Celebrating Independent Gainesville
We tackled our chore list this weekend, which included “tend to herb garden.” We had been more than a little neglectful of our herb garden this summer. We’ll leave it at that.
This simple task is always complicated in the warmer, wetter weather by the fact that we are a rare delicacy upon which mosquitoes love to feast. Five minutes au naturale–sans chemicals, that is, not clothes–and we are left as one large, angry, itchy, red welt.
Fortunately, we had stopped at Ward’s (more to come on later date) and where we purchased Beat It!, a DEET-free insect repellant.
But will it work?
We ended up staying out longer than we intended, but when we reluctantly went inside to hydrate and cool off, we checked ourselves out.
No mosquito bites. No bug bites, period.
We also didn’t smell chemically. There was no residue on our skin.
Our unscientific field test proved Beat It! to be an effective insect repellant.
One of us even commented about not missing the urge to rinse off once the task at hand was completed.
We will buy this locally made, mosquito ass-kicking product again!
Beat It! is one of many products made by Jade and Pearl, an international business located in Hawthorne, Florida, just East of Gainesville.
They also make body butters out of pure shea nut, scrubs, a most amazing hand sanitizer that has a million other uses, salves, tea tree oil, a full line of tinctures, soaps, herbal tea blends, and herbal smoking blends as well as smoking cessation supplies. Jade and Pearl offers Sea Pearls, which are reusable sea sponge tampons. Women have used sea sponges for millennium. Sea pearls contain no dioxin or synthetic fibers. The sponges used for sea pearls were sustainably harvested. Sea Pearls are easy to use, economical, and earth friendly. Jade and Pearl also offers vegan sponges.
Jade and Pearl is a local business, meaning that they are a company of locals, employing locals. We all win! Jade and Pearl grows many of their materials themselves, and they do so organically. Jade and Pearl is proud of their sustainable, environmentally sound business practices.
Their products are available online, but don’t wait. Head to Wild Iris Books or Ward’s, the two places we’ve seen Jade and Pearl products most recently (though we’re sure they’re available at many other places–let us know!)
Jade and Pearl, Inc.
P.O. Box 1106
Hawthorne, Florida 32640