Beauty: It’s More Than Skin Deep

Our skin changes as we age.  Although we can’t turn the hands of time back on our skin, there are many things we can do to care for it. Properly caring for our skin is a combination of our skincare routine, nutrition, and lifestyle.

What we eat impacts our skin for good or bad depending on our choices.  A typical diet full of refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugars promotes aging of the skin and wrinkles.  A high-sugar diet, including refined carbohydrates such as crackers, chips, bagels, bread and orange juice, quickly turn into sugar in our bodies.  In turn, these sugars feed harmful bacteria in the gut, leading to low-grade inflammation throughout the body and can cause skin problems.  Whereas, whole foods nourish and repair our skin and bodies.  Striving to eat more plants, lean, unprocessed meats, healthy fats such as olive, avocado or coconut oils, nuts and seeds and adding bone broth will lead to improvement in the skin.  Powerhouse foods for great looking skin include:

• Bone broth, which is high in collagen, improves elasticity and promotes plumper, more youthful looking skin.
• Dark green leafy vegetables, loaded with antioxidants, improve skin elasticity.
• Vitamin C, most commonly found in citrus fruits and other colorful plants, is important for the production of collagen which makes the skin supple and smooth.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights aging of the skin.
• Healthy fats contain omega 3 and DHA that help prevent skin dryness. They also contain vitamin A and vitamin E, more powerful antioxidants which fight aging of the skin.
• Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce the damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. It is high in vitamins- C, D, K, and B2 (riboflavin), and minerals- zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron.


Sunlight is good for our mood and for making Vitamin D.  However, avoid excessive sun exposure and definitely avoid sunburns, which damage the elastin in our skin which leads to premature aging.

Water – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!   Dehydration causes the skin to look more dry and wrinkled.  Need I say more?

Sleep is essential for a healthy skin.  Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night.  While we sleep our bodies make new collagen, and as we’ve been talking about, collagen makes our skin plumper, which translates into fewer wrinkles and less sagging.  Skimping on sleep can wreak havoc on our complexion.  Who hasn’t noticed a dull, tired complexion complete with dark circles and bags under the eyes after a poor night’s sleep?  There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep!

Exercise boosts blood circulation to our skin, which speeds up healing and lends itself to that healthy glow we all hope to have.  If that weren’t enough, it also increases collagen production, which by now we all know is a really awesome thing!  As we exercise, the body heats up causing the pores to open, allowing the sweat to push out oil and dirt, so be sure to shower shortly after exercising to wash all that off so it doesn’t reabsorb into the skin.  Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, which also helps our skin.  More on this in another blog.

Skin Care

No matter what your skincare routine involves, make sure what you apply to your skin contains healthy, non-toxic ingredients!

Many skin care products found at the drug store or department store cosmetics counter are made with inexpensive and harmful ingredients.  The ingredient list is long and a chemistry degree would be helpful to decipher it.  When buying skin care products, look for a short ingredient list with names you can read and understand.  Shop for real and preferably organic ingredients made in nature.  These products provide numerous benefits to your skin, including improved resiliency and reduced signs of aging.  Finally, make sure to apply your moisturizers to when your skin is damp to seal in and retain moisture.

Four-Legged Family

For Our Furry Best Friends

Walks, romps in the yard, or just snuggling on the couch.  They’re all made so much better when we can share them with our furry family members.  They give so much and deserve the best in return.  That’s why we’ve developed a line of all natural products that you can use on your dog to help them feel and look their best.

Hot pavement, snowy salt filled streets, even dry indoor air.  They all contribute to dry, cracked paws, snouts, and elbows. Our dog balms offer quick relief and protection from the worst that life can throw at your dog.

Take a look at our all natural balms and find out more!

We Know Noses!

For Breeds Who Need Us Most.

All dog breeds can experience dry noses from time to time.  Dry air, hot sun or not drinking enough water can dehydrate the skin on your dog’s nose.

Some breeds, however, are genetically prone to persistent dry noses, or even a more extreme condition called Nasal Hyperkeratosis.  Most of these dogs are known as brachycephalic breeds, characterized by their flattened faces and smashed in noses.  This unique facial structure is the reason for their adorable appearance, but also make them more prone to develop dry, cracked and even crusty noses.

Popular breeds that fall into this category include Boxers, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Shih Tzus.

Our Nose Balm soothes and moisturizes, getting your pup’s nose back to looking smooth and shiny fast!

Natural Hound Nose Balm is made from a synergistic blend of all natural human grade ingredients.

While most of us love scents, our dogs do not.  All our balms are scent free.

Hard Working Paws

For Hunting and Working Dogs

Hunting and working dogs have unique needs when it comes to protection and healing.  They can put mile after mile on those hard working paws in the roughest terrain and weather conditions! We speak from experience as we’ve had the privilege to work and train many breeds, including Labradors, English Springer Spaniels and German Shorthaired Pointers in Minnesota’s harsh climate. Our friends in the musher community have been a crucial part of our product testing and have given us many suggestions on the needs of the dogs that compete in the ultimate test of canine endurance.

Paw Balm

Our Paw Balm was originally made in 1989 to prevent ice balls from forming between the pads of our English Springer during snowy conditions.  The harder waxes used in the Paw Balm form a protective, breathable barrier on the paws.

Nose Balm

Anyone who has had a hunting dog in the field for a day of chasing birds through switchgrass, cattails or thickets knows the beating the nose, face and other areas can take.  The anti-inflammatory ingredients in our Nose Balm eliminate discomfort and help your dog heal up fast.  Apply on the snout, around the eyes, and on the dog’s underside to bring relief.

Our Balms are Unscented and won’t interfere with your dog’s ability to scent!

Veterinary Dermatologist on Paw Balm

While we can tell you all about how great and effective our products are, an impartial voice often carries more weight  Following is a message we received from Veterinary Dermatologist Rendina McFadden, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Dermatology about our Paw Balm.

I picked up a tin of your Paw Balm at the Shakopee dog show a few weeks ago and have been using it for my Weimaraner’s feet. I thought you might be interested in seeing the before and after pictures which I have attached to this email. The before the picture was taken November 19th and the after taken today, December 9th. I applied it every day for the first 10 days or so and have since been doing it a few times a week. I am really impressed by how nice his feet are looking. Thanks for making such a great product. I love the fact that it is safe and doesn’t have any odor. After applying it to his feet, I rub it into my own hands!

I am a veterinary dermatologist with McKeever Dermatology Clinics in Eden Prairie and Inver Grove Heights and would be happy to endorse this product if you ever needed any help with promoting this great product.

Thank you and take care,

Rendina McFadden, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Not Just Another Pretty Scent

We’re frequently told by our customers that our products smell fantastic.  While we do think they smell pretty darn good, a pleasing aroma is just part of the picture when we formulate our balms and oils.

Most of our balms have a base of organic extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and beeswax.  These ingredients have been used for centuries to soothe and heal skin.  The essential oils we add to the balms are carefully combined to achieve specific results depending on the balm’s purpose.  A great example is our sleep balm.  The essential oils of lavender, frankincense, bergamot, and ylang-ylang all have properties that promote relaxation and ease stress.

Barb, one of our founders, is an RN certified in integrative healing and holistic health.  She also holds an advanced aromatherapy certification.  Every product we make is based on using the power of nature’s natural ingredients to soothe, heal and protect.

We use only natural, wildcrafted and organic ingredients.  No synthetics, petrochemicals, parabens or fragrance oils.