Ingredient of the Month

Toluene

February 24, 2014

And this month’s special ingredient is… TOLUENE. If you have asthma you may already have heard of toluene; 72% of all asthmatics or over 20 million Americans are highly reactive to it. Toluene, like the other “enes” (i.e. xylene and benzene) cause cancer so it is probably a good thing to be reactive to these…

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And this Month’s Special Ingredient is (are)…..Natural products for oral care!

January 15, 2014

Now before sigh and flip the page; wait! How much time energy and money do YOU spend each year in a losing battle against gum disease? If this sounds like you or someone you know; read on. When you get a sore throat what’s the first thing to try? A salt water gargle! Bring a…

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Topical Alcohols

January 21, 2013

You may consider yourself an expert on alcohol and experiment with it daily. But did you know that TOPICAL alcohol must always be poisoned before it is bottled and used? Recreational drinking alcohol or ethanol is a huge source of tax income for Federal and State Governments and is taxed accordingly. But when alcohol is…

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Palm Oil Supplier Scores High Marks with Greenpeace

December 7, 2012

Vermont Soap’s organic palm oil supplier – Agropalma Brazil – scored at the very top on Greenpeace’s Palm Oil Producers’ scorecard. Click here for more information.

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Shea Nut Butter – Nature’s Hand Lotion

November 23, 2012

Just below the Great Sahara Desert lies a broad swath of the African Savannah lands. Outside of the rainy season, this is one of the harshest, driest, dustiest places on earth. Brutal sun, wind, and the Hamatan dust take a terrible toll to exposed skin. Women of this region long ago learned how to extract…

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Plant-based Vegetable Oils

November 23, 2012

Previous “Ingredient of the Month” columns have focused on topical ingredients to avoid, generally petrochemical based materials and specific preservatives like Triclosan ™ and Butyl Parabens. Let’s talk some GOOD ingredients to look for, like plant-based vegetable oils. Remember; “Good ingredients” are non-irritating, healing; renewable/plant based and remain stable in product formulations. Some oils are…

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Everything made from petroleum!

July 21, 2012

And today’s secret ingredient is….Everything made from petroleum! Oils are mostly carbon and chemists know that carbon is carbon is carbon- wherever it comes from. So why is that if I rub vegetable oil on my skin for 20 years I will have soft, healthy, young looking skin; but if I rub diesel fuel oil…

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DEA (Diethanolamine) and You

January 12, 2012

Take a look at the ingredients in your shampoo right now, even those touted as “natural”. Chances are the of those ingredients is DEA or Diethanolamine. This foaming chemical is found in combination with fatty acids (bits of oil molecules) as cocoamide DEA, lauramide DEA, and also as TEA (triethanolalamine) etc. DEA is yet another…

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Pthalates

November 23, 2011

And this month’s ingredient of the month is…pthalates! Pthalates, (pronounced thalates) is a large family of molecules used in a variety of industries. Pthalates are used to flavor cheap whiskey, and they are what makes plastics flexible. The rule of thumb is; the more clear and flexible the plastic, the more pthalates it contains. So…

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GOOD Ingredients

January 30, 2011

Previous “Ingredient of the Month” columns have focused on topical ingredients to avoid, generally petrochemical based materials and specific preservatives like Triclosan™ and Butyl Parabens. Let’s talk some GOOD ingredients to look for, like plant-based vegetable oils. Remember; “Good ingredients” are non-irritating, healing; renewable/plant based and remain stable in product formulations. Some oils are solid…

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