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Vanilla Essential Oil? No Such Thing!
October 26, 2014

Vanilla Essential Oil? No Such Thing!

I love reading labels! I began reading product labels with the word “vanilla” in their title. What surprised me was how many products claimed to be made with “vanilla essential oil.”  Because there is no such thing as "vanilla essential oil.”  There are vanilla extracts, vanilla infusions, vanilla absolutes and vanilla fragrance oils—but no vanilla essential oil!
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Is There Aluminum In My Baking Soda?
October 6, 2014

Is There Aluminum In My Baking Soda?

It seems that the questioning began when some manufacturers began labeling their baking soda as “aluminum-free.”  It makes sense that if one brand of baking soda is “aluminum-free,” then other brands must contain aluminum. However, that is just not true. Baking soda does not and never has contained aluminum.
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Shea Butter Tutorial
September 24, 2014

Shea Butter Tutorial

Shea Butter, also known as African Karite butter, comes from the fruit kernels of the Karite Nut (Butyrospermum parkii) tree found in the savannahs of central Africa and has been used across the African continent for centuries. Its scientific name, Butyrospermum parkii, is derived from the Greek words boutyron, which means "butter" and sperma, which means "seed."
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Castor Oil
September 14, 2014

Castor Oil

Cold pressed from the Castor Bean, castor oil is a popular healing agent for many skin problems and a natural remedy for dry skin. The triglyceride fatty acids present in castor oil help dry skin by restoring the natural moisture. Castor Oil also has many antibacterial properties and is fabulous in handmade soap and shampoo for creating a rich bubbly lather.
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