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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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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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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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Link Between Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer

Angie wrote to me recently: I wanted to tell you that my deodorant is still working great and I love it!! Have you tried to sell this at Cancer treatment centers? If not, you should. There are so many young women getting breast cancer, it’s the 3 negative kind. No one knows why they are getting it and I truly believe it’s due to the hormones in foods, preservatives, aluminum, etc. Girls are getting their periods sooner and having to use deodorant much younger these days. I really believe that this could be a cause for breast cancer. Your deodorant really

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Why Doesn’t Flower Garden Scent Last as Long as the Original Scent?

La Shea writes: I’ve purchased both the flower garden scent and the original scent. The orginal deodorant’s scent lasts all day long! The flower garden scent does not….also about a month or so after I started using, the bottle just didn’t smell “flowery” anymore and I had to add some oils to it. It’s not a complaint, I just wanted to know if there’s a reason that particular scent isn’t as strong? I wrote back: Hi thank you for letting me know you noticed this because I agree. The flowery scented essential oils just don’t last very long. It has

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Pump Bottle or Squeeze?

Jasmine writes: I just had a quick question for you. I just purchased your original body brew (and am elicited to try it!) and saw that it comes in the pump form. I was looking through your shop and noticed that one of the other brews, flower garden I believe, comes in a bottle with a flip top lid. Is that the only brew that comes in a flip lid, or will the original body brew come in that container sometime soon? I wrote: Good question. Normally I send the original in a pump but the way things worked, I

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