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7 Amazing Functions of our Skin

7 Amazing Functions of our Skin

Our skin is truly one of the most amazing organs! We so often put the emphasis on its appearance (color, tone, whether its free from blemishes, etc.), and while those things can certainly be important, they aren't necessarily indicators of whether or not the skin is healthy. We should also look at the functions of our skin as a whole to understand more fully how much it does for us AND how to best take care of it.

Let's review some facts about our skin. It is our largest organ, made up of 3 main layers; the epidermis (top, outer layer), dermis (deeper layer) and hypodermis (subcutaneous tissues). Your skin makes up approximately 10-15% of your body weight! Here are seven primary functions of the skin: 

  • Container: it literally holds our body's contents together, guarding muscles, bones, joints and internal organs.
  • Waterproofing: skin protects the living cells inside our bodies from losing moisture, and the lipids (oils) in our skin provide a barrier protecting our skin on the outside.  
  • Body temperature regulation: this is done through sweat glands and blood vessel dilation or constriction.
  • Warning of pain or injury: nerve endings present in the dermis alert us of things that could cause injury; such as a hot or sharp objects.
  • Protection from infection: bacterial colonies or microbiome on the skin create part of our immune system.
  • Protection from UV radiation: by the creation of pigment melanin.
  • Recognizing foreign bodies: langerhans cells are the first (outermost) line of defense for the cutaneous immune defense. These cells can attach to foreign materials and bring them down to the lymph glands where they can be processed and eliminated. 

The more we study the skin, the more in awe we are of how intricate it is and how much a healthy functioning skin does for our bodies. When our skin is compromised, it cannot function correctly and this can result in discomfort or even injury. We can see how seemingly simple things like dryness, chapped or cracked skin can disrupt the ability of the skin to function correctly. 

When choosing products for your skin, it's important to select things that work with it as it protects and repairs itself. At Zoe Organics, we provide a variety of topical formulas that do just that. Our organic balms, butters, oils and herbs provide nutrients from nature that support its immune function without delivering stressors from toxins. How are you caring for and supporting your amazing skin? 


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A Kid's Guide: Fall Skincare

A Kid's Guide: Fall Skincare
School is back in session along with our favorite Fall activities. Viruses, chapped lips, dry skin and eczema flare-ups are some of the issues that also come with the season. Some of the ways we can counter this season is with warmth, moisture, exfoliation, and slower, more deliberate routines. We can focus on seasonal nourishing foods and getting more sleep and rest. In our Kids’ Edition of Transitioning to Fall Skincare, we are sharing our skincare and wellness tips for the kiddos and recommending effective products. Continue reading

The Natural Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil

The Natural Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Oil

Why Pumpkin Seed Oil?

Raw pumpkin seeds and (cold pressed) oil are superfoods in your diet, but did you know that pumpkin seed oil is also super beneficial for your skin?

Pumpkin seed oil (PSO) has a nickname “green gold” and it’s no wonder, because it is one of the most nutritious oils available. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc and other trace minerals and vitamins.

As with all natural ingredients, the quality varies depending on how it is produced and sourced. Our PSO is carefully selected and is certified organic, cold pressed and unrefined. Used in this form, it contains the highest nutritional profile.

We are always on the lookout for highly nutritious ingredients for the skin and when we learned of the powerful properties of PSO, we knew it would be a star ingredient in multiple formulas.

What does Pumpkin Seed Oil do for skin?

Topically, PSO has a wealth of benefits for the skin. Pumpkin seed oil fights free radical damage, retains moisture, can improve the tone and appearance of skin, promote skin cell renewal, and because of the high amount of vitamin E, it can help wounds heal more rapidly and improve the appearance of scar tissue.

Where does Zoe Organics Use Pumpkin Seed Oil?

Belly Oil: Pumpkin seed oil first debuted in our Belly Oil. From its powerful blend of nutrient-rich oil, the belly oil becomes a decadent serum than simply a moisturizer. In fact, women have been using it on their faces with glowing results, in part, because of the pumpkin seed oil in the formula. This product is perfect to support your skin as it stretches during pregnancy or postpartum to reduce inflamed skin.

Dr. Shannon’s Skin Balm: The second product containing this star ingredient is Dr. Shannon’s Skin Balm. Dr. Shannon’s Skin Balm belongs in every home and first aid kit due to its multi-functional superpower. This magical skin balm can soothe cuts, scrapes, stings, burns and a multitude of other uses!

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51 Uses for Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm

51 Uses for Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm
Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm is one of our favorite, most-loved products. It could be because the story behind this product is so special, or maybe because it is so versatile. Continue reading

Cream, Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm and Everything Balm: Which One Do I Choose?

Cream, Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm and Everything Balm: Which One Do I Choose?

It's no secret - we looove our waterless creams and balms. In fact, we have quite a lineup of them. We literally have a balm for every body part. Why so many options? Because each product was formulated for a specific purpose! Each ingredient was carefully selected and the packaging and method of application well thought out. These power-packed products each attend to a variety of conditions, challenges and body parts!

For example, our Everything Balm comes in a super handy stick that can be applied with our mess-free applicator. It is a favorite among the kiddos who, of course, want to do it themselves.

Our shea butter Cream is a waterless lotion that conditions, soothes and plumps skin on delicate areas like eyes and any other part of your body that needs some TLC. It is especially effective on dry, chapped skin.

Need a heavy-duty balm that works overtime to soothe, hydrate and renew compromised skin? Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm is made with lot's of organic beeswax, which helps to add moisture to skin and creates a protective barrier.  

We wanted to make it easier for you to differentiate between these products, so we've created a handy chart that breaks it all down. So, if you are asking which product is best for eczema, if you can use Cream on your face or if the products have a scent, take a look below! As always, please reach out to us with any additional questions.


Product Cream Dr. Shannon’s Organic Skin Balm Everything Balm


Glass Jar

Aluminum Tin

Plastic Stick Tube


100% organic ingredients

100% organic ingredients

100% organic ingredients

Contains water?




Base ingredients

Shea Butter

Plant oil + beeswax

Plant oil, shea butter + beeswax


Unscented, no essential oils

Light notes of cocoa butter + citrus essential oil

Light notes of coconut oil + lavender essential oil


Very thick and creamy

Soft, creamy balm

Firm balm stick

Type of barrier




What it does

Penetrates skin, softens, soothes and plumps and seals in moisture

Soothes, creates barrier that seals in moisture and protects from the elements

Soothes, softens, creates protective layer from the elements


All over body

All over body

Spot treatment

Areas of body

Face and body

Face, lips, body

Face, lips, body


Dry skin, eczema, night cream, eye cream, hand cream, heavy “lotion”

Dry skin, chapped skin, eczema, aging skin, scars, rashes, cuts and scrapes

Cuts, scrapes, bug bites, chapped lips and cheeks, eczema, dry skin, protective barrier against wind and moisture

Age of users

Safe for all ages

Safe for all ages

Safe for all ages

Frequency of use

Apply as often as needed

Apply as often as needed

Apply as often as needed



Contains beeswax

Contains beeswax


Gluten free

Gluten free

Gluten free

Tested on animals?

Cruelty free

Cruelty free

Cruelty free

Genetically modified ingredients?





Reusable glass jar

Reusable aluminum jar

Big stick that is easy to use and kids love to apply

Want to hear how our customers use our Cream, Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm and Everything Balm? We've pulled some of our favorites product reviews, and shared them here:

Cream: "This oil is perfect for my combination skin, and has improved my skin texture, and acne! It also keeps my eczema flare-ups away! It feels good knowing I'm massaging natural ingredients into my skin, and makes it feel so plump! I'm on my third jar already and I don't plan on replacing this." - Lily X. 

Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm: "This is what I bought once I discovered the brand. My son has pretty severe eczema (he’s 5) we have been to numerous Dr’s I’ve the years and tried everything. I mean everything. Even RX creams that are $700+ Nothing seemed to really work (especially in the spring when he suffers the most due to allergies) I have been using this for 3 days and am already seeing and feeling a huge difference in his skin. This morning he said he didn’t itch everywhere and felt better. He usually scratches all night in his sleep and hasn’t don’t that since Thursday! I can’t say enough about this!" - Victoria R.

Everything Balm: "If there is any one product, of any brand, of any kind that I can't live without it's the Everything Balm. I use this constantly and it's so moisturizing. I make sure to never run out of this because it is my savior--lips, burns, dry hands, bumps on the arms/ soothes all. Highly recommended. I hope they continue to make this forever!" - Heidi

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Back to School with Zoe Organics!

Back to School with Zoe Organics!

School is back in session for our kids and it has been fun to see them reunited with friends and eager for the new adventures this school year will bring. 

On the first day of school we brought all of the usual school supplies: paper, pencils/pens, tissue boxes and sanitizing wipes, but we also packed our own arsenal of body care staples in their backpacks. Read on to hear how we are taking Zoe Organics back to school! 



Zoe Organics Everything Balm 

Lips and cheeks need a lot of TLC when you are a kid and Zoe Organics Everything Balm is about as handy a balm stick as you will find. With simple, but super effective natural ingredients, it will take on those school day skin issues with ease. And true to its name, it does a little of everything, so keep it close for bug bites to scrapes too. 



Zoe Organics Breathe Balm

I'll be honest. The mom in me always braces for the viruses that spread like wildfire in a classroom. We boost vitamin D and elderberry syrup, but chances are, you will go through several rounds of coughs and sniffles during the school year. Just like our hero Everything Balm in the handy stick, we combined the power of the Everything Balm base with a soothing essential oil blend that supports easier breathing and rest. It's easy and mess-free to apply, which makes it a favorite for the kiddos. 



Zoe Organics Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm

Playground scrapes and bruises are inevitable. Face-plants off the monkey bars, tripping and scraping hands and knees on the blacktop, and other such mishaps are just a part of an active childhood. We know it hurts and we teamed up with our favorite pediatrician to create just the right blend of active botanicals and creamy, soothing goodness to combat playground wounds. 



Zoe Organics Bath Wash

Do you ever feel like a broken record? Wash your hands. Wash your hands! Did you wash your hands? One of the best ways to prevent those back to school germs from spreading is frequent hand washing. But harsh, antibacterial soaps can be really rough on skin (and contain nasty ingredients!), leaving it dry, chapped and even stinging. Zoe Organics Bath Wash comes in a handy little travel size that fits into backpacks and purses, so you can avoid the harsh chemical washes when away from home. The creamy, rich lather is made from organic oils and contains no harsh surfactants. 


Are you ready to take Zoe Organics back to school with you too? You're in luck! Because tomorrow we are having a Back to School FLASH Sale! Save 20% site wide (excluding gift sets) from 6 am PST to midnight PST. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the sale is live and to get the code!

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Top 5 Pregnancy Essentials: Terri Hall from Integrity Botanicals

Top 5 Pregnancy Essentials: Terri Hall from Integrity Botanicals

We are so excited to have a guest blogger this week! We've known this special mama for a very long time. Her green beauty shop, Integrity Botanicals, was one of our very first retailers. Terri is just a couple days away from her due date with her second (so exciting!) and because Integrity Botanicals only carries the best natural and organic skincare products, we reached out to her to share her pregnancy skincare essentials and she did not disappoint. Read about her favorites below.



I was completely flattered when Zoe Organics asked if I would do a guest post talking about my pregnancy essentials. We have one son, Jackson, who is now 5 1/2 years old and I’m now in the final days of my second pregnancy. I used Zoe products in my pregnancy with Jackson and excited to share that Zoe products are a staple in my current pregnancy.


Here are my Top 5 Pregnancy Essentials:


  1. Zoe Organics Belly Oil: I’d highly recommend this for early on in pregnancy, from the first day that you find out you are pregnant. I used this with my first pregnancy and it definitely helped with my skin’s elasticity. I didn’t notice any stretch marks later in my first pregnancy as my belly quickly started to expand. In my second pregnancy, I failed to use this early on with being a busy working mom and then started to notice stretch marks develop in my 2nd trimester - lesson learned! I love how fast this belly oil absorbs without any greasy after-feel and will use this post pregnancy to get my belly back into shape.


  1. Zoe Organics Belly Butter: I used this in my 2nd and now in my 3rd trimester (both pregnancies). This belly butter is great for dryness and itchiness associated with stretching skin. I love how it spreads and absorbs into skin, making your belly feel moisturized and comfortable. A little goes a long way too so it will last a long time.


  1. Zoe Organics Everything Balm: If I had to choose one all over body care essential from Zoe (including a growing belly), especially for travel, this would be my go-to. It’s great because it comes in a convenient stick, spreads easily over skin without tugging and is super moisturizing without that greasy after feel. It has a light vanilla-coconut scent that’s really comforting. This balm also comes in handy if you are traveling with other kids - my 5 1/2 year old loves to use this balm and all by himself. :)


  1. de Mamiel Pregnancy Facial Oil: Love how this facial oil makes my skin glow! The aromatherapy blend of this oil is very soothing, calming and harmonious, it has a silky texture and it makes my skin feel so smooth. I love that this oil is also specifically formulated for pregnancy related concerns – hormonal and reactive skin, and especially safety. Pregnancy and beauty products, and what we put on our skin can become a very confusing topic, especially with the use of essential oils.


  1. La Bella Figura Découverte Under Eye Repair Serum: My absolute favorite eye serum for reducing dark circles and puffiness (not only during pregnancy!) This has been especially helpful in my 3rd trimester with many sleepless nights and struggling to be comfortable, not to mention my mind racing about all the things I need to do to prepare for our sweet baby’s arrival. This will also be a staple for me post pregnancy with the countless sleepless nights ahead. While this product is not specifically formulated for pregnancy, I personally feel comfortable using this product while pregnant. I always recommend checking with your doctor first before applying skincare products while pregnant.

Dr. Michael ShannonFormer Parson’s alum and former women’s contemporary fashion designer Terri Hall, the seeds for Integrity Botanicals and her passion for Green Beauty were sown when Terri was a teenager struggling with problematic skin that lasted throughout college. Terri spent countless hours researching and experimenting with myriad natural homemade remedies – from egg white masks to face cleansers to hair masks and anti-aging treatments — to sooth problematic skin, psoriasis and more.

Terri launched Integrity Botanicals with her husband Marc and after the birth of her son devoted herself to the Green Beauty industry and helping to educate customers on beauty products that were healthy, luxurious and full of integrity.

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Baby Massage

Baby Massage

All three of my children love to be massaged. It was a ritual we began when they were babies and has gotten us through infant colic, teething, nighttime growing pains, stress, and provided a special bonding experience for any pre-bedtime wind-down. As they grow older, sometimes these massages are the platform for precious conversations and a means to bring calm after a hard day. 

This powerful tool is too good to not recommend to every mama, so we have created a simple, useful, downloadable guide that covers everything from the benefits of baby massage to creating the best environment. At the end of the download are guidelines that you can cut out and keep in the nursery to help get you started. 

Cheers to hours of bonding and special memories that will last a lifetime!


What is Baby Massage?

Infant massage is a gentle, soothing therapy that has been shown to have physical and psychological benefits. It’s also a wonderful way to bond with your baby.


The Benefits of Baby Massage

  • Stimulates brain activity and releases oxytocin
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases alertness/heightens awareness
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Improves immune function
  • Enhances development of the nervous system
  • Aids with digestion
  • Relieves discomfort of gas, colic, constipation
  • Deepens bonding between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Helps parent/caregiver respond to baby’s cues
  • Enhances communication between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Creates an opportunity for father, grandparent, or another special person in baby’s life to bond
  • Improves relaxation, sleep
  • Deepens baby’s feelings of security and overall well-being


The Process

Create a comforting environment.

  • Set aside 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted, distraction-free time
  • Choose a time when baby is happy and alert
  • Make sure temperature is warm enough so baby doesn’t get cold
  • Dim the lights and play a favorite lullaby album, or enjoy the quiet
  • Remove all jewelry that could scratch or distract
  • Follow up massage with snuggle or rocking time


Begin massage using these guidelines:

  • Make eye contact
  • Before you begin, request permission from your baby. This develops trust and respect; empowering him /her to accept or reject their body being touched
  • Watch for cues of engagement
  • Use gentle, fluid strokes (not so light that it tickles)
  • Keep strokes slow and relaxing; avoid over-stimulating baby by going too fast
  • Move from baby’s center, outwards (example: move from baby’s upper thigh down to his /her feet)
  • Balance – if you massage the right arm, massage the left arm next
  • Do each stroke 3 times and watch for cues from baby to continue or move to next stroke


Baby Massage GuideZoe Organics Baby Massage Guide

Click here for our FREE Baby Massage Guide!

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Sweet Dreams: Spotify playlists


We’ve created three playlists for lullaby/sleepytime, that are each a bit different, but that are all relaxing, beautiful music. We hope you enjoy!



Sweet Dreams 1

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Why You Need Refresh Oil

Why You Need Refresh Oil

Zoe Organics Refresh Oil is one of the products in our collection that is lesser known than some of our other hero products. However, it packs a powerful punch and comes in handy more than you’d think. In fact, this might be the little roller bottle that you never knew you needed! In this post, we aim to bring some clarity to this special oil, so that next time you need it, it will be right there in your purse, pocket or cabinet.


What is Refresh Oil?

Refresh Oil is an aromatherapy oil designed to refresh, awaken senses and help to counteract nausea and stomach upset. Originally created for our pregnancy collection, it has become a beloved family staple. The blend of quality organic essential oils, is diluted in organic jojoba oil and packaged in a glass roller bottle that can be conveniently applied and kept close by.


Zoe Organics Refresh Oil 


How does it work?

Our blend of essential oils includes lime, peppermint, ginger and spearmint. As you read through the properties of these oils, you will see why we chose them. Here are their primary properties: uplifting, stimulating, immune system and digestion support, and help relieving nausea and upset.  

Here are some facts about these oils:

Lime: A refreshing citrus oil that has an uplifting aroma and supports the immune system. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and supports digestion. (We use distilled lime essential oil, which is not phototoxic.)

Peppermint: This plant at its aroma are known for their ability to counteract nausea and vomiting and soothe upset tummies. It is known to increase circulation, has anti-inflammatory properties and works as a decongestant. Only a very small amount of this oil is needed to be effective and we use it in a 0.95% concentration in this formula.

Ginger: Supports the immune system and is commonly used to support digestion and relieve gas, nausea and vomiting. It can increase circulation and support the respiratory system, but helping to remove excess mucus.

Spearmint: Increases circulation, supports digestion and has an uplifting, stimulating aroma that is energizing and uplifting.


Zoe Organics Refresh Oil


How do I use it?

Refresh Oil can be used a few different ways, but the most straightforward use is to roll it on the pulse points (temples, neck and wrist). A light massage with the oil on the temples or neck can be a therapeutic little ritual or pick-me-up.

We also like to roll it on the palms, cup our hands around our nose and breathe a few slow, deep breaths. For young children, you can apply the oil to an adults hands and allow them to breath in the aromatherapy blend.

For adults and children, a gentle massage with the refresh oil on the stomach can be beneficial during upset or nausea. Simply apply the oil directly to the abdomen and gently rub the oil in a circular motion.

It is recommended to use caution with peppermint and spearmint essentials oils with young children because of the high menthol content. The combination of these oils is used at 0.45% dilution in this product. For use with young children begin by allowing them to smell the aroma of the oil rather than applying directly on their skin, particularly on our near the face.

As with all of our products, this one is a muti-tasker. The benefits of the essential oils make it a daily favorite.

Here are some of the ways our family and our customers use it:

  • Travel companion for motion sickness, nausea or stuffy, smelly enclosed spaces (planes, trains and automobiles)
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • A pick-me-up for a tired mama or caregiver
  • A labor oil to stay alert and combat fatigue and nausea
  • A pick-me-up for C-section births
  • Tummy aches
  • For use before a test or to help with concentration
  • A refreshing perfume oil


Zoe Organics Refresh Oil


What are other people saying?

“A few weeks ago, my 5 year old daughter got a little stomach bug. I remember Heather telling me about a little trick that she would use on her kids, and boy does it work! Every time Emma would complain about her tummy hurting, I would grab our Refresh Oil and apply it in a circular motion on her stomach, and within minutes she would calm down and her stomach ache would subside a little bit! It was just enough to give her some relief.” – Lee W.

"As some who struggles with anxiety, I use this daily to keep my calm. Love breathing in all its goodness :)" – Teresa D.

"This oil never left my side during my first trimester. I often felt sick all day long, and rubbing this oil on my wrists/hands and smelling it when I got particularly queasy was really helpful. Even now that I am not as sick, the scent has become comforting so I still apply it daily. It is small but mighty. Couldn't have lived without it in those first few months!" – Jenn (review from

"At first I thought this was only a pregnancy essential oil, but the girls in the store explained that it can be used for motion sickness too. Now I keep it in my handbag and apply it whenever I am feeling nauseous while traveling, which is often. It is like a breath of fresh air on planes, trains, and in the car. Love this oil!" – Kathryn (review from

"This smells sooooo good of lime, ginger & spearmint – it's not strong and overpowering – it's very light and refreshing. I love using it as a natural perfume but it is also wonderful on pulse points when feeling sick, car sick, headache coming on, etc. It is so great to keep in my purse, it's small and easy to use with the roller ball. It is also nice to roll all over palms of my hands, rub together and take deep breaths if I'm feeling really run-down and tired. It's such a great price too – makes a great gift to for anyone who travels a lot or pregnant friends." – Carol H. (review from

"I love this product! It has a light, delicate scent that is very appealing. I use it multiple times a day." – Karyn M. (review from

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A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

In 2016 we did a soft launch of our Intimate Collection with three beautiful products – Body Oil, Aroma Oil and Candle. We introduced this collection with a lot of passion, especially because we saw a need for them in our own lives. And as we delve deeper into our understanding and concern for all areas of women's health and wellness, we have recognized the value of sexual wellness and the need for quality, safe and (enjoyable, delightful) products that support a sense of inner peace, inspire affection, and set the mood for that beautiful intimate connection that can exist between partners. 


Zoe Organics Intimate Collection


After we launched this collection, we asked for your feedback and suggestions. What we found was that you too have a desire for clean sexual health products! Not just any “clean” products... products that are much different than what is currently on the market.

Since our initial launch, we've been taking your feedback and we are working behind the scenes to tweak and improve this collection and bring you more products. It will take time, but man, it’s going to be worth it!


Zoe Organics Intimate Collection


This week we restocked the Body Oil (just in time for Valentine’s Day) and, WOW, you have blown us away with your response! This amazing organic oil is flying off the shelves, and we couldn’t be happier.


Zoe Organics Intimate Collection Body Oil, No.1


If you haven’t checked out our 100% organic Intimate Collection Body Oil No. 1 yet, you can see it here.

Also, we want to hear from you! Please comment below, email us, or head over to our last post in Instagram, with any products ideas that you think should be added to our Intimate Collection. Tell us as well if you enjoyed the Aroma Oil and Candle. We want to make products that enrich your life, so please let us know your thoughts! 


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Zoe Organics Intimate Collection




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