Summertime means warm breezes, sunny afternoons, sand in your toes, and more days spent in the great outdoors. It can also mean bug bites, sunburn, and dreaded poison ivy. Don’t let summer’s little annoyances detract from your enjoyment: Here’s our list of summer essentials to get you through the season in one piece!
Big Dipper Wax Works Citronella Candles
Big Dipper Wax Works has been crafting quality candles since 1993. 10% of their net profits from candle sales is donated to organizations that promote sustainable beekeeping. These citronella candles are handcrafted from beeswax, soy wax, and pure essential oils of Citronella and Cedarwood. The wick is made of 100% cotton, and contains no lead or metal.
Nantucket Spider Insect Repellents
Nantucket Spider is committed to providing effective natural bug repellents that are gentle to skin, hair, clothes, and the environment. Never greasy, their fine mist sprays are made using unique blends of essential oils, which are not only effective, but smell great, too! Look for their adult spray, kids spray, dog spray, and extra-strength tick-repellent spray.
Babyface Hydrating Skin Care
This light mineral water mist (100% electrolyzed, micro-structured, stabilized water) provides superior hydration and is all-natural. Julia, one of our buyers, says “it feels great on sunburn and is nice to spritz the face on a humid hot day.” Use it all Summer long to keep your skin looking beautiful.
Badger Coral Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Badger is a family-owned company located in New Hampshire. Their new clear zinc sunscreen is both safe and effective, plus it rubs in clear! It is free from artificial fragrances, dyes, parabens, petrolatum, and synthetics. Common chemical sunscreen ingredients, such as oxybenzone, can kill coral and damage coral reefs. Badger sunscreens do not have any of these harmful ingredients, making them our go-to Coral Reef Friendly sunscreen.
All Terrain Poison Ivy/Oak Bar
All Terrain’s Poison Ivy/Oak Bar is made using natural-based disinfectants and astringents, specially formulated to cleanse and soothe irritated skin. Use it to combat poison ivy, oak, and sumac, as well as rashes and eczema. They use Rainforest Alliance Certified Palm Oil for this cruelty-free soap. Keep a bar on hand for use after summer hikes and outdoor work!
Boiron Rhus Toxicodendron
This homeopathic remedy for poison ivy is actually crafted using poison ivy itself. Learn more about the uses of Rhus Toxicodendron here.
MegaFood Skin, Nails & Hair™
The arrival of summer means open-toed shoes, shorts, and sleeveless shirts. Plus, dips in the pool can wreak havoc on your hair. Protect your skin, nails, and hair from the inside with a supplement created specifically to promote the growth of nails and hair, and to maintain a healthy complexion. This supportive blend includes herbs like horsetail leaf, nettle, milk thistle, chaste tree berry, and red clover.
Urban Moonshine Bitters
Exotic vacations and fabulous food (or even just trips to the shore and a funnel cake or two) can leave your digestive system over-taxed during these Summer months. Keep things running smoothly and avoid the bloat with quality bitters from Urban Moonshine. Producers of Certified Organic herbal medicine since 2008, their blends are effective, delicious, and easily transportable so you can take them with you on your travels!
Travel-Sized Body Care
You use quality products on your skin and hair all year long, why should vacation be any different? Look to your local Kimberton Whole Foods apothecary for travel-sized versions of your favorites, including shampoos and conditioners from Alaffia.