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Everyone agrees that handwashing is key in preventing the spread of germs that cause illness[1].  Especially during a pandemic, it is essential to wash hands thoroughly.  Everyone wants to avoid a coronavirus infection.  But is one soap better than another when it comes to this task?  Coronaviruses including COVID-19 are enclosed in a lipid layer. Basically, they are protected by a layer of fat.  COVID-19 also has spike proteins that make it particularly infectious.  Soap works by breaking down the fatty layer that protects the virus.  Most soaps do this well.  Unfortunately, there is a lack of information in the...

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Why use a facial oil?  Every skin type can benefit from using a facial oil. In fact, even oily skin needs a moisturizer[1].  A properly designed facial oil can be lightweight, quick absorbing, and offer benefits of an effective moisturizer and barrier repair.  Skin naturally contains lipids and essential fatty acids; however, as we age less of these are produced and it affects the appearance of the skin.  No one wants dry, crepey, or wrinkled appearing skin.  A facial oil is a great way to add some of these lipids and fatty acids back to the skin.  Taking advantage of...

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Plant oils are lipids or fatty substances that are extracted from the seeds of plants.  Each plant contributes its own inherent properties to the oils from which it is derived.  This allows different plant oils to contribute various benefits to the skin when artfully combined with other oils or butters.  Some plant oils can be solid due to a higher amount of fatty acids with saturated bonds such as coconut oil and shea butter.  Whereas avocado, olive, and sunflower are in liquid form as they are mostly composed of fatty acids that have unsaturated bonds.  It makes sense that the more...

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Make your own Shea Butter Lotion Bars with our easy formula.

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I am frequently asked by customers if they can use our handcrafted soap bars for hair care.  For most hair types, my answer is no.  Soap is for skin not for hair.  Hair care requires a lower pH than a handmade bar of soap can provide.  Let me explain...

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