Bee Inked

Bold and black, delicate and lacy, or vividly colorful, we are seeing more and more bee tattoos gracing the bodies of our customers. As a matter of fact, a few weeks ago at the Portland Women’s Expo, we saw some of our favorite bee tattoos to date. We really liked the play of color in these designs.

They look really cool!


But why would people put bees on their skin? The reasons vary from person to person. They’re the same reason anybody would get any tattoo. Here are some of the reasons a person might get a bee tattoo:

To show love of the bees (or nature, or the environment);

To show awareness or concern for the plight of the bees;

To make other people aware of issues facing the bees;

To show support for a cause;

To commemorate a person, event, or milestone;

Because the design (and not necessarily the bee itself) resonates with them;

Or even just on a whim.

Once you have the tattoo, make sure to follow the aftercare advice your tattoo artist gives to you. Not only did you put down a chunk of money for that tattoo, you had what amounts to a medical procedure performed on your body. Proper care will ensure that your tattoo heals well, and looks great. Check out this LINK for what to expect as a tattoo heals. If your tattoo artist didn’t give aftercare, look at the previous link, and then read this one. Both give some good generalized care instructions.

Remember that taking proper care of of your tattoo doesn’t end after a week or two. Proper care beyond the initial healing phase will ensure vibrancy and crispness of the ink for a lifetime. So, what’s the best way to keep your tattoos moisturized and bright? We’ve been told by many of our customers that our solid lotions are perfect for this. The oils in our lotions were picked to soak in quickly and nourish the skin, while not clogging the pores. The beeswax helps protect the skin. Together, the ingredients in our solid lotions keep the skin soft and supple.

Regardless of the product you pick, keep three things in mind.  Make sure it has little or no petroleum jelly. Because products with a high content of petroleum jelly doesn’t allow the skin to breath, it will be more difficult for cell repair and renewal to occur, can lead to clogged pores, and can trap bacteria and moisture against your skin. Routine use can even lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen, which increases wrinkling. Petroleum jelly goes by more than one name. Look for labels with Petrolatum, petroleum jelly, mineral jelly, paraffin jelly and soft paraffin, and steer clear of products with these for everyday regular use, especially if you have damaged or broken skin, or are prone to blemishes.

This leads us to the second thing to keep in mind. Make sure the product you choose is non pore clogging (non-comedogenic) so that oils, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria do not become trapped in your pores. This can lead to blemishes, dull looking skin (and tattoos), and increase the chance of infection in healing wounds (like tattoos). Finally, make sure the product you choose does not contain artificial scents or colorants. These chemicals can irritate your skin especially if it is healing, and they can potentially alter the ink colors of your tattoo or stain your skin.


Instead, look for more natural products with non-comedogenic ingredients that are easily absorbed, like coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil, as well as beeswax and shea butter. And again, look for lotions that are free from artificial scents and colorants, especially if your skin is healing, or is prone to irritation.


Have you seen an amazing bee tattoo? Or do you sport one yourself? Send us a picture, we’d love to see. So feel free to share with us here, post it to our facebook, or even tag us on instagram!

Thank the Bees for Pysanky

When I was a small child, my class went to visit a museum devoted to many different cultures. It was made up of a cluster of small cottages, with each dedicated to a different culture; such as Denmark, China, and Hungary. Yet, the House of Ukraine stuck out to me the most when I looked upon a basket of ornate and fantastically decorated eggs on display. I was so ecstatic about these pretty little eggs throughout the rest of the day and until we all went home. I remember when I tried to tell my mom about these eggs with unique lines and brilliant colors that my younger self couldn’t properly explain, and there was no computer to look up proof of these Easter wonders as the internet did not exist – it was the early 1970’s. So, that fantastical image of the decorated eggs sat in the back of my mind for years and years, until one day when I was home from college.

It was spring break; as I recall, I had left college and returned home to visit my family. My high school friends came over to hang out and ended up taking me to some sort of bazaar or fair that I can’t quite recall the name or proper title of. Several booths of artisans, crafters, and self established little businesses filled the gym of this local college where I encountered a wonderful ghost from my past. This lady there was decorating eggs, just like the  ones from when I was a kid.I was so happy to see them took it upon myself to learn of these neat little wonders. One of the coolest things I remember she was using beeswax to write designs on an egg. “It has to be beeswax. No other wax will work.” She told those of us watching. What I know now is that other waxes paraffin or soy do not have the properties that beeswax has and they won’t seal the egg or come off the egg cleanly at the end. Beeswax has very unique properties that are gentle enough to not harm the egg shell.

My bored friends drug me away before I could learn more. It was the late 1980’s and information still was’t at your fingertips like it is now. When I went back to school, I was so busy with classes and work, that I quickly forgot about the eggs again.

Later on in life, I popped into the bookstore, looking for a recommended title on parenting, and saw a book on decorated eggs. From the sublimely simple to the gloriously intricate, the book was dedicated to Eastern European egg art. Ukrainian pysanky, Polish pisanki, Croatian pisanici, Sorbian pisaci. The book called to me, but my time and funds were limited, so I put it back, and got the book I had come looking for. With three small children and a full time job there was not time for such a luxury. I was so busy keeping up with day to day life, and my thoughts of eggs were put aside again.

Since then, computers have brought the world to our fingertips. I’ve learned that most countries in Eastern and Central Europe have egg decorating traditions, and these traditions have a few things in common. The eggs are prized possessions, and often given as gifts, meant to bring luck or protection to the owner. Many of the motifs, patterns, and colors have traditional meanings; such as green meaning spring, hope, and growth and purple meaning fasting, faith, patience, and trust., ect. Many of the cultures that make the Pysanky eggs happen to keep similar traditions. The craft is passed from one generation to the next, with many families having their own recognizable style. Almost all of them are made using a wax-resist method, and all of the wax-resist methods rely upon beeswax.

Beeswax is necessary for the wax-resist methods because it adheres well to to egg shells; doesn’t crack, rub, or scrape off; and fills in even the fine pores of the egg shell. Other waxes either don’t stick well or don’t fill the pores of the eggshell. This means that only beeswax keeps the colored dyes used in the wax-resist method exactly where you want them to be. Only beeswax can give fine crisp lines and; when done, the beeswax melts off, without causing discoloration to the egg.

The kids are much older now, but life isn’t any simpler. Now, we keep bees and make and sell beeswax and honey body products. There still isn’t much spare time. But I do get to make my own colorful creations using beeswax. They are not eggs they are our soaps and without it, our products just wouldn’t be the same.

Neither would the decorated eggs of Central and Eastern Europe.


So, You Wanna Be A Beekeeper?

Every market season, all the way into the fall, people tell us how they are going to get bees.  Many think that they can just go out at any time and buy some. Many people don’t realize that by the time they see us in the markets, it may just be too late to get bees for the year. You see; most of the sales of bees occur in spring, and orders often have to be made in March or April. So, by the time you see us in a farmers’ market in June or July, it’s likely too late for you to go buy bees for the year. So, if you are going to have bees this year, now is the time to get the ball rolling


What should you do and when should you do it? Before anything; you should get your money together to start keeping bees can cost as little as $400 and up to $2000 depending on what equipment you get.


First, you need to see what your local laws and regulations, zoning codes, and CC&R’s have to say about it. Bees may or may not be in your future.So take a few moments to find out if you are allowed to own bees where you live, and if there are any restrictions

For example, most Oregon cities in the Portland Metro have regulations covering the owning of bees, Clark county doesn’t.


Second, get online and see when bees will be available for your area, and when orders can be placed. Keep in mind that demand outpaces availability in some area, and make your order as soon as you are sure you are ready. Ready means you have figured out what you want, and you have bought and set up a hive so it is ready to house the bees (or will be buying an assembled hive with your bees). See links below for some suppliers.


Before ordering your bees, jump online, go to the library, or go to a bee supply store, and research, research, research. Find a mentor and check out local resources: clubs, associations, and the likes. Because there are lots of things to consider when making your choices.

What will be your main goal in keeping bees? Providing local pollinators, creating survivor stock, or harvesting honey? Each goal can affect the type of bees you buy and the type of hive you house them in.


What kind of bees should you buy? Russian, Italian, or Carniolan? What is the difference between each type? What are their pros and cons? Which is best suited to your goals? And what is the availability of each? All of these questions should be considered when making your choice. Here’s a great discussion about bee types that covers some of these questions.


How should you get your bees? Should you order a package, which is a wire mesh box full of bees with a mated queen included, but no frames? The packages are sold by the pound usually, and a pound of bees is usually between 3,000 – 4,000 bees or should you buy a nuc (nucleus colony), which is a mini hive (usually 3-5 frames of drawn wax with honey, worker bees, and a mated queen bee). So which is better? Nucs cost a bit more, but because they contain frames of drawn wax, they are ready to go. Package bees need to expend time and resources to draw out wax but the bees will feel like they are a swarm and will draw out wax more quickly then the queen can start laying eggs bees can start storing honey and pollen. Because of this, it can take a little longer for a package to take off, and you will likely have to supplement feed a package if it is early in the season, and there aren’t sufficient resources available yet in terms of open flowers in your area.









Next, consider What kind of hive you should get. Where will you get it? How much will it cost? Will you buy it pre-assembled, will you buy one you need to assemble yourself, or will you look up plans and make your own? You might even decide to buy a kit that includes a basic hive along with some tools &/or bees. This article has a nice discussion of the three main types of hives you are likely to encounter: the Langstroth, the Warre, and the Top-Bar Hive.









If you go with Langswroth you will need to pick if you are going with 10 frame or 8 frame. I recommenced you go with 8 frame,  a box full of honey can weigh a lot and the two extra frames push the weight further from your body pulling on your more. It is what commercial beekeepers use and it is lighter than the 10 frame boxes. The other choice is to deeps or mediums boxes for you hives. I suggest mediums because they are lighter, a box full of honey can weigh a lot and the the shorter boxes will cut the weight down. An eight frame medium box full of honey will weigh about ½ what a 10 frame deep box will weight.


You also need some basic tools, A hive tool, frame grip, smoker (something you should try to use infrequently), Vail, protective clothing, marking tools, queen catcher, feeders, and queen excluders. There is a big list of options for the beekeeper..


What to do if you miss this year’s bee boat? You make sure you have thoroughly considered all the questions above, and you get everything ready for early next spring to place your order. Continue to educate yourself. Cultivate your new friendship with mentor(s), neighbors with bees, and local bee club and association members. Take a class or see if you can spend time this spring, summer, and fall shadowing a few established beekeeper, to learn the ropes.


By the way, that last paragraph applies to those of you who have already gotten bees. Further your knowledge. Help others further theirs. Remember, knowledge is power. And if the bees are going to flourish under our hands, we need to educate ourselves.

Here are some links to explore.

Examples of regulations covering the ownership of bees. This is not an exhaustive list. Please look for laws for your specific housing community (if it has CC&R’s), city, county, and state.

City of Portland, Oregon

Hillsboro, Oregon

State of Oregon – Oregon Bee Law

Clark County, WA


Local places to buy bees and bee supplies:

Ruhl Bee/Brushy Mountain Bee Supply



Local bee resources:

Beeline (Portland Area)

Clark County Beekeepers Association

WSU Extension

Seattle/Puget Sound


Been There, Done That- Portlanders, Why Not Liven Up Your St. Paddy’s Day?

Parades, festivals, corned beef and cabbage, green beer, pinches for those who don’t wear green, and don’t for get the parties. These can all be great fun!

But what if you feel like ‘Been there, done all that.’

Are you tired of the Same old, same old on St. Paddy’s Day?


How about something new this year.


Imagine a place where you can go that has fun and excitement all day long on St. Paddy’s day.  We’re talking samples galore, including food and drink, ‘How to’ demos, activities that you can participate in, lots of goodies that you can peruse, and take home with you- if the fancy strikes you. There will even be St. Paddy’s Day prizes.


What am I talking about, you ask?


Why; it’s The Woman’s Expo -right here in Portland- at the Oregon Convention Center, Saturday, March 17th – AKA St. Patrick’s Day.

Don’t let the name fool you- it’s isn’t just for those of the female persuasion. Fun can be had here by everyone -even kids! So, why not try something new? We’re going to; maybe we’ll see you there.


Still not sure? Check out their Facebook page, Groupon page, and website for more info. If you were wondering, The Woman’s Expo is one of two yearly fundraisers for The Portland Women’s Resource Initiative, which is an Oregon 501C3 organization.


Oh!  And before I forget – Mentioning this blog post at our booth will get you a free gift.

So; throw on some green this Saturday, and come check out the Woman’s Expo!

The Nose Knows

Who’s heard of patchouli? If you lived through the 60’s and 70’s, you probably recognize the smell of patchouli, even if you aren’t sure what it’s called. That’s because many Hippies were very liberal in the use of patchouli oil. Some people say that the Hippies liked it because patchouli covered the scent of body odor. Others said it was so popular because it covered the scent of weed. Either way, they used lots of it.And its use seems to be making a resurgence, not just with Hippies, but with people from a large cross-section of society.

By now, if you’ve never smelled it, you are probably wondering just what patchouli smells like.  To me, it has a very noticeable, pungent, loamy smell. But, that may not be how it smell to you. I say this, because in selling our body products over the last several years, we have noticed that some people really like the smell of patchouli. Others absolutely despise it. And believe it or not, there is even a small percentage of people who say they really can’t smell it at all.


How can that be? Why do some people like some smells, while others don’t? Turns out there are some really good, scientific reasons.

The first reason has to do with genetics. There are about 400 genes for olfactory receptors in the human nose. The genes vary from person to person. With 400 genes, there are about 900,000 different combinations of genes a person can have for their scent receptors. different combination of genes ‘smells’ a scent differently. That means that there are many different smells for each and every scent. The smell you experience when you smell a rose is different then the smell the next person experiences when sniffing the exact same rose. Some people have a pleasant experience when they sniff the rose, but some find the scent offensive.

The second reason has to do with our brains and how they are wired to receive sensory information. Smell information is the only sensory information transmitted to the hippocampus and amygdala, in the brain’s limbic system. The limbic system is associated with emotions and memory, which in turn, influences how we react to the scent. The first time you smell a particular smell, the memory of the scent gets intertwined with emotions and memories of behavior and feelings of nostalgia. Because these neural connections are formed at the same time, they are intertwined.This makes scent the most powerful sense for triggering emotions and memories, and evoking feelings of nostalgia, or even deja vu.


I know about that first hand. I can remember being a kid in Billings, Montana. The neighbor down the street had a lilac bush that was as big as the side of their house. During the summer, whenever it was breezy, you could smell that lilac bush for blocks.


Now, 40 years later, whenever I smell lilacs, I get a contented, carefree feeling, just like I did when I was a kid, playing with my friends.

What about you? Do you smell things differently than your friends and family? Why not give it a try and see if you have any unique little quirks to your smell registry? Then; if you learned something cool, share it with us either here on the website, on facebook, or even instagram with #MoreBees. We would love to hear about it either way you all want to share it.

Seize the Magic

Depending on whether you go by the  meteorological definition or astronomical definition, you have anywhere from one week to three weeks, but either way, the official end to winter is in sight.  Right now, you’re probably sick of it if you live in an area still in the grips of winter. But in a few month, you may just miss it. So, take some time over the next week or two to get all those winter activities out of your system.

And no, I’m not talking about shoveling the driveway.  


I’m not even talking about the big, fun stuff. Things like skiing up on Mt Hood, which can actually be done well into the spring most years. (Downhill skiing goes into April or even May, and cross country goes into March). Even tubing/sledding can be done on Mount Hood well into March or April. Then there is ice skating, which can be done at several area rinks year around. These are fun, but they’re not the things I’m talking about.


I’m talking about the fun stuff you do at home, or in your neighborhood. The fun stuff that takes very little money to enjoy. What that fun stuff is, depends on who you are. It’s different for different people, but most of us have things we love to do that they can only be done in the winter. Like making a snowman, having a snowball fight, or building a snow fort with your kids or friends. And, yes, adults CAN do these things. We’re ALLOWED to, and they’re FUN.

Yet, there are more subtle things you could miss like an invigorating walk amidst the cool air and crisp snow. Perhaps even a stroll through the hushed falling snow, the soft sound enveloping you as the world around you seems frozen and peaceful.  Maybe looking out a window or staring up from a the field of snow around you to enjoying the bright yet  delicate blue that can only be found in a clear winter sky.

One of our favorites is taking outdoor winter pictures. Snow and ice can turn even the most mundane things magical. They can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. And with smart phones, we can all take part in this activity.










Lest forget all those things that can be done year round, but seem to be best when done in the cold of the winter. Like having a steaming hot mug of spiced cider, or rich hot chocolate stirred with the last of the candy canes. Snuggling deep down in the blankets on the couch while watching a movie with that special someone. We especially can’t leave out  basking in front of the fireplace, while you read your favorite book. All these things seem to be even better with the pervasive chill that goes while winter is still in the air.

Remember; there is less than a month -either way you look at it- to enjoy the wonders of winter and the chance it has to make memories with those you love. Time ticks away and the snow is melting; so what are you waiting for. Carpe diem, carpe vitam. Seize the day, seize life. Go out there and explore the magic of winter before the dawn of spring comes.

Murder Mystery Dinner

On February 15th, there was a murder.

It took place in Downtown Portland, at the Old Spaghetti Factory where my husband and I went to dine, with friends.  We were called upon to help solve the crime, and so were our friends.  One of them was even implicated as a suspect!  We had a blast! Mystery dinner theater is so much fun!


If you have never been, you should give it a try.  Most major cities, and many not so major ones, have dinner theater troupes.  Just look up “mystery dinner theater near me” on the internet to find your nearest options. Ticket prices may seem high, until you consider that you are getting dinner and a night of entertainment all rolled into one.


The experience varies a little by theater company, but some things are the same.  Your ticket usually gets you dinner and dessert, as well an interactive mystery performance.


Beyond that, things start to differ. Some shows are set in the here and now.  Others have a theme and you can dress up if you like. The one we attended, put on by The Murder Mystery Company, was set in the 1920’s, and the majority of the diners were dressed in some semblance of 1920’s dress. In some troupes, the performers are hidden amongst the other diners, in others a handful of clearly labeled actors help set the tone.  Either way, the paying diners are lead through the murder mystery to solve the questions of who committed the murder and why.  Who knows, it could even be you! Some troupes give prizes and/or certificates to the diners for solving the crime and/or for their performance and participation in the mystery theater.

Things to know:

  • Usually tickets must be purchased in advance, before the night of the show. Most shows sell out, so don’t wait too long to purchase tickets, or you may miss the show.
  • Some shows have a minimum age, so if you would like to take minors, make sure to check the minimum age, before purchasing tickets.
  • While your ticket gets you a 3-4 course dinner (exact number depends on the troupe), drinks are usually extra.
  • You usually get to choose between 3-4 entrees, and most troupes allow special requests for those with special dietary needs, but they need to be made in advance, when ordering tickets.
  • Some troupes prepay tips to the servers and/or the actors (two distinct, different sets of workers).  Check web sites to see if you will be encouraged to pay one, the other, or both gratuities, so you are not caught unawares.
  • Most have a bar available, but you will have to pay for your drinks. The bar is often cash only.
  • Most locations have an ATM on site, but not all. Check in advance, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Some theater companies have different levels of tickets, others have add-on packages, so read the web material provided before picking which tickets/add-ons are right for you.
  • Plan on being at the venue for about 3 hours.


Why not treat yourself, loved ones, and/or friends. We had a blast with great food and wonderfully engaging entertainment. We are sure you will too. Find all your fellow mystery lovers and see if you can crack the case as we did; even tell us about your experience. You can post your story below, let us know on facebook, or use the hashtag #MoreBees to share your night or murder and mystery.

Limited Time Sale!

♥Happy Valentine’s Day!♥


To show our love and appreciation, we would like to offer you a gift.

Flowers, sweets, and jewelry are traditional gifts on Valentine’s Day. We are offering a set, in it’s own decorative Valentine’s Day box, with our take on all three. In this set you will receive a full-sized bar of our Pink Rose Soap, a tube of our Strawberry Lip Balm, and one of our decorative pins.



To claim your gift, simply go to our online shop.






Don’t like rose? This gift set is available with Lavender soap as well.


This offer is good until February 14th 2018, at midnight. So if you would like to claim one for yourself or a loved one, you had better hurry.

We have several different pins, so the pin you receive may differ from the one shown.


Tips for Healthier Skin: 4 Awesome Benefits to a Bath

A couple of weeks ago, we published our third blog post in the series Tips for Healthier Skin. In that article, we came to the personal conclusion that showers have a slight edge over baths because while they both clean just as well, showers use less water, are quicker, and are a bit more convenient.

That said, we did find that there are instances where a bath wins hands down over a shower.  That happens when the bath is more than just a bath. In other words, when a bath is for more than just cleaning your skin.


Aches and pains

If you helped a friend move into a new apartment, or just overdid it at the gym, a warm bath might just be what you’re needing to sooth your tired, achy body.  That’s because the heat helps to relax tightened, knotted muscles, while increasing elasticity.  It also increases blood flow and metabolic rate, which both speed healing.  It can even help block the transmission of pain signals being sent to your brain. Interestingly, these benefits were noted, regardless of whether salts were added to the bath water.

But what about if you suffer from the more sinister, chronic type of pain caused by conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia? You too can find relief in a nice hot bath. In this case, a salt bath. These conditions cause inflammation and swelling at cellular level. Recent studies have found that salt water reduces the swelling at a cellular level and helps inhibit the inflammatory response. Both of these in turn cause a reduction in the pain felt.  To take a salt bath, simply add 2 cups of salt as your bath is running.  If you are using table salt, remember that it can be drying to the skin, so be sure to rinse off and use moisturizer when you finish.

Salts adorned with flowers for a relaxing bath.


The steam and warm water from a bath can be particularly helpful if you are feeling uncomfortable from nasal or chest congestion.  Whether it be from a cold, the flu, or allergies, a warm bath may help you breath easier. The steam thins secretions (snot and mucus) and helps reduce inflammation of the tissues in your respiratory system. And a warm bath has the added advantage of helping to regulate your body temperature when you are ill.


Skin conditions

Adding 1-2 T coconut oil to your bath water can help soften and loosen the dry flaky, scaly skin the is often associated with eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It can also sooth the the itching that accompanies these skin conditions. Coconut oil has some beneficial properties that make it perfect for this. It’s a great moisturizer, helps with inflammation, and has some natural antibacterial properties. Be careful as the oil may make the tub surface more slippery than usual.


Allergic to Coconut? Try oats instead. Turns out that there’s a reason your grandma’s old home remedy of an oatmeal bath works. Studies have backed it up. There are compounds in oats called avenanthramides that fight skin inflammation and itching. Simply place a handful of oats into a sock  or the center of a washcloth and close it off with a rubber band. Throw it into the tub as you run your water. This will give you the benefits of the avenanthramides, without the hassle of a clogged drain.


Daily soaks in a warm tub have been shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. Nobody’s sure if it’s the warmth, the horizontal position, or the cocooning effects of being surrounded by the water, but studies have shown that baths can relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and put one into a more restful state of mind. If you have a problem with chronic stress and anxiety, don’t use a warm bath as a replacement for regularly prescribed medications, but rather as another tool in your arsenal for fighting the problem.






Remember that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Routinely taking long baths (or showers) can lead to dry skin; so limit baths to no more than ten minutes. Additionally, excessively hot water temperatures can remove natural oils from your skin, leaving your skin dry and itchy. Finally, when you are done in the bath, quickly rinse off with warm fresh water to remove any soap or other bathing product residues not meant to be kept on the skin for long periods of time.


We hope you keep these things in mind the next time you think on cleaning up; especially if you are stressed, achy, or congested. A bath could be a much better choice for you to help rid or ease these issues. We hope you also enjoyed this new tip and hope you stay tuned until next time to learn more. Otherwise you can also enjoy our other blog posts where we talk on environment, bee news, and interesting places around the Portland Metro area to enjoy with friends or family.

Tips for Healthier Skin: Shower Or Bath

Several months ago, we started a series called Tips for Healthier Skin and a Healthier You.  In the first two installments, we explored how both staying hydrated and your diet can affect your complexion and your health. This installment looks at bathing.

The idea came to me as I stood under the warm shower, trying to banish a bit of the winter chill. Obvious questions immediately came to mind: Shower or bath? Everyday or not? Soap or no soap? What’s best for us and our skin?

Shower vs Bath

Environmentally, it’s a no brainer. A responsible shower (limiting your shower to 7 minutes or less, and using a shower-head that delivers 3.5 GPM or less) will use considerably less water than just about any bath.There’s no way round that.

But we’re more concerned with the impact on our health and skin in this article. So let’s see what else showers have going for them, compared to baths.

Both clean equally well. Science has proven this. Even so, most people in our country “feel cleaner” when they shower. And how people feel can have an impact on their health. If taking a bath leaves you feeling yucky, or stresses you out, then shower instead. In other words, do whichever you are more comfortable doing.


Whether you shower or take a bath, keep these things in mind.

  1. Too hot, too long, and/or too often can spell trouble for your skin, and possibly your overall health. If you regularly do these things, you strip the natural oils and beneficial bacteria from your skin. This can cause itchy, dry skin that is prone to cracking. It will also aggravate many skin conditions, such as dermatitis and eczema. It can even give illness and infection a way to enter our bodies. So skip the steamy hot water, and go with warm or tepid water.  Limit your time to 5-10 minutes at the most. And consider bathing only when it’s necessary.

  1.  Consider hitting your hot-spots with the soap, and just rinsing off the rest.Your hot spots are the parts of your body that produce secretions and/or get stinky: Your pits, privates, bottom, and feet. If you are prone to acne, then also soap any areas where you break out (face, chest, back, neck, and/or butt checks) after you rinse off any hair products.


  1. Failing to rinse properly can cause or aggravate itchy skin, dermatitis, or other skin conditions. Make sure to rinse so you don’t go through the day covered in a layer of soap, body wash, shampoo, or conditioner. These products weren’t designed to be worn on your skin, but rather to aid in cleansing. This goes for all you bath takers too. Give yourself a quick rinse with clean tepid water before drying off.

  1.  Always remember to apply a moisturizing lotion within a few minutes of bathing. This will help lock in any moisture absorbed by your skin as you bathed. Our favorite is More Bees Solid Lotion .

This brings us to the question of how often. Should you bathe once a day, once a week, once a month, or never at all?

It’s all about balance. Bathing everyday is too often for many (see point 2 above), and unnecessary for most. Experts agree that for the sake of health and healthy skin, most of us really only need to bathe 1-2 times a week. This grosses most Americans out. We’ve been raised to think that at least 1 shower or bath a day is a must. But studies have shown that for most people, routine washing of hands coupled with daily changing of clothes is enough to keep illness causing germs in check.


Of course, if you have a really nasty job, or get absolutely filthy when you play, bathing more often might be for you, just keep it short and sweet (again, see point 2 above).

So which is best. The shower or the bath? We leave it to you to decide which is best for you in each given situation. In my opinion, there are reasons why showering may be better overall.  That said, there are some clear cut situations where the bath wins hands down. We’ll explore those situations in our next installment of the series.