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The Beeswax Workshop – a great Book!

Image resultThis new book has EVERYTHING!

You will learn how to make over 100 items: household cleaners, beauty balms, natural gifts for your friends and family and even hot glue.
The instructions are step by step so the projects are fun and easy to complete.

If you have tried to clean the toxics out of your home….. this is definitely the NEXT STEP. And it is way more fun than reading the labels (with impossibly small print) on all that horrid stuff in the supermarket and drug stores.

There are historical facts about the use of some of these awesome make-it-yourself items…. and facts to help motivate you to try something new.

For example, did you know:

Perfume and cologne are two of the more toxic personal care products on the market. Synthetic fragrance has been linked to dermatitis, asthma, insulin resistance and even cancer. Perfumes and fragrances represent more than 3,000 undisclosed chemical compounds. Manufacturers are not required to list the actual chemicals on the label. Using these recipes, those with sensitivities to fragrance can create their own unique solid perfume blends based on scents that they tolerate well.  from page 85

Some of the recipes are so wonderful, Calendula Hand Balm sounds like what my poor dry hands have been begging for …. (on page 79). There are so many things to try: bronzers, vinegar rinses for hair (my Mom did this), sunscreen and candles.  This book is packed with great information and recipes and …. you’ll get new ideas on hobbies and personal care and more!

It’s available on Amazon  and other stores / bookstores where fine products and great books are sold!

Investigating Beauty

I have been on a campaign against parabens for 10 years.  Since I am not a chemist and most people didn’t understand what I was talking about and/or my explanation was lacking, voicing my concerns was not easy.  Suddenly, consumers understand and are carefully reading the mouseprint ingredient labels. EO is a local Marin County company that believes in pure products, and www.safecosmetics.org is a GREAT resource to help you stay away from the bad Stuff — a partial list to AVOID:

  • Paraben, methyl paraben propyl paraben [a preservative]
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate
  • Stearalkonium Chloride
  • Colors / Dyes / Fragrances from synthetics
  • Triethanolamine

 Look for words like certified organic manufacturer and pure plant based ingredients to help you make your purchases.