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Pongo pygmaeus Orang-utan with baby at Camp Leakey Tanjung Puting Reserve South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Organic and Sustainable Palm Oil

Ziryab’s only uses organic and sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil. I believe in supporting the existing sustainable and organic palm industry rather than moving the problem if exotic vegetable oils to another, less well known area of the world.  Please see my blog about the sustainable palm oil industry.  industry  are so often found in soap is that they are such perfect oils for soap making, balancing all the qualities most people want in a soap without crazy high prices. But cost isn’t the reason I choose to use sustainable and organic palm oils. No matter the price,

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Black Lives Matter

I have witnessed how black lives are undervalued in our society to the point where a black person is more likely to die earlier than I am. I believe: North America owes a debt to the ancestors of the Africans kidnapped and enslaved. That Black Americans and Canadians are treated differently and that black people in North America exist in a stressful, racist culture at every level. That even though I have suffered as a woman, I have never suffered because of the color of my skin. That people of color are far more likely to die or be imprisoned

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Free or Almost Free DIY Hair Miracle Rinse

Here’s a simple trick to make your hair soft and shiny without costing you a dime: After you wash and condition your hair, rinse it in cold water. Why does it work? Because cold water has less minerals than hot water because it isn’t going through your hot water heater of hot water pipes. These both tend to have a build up of minerals in them. Of course, if you are lucky enough to be able to collect rainwater, this is gold as a hair rinse for your hair. Rain water doesn’t have minerals in it yet, so it makes

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Does My No-Poo Shampoo contain Herbs that Darken Hair?

Sophia asked if my No-poo Shampoo Tea have a combination of herbs that darken hair or alter/affect the color? It is a great question and I had to do a little research to answer it. If you are using my No-poo shampoo herbal combination to darken your hair quickly, you’ll probably be disappointed. However, there is a chance that your hair will start growing in darker or with less grey. However, if your goal is to have 100% certainty that you will see absolutely no color change on your light, very blonde or white hair, read on. Testing for Herbs

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Face Mask with Tepezcohuite

Clay Face Mask with Tepezcohuite

The featured ingredient in my Face Mask for Mature Skin is tepezcohuite. This mask is made for mature, delicate or damaged skin. Tepezcohuite is Mimosa tenuiflora (also called Mimosa Hostilis) . I picked it because of its reputation for healing and strengthening skin. Ancient peoples have been using it topically in Brazil and southern Mexico for centuries and continue to use it today.  While this is certainly not conclusive, I am impressed by its ancient reputation and provide it in my mask for us modern women to test ourselves.   Face Mask with Tepezcohuite is a bit Controversial Actually, it’s

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Peace in the War Between Natural and Chemical Skin Care

At Ziryabs I try to find peace in the war between natural skin care and chemicals by being humble and transparent. Humble in acknowledging our human ancestors real knowledge of the plants and minerals around them. Also humbly acknowledging that science has revealed an understanding of plants and minerals that allow us to use them more effectively. Also, recognizing that both ancestral wisdom and scientific innovation have their limits and their dangers. And finally, transparently and courageously admitting that we don’t know how to accomplish everything we want. We want safe, easy and natural products that help us without future

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Choosing the Right Shampoo Bar For You

Choosing the Right Shampoo Bar For You

There are so many kinds of shampoos! Randomly purchasing shampoo bars might not be the best approach unless you have short hair with no scalp problems. If you are one of those lucky devils then may as well purchase a inexpensive one that smells good. For the rest of us, knowing just a tiny bit about the differences between the ingredients will help you choosing the right shampoo bar for you. Know the Difference Between Natural Shampoo Bars and Synthetic Shampoo Bars Know if you are purchasing a Natural or Synthetic Detergent Bar. It makes a difference. NATURAL SOAP SHAMPOOSaponified

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preservative free shampoo

Chemical Free Shampoo with no Preservatives

Susan A. wrote seeking a simple, chemical free shampoo with no preservatives and no fragrance that washes out easily. I understand wanting such a thing. The holy grail of shampoos is one that is natural, preservative free, gentle, convenient and good for hair. Here is a a list of shampoo options I was able to suggest to Susan A.: Herbal Shampoos The most natural shampoos use herbs that have natural saponins in them. The meet the requirements of being chemical free shampoos with no preservatives.  There are a ton of different herbs that clean hair like like Soap Nuts, Soapwort,

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Ziryab Playing Lyre a picture representing The Heart and Soul of Ziryabs Products

Ziryab: Brilliant Musician, Social Innovator, Inventor of Deodorant and Toothpaste

Ziryab wasn’t only the Inventor of Deodorant and Toothpaste I named the company after Ziryab because he is an inspiring figure who was brilliant musician, inventor and social innovator.  Among his many achievements, we credit Ziryab as the inventor of deodorant and toothpaste, as well as introducing the use of cosmetics and perfumes in the Andalusian court. He was born in Baghdad probably in 789 and his birth name was Abul-Hasan Alí Ibn Nafbut.  Often referred to as a slave, we aren’t certain what his social status was. I suspect this term probably had different inferences during those times. We

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Mad Scientist

Why Using Hand-made Bath and Beauty Products is Better?

Of course, there was a time when using hand-made bath and beauty products was better because it was the only choice we had. I am not arguing that all hand-made bath and beauty products are better – they are an important addition to our choices and often better. The twentieth century saw us mesmerized by the miracles of science and industry and we understandably placed our trust in the discovery of endless solutions. We embraced newfangled chemically complex products that worked to clean, deodorize and lubricate our world and our bodies. Understandably, we started to think industrialization could improve anything.

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