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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: 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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Jamaican Black Castor Oil For Hair Growth

I use black castor oil in my Hair Growth Oil. Made from the seeds of the tropical plant Ricinus communis. The seed (not actually a bean) has an astonishing 40-60% oil which is rich in triglycerides including Omega-9 fatty acid and is one of  the only sources of  ricinoleic acid.  It also has a second name, Palm of Christ due to its use as a healing salve for wounds and illness. Often Castor is thought to be animal derived because it actually replaced an animal product made from beaver used in perfumery. Castor Oil it is 100% vegetable derived. Castor

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What Causes Your Eczema and How to Treat it

More than 10% of people in the U.S. suffer from Eczema. It’s also called atopic dermatitis. The “atopic” refers to an allergic reaction or sensitivity. More people come into my shop seeking help with this issue than any other. I have had as many requests for eczema treatments as all other request combined. Finding what causes your eczema and how to treat it takes detective work. Finding the Cause of Your Eczema Eczema and atopic dermatitis is a broad term but chances are pretty good you are reacting to something in your environment but what? Even if you can track

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Is Dimethicone Toxic or Safe?

First you should know that my hair LOVES silicones. Or more accurately, I love the way my hair feels and looks with silicone on it.  Dimethicone helps my hair look good, feel soft, untangled and shiney. So I need to know, is dimethicone toxic? What is Silicone? Silicones represents a large group of synthetic materials. They are polymers. Polymers exist both naturally and synthetically. They  include things like the natural polymer keratin that make hair and nails and the synthetic nylon in your raincoat. Silicone is made up of both organic and inorganic materials. They can be made with a

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