Friday, November 2, 2007

THE CANCER LINK

Many chemicals used in cosmetics and cleaning products are "oestrogen mimics" and can increase suceptibility to cancer. Women and young girls use an average of 12 personal care products a day. What does this mean? It means that young woman around the globe are putting themselves at risk everytime they use a product that isn't natural.

Many of the so-called "soaps" you see at the supermarket are in fact detergents and not soap. One reason to buy handmade natural soaps is to avoid being exposed to harmful chemicals that exists in store bought detergents. Detergents are made from petroleum products and many contain parabens as a preservative; both are linked to cancer.

Nearly 90% of ingredients used in cosmetics/personal care products have not been safety tested and those ingredients that have shown to be estrogenic, like parabens, are not being pulled off the shelves. One way to protect yourself is to limit the chemicals you expose your body to.

Here are list of those most commonly used and some of the most dangerous chemicals lurking in our daily products:

Parabens: founds mainly in deoderants and moisturizers. Studies show parabens to be estrogen mimics and are absorbed through the skin.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA): Often used as an emulsifier or foaming agent. Toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

Phthalates: Used in hairspray, perfume, nail polish. Causes endocrine damage, particularly bad for children. They've been banned from children's toys but not from cosmetics and skin care products.

Triclosan: Found in deoderants, toothpaste, liquid soaps and mouthwashes. Sometimes isn't listed on ingredient list due to the "trade secret" protection. Dioxins linked to cancer are formed when it is manufactured or incinerated. Has been found in breastmilk.

Alkyl phenol ethoxylates: Used in shampoos, hair colours, shaving gels. This chemical is a hormone dysruptor, extremely toxic to fish and builds up in the body over time and doesn't break down quickly.

Toluene and Xylene: Woman exposed to this chemical may suffer miscarriage. Found in nail polish. Attacks the central nervous system, eyes, blood, liver, kidneys.

Formaldehyde: Commonly used in deoderants and nail polish. A human carcinogen. Can trigger asthma. Can damage DNA.

Petroleum Distillates: Possible human carcinogen. Found in mineral oil and petroleum jelly products. Prohibited for use in cosmetics in the Europen Union but not in the US. Can be found in mascara, perfume, foundation, lipstick and lipbalm.

Source: Kindred Magazine

To check on the safety report of thousands of cosmetics and other body products check out: COSMETIC SAFETY DATABASE

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I'M A MUD PUDDLE GIRL


I'm proud to announce that I'm officially a mud puddle girl. My friend Carrie~GiGi over at MUD PUDDLE GIRL BLOG presented me with this cute award!! Thank you Carrie!

Carrie is the owner of UNDER THE WILLOW GIFTS. She creates the most adorable billows (a pillow, with a little booklet plus handmade soap). Her soaps are absolutely wonderful. I know this for a fact because I was lucky to receive one. She also has her MUD PUDDLE GIRL line where she sells MUD PUDDLE GIRL shirts and lipbalm. I love the shirts so much I'm ordering some for my girls (photo to be shared after Christmas). She has several other gifts offered on her site as well so make sure you pop on over there to take a look!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

SOAP CUTTER IN ACTION

Today I cut the peppermint soap in the new soap cutter. My opinion: I LOVE IT!! Its really easy to use and fast. I'm really impressed. Originally, when I started making soap, I used whatever mold I could find. Drawer organizers, lined shoeboxes, whatever I could think of. I graduated to a beautiful brambleberry mold (one I still love and still use). I just thought I'd try this one out to see what it was like and my verdict is IT IS A KEEPER. I'm happy with the two molds I have now, I don't need any different ones at this stage but I may need larger. LOL BRAMBLEBERRY carries a larger version of the one I own and so does CREEKSIDE SOAPS.

One thing I really like about this mold is it allows for different size cuts. I didn't know that when I purchased it (didn't read all that the cutter was capable of doing).

Here are some photos of me using the creekside soap cutter. My darling daughter also gave it a try.



Friday, October 26, 2007

TRIED THE NEW MOLD


Well, I tried the new mold yesterday. Had a friend over who wanted to learn about soapmaking, so I let her do most the work. She did a great job!! We tried out the new mold. I wasn't as prepared as I should have been. I didn't think out how I was going to cover it until it was time to pour the soap into the mold. A little too late. I just grabbed plastic wrap and lopped it on top of the soap, hence, the little lines in the soap. I'm a perfectionist and those lines are driving me insane. Can't wait to get this out of the mold and wack off those lines. LOL Thank goodness for soap cutters. LOL

I'll be trying out the soap cutter tomorrow. I'll take some photos of that to share.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

SOAP MOLD HAS ARRIVED

I decided to order a different type of soap mold. I've been using the same one for quite a while now and just wanted a change. I decided to get the 4lb. soap mold from Creekside Soaps. I really like the looks of it. I can't wait to try it out! I also purchased the soap cutter.

Here it is:



I also received my order from Snowdrift Farm. It is time to get busy on my holiday soaps now that everything is here. The new FO's I ordered for the holidays smell delightful. I can't say what they are yet because I'm involved in a swap with some other soapers and the scents are a big secret... for now ;)

Friday, October 12, 2007

MADE A BATCH OF ORANGE FLECKED SOAP

Usually when I made soap I will add my natural color at trace. This time I decided to do things a little differently. I took some paprika and added it to the lye/water mix. When the oils and lye were temperature ready I added the lye to the oil. As is common, the lye was very stinky once the paprika was added. It maintained its orange color but once added to the oil the orange appearance was gone. I put the fragrance oil in and then it smelled more like a stinky flower. LOL But, thats normal. After my 18 hour waiting period I uncovered the soap and I was left with no orange soap but orange flecked soap. My only regret was that I didn't use more paprika. I'm liking the little orange flecks, there just aren't enough of them. I guess next time I'll add lots more :)

Monday, October 8, 2007

MY BUSINESS LOGO IS FINISHED!



I'm so happy to report that the logo for my soap business is finished. I really love it. The creator of my logo did a great job and I'm very happy with the finished product. The colors, the layout, the design, are exactly what I asked for. It was all done very quickly and it was very affordable. I couldn't be more pleased.

Please check out the designers website. She creates such cute graphics. She also does web design. Here is a link to her site:

CLICK HERE FOR CUDDLE CREEK

Thank you Tamara for a job well done. I'm very happy with everything!! Thank you for the great business package. I printed a few things up this afternoon and I can't wait to start using it all.