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Isn't "naturally derived, 100% natural" what we think it is? Really natural?

Since the creation of climbOn Bar in 1996, we are committed to educate, inspire and motivate with our words and our products.
 
We use food grade ingredients in our products, not cosmetic grade, not naturally derived, not synthetic. What?!?! you ask?

I understand how confusing this may sound. I answer this question hundreds of times each year.  Here's an example that may help. 

If you have a fruit tree in your back yard, each year it bares fruit. Each year, depending upon the number of days of cool weather, sunshine, water, any fertilizer added, etc. the tree may produce fewer or more fruit, but it IS actual fruit and they are all slightly different than each other on the same tree as well as, different from the crop from last year. Right?  

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Sunscreen for babies.... really?

I was clicking through big name brands of sunscreen. I came across this one for babies.  Sounds like it's not so good for anyone, much less a baby. Please read your labels. Do not be fooled by terms such as "all natural, natural botanicals, naturally derived," etc. This has no guarantee that the product you are purchasing is actually natural as you think it is or should be. The first ingredient in this formulation is Retinyl Palmitate. The FDA did a year-long study a short while ago. They found this ingredient in 40% of the sunscreens on the market. They determined this ingredient actually caused skin cancer tumors.  Really... in a sunscreen for babies, much less?  This is also a very common ingredient in anti-aging products for women. 
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Central Texas Flood Relief Efforts

The Texas floods have been devastating not only for our hometown of Wimberley but much of central Texas. Not long after the floods we saw one of our favorite local resturants in Wimberely reach out to help and we weren't exactly what we could contribute as a business to the flood relief efforts.

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Why Beeswax?

White, bleached, refined beeswax, doesn’t do much for us.  However, slightly filtered, yellow, organic beeswax is known mostly for its conditioning properties. Yet, it has a number of benefits for the skin, including an anti-inflammatory action that helps to calm and soothe.  Check it out!

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dehydrated? A rehydration electrolyte cocktail recipe

Dehydration recipe graphic When you have the flu, you have "fluids" coming out from your body. Whether you ride a bike long distances, are an endurance athlete, etc., it's the same thing. What to do. You can use the commercial sugar drinks. However, here's what I used and continued to use whether it's recovering from a virus where I've been throwing my guts up, or during & after a century bike ride. This formula uses nature's ingredients that help our body rather than the sugar and commercial electrolytes that are on the market. I've found great results and very quickly, in the way I feel during and after.

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 big pinches or organic sea salt
  • mix into 1/4 cup hot water to melt the honey
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The 411 on real ingredients

Happy Spring Everyone!

Each season we experience changes in weather, pollinating insects, heat, cold, water, etc. I'm moved to write this blog because we just received new shipment of pure, yellow beeswax. It has a warm, honey smell. This time the color is dark yellow.  (and that's just ONE of the ingredient we use)

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What do we mean by a synthetic free food grade and truly natural product.

A little about our passion and the beauty behind a truly natural product.

Since the creation of climbOn Bar in 1996, we’ve strived to educate, inspire and motivate with our words and our products.
 
We use food grade ingredients in our products, not cosmetic grade. What is the difference you ask?
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Amanda Allen will be in town from October 17 - 20, 2014.

Team SKINourishment Athlete Amanda Allen will be in town with us from October 17 through 20, 2014.

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Introducing... climbOn CRÈME LITE

...Introducing...
climbOn 
CRÈME LITE.

Gluten Free, Vegan, LITE version of climbOn CRÈME
During a conversation with a distributor about marketing of the products,  the lines were described as follows:
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Climbing Hand Care and 10 Things I Hate About climbOn Bar/Creme by Jeline Guiles

Climbing Hand Care and 10 Things I Hate About climbOn Bar and Creme by Guest Contributor Jeline Guiles

As a female climber, hand care is essential. Call me high maintenance, but when the palms of my hands sound like sandpaper when rubbed on a t-shirt, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

climbOn bar in handsSo what does my hand care routine consist of, you ask? First, I make sure to wash off all the chalk from my hands after I'm done climbing. Sometimes this takes a couple of times (with soap) to get all the chalk off. The chalk residue will continue to dry out your hands if you don't get it all, so be sure to wash your hands as many times as it takes. Then, I slap on some climbOn! creme as a moisturizer. If I'm going to bed, I use the climbOn! bar because it seems to stay on longer, helping the skin repair quicker.

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Cross Training Hand Care

Cross Training Hand Care

Kettle Bell Hands

Let us get real for a moment; lifting and gymnastics are hardcore. As with any heavy duty workout; it will take awhile for the hands to toughen. Therefore, in the meantime you might experience torn or flayed skin. Also, even seasoned Cross Trainers might on a rare occasion end up with bloodied hands because of the intensity of the workout, et cetera. However, have no fear because the solution is quite simple.

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Coffee In the Wilderness by Michael Restivo

Coffee In the Wilderness By Guest Contributor Michael Restivo

 

The Bialetti is an Italian icon. It’s the iconic metal pot that has a revered place in pop culture. The Bialetti is unique in the fact that the pressure is pushed up from under the pot, resulting in a creamier, thicker, and more caffeine rich blend than drip coffee. The Bialetti breaks into three parts, the bottom pot, the middle filter and the top chamber so it’s very easy to break and stow away. To use, the bottom pot gets filled with water while the coffee grinds are inserted onto the middle filter and then set between the water and the screwed on top chamber. As the water heats up over the fire, the pressure pushes upwards through the beans, and only the pure essence of the coffee flows off the top. The Bialetti can make coffee in different ways, those who like theirs creamier take their pot off sooner while others can opt for the “Americano” style, the thick espresso with a splash of water over the top.

The outdoor industry is creating products that make campsite coffee tastier, easier to make, and easily transportable.

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climbOn and crossFIXE Review by RockClimberLife

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A story of Climbing For Change by Landon Faulkner

Landon Faulkner walking in snowshoesThe crunch of the snow was muted by the ripping wind that bit at our faces. The final push to the summit of Brokeoff Mountain seemed overly laborious due to the wind and snow that seemed to encircle us with each step. I stopped to catch my breath and check our altitude, "400 vertical feet to the summit" I yelled to Andrew who was about 30 feet behind me. He gave me a thumbs up letting me know the message had not gotten lost in the wind. Looking around me everything was white; Lassen Volcanic National Park was living up to the winter wonderland that I had read about.
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