Interview with a PRO Groomer!

Meet Cat Opson, Professional & Award-winning Groomer

Salon: Estrella Pet Grooming
Location: San Juan Capistrano, California
Q: How long have you been a groomer?
A: 23.5 years 

Q: What’s your favorite grooming event you’ve done? Why?
A: The World Grooming competition in Belgium. It was a life-long dream to represent the USA there. The team won gold collectively and I won a silver in the individual event.

Q: What’s the best advice you can give to a new groomer?
A: Take care of your body!

Q: What is your favorite weekend cocktail?
A: Vodka Red Bull!

Q: What is a tool you can’t live without?
A: Thinning shears

Q: Do you groom cats? Why/why not?
A: No. The last new cat I took shredded my pinky finger and I was just done after that.

Q: If you could use any fragrance what would it be?
A: Vanilla.

Q: Do you ever get attached to the animals you groom?
A: Absolutely.

Q: Have you ever groomed any exotic animals?
A: Does a horse count? Otherwise a bunny, lol.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off?
A: Ride my horse.

Q: Which Skout’s Honor Product do you keep in your arsenal?
A: The Probiotic Deodorizer spray!! And the Unscented Shampoo/Conditioner (2-in-1).

Microbiome 101 (Why Probiotics Matter)

Probiotic Skin Care for Pets

There’s been a lot of buzz going on out there lately about the importance of a healthy “Microbiome.” But the truth is, most people have NO IDEA what that means.  We’re here to break it down for you and explain why this uber-trendy word is one that you need to familiarize yourself with.

Let’s start with the actual definition: Microbiome (Noun) 

mi·​cro·​bi·​ome | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈbī-ˌōm  \

  1. A community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the body.  

While that may sound gross or ‘dirty’ to some – the microbiome is actually our skin’s living, protective layer.  Not all bacteria is “bad” bacteria – in fact, we need “good” bacteria to thrive in and on our bodies in order to maintain a healthy life.  The skin microbiome is home to billions of bacteria at any given time – both good and bad.  When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets out of whack and the bad bacteria is given the opportunity to take over, we experience symptoms of inflammation, irritation and other health problems.  For the skin, these symptoms of a microbiome that is off-balance often appear as itch, odor, redness, dryness, etc.

Enter topical probiotics…

It has been proven that when applied to the skin, probiotics do an incredible job at supporting and strengthening the “good” bacteria on the skin so that it can more effectively defend against opportunistic pathogens and “bad” bacteria from taking over.  Probiotics are the ultimate protector, preventer and defender against our skin’s worst enemies (bad bacteria) – and when applied regularly can offer an effective, natural way to keep skin problems from occurring in the first place.

So it’s no surprise that the trend of Probiotic Skin Care has quickly evolved as one of the hottest, most innovative solutions in human beauty and skin care products to treat our most common skin problems: acne, rosacea, etc.  Check any beauty shelf or cosmetic counter at retail today and you’ll find a selection of items that claim probiotics as a key, active ingredient for balancing and restoring skin health.

So, since probiotics offer such a powerful solution for treating human skin care woes – just imagine the possibilities when it comes to using topical probiotics on our favorite furry family members (our pets)!  Just as we suffer from time to time from skin irritations and inflammation due to environmental factors, genetics, etc. – so do our pets.  Any pet parent can recall a moment when their dog or cat has gone crazy itching or scratching the same spot for  hours – and we all know how odor control can be a problem when it comes to a pet with ongoing skin irritations.  We want our pets to look, feel (and smell!) their best – and today’s pet parents are constantly seeking new opportunities to improve their dog or cat’s well being.

Our pet’s skin microbiome is just as sensitive as our own.  When the balance of good and bad bacteria gets off track, we start to see problems like hot spots, itching/licking, odor, shedding, dander and dryness.  Unfortunately the most common response to date has been a cycle of “treat and repeat” – using shampoos/topical treatments that temporarily relieve the presenting problem (oatmeal baths for itch, steroids for inflammation/redness, etc.).  The problem is that once those treatments wear off, the same underlying cause of the symptoms is still there – which is ultimately an imbalance in the pet’s skin microbiome.  Until the good bacteria on their skin is effectively restored and supported, pets suffering from recurring problems will never be cured.

At Skout’s Honor we are excited to offer a new solution for pet parents who have been on that treat-and-repeat cycle with their own animal(s).  We saw an exciting opportunity in the science behind topical probiotics and the results it has offered humans for transforming skin care/health.

Through the introduction of our Probiotic Skin Care line for pets – we’ve unleashed a game changer for the pet industry and the grooming category in particular.  Our Probiotic shampoos, conditioners and daily-use treatments are infused with a live probiotic kefir culture, which offers an incredibly hydrating, soothing and luxurious grooming experience – while providing a powerful boost of probiotics to the skin and coat.  That boost leaves the animal feeling clean, soft, shiny and smelling amazing.  Best of all, the probiotics that are left behind after the wash provide an active, preventative approach to skin health – helping support the good bacteria on the animal’s skin in order to keep the bad bacteria away.

Don’t take our word for it.  Since launching this innovative line, our Probiotic grooming products have received several industry awards and accolades from pet industry experts including Pet Age magazine, Pet Business Magazine, etc.  Every day we receive new testimonials and before/after images from pet parents, professional groomers and veterinarians who say that our products have been able to restore skin and coat health for animals who have long-suffered chronic skin problems.

We invite you to learn more about the Microbiome, Probiotic Skin Care Products for humans, and Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Grooming line.

If you are interested in trying a sample of our grooming products for your own pet, click here to sign up for FREE sample kit! 

Probiotic Grooming Line Wins 2018 Industry Recognition Award!

Skout’s innovative line of Probiotic Grooming Products, was selected by the publication’s editors as the WINNER in the competitive Dog Skin & Coat category. The awards are featured in this month’s issue of Pet Business Magazine.

Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Grooming Line Includes:

  • Probiotic Shampoo (16oz, MSRP: $19.99)
  • Probiotic Conditioner (16oz, MSRP: $18.99)
  • Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner (2-in-1): (16oz, MSRP: $20.99)
  • Probiotic Daily-use Detangler (8oz, MSRP: $14.99)
  • Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer (8oz, MSRP: $12.99)

*Each product is available in Honeysuckle, Lavender and Unscented varieties, as well as in bulk sizes (gallons) for professional grooming service providers. Grooming professionals can receive a FREE full size sample of grooming products by filling out a Skout’s Honor PRO FORM here.

Why do Probiotics Matter for Grooming?
The skin’s natural microbiome serves as the first line of defense against allergens and opportunistic pathogens, responsible for a variety of conditions in pets, including excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor. When applied to the skin, probiotics offer soothing hydration and long-lasting odor control without negatively affecting the function of this vital protective layer for a naturally healthier-looking skin and coat.

Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner WINS Pet Age 2018 Reader’s Choice Award!

2018 Pet Age Reader’s Choice Award WINNER!

Pet Parents Love New Grooming Line for a Preventative Approach to Skin & Coat Health!

Pet Age Magazine has named Skout’s Honeysuckle Probiotic Pet Shampoo + Conditioner (2-in-1) as a winner in the “Dog: Grooming” category, and features the product in this month’s issue.

Probiotic 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner in Honeysuckle

Having launched earlier this year, the new Probiotic line signifies the first and only preventative grooming products that stop skin problems before they start. Patent-pending topical probiotic technology supports a pet’s natural defenses against shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor for a naturally-balanced and healthier skin and coat.

Infused with a live, colony-forming probiotic kefir culture, the Skout’s Probiotic grooming line brings a naturally healthier-look and feel to even the most sensitive skin. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, the products are sulfate-free, paraben-free and soap-free, with no added colors or dyes, no triclosan, no petrolatum, no DEA, no cocabetaine and no fillers. All of Skout’s Honor’s products are eco-friendly, non-toxic and are never tested on animals.

The 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner combo offers a premium grooming experience in just one wash and gently cleanses and hydrates, while leaving a pet’s fur silky and smelling amazing.

 Skout’s Honor’s Full Probiotic Grooming Line Includes:

  • Probiotic Shampoo (16oz, MSRP: $19.99)
  • Probiotic Conditioner (16oz, MSRP: $18.99)
  • Probiotic Shampoo & Conditioner (2-in-1): (16oz, MSRP: $20.99)
  • Probiotic Daily-use Detangler (8oz, MSRP: $14.99)
  • Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer (8oz, MSRP: $12.99)

*Each product is available in Honeysuckle, Lavender and Unscented varieties, as well as in bulk sizes (gallons) for professional grooming service providers.

Professional Groomers/Service Providers can receive a FREE full size sample of products by filling out the PRO FORM on Skout’s website.

For more information about Skout’s Honor’s Cleaning & Grooming products, visit www.skoutshonor.com. For national & international distribution and retail opportunities please contact Shannan Morlas, National Sales Manager, at shannan@skoutshonor.com.

About Skout’s Honor

Skout’s Honor is an award-winning company based in Irvine, Calif. that offers BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER green cleaning solutions to everyday pet stain and odor problems and a patent-pending line of Probiotic Skin Care/Grooming products for pets. Founded by a team of animal lovers and proud pet owners, the company created its “Skout’s Paw Pledge,” and donates a day’s worth of food for a shelter animal in need with every product sold. For more information on the products and for specific retailers, please visit SkoutsHonor.com