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Let's Talk About Salt, Baby

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KALON Botanicals - Thoughtful Holistic Skincare

Let's Talk About Salt, Baby

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We have been working on our Siren Texturizing Hair Tonic for a while now and we are happy to announce that you can now purchase it on our Etsy Store! We love this beauty so much and we know you will too! 

Siren is named after the Greek mythological meadow flower goddesses who had the bodies of birds and beautiful female heads. They were said to have flowing locks of hair, and their voices were so lovely that passing sailors were lured onto the nearby rocks where they perished. Over the years, the term Siren has become synonymous with the femme fatale archetype. 

Siren is handcrafted using sweet almond oil, aloe, essential oils, and Himalayan Pink Salt, to give texture, volume, and shine, while moisturizing and softening your hair. We use Himalayan Pink Salt, as opposed to Dead Sea Salt, because of the dangerous and hazardous environmental ramifications of extracting Dead Sea Salt. 

Dead Sea Salt, while highly beneficial to our body and hair, is extremely problematic. The Dead Sea is an extremely beautiful and fascinating sea. It is the lowest place in the world, as well as the deepest hypersaline lake. However, the sea is evaporating at an alarming pace, about 1 meter per year, due to extreme development and mining. Industrial mining companies are responsible for 30-40% of the Dead Sea water evaporation. Industrial practices are also destroying the landscape surrounding the sea through land excavation and waste and are emitting highly toxic combustible gasses and fuel. This not only destroys the sea, known for its beauty and health benefits, but also damages the natural ecosystem, killing many rare species that exist only in the area. You can learn more about the drying of the Dead Sea here

Himalayan Pink Salt is harvested from ancient seabeds left over by an inland sea that slowly evaporated during the Precambrian era. This seabed had been hermetically sealed and buried under intense pressure. As the earth shifted over millions of years, the sealed seabed formed into mountain ranges, not to be discovered until 325 BC by a soldier in Alexander the Great's army, who noticed the horses licking the rocks as they moved over the mountain range.  

The salt is still mined by hand, as it was thousands of years ago, without the use of industrial machinery that harms the ecosystems and air quality. After being mined by hand, the salt is crushed and washed by hand, and then dried in the sun. The mines are constructed through a "Room and Pillar" system, one of the oldest mining systems, where the materials being mined are also carved to create pillars to hold up "rooms." In the Pink Salt mines in the Himalayas, 50% of the salt is extracted, and 50% is used to create sound pillars, creating cleaner and safer working conditions. You can find out more about the history and holistic properties of Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals, as well as the research around mining here. 

While mining practices all over the world are, for the most part, problematic, the Himalayan Pink Salt we use is purchased through certified Fair For Life companies. Fair For Life certified companies work with Fair For Life to make sure both their companies, as well as the companies they source products from, are transparent in labor practices, working conditions, and environmental impact, helping us assure our customer that the materials we use are sourced ethically and sustainably with care for the people who work in the mines, as well as the environment. 

And the Sirens we use live a lovely and mythical life, and of course, their hair looks great!!  xoxo

The Siren , by Edward Armitage

The Siren, by Edward Armitage