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MINDFUL PRACTICES – CLEAN HOUSE, CLEAR MIND

Posted by Michael Wilder on

“Cleanliness refers not only to the way we tend to our hygiene but also to the care we take to maintain and cherish all aspects of our environments (inner and outer) within our control.” I just finished a project that I have been putting off for years. Taking advantage of a burst of energy and some available helping hands, I set out to clean my garage. There were things in there that haven’t been touched in decades and the thought of moving them now started to look more like an exorcism. But the decision had been made and one by...

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UNDERSTANDING ‘ALL NATURAL’

Posted by Michael Wilder on

In relation to skin care products, there are no standards for what “natural” actually means. A company can wave a sprig of lavender over a jar of cream and then call it “natural”. What it really means to you will depend on your own values. Typically a “natural” ingredient is defined as having its origins in nature, thus everything of animal, vegetable or mineral origin could be said to be natural – including things like lanolin, beeswax, placenta, emu oil, shark squalene, mineral oil, and petroleum derivatives. A popular marketing blurb is “derived from plants”, but many plant-derived ingredients bear...

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UNDERSTANDING SULFATES

Posted by Michael Wilder on

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant (foaming and cleansing agent) used in shampoos, toothpaste and liquid soaps. SLS is made by joining sulfate and lauric acid, two substances which are both abundant throughout the body. It is a good solubilizing agent and is also used in acrylamide gel electrophoresis. “Laureth” indicates ethoxylation (“lauryl” on one side of the sulfate group, an ethyl ether on another). You’ll often find SLS or its derivatives even in “all natural” products. After all, SLS is derived from coconut, a natural source. So, some people consider it to be natural. The HypeIn the late...

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UNDERSTANDING PARABENS

Posted by Carmen Hall on

Parabens are a group of broad-spectrum preservatives (meaning they kill a variety of microbes) used to prevent the growth of harmful micro-organisms, especially molds and yeast in thousands of personal care products from shampoo to personal lubricants. Parabens have been used extensively for over 50 years and have been researched thoroughly. They have been recognized as safe by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association. Parabens are used in very small concentrations causing absolutely no reason for concern for most people. It has been found that some people with extremely sensitive skin may develop...

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Bath & Body

Posted by Carmen Hall on

Bath & Body
The BATH & BODY collection is inspired by the five elements locked within all of us. We encourage you to discover your key.

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