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    Dolphin Organics Blog

    Dolphin Dictionary: An A-Z on everything you need to know about our product.

    Dolphin Dictionary: An A-Z on everything you need to know about our product.

    Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice—The juice from the aloe vera plant has healing and soothing properties. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing.

    Behentrimonium Chloride—This softening and conditioning agent that detangles, restores, and removes static from hair comes from rapeseed.

    Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea)—A natural humectant and emollient, this antioxidant has antifungal, antimicrobial, protecting, and conditioning properties.

    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride—This stabilizing emollient, also known as fractioned coconut oil, softens and conditions skin giving it a silky but not oily feel.

    Cetearyl Alcohol— A white, waxy solid, made from vegetable oil. This ingredient is an emollient and an emulsifier that conditions and softens leaving skin and hair silky smooth.

    Cetearyl Olivate—Cetearyl Olivate is obtained from olive oil and used for its desirable emulsifying properties.

    Coco Glucoside—Derived from coconut, this surfactant is used as an emulsifier and foaming agent that enhances the moisturizing properties of the product.

    Decyl Glucoside—This biodegradable cleanser derived from coconut and corn is gentle for all hair types.

    Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate—Made from coconut oil and sugar, this gentle cleanser is a great foaming agent and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

    Emollient—A skin conditioning agents that makes the outer layers of the skin smoother, softer, and more pliable.

    Emulsifier—It allows oils to be dispersed throughout a water base to form a cream or lotion so that the ingredients do not separate.

    Geogard Ultra—An NPA approved preservative that is a safe alternative to parabens.

    Glycerin—Made from a combination of water and fats from vegetable oil, this gentle plant based cleanser is a natural humectant that absorbs water from the air and locks in moisture, leaving your hair smooth and soft.

    Glyceryl Oleate—Glyceryl Oleate is an emulsifier and an emollient that is derived from sunflower oil.

    Glyceryl Stearate—Obtained from vegetable oil, this natural lubricant and skin hydration agent is also a natural emulsifier.

    Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride—This natural ingredient, derived from guar gum, thickens, conditions, and detangles, leaving your hair softer and smoother and frizz-free.

    Helianthus Annuss (Organic Sunflower Seed Oil)—The oil from the sunflower is a natural emollient that nourishes your skin and retains its natural moisture.

    Sunflower seed oil also contains a high amount of vitamin E. Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Extract—Hibiscus extract is used for its conditioning properties for both hair and skin.

    Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract (Sea Buckthorn)—Obtained from Sea Buckthorn berries, this extract nourishes, revitalizes, and restores skin and hair while combating dryness.

    Humectant—An agent that draws water from the air and deeper layers of the skin in order to preserve the moisture of hair and skin.

    Hydroxypropyltrimonium Oligosaccharide—An effective moisturizer derived from sugar cane.

    Lauryl Glucoside—A gentle, natural, biodegradable, and non-toxic surfactant derived from coconut oil and sugar.

    Natural Berry Fragrance—Our yummy smell is a natural fragrance derived from berries.

    Olea Europaea Leaf Extract (Olive Leaf)—Olive Leaf extract is an antioxidant also used as a skin-conditioning agent.

    Organic Grape Seed Oil—This oil, derived from the seeds of grapes, has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties.

    Organic Punca Granatum Extract (Pomegranate)--Pomegranate extract is an anti-oxidant with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

    It is also known to hydrate skin and fight the signs of aging. Panthenol—Panthenol is an antioxidant and a humectant that comes from vitamin B5. Its healing and conditioning properties leave your hair rehydrated and strong.

    Potassium Sorbate—The salt of sorbic acid, this ingredient is antibacterial and anti-microbial. Propanediol—A natural humectant made from corn sugar that absorbs water from the air, moisturizing skin and hair. Raphanus Sativus—More commonly known as radish seed oil, Raphanus Sativus moisturizes and is also antibacterial and astringent.  Shea Butter—This butter from the Shea tree is known for its moisturizing properties.

    Simmondsia Chinensis—Commonly known as jojoba seed oil, this ingredient soothes, moisturizes and softens.

    Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate—This surfactant, that is a natural alternative to sulfates, is biodegradable and derived from coconut and palm oil with starch and sugar. It is known for its mild, lathering properties.

    Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate –Derived from Coconut and Glutamic Acid, this ingredient is used as a stabilizing emulsifier. It is environmentally friendly and safe for sensitive skin types.

    Sorbitan Olivate—Derived from olive oil and berries, this surfactant is an emulsifier that is both hypoallergenic and moisturizing.

    Stearyl Alcohol—Stearyl Alcohol is a thickener that is obtained from coconut. It is a viscosity-increasing agent as well as an emulsifier.

    Stearyl Citrate—An emollient used for its conditioning attributes.

    Surfactant—Compounds that lower the surface tension of a liquid, and thus often have emulsifying or foaming properties.

    Vitis Vinifera—This oil derived from grape seed is a hair softener.

    Xanthan Gum—This thickening agent is derived from corn. It acts as an emulsion aid and a stabilizing binder.  

    SPF 32 is back! And it's better than ever!

    SPF 32 is back! And it's better than ever!

    Our SPF 32 sunscreen is back on our shelves and better than ever! It has a new improved formula and a cute new tube. To try it out, click here.

    In keeping with our ongoing efforts to provide full transparency, the following is a letter from our founders including details about our new sunscreen:

    To all of our loyal customers and fans,
    Since our launch over five years ago, we’ve been working hard at developing the safest, most gentle products for your family.   We are proud of the stringent standards to which we hold our company. Our Dolphin Organics™ line is certified to NSF/ANSI 305 standards by QAI Inc.  Recently, we also took the extra step to work diligently with the Environmental Working Group and are thrilled to now be EWG VERIFIED™. It is always our highest priority to create all-natural products which meet these premium standards and yet still deliver efficacy.       

    With regards to our DO Naturals™ broad spectrum sunscreen, this means providing an effective, safe product that has been honored with rave reviews by customers, retailers and the press. Our sunscreen has been given the thumbs up by The Baby Guy NYC, All Natural Mom 101, Glamorganic Goddess and Florum Fashion. And, our most scrutinizing panel – customers like yourself – have continuously posted 5 star reviews online .

    We highly value the feedback provided by our customers, partners and Dolphin Moms™.  Many of our customers love how well our sunscreen rubs into skin compared to other mineral sunscreens, but some found the consistency thick and told us that it left a bit more white residue than they desire. This is a natural side effect of any sunscreen that is free of nanoparticles, but we took a closer look at our formula to see if it could be improved upon. After much research, we established a new recipe that disappears better than ever and still provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  

    The active ingredients in our SPF 32 sunscreen remain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and our sunscreen remains food-grade and vegan. Here are details about the changes we made to the other ingredients:

    • We removed Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Glycerin and Lactic Acid and replaced them with Watermelon extract, Pomegranate extract and Corn.
    • We removed Macadamia Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, so that our sunscreen could be used by families with nut allergies. We also removed Cocoa Butter and replaced all three with Avocado Oil which provides the same hydrating benefits.
    • We added Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate to improve the efficacy of our preservative system and ensure a stable product once exposed to the pools, beaches, sands and other outdoor elements
    • All of the other ingredients remain the same.

     

    Currently these changes have only been made to our SPF 32 sunscreen, but we do plan to make the same changes to our SPF 50 next summer.

     

    We are excited to share this new sunscreen with you and are looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    One of the many benefits of being a small family business is that we can remain nimble and responsive to your families’ needs.  We look forward to growing our family with yours.  
    Yours naturally,
    Ayo & Nigel Hart

    Founders

    Dolphin Organics

    5 Ideas to Spark Your Lunchbox Imagination

    5 Ideas to Spark Your Lunchbox Imagination

    Most of the staff here at Dolphin Organics™ are busy moms with school-aged kids. We realized in June that most of our kids were taking same things to school every. single. day. We all vowed to switch it up just a little bit this year to bring some variety to their lunchboxes.

    The challenge? Some of our kids are pretty picky eaters, while others have adventurous palates. We swapped tips and came up with 5 healthy ideas that can be tweaked to suit anyone's tastes.

    1. Pasta

    Whether a cold pasta salad or something warm served in a Thermos, pasta makes for a satisfying lunch. For extra staying power, use a pasta that isn't made from white flour. We like gluten-free brown rice spaghetti (the thinner the noodle, the closer the taste is to flour-made pasta). Or you can use a pasta-like whole grain, like quinoa or farro, as your base instead.

    Add ins: shredded cheese, olives, veggies (cooked or raw), tomato sauce, pesto, pine nuts, grilled chicken, a curry powder/oil combo, etc.

    Serve with: An apple, peeled orange, plum, grapes or other easy-to-pack fruit.

    2. Smoothies-To-Go

    Sound messy? It doesn't have to be. Plastic freezer jars make transporting vitamin-packed smoothies a possibility. Blend up your favorite combination of nutritious fruits and veggies ahead of time, then pour and freeze. Send the jar into school with a spoon. It'll be just the right consistency at lunchtime.

    Add ins: Smoothie possibilities are endless. We like this kid-friendly green smoothie. Other favorites: banana berry smoothies or, for an indulgent treat, a combo of frozen banana, milk and unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Serve with: Granola, crackers, nuts (if allowed), popcorn, or another carbohydrate-rich snack.

    3. Something-Butter Sandwich

    Many schools won't allow peanut butter in their classrooms these days, but there are tons of other smearable options. Pick your child's favorite bread and spread on something filling.

    Add ins: Almond butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter, soy butter and plain old cream cheese with an all-fruit jam are favorites.

    Sides: Edamame, yogurt, an easy-to-pack fruit.

    4. Hard Boiled Egg

    Packed with protein that keeps hunger at bay, a hard boiled egg is the easiest lunch of them all. Boil a batch on Sunday and keep them ready to pop in lunch boxes each morning. Peel just before packing so kids aren't fumbling with the shells during their all-too-brief lunch period.

    Add ins: Make deviled eggs with mustard/mayo/paprika and keep in a sandwich box; slice and put on top of rice or in a salad; or dice to make an egg salad sandwich or wrap.

    Serve with: Fruit, cut up carrots, celery or cucumber.

    5. Soup

    Break out that insulated container again and pack a hearty, healthy soup for lunch. Our picky eaters like chicken noodle or tomato rice, the more adventurous will nosh on Thai curry soup or veggie-packed minestrone and pasta fagioli.

    Add ins: Toss in cooked brown rice or another whole grain to make the soup more filling. For choosy eaters, you can try blending up a veggie and sneaking it in.

    Serve with: Crackers, a buttered roll, a cheese stick, fruit.

    Kids DOing Good

    Kids DOing Good

    It is truly inspiring to see how one idea, put into action, can make a huge difference.  Great ideas can come from anywhere – and all it takes is a group of dedicated people to turn these into reality.  Last month, Dolphin Organics had the chance to witness a success story in the making: a group of third graders at Stony Point Elementary in North Rockland, NY who truly had the chance to learn about the tasks involved in running a business, and subsequently created a successful one of their own. Just a few years ago, founder of Dolphin Organics, Ayo Hart discussed how she began and runs her business with this class of third graders.  This lesson plan inadvertently evolved into one of the most successful businesses I’ve ever come across, with 100% of its profits going to charity.  And so, Team LaBier was born. 

    We began the day in the third grade classroom where it all began.  By connecting with the students, Dolphin Organics was able to learn about how these CEOs, CFOs, COOs, etc. run their successful business.  Several of the students hold positions in Team LaBier, such as the advertising team, financial team, research team, etc.
     
    Class member Emma excitedly exclaimed “I’m a CEO!...There are different teams who are in charge of different things.”  She discussed how the financial team helps to count the money, and the advertising team helps to make keychains.  Each and every student has a place in the business where they can truly see their actions making a difference. By working together, this class was able to raise over $20,000 for local organization, Friends of Karen, and also Stand Up 2 Cancer.
     
    The ceremony began with the teacher who started it all, Mrs. LaBier, who excitedly exclaimed the various successes of the team.  From Sports Day, to the support of countless community members, Team LaBier has truly made an impact this year, and this breakfast helped to celebrate those who made it possible.  Ms. LaBier and her students handed out various plaques to different businesses and people, all with a personal relation to either the students or the community.  After watching an inspirational video on Stand Up 2 Cancer, it was clear to see just how personal this charity is to the community, along with Friends of Karen.  In a world where so many are diagnosed with cancer, it is important to support charities like these that directly benefit cancer research and patients.
     
    After the ceremony, I had the chance to sit down and talk to the amazing LaBier students.  Most of them excitedly talked about Sports Day and how they individually called local businesses in order to find sponsors for the event.  There was a huge turnout, and many of them excitedly remember the day and just what it meant for their team.  One student Amara happily reflected on the fact that “the Sports Day money went to charity!”  The students can truly see how their initiative and dedication can make a difference.
     
    Team LaBier would not have been successful without Ms. LaBier herself, the teacher who propelled the students to action, Ayo Hart, with her business talk and sponsorship, and of course, the students themselves.
    by Stefanie Kushner