May 22, 2014

Summer dog care


Summer after summer our blissful clients asked about some type of sun product for their dog’s noses. I knew I wanted to add this option, but it had to be just right! I wanted some sort of organic dog sunscreen, but I was not sure if such a thing was even possible!

The parameters were simple – had to be organic, had to work and had to be safe for DOGS!

Pom_summer_650x650Many dogs, especially those with lighter colored noses that are seen on diluted colorations (like the all red Dogue de Bordeaux or Pit Bulls with red noses) will have sunburned noses after too much fun in the sun – just like we can! These dogs may need more sun protection  than our regular NOSE BUTTER offers. By the way, the ingredients used in NOSE BUTTER® already have a lot of inherent sun protective powers. But we want MORE.

I quickly discovered the #1 most used ingredient in many organic sunscreens and sunblocks is zinc oxide. And zinc, while needed in appropriate amounts, can be deadly to dogs in higher amounts. The dilemma is the toxic dosage varies greatly from one individual dog to the next. For small dogs as little as the zinc in one penny can be lethal. Check out this video on a Dogue de Bordeaux who decided 113 pennies were yummy (she lives). So zinc oxide was a great NO WAY. Thank goodness, there are a few other organic, safe for dogs ingredients that we could use.


Red Raspberry seeds have loads of the good omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, plus antioxidants and vitamin E. Anthony J. O’Lenick, author of Oils of Nature, has written that red raspberry seed oil has a natural SPF from 28 to 50.

Sunscreen dogsCarrot Seed Oil is packed full of antioxidant, antiseptic, antifungal and other powerful properties. Carrot seed oil also provides natural sun protection when used in a blend (like NOSE BUTTER® SUMMERTIME. Pharmacognosy Magazine published a report in 2009 about products with carrot seed oil can have a natural SPF of 38 to 40.

Next, I added Neem Oil, for its bug-fighting properties and all-around amazing healing properties. Yeah, it does have a distinctive odor, but it is a great organic bug deterrent, especially mosquitoes and fleas. Our careful blend of subtle essential oils also help soften the Neem Oil smell. Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh are used, just the tiniest dash, to give the energetic properties of the oils, without an over-powering smell. These oils are all thought to have sun protection properties in addition to their other powerful benefits. More on Livestrong.

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NOSE BUTTER® SUMMERTIME is our organic alternative to zinc containing sunscreens for your dog. Just like the ingredients in NOSE BUTTER® work together, so do the extra summertime ingredients. Together these hard-working ingredients amplify the sun protecting properties of each other.

NOSE BUTTER® SUMMERTIME INGREDIENTS Organic Shea Butter, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, Organic Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Organic Neem Oil, Organic Carrot Seed Oil a Dash of Essential Oils (Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh) and a Lot of Love.

Available with many of our most popular breed labels (from American Bulldogs to Yorkies) and a sassy, summer JUST A SUMMER NOSE label. If you don’t see your breed and REALLY want it, hey, email and ask!

box style=”rounded” border=”full”]NOSE BUTTER SUMMERTIME is not a sunscreen or sunblock. NOSE BUTTER SUMMERTIME is another tool for you to use for your dog’s nose health. With top of the line organic ingredients that are known for organic sun protection support, NOSE BUTTER SUMMERTIME offers the happy medium of organic, NO ZINC, summer nose care for your blissful dog.[/box]

Since this is an individually handcrafted organic product, it would be virtually impossible to give an accurate SPF number. More info on the SPF numbers here.



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