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Native Plant Report: Pacific Hound’s Tongue

Native Plant Report: Pacific Hound’s Tongue

Haven’t you been told not to pick up hitchhikers? If you have ever found flat, teardrop-shaped burrs stuck on your socks or pant legs, then you have met this member of the

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Inside the workshop: The Things We Do For Love

Inside the workshop: The Things We Do For Love

At Mountain Girl Soap we have a soft spot for the Pacific Northwest environment. We believe that we are the caretakers of this planet. Here are a few things we do...

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Store Spotlight: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Store Spotlight: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

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The "Forbidden Falls"

The "Forbidden Falls"

Warning. The following post features stunts that should not be re-enacted. We insist that no one attempt to recreate any stunt or activity performed in this post. DO NOT try this at home.

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Ingredient Feature: Activated Charcoal - Dirt Magnet

Ingredient Feature: Activated Charcoal - Dirt Magnet

Activated charcoal - the ultimate green beauty detox treatment and overall dirt magnet. If cleansing with charcoal sounds contrary to what common sense would suggest then read on.

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Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day is April 22

Splash through a creek? Wander in the desert? Veer off the beaten path? What are you doing for Earth Day?

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Celebrate California Native Plant Week

Celebrate California Native Plant Week

California’s natural flora overflows in a richness that matches the diversity of the land itself. Within the State one encounters practically every environment...

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Calming Beauty Routine

Calming Beauty Routine

We’d like to share one of our all-natural beauty rituals with you. The advantages are that anyone can do this; it works incredibly well and doesn’t cost a thing.

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Native Plant Report: Wild Lilac (Ceanothus)

Native Plant Report: Wild Lilac (Ceanothus)

Come May and June of each year clouds of vibrant blue flowers grace the foothills and regale us with their distinctive aroma. Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family) Ceanothus, the Wild California Lilac is one of the most...

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Inside the Workshop: Creative Process

Inside the Workshop: Creative Process

People ask us all the time: Where do you come up with ideas and scents for your products? Here is an exclusive peak into our method.

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Store Spotlight: Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Store Spotlight: Turtle Bay Exploration Park

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Favorite Backpack Snack

Favorite Backpack Snack

Trail mix is the classic hiking food. It’s perfectly packable and nutrient dense. And it offers an ideal balanced energy source for hikers who want to replenish...

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Ingredient Feature: Juniper Berry - Uncommonly Good

Ingredient Feature: Juniper Berry - Uncommonly Good

Juniper Berries. These little blue wonders are harvested from the Common Juniper bush which is part of the pine family. The advantage of juniper berry...

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Feed Your Skin - Oil for Moisturizing

Feed Your Skin - Oil for Moisturizing

Petroleum jelly and mineral oil are used extensively in personal care products around the world to protect the skin and prevent water loss. The use of petrochemicals is controversial and each person must make their own decision to use them or not. Here is why we don’t use them.

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Dry Skin Body Brushing

Dry Skin Body Brushing

Have you tried it? Improve health, increase circulation, and give your body some extra exfoliation for bright and smooth skin by using a dry brush. With gentle massage...

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Native Plant Report - California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)

Native Plant Report - California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)

California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica), the California state flower. What makes this flower special? Read on...

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Inside the Workshop: Working with Natural Colors

Inside the Workshop: Working with Natural Colors

Come take a peek into our workshop and see what we're doing now. Have you ever wondered where our pretty soap colors come from? We've been playing with natural...

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Store Spotlight - Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Store Spotlight - Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

I'd like to introduce you to one of the stores that carry Mountain Girl Soap, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area's Visitor's Center. Our relationship began...

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Personal Hygiene on the Trail

Personal Hygiene on the Trail

Nothing feels better than clean skin after you've been hiking all day. You know the sticky, salty, sweat-dripping-down-your-back feeling? Here's the skinny on personal hygiene when you're hiking or packing.

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Ingredient Feature: Shea Butter - Superfood for your Skin

Ingredient Feature: Shea Butter - Superfood for your Skin

One of the luxury features of our skin salve is Shea Butter, a superfood for your skin. The advantage of Shea Butter is that....

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Plain Soap and Water

Plain Soap and Water

The question of the day: Should I use antibacterial soap? It seems that modern day people are more obsessed with cleanliness, sterilizing and disinfecting than ever before. But are we doing more harm than good?

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