10 Nov 2020
While donning our cool weather wear and warming up in wools, we may also be thinking about the coming holiday season. And gift giving. Perhaps a felted soap, homemade in a coat of Merino or Alpaca wool. Merino comes from the Merino sheep and Alpaca from the Alpaca. Alpaca may be slightly softer, while Merino may perhaps be slightly sturdier, but their properties are very similar. Both are...
05 Nov 2020
Is there a connection between wearing lipstick and smoking cigarettes?More than one answer is plausible but we are thinking carbon black.  Carbon Black aka: D&C Black, acetylene black, thermal black, furnace black, channel black, lamp black and Black No.2 Found in: films, inks, adhesives, paints, plastics, cosmetics. Your car tire alone may contain 4 pounds of it. But we are interested in the...
28 Oct 2020
White, yellow, red or black, skin is skin and needy of good nutrition. The dry, oily, aging, unevenly toned, sun damaged or clogged pores affect all of us.  Advise on how to achieve healthy skin can be baffling at times.  We are told to avoid bar soap? I believe they mean for us to avoid the old fashioned ‘lye’ based soaps from the past. Ads and info sites advise to use instead, gentle liquid...
21 Oct 2020
The light warned yellow. Our traffic lanes obediently cruised to a stop and I did a double take at my neighbouring Masked Rider.  “Do we have to wear a mask while driving?” I thought.  Some people are wearing masks 8-10 hours a day. Mandatory or choice.  Mask wearing is both a new psychology and physiology. We have a recent addition to the urban dictionary: MASKNE: the skin irritation resulting...
14 Oct 2020
The year was 2006. Arielle was only 17 when fate played its hand. She was young, spirited and full of energy. As an accomplished cross-country runner and like many dedicated athletes, Arielle experienced sore muscles after exercise. An over the counter medicine seemed like a good solution and she applied it regularly all over her legs. In addition, she used adhesive pads which, like her over the...
27 Sep 2020
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"This Neem Salve is a LIFESAVER." Says Sabina, one of our valued customers. It saved her from a recurring rash on her face. She is one of many that have fallen in love with our salve. "Your neem salve has changed my life. No more breakouts." Says J.Smitty from Ontario. We hear... "Phenomenal" Or simply just, "Wow." Personally, I cannot get enough of the smell. Call me weird because not everyone...
22 Sep 2020
Masking is a challenge  To be effective, the mask needs to be snuggly placed across the bridge of the nose, flattened against the cheeks and secured under the chin. But all too often, we are witnessing on others, or perhaps ourselves, a mask that is too big or too small.  Masks that are so tight we feel the suffocation, so loose we hear the wind tunnelling, so misshaped it cannot even find the...
17 Sep 2020
Back in the peak of the Black Death (1348-1350) when everyone was dying left right and centre, a quartet of thieves were captured and threatened with being burned alive for their crimes against the plaque victims. Let’s ask the thieves how they stayed safe. “Why,” implored the judge, “can you go about committing such horrific theft crimes against the ill and the dead and yet remain immune to this...
01 Sep 2020
Dear Cosmetic World,  It’s all about the toner. We mostly love you, but true to form, you confuse us once again. What is the difference between a toner and an astringent and should we care? I think yes, but let’s read on.  A toner is water based. An astringent is alcohol based. At least it should be. Or used to be. There is the danger of drying out the skin with too much alcohol so astringents...
25 Aug 2020
The two young teens closed their menus having settled on their breakfast options.   “What can I get for you this morning?” the waitress asked, pen poised. Felix looked up and grinned. “Well, I’m going to have the 3-egg option, sunny, brown toast and jam, orange juice and coffee, please.  And I think my buddy is going for the Red Dye #40. “ Both the waitress and Oscar appeared confused. Oscar...

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