Saturday, August 25, 2012

Antibacterial Soap vs. Regular Soap

Let me start by saying I have never used nor purchased antibacterial products. belle and bianca soaps contain natural antibiotics such as peppermint, lemon, tea tree etc.
Antibacterial/antimicrobials started in hospitals (antibacterial chemicals are essentially antibiotics), and then mainstreamed into the consumer market to arm us against the dreaded enemy BACTERIA, convincing consumers that the war must be won. But with every war there is always a dark side. Where do all those chemicals that you are washing away end up? They end up in our water & food supply!  The fact is antibacterials need to stay on your skin a full 2 minutes to begin working, leaving behind a residue even after rinsing; regular soap needs a full 20 seconds though  honestly,with today’s impatience, I am sure neither time requirement is being met. Many bacteria are needed to help our bodies to defend against harmful bacteria;exposure helps to strengthen our immune systems vs. sterile environments that are prone to infection & allergies. Drug resistant “super bugs” are emerging MRSA, flesh eating bacteria… The fact is most colds & flus are VIRAL NOT bacterial.
I just ask people to think about the chemicals that they use on their bodies & in their homes and to be aware that chemicals are harmful. Natural is where the focus should be and has been since the beginning of time.  We should all use products that help make this world a healthier place. Let’s revisit a purer, more innocent time when our grandparent’s thrived on natura lways of living; the way Mother Nature intended.  Let’s put an end to bathing, cleaning& ingesting chemicals. Instead, soap and warm water for 20 seconds along with using natural antibiotics/antimicrobials such as peppermint, tea tree,oregano, lemon, thyme & eucalyptus to name a few is the truly healthy way to go. And always remember to eat immune boosting foods including wasabi &garlic! They will supplement the healthier, more natural ways of living.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


     It is extremely hard to believe that in this contemporary, futuristic world that we live in today, 2012, a world that is technically more advanced and informed than in any era of mankind, there are STILL prehistoric companies left that actually test their products on millions of innocent animals. Despite the public awareness made possible by organizations such as: PETA, Leaping Bunny, The Animal Defense League, ASPCA, the thousands of animal shelters, rescue shelters, And vegan societies, animal testing is still a major problem and should be of high importance in our world today. The true victims the poor, helpless animals that suffer in pain and agony through barbaric testing all for the sake of some new cosmetic, household cleaner or medicine (a subject for another day). Sadly a number of companies have opted to give up their cruelty-free status by selling their products to China (who by law mandatory test every product) because of the profit to be made. These companies include: Avon, Estee Lauder, Caudalie, L’Occitane, Mary Kaye and Yves Roche.
      However there is some light at the end of the tunnel. According to the PETA website they are funding scientists to work with the Chinese Government to end animal testing in lieu of non -animal alternatives. The UK has a cruelty free by 2013 campaign who’s petition was signed by 350,000 people.
      We need to continue to educate all about non-animal alternatives so that these companies must comply in order to market their products. Please use the following websites to check if the products you are using are cruelty- free and that they also do not have suppliers or third parties that test for them. &
      We at belle & bianca are very proud to be a part of the cruelty free community. belle & bianca will always be on the forefront of the cruelty free movement.