Our Roots

Great Great Grandma is the original developer of most of our recipes. Nearly all our recipes originated from one of Grandma's ideas. 

The Effect of Natural and Synthetic Ingredients on the Skin

Much of what we know about pet care is similar to the beauty and cosmetic industry. We at aOaO™ understand ph and other differences between human and animal processing of products yet the basics between natural and synthetic is the same.

A natural substance is any plant or animal extract, rock or mineral which is obtained from the earth (Antczak, 2001). An artificial or synthetic substance is a substance which has been modified through chemical reactions in an industrial process (Antczak, 2001). We use a myriad of products on our pets skin and fur, but before we use these, three essential questions should be asked:

  • What is the composition of the product?
  • Why is each ingredient used?
  • Do the ingredients have positive or negative effects on the skin and fur?

Grandma Rose and Ace

Many products claim to be safe or even may appear to be safe, but beyond the short-term benefits of using the product, are there any long term effects from daily or frequent absorption of its use? Skin used to be considered an impermeable barrier, but transdermal drugs have proven that the opposite is true; the skin allows many substances to pass through its layers into the bloodstream of our pets, just like humans.

Great Great Grandma, our great aunts, and family friends

Several factors affect the rate with which the skin will absorb various  ingredients. The condition of the skin, such as whether it is dry or damaged will increase absorption. Cuts, acne or abrasions also increase absorption. Many products claim to address a skin issue, such as dry skin, but contain ingredients which exacerbate these problems. For instance, acne treatments may contain comedogenic, or pore-clogging ingredients. Creams that are supposed to treat dry skin may actually strip the skin of its natural oils which are useful in preventing dryness. Some contain chemicals which seep through the skin and dissolve skin oils and defat the skin (Lappe, 1996). A growing trend is chemical sensitivity, which can develop at any time, even after long term use of the same product. Natural products emphasize more traditional skin treatments with few of these harsh effects. At aOaO™ we've chosen to share our family's historical natural recipes so all can benefit from these plant based natural products.

Great Grandma and Grandma Rose, Grandma Rose being courted by her husband

The health of the skin is dependent on sound nutritional practices, healthy living and effective, safe protection on its surface. aOaO™ can help your pet achieve healthy  skin and fur by offering a complete line of pet care products composed of all natural ingredients, with no animal, synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients. Our products are made in small batches and contain only natural preservatives such as d-alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and other plant oils with anti-microbial properties.

Our Founder Joann and her dog Brown and Grandma Rose and her Sister Helena

We invite you to give our natural pet care products a try. Our products are developed on the basis of historical use and scientific principles. Our products will convince you on their own merit, since they are natural, vegan, and an excellent alternative to conventional mass produced pet care products.

Great Great Grandma and the whole family  at the time circa 1920 Puyallup, Washington

Grandma Rose and Great Great Grandma 

The cousins on the ranch in Puyallup, Washington

Grandpa Joe riding in the mountains of Idaho