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February 1, 2016

Pure, Natural AND Affordable Latex Mattresses

“Good night, Andrew, I love you. Good night bed, I love you.” Apparently these are the real words that are spoken nightly at my friends’ house. After experiencing the same sorts of problems with tossing and turning and being woken up by each other, my friends decided it was time for a new bed. He [...]

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February 1, 2016

Get More Zzzzzzz’s

I <3 Sleep! Seriously! Who doesn’t?? Sleep is SO SO SO good for us, but most of us don’t get nearly enough – except maybe my friend Julie who sometimes brags on her Facebook page that she “just slept 13 hours straight!”. (I’ll protect the rest of her identity so she doesn’t get flooded with [...]

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October 28, 2015

The Many Benefits of Chaga

Known as king of the mushrooms, chaga is unique in the mushroom kingdom because it grows almost exclusively on birch trees in very cold climates (sound familiar?). The spores find an opening in the bark and begin to grow very slowly into a sterile conk that looks like a large burnt mass of charcoal. Chaga [...]

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June 1, 2015

Common Sense Sun & Bug Protection

Common Sense Sun & Bug Protection

From our June 2014 E Newsletter: ~ written by mama bare Common Sense Sun Protection I absolutely love soaking up the sunshine this time of year. While it’s true that the sun’s rays are far more powerful now with our depleting ozone layer, sunshine is still vital for our health. It allows the body to [...]

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October 5, 2014

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

(Guest Post By Courtney Henny, background in Nursing and owner of Emmy’s Elderberry Syrup) You’re going to get sick this season. It’s inevitable. Or is it?  How much control do we have over our immune systems, and our ability to fight off all these nasty bugs floating around us this time of year? Especially for [...]

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May 27, 2014

Natural Insect Repellent Options

Natural Insect Repellent Options

So, you’ve likely heard by now that Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has shut down the sale of non-registered insect repellent products ACROSS CANADA. Basically, all the little manufacturers (and some of the big ones!) can no longer sell any DEET-FREE options of bug sprays or balms. We think this is a bit ridiculous. [...]

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March 25, 2014

Dare to Go Bare

Dare to Go Bare

“Dear Beautiful Friend, It was so great to see you the other day! I’m delighted to hear that you are doing so well. You look fabulous! As usual, of course. Your eyes are twinkling, your smile is radiant, and you hold your head confidently high. I know that I caught you off guard. You weren’t [...]

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March 4, 2014

Natural Teen Skin Care

Natural Skin Care for Teens We’re getting more questions from you about getting teens started on natural skin care regimes, as well as problem solving questions re: acne, odours, etc. So here is summed up our best advice for teens and their parents on natural skin care. Reasons to Start Young Paying attention to the [...]

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March 4, 2014

Treating Acne Naturally

How to Treat Acne Naturally Most of us had some experience with acne during adolescence. And many of us are encountering acne after having children and into later adulthood. Acne at any age is not fun. Here are a few ways to try and tackle it. Less is More You hear this all the time [...]

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November 14, 2013

Highlights from Everyday Toxins with Dr. Rick Smith

Highlights from Everyday Toxins with Dr. Rick Smith

Recently, I was invited to be a guest panellist discussing Toxins in Everyday Life. The headline speaker was Dr. Rick Smith, former Executive Director of Environmental Defence and Co-Author of Slow Death By Rubber Duck. Here are some highlights and important messages I took away from the evening… Toxins are everywhere. But most of the [...]

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September 23, 2013

Switching to Natural Shampoo

“Do you have an organic shampoo?” It’s the #1 most sought after natural care product that consumers are looking for. We should know, we get requests all the time. People get that their shampoos are ‘poison in a bottle’ and want a healthier alternative. Unfortunately, the world of natural shampoo is trickier to adjust to [...]

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September 17, 2013

Behind the Scenes in the Bare Den…

“So…. do you make this stuff?” “Yes, I do.” “Cool. ” “Sure is.” It is cool, but not necessarily easy. OK, well it is relatively simple to make the recipes, but there are many parts, steps, pieces that make it more involved than it seems when you see finished products on shelves. I think some [...]

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June 11, 2013

Natural Baby Care Basics

Natural Baby Care Basics

Most skin care products marketed for babies and children contain many harmful ingredients including synthetic fragrances, cancer-causing ingredients and other harmful additives that are easily absorbed into their developing bodies. Did you know that up to 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream (Environmental Working Group)? Babies and children [...]

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May 12, 2013

Globe & Mail Article!

Now and again we get some press, but this was our best press review to date. And in the Globe & Mail to boot!  Thought I’d re-post before it gets lost online… Reading ingredients on baby product turns mother into entrepreneur http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/sustainability/reading-ingredients-on-baby-product-turns-mother-into-entrepreneur/article8609616/ BEVERLEY SMITH The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Feb. 14 2013, 5:00 AM [...]

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April 21, 2013

15 Easy Ideas to Start for Earth Day (and Every Day)

15 Easy Ideas to Start for Earth Day (and Every Day)

1. Cut out single serving containers (take out, coffee/tea, cold drinks, yogurt cups…). 2. Drink (GASP) tap water. Get a good filter. 3. Start using good quality bar soaps – they don’t need extra [plastic] packaging, work just as well, and can last a long time if you allow them to dry properly (and supervise [...]

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April 18, 2013

Multiple Uses for Bare Products

Multiple Uses for Bare Products

The other day I had a lovely chat with a lovely retailer (Natalie @ Go Green Baby in Kingston) about other products she’d like to bring in. After reviewing her “wish list”, it occurred to me that most of our current product offerings can fit the bill, even though they aren’t necessarily marketed/labelled that way. [...]

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March 13, 2013

What’s the Difference Between the Baby and Healing Balm?

What’s the Difference Between the Baby and Healing Balm?

In our “Ask Mama Bare” posts on Facebook, we get asked this question a lot, so I thought it was worthy of a more permanent blog post… Q: What’s the difference between the Baby Balm and Healing Balm? Mama Bare Answer: Not much! When we first started out (SIX years ago now !!), we only [...]

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March 12, 2013

How to Switch to Natural Deodorant

How to Switch to Natural Deodorant

Since I find myself saying this on a weekly basis (at least), I thought I should post it here so you can read all the gory details and share with your friends who are too nervous to make the switch to natural pit care. What’s Wrong with Anti-Perspirant? Well, the biggest problem with anti-perspirant are [...]

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March 11, 2013

Lightening our Footprint

Lightening our Footprint

Being ‘green’ is on everyone’s mind these days. Ours too. In fact, being green is a big part of the reason we started this business. Our founding green principles are still with us: to use non-toxic, mostly food-grade ingredients; to offer recyclable and re-usable packaging; to work in a small, multi-purpose space; to reduce, reuse [...]

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March 8, 2013

Organic Skin Care Standards

Organic Skin Care Standards

To really understand this post, please review the Organic Standards related to food found here first. Organic food is clear. Skin care/cosmetics are NOT. First to our neighbours down South: Organic Skin Care – USA (Note: In this section, personal care products/cosmetics/skin care products are being used interchangeably to describe personal cleaning and beauty products [...]

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