From a 4 Element Nature perspective, soaps relate in part of the element Water. Water is the medium to help us cleanse the accumulated grime of our day. In this way water is the element that speaks of sanitation, cleanliness, hygiene. In a more primal way, Water is the element that speaks of mystical inter-connectedness and the sensual pleasure of engaging the watery flesh of life. Scroll down to view our soaps
The 4 Element Lifestyle holds within itself an appreciation of the everyday things we each do and how these actions influence our ability to draw in the powerful principles of Nature. Surely the everyday activity of washing ourselves would fit into this category of those smaller things in life we do. And that is why we have created our “4 Element Soap Collection”.
Many of today’s soaps lack a natural integrity. Many are made with ingredients that are not only hard to pronounce but are clearly the stuff that comes from a world where “the natural” is often given little regard. Our soaps are made with an integrity that you can sense as soon as you open the wrapping of the bar or pump your first drop from our liquid soaps – you will smell the great essential oil fragrances that go into each.
As you use our soaps you will find yourself connecting to Nature’s deeper energies. These energies are vibrating in the essential oils that compose the formula of the soap. These oils define much of the character of the plants from which they come. 4 Element Thinking tells us that each of these essential oils vibrates with its unique balance of “principles”.
The 4 Element Lifestyle works similarly with this concept of principles. The four elements are the first four of these cosmic/natural principles. Nature’s thousands and thousands of plant species create thousands and thousands of other ones. There is a long-held phrase in the herbal tradition – “herbal principles” – that speaks of this reality. Each such principle holds within itself a certain force-energy-ideal that human beings have been tapping into since time immemorial.
This is why the Bible speaks so highly of frankincense and myrrh, balsam, hyssop and others. The essential oils of these and other herbs were sensed to have an energy, a power, a force in life that drew people’s higher self forward. Truly, it has never been easier to tap into this wondrous world of essential oils and their uplifting aromatic natures. Our soaps are one expression of that ease. Soaps have traditionally been an everyday medium to convey these positive energies to us.
The Soaps of today are often used as a conveyance of factory-synthesized poisons– as in all those antibacterial soaps that so many people use today – instead of being a force for uplift, purification and natural cleanliness, Avoid using soaps with triclosan, triclocarban, and chloroxylenol. To be fair,
something like tetrasodium EDTA (which is a chelating agents that bind to metals, which bacteria need to grow) might not be as bad – but still it is not necessary.
Just for the record, while these agents do kill bacteria, they generally do not kill virus. Importantly as well, more and more studies are showing that there is a whole ecosystem of bacteria not only in our gut, but also on our skin. Like all ecosystems, each organism is kept in check; few are pathogenic to us. There is no reason to wipe them clean each time we wash. Doing so actually makes it easier for opportunistic pathogenic bacteria to get a foothold onto our skin.
It is well worth knowing that simply washing with just water removes most bacteria and virus from our skin; adding soap helps a bit more. Adding those antibacterial agents to your soap is, in a most negative inference “over the top”. And as far as hand sanitizers, when it comes down to it, the only reason to use them is when you are in a place where water is not available to wash your hands. Be aware as well that most influenza viruses infect us by the breathing of them into our lungs – which is why wearing a mask is effective against the flu. Interestingly (and relevantly here), the lipid membrane around viruses becomes damaged when it’s on our hands, generally killing the virus. In other words, while studies do show viruses can stay alive for up to 8 hours on an environmental surface, they quickly die when they get meshed into the skin of our hands.
Getting back to the subject at hand – our great soaps – use them to remove the excess oils and all the negative yuck of your day. You’ll feel our soaps not only washing you clean of these things, but in their stead (through those natural aromatic oils they are made with) your skin and greater self will become more invigorated with the positive power of life.
We like to recommend having a bar or two of different “flavors” in the shower area and a liquid pump at each sink. Though it works just great with the soap rubbed into your face from your hands, try this: squirt a couple of drops onto a wet flattened washcloth, bring it to your face, then gently rub it upon your forehead, below the brow and onto your eyelids, cheeks, nose and the rest of your face – even your ears. Use your thumbs to massage it into the curving terrain of your ears. Wash off when done. This is especially nice when it’s a cool morning and you do it with warm water. Enjoy the moment; feel your connection to the Water element of Nature, to the fragrant principles of life, to the spirit of the day that is about to begin, or that is about to be put to bed!