Thursday, August 28, 2008

Natural Spa and Body Products

Hey Y'all!

Well here it is. The moment of first "real" post! How do you spell out the theme song from Jaws?

I'd like to use this post to tell you a little more about Cactus & Ivy. We are a natural, cruelty-free and vegan spa and body products manufacturer located in South Carolina and owned by a fabulous woman (if I do say so myself).

It seems that natural products are slowly becoming the mainstream in beauty care and we are committed to offering products free of artificial flavors, colors & fragrance. We utilize oils that are high in Omega 3, Vitamin A, C, D, E & F, Oleic Acid, Palmitoleic Acid & Linolic Acid to revitalize and restore the skins normal balance.

Research has shown that up to 60% of skincare products applied topically get absorbed by the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ so it’s no surprise consumers are wanting to incorporate personal care products with natural ingredients into their lives. According to The Natural Marketing Institute, the natural personal care market grew 15% in 2005, while the overall U.S. cosmetics and toiletries market grew by just 3.5%. Its research has found that more than half of all consumers want personal care products made with natural or premium ingredients, and 44% are looking for organic ingredients.

Cactus & Ivy has never tested its products on animals, nor will we ever. Our products are tested on willing family and friends, and by the way, they are all alive and kicking! In addition, we only purchase raw materials from companies that adhere to the same standard. Cactus & Ivy signed the standard with the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics and the statement of assurance with PETA’s Caring Consumer program.

In addition to changing some of our ingredients to reflect "cruelty free and vegan", we will be replacing our label stock with a new environmentally friendly label material made from corn called EarthFirst PLA. We are phasing out old shipping material and replacing with eco-friendly material, where available. Cactus & Ivy will continue to strive on finding the best raw materials, from raw ingredients to shipping supplies. As stated above, as our raw ingredients are depleted, we will replace them with organic, where available.

I will continue to grow Cactus & Ivy in a direction that always puts the consumer first and I hope you will hang around to grow with me. Feedback is also greatly appreciated around here. It is the only way we know we are getting it right or need to head back to the drawing board!

Thanks for visiting and learning a little more about Cactus & Ivy. The Tip of the Day is....drum roll please........Never fry anything in the nude!

Have a great day y'all!

Lisa M. Rodgers
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