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New display for our line of bar soaps are in!
Aug 18, 2014

New display for our line of bar soaps are in!

Aug 14, 2014

Now part of the National Association of Professional Women.  

Aug 12, 2014

Banned ingredients in a great store

Here is a peak at an application for a strict whole foods store. We don’t use any of these ingredients incase you were wondering. 

Banned Ingredients List

1,4 dioxane
acesulfame-potassium (acesulfame-K) acetone
aerosol sprays
artificial colors
artificial flavors
aspartame
azodicarbonamide
benzoates in food
benzoyl peroxide
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) bleached flour
bromated flour
brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
butyl cellosolve
calcium bromate
calcium disodium EDTA
calcium peroxide
calcium propionate
calcium saccharin
calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
caprenin
caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) certified colors
ceteareth
chlorinated phenols
cottonseed oil
cyclamates
dimethlpolysiloxane
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate disodium calcium EDTA
disodium dihydrogen EDTA
disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate disodium guanylate
disodium inosinate
EDTA
Equal
ethyl vanillin
ethylene oxide
ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid EDTA FD & C colrs
formaldehyde
fois gras
GMP (disodium guanylate)
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) hydrogenated oil (fat)
hydrogenated startch hydrolysate
IMP (disodium inosinate)
irradiated foods
lead soldered cans
lye

magnesium chloride
maltitol
methyl silicone
microcrystaline cellulose mono- and diglycerides monosodium glutamate (MSG) natamyacin

nitrates/nitrites
nonyl phenol ethoxylate Nutrasweet
Oil, solvent extracted
Olestra
oxystearin
partially hydrogenated oil phthalates
polysorbate 60
polysorbate 65
polysorbate 80
potassium benzoate
potassium bisulfite
potassium bromate
potassium metabisulfite potassium sorbate
propionates
propyl gallate
propylene
propylene glycol alginate saccharin
Simplesse
sodium aluminum phosphate Sodium aluminum phosphate sodium aluminum sulfate
sodium benzoate
sodium bisulfite
sodium diacelate
sodium erythorbate
sodium hexametaphosphate sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) sodium metabisulfite
sodium phosphate
sodium propionate
sodium pyrophosphate
sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate sorbic acid
stannous chloride
succinic acid
sucralose
sucrose polyester
sulfites (sulfur dioxide) Sweet-n-Low
TBHQ (tetiary bulyhydroquinone) tetrasodium EDTA

vanillin 

Tilling the fields. Found this guy.
Aug 2, 2014

Tilling the fields. Found this guy.

Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 17, 2014 / 1 note

Korean Tea Fields.

Here are some of our favorite tea farms in Korea.  Both these pics also show a traditional Korean family gravesite, which can be seen throughout the country side as magical grassy mounds. Our own family has a mountain side in a small village where many generations of my ancestors are buried this same way, they were mostly ginseng farmers.

Jul 16, 2014

Matcha frozen yogurt is pretty delicious.

Jul 16, 2014

What is Matcha? Is that the same as green tea?

Matcha is 100% natural, organic green tea leaves which have been carefully ground down to form a fine powder. It has been drunk in Japan as part of the tea ceremony for almost 900 years, and is used by Buddhist monks to keep them alert, awake and focused during long days of meditation. 

Green tea is tea that is brewed just from tea leaves.  

We use both in our products!

We are also now sourcing matcha so you can come up with all sorts of things to try it in!  There is a plethora of foods, deserts, and drinks with it…and newer ideas are brewing (get it? ha) everyday. We have cleaning products.. What is next, cosmetics? ……

Jul 15, 2014
Found this photo online, it’s inaccurate now! There are tea gardens popping up all over America.  For example, our tea friend The great Mississippi Tea Company. https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatMississippiTeaCompany
and of course our tea fields in Virginia. 
and more thanks to the US League of Tea Growers keeping track on this. 
http://usgrowntea.wordpress.com/
Jul 15, 2014

Found this photo online, it’s inaccurate now! There are tea gardens popping up all over America.  For example, our tea friend The great Mississippi Tea Company. https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatMississippiTeaCompany

and of course our tea fields in Virginia.

and more thanks to the US League of Tea Growers keeping track on this. 

http://usgrowntea.wordpress.com/

When not thinking of ways to bring you wonderful green tea products, Joanna teaches archery. This photo is from a math and science camp at UCLA.   Her favorite archery memories are shooting with 4-H camp in Virginia, (she got to shoot a lit arrow into a lake during a grandiose ceremony, just like the Olympics).  
Jul 14, 2014

When not thinking of ways to bring you wonderful green tea products, Joanna teaches archery. This photo is from a math and science camp at UCLA.   Her favorite archery memories are shooting with 4-H camp in Virginia, (she got to shoot a lit arrow into a lake during a grandiose ceremony, just like the Olympics).  

Now we bring you organic Korean Matcha Powder! visit www.virginiafirstteafarm.com
Jul 9, 2014

Now we bring you organic Korean Matcha Powder! visit www.virginiafirstteafarm.com

Jul 2, 2014
Jun 26, 2014

Recipe Change

We have removed propylene glycol from our bar soaps!