UPDATE (30 Jan 2015)
Mom has been sticking with Ah Yuan's natural hand-made soap bars for many years now. Just to update this post with more details of the soap bars. No longer using the home-made herbal conditioner below altho its good... cuz Mom getting abit lazy already after all these years......... scroll down for old details.
Remember my shower stuffs - natural Chandrika soapbar followed with organic home-made herbal conditioner?
The home-made organic herbal conditioner stays the same, we're still using it. The only difference here is - the soap.
Now Mom has a new natural soap for us again. It's handmade & more ex, but definitely better as well. Some of them are considered organic as well. Mom NEVER believes in nor uses pet-grade soaps on us becuz they're full of artificial smells & ingredients which are not natural nor good for us, dogs.
In the wild, wild animals like wolves always have to smell as natural as possible & blend into the environment to prevent unwanted attention such as other predators or even preys (Eg. stealing their prized foods). Same theory goes for us domesticated dogs as these natural abilities & instincts do not die down even though we're domesticated already.
Ever wondered why some of us, when after batheing keep 'rubbing ourselves on floors, couches, beds, grooming tables etc? That's becuz of the un-natural & STRONG smells coming from those pet-shampoos/conditioners & PERFUMES. Its not becuz we're trying to act cute or anything. We're definitely NOT. We're simply tryin to RID OFF those ugly smelly smells off our bodies to get back our natural environmental scents.
Dogs, or rather, animals are not meant to use such stuffs like humans. Our sense of smell are like wayyyyyy stronger than urs. 40 times? prolly up to a hundred times even! So imagine if the pet-shampoo smells SOOOOO GOOOOOD & strong to u, how would it be like for us?
After searching & trying out all sorta natural/organic soaps for us, Mom finally settled on a particular brand (below pix). There're 12 different types of scents, all serving different purposes, altho the bottomline is almost the same. However, Mom settled on 4 scents for us (rotating them). One bar costs bout S$13. Its definitely worth it.
These handmade natural soaps do not leave behind a strong scent on us after batheing. Besides dogs not smelling awful with doggy odour a few days after baths, diet plays a HUGE part in it too. A healthy natural Raw Diet will prevent doggy odours as we shower only once per month & absolutely NO (artificial) perfumes on our bodies.
We're very outdoor dogs as we have our daily runs of up to 5km per day everyday from Mondays - Fridays. So, we absolutely DO NOT believe in the theory of weekly baths for very active outdoor dogs.
Anyways, talkign about the soaps not leaving a strong scent on us after usage, thus, we do not 'rub' ourselves like crazy over furnitures etc to get our environmental scent back. These natural soaps do good for our fur & skin as well (diet plays a more impt role too). They are NOT very foamy compared to synthetic soaps. Natural/organic soaps are never too foamy as foams are derived from un-natural/artificial ingredients which are not good for humans & animals. More so for animals as we tend to luv licking them while batheing! So foamy stuffs are a huge NO-NO for us...
In short, Mom juz simply prefers natural/organic stuffs for us rather than synthetic un-natural stuff, not even those pet-grade soaps which claim themselves as being "organic". Why should there even be a different grading? If its natural/organic, it is natural/organic.
Clockwise (left): Organic Oat Soap, Eucalyptus Soap, Organic Lemon Soap, Cypress Soap
Note that natural/organic stuffs do not last forever. They have a lifespan simply becuz they're natural, w/o any synthetic preservatives. These soaps above can only be kept for a year from the date of production (which is written on every single bar). They're handmade from all natural medicinal plants grown by an organic farmer. p/s: do not spray Perfumes on them after using natural/organic soaps as this would defeat the purpose of going all-natural. Perfumes are also made up of artificial ingredients to achieve the "smells". Rmb healthy dogs do not need any perfumes to smell gr8 & natural
One thing to note, natural/organic soaps will not give our fur a "super duper fluffy" effect. To achieve this kinda un-natural effect, u'll need chemicals found in commercial pet shampoos. BUT, would you forgo (long term) health for (temporary) beauty? Afterall, which wolf in the wild yearns for artificial fluffiness? The sole purpose of going All Natural is for health's sake. All we need in our bath sessions is "cleanliness", which is what natural soaps achieve.
It isn't really difficult to juz simplify matters instead of complicating it. What we animals really need, are juz what Mother Nature can, & have always provided us with. Just think back to Nature & u'll get all ur answers. Dogs aren't really that complicated, even tho' we're domesticated & are ur loyal companions, we're still ultimately - ANIMALS. =]
Organic Oat Soap:
Natural cereal crops are highly nutritious & have a rather good effect on preventing dry & weak skin. Especially atopic dermatitis patients who have extremely sensitive skin, or skin that is oily underneath, but dry on the surface. Children, people with extremely sensitive skin, as well as women during & after pregnancy will find this soap useful.
Eucalyptus benefits the respiratory system significantly through breathing. If you're mentally exhausted, it helps to refresh your mind & aids concentration. Good for the skin, eases athlete's foot, insect bites, rashes & the clogging of pores.
Organic Lemon Soap:
Lemon has an excellent natural ability to kill bacteria. It works well in removing old cells, lightening pigmentation, tightening pores & gives the complexion a beautiful shine.
Cypress grows on mountains stretching as high as 1,800m to 2,800m above sea level. It secretes an essential oil that has a powerful ability to kill bacteria. Works well for acne, pimple, nappy rash, bed sore, erythema, sebum secretion, itchy scalp, skin inflammation, allergic skin & athlete's foot; also kills bacteria, stops itchiness & heals wounds.
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