SPF: What Does it Mean, and Why You Should Care

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SPF is neither a number to be taken lightly, nor is it a number you can count on. There’s more to it than just a number that gives an impression of how much protection from the sun you’re getting. But what does that number really mean? And how do manufacturers determine what that number should be? Continue reading

Hungry for Change documentary review

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Documentary Review: Hungry for Change I had started writing an article on diets, and why they don't work, with the intent of talking about how meals should be a way of life rather than a fad diet, when I ran across this documentary, and it basically covered a good amount of what I was going to write about. So while I don't normally do movie/documentary reviews, I felt this one was important enough to share. (It turns out there is a book version of this information as well.) Continue reading

Why Your Pet Needs An All Natural Soap Too

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What's the first thing your dog or cat does after a bath? Mine lick themselves clean! Yep, all those chemicals used in pet cleaning products go straight into your pets mouth. Lovely huh? I must be honest, sometimes my dogs eat healthier than I, their bed is bigger than mine, relative to their body size, and they don't work half as hard as I do. Continue reading

Do You Really Need A Sunscreen?

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If you look at any commercial sunscreens you will see a lot of disclaimers, including that sunscreen does not prevent cancer, and the best approach to protect skin is to avoid the sun by wearing appropriate clothing. That may all be true, but that is not always practical, and that is not the whole story. Here is the rest of the story. So, do you really need a sunscreen? The answer is: Continue reading

What It Takes to Bring A Quality Product to Market, From Development to Store Shelf

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And why I don't share my formulas. I often get asked for my recipes, and sometimes I get asked how long it takes me to develop one of my creams. The first question I cannot answer, for reasons explained below. The second question took me some time to really evaluate and figure out how long it actually does take me to develop my creams. You see, there's a difference between following a recipe in a cook book and making Continue reading

Understanding Oils & Fats For Health And Beauty

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This article is for anyone interested in learning more about some of the ingredients that go into all natural personal care products, and also for anyone who wants to learn a little more background about fatty acids and lipids in nutrition and every day life. Understanding the basics of the different types of fatty acids (oils and fats) will allow a person to make healthier choices in both their skin care and nutritional needs. Continue reading