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The First #BiggerStory Winner

 

Our First #BiggerStory Winner!

 

Congratulations to our first winner of a year’s supply of Osana soap, Tommy Wisk!

 

Tommy has been kind enough to share his adventures using Osana soap and his #BiggerStory with us.  Tommy embodies what Osana encourages our supporters to do every day and what it means to make your actions count.

 

June 2017 #BiggerStory Winner

 

Our new friend chose to make his vacation count and has been serving communities in the Dominican Republic where “the people are friendly, and the mosquitos are friendlier”.  We get the joy of working hard to make life just a little easier for others, and that’s exactly what our new friend Tommy has been doing for the past year.  He has been building concrete floors, helping with reforestation, and making soap to help others.

 

Tommy told Osana that he began searching for alternative solutions to mosquito repellent as Zika alerts began to arise so he would not have to resort to toxic sprays.  “I purchased some of your soap and have been very satisfied with the results.  I bring it with me and use it each time I travel to the Caribbean.  I also tell everyone about it because I have never been bitten by a mosquito during any of my trips over the past year.”

 

Tommy, we are so glad you’ve had a great experience using Osana soap.  Now you’ll have plenty for you next trip to serve others.  Thank you for all you do and for being a part of a #BiggerStory!


Win a year supply of Osana

Win a year supply of Osana mosquito repellent soap!

Create social posts and photos and mention @osanabar
and tag them with the hashtag...

#soapthatsaves

At the end of January, we will review all the social posts and photos and choose our favorite and announce a winner! The more you post the better chance you have of taking home some Osana! Get creative! Have fun!

*rules are subject to change. Please revisit this post to learn about updates to the contest. Winner must have valid address within the United States.

 

Win a year supply of Osana

 

 


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Should we Eradicate Mosquitos from the Face of the Earth?

Should we Eradicate Mosquitos from the Face of the Earth? What seems like an obvious answer to many might not be as easy as it sounds.

So, for some, a mosquito's life is about surviving and making more mosquitoes and in the process, Humans suffer the most from diseases like malaria, dengue fever and most recently, zika. Mosquitoes have been spreading diseases for centuries, leading to the deaths of over half-million people each year. That's huge! So many argue for and fall under the pro argument for eradicating mosquitoes as it would indefinitely save millions of Human lives each year.

However, looking at it from the con perspective, many in the animal kingdom eat mosquitoes as their food source. So, we do not know what would happen if we took away this food source from the birds, fish and insects. And the more we look into it, a lot of other animals, depend on mosquitoes as one of their main food sources. Take for instance the dragonfly (Earth’s only flying mammal!), they are ravenous eaters of adult mosquitoes. Would taking away that food source affect the way dragonflies go about their daily lives? We don't know if they would adapt or be affected in some negative way.

So what it boils down to is that most advocates for the eradication of mosquitoes argue that our ecosystem won't even notice if there were no more mosquitos. However, on the other side, most scientists aren't so sure there wouldn't be any aftereffect on the ecosystem. Because you know, science is about trial and error and it's hard to test this theory in a closed environment, unless we had another Earth to test in in and the last time we checked, there's only one Earth!


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Osana Sale! Black Friday through Cyber Monday + Giving Tuesday!

 

We're excited to let you know about our upcoming sale starting at the end of Thanksgiving week.

Get all products in the Osana store for 25% off, including subscriptions!

The sale will run from Black Friday through Cyber Monday! So don't forget to come and grab all your Osana soap and gear for the winter travel season or just for everyday use around your home.

 

 

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale

 

With subscriptions included in this sale, you will be able to sign up and receive a discount on your subscription as long as it remains active. This gives you the chance to help end preventable deaths all year round while using an everyday product. Sign up for a monthly or quarterly subscription.

 

Giving Tuesday

 

We are really excited about Giving Tuesday! For every package or subscription sold on GIVING TUESDAY, Osana will be donating 5 bars of soap on your behalf to those that face mosquito-borne and sanitation-based illnesses. The donation only applies to the first package of soap when a subscription is purchased. We look forward to partnering with you to donate a ton of soap on Giving Tuesday!

Don't forget to mark your calendar and grab some soap sometime between Black Friday and Giving Tuesday! If you are willing, please share and tell friends and family about the soap so that we can help eliminate preventable deaths caused by mosquito-borne and sanitation-based illnesses via our partners in Uganda, Ghana, Haiti and around the world.

We can't do it without you!

The Osana Team


Mosquito

Can We Defeat Malaria Once and for All?

 

Most people in the US have heard of malaria, however most people do not know how deadly it really is (or how preventable it is).

According to The World Health Organization, "Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. P. falciparum is the most prevalent malaria parasite in Africa and responsible for most malaria deaths globally. P. vivax is the dominant parasite outside of sub-Saharan Africa."

Take a look at the graphic below for some eye opening statistics:

 
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Although these stats are indeed depressing, according to WHO, we can easily defeat malaria.

Osana is determined to help fight and prevent diseases spread through mosquitos. The problem is real. The solution is here.

With our All-Natural Mosquito repellent Soap, you can protect yourself and others. By purchasing a package of Osana, we will personally donate one bar of soap to those in need on your behalf.

It's a win-win. Together, we are helping people around the world protect themselves and defeat malaria.

For more information, check out The Problem.

 
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All Natural and Non-Toxic Soap

Osana Now Offers Subscriptions!

 
We're making it easier than ever to stay clean and keep those mosquitos away with our All-Natural Mosquito Repellent Soap.
Osana is now offering you the chance to help people around the world in need of protection from malaria, zika and dengue, ALL YEAR AROUND.
 

Introducing Osana Subscriptions!

 
By signing up for a subscription, you save $5 on each package and will receive a package of Osana every month or quarter (whichever you choose). The best part is, you are then directly responsible for donating a bar of soap to someone in need with every delivery! How cool is that?

 
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And don't forget! Every time you receive your subscription that is another opportunity to tell someone new about the story. You can pass out your pay it forward bar and make a difference in the fight to help eliminate preventable deaths.
 
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How Sharing On Social Media Helps

Have you or someone you know used Osana and had a great experience? Are you on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter?

Did you know that when you purchase a package of Osana, we donate one full-sized bar of soap on your behalf to people and communities battling mosquito-borne illnesses?

When you share your experience in a photo (or an emoticon!) on social media, you are not only helping spread the word about Osana, but more importantly so, you're helping promote the donation of soap to those in need in areas where diseases and viruses like malaria, dengue fever and zika virus are a huge problem.

So, sharing IS caring! Also, don't forget to mention @osanabar in your posts!

How Sharing On Social Media Helps

If social media isn't your thing, Here are some other ways you can help share Osana with the world:

We here at Osana believe that large problems can be overcome with simple solutions and people working together. We see it as our responsibility to help solve this need around the world and with your help, we believe we can do it! Thank You!


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Are these Health Alerts in your Vacationing Area?

Autumn has finally arrived, and we could not be more excited! With the cooler months rolling in, and the upcoming holiday season upon us, we know that winter travel vacations are right around the corner too.

Whether you’re vacationing here in the United States or traveling abroad, we want to be sure everyone is keeping up-to-date with the latest health alerts in your vacationing area. As we all know, it is so important to educate yourself before a trip to make sure you and your loved ones are safe and well-informed.

Below are just a few resources you can utilize to check whether your vacation destination is experiencing any health threats:

First, there is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health Alert Network (HAN). And, while you’re on the CDC website make sure you check out their incredible emergency preparedness page. They share all types of valuable knowledge: how to make an emergency kit, how to make emergency plans, and (this may be our favorite part) how to get in contact with your local emergency agency in the U.S. If that’s still not enough preparation info, feel free to visit this page that has categorized preparedness by specific types of emergencies.

Our absolute favorite resource though, by far, is the CDC’s Travel section. It is incredibly simple: you type in where you will be traveling to, select what type of traveler you are, and presto! You have a very thorough account of all the health information about that region, including a suggested travel packing list, potential vaccines you may need, current health notices in effect, and more!


 

Find a health alert (like Zika Virus) where you'll be vacationing?

You'll want to grab some Osana Mosquito Repellent Soap for the road!


Tough Mudder

Tough Mudder Sponsorship

Tough Mudder Sponsorship

Here at Osana we are thrilled to announce we have partnered with Health 2 Humanity to co-sponsor the Tough Mudder organization.

The Tough Mudder is a grueling, yet incredibly fun 10-12 mile run filled with mud, obstacles, and wonderful camaraderie. There is no official winner or clock to race against; there’s just you, your soon-to-be closest friends, and a lot of mud. The Tough Mudder is “for anyone who has ever followed their gut, tried to defy gravity, chosen ‘dare’ over ‘truth,’ taken risks, sought thrills, or is generally awesome at life.”

With over 200 events since 2010 in over 6 countries, the Tough Mudder organization has hosted 2.5 million participants and raised $10 million for charity.

That’s right, folks! If the obstacle-course run itself wasn’t enough to get your blood pumping, the Tough Mudder organization also offers you the opportunity to use your run to fundraise for a cause. You can elect to support one of the Tough Mudder’s official charity partners, or you can run for free by raising money for a nonprofit in one of their charity families, like H2H+Osana for example.

It’s pretty obvious now why we, along with Health 2 Humanity, chose to be a part of this incredible event. Not only do they promote getting active outdoors and getting nice and filthy the old-fashioned way, they also promote giving back, which is why we love this organization.

Osana, as you know, is dedicated to producing all-natural, mosquito repelling soap for all who enjoy the great outdoors yet despise the biting pests (like mosquitoes!) that come along with it. Along with Health 2 Humanity, we are passionate about giving back, which is why when you purchase a package of Osana, we will donate one full-sized bar of soap on your behalf to people and communities battling mosquito-borne illnesses, including malaria, dengue, zika and more as well as sanitation-based diseases that cause millions of preventable deaths annually.

So it’s really no surprise why we are thrilled to sponsor the Tough Mudder in all its filthy, muddy glory.

In addition to co-sponsoring the Tough Mudder, the Osana team will also be attending select events to hand out bars of soap to participants after the race, so they can be squeaky clean in no time.

And if you are now itching to join this event, you can register at toughmudder.com. Or if you want to watch the muddy race from a safe distance, you can find a Tough Mudder event close to you.


Osana Partners with Wanderlust Outfitters

Here at Osana we are incredibly excited to introduce one of our newest partners: Wanderlust Outfitters!

About Wanderlust Outfitters

wanderlustBased in St. Joseph, Michigan, Wanderlust Outfitters is unlike other traditional outdoor outfitter stores. While other outfitting shops aim to draw in the experienced outdoorsman and the well-seasoned backcountry athletes, Wanderlust Outfitters ventures to serve not only these veterans, but also the under-served weekend warriors: day hikers, weekend campers, and those new to outdoor recreation.

Wanderlust Outfitters makes it their top priority to be welcoming to all and extremely knowledgeable of various brands, equipment, and apparel choices, so they can assist all of their customers, regardless of their experience.

After all, “wanderlust” is defined as a strong desire to travel and explore the world, and that is certainly not confined to just the veteran outdoorsman, but experienced by all.

Partnering to End Preventable Deaths

Wanderlust Outfitters is contributing to Osana specifically by allowing customers to donate bars once they’ve purchased a certain amount in the outfitting store. And, most importantly, they will be educating their customers about Osana: how it works and how they can help with our mission to eliminate the million-plus preventable deaths that occur yearly from mosquito and sanitation-related illnesses like zika, malaria, and dengue. All in all, it’s a win-win! Customers can meet Wanderlust’s amazing team and find the exact gear to fit their needs, while also helping us end all those preventable deaths!

Osana is an incredible all-natural mosquito repellent resource for camping, hiking, biking, hunting, and all other outdoor summer activities so we are honored to be connected with a store that provides a community focused around these areas specifically.

Wunderlust Team

Wanderlust Outfitters is founded by husband-and-wife team, Brittney and Jonathan Meier, who met at Anderson University in Indiana. As avid backpackers and campers themselves, the two have always fostered a passion for staying active outdoors, yet were frustrated when they realized there was a huge gap in the market for the weekend warriors, such as themselves. So the couple sprang into action.

With their personal experience outdoors and knowledge from previous employment, the duo created Wanderlust Outfitters in Southwest Michigan, a haven of forests, lakes, streams, and other beautiful aspects of nature. Housed in a historic building in St. Joseph, Wanderlust Outfitters also boasts beautiful and unique décor: from the reclaimed barn wood to the old bank vaults that now serve as fitting rooms.

And now Wanderlust Outfitters is bustling with an excited energy along with an outstanding showcase of seasonal gear and apparel as the store makes its preparations for its Grand Opening Labor Day weekend 2016.

We are beyond proud to have Wanderlust Outfitters as our newest partner, and we are so excited to see them grow and begin this amazing new journey.


US Cities with the Most Mosquitos

Mosquitoes are a bother wherever you live, but some places are considerably worse than others. Do you know the US cities with the most mosquitos? Recently, the pest control company Orkin released its annual report of the Worst US Cities for Mosquitoes*, and Atlanta, GA, for a third year in a row, snagged the not-so-coveted number 1 slot.

US Cities with the Most Mosquitos

Unfortunately, recently matters have gotten worse as the specific species of Zika-carrying mosquitoes were detected in Atlanta in mid-May this year. Local officials have allocated half a million dollars to investigate this issue, but no substantial findings have been concluded thus far. Experts fear that the semi-tropical nature of Atlanta and of the Southern United States in general may be prime environments for the Zika virus to spread.


2. Chicago

Chicago

While mosquitoes are definitely a great annoyance in the Second City, Chicago is very fortunate that the two species of mosquitoes that are known to carry the Zika virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, do not naturally live in the state of Illinois. However, that doesn’t mean residents are entirely immune. The city of Chicago confirmed its first local case of the Zika virus in early March when a resident returned home from a trip to Columbia, where she contracted the disease. According to mosquito expert and research assistant at the Chicago Department of Public Health, Alexandra Westrich, “It’s only a matter of how many people here re traveling and bringing it back,” which makes a Zika virus epidemic in Chicago very unlikely.


3. Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

This summer, residents have been experiencing a notable increase in mosquito activity. The Capitol Mosquito Control on Capitol Hill reports that more than double the number of residents are making calls in for mosquito pest control issues compared to last year. In addition, the record-breaking streak of rainy days has many concerned because the drenched lawns are excellent environments for mosquitoes to breed.


4. Detroit

Detroit

Although Detroit only has an annual high temperature of 56.7 degrees, it is still a top mosquito city. Detroit residents should also be aware that citizens in the neighboring Oakland County has just recently reported that local mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile Virus as of July 5, 2016. Fortunately, though, no person has contracted the virus yet, but the Oakland County Health Division Manager, Kathy Forzley, strongly advises residents take proactive measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites.


5. New York City

New York City

In NYC, there are approximately fifty-one different species of mosquitoes, which may seem a little overwhelming for local residents and tourists to deal with. So far, there have been 86 reported cases of the Zika virus in NYC, and all of them were contracted while traveling abroad. Although the metropolis does not naturally have warm environments prime for mosquitoes, NYC officials admit that the city has few defensive strategies to ward against mosquito-related viruses spreading. Therefore, the city has allocated nearly $21 million to be spent strengthening its mosquito testing and control system, including activating a six- step Zika virus action plan that includes giving out larvicide tablets, monitoring local mosquito populations, and establishing a public awareness campaign.


6. Dallas – Ft. Worth

Dallas

There have been six known cases of Zika confirmed in Dallas County: five of which were contracted while traveling abroad and one was contracted through sexual contact. In addition, Dallas County Health and Human Services has also recently confirmed the first human case of the West Nile Virus in the county for this 2016 season. Unfortunately, scientists now report conditions that look eerily similar to the conditions in 2012, when Texas led the entire United States in West Nile virus cases.


7. Nashville, TN

Nashville

This Southern city has an annual high summertime temperature of around 90 degrees with great humidity, which makes it an optimal location for mosquitoes. While the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito is not native to Nashville, the other Zika-carrying mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is the most common in the area, so residents are warned to be very cautious and take preventative measures against all mosquito bites.


8. Charlotte, NC

Charlotte

While the Aedes agypti mosquito is not found in North Carolina, Charlotte officials are still taking precautions, specifically by eliminating standing water risks. As of mid-May, the city has surveyed over 1,300 sites that had been identified as potential mosquito breeding sites. If mosquito larvae was present at these sites, scientists would treat the water with a larvicide to kill the bunch.


9. Raleigh – Durham, NC

Raleigh

North Carolina as a whole has had at least five confirmed cases of the Zika virus, all of which were contracted from travelling abroad. Because of recent budget cuts, the state of North Carolina has somewhat lagged behind the nation in mosquito tracking, but local counties have begun establishing their own mosquito tracking programs.


10. Boston

Boston

According to local officials, mosquitoes in Boston are known to be able to spread both the West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. In fact, on July 7, 2016, scientists confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts for this season. And, according to the State Health Department’s Chief Disease tracker, Dr. Al DeMaria, “given the heat and dry conditions we have been experiencing, we are expecting to see more and more West Nile virus activity.”


* Report released in 2016, but cites data received in 2015.


Mosquito Infested Areas

Of the 50 US cities cited in this report for dense mosquito populations, exactly half were located in the South, where warm and moist temperatures provide excellent breeding opportunities for these tiny pests. While June, July, and August are usually the optimum months for mosquitoes to annoy the crap out of us, mosquito activity can begin as early as March in the southern United States, according to the Orkin report, and unfortunately, no state in the US is completely immune.

Please keep in mind, though, that this list only reports about cities in the United States. According to DC Mosquito Squad, it is believed that “Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand have the highest numbers of mosquito species. Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Brazil are recorded to have the highest number of endemic species.However, it is the whole of Africa, South America, and Asia where most of the mosquito- However, it is the whole of Africa, South America, and Asia where most of the mosquito-borne diseases occur.”

So if you do find yourself living in or traveling to one of these mosquito-riddled locations, you can always use Osana all natural mosquito repellent soap to protect yourself and your family from the pests while helping others around the world do the same.


Protection From Mosquitos

Learn what attracts mosquitos, natural mosquito protection like tea tree oil or neem oil, or learn how to make homemade mosquito traps!


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“Garloch, Karen. Zika Threat Looms as Mosquito Season Arrives. The Charlotte Observer. N.p., 16 May 2016. Web. 08 July 2016.

“Lazar, Kay. West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitoes in Worcester - The Boston Globe. The Boston Globe. N.p., 07 July 2016. Web. 08 July 2016.

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“Mosquitoes In Oakland County Test Positive For West Nile Virus. CBS Detroit.” N.p., 5 July 2016. Web. 08 July 2016.

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“Saurkauskas, Susan. As Mosquito Season Begins, Will Zika Strike Here? Daily Herald.” Chicago Daily Herald, 02 May 2016. Web. 08 July 2016.

“Shaver, Katherine. As Mosquito Season Shifts into High Gear in the Washington Region, so Do Zika. Washington Post.” The Washington Post, 12 May 2016. Web. 08 July 2016.

“Shaw, Marielle. Chicago Mosquitoes Could Ruin Your Life, But Probably Not With Zika Virus. Chicagoist.” N.p., 2 Mar. 2016. Web. 08 July 2016.

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Osana Partners with Health 2 Humanity Global

Health 2 Humanity Global: A Sustainable Hygienic Development Non-Profit

is a non-profit that focuses on training entrepreneurs in developing countries to have their own hygienic product businesses. Their model allows the need for hygienic solutions globally to be met, but in a sustainable way. For every bar that is sold through these businesses, the entrepreneurs donate a bar to their sponsored location within their community. Both Osana and Health 2 Humanity Global are passionate about seeing preventable diseases eradicated, but in a way that empowers people rather than victimizing them.

Health 2 Humanity’s Mission

Just like Osana, Health to Humanity Global exists to see preventable diseases eradicated. They believe that all people deserve to have equal access to lifesaving solutions. However, they do more than just give soap.  Through the development of entrepreneurs in low-hygiene countries, they will not only see hygienic disparities addressed, but we will create a sustainable future without dependency.

Fight Against Giving

In their Fight Against Giving, Health 2 Humanity Global outlines the need for sustainability rather than the dependency-creating model that is used by many charities. The emphasis on vocational training allows skills to be acquired by people in developing countries and empowers them to meet the needs of their communities. This grass-roots model brings the hope for a clean future without dependency.

Current Impact Statistics of H2H Global

From May 2014- to the present Health 2 Humanity Global has seen:

- 12 locations implemented throughout Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya

- Over 20,000 bars of soap donated

- 22 jobs created (6 going on to college or job advancement)

- Up to 25% illness rate drop in sponsored areas

- Skin disease and rash almost completely

eradicated in sponsored areas

Health 2 Humanity Corp. All Natural Soap

Just as their international partners sell soap within their communities, Health 2 Humanity Corp. sells all-natural soap domestically.  This can be purchased online at: www.h2hsoap.com. The majority of the proceeds go directly to funding the work of H2H Global. This allows the purchase of an everyday product to create a lasting impact globally (plus it is truly amazing soap).

H2H Soap Partners with Osana - All Natural Mosquito Repellent Soap

Osana and H2H soap have the common mission to see preventable diseases eradicated, and we are excited about partnering together to make this a reality. We both believe that all people deserve to have equal access to lifesaving solutions, including a simple bar of soap. The most exciting part is that both companies are interested in doing more than just giving away soap. Osana and H2H desire to work together to create sustainable change, empower local communities, and create life changing opportunities for people all over the world.