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Why Petroleum In Body Products Is The Devil

Why Petroleum In Body Products Is The Devil

wrote this a while ago: reprinting because still true. Ok, it's wet, so it's another er...soapbox...day.   Petroleum products in skincare are the devil.  Nothing gets me shrieking faster than running through the bodycare products aisle at the store and seeing product after product with petroleum in it.  Especially ones that are supposed to "moisturize the skin".    Why?   BECAUSE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS DON'T SINK INTO YOUR SKIN.  AT ALL.   Go look up "petrolatum" on Wikipedia.  Commonest ingredient in the skincare industry.  And it says, right there--"does not absorb into skin".     There are a rare few occasions...

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Another Good Sale story

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Another Good Sale story

(wrote this a while ago... lovely memory.) Good sales, to me, come in all shapes and sizes.  Granted, I'm excited when someone plonks a lot of cash in my booth--booyah, woodpile money!  But sometimes the ones that mean the most are the sales when someone finds the exact thing that fits them or helps them, or makes them feel good, or good about themselves.   I had one of those today.    It was COLD at the farmer's market.  My friend Lisa-the-baker and I were grumbling and shivering, and along comes a young guy in a baseball cap--nice kid.  Says...

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Poor Misunderstood Goldenrod!

(written a while ago, worth repeating here) A quickie note on goldenrod, because it's allergy season:   Goldenrod is not responsible for airborne allergy attacks.  The pollen from goldenrod is heavy; it does not fly on the wind.  It has to be pollenated by bees moving around. Therefore, it doesn't get into the air and it doesn't make you sneeze.   However, it does bloom at the same time that ragweed does, which IS airborne, and does make you sneeze, and is generally foul.   Why do I know this?  Some 20 years ago, I had a short, round, elderly...

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There is No Such Thing As an Herbal Magic Bullet

I wrote this a few years ago; still valid, still important. I've been doing a lot of research lately for some family health issues, and of course, as usual, Google is my friend.   But something that's come to my attention is the number of "HERBAL CURE!!" things on the market.   Which is frustrating.   Because in my opinion (and experience--and mind you, I am NOT a doctor nor do I play one on TV, Twitter, or any other media source) is that there is no such thing as an herbal CURE for anything.   In actuality, there seem to be...

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Hey, I love your costume! Did you make that? (spoiler--only parts)

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Hey, I love your costume!  Did you make that?  (spoiler--only parts)

Working at renaissance faires, I get a lot of questions about my outfits.  I'm fond of gaudy, but the outlines of what I typically wear are based on 16th century upperclass merchant garb:  bodice, chemise, skirt.    Now, I can sew, but I'm not patient enough to mess with corset-making; chemises are easy, as are tunics and drawstring skirts (which are two of the components of what I wear to faire--google, you'll find a million designs) but when it comes to corsets, I buy cheap ones from the purveyors of naughty underwear on Ebay and I've had remarkably good luck.  A...

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