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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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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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SPIROLINA IN BATH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Spirolina is a single celled organism that grows in warm water that is high in alkaline. It is bright blue green and it is referred to as blue green algae sometimes.  It isn’t really an algae, scientifically speaking. The Aztecs used it as a food source until the 16th century when it is likely that Lake Texcoco stopped producing it. Lots of studies have explored the potential of using it as a supplement and research has found no ill effects or toxicity with internal ingestion. I can find very little reliable evidence that Spirolina is definitely good for your skin or

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Carotenoid Rich Sea BuckThorn Oil

Tibetans have been using Sea Buckthorn Oil for centuries for health and the treatment of illness. I had heard that the Russians had used Sea Buckthorn oil  to treat Chernobyl radiation exposure which I didn’t think much about ether way until one of my clients was looking at my Face Serum and I started to tell her about Sea Buckthorn Oil. She nodded knowingly, a small smile on her face. With a slight accent she told me she knew of Sea Buckthorn because her father would grow it and make home made ointments out of it. I asked her where

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Allergic to Sulfites? Allergic to Sulfur?

I just made an awesome Sulfur and Spirolina Soap because I’ve had several people request a sulfur soap, including a dermatologist for her patients. A woman came into my store today asking about products for Ezcema. Well, I told her about African Black Soap and my Pine Tar soap but thought for her spot-like ezcema, she could try sulfur soap. She told me she is allergic to “sulfur drugs” and thought she should avoid topical sulfur too. I told her I’d research it and this is what I’ve found: According to Dr. Zimmer at Zimmer Nutrition, no one is allergic

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AMODIMETHICONE

About AMODIMETHICONE According to www.naturallycurly.com Amodimethicone is a modified silicone polymer. Silicones are polymers that include silicon together with carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and sometimes other elements. In general, silicones are great for many uses because they: don’t conduct heat they don’t tend to react to other chemicals they are thought to be non-toxic can handle a wide range of temperatures. Repel water don’t provide a good home for bacteria. don’t break down easily in sun or air. Toxicity According to Cosmetic Ingredients Review Expert Panel, showed  minimal or no toxicity. Animal Testing It’s interesting to note that  amodimethicone was tested

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Seabuckthorn and Internal use in dogs

Here is another interesting study on the usefulness of Seabuckthorn and Dogs that found that dogs with gasstric ulcers healed when treated with seabuckthorn in 7 and a half days, while those treated with famotidine were healed in 8 and a quarter days. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3703904/

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Avocado Oil

Avocado oil contains a sterol called phytosterol. It is believed that sterols provide a similar benefit to skin that cholesterols do without the negative side effects.  While cholesterol is an important component of the epidermal layer and is a contributor to healthy skin, applying cholesterol directly on skin can results in acne and inflammation.  Plant sterols like those in avocado oil mimic the effects of cholesterol in the skin and provide increased elasticity and anti-wrinkling benefits, aid in the repair of damaged skin without causing breakouts. Furthermore,  German study claimed that preparations containing phytosterols applied topically stopped the slow-down of

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Epsom Salts

Wikipedia “…the increase in ionic strength prevents some of the temporary skin wrinkling (partial maceration) which is caused by prolonged immersion of extremities in pure water. ….magnesium sulfate can also be absorbed into the skin, reducing inflammation.“ Magnesium sulfates are common minerals in geological environments. Some mineral waters have magnesium sulfates. Studies on the benefits of Magnesium Sulfate are not common. I found one study from The Magensium Web Site that showed that Magnesium levels are impacted by bathing in Epsom Salts. While obviously a biased site, I found it to be interesting and well written. Here you can also

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Magnesium Chloride

Hydrated magnesium chloride can be extracted from brine or sea water. In North America, magnesium chloride is produced primarily from Great Salt Lake brine. There are  many people on the net praising the miracles of magnesium including pain relief, heart health, relaxation, improved brain function and healthier skin, that I tend to think using magnesium as an ingredient is probably okay.  In fact, a few sites say that skin application it is a great way to absorb Magnesium for nutritional value. In fact, I believe the principle of soaking in Epsom Salts for aches and pains in the bathtub is

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