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It’s International Women’s Day! As a 100% female owned & operated company we wanted to share our rich, orange, history with you and remind you of who we are, what we do, & why we do it.

From Humble Beginnings

McLoughlin, President and CEO of Seabuckthorn International, started the skin care and nutritional supplement company with her late husband, Colin in 1991. “Colin and I lived on the West Coast of British Columbia. Although he spent much of his early career as a mining engineer his first passion was always growing things. He grew up on a farm in Scotland and was really fascinated with land reclamation, whether it was range land around Cache Creek or a hillside outside Maple Ridge. We started a nursery in the Lower Mainland in 1990 where we grew plants for erosion control. An Asian agricultural specialist that we were working with sent us a Seabuckthorn plant to try out. Little did we know that we would build a company around it.”

In 1995 the Mcloughlin’s sold their home in Vancouver and moved to the Okanagan where Seabuckthorn growing conditions were more ideal. While Colin focused on the erosion control benefits, Susan concentrated on the nutritional aspects of Seabuckthorn.

Who We Are

We are a proudly Canadian & Cruelty Free company committed to conserving the earth, healing your skin, & supporting your health with products made with miracle that is seabuckthorn. In recent years we have made some BIG changes to lessen our environmental impact. We are now a 100% vegan & cruelty free company that only uses 100% natural, pure, and environmentally friendly ingredients. Two of our biggest changes in recent years were the decision to discontinue our capsules (10 Reasons Why We Ditched Our Single Source Capsules) and to eliminate palm oil from our line. Environmental stewardship has always been important at SBT headquarters, but now it is a force that drives us. The generations coming after us are not going to have an easy time – the generations already here aren’t going to have an easy time – so we need to work together to change how we treat not only the planet, but how we treat each other. We have always strived to provide the absolute best customer service possible, while handcrafting the most pure products, and doing our part to lessen environmental impact – and people say you can’t have it all.

Manufacturing natural skincare & nutritional products is still our main focus, but one of our new missions is to increase awareness about what is in your products (natural or not). We can’t even begin to tell you how big & bad greenwashing is (so we won’t) but we think everyone has a right to know what they are putting on their skin & in their bodies.

What We Do

At SBT Seabuckthorn, we are proud to produce only 100% natural, vegan, cruelty & allergen free products.  Our planet has blessed us with so many healing botanicals that we have no need for any animal by-products in our skincare or nutritional products.

We are proud to source only 100% eco-friendly & sustainable plants for our therapeutic skincare. Many of the plants used in our ingredients are harvested from the wild or organic farms and made into luxurious oils that help to soothe, nourish, hydrate, replenish, clarify, and protect your skin.

Clean & Green Ingredients

Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for your personal care products to get into your blood stream?

That being said, why would you want scary un-pronounceable lab formulated chemicals to make up your favourite products? Our products are free from SLS, DEA, Parabens, Talc, Silicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Dyes/Colourants, Fragrance, Petroleum, Formaldehyde, & so many more scary ingredients you don’t want lurking in your skincare.

It’s really shocking when you flip over the average bottle of cream or shampoo at the store and find these ingredients lurking in so many common products and big brands. Your skin is your largest organ and it needs TLC too. The average woman absorbs 5 lbs. of cosmetics into their body in a year. If your skin was going to absorb 5 lbs. of anything – wouldn’t you want it to be healing natural ingredients derived from the earth? We thought so.

& Why We Do It

Over the years we have become known for our healing skincare. We are the brand for people who can’t find relief anywhere else – the fact that we are able to provide natural relief is just a HUGE added bonus for everyone. We have helped customers lower their cholesterol, relieve their arthritis, calm their eczema flare ups, soothe their scalps, heal wounds, burns, & scars, and so much more. We are so proud to have created a natural, handcrafted, eco-friendly personal care line that has benefits so great that not only do you love your skin – but you feel good in it and about it.

We are so passionate about seabuckthorn and for us to be able to use such a special ingredient in our skincare & nutritional products makes us proud. What makes us even more proud is the amazing results that our customers have with our product. In the beginning, SBT was about spreading the word about the amazing benefits behind the plant. 15 years later, SBT is all about our customers. Our company wouldn’t be where it is without our amazing customers or the amazing results they’ve experienced with our therapeutic skincare.

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Our Digestive System

How many of you know that the digestive system includes the mouth? How about the liver, gall bladder and pancreas? If you check out the diagram above you can see that there are nine different body parts involved in digesting food! One might guess from this that there is more to eating than just pleasure!

Mucous Membranes

The digestive tract starts at the mouth and ends at the rectum. All parts of the digestive tract are lined with mucous membranes. These membranes play a very important role in the digestive process. Most digested molecules of food, as well as water and minerals, are absorbed through the small intestine. The mucosa of the small intestine contains many folds that are covered with tiny fingerlike projections called villi. In turn, the villi are covered with microscopic projections called microvilli. These structures create a vast surface area through which nutrients can be absorbed. Specialized cells allow absorbed materials to cross the mucosa into the blood, where they are carried off in the bloodstream to other parts of the body for storage or further chemical change. An amazing and efficient system. Just try designing that in your garage!

Just Pop An Antacid?

Maybe Not!

I just read an excellent article on causes and treatment of acid reflux and heartburn. Apparently it is very common, affecting around 20% of the population. Over 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. The causes are multiple but most often diet and lifestyle are the culprits. The most popular treatment is over the counter antacids which are effective in providing temporary relief but which do not cure the problem and may exacerbate it over time. Read the full article here Fighting Heartburn and Gerd Naturally – And Safely!

The Natural and Healing Alternative

SBT OIls Naturally Healing Nutrition

The primary reason I am in praise of this article results from its discussion of the healing properties of seabuckthorn oils for acid reflux and stomach ulcers (Apologies for my obvious bias). We have known for some time how effective our Single Source Oil (a 50/50 blend of USDA organic seabuckthorn seed oil and fruit oil) is for the maintenance of healthy mucous membranes. It is not entirely clear how the Single Source Oil works to repair and protect the mucous membranes but the potency and synergies of the nutritional compounds including the phospholipids, polyphenols and omegas are cited in the literature as influential in the healing process. While antacids are a quick and simple fix, if the problem is chronic the sufferer may want to seek a more lasting and benign solution such as seabuckthorn oil. Learn more about our oils here. All About Seabuckthorn Oils

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We were delighted to make this Pumpkin & Single Source Cookie recipe to share with you (as was Maggie Mae)! Just as our skin reacts with the changing temperature so does our furry friends. I’m very lucky to have an extremely healthy dog but she does tend to suffer from some patches of dry skin during the colder months. Last year I started occasionally adding SBT Single Source Oil & Coconut Oil to her food and it helped instantly.  I also noticed that her coat was much stronger and shinier and she had a little extra ‘pep in her step.’

I will admit my dog is extremely spoiled and gets a cookie every time I leave the house – so I thought if I’m going to be giving her cookies all the time I should firstly make them healthy and secondly make them beneficial. So here we are with these delicious nourishing Pumpkin & Single Source Dog Cookie recipe. (see below)

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Pumpkin & Single Source Dog Cookie Recipe 

for a happy dog & a healthy coat 

  • 1 can organic pumpkin (we used Farmers Market – 398 ml or just shy of 2 cups)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon SBT Seabuckthorn Single Source Oil
  • 1/3 cup whole oats
  • 5 cups flour (of your choosing based on your dogs nutritional needs/sensitivities)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine all wet ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, coconut oil, & Seabuckthorn Single Source Oil) in a large bowl and mix until smooth
  3. Mix in oatmeal
  4. Begin to add flour 1 cup at a time. I used my mixer for the first 2 cups and switched to my hands after that to avoid making a mess – however if you have a stand mixer you could easily mix it all in there. I used 3.5 cups of flour for this recipe, but you really want to go off the feel of the dough. Everything should be mixed completely and shouldn’t be ‘sticky’ you want it to be the same consistency as cookie dough or maybe a little bit dryer even.
  5. Gather dough into a ball and roll out on a floured surface until about ¼ inch thick. If you roll it out too thin your cookies could get dry and brittle.
  6. Use your cookie cutter to cut out as many bones as you can. Place on a non-stick baking sheet or one that has been lined with parchment.
  7. Continue to roll your dough steps 4 & 5 until all dough has been used.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. This will depend on the shape of the cookies & how thick you rolled out your dough. You want the cookies to be 100% hard for safe consumption & storage. Be careful not to burn them – it only takes about an extra 15 to do that (I would know!).
  9. Let cool before giving them to your pup for a healthy & delicious treat.
  10. Store them in a cool dry place and give to your dog as desired.

This recipe makes about 50-60 cookies – they will store for a little while but you could cut the recipe in half if you wanted.

We hope your dogs love these cookies as much as our ‘taste tester’ Maggie Mae did.

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Palm Oil is one of the most destructive ingredients on the planet – and it’s in almost everything.

Palm Oil has been used in everything from food to pharmaceuticals, personal care, animal feed, & even cleaning products. It has many names and comes in many forms – it is found in about 50% of the products you would find at the supermarket.

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In recent years more light has been spread on the devastation that Palm oil leaves behind. Animals have been killed & lost their homes – especially orangutans & elephants for Palm oil production and it doesn’t end there. Recent visits to two of the largest ‘sustainable’ Palm oil farms in the world exposed the use of child labor, unethically low wages, unsustainable & illegal practices, + employees are being exposed to Paraquat (a toxic herbicide banned in western countries).

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Although the discussion is getting bigger – it’s still not big enough. Banning Palm oil is a cause very near & dear to our hearts at SBT.  After doing more investigating into our RSPO palm oil  there was no way we could continue to use it in our products – so we removed it from our soap & salves!  So far this year we have already cut over 1000 lbs of Palm oil from being used!

Please help us support the ban on Palm oil & urge your favourite companies to do the same. There are many natural, organic, & ‘green’ companies still using Palm oil in their products that are very happy to keep it under the radar so let’s give them the push they need to remove it all together.

Starting in November we will be posting weekly environmental & sustainable tips + lots of eco-awareness and you can be sure palm oil will be high on our list so that we can get the conversation going about this ingredient & the affect it has on our planet & its inhabitants.

 

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