My Mutts & Me Inc.

My Mutts & Me is a small home based company making and providing a Variety of products safe for adults, children and pets. Our products are made Humanely using all natural ingredients essential oils, soy, spring water and organically grown flowers.

Operating as usual


Joe Valino


Why should you use our soap? Our soap is good to your skin! Do you know most store bought and even handmade soaps contain Lye? LYE!!! Do you know what one of the main uses of LYE is? Sodium or potassium hydroxide can be used to digest tissues of animal carcasses. Often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, the process involves placing the carcass or body into a sealed chamber, adding a mixture of lye and water and the application of heat to accelerate the process. After several hours the chamber will contain a liquid with coffee-like appearance,[5][6][7] and the only solids that remain are very fragile bone hulls of mostly calcium phosphate, which can be mechanically crushed to a fine powder with very little force.[8][9] Sodium hydroxide is frequently used in the process of decomposing roadkill dumped in landfills by animal disposal contractors.[6] Due to its low cost and availability, it has also been used to dispose of corpses by criminals. Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli used this chemical to turn dead bodies into soap.[10] In Mexico, a man who worked for drug cartels admitted to having disposed of more than 300 bodies with it. Ponder that we are slowly decaying our skin with store bought soap! Our soap contains no LYE and that is no LIE!


First batch of out new line has been made today for Men! Shave and Shampoo bar in VS Very Sexy for Men. An enticing blend of bergamot and warm, creamy sandalwood with rich musk. This bar is rounded on one side and flat on the other for easy handling. Sits well in shower soap dishes and the rounded side means you won't drop the soap in the shower 🤣😜😳 $6.50 a bar get yours now!


Hi everyone! Since my illness last year and the recent paralysis of my right arm I have joined forces with my friend to bring forth a new line. We will be making new soaps, lotions, bath bombs salts and other things still cruelty free vegan and fabulous. We will have a reopening sale and more! Stay tuned!


My Mutts & Me Inc.


We have been on a bit of a Hiatus since our move to Missouri but we will be getting up again soon making new Cold Pressed soaps soaps in cute little doggie and kitty shapes and lotions as well stay tuned we will also be having a clearance sale on all current stock coming soon. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas I will post pics of my new in Home work shop soon!!!


Get your shopping done early Delivery takes about 3-4 days priority flate rate.

8 WEEKS!!!!!


Staying in our goal of giving back and providing safe products to people and pets, we made our first donation today to charity. We donated a Christmas basket with soaps candles and a Flea & Tick spray that was a country snowman design to be raffled off for a 10 yr old girl in Elgin that just had spinal fusion surgery. We hope this basket is much loved by it's winner. We wish her a speedy recovery and a blessed future .


We have changed up our packaging for our soaps they are now all wrapped in Parchment Paper and tied with Recycled Twine with decorative labels :)

Our First Event 9/14/13 09/20/2013

Wish there had been more people but :( Still sold Three Bars and got invited to a Job Fair event!!


With the Holiday's coming we will be carrying some one of a kind Handmade Hair ribbons and Jewelry as well as a few other crafts for the Christmas holiday. Depending on our feedback we may add them to our permanent line of products. Remember that everything we sell all of the proceeds go to taking care of the many animals we have taken in for rescue. Several have very high vet bills and medication needs as well as special food that we buy and provide for them on a monthly basis. We will never give up on the Pit Bulls!


100 Days until Christmas get in some shopping now!!! Soaps and Candles are great stocking stuffers as well as well as great gifts for those little gifts to show co-workers friends and special people in your life that you care about them! Get them early while supplies are still available as stock will thin out closer to the holidays. Don't forget just because the weather is getting cooler doesn't mean the Fleas and Ticks have left they are thriving so keep them off the pups with our Natural Knock Out Flea and Tick Spray Bug Repellent. Works on people to keeping away the flying pests.


Lots of soaps brewing in the kitchen....Men's Cool Water w/Olive Oil Base Signature Calming w/Olive Oil Base and New Exotic Pleasure Goat's Milk & Honey w/Organic Golden Flax.


Countdown to Christmas




Thought I would repost a testimonial from one of our happy customers that I received today from
Claudia Flores
Had to share! your calming blend soap is by far the best ever! Jude suffers from eczema and I'm super sensitive to soaps. yours has cleared up both issues and even helps Jo sleep better! this is amazing because we've tried it all and even doctor can't get it right! Thanks Tracey Fry we are never buying soap anywhere else!
Try our calming blend it is our signature soap and is perfect for dry skin and the soothing scent is very relaxing.


Starting Weds we will be having Our very first SALE since opening in Celebration of Labor Day!! Stay tuned for fantastic deals and get in some Christmas yes I said it CHRISTMAS Day early shopping :)


We have a couple new soaps that are to die for!!! They are both made with our very soothing Aloe Vera and Olive Oil Base. Currently comes in two scents one is Peppermint made with Organically grown and dried Peppermint leaves and Soothing Chamomile made with Organically grown Chamomile flowers ground down and blended into the soap. Also we now have available our baby soap it is Detergent Free made with BUTTERMILK which is high in triglyceride content making it an excellent natural moisturizer. This soap also contains OATMEAL thought to pamper dry skin, CALENDULA EXTRACT thought to be moisturizing and sooth delicate skin, and REAL NATURAL HONEY thought to be very high in natural antioxidants with potential anti-microbial benefits. It is blended with our Night time essential oils that will lull baby to sleep very calming very soothing. Comes in a cute cupcake shape!! We call them our Baby Cakes!! The peppermint and Chamomile are $4.50 each or 3 for $12 and the Baby cakes are $4 each or three for $10 We also have a Celtic set of Baby soap that comes with one Lg 5 oz bar and one small 2 oz bar for $10, Give them a try we ship anywhere in the U.S. Flat rate shipping available and we accept Paypal and Credit Cards Visa MC Discover and American Express through Square.


I made a new soap the other day that smells absolutely yummy, it is Madagascar Vanilla Bean Shea Butter. It is made using Vanilla Essential oil and fresh Madagascar Vanilla Beans whole that I have ground down. These beans do not come cheap they are so special they come in a glass test tube when bought from Penzys :)


When choosing Candles for your home when you have a house full of animals please make the right choice!!! I make my own candles the wicks are safe clean burning and so is the SOY wax here are your best choices when you have animals!!! The Very Best Options for Candles
I ever so sadly cut out 95% of my candle use several years ago when I realized that they were toxic. Although I still find beeswax candles pricey enough that I buy and use them infrequently, they are definitely my top choice for a healthy candle option. They are absolutely pure and burn clean.

Beeswax is about as natural a product as you can find. It is simply a natural wax that is made by bees and collected from the hives by beekeepers. It has a light scent of honey, which I find extremely beautiful and soothing. They can also sometimes be found with essential oils for added scent, although they are just lovely au naturel.

Color options range between off-white, yellow (most common) and light browns (like these beauties) for un-dyed beeswax candles, but you can also find brilliantly hued candles made with non-toxic dyes. Make sure to look for 100% beeswax, as some companies will use only a portion of beeswax mixed with regular paraffin, and then label them as "beeswax candles". This isn't what you want. Go for the truly pure stuff.

One option that beeswax allows is the ability to easily make your own. You can purchase sheets of beeswax to roll into various types of taper and pillar candles. You can also easily melt beeswax granules into glass jars to make your own.

While I don't recommend soy for most eating purposes, I do think that soy candles are another great option. They also burn clean, with no harmful fumes, and have very long burn times as well.

I have a bit of a conundrum about whether I like supporting soy farming, which is the only thing that holds me back from giving soy candles my full support. Almost all soy in North America is genetically-modified, either on purpose or because it has become contaminated by nearby farms that are using GMO seed. I also wonder if a vote "yes" for soy is a bit of a vote for Monsanto, whose evils I will refrain from ranting about for the purposes of this post. All that said, I don't think that there is any physical harm from using soy candles made from GMO soy, but I would generally prefer to put my money into supporting local beekeepers above soy farming.

As with beeswax candles, these come in a wide variety of colors and natural scents, and you do need to look for the 100% soy label as well, to avoid candles made with part soy, part paraffin. Though I haven't tried it, you can also buy soy wax and make your own gorgeous soy and beeswax jar candles.


All orders have been filled and packaged and the Post Man is making another trip here tomorrow to pick up the last of the orders pending!! Check your mail the next few days and yours should be there also if you paid through paypal check your tracking numbers!!


We want to know what are your favorite scents when it comes to soap?? We are throwing around a few new ideas like Pink Grapefruit soap, Vanilla Sugar Bean and Mango Coconut :) What would you like to see and try??


Pouring our detergent free baby soaps tomorrow!


Hey Gentlemen I just poured our Shea Butter Cool Water scent Men's Soap and OMG it smells yummy!! Every man should smell this good!!


We are currently looking into how we can start a recycle program to be more environmentally friendly so stay tuned we may be including self stamped mailers to return your spray bottles from the NKO which we would discount towards a new bottle refilled. We currently re-purpose glass containers to pour our candles and use recycled paper to print all our materials :)


Getting so excited to do the First event we have done yet on August 17th at the annual Pig Roast in Harvard IL set the 17th aside and come out to join us lots of vendors and raffles. We will be there with oiur full product line!


We have consulted with several Vets our Natural Knock Out should not be used on Cats. Cats do not process essential oils efficiently which can cause toxicity to them long term, however we do a blend specifically for cats which is a blend of Natural Apothecary that is soaked then boiled and left to sit for two days. Lavender is a natural flea remedy so we use Lavender Buds along with peppermint leaves and a few other things that are calming like Chamomile and it is same Natural Knock Out but for cats soaked in Spring water to form a kitty safe product.


Making a fresh batch of Natural Knock Out!! Flea Tick and Bug Repellent.


Well I am home making some more Flea and Tick repellent we got a few more orders last week that I need to fill. I make 1 Gallon Batches to order so every batch is fresh.


Our first product review by Mary Agayev of PA. who bought and used our Natural Knock Out!!
Mary Agayev
I got my order the other day...used it on myself when I mowed the yard to deter ticks...smells great and appears to work great too since nary a tick was seen on my pant legs after hiking through the bush! Thanks!

Thank You too Mary!!
We stand behind our product and love it here the bugs of all kinds truly hate it and if you love natural you too will love the smell!!


My Mutts & Me ......some of our products.


What you do not know about Parafin Candles and how they are killing us and our pets, that is why My Mutts & Me Inc. provides Soy Candles made natural no dyes or unnatural additives safely wicked by me :)
The Truth About Paraffin Wax Candles – Are They Toxic?

paraffin wax candle

One day Alyssa came home and said, “Don’t ever burn another candle unless it is soy.” Being an avid candle burner, I looked at her like she was an alien from another planet. She swiftly defended her statement.

“Mom, I’m serious. Today I learned that candles like we buy are really bad and they are going to kill us.”

“Where did you learn this, Alyssa?” I calmly asked almost knowing what her answer would be because lately she keeps bringing home an abundance of this type of information.

“The ladies at work. You know they are very into the natural and organic stuff,” she replied matter-of-factly.

Without saying a word, I thought, “Ohhhhhh, THOSE women!” I’m pretty sure that the women at Alyssa’s job have no idea how they are changing our lives. Alyssa takes every one of their tips to heart and wears me down until I comply.

“Okay, tell me why I should not burn paraffin wax candles.”

At a rate of about five million words a minute, Alyssa proceeded to tell me all the reasons that we were never going to burn another paraffin wax candle. After her presentation, because it was a full blown presentation, she had convinced me that I needed to look into this matter further. Of course, what I have learned, I’m going to share with you.

The research facts can be found by downloading the document at the Environmental Protection Agency website, but since it is rather long and I have read it all (yes, I read the WHOLE document), I’m going to post a few of the key points that I think will pique your interest.

What Is Paraffin Wax, Soy Wax And Beeswax?

Candles are made from many products, but predominantly paraffin wax is the most common. Paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product that is created from the sludge waste when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Sounds a bit gross.

There are also soy wax candles which are made from the oil of soybeans, so it is a vegetable wax. Soy wax is a renewable resource. Most of the world’s soy beans are primarily grown in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Soy wax candles burn slower and not as hot as paraffin wax candles . Actually, soy wax candles burn up to 30 to 50 percent longer.

Another type of candle that is a renewable resource is made from beeswax. Obviously, beeswax is made by honeybees. The wax is a secretion from the glands on the underside of their abdomens and is used for the construction of the honeycomb. That’s kind of gross sounding too if you don’t like bugs, but at least it is natural and clean. Besides, there are not many things more beautiful than a honeycomb, you know? Anyway, the beeswax candles last up to three times longer than paraffin wax candles and twice as long as soy candles of the same size.


The Facts About Paraffin Wax Candles

From the United States Environmental Protection Agency Research and Development in the January 2001 article titled, “Candles and Incense as Potential Sources of Indoor Air Pollution: Market Analysis and Literature Review,” I learned that “most” manufacturers in the United States have agreed not to use lead in the wicks of candles. “Most” bothered me. What bothered me even more is that 34.8 percent and 13.4 percent of candles imported are from China and Hong Kong respectively where the rules and regulations do not include strict adherence to the same standards as United States candle manufacturers. That is just a nice way of saying that there are many toxic substances in candles imported from China and Hong Kong.

According to the EPA’s research, “Candles with lead wicks have the potential to generate indoor airborne lead concentrations of health concern. It is also possible for consumers to unknowingly purchase candles containing lead wick cores and repeatedly expose themselves to harmful amounts of lead through regular candle-burning.”

They also go on to say that regardless of the lack of lead, burning several candles exceeded the EPA’s standards and posed an increased risk for cancer because of the acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and acrolein levels. All those chemicals, along with many others are not healthy or good for our bodies and most especially our lungs.

Paraffin wax candles also produce soot – that black stuff caused from the flickering flame. “When soot is airborne, it is subject to inhalation. The particles can potentially penetrate the deepest areas of the lungs, the lower respiratory tract and alveoli (Krause, 1999).” Alrighty then! That pretty much scared me because I truly value the fragility of lung tissue after watching my great grandfather, Daddy Cecil, die of emphysema.

Not only are people with asthma more susceptible to the effects of burning paraffin wax candles, but also the elderly and children. Science has proven that a child’s tiny body is negatively affected by chronic low-level lead exposure. Burning paraffin wax candles that contain lead wicks is definitely in the category of low-level lead exposure.

Low-level exposure to lead mainly affects the central nervous system and can cause:

neurobehavioral changes
kidney disease
increased depression
phobic anxiety symptoms
mood and personality changes
changes in sleep patterns
learning difficulties
difficulty concentrating
memory loss
loss of appetite
difficulty breathing
Are you looking at those candles sitting on the shelves of your home a little differently now?


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