My Favorite Tool for Getting Rid of Spring Weeds

Several years ago, I used to have a neighbor who was very much about how his front lawn looked. While I wasn't being intentionally defiant about his wishes to keep the neighborhood looking clean and orderly, I did have a very good excuse for letting my front lawn fail to meet his standards: my spouse and I were both full time college students, both working full time, and  Continue reading

The Price you Pay for Consistency

What You Don't Know About Beeswax Processing, But Really Ought To When I first started formulating my first personal care products, I started with face creams. After a few trials and errors, I was stunned. The feel of the all natural, preservative free, chemical free cream on my face was amazing. I was sad I started with such a small batch, and I immediately made Continue reading

If you don’t want to read ingredients, get the app

ABC News affiliate KJCT in Grand Junction Colorado reports on dangerous chemicals in personal care products, and a new app from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that you can use to avoid them. Glad to see this topic of dangerous ingredients getting more mainstream coverage. Links for the video and app below. Continue reading

Brain Maker by David Perlmutter

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life. If what Dr. David Perlmutter writes in this book is true, then our current health care system needs a serious overhaul as we seem to be going in the wrong direction in some important ways. However, I think the author may be jumping the gun just Continue reading

Addressing a reader’s feedback (some science debate)

This is in response to a critique recently posted on Facebook about one of our articles. We decided to post this as an open response. While the author had some valid insights, by focusing solely on allergic reactions, we think he missed the most important point: that many of the chemical ingredients discussed have been linked to serious pathologies, and therefore put everyone at risk, not just those with specific allergic reactions. Continue reading

Personal Care Product Preservatives, And The Truth (Part II)

Fancy Names to Fool You "According to our survey of 2300 people, on average, respondents use nine products daily. These contain 126 unique ingredients. One man in 100 and fully 25 percent of women surveyed apply 15 or more products each day. Your grooming ritual probably includes shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hair conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, shaving products if you’re Continue reading