For quite a few years now one of my best selling soaps has been my Dirty Dog soap, designed for washing your dog with great natural ingredients and only essential oils and natural colour. The oils I use are Citronella and Tea Tree. Citronella because it makes the dogs coats smell lovely and fresh and bugs hate it, Tea Tree because I always understood it was a natural antiseptic, was soothing and helped to reduce skin problems.
Now it seems this is being questioned, sometimes quite alarmingly. Here are some links from the many I found on Google -
For - (with advice)
As a real dog lover I, of course, do not want to be in a position where I inadvertently cause any problems to any animals that have my soap used on them (many people use my soap to treat Horses with fly problems, its even been know to be used by a shepherd washing off his sheep's rear end!). I understand that problems occur with products that stay on the skin and potentially get licked off, thereby being ingested. But I dont want to take any chances at all so, a little sadly, I have changed the fragrance formula and gone for Lavender essential oil to replace the Tea Tree. Lavender is also soothing, calming, safe to use on the skin and smells great. I was unsure of the combination but, after cutting up my first batch, I am hooked, its really, really lovely.
Isnt it funny, sometimes you are forced into a change, then when its done you wonder why you never made the change before?