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Protecting your skin from the sun naturally

June 23, 2016

For people with sensitive skin, it can be difficult to find a sunscreen that doesn’t result in skin irritations or a pasty residue. If you are conscientious about using only skin care products with natural ingredients, finding a clean sunscreen that works and has an appealing texture may seem downright impossible.

Thankfully, Rocky Mountain Soap Company now has a solution: Broad spectrum SPF 31 face and body sunscreen. Like all of the company’s products, it’s handmade in Canmore and contains no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or other nasty ingredients.

Sunscreens on the market protect by forming chemical or physical barriers. Chemical sunscreens are the most common, and use chemical compounds that are absorbed by the skin to protect it; however, adults with sensitive skin or babies under the age of six months have reportedly been prone to allergic reactions to the synthetic chemicals used.

Physical sunscreens protect by laying on top of the skin, scattering and reflecting the UV rays that hit it. This type of sunscreen uses the mineral compound zinc oxide as a natural protectant, but it’s less popular as it leaves a visible white layer on the skin that’s hard to wash off.

Patrick Hemalal, head of research and senior chemist at Rocky Mountain Soap Company, has perfected a physical sunscreen recipe that’s both aesthetically pleasing and adequately protects from UVA and UVB rays without the use of synthetic chemicals. Plus, it’s naturally scented with vanilla and coconut.

The challenge according to Patrick was finding the perfect balance of zinc oxide to create a proper SPF. The finished product is SPF 31 (20% zinc oxide) which Patrick says will provide 97% protection from the sun.

Patrick has been a chemist in the cosmetic industry for 10 years, and used to work the global circuit with companies like Colgate in East Asia before he joined Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s team last year. He says it’s a pleasure to be working in a lab where he can combine knowledge and technology to create a product people enjoy.

“When I go to the shop, I look around and nobody notices me, but I’m very happy to see people selecting it. I’m like ‘oh my goodness, I made that!’”

“It’s a priceless job.”


Click here to read more about the sunscreen on the Rocky Mountain Soap Company blog.
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Sustainability for Breakfast: How cooperatives embed sustainability into their business models

June 24, 2016 - June 24, 2016

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16 - 2936 Radcliffe Drive SE

This month’s Sustainability for Breakfast topic, presented by Thrive - Calgary's community economic development network, is about how cooperatives embed sustainability into their business models. Join us for a panel discussion with local cooperatives who will be sharing their perspectives on environmental, social and economic sustainability, including: o Peter Fenwick from Airdrie & Area Health Benefits Co-operative o Lindsay Luhnau from Aging in Place Coop o Peter Driftmier from The Grain Exchange o Seth Leon from Alberta Solar Coop Sarah Arthurs from NewScoop will be moderating the discussion and Seth Leon will share about resources available for coops through the Alberta Community & Cooperative Association (ACCA). This event is on the C-train line. Please visit to plan your trip or see our directions below for other transportation options. Don't forget to bring your travel mugs for drinks! Arrival, breakfast & networking 7:30-8:00 am Panel Discussion 8:00-9:00 am Payment is required at the time of your RSVP and is $10 per person. There will be a limited number of spaces at the door for those wishing to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment. Proudly organized by REAP Business Association. Bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity. Waste diversion services provided by BluPlanet Recycling. While the catering and venue costs are most often covered by the hosts for that month's event, the registration fee is required to cover REAP's ongoing costs to organize this event series: promotional expenses (signage, Meetup organizer fees), compostable food service items (plates, napkins, cups and cutlery), insurance, and staff time. Please use the comments function for event-related postings only. Long and/or comments unrelated to the current event interfere with our ability to track registrations from those wishing to pay with Calgary Dollars. We welcome constructive feedback that helps us to make improvements to the delivery of these events; however, we ask that commenters keep their remarks brief, respectful, and event-related. Directions and parking details for Momentum: ** By bike…Momentum is a few blocks off of the Bow River Pathway. There is a bike lock directly in front of Momentum’s main entrance. ** By transit…Momentum is a couple blocks from the Franklin LRT Station on the Saddletowne line. ** By car…there is designated Momentum parking in front of the main entrance. Alternatively, there is parking available on the road along Radcliffe Dr. If you park in the parking lot be sure you are in a Momentum designated spot, or you will be towed.
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