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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics News

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on December 8, 2011 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (37)

Coalition Makes Companies to Remove Hazardous Chemicals from Personal Care Products SpecialChem - Dec 2, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. -- More than 400 companies selling cosmetic and other personal care products have removed potentially hazardous chemicals from them, after a seven-year campaign by a large coalition of consumer, health and environmental groups.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recently said that those companies - all fai...

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SBA Task force findings published

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on November 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

At the President’s direction, the SBA led the first-ever Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development, which included representation from seven federal agencies and four leading veterans organizations. 

The Task Force is focused on increasing the number of veteran-owned businesses and the number of Americans – including other veterans – those businesses employ. 

Through public meetings, the Task Force gathered input and ideas which ra...

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Synthetic or Natural Scents - What is the difference and why would we choose one over the other?

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on November 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Scents and regulations has been a large part of our business, as many of the natural scents we love to use are beginning to be regulated to where we cannot use them any longer.

Below is a great article on this topic I wanted to share from

Engineering Replacements for Essential Perfume Ingredients By Courtney Humphries ...

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Day off?

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 29, 2011 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Well for the first Saturday in I can't remember how long...we had a day off..unplanned, but a day off just the same.

And do I sleep in?  No, I am up early..cause the dogs are downstairs barking..

Do I decide to relax on my day off?  No, why would I do that?  I was at Home Depot nice and early to pick up paint for our daughter's bedroom - she's finally outgrown the hot pink and black decor (at 19)..

But since she says she still has to get her...

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Geneva American Legion Show

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The American Legion in Geneva is a beautiful building.  We had a great time, won a raffle prize (of which i am enjoying the bottle of wine right now :), and received a surprise visit from our dear friends Angie & Dick  Wilson.. couldn't have asked for a better day!  Thank you for visiting

Becky & Nic


Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 19, 2011 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of neem (Azadirachtaindica), an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It is perhaps the most importantof the commercially available products of neem for organic farming and medicines. 

Neem oil is generally light to dark brown, bitter and has a rather strong odour that is said to combine t...

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Vegan Products

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 18, 2011 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you realize that we have a significant Vegan product offerings?

Check out our line of vegan products here;


Becky & Nic


Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Monoi oil   Monoi de Tahiti is a precious and exotic cosmetic oil, manufactured in Polynesia, according to a French Government Decree, which explicitly describes the process by which this oil must be made.

The oil is created by soaking/macerating 10 Tiare flowers, which must come from French Polynesia, per litre of refined coconut oil for a minimum of 10 days. Lo...

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Change of Plans

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 17, 2011 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We have had a change of plans...

The weekend before Thanksgiving we will be at the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Holiday Bazaar

So for all your all natural and vegan soaps and body care, swing in and GET Your SNIFF ON!!

oh, and don't forget our hand made quilts and cutting boards.


Becky & Nic

New skin layer discovered

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on September 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't wait to see what products are developed to use on our wrinkles from this discovery!!  So exciting!

After more than 10 years of scientific research, Vichy has uncovered the function of a thin layer of cells called the papillary dermis, or Derm Source. Located immediately below the epidermis, this vital layer was found to be responsible for driving skin rejuvenation processes, including collagen and elastin production. Over time, Derm Source funct...

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Sustainable Palm Oil in the Industry

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on September 7, 2011 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

While here at LocustGroves we are a Palm oil free shop, we do support any and all green practices in the industry.  Specific to Palm oil, the Industry has made good strides

The first one million hectares of certified land for sustainable palm production marks ‘a turning point’ for industry, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives are present ...

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Sunscreen in a Pill??

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on September 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

From Cosmetic Design - HOW COOL IS THIS!!

A team of UK scientists at the Kings College London say that research they are conducting could lead a sunscreen in the form of to a pill made from a coral compound .

The scientists have discovered that a coral-derived compound acts as an efficient screen against UV rays and further research could eventually lead to a injested treatment that would fit in with the fast-growing beauty from within category.

The ...

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Holiday Show Line up - it's a busy season

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Unlike last year, we are participating in a number of shows this season.. We start in September and it just picks up pace from there.

PLEASE, check our find us page frequently for updates!!

Thanks, and looking forward to seeing everyone this season!!

Becky & Nic

NEW Baby line in development!!

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We have been contemplating a baby line, and after market research have decided on a name.. to be announced soon!

All products will be all natural, with specific care to ensure that ingredients allow baby's skin to breathe and stay as soft as it was when they were born..

The line will include:

Diaper balm (petroleum free)

Shampoo (low ph for tear free use)



Liquid & bar soaps

If you think o fanything else you would...

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Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 17, 2011 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Those of you close to me know the signifigance of frogs in my life..

and I ran across this, and thought i would share it..

DID you know?

That Frogs are embraced as a symbol for fertility and luck in both Eastern and Western cultures, the frog beckons the wisdom of change and adaptation in our modern lives.