General Desert Moon Bath & Body Questions!
How Do I Care for My Natural Soap TOP
Our soap is made with no preservatives or chemical hardeners, and in order to keep it fresh and long lasting we have a few words of advice for you.
- We recommend using a soap dish that enables all water to drip through the bottom, this way the soap has a chance to become dry between uses. That will help it last longer.
- We highly recommend that you use your soap in the shower so you can truly enjoy the aroma of the essential oils and natural base. But, be sure that it is out of the stream of water while you shower or it will disintegrate prematurely.
- Keep in mind that your soap is made entirely of natural materials, and these plant materials and clays will fade with time. It is just the way nature is.
- The scent from the essential oils may also fade. However, the good news is that once you use a bar and get under the surface of the soap the scent will be stronger. This is because essential oils are 'volatile.' That simply means that they evaporate, but no worries, the oils trapped in the bar can not get out.
- We think it is best to use your soap within a year of purchase so you can fully enjoy it the way it was intended.
Why Natural Soap? TOP
Adults have about 8 pounds of skin. It is our largest organ, and it's like a sponge soaking up all that we spread on it. So, what do you want your skin to absorb?
We think that only all natural ingredients are good enough because that is what best for you.
We begin making every batch from scratch with olive oil, coconut oil, and organic sustainable palm oil. To this we add special moisturizing oils and butters such as avocado oil and shea butter to make sure that they are luxuriously moisturizing. Our soaps are colored naturally with plants and earth materials such as French clay, and they are scented with pure essential oils. Finally, in order to make soap we add sodium hydroxide (lye).
Without lye there would be no soap. In fact, the definition of soap requires that oils (fats) and lye be combined to cause a chemical reaction called 'saponification.' Don't worry, there's no lye left in the soap after this chemical reaction. Plus, after the saponification occurs the natural by-product is glycerin, a wonderful humectant that helps attract moisture to your skin and keep it soft.
Commercial 'soap' is not actually soap, it is a detergent. It's made with chemicals; if you are feeling brave look at the label of your favorite detergent bar. It is possible that you will not be able to pronounce many of the words. Is that what you want your body to absorb?
Not only is commercial 'soap' made with chemicals, but the natural glycerin that is created is actually removed so that it can be sold separately. We think that's pretty sad because the glycerin is one of the best parts of our soap. It helps make it so luxurious and makes it feel great on your skin.
We are sure that you'll love our handmade soap. It's an affordable luxury, and you deserve it!
Where does Desert Moon Bath & Body Stand on the Issue of Animal Testing? TOP
We don’t use ingredients that are tested on animals, nor do we use supplies, ingredients or support any company or business who tests its products on animals. Stopping all animal testing is something that we truly care about. In true conscience, we believe there is no way to justify testing cosmetics or any of their ingredients on animals. The only way to see if they’re safe for humans is to test them on humans. We believe this to be the only worthwhile position to adopt, and we encourage all bath & body products companies to adopt the same policy.
Why does it Sometimes Take Longer to Receive My Order? TOP
Our products are handmade in small batches to ensure freshness, and to ensure your purchase is long lasting. For that reason, we occasionally run out of stock. If the item you ordered is currently out of stock, it may take up to 5 business days for your order to be handcrafted for you. We thank you in advance for your patience. If you should have further Shipping questions, please refer to our Shipping Information page.
Shopping Cart, Order Placement and Billing Inquiries TOP
How secure is your shopping cart?
Desertmoonbathnbody.com shopping cart uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certified by VeriSign to transmit from your browser to our payment system. Our payment system encrypts your payment details using 2048 bit encryption. Once your payment has been processed, we DO NOT retain your credit card information to ensure the security of your financial information and to prevent fraud.
What do I do if my favorite product is out-of-stock on the website?
We do run out of some products from time to time. All our products are made by hand in small batches, so our products can always stay fresh. Out-of-stock items are usually back in stock within 5 to 7 business days. Please check back periodically to see if the product you want is back in our store. There is only one exception: we will no longer be carrying the handmade soap bars currently on our website as we will be selling our own brand of soap in the very near future; you can look forward to seeing our new soaps once our current stock of soap bars is exhausted.
Order shipping, Tracking, and Returns
Please visit our Shipping and Returns page for detailed information.
DesertMoonBathnBody.com wants you to be happy with your purchase and experience with us. If you wish to return your product, please email Customer Service to obtain a return authorization and receive instructions on how to return your product. PLEASE do not return your order without first contacting Customer Service. You are repsonsible for return shipping and delivery confirmation charges on the return. Visist our Tracking Page to get updated information on the status of your order.
What about Preservatives? TOP
There are many questions and controversy about Phthalates. What are Phthalates? What do they do? Are they dangerous? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) studied biomonitoring data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2001 and found “no reason for consumers to be alarmed at the use of cosmetics containing phthalates.” In addition, a study of participants from a CDC study showed that Phthalate exposure levels used in personal care products were well within the safety levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—levels that already incorporate a number of conservative safety margins. An expert panel—the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR)—also reviewed the use of phthalates in cosmetics. In 2002, it completed an extensive review of all the literature on DMP, DEP and DBP and reaffirmed its 1985 conclusion that these phthalates are “safe as used in cosmetic products.” CIR found that exposures to phthalates from cosmetics are “low compared to levels that would cause adverse effects in animals.”
Phthalates are among the most thoroughly studied families of compounds in the world and have been reviewed by multiple regulatory bodies in the United States. Using estimates of the average amounts of DBP found in nail polish, if a person were to absorb all the DBP in almost five bottles of nail polish, or all the DEP in two quarts of perfume, every day, the amount of phthalates he or she consumed would still be a level at which no effect is seen in laboratory animals.
Q. Do phthalates cause cancer?
A. Phthalates are not a known carcinogen.
Q. We are exposed to phthalates every day, in many ways. Doesn’t that add up to trouble?
A. We are exposed to many things every day. But phthalates do not build up in the body. Phthalates begin to break down within minutes and are quickly metabolized.
Get the facts & decide for yourself.
What about Babies and Baby Cosmetic Rules? TOP
Products For Baby
New Born to 12 Months
I have conservative views on what products are safe for babies. Babies are born without a defense system for allergens and develop a resistant as they grow. Product used on babies should have a very low allergy risk, contain the most natural ingredients with no extra perfume or preservatives. Babies don’t need perfume. Although there are a number of products in the marketplace for baby care, many cause problems for babies. Baby products should be as simple and safe and natural as possible.
Baby Cosmetic Rules
Babies are not dirty, they require gentle and soothing products. Babys skin is perfect apart from the first little while when it may be a bit dry and wrinkly. The natural acid barrier of baby skins is essential for their well being and should not be stripped away by harmful detergents. Babies should never be set in water with bubble baths. This is one of the most common irritants and it well documented to increase the risk of urinary tract infections in babies, toddlers and even grownups Soap will strip away the babies natural protective lipids on the skin.
· Babies are delicate. Products which are scented or have strong preservatives can cause eczema and allergies. Babies smell sweet enough without extra perfume.
· Babies do not need to be exposed to ingredients in cosmetics that have fallen under suspicion and are under investigation for possible toxic effects. Products and ingredients which have not been proven safe should not be tested on our children.
· Babies need protection from the sun. Although babies should avoid the sun, they still go for ‘walks’ in the pram and stroller and may lie under the shade of a tree. At those times, when babies are out and about, they need full-spectrum protection from the strength of the sun. Nano particles also known as “micronized zinc” or “micronized titanium” are currently under scrutiny and may possibly be able to pass the skin barrier and collect in the blood stream and lungs. When choosing a sunblock select the non micronized zinc or titanium until we know for sure the others are not harmful. These are the products that show up white on the skin. In the summer buy light UV clothing that covers the baby’s arms and legs and get them a nice wide brimmed hat to protect their face.
· If you feel you must use powder avoid talcum and use Rice, Corn or Tapioca Flour. Talc is chemically similar to asbestos, a known cancer causing substance. It is found in baby and body powders. An American Journal of Epidemiology study found talcum powder to be directly linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and general urinary tract disorders. I cannot personally say how well documented this is but why take the chance when there are so many other options available to us.
· Avoid products with Parabens in babies. I mention this group of preservatives because this group of preservatives have been found to be weakly estrogenic. That means that they produce the same effect on the body as estrogen. Although they are inactivated when eaten, they are absorbed into the skin from cosmetics in an active form. They have been linked with changes in the sexual organs and sexual development in rats and salmon. This has raised concern as to the possible effects on humans.