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Category: Sandy’s Rants

Making Your Own Natural Sunscreens? You Could Be Burned By More Than The Sun.

This time of year, I get a lot of inquiries to make commercial natural sunscreens or to help others make their own for personal use. My official position and other thoughts on this are as follows: Yes I do make sunscreens for myself and fully accept the risk, but I don’t make them for commercial […]

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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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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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Traveling to the Tropics with Essential Oils

Winter has settled again in the Northern hemisphere. You want to get away somewhere, anywhere warm for a reprieve. I travel quite extensively and am in the essential oil business so people always ask; what essential oils are best to travel with? In this article the focus is on the tropics and Caribbean. I have […]

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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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When No Scents Makes No Sense at All

Unscented, scent free, fragrance free… What’s the difference? Believe it or not, there is no specific definition or standards of protocol for these words in Canada or USA. The terms are wide open to interpretation and subject to manipulation and misuse by many industries. It can also be misleading to the public especially when purchasing […]

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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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Has Our Enjoyment and Perception of Natural Aromas Been Seriously Impaired?

I posted a report on a chronology of how aromas went from all 100% natural to less than 20% natural in about 100 years. It’s intended to be a factual account of how it progressed. This segment is part of a series of blogs expressing my opinions, thoughts and observations about this subject; some of […]

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Synthetic Aromas – Data Drain On Our Brain?

Synthetic Aromas – Data Drain On Our Brain? I posted a report on a chronology of how aromas went from all 100% natural to less than 20% natural in about 100 years. It’s intended to be a factual account of how it progressed. This segment is part of a series of blogs expressing my opinions […]

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