Monday, February 21, 2011

Moisturizing Shampoo Bar

I have made a wonderful travel shampoo bar.  You can take this moisturizing shampoo bar on the plane, or when you go hiking or camping. It will clean and moisturize your hair and for the camper it has Neem Oil (which has bug repellent properties) and is scented with Lavender and Rosemary both are essential oils used in natural bug repellent sprays.

Some of the oils this shampoo bar is made with are:  Coconut oil which is an excellent moisturizer for dry and damaged hair, Almond Oil which is rich in Vitamin E and helps repair and strengthen hair, Olive Oil which gently cleanses adding moisture and shine to your hair and Castor Oil which helps draw moisture and creates a wonderful lather. This specially formulated Shampoo Bar will leave your hair feeling soft and smooth.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dead Sea Mud

The Dead Sea is not connected to any other body of water so as the water in the sea evaporates the salt and minerals are absorbed into the bottom of the seabed. The mud is then extracted and purified; this mud contains a high density of minerals and salts which have incredible nourishing as well as healing qualities.

Dead Sea mud is very helpful in treating skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis as well as itchy dry skin. This is because it contains minerals such as magnesium, bromine, calcium and potassium, which help our skin to maintain the right moisture and hydration levels needed, and because of this Dead Sea mud also helps to reduce the signs of aging.

Other benefits of using Dead Sea mud are because like the Dead Sea salt the mud also has the ability to draw toxins from the body. The fine grains in the mud remove dirt and old skin cells, which will encourage your skin to rejuvenate. This mud is also said to strengthen the root of our hair if applied to the scalp as well as improve and stimulate blood circulation.

Dead Sea mud can be used in masks, skin cleansing products, and moisturizers.

Today I’m going to make a soap with it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A little bit about Hemp

Hemp seed oil comes from the seed of the Hemp Plant it is pressed to release this wonderful oil rich in omega 3 and omega 6 EFA (essential fatty acids) and GLA (gamma Linolenic Acid). GLA is an essential fatty acid that resembles sebum, a natural lubricant found in the skin. These EFA’s are needed to keep moisture in the body and are what makes hemp oil moisturizing to the skin.   Skin care products containing Hemp seed oil sooth and restore dry and damaged skin relieving discomfort and increasing moisture retention. The GLA in Hempseed Oil is why products made with this oil can offer relief of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne.

With regular use, skin care products made with hemp seed oil can leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized, helping to slow down the aging effect.

The growing of Hemp does not require the use of any pesticides and every part of the plant is used when harvested. The production of Hemp has a very low impact on the environment.

Monday, February 7, 2011

I was visiting my mother and one morning picked up her Mary Kay night cream and looked at the ingredients

I was visiting my mother and one morning picked up her Mary Kay night cream and looked at the ingredients. The first three listed ingredients are Petrochemicals – Petrolatum, Mineral Oil and Paraffin all by- products of the petroleum industry.

Petrolatum is just another name for Petroleum Jelly, which is a soft wax; it is used in cosmetic creams and sold as a skin protector. Some of the side effects of using this product include suffocating the skin, acne, and premature aging.

Mineral Oil has the same side effects; sadly it is used in many personal care products because of its cost not because it is good for your skin. It clogs the skins pores because it is difficult to absorb. When the skins pores are clogged it makes it difficult for the skin to breath and absorb natural moisture. Unlike other oils there are no beneficial nutrients in mineral oil.

Paraffin has the same side effects as Petrolatum and Mineral oil. I guess all I want to say about this product is that it comes from the petroleum refining process. Paraffin is a grey sludge that has to be bleached and processed before it is suitable to be used in skin creams.

Now there are some good ingredients in the night cream. The next three are: beeswax, Candelilla wax, Hydrogenated Soy glycerides although being the 4th, 5th and 6th ingredients I have to wonder how much is really in this cream. These ingredients are all good for the skin. Beeswax is know for it’s healing properties, Candelilla wax is said to help treat inflammation in the skin such as acne and Hydrogenated Soy glycerides help to increase the elasticity and softness of the skin as well as moisturizing and reducing wrinkles.

Maybe these ingredients are to help offset the possible side effects of the first three.

Carnauba Wax is the next ingredient this wax is often used in place of beeswax. It is commonly used in lipstick for it’s glossy dry finish.

The next ingredients are.

Propylparaben, which is used in cosmetics as a preservative and butylparaben, which is used as an antifungal preservative. Without these products the shelf life of this product would be reduced. Studies have been conducted showing that parabens are dangerous. Below are links to some articles regarding Parabens.

The Good Human

The truth about Parabens

Organic Consumers Association

What is Paraben

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lavender is the top selling soap for 2010

The top selling soap scent this year was lavender.  Other scents that were favorites included Lemongrass, Cranberry, and my special Outdoorsman and Gardener's bars.

There are still some of these scents available on line at  and I'll be making more to keep the shelves stocked with these scents.