Selkie Sensuals

...find your Inner Goddess...

Selkie Sensuals is a product line of natural & organic bath & body items to help you feel clean & sexy. We make your order when you order, or make small batches (of certain best-sellers only), never will your order come from a shelf where items have sat for a long time.

Main Website: www.SelkieSensuals.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/find.your.inner.goddess.


Ask Serenity  

Question: What oils do you use in products and why?

For the answer to this question, I will focus on oils other than scent oils, since I covered that in a previous post.

-Jojoba oil: I use jojoba oil in the Simply Selkie skin bar, most of the soaps that have natural colourants (such as the Celtic Islands bar and the Limited Edition Sultry Siren soap), the Salty Selkie mineral scrub and the Sensual Selkie massage oil. National research has shown that jojoba oil can slow the outbreak of acne, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. All of these properties make it a perfect addition to any soap. Besides these, jojoba oil is also a great moisturiser. It absorbs well into the skin, making it a good match for my massage oil recipe.

Sweet almond oil: I use sweet almond oil in the Sensual Selkie massage oil. Sweet almond oil contains a number of omega acids and it softens skin. A wonderful emollient, it blends well with jojoba oil to make a skin-softening, slick, absorbing oil that leaves skin soft rather than oily and sticky. Sweet almond oil acts as a humectant, preventing moisture loss. It is rich in Vitamin E and is said to relieve dry, flaking and itchy skin due to eczema, psoriasis and rashes.

Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is used in my Simply Selkie skin bar. The Simply Selkie bar was created by me to be an all-around every day use bar that gave the benefits of an expensive skin bar. It contains nourishing, moisturising skin-beneficial ingredients such as cocoa butter, oatmeal (a mild exfoliant to clear grime and dead skin), jojoba oil and of course, tea tree oil. Tea tree oil, though not thoroughly researched for such, is also used to affect acne. It also has been used for sunburns, rashes, and other annoying skin conditions. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

My goal with Selkie Sensuals is to provide products for everyday use, for all skin types that do more than just get you clean and help you feel confident and sensual. Though I have “hit the jackpot” so to speak with my current offerings, I continue to research for even more ideas to add to my array of skin products. As always, lovingly handcrafted in small batches!

So, until next time…stay Sensual!

Serenity

New Products now available!

Our newest products have been added to the website! (http://www.selkiesensuals.com)

The Celtic Islands Soap bar was supposed to be just a Spring Limited Edition offering, but customers kept asking that it be offered year-round. How could I not!?!

Celtic Islands Soap barPacked with oatmeal, a mild exfoliant, natural oils and natural spirulina for colour, this lightly scented bar is sure to become a family favourite! Not to woodsy and not too flowery, this soap will take you to the Emerald Isle, or to the Highlands of Scotland where the wind blows over fields of lavender.

Selkie Soft Moisture Balm

Selkie Soft Moisture balms are VEGAN! Made with natural waxes and oils. They are a must have for dry cracked elbows heels and more! Scented with your choice of our signature scent blends, they double as a solid perfume! Don’t want a scent? We also offer an unscented version. These were part of our product line a few years ago, lately I’d had numerous customers ask for them, so we at Selkie Sensuals decided to bring them back full-time!

Summer Limited Edition items to be announced on May 1!

Until then…stay Sensual!

~Serenity

Grand (re)Launch of selkiesensuals.com!

Selkie Sensuals is proud and very happy to announce the Grand Launch of our new and improved website! Thanks to the tireless web work of Aley D., http://www.selkiesensuals.com is LIVE!

Come get Sensual!

Serenity

Question: Wait, what? Aren’t you supposed to EAT oatmeal?

Of course one can eat oatmeal, not only does it fill you up (especially on those cold winter mornings), but it has great health benefits as well! But, did you know it is also good for your skin?

Yes, that’s right! Oatmeal is good for your skin!

  • Anti-inflammatory: Oatmeal can be used topically on the skin to reduce redness and to alleviate the annoying itch of dry skin, eczema, or chicken pox.
  • Soothes irritations: Topical application of oatmeal to the skin can help soothe poison ivy and other rashes.
  • Helps prevent moisture loss which can lead to dry skin: Oatmeal creates a protective barrier on your skin to help it stay moisturized.
  • Exfoliates: Oatmeal is a mild exfoliant. Using soap with oatmeal helps your skin be the cleanest it can be while it gently works away dead, dry skin and dirt. Exfoliated skin is healthier skin!

Selkie Sensuals’ Simply Selkie bar is simply perfect! Tons of oatmeal, ground very fine, helps your skin feel smooth, moisturized and healthier! This soap was specifically formulated to be gentle for all skins types, for everyday use, even on the face! It is available at Boo’s Gift Shop in Virginia Beach, VA and soon on the about-to-be-launched new and improved http://www.selkiesensuals.com!

Oatmeal is also used in our brand new soap (currently available exclusively at Boo’s gift Shop in Virginia Beach, VA), Celtic Islands. A large bar with a clean, fresh scent, reminiscent of Scottish breezes blowing over fields of lavender and heather. It is coloured naturally with spirulina for a tint of green! If you don’t live near Virginia Beach, don’t despair, this soap will soon be offered online as well!

Until next time, stay Sensual!

Serenity

Question: What is SLS/SLES and why don’t you put these in your products?

Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are used in soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products to create lather or foaming action.

SLS and SLES are esters of Sulphuric acid - SLS is also known as “Sulfuric Acid Monododecyl Ester Sodium Salt” and  SLES is commonly contaminated with dioxane, which is a known carcinogen.

SLES is less irritating than SLS, however, it cannot be metabolised by the liver. Therefore, its effects may be longer-lasting.

SLS dissolves the natural oils on your skin and can cause drying and since it is absorbed into the body through the skin, it could have some very negative effects such as menstrual problems, a drop in male fertility and contribute to female cancers. SLS is a skin and eye irritant and maintains residual levels in our organs, including the heart, liver, lungs and brain…all from contact with our skin.

SLS has been shown to cause acute corneal damage in animals, imagine what it could do to your eyes, or your child’s eyes. I know there are times I am washing my face and I get soap in my eyes. Furthermore, if SLS or SLES is in your soap, it is absorbing into your skin every time you bathe!

Selkie Sensuals makes NATURAL bath and body products…I think it is obvious why we don’t use these chemicals in the production of them. We use our products, in our home, daily. We don’t want SLS on your skin OR on ours!

Rest assured, Selkie Sensuals will NOT put SLS or SLES in our products. Ever.

Until next time, stay Sensual,

Serenity

Question: How did you come up with the name “Selkie Sensuals”?

It all started when I was born on a Monday morning in July. I was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer, a water sign. Though I admit I am not much of a swimmer, I do so love the water. With that love of water came a love of water creatures, including mermaids, sirens, and selkies as well as those we often see like dolphins, sea stars, etc.

So, I am discussing business names with my husband (who just happens to have a great nose for scent blends!) and we thought something revolving around water would be perfect, since most people use water when they bathe. (grin) The second thing we wanted to convey is that when one is clean and feels good and rejuvenated, one also can feel sexier. We think that women often get caught up in the rat race that is everyday life and forget to take time for themselves, forget that they can be sexy and sensual. The name Selkie Sensuals nearly popped into both of our heads at the same time and we didn’t even throw any other ideas around, it was perfect.

The whole idea behind our product line was to create products that help a woman tap into her inner Goddess, to feel the sensual side of herself and not feel ashamed or shy about it, but to just go with it. At the same time, our products can be used daily, not just the night of that hot date. They are gentle on the skin and full of nourishing butters, oils, and waxes.

Coming soon to http://www.selkiesensuals.com

…Until next time, stay Sensual…

~Serenity

Question: How did you get into making your own products?

One of the faces behind Selkie Sensuals, Serenity.

People sometimes ask me how I got into making my own bath and body products. So this will be the topic of today’s blog post. It all started when I moved to California back in 1998. I ended up in Santa Cruz, a hippie and surfer paradise, which boasted small, independently run coffee shops and stores, health food stores and shops where one could buy organic clothing, hemp clothing and other natural items. Living there, being surrounded by that kind of lifestyle, made me question just what it was I had been putting on (and in) my body up until that point. I started reading labels and searching the internet. I decided that very night that I wanted to start being more health-conscious, more “green” if you will. What better way to do that than to make my own soaps and body products. I started crafting all-natural products in late 1998 and have been doing so since. Over the years my recipes and products have been honed and culled to the most natural, basic, earthy items I could come up with and I think I’ve got a pretty good bead on it. 

I haven’t bought “store” soap for years and I love it!

Next time: How did you come up with the name for your store?

Until then, stay Sensual!

~Serenity

Available @ http://www.selkiesensuals.com (coming soon!)
Available now @ Boo’s Gift Shop in Virginia Beach, VA
The only thing simple about this soap is the fresh clean scent! This customer favourite is full of natural skin nurturing goodness. Every ingredient is included specifically to produce smooth, toned, healthy skin. Expensive store brand soaps claim to exfoliate, tone, hydrate or dissolve without residue, often accomplished by using artificial or heavy creams; Selkie Sensuals soaps instead use healthy plant resins and extracts to perform ALL of these functions in one body-rejuvenating product. Simply clean, Simply soft, Simply Sensual…Simply Selkie! EXCELLENT for all over cleaning including face, AND with cocoa butter, good for pregnant bellies too! (props not included)

Available @ http://www.selkiesensuals.com (coming soon!)

Available now @ Boo’s Gift Shop in Virginia Beach, VA

The only thing simple about this soap is the fresh clean scent! This customer favourite is full of natural skin nurturing goodness. Every ingredient is included specifically to produce smooth, toned, healthy skin. Expensive store brand soaps claim to exfoliate, tone, hydrate or dissolve without residue, often accomplished by using artificial or heavy creams; Selkie Sensuals soaps instead use healthy plant resins and extracts to perform ALL of these functions in one body-rejuvenating product. Simply clean, Simply soft, Simply Sensual…Simply Selkie! EXCELLENT for all over cleaning including face, AND with cocoa butter, good for pregnant bellies too!

(props not included)

Our Mission: To create hand-crafted, affordable, quality bath and body products without all the chemicals found in many commercially produced products of similar type. We use NO artificial fragrance oils, NO artificial colours and NO SLS or SLES in our products. Selkie Sensuals

Testimonial

  • Serenity: Which product would you say is your favourite?
  • David: I am absolutely in love with the 'Simply Selkie Skin Bar' that you make. It is truly something that makes you feel absolutely luxurious at a great price. Don't ever stop making it!
  • - David Wood (singer/recording artist) www.DavidWoodMusic.com