Ingredients in 4-Legger's USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo

We write about dog shampoo ingredients (of course), how to reduce your dog's exposure to environmental toxins, ingredients, holistic care tips for your furry family member & more!

Using Tea Tree Oil to Support Your Dog's Yeast or Bacterial Infection

Using Tea Tree Oil to Support Your Dog's Yeast or Bacterial Infection

May 05, 2018 4 min read

Our high quality tea tree oil dog shampoo helps to reduce the presence of yeast and bacteria on your dog's skin while providing soothing and cooling relief.
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Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw & Unfiltered

Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw & Unfiltered

April 01, 2018 1 min read

4-Legger uses raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar in our USDA Certified Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioning Rinse for Dogs. It can be used to  itchy skin, relieve yeasty skin, and as a natural pest repellent to get rid of fleas. You can also use it to clean your dog's ears!

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Organic Sunflower Oil in 4-Legger's USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo

Organic Sunflower Oil

March 31, 2018 1 min read

Sunflower oil is highly sustainable and packed full of skin moisturizers. As a strong antioxidant, sunflower oil can act as an emollient to hold in moisture and retain hydration.
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Sodium Bicarbonate (Pure Baking Soda)

June 11, 2017 1 min read

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Saponified organic oils are the base of 4-Legger's Castile Soap for Dogs

What Are Saponified Organic Oils?

June 11, 2017 2 min read

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Sea salt used in 4-Legger's vegan dog toothpaste

Sea Salt

June 10, 2017 1 min read

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Eucalyptus in our cedar peppermint and eucalyptus antibacterial antifungal organic dog shampoo

Eucalyptus

August 16, 2016 2 min read

The eucalyptus in our Cedar, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus Organic Dog Shampoo balances the cedar and peppermint essential oils while providing impressive antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and deodorizing properties. 

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Peppermint Essential Oil

August 16, 2016 1 min read

Peppermint is one of our favorite essentials and for good reason.

It is versatile and offers many benefits for your dog's skin and coat. Dry skin will benefit for its natural moisturizing while oily coats will benefit from its ability to normalize the sebum secretion.

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Cedarwood Essential Oil

August 16, 2016 1 min read

Cedrus atlantica (cedarwood) is known for its scent and its ability to repel fleas.

It is very good for your dog's skin and coat as a natural conditioner and beneficial for dogs with dermatitis of all types. 

We use it in our certified organic dog shampoo for its safety. It is non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing.

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Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

October 06, 2015 1 min read

Vitamin E is important to your dog's body to help protect the skin and other cells from free radicals and fight off infection. 

The antioxidant properties of a component within vitamin E make it very valuable in natural products. 

A component of Vitamin E, called Tocopherol, is one of the few ingredients that can be used in certified organic formulations to serve as a preservative - antioxidant.

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Lavender Essential Oil

August 26, 2015 1 min read

Lavender is used to treat common skin disorders such as psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions. 

It is known to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation, and treat respiratory problems.

Lavender acts as a natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, & anti-bacterial.

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Guar gum natural conditioner in 4-Legger organic dog shampoo with conditioner

Vegetable Guar Gum

August 11, 2015 1 min read

Guar gum has a number of properties when used in our formulation: 

  • Serves as a natural conditioner and detangler
  • Feels like silk!
  • Makes the hair feel soft and smooth
  • Reduces static electricity
Guar gum is one of the few thickening agents that you can use in certified organic formulations.  The downside of guar gum is that it lowers the natural lather of the overall formulation.
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Hemp Seed Oil

July 17, 2015 1 min read

Hemp seed oil may be added to any body care or cosmetic product, including creams, lotions, facial or body oils, massage oils, shampoo, conditioner, shaving products, lip balm, soap, and any other product. In hair care products, hemp seed oil increases elasticity, manageability, and shine. It is full of amino acids, fatty acids, omega-3, and omega-6. 
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Rosemary

July 16, 2015 1 min read

Topically, rosemary is known to serve as an anti-inflammatory, improve circulation, treat dry skin, boost healing, increase natural shine and hydrated appearance, and improve the quality of the skin. 

We also use rosemary extract as an antioxidant to serve as a preservative in many of our products. 

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Organic Beeswax

July 15, 2015 2 min read

Beeswax is known for its ability to protect the immune system. It is also rich in vitamin A and known for its anti-bacterial properties. Beeswax is used in organic creams, lotions, balms, body butters and other organic formulations where rigidity or body are required. Rich in vitamin A, beeswax lends emollient, softening properties to products and works as a natural humectant to retain moisture and protect skin without clogging pores.
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Vegetable Glycerin

June 16, 2015 1 min read

Vegetable glycerin has emollient like properties which can soften and soothe the skin. Glycerine is very mild and excellent to use on the most sensitive of skin.

Glycerine is also thought to be a humectant - meaning - it can attract moisture to your dog's skin and keep it locked in! 

All of our shampoo bases are glycerine soaps as they will keep your dog's skin feeling more hydrated for several hours after you use it.

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Oatmeal (Oat Milk)

May 08, 2015 1 min read

Compounds found in oat are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and moisturizing characteristics. What this means for your dog is that oat can soothe, smooth, and nourish skin and hair.

While oat is recommended for all skin types, it is especially good for sensitive and dry/flaky skin. Oat is also recommended for dry or damaged hair as it helps to provide moisture and improves conditioning and manageability of hair making it appear smooth.

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St. John's Wort

May 08, 2015 1 min read

St John's Wort has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, able to speed the healing process of burns, bruises, and scrapes by stimulating the circulation of oxygenated blood to the cells that need repaired.

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Calendula Oil in 4-Legger Paw healing balm and organic dog shampoo

Calendula

May 08, 2015 2 min read

Calendula flower oil is highly effective, gentle, cooling and soothing.

Applying the calendula flower oil to cuts, scrapes, and insect bites will accelerate the healing process thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant compounds. It helps remedy dry and damaged skin, irritations, and other skin problems. Aside from stimulating healing, calendula oil can significantly boost the appearance of the skin by increasing the blood flow.

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Lemongrass Essential Oil

May 08, 2015 1 min read

We are more interested in the use of lemongrass on skin/hair, aromatherapy, and its natural ability to repel insects. Many natural human mosquito repellants contain lemongrass. Natural pet products include it for its repellant effects on lice, fleas, and ticks.  

Lemongrass is a very effective natural astringent (cleanser) with toning qualities which helps stimulate blood circulation and tone up dermal tissues.

Used in aromatherapy - lemongrass is known to revitalize the mind and soul! 

 
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Coconut oil in 4-Legger Castile Soap for Dogs

Coconut Oil

May 08, 2015 1 min read

We use organic - sustainable - fair trade certified - the highest grade, coconut oil.  As an organic oil, it was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. 

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and helps to provide a protective layer, retaining moisture in the skin. As a mild oil, it is very good for use with inflamed and irritated skin, or dogs with skin sensitivities. 

It is also the number one later-producing agent used in soaps. 

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Olive Oil

May 08, 2015 1 min read

Name: 
Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil 

About Our Olive Oil: 
We use organic, the highest grade, organic olive oil in our bases.  As an organic oil, it was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. 

Olive oil is one of the most universal oils used for cosmetics, shampoo, and in cooking. It has a great conditioning effect and can be used in almost all applications due to its stable nature. 

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Jojoba Oil

May 08, 2015 2 min read

Name: 
Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil 

Method of Extraction
Cold pressed and unrefined (no solvents or high heat)

About Our JoJoba Oil:
We use organic, the highest grade, jojoba oil.  As an organic oil, it was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. 

Jojoba oil comes from the beans of a shrub-like plant that grows in Mexico and the Southern regions of the United States. It is actually a liquid plant wax, not an oil. 

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shea butter in 4-Legger organic healing balm for paw pads and nose

Organic Shea Nut Butter - Shea Butter

May 08, 2015 2 min read

Our responsibly harvested certified organic shea (or karité)butter is sourced from around the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary (WCHS), a unique community-based project, protecting and preserving the wildlife and the environment of a 40km stretch of the Black Volta River in Ghana's Upper West Region. 

What is so great about shea butter?
Shea butter really is amazing stuff.  It is essentially a vegetable (vegan) fat that is harvested from the nut of the African shea tree. This fat, we refer to as "butter" is composed of fatty acids (triglycerides) such as stearic and oleic acids. Shea butter can be used in balms, salves, lotions, and moisturizers.

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