18 Nov 2022
Spoil MeOil meCream meClean me Skin Care WorldDo it naturallyPleaseMake it toxin freeA simple plea Skin is skin. We may differ in colour, tone and texture. But we all need the same thing. Healthy skin. And sometimes the skin care world is not doing its job. Skin care ads remind us constantly to hydrate and moisturize. The scene is ripe for competition. We are inundated with special creams,...
21 Sep 2022
Have you ever witnessed a small child’s delight as s/he becomes one with the cereal bowl, tossing back the last scoops of sumptuous porridge.  AKA oatmeal? Smiles for all!  Perhaps it was an observant Egyptian mother 4000 years ago who first discovered oatmeal as soothing on the skin?   Ovid, one of ancient Rome’s most prolific writers devised skin care recipes with oats over 2000 years ago. ...
17 Aug 2022
Maybe you need emu in your ear.  Maybe you do not.  But if you have ever had an earwax imbalance, or possibly may have one in the future, you should know about emu when earwax is a concern. Earwax is normal. It is not really wax, per se, but the dead skin cells from the ear canal. The ear cleans or revitalizes itself, sloughing off dead cells, called cerumen or earwax. This cleaning job should...
10 Jul 2022
You have scalp psoriasis.  Your health care professional advises: ‘A Coal tar shampoo will help ease the symptoms of your psoriasis. But do have regular cancer screening tests.’ You are now caught  between a rock and a hard place. Do you take the risk? You buy the coal tar shampoo. The warning on the label reads: For external use only. Ask a doctor before use if condition covers a large area of...
02 Jul 2022
 What if companies joked around. Tossed about the good, the bad and the ugly. Messed with us. Had fun. As in a fictional ad from a purely fictional company called ‘The Cosmetics Con Company’ advertising a purely fictional product called the ‘Best Body Wash Ever.’  The advertisement  Best Body Wash EverThe Cosmetic Con Company Our Ingredients: Upfront and in your face Water (eau), glycerin,...
24 Jun 2022
Oily skin does not ask for much. Clay. Emu.Tamanu. Well, maybe, also our rosewater facial toner and our charcoal soap. In any case, you can rest assured that you will have less oily skin woes if you learn to balance.  Oily skin simply means your sebaceous glands are zealous in what they do. They just need a little down time.  While all skins love to be washed regularly and exfoliated, oily skins...
11 May 2022
Is it the odor or the sweat that bugs you the most? If it is the odor, you want an anti-odour a.k.a. deodorant. If it is the sweat, ouch! Be forewarned. Wanting an anti-perspirant to BLOCK the sweat glands could get you into trouble.  Sweating is a good thing. It regulates your body temperature. Whether it is just hot outside or you are working out, sweating helps to cool you down. If your body...
29 Apr 2022
Ginkgo. Number one on Anthea’s SHOPPING  list. Followed by blueberries, oranges, eggs, dark chocolate, coconut, broccoli,  turmeric, pumpkin seeds… Anthea loads the car and just before backing out of the parking lot, remembers to double check her list."Damn…forgot the ginkgo.” She shakes her head. She has no time to go back. Arriving home ginkgoless, Anthea forces herself to smile at the irony....
17 Mar 2022
She uses sunscreen. She is a skier. Downhill. Snow glare, especially during spring skiing, demands skin protection. She slathers on the sunscreen. Today it is Clinique. Perhaps containing PABA, oxybenzone, and definitely octinoxate. She does not read the labels. She is a trusting consumer and an outdoor enthusiast. She has no idea of the danger she is doing to her skin. Or to her body. She may be...
18 Feb 2022
Vetiver, the soothing essential oil. The oil of tranquility. Renowned for many of our skin woes. We chose to include it in our ESP shampoo/soap bar because of its virtues on both hair and skin. Vetiver a.k.a. Khus. It is Hindi, meaning glad.  Scrubbing head to toe with one soap bar is a happy clean. In the past, soap bars used to be the head- to-toe solution. People washed their hair and body...

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