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Spartan Mud Run with a Dash of an Itchy, Red Rash

By Caileen  |  Wednesday, September 03, 2014 |  , , , , ,  |  Leave comment

On a recent web search to see what's happening in the land of poison ivy, oak, and sumac I stumbled upon an article about "mysterious rashes" Spartan race participants experienced after an event on July 20th in Marseilles, IL. Initially dozens, and now reportedly hundreds, are suffering from a rash that surfaced post-run.

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Co-workers That Adventure Together, Stay Together!

By Caileen  |  Wednesday, September 03, 2014 |  , , , , , ,  |  Leave comment

Have we ever told you how much we love the great outdoors here at Tec Labs? You would think it would be obvious, being that we've created and manufactured products for outdoor workers, adventurers, and enthusiasts for over 50 years… However, sometimes the obvious isn't so obvious to some, so state the obvious I must! Now, onto the reason for this post…

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10 Reasons Why you Shouldn't Eat Those Berries

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, August 05, 2014 |  , , ,  |  Leave comment

As you know, we spend a great deal of time talking about our friends: poison oak, poison ivy, & poison sumac (We have been in the oak-n-ivy business for over 50 years, folks!). Just kidding about them being our "friends" though, really. Anyway, did you know that in addition to poison oak, ivy, & sumac, that there are an abundance of other poisonous plants that could be lurking in the great outdoor spaces you frequently venture to? Until stumbling upon an article on lethal plants recently, I was completely oblivious! I mean, I knew about a few plants my parents had warned me about as a kid, the words: "Don't eat the berries off of a plant you don't recognize, Caileen" have stuck with me over the years! How many of these 10 lethal plants have you heard of?

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How Do You Tecnu?

By Caileen  |  Friday, July 25, 2014 |  , , ,  |  Leave comment

Dear Adventurers:

Come one, come all! It's your chance to WIN! Tec Labs has launched its very first Facebook contest, and we want to hear from you! We want to know, HOW DO YOU TECNU? That's right, we're making "Tecnu" a verb! It's simple to enter, just head over to our Official Facebook Page and look for the "Enter to Win" tab. Or, you can enter here! It's as easy-as-pie, here's what you need to do...

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Summer Itchin' Happened So Fast

Greetings Adventurers:

Ah yes, summer time means so many things: sunshine, seemingly never-ending days, crisp air, iced-tea, the scent of fresh cut grass, outdoor adventures aplenty, and oh yeah, POISON OAK & IVY! {Picture this}… It's a beautiful mid-summer's day. You're at a nearby hiking destination enjoying your expedition, when suddenly you realize… you've just trekked through a patch of poison ivy… Unfortunately, you have never heard of Tecnu Extreme and you're not sure what to do. That's when your fellow adventurers begin offering up a slew of their own concoctions and home remedies. You're overwhelmed by the many options you've been given, and not sure where to begin… Cut to 2 days later, when none of said concoctions did anything to improve your bout of poison ivy rash… Now, home remedies aren't always a bad thing. But, there is a time and an itch for home remedies, and poison ivy ain't one! What's the trouble with home remedies? Well, to start, often they do not work to remove urushiol (rash-causing oil from poison oak, poison ivy, & poison sumac), they can be incredibly messy, and most importantly, some can be downright harmful. These are the top 10 most common poison oak and ivy home remedies we've heard of, and why you may want to avoid them:

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