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Loving yourself as a woman

I was told recently (given homework by my therapist actually) that I need to do something social, once a week for fun.

I decided to sign up for a Belly Dancing class at a local place, with local womans classes.  My first class was today, and while I probably was terrible, I had a great time.  

I had a horrible afternoon, so I didn't expect to be able to focus and enjoy it.  But I can't wait til next week.  I began to appreciate me and my imperfect body for what it is.. 

add to that this great blog...

2013 Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act kicks off

For many years, we have been watching and providing feedback to our legislators on the proposed Safe Cosmetics Act(s).  Below is an update for this year.  We will again be watching very closely what gets included in this bill.

Becky & Nic

WASHINGTON -- While natural body-care products represent the fastest growing segment of the cosmetics market, your local pharmacy shelves are still full of products laden with toxic chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive harm. To address this problem, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Safe...

US Law Firm Investigates Cosmetic Brands for False & Misleading Anti Aging ads

As a hand made manufacturer of skin care products, we are very careful to ensure our compliance with FDA regulations regarding claims and labeling.  Yet all around us our society is consistently bombarded with big dollar claims of products to make us look younger.

I found this article interesting, and thought you might as well.  We don't know if anything will come of the litigation, but it is interesting that there seems to be enough of a reason to file one...


LOS ANGELES -- The national plaintiffs' law firm of...

A year's worth of laundry soap

We are going out to visit Mama G today, and she told us she needs more laundry detergent, which got me reminiscing about how I started making laundry detergent.

When I first started making laundry soap, I made something very similar to this recipe below - but without the fabric softener and oxyclean, so this is much superior. But Nic likes liquid soap (and since he is the one doing the laundry..) so I came up with our current liquid laundry soap recipe that we use and sell.

I even tried the grate everything, melt the soap down, add boiling...

American Cleaning Institute's response to triclosan study

We have published several research studies on Triclosan and it's environmental impact, but it is important for us to ensure you have both sides of the story so you can make your own informed decisions.

We are not interested in scaring you, we want to helpyou gather all the info and decide for yourselves.

Hope this helps!

Becky & Nic


WASHINGTONJan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Analyses of research finding extremely low levels of an antibacterial ingredient in waterways are completely distorting facts about its safety and effectiveness, according to the American Cleaning Institute...