Don't take the wind out of your summer sail! Guest Blogger Ann LaGoy on bug spray.

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[caption id="attachment_651" align="aligncenter" width="144"]A Bug Spray we love!!! A Brand we love!!! (Featuring a Bug Spray we love!)[/caption] We are so happy .. yet again!... to feature and showcase another awesome product from one of our Cruelty Free Companies.... Sound Earth! We not only  do we sell it... but we love it and get repeat orders all of the time!  Not only does it help with keeping nagging mosquitos away... people love the scent! Our friend Ann has contributed the post below.....(and yes.... it is still summer for a few more weeks!) Enjoy summer fun without dangerous chemicals! Most of us enjoy going to the beach, hiking, gardening and generally being outside during these beautiful summer months. However, we’re faced with insects that can put a damper on all that fun in the sun. Going rogue, with no bug repellent at all poses health risks such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and bacterial infections not to mention the itching and scratching as a result from bites. Naturally, one of the first items we reach for when heading to the great outdoors is bug repellent, but many commercial brands contain DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Careful consumers are getting educated about this toxic ingredient, and discovering safe alternatives. DEET is a slightly yellow oil developed and patented by the U. S. Army in 1946 for use by military personnel in insect-infested areas. It solved insect and bug problems, but introduced health risks to those using it. According to the Cornell Cooperative Extension, there have been reports of seizures and neurotoxic symptoms related to the use of DEET. It can cause acute reactions such as skin irritation, rashes, blisters, and permanent scarring. Additionally, there are documented chronic results of its use such as insomnia; mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function are also noted. Often there is a catalyst motivating us to change our lifestyle: having children and health issues are at the top - DEET is especially dangerous for children, and can negatively impact your health. Whoa, that just took the wind out of our summer sail! Fear not, there are safe alternatives to using DEET, and now is the time to make change for good. For those that love a good DIY project; grab a mini spray bottle and tinker with essential oils such as peppermint, lavender and lemongrass to make your own bug repellent. It’s safe, and your pals will recognize your crafty-ness. For those who prefer to simply hit the grass running, Sound Earth is here with our bug repellent used the world over: the Sound Earth Body Guard bug repellent. Using only therapeutic grade essential oils in a carrier oil base, you can feel good about using it on you, your kids and your pets. ### Sound Earth is your trusted online source of toxic-free home cleaning and care products. We develop and manufacture our products in New York State’s Hudson Valley. We stay up to date on the latest chemical research, and we share your passion for animals. Discover our complete line of high quality products; safe for people, pets and planet! “AT SOUND EARTH WE LOVE ALL ANIMALS, AND BELIEVE EVERY ANIMAL DESERVES TO BE FREE FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT. WE COMMIT EVERY DAY TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS IN NEED THROUGH OUR BUSINESS PRACTICES, OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS. WHEN YOU SUPPORT SOUND EARTH YOU ARE SUPPORTING ANIMALS IN NEED.” ~ANN LAGOY, OWNER OF SOUND EARTH. [caption id="attachment_652" align="aligncenter" width="91"]We are giving a 1oz. bottle of this next week!!! We are giving a 1oz. bottle of this next week!!![/caption] WOW Ann well said!  We love what you do and your thoughtful business practices!!!! Thank you!!! REMEMBER…USE THESE CODES WHEN CHECKING OUT AT FREESHIP on orders over $50 3.95SHIP on orders under $50. Enjoy the day and please do your part so the animals can enjoy theirs! Please watch our Facebook page for Giveaway updates on this product!!!!! (Next week!) Jules

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