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Thoughts From a Specialty Skin Care Artisan

Snake oil is alive and well in the 21st century!

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"Aluminum free” Baking Soda-Truth or Spoof?

This is one that goes both ways!  Yes, if a label states that the baking soda a product contains is aluminum free, you can rest assured that it most definitely is true.   So what’s the spoof part?   ALL baking soda is aluminum free.  Even the cheap stuff!   Why then is there a need to make an aluminum free claim?  Marketing!  Yes, marketing.  This is especially true in the advertising and marketing of natural deodorants.  When a company wants to project the appearance of having a more desirable product, this kind of meaningless hype is employed to sway consumers into purchasing...

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How to read a skin care label and figure out what is giving your skin fits!

 It is easy to become completely overwhelmed when looking over the ingredient label attached to skin and body care products. As a result of the requirements from the FDA as well as the continuing development of new and specialized ingredients by the cosmetic industry, the lists can become insanely long as well as indecipherable!  And while these labels have actually improved in recent years due to regulatory and societal pressure, it can still be a confusing mess if you aren’t sure what you are looking at.  And while it may be impossible to become readily familiar with each and every...

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Skin sensitivities vs. allergies. What’s the difference?

You slather your body and face with creams and lotions, scrunch or spray product on your hair, dab on under eye cream all before applying your makeup. Then one day you notice blotches, itchiness or worse, an all over rash that sends you running to the dermatologist!  If you are suffering from a true allergic reaction, your entire immune system, not just the outer layers of your skin, reacts abnormally to a substance which in turn causes the visible and uncomfortable effects of irritation on your skin. The area of irritation may not even be the specific spot where the...

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Is there really any difference between commercial “natural” skincare and handcrafted skincare made with natural ingredients? Aren’t they really the same?

As with almost any question that can be asked, the answer is, it depends on whom you ask!   If you ask a cosmetic chemist working for a big box company, you are going to get one answer and if you ask an artisan who works in natural butters and oils, you are going to get quite another!  And since I can really only speak for my own beliefs and philosophy, here is what my answer is framed in a question:  Is there really any difference between a big box fast food burger meal and a gourmet dining experience? Aren’t they...

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