08 mar 2020
Wash hands carefully and often. Avoid contact where possible. Disinfect. Eat healthy. And the list goes on. We are all trying to do our best to avoid becoming ill. For ourselves and for others. Some recommendations cost money that we may simply not have. Cold showers are free. With the spreading of the Corvid-19, I decided to revisit parts of ‘Go Cold, So No Cold' that I wrote over 7 years ago,...
01 mar 2020
You have a moderate to mild case of acne. Your doctor refers you to a dermatologist who suggests a benzoyl peroxide treatment plan. Doctor approved. Dermatologist recommended. What could be safer? In the past, we would never question this scenario. Today we do. Why? Because we can. Many professionals roll their eyes when we mention Google. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Agreed. We...
26 fév 2020
Setting: Guelph university. Fair November Craft Show, November 2019Testimonial from a customer 2 months later On our ESP bar I had the good fortune of browsing through your vendor table at Fair November at the University of Guelph, and I am so thankful. I cannot express how much this shampoo bar has made a difference for me. I have psoriasis, particularly badly on my scalp. It got to the point...
17 fév 2020
Toxic sunscreens are being banned. It is about time. The Republic of Palau, an island in the western Pacific ocean, has passed a new law, as of January 2020, banning the sale and use of sunscreen skincare products that contain toxic chemicals.* This follows on Hawaii’s proposed ban of 2 of the toxic ingredients, oxybenzone or octinoxite , that will take place in 2021. Other tourist destinations (...
11 jan 2020
“Please don’t open”, I begged the suite door to our adjoining rooms. “Be well, my daughters.”. I was in the claws of a severe food poisoning that night and was sick beyond any nightmare I could have imagined. Day number 3 at our Cuban resort. Thankfully, the door remained silent. In the morning, my husband summoned the doctor for me.   “Where did you get this arsenal?” he exclaimed, as he perused...
06 jan 2020
If you have found a skin care line that works for you, kudos. Stick with it. It is like having a job you are happy to greet each day. I tried to find the % of people who were happy with their skin. Google was confused with this request, but did acknowledge discussion on ‘one’s skin and happiness’. Our skin is our mirror. No one likes to hear, “You look tired.” If the person is a good friend and...
05 jan 2020
Let’s get serious here. Itching can drive us crazy. Skin care should be a ‘pleasing arrangements of balanced parts’, a harmonious experience.  Not a scratching frenzy. Take our X pack’ trio.  It plays well together, working wonders on the skin. An ‘O Sole mio’ in the shower.  A return to normalcy. The trio: A soap, a rinse, a cream Christy from Toronto loves the trio: “My husband had itchy, red,...
17 déc 2019
The holiday season is here. For some, it brings to mind the nativity scene and the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. A few years ago I wrote an article honouring myrrh, the reddish brown sap from the thorny tree, native to northern Africa and the Middle East.  Myrrh has many uses in the cosmetic and health worlds. Being the season, it is a good time to revisit. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh...
09 déc 2019
But then try to find it Argan oil should NOT be considered just another oil flooding the market. But it is. There are creams, lotions, hair treatments, shampoos, and soaps proudly advertising ‘with argan oil’.  It happens…something really good comes along and the market jumps on the bandwagon. Something too good to be true is an invitation to all.  We have a history with the pure, the real, argan...
02 déc 2019
A southern duo. Sheamu and you. To travel south without your sheamu is like venturing into an arctic storm without a hooded parka. Not a wise decision. The hot can often be as equally challenging as the cold. Snowbirds know to go prepared. The sun takes its toll. Protection is key. Individually, the Shea, native African and the unrefined Emu, native Australian, are both unchallenged. Centuries...

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