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2014 Farmer's Market Dates (as of October 2014)

 

Mar Vista

October 26
November 9
November 23
December 14
The rest of December TBD

Thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm. We can't thank you enough. Please roll with us as we grow to serve you better!

What WILL be offered at the Mar Vista Farmer's Market:

  • Laundry Soap @ $5.50/lb
  • Bleach Alternative @$4.00/lb
  • All-Purpose Olive Oil Liquid Castile Soap (For dishes, hands and body!) @ $6.00/lb
  • Deodorant @ $4.50/$12.50 w tin, $3.00/10.50 refylls
  • Bar Soap (unwrapped) @ $4.00/bar
  • Shampoo Bars @ $7/bar
  • Conditioner Bars @ $11.75/bar

****And this Sunday 4/27 only- QUICK SALE on lotion bars, sun bars, facial moisturizer bars and more! Stop by the table to see what's left!

For all other items, please email sales@refyll.com to set up a time to come SHOP in our local retail space!

This retail space is going to be a temporary solution until we have a full fledged store. Shopping will be by appointment only at first, with more regular hours to be announced!

When you come shop with us, you'll be able to get all of your favorites: including liquid shampoo and conditioner, olive oil lotion, glass and surface spray, wood and stainless cleaner, surface scrub and more.

All of your favorite bars will also be available, including lotion bars and facial moisturizer bars. 

 AND DON'T FORGET!

You can ALWAYS order at refyll.com. BUT, for now, all LIQUIDS will not be available for shipping. Only bars and powders will be able to ship. If you are local and need liquid items, please email sales@refyll.com to set up a time to shop. 

And don't forget your containers! We WILL be charging $1 per clean jar for refylling.

Thanks so much, please let us know if you have any questions and we'll see you soon!

Hello Refyllers,

Thanks for checking out this post. 

We are committed to our goal of eliminating disposable packaging...at least in our little corner of the world! 

And YOU are key in helping us do it...we need your participation! To everyone who brings their own containers to the farmer's market to refyll your home and body products, we applaud you!

But not everyone remembers every time, and very often brand new customers really want to try things but need a container! That's where donated bottles and jars from YOU come in. 

Collecting glass donations has not been a problem so far...they have come in and almost overwhelmed us! But before they can be sterilized for use, they have to be label free...which can be quite a tedious process for us once we're looking at hundreds of jars. 

But if you could remove your labels before you bring them in for donation, we want to reward you. If you bring 10 clean jars or bottles, we'll give you 10% off. 20 jars gets you 20%, and on up to 50% off your order that day!

We appreciate all the donations brought to us, but to be honest, much of it goes into our recycling. Now to make sure you're not wasting your time, we have some specs on what we're looking for as far as donated glass.

We LOVE:

  1. jars and bottles WITH LIDS. without lids, they are not much good to us. 
  2. any kind of mason or ball jar
  3. mayonnaise, pasta sauce, pickles, coconut oil, peanut butter, jellies, jams, syrups, olives, capers, etc!
  4. small jars!
  5. liquor bottles are good, but anything over 750ml (half-liter) is too big.
  6. soda bottles with lids, Orangina, lemonade, sparkling water
  7. clear or amber colored beer bottles, ginger beer bottles (we can cap these)
  8. gallon and half gallon apple juice jars
Once you start noticing jars, the really neat ones will pop out at you...and you will begin to notice there are SO MANY different types of labels and GLUE that holds these labels on...

There are some labels that will peel right off dry, or once they've been soaked in water. 

Some need to be soaked in hot, soapy water for as long as possible and take some work to remove. We recommend using a tool like a paint scraper or steel wool scrubber to help get the job done. Sometimes a little extra power is needed...we suggest our Surface Scrub, but sometimes it helps to use a citrus oil based remover such as Dissolve-it.

Today, a friend even recommended peanut butter! We would LOVE to hear any other suggestions or tricks that you know of to get rid of these sticky labels. Please email sales@refyll.com to let us know! 

Thanks again so much for your dedication to the mission and we'll see you soon!
 

 

 

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No we are not talking about Lee Marvin (for once!). Over the years, modern consumers have become all but obsessed with what we, well, consume. From our vegetables to our water bottles, our food and drink are guaranteed hormone-free, cage-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, BPA-free, and most certainly, without MSG.

However, it’s not enough to assume that just because we are careful about what we put into our mouths that were are truly safe from dangerous chemicals. Those products we put on and around our bodies are just as important as what we put into them.

More than 12 percent of the ingredients used in personal care products contain potentially toxic chemicals, such as carcinogens, pesticides and those that can negatively affect ones endocrine and reproductive systems, according to the Environmental Working Group.

So before you slather on the sunscreen or powder your nose, take a look at the back of the bottle to make sure none of the following chemicals are in your favorite grooming products:

  1. BHA and BHT: Often used in lipsticks, moisturizers and sometimes as a food preservative, these chemicals have been shown to cause cancer and affect male and female reproduction.
  2. Coal Tar Dyes: Used in certain types of hair dyes, this dirty chemical is a human carcinogen and has the potential to cause cancer.
  3. DEA: Diethanolamine (DEA) is used to make certain products creamy or sudsy (think hair conditioner and shampoo). Outside of the bathtub, DEA is used in oil refineries to remove hydrogen sulfide from process gas emissions – not exactly what you want in your shower!
  4. Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): If you ever wonder how nail polish stays so liquid inside the bottle, DBP is to blame. It’s also to blame for developmental defects, interferes with hormone function and is detrimental to the reproductive process and fertility.
  5. Preservatives: Specifically those that release formaldehyde are found in many different cosmetics, vinyl flooring and toilet bowl cleaners alike. When inhaled (ever smell that strong scent of nail polish?), formaldehyde can increase cancer risks.
  6. Parabens: This popular cosmetic preservative mimics estrogen, potentially causing breast cancer and interfering with male reproduction. It is also known to increase skin aging (something most beauty products claim to reverse) and DNA damage.
  7. Fragrances: You may as well add “fragrance-free” to the above anti-chemical-du-jour list. Certain fragrances are known to trigger allergies and asthma attacks.
  8. PEG compounds: Anything that stays in the environment long after it’s been washed down the shower drain can’t be a good thing. Used in creams and lotions, PEG compounds are also used in certain laxatives.
  9. Petroleum: Used to make your hair shine and your lips glisten, contaminated petroleum-based products have been associated with cancer, as well as skin irritation and allergies.
  10. Siloxanes: Known for its smoothing abilities, certain silicone formulas may impair human fertility, can cause uterine tumors and influence neurotransmitters.
  11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Combined with other chemicals, this substance, which makes your bubble bath foam, can harm the nervous system and interfere with human development.
  12. Triclosan: Found in toothpaste, antibacterial products and antiperspirants, this chemical can attract bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

So while it’s a bummer that many things hanging around your household can have negative repercussions on your health, there are loads of chemical-free options (and even some you can make on your own) that won’t make you or your environment sick!

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We really do appreciate all of the wonderful people in this community who are supporting us. Each of you have been caring, patient, curious and excited about our new venture, Thank you!  Whether you love our lotion bars or you really like the idea of reusing those beautiful jars you've been collecting, we're here for you and love spending time at the market getting to know you.

Last week, we met Christy Wilhelmi, the driving force behind Gardenerd, you might call her the one-stop-shop for gardening resources and information.  In addition to her passion for the garden, she also writes articles for Patch.com. After interviewing Jenn and then purchasing a couple of products to try for herself, she shared her experience with her Patch.com readers. I'll attach a link below. And if you're reading, Thank you, Christy!

http://marvista.patch.com/articles/reduce-reuse-refyll