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Growing Goodness

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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Using the best ingredients is fundamentally important at WashBar. It’s part of our supply chain philosophy. Yep – we’ve got a philosophy for procurement! Seems like every week we get contacted by businesses telling us they can save us a fortune if we use their oils. For me it’s not about the best...
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Spreading the love with paw balm…

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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We love coming up with new products that help keep our dogs and other animals feeling and smelling better. Paw Balm is our latest creation – made initially to treat dry, cracked paw pads, it has many more uses as a balm or salve for inflammation, grazes, irritated skin and paws. WashBar Paw Balm is...
WashBar Puppy Shampoo - mild & gentle

Natural – choose carefully …

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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I live and breathe natural, choosing natural products for myself and my family, to clean my home as well as my animals.  But the truth is natural is a word we think we understand but isn’t really set in stone – or legislation. It’s bandied about and I see it used by unscrupulous companies to lure...
The Dog Flea

Fleas, as if there aren’t enough things to worry about

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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Fleas: All chemical flea treatments have precautionary statements on the labels this makes it a difficult decision to treat your pet. Not only do you worry about it being on your pet but inevitably some of the product will get on you or your children. This is the risk we take exposing our family to the...
Shelter puppy

De-sexing saves lives

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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Spring is here … and at this time of year there are few things more gorgeous than puppies, kittens, lambs or calves. Problem is, every year so many puppies and kittens get discarded and wind up at shelters. We had an interesting couple of hours at our local SPCA a while back. They have some gorgeous...
Soap - still the best way to wash a dog

Soap ~ the centuries old “new thing”

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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WashBar grew from a passion for handmade soap. The soap making process is fascinating; by mixing oil with a strong alkali, a product (soap) is created that can wash oil off. It makes no sense at all yet makes all the sense in the world. Soap making goes back thousands of years. No one really knows how,...
Monday

Treating for worms – naturally

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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After having the worst reaction ever to a worming pill, I decided it was time to find a natural alternative which was safe for the four-legged and two-legged family members. Because we live on a farm and are in constant contact with animals, I regularly worm the entire household (humans, as well as the...
Don't plastic the ocean

My big fail

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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It’s Plastic Free July and I started off with a hiss and a roar. I posted on FaceBook !! I thought if we told everyone I’d have a commitment to the month. Day One – I popped out to get lunch and came back with sushi. Love sushi, so healthy, tasty and whoops – it was in a non-recyclable plastic...
Bathtime :-)

How often should I wash my dog?

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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It’s a question we get asked all the time. It’s a hotly debated topic but in the end (like most things) it really is your choice. In Singapore and other parts of Asia dogs are generally washed weekly. Pampered dogs in China usually get to enjoy a twice weekly bath. I once sent a bar of Horse &...
Mmmm - smelly

Dying to smell great?

Published in the dog blog
by Jules Smith
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Fragrance is one of the most commonly found ingredients in skin care products, shampoos, household cleaning products and just about anything else you can think of. After all, we like our homes, offices, pets and ourselves to smell appealing. That scented ingredient has many names – usually something...