Category: Ingredients

Hemp Seed (Cannabis) Oil – An Underrated Skincare Option

Hemp Seed Oil – Unrefined – Organic Cold-pressed hemp seed oil has emerged as a complete nutritious oil for skin, hair and body. Relaxed government regulations have allowed people to finally discover this wonder oil which is a renewable and sustainable crop. It’s also processed right here in Canada. The oil contains more naturally occurring […]

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Plants and Distillation – Forever Entwined

Documented distillation of plants dates back to the 10th century.  Hundreds of chemicals used in products from paint thinners to pain killers came from naturally occurring chemicals found in plants.  While there are many other methods and new technologies to extract the precious chemistry of plants, distillation is a reasonable simple process for plants which […]

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Essential Oils and Natural Alternatives to Commercial Fabric Softeners

Commercial fabric softeners have come under increasing scrutiny as potentially hazardous. So what is the problem with them? Why should consumers look to natural alternatives? And, how did the need for fabric softeners develop? Fabrics have evolved over the years from natural fibers such as wool, hemp and cotton, to synthetic materials like rayon, polyester […]

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Essential oils: The origin of the term and a brief definition

Although essential oils contain the word “oil”, they are not oily, and are not to be confused with vegetable or carrier oils. The origin of the term “essential oil” dates back to the middle ages, as Alchemists rabidly searched for what was thought to be a “5th element”; the other four being fire, water, earth […]

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Eucalyptus Oil – Choosing the Right One

Eucalyptus is a member of the Melaleuca or Myrtacea botanical family; one of the most useful and medicinal group of plants in the world. There are literally over 600 species of eucalyptus plants, most of which were originally native to Australia. Crops were exported and planted in different parts of the world to facilitate demand […]

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Essential Oils and Airplanes

If you plan to travel by airplane and take some essential oils or other natural remedies, there are a few things you need to know. In the past few years I have noticed much more enforcement and closer to zero tolerance for opposition to the rules. I don’t see as much of a problem with […]

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So You Don’t Want Alcohols in Your Skincare Products? Think Again.

Alcohol in Cosmetics is so misunderstood.  People are always commenting that they don’t want it in their products with that panicked almost hysterical tone in their voice followed by the usual rambling that it is toxic and will strip natural oils, dry out the skin and lead to severe dryness and irritation. Heaven forbid that […]

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Cream – An Ancient Love Affair

Creams, we saturate our bodies every day, as an absolute must to stave off wrinkly dry pruned skin and slow down or reverse the signs of aging; spending a small fortune in the process. But have you ever thought; what are they made of? Why do they work? Where would we be without them? Why […]

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Do I Test All Of My Essential Oils?

I was asked this question recently. “Do you test every batch of your essential oils and if so, what do you test for?” Here’s my response: I do not test my own oils. I am not qualified nor do I have a money tree in the backyard to finance such endeavors. However, all of my […]

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Essential Oils Will Not Mix With Water!

Based on their chemistry, pure essential oils obtained via distillation will NOT mix with water. Not only will they NOT mix with water, their specific gravity in most cases is lighter so they will float on top. Anyone who disputes this fact had better do some research on how essential oils are extracted from plants. […]

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