Category Archives: Ingredients

History Of Soap Making

History Of Soap Making

We have been talking about soap the last few newsletters and I thought you may be interested in the history of soap making. Soap has a long history that includes both truth and legend. This article discusses some of the highlights of the long history of soap making. The best-known legend is how soap making… Continue Reading

To Lye or Not to Lye

To Lye or Not to Lye

Wow, what a busy summer! I hope you are having as much fun as I am. Last month I talked about the different ways of making soap. This month I thought I would talk about lye. I remember when I first started making soap and lye scared the begebers out of me. Lye can certainly… Continue Reading

How To Make Soap

How To Make Soap

I am getting ready to make soap all weekend and thought I would share the different ways you can make soap. Each option has it’s own unique benefits. The four types of natural soap include: cold process, hot process, rebatching, and melt and pour. Cold Process Soap Making In this method, oils are melted and combined with a… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Avocado Oil

The Benefits of Avocado Oil

Avocado oil (Persea gratissima) is a yellowish, green oil. It is pressed from the fleshy pulp that surrounds the avocado pit. It is a thick but very penetrating oil which is easily absorbed into the skin. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B, and D. The green color is due to large amounts of… Continue Reading

Parabens

Parabens………Wow, what a topic.  Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in skin care products.  Chemically, they are esters of hydroxybenzoic acid.  Usually more than one is used in a product and often used with other types of preservatives to provide broad spectrum protection against microorganisms. Most common parabens are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.  Skin… Continue Reading

Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products

Women use an average of 12 personal care products per day.  Many of these products contain chemicals that can disrupt hormones or increase your risk for cancer.  More than one-third of personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer.  On top of that, less than 20 % of the chemicals in personal… Continue Reading

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