Dec 11

Our New Video

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Dec 11

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Dec 11

Try Green Wrapping This Season

You’ve selected the perfect eco-friendly gift, now it’s time to wrap it all merry & bright… and without creating a bunch of waste.
When it comes to most things in life, presentation is everything. Why is raspberry glaze drizzled so elegantly on top of the cheesecake? Because we enjoy food with our eyes just as much as with our taste buds.

If you have any doubt that presentation matters, consider this: Two gifts are in front of you. One is wrapped in the iconic robin’s egg blue Tiffany box, and the other is wrapped in plain paper… is there a contest at all?

Green gift giving takes it a step further. Not only do we want to give a gift our recipient will enjoy, we make the conscious decision not to create a bunch of waste.

Maybe the big garbage bag has become a staple at your birthday parties and holiday celebrations. Even if you put all that used paper in the recycle bin, it probably ends up in the landfill just like that bag. Because of the dyes, laminates, glitter, etc., wrapping paper is tough to recycle.

An average roll of wrapping paper costs $4. We’re just not fans of throwing our money away. That’s why we’ve put together these options – to easily save you money, and keep the rest of that wrapping paper roll from gather dust in the closet all year.

For eco-friendly gifts, check our YesterYear Soap website here.

Dec 11

Rising Levels of Dioxins from Common Soap Ingredient in Mississippi River, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (May 18, 2010) — Specific dioxins derived from the antibacterial agent triclosan, used in many hand soaps, deodorants, dishwashing liquids and other consumer products, account for an increasing proportion of total dioxins in Mississippi River sediments, according to University of Minnesota research.
The study appears online in the May 18 issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

The researchers, from the university’s Institute of Technology (soon to be College of Science and Engineering), found that over the last 30 years, the levels of the four dioxins derived from triclosan have risen by 200 to 300 percent, while levels of all the other dioxins have dropped by 73 to 90 percent.

In April, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would study the safety of triclosan, which has been linked to disruptions of hormonal function and may also play a role in the evolution of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. In papers published in 2003 and 2009, university civil engineering professor William Arnold and his colleague Kristopher McNeill, a former professor in the university’s Department of Chemistry, discovered that triclosan, when exposed to sunlight, generated a specific suite of four dioxins.

In the current study spearheaded by Jeff Buth, a recent Ph.D. graduate in chemistry (supervised by Arnold and McNeill), the researchers examined sediment core samples from Lake Pepin, an enlargement of the Mississippi River 120 miles downstream from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The sediment cores, containing a record of pollutant accumulation in the lake for the past 50 years, were analyzed for triclosan, the four dioxins derived from triclosan, and the entire family of dioxin chemicals. The study was a collaborative effort between researchers at the University of Minnesota, Pace Analytical (Minneapolis), the Science Museum of Minnesota and Virginia Tech.
“These four dioxins only come from triclosan. They didn’t exist in Lake Pepin before triclosan was introduced,” Arnold said. “In the most current sediments, these triclosan-derived dioxins account for about 30 percent of the total dioxin mass.”

Triclosan was first added to commercial liquid hand soap in 1987, and by 2001 about 76 percent of commercial liquid hand soaps contained it, researchers say. About 96 percent of triclosan from consumer products is disposed of in residential drains, leading to large loads of the chemical in water entering wastewater treatment plants.

Triclosan is incompletely removed during the wastewater treatment process, and when treated wastewater is released to the environment, sunlight converts some of the triclosan (and related compounds) into dioxins. Triclosan and the dioxins ended up in Lake Pepin sediments by sticking to organic particles in the river, which then sank when they reached the calmer waters of the lake.

The toxicity of the dioxins derived from triclosan currently is not well understood, nor is the extent of their distribution in the environment at large, Arnold says.

Jun 11

A Review of YesterYear Soap

When I’m looking for new products to write about, I often hope to find a company that makes something with a story behind it. When I found Yesteryear Soap Company, I found one of the best stories I’d ever read. Yesteryear creates pure, organic and really beautiful soaps. The name evokes the time and place from which their company evolved. I’m really thrilled to bring to you the story of Yesteryear Soap.

It begins with a piece of land that they purchased in northern Mississippi. They took years to clear the old logs and they preserved the beautiful pine trees that were left behind. During this, they discovered several old log cabins in the area that were abandoned and falling apart. They took the cabins apart log by log, moved them to the property and reassembled them exactly as they once stood over 150 years ago. The cabins and property are now the home of the YesterYear Lodge in Holly Springs Mississippi.

After spending several years working on this project, they developed a special affinity toward the customs, traditions and products that were used by the settlers of the 19th century.The ingenuity and resourcefulness of these early settlers was compelling. They are now forging ahead with bringing some of these traditions and all natural products to the general public today.
They begin with soap.

The soap making process during the 19th century was a lengthy endeavor that required the soap maker to plan far in advance before any soap could actually be made. Unlike present day soap makers, the early settlers had to first create some of their soap making ingredients. Once they had their ingredients, they could begin the soap making process. The lye solution was placed in a large kettle with the cleaned fat and boiled for hours until it became thick and frothy.

The success of early soap making was dependent on obtaining the correct balance between the lye and the fats. The process did not involve precise measuring and it sometimes required several attempts before a suitable batch was made. Over the years, the process was refined and eventually was made by local ‘soap makers’ selling their products in stores. They were all handmade and used natural fragrant products.

The YesterYear Soap Company can now offer you the same type of soap made over 100 years ago.

What Makes YesterYear Soap “Natural” Soap?
Natural soap means a soap whose ingredients are plant based, and we further define our product as an herbal soap. We oppose the body care industry’s use of the word “natural” to include synthetic fragrances, colorants, and preservatives. We add no artificial substances to our soaps, such as synthetic fragrances, dyes, and preservatives, and where possible, we use organically grown products. Our purely herbal soap is scented with essential oils only and colored with organic herbs and plant extracts only. The soap base recipe is made from 100% certified organic oils. Our products contain no parabens. Read through our ingredient list to see what we mean by “natural soap.” Then, to really see what we mean, take a copy of our ingredients with you next time you go to the store and compare them to the ingredients of soaps on the shelves. Your skin will know the difference.

What Makes Their Soap Better?
A good bar soap balances bar hardness (durability), lather quality (both fluffiness and stability), and moisturizing ability. These different properties come from the different fatty acids that make up molecules of the organic vegetable oils we use as the base of our herbal soap. Unfortunately, the fatty acids that are moisturizing are not those that contribute much to lather quality, and the ones that make great lather are drying to our skin. A perfect bar soap is the result of carefully balancing the fatty acids to maximize the bar’s hardness, lather quality, and moisturizing ability.

Chunky Soap

This is over 1 lb of cuts from a variety of our most popular scents. Ideal for the guest bath or kitchen, these large “chunks” of soap come in an attractive wire basket. These are not ‘seconds’ but actual cuts from our scented bars.

I received their “Chunky Soap Basket” to review for this post. First of all, it was beautifully wrapped with tissue and ribbon and was like opening the loveliest present. The scents that emanated from the package were just heavenly. I could smell Citrus and Lilac and Vanilla. The soaps themselves were oddly cut in beautiful shapes with ridges and whorls and the colors were like a rainbow. The basket was pretty too! It was a lovely gold wire mesh and it perfect for holding all these soaps. I have been using them every day. Not only do they make your skin feel very soft and supple, but the scents are really true and fresh. No fake Irish Spring here. Some of them smelled so good I wanted to take a bite!
Read the full review here

You can now purchase YesterYear Soap products online at Abe’s Market

May 11

Reviews of our fine soap

Opportunity LOL takes pride in spreading the word about businesses that give back to their community, especially since it allows for the consumer to see the character of the company. For instance, the YesterYear Soap Company goes out of their way to make regular contributions of soap to women’s shelters. Women and their children often arrive at these shelters with just the clothes on their back so it greatly helps their situation to have access to basic essentials like soap, let alone the added bonus of fantastic organic soap. The YesterYear Soap Company does an admirable job setting an example for other businesses to follow!

When was the last time a soap company told you that if you didn’t like their product they would refund your money? You know YesterYear Soap is a business built with values and honesty with a great policy like that. When was the last time Axe offered that option? Anytime a company backs their product in such a big way you know it has to be the top of the line. When purchasing soap you also have to think about what effect it has on your body. The scent isn’t everything especially when you consider the benefit of YesterYear’s all natural soap full of vitamins, antioxidants, and important nutrients. It’s true, your soap has a responsibility to do more then just make you smell good!

Apr 11

Some of our fine products

Visit our store

At the YesterYear Soap Company, we are preserving the timeless craft of artisan soap making. With our hand crafted soap you’ll enjoy its moisturizing, cleansing and soothing benefits- all natural soap without added chemicals, preservatives or synthetic fragrances.

We are committed to marketing the finest soap and body products possible from soapcrafters with years of experience. Furthermore none of our products or their ingredients have been tested on animals.

Each product is made by hand in small batches and receives our personal attention from start to finish, making sure every bar you receive is freshly made and with the kind of quality service you expect.

Be sure to visti us: YesterYearSoap.com

Apr 11

Our Home- The YesterYear Lodge

Tipis at the lodge

YesterYear Lodge is an authentic recreation of a frontier town typical of the early 1800′s settlements of Mississippi. We’ve captured the essence of pioneer life and created a one stop location for your family or group.
Bordering on the Holly Springs National Forest with a 200,000 acre backyard, we have something for everyone.
Picnics, hiking, camping, bonfires, cookouts and live music are just a few of the activities available for your group.