Did you know?

Many times, we think that an ingredient being biodegradable is all that it takes to be earth friendly, however, there are a lot of other ways an ingredient can harm our planet.  To be truly safe for our environment, an ingredient must be renewable, it must biodegrade, it must not bioaccumulate and it must not bind heavy metals together.  

An ingredient must be renewable.  This is why so many people do not want to use petroleum derived ingredients.  Sure, petroleum is natural, it is mined right from our earth, but it is not renewable.  We cannot readily grow petroleum, unfortunately. We do not have easily accessible choices for our cars (although thankfully, this is starting to change) but we definitely have choices for our cosmetics and body products.  All of our Tiber River ingredients are renewable.

When an ingredient readily biodegrades, this means that it will break down in nature without us having to do anything special to it.  Over time, it will turn into a harmless vapour and evaporate into nothing. All of our Tiber River ingredients readily biodegrade in our environment.

Many ingredients can bioaccumulate in both aquatic life and mammals, even natural ones.  They are absorbed into their bodies from the water or ground and then can cause harm to those animals.  None of our Tiber River ingredients bioaccumulate.

Lastly, it is important for ingredients not to bind heavy metals together, again this can happen even with naturally derived ingredients.  This can lead to the suffocation of aquatic life in our water ways.  Tiber River does not use ingredients that bind heavy metals.

There are countless other ways that ingredients can harm our earth and we are constantly looking into as many as we can. However, these main ones are important to know and be able to explain to our customers.

I invite you to connect with me if you have any questions!

 

Tiber River Summer Must-Haves

Citronella and Catnip Bug Spray

Say NO to bugs – There is only one thing that I dislike about summer, and that would be bugs. When we head north to the cottage there is an abnormal amount of insects of all shapes and sizes.  I hate the smell and feel of bug spray. Nothing disgusts me more than the scent of traditional bug repellents so I knew that had to find a natural alternative.  Tiber River makes a unique spray combing citronella and catnip, alone with 28 other essential oils.  My cats love it and other pesky critters don’t.  It’s gentle enough that it can be sprayed directly onto skin, clothing, pets or even cat toys.

$17.95 + HST

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Save Me Spray/Gel

This product is a saving grace for many summer ailments. The green tea is the active ingredient that helps with itching and sunburns. The essential oils, the witch hazel and infusion are antibacterial. The guar, glycerin and olive are moisturizing. It’s incredibly effective at treating cuts, scrapes, sunburns, poison ivy, mosquito bites, burns, etc. Every home should have a bottle of this super gel in their medicine cabinets.

Can be used effectively for the following things:

  • For cuts, rinse first, apply a layer before applying band-aid. Repeat as required.
  • For Burns, Sunburns, or to prevent peeling or skin damage after regular sun exposure – Apply to skin as required.
  • Shingles – Apply as often as required to affected area for relief of itching.
  • To ease itching of ANY kind – bug bites, chicken pox, etc. – Apply to skin as required.
  • Mild acne – Apply after cleansing. Do not wash off.
  • Can also be used in place of a moisturizer for oily and/or blemished skin.

60mL (Spray or Gel) $7.95 + HST
240mL (Spray or Gel) $17.95 + HST

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Shave to Be Smooth Shave Cream

Dare to be bare – It’s time to uncover and bare some skin. If that thought strikes fear and dread in your heart because the thought of hair removal makes you crazy, you should try Tiber River’s Shave to be Smooth shave cream.Did you know that a foaming shave lotion can actually dry your skin?? This product contains a unique blend of Irish Moss and aloe to provide the slip required to shave without damaging your skin, while the many oils soften the hair follicle, making it easier to shave. Smells amazing too!

60mL  $9.95 + HST
240mL $22.95 + HST

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Sugar Scrubs

Exfoliate for smooth, summer skin – Summer is all about baring that sun-kissed skin. With cutoffs, mini-skirts, and laid-back days of going makeup-free on the beach, I always want to give my skin some extra attention in the summer – and for me, that starts with exfoliation. The simple act of exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface, as well as oil that could potentially clog pores and cause issues.  Tiber River’s Sugar Scrubs are going to be your go-to exfoliator this summer. The sugar gently scrubs away your dry, winter skin and leaves soft, moisturized skin behind, just waiting to be touched. It removes dead skin cells, allowing your new skin to shine through and moisturizes like a dream.  For super soft skin, apply while in the shower, after cleansing, massaging onto body in a circular motion. Rinse well, moisturize. Follow with any Tiber River lotion or body butter.  Two new amazing scents have been released for summer 2013 – Raspberry Lemonade, a tangy, sweet and fresh combination that will make your smell-buds explode and your skin rejoice and Summer Squeeze, a super intense blend of citrus, mango and pomegranate.

240mL  $21.95 + HST

 

For more information on ordering please connect with me at jenvivian(at)sympatico.ca

Stinky Yoga Mat??? Here is your solution……

Looking for a way to keep your mat clean and smelling fresh every time you unroll it in the hot room? Tiber River’s Tiberriffic Mat Spray is my favourite new way to safely clean and extend the life of my yoga mat. This alcohol-free spray is completely natural, bio-degradable and non-toxic, contains a unique blend of essential oils and is a two-in-one product that both cleans your mat while easing your mind back from a great workout to reality.

Just spray a thin layer onto yoga mats after class and either wipe away or allow to air dry. Each 240mL bottle of mat spray contains enough natural cleaning power to keep your mat fresh and clean for weeks! This spray can also be used as an airborne disinfectant, room spray or gym bag and shoe spray.

There’s nothing like lying in half tortoise pose sniffing an uber clean mat instead of a stinky sweaty one! If you are doing more yoga (or pilates, or anything else that requires a mat) you need this tiberriffic mat spray

60mL – $6.95
240mL – $11.95
1L – $21.95

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Shower Shakes to Shake Things Up

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I LOVE Tiber River’s Shower Shakes.  For those of you who are thinking the Harlem Shake in a Shower it’s actually so much better!!! (it’s so good it might actually cause you to Harlem shake)

 

A unique creation, a shower shake is a 3-in-1 product that you use in the shower or bath. It lathers up great, smells amazing and does what it’s supposed to do – it washes, exfoliates & moisturizes.

 

Comes in 14 amazing scents – my personal favorite is YUZU Fresh and Lime Margarita.

 

$9.95 for 60mL or $17.95 for 240mL

 

For the remaining month of May I’ll cover your shipping!!

Message me if you’re interested in SHAKING things up!

Are You Putting These 18 Toxic Chemicals On Your Body Every Day?

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Want to detoxify your personal care routine, but don’t know know where to start? Read the labels, and steer clear of products with these noxious chemicals!

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
These three hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents — research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths and facial cleansers.
 
Phthalates and Parabens
Banned by the European Union in 2003, phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They keep hairsprays sticky and bacteria and keep fungus out of things like nail polish and perfume. Both have been shown to be carcinogenic and particularly linked to breast cancer.
 
FD&C Color Pigments
Most FD&C color pigments are made from coal tar and studies show that almost all of them are carcinogenic.These are found in products such as foundation or eyeshadow. Many of these pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation, or even oxygen depletion in the blood. FD&C Red #4 is no longer available for use in foods because of a known threat to the adrenal glands and urinary bladder.
 
Fragrance
“Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system. “Fragrances” are found in most shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, skincare and body care products.
 
Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin
These are formaldehyde donors, which means that they are derivatives of the formaldehyde, which is what scientists and morticians use to preserve corpses and body parts. (Remember dissecting frogs in school?) These chemicals are linked to allergies, chest pain, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, loss of sleep, and can trigger asthma. They can weaken the immune system, and, surprise surprise, cause cancer. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin are used in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.
 
Quaternium-15
Quarternium-15 commonly causes allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde. Quarternium-15 is used as a preservative in many skin and hair care products.
 
Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac! Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers. Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.
 
Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin like saran wrap, which prevents the skin from breathing, absorbing and excreting. It also slows the skin’s natural cell development, causing the skin to age prematurely. Note that baby oil is 100% mineral oil – and 100% bad for your baby’s sensitive skin.
 
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
PEG’s are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
 
Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze. It is also used in makeup, toothpaste and deodorant. Stick deodorants have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use! Direct contact can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. The EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with it. And yet, the FDA says we can put it in our mouths!!
 
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. They are used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes. AND still the most popular ingredients for makeup, shampoo and conditioner and toothpaste. Exposure causes eye damage, depression, diarrhea and many other ailments.
 
Triclosan
This is a synthetic antibacterial ingredient that has been compared to nothing less than Agent Orange. The Environmental Protection Agency registers it as a pesticide, highly toxic to any living organism. It is also classified as a chlorophenol. In other words, it is in a cancer causing chemical class. Triclosan disrupts hormones, can affect sexual function and fertility and may foster birth defects. Triclosan has been linked to paralysis, suppression of the immune system, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems. It’s widely used in antibacterial cleansers, toothpaste, and household products.
 
Talc
Talc has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It can be found in makeup, baby and adult powders and foundation.
 
Petrolatum
Petrolatum is a petrochemical that contains two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene. As you might imagine from a petroleum derivative, petrolatum prevents the skin from breathing and excreting. 
 

At Tiber River we want to educate our customers on why we choose the ingredients we do, why we make the products we do and how these products and ingredients help them. We make sure our ingredients are safe for our lakes, forests and air, as well as for people. And we do this all while having fun and trying to forge our own path, rather than follow someone else’s.

Looking for a safe alternative?  Check out Tiber River Products by Jen Vivian
Bath & Body, Hands & Feet, Soap, Moms to Be, Men and Home Products free of Parabens, Phosphates, Palm Oil & Gluten.

Made in Manitoba by two Moms, using only natural, biodegradable ingredients.

www.tiberathome.com/jenvivian

 
This list was taken from the book REVIVE: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again (2009) (previously called SPENT). 

Go ahead, grab another cold one—for your hair that is

Beer

That popular yeasty brew can actually add both strength and shine to dull, limp hair. Unfortunately, you don’t actually need to drink the beer to get the benefits. You just need to drench your hair in it.

Beer contains B vitamins to feed malnutritioned hair, proteins that can help repair damaged hair and increase its body and the sugars, maltrose and sucrose, tighten the hair’s cuticles leaving the hair brilliantly shiny.

Try Tiber River’s Honey Beer Shampoo and Conditioner if you’ve got fine hair that needs some added umphf! or if you’re a guy sick of smelling like fruit and flowers.  There is perhaps no manlier smell than the scent of a cold pint of beer.

Wondering how you can get your hands on these products by Tiber River?  Shop online at: www.tiberathome.com/jenvivian or join us at an upcoming event, host a private party in your home, or message me to place an order for you!

How to Go Green: 5 Spring Cleaning Tips

Cleaning products are everywhere in our homes and workplace: on dishes, countertops, furniture, floors, windows, and in the air we breathe. In our war against dirt and germs we may often actually be making things worse.

Most of the traditional cleaning products we use today are petroleum-based and have numerous health and environmental implications. There are plenty of natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects.

Top Green Cleaning Tips

  1. Make the switch to green cleaning products
    As the health and environmental impacts of conventional cleaning products become more thoroughly understood, more and more brands of healthy, green, and effective cleaning products have started hitting the market and competing for that coveted place of honor under your sink. Many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources (not petroleum). Check out Tiber River’s Maid in a Bottle.  All natural, biodegradable and enviornmentally friendly, it’s the answer to your cleaning headaches. Now you can clean your floors, windows, counters, mirrors, stoves, walls and practically anything else with just this.
  2. Avoid poor indoor air quality
    It is not uncommon for the air inside a home to be more toxic than the air outside. This is because of the presence of toxic materials and substances and the fact that homes and buildings are better insulated than ever before (which is a good thing from an energy standpoint). Keeping windows open as often as possible allows fresh air in and keeps toxins flowing out. This is especially important when cleaning your home.
  3. Be careful with antibacterial cleaners
    The antibacterial and antimicrobial ‘cleaners’ that many people think are necessary, especially during cold season, don’t clean hands better than soap and water, and also add to the risk of breeding “super germs,” bacteria that survive the chemical onslaught and have resistant offspring. Tiber River Naturals makes a line of foaming hand soaps in a variety of intoxicating scents.
  4. Help your home smell baking soda-licious
    Baking soda not only removes those strange smells coming from your fridge, it’s also a great odor-eliminator for your carpet. Just add a few drops of your favorite Tiber River essential oil to a little baking soda and sprinkle to soak up some of those odors and then vacuum it up.
  5. Clean your indoor air naturally
    Skip the store-bought air fresheners and instead try diffusing your favorite Tiber River essential oil

Tiber River Products can be purchased through my site at:
www.tiberathome.com/jenvivian

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