest rubs or lip balms for blistered lips. It smells especially refreshing in our shampoo bars when paired with Tea Tree or Key Lime. Below is a demonstration from Aromatherapy Oasis on how to use essential oils safely in a steam inhalation. You can find Organic Eucalyptus globulus essential oil for use in steam inhalations at Mountain Rose Herbs.

There are environmental and safety concerns regarding cultivation of Eucalyptus outside of Australia. Eucalyptus has become invasive in many areas including California, where it is also a fire hazard due to the volatility of the essential oil. The Seminole Indian tribe has taken a stand against the planting of genetically engineered (GE) Eucalyptus trees in Florida. Native pine forests are being cut down to plant GE Eucalyptus, which worsens climate change and is a threat to biodiversity. People living near the GE Eucalyptus plantations are concerned with health risks from altered tree pollen and toxic chemicals used on the plantations. Eucalyptus trees are also require a lot of water. We are against the destruction of native South Eastern forests for Eucalyptus production
Eucalyptus globulus trees in Hawaii, photo by Starr
We have recently reformulated our Tea Tree Eucalyptus shampoo bar to match our Key Lime Eucalyptus shampoo formula, which works very well with hard water and is vegan. Both of these bars are naturally colored with French green clay. They are made with a blend of saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil, Organic Coconut oil, Olive oil pomace, raw unrefined Shea butter and Castor oil. These shampoo bars are on special this weekend.  You can check out the details in our November newsletter. Subscribe here to receive our monthly ingredient spotlight.
Our reformulated our Tea Tree Eucalyptus shampoo bar

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This Neck Exercise Works Wonders for Upper Back Pain and Stiffness

I found this helpful exercise video by chiropractor Dr. Paula Moore of at Erin Elizabeth's Health Nut News blog. I have been doing the exercise demonstrated here daily for the past week, and have noticed major improvement with some upper back tightness around the first through third thoracic vertebrae. Maybe the fact that I had only been having that pain for a few months, contributed to this exercise clearing up the tension so quickly, which was after only three days. The exercise itself takes less than 5 minutes a day. After the first day of trying it, I did a few neck rotations and experiences around 10 neck or back pops through out the day. The second day, I felt stiffness like my spine had been replaced with a rod. It felt strange but not painful. The third day, my neck and upper back just felt loose, more relaxed, and more mobile.