ON OUR SOAPBOX
|Posted by Tye Shirley on April 9, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
The student government at the University of Texas recently placed a resolution calling for a ban on the use of anti-bacterial soaps on campus. They realized something that many people don’t get. Not only is anti-bacterial soap ineffective, it can be dangerous. But don’t take my word for it (or the student government at Texas, for that matter). Look at these facts:
1. The FDA has discovered that anti-bacterial soaps provide no benefit over washing with regular soap and water.
2. The FDA is also currently researching the effect that triclosan (the main ingredient in anti-bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, deodorants and other products) has on our bodies. Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor and can remain in body tissue for an extremely long time. This can allow it to build up in your body after prolonged use and cause extensive damage.
3. Anti-bacterial soaps also lead to the growth of resistant bacteria that become harder and harder to kill.
4. Wastewater treatment plants can not remove triclosan from the water. This dangerous chemical moves into rivers and streams where is kills algae and destroys ecosystems.
5. Scientists at the University of Minnesota have found that when exposed to sunlight, triclosan degrades to form dioxins – one of the most toxic chemicals known to science.
If you are concerned about dangerous chemicals in the products you use, stay away from anti-bacterial products. The all natural alternatives are much better.
|Posted by Tye Shirley on February 3, 2011 at 2:38 PM||comments (0)|
This is a great video that examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our
everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.
And this is why we MAKE, and PROMOTE 'NATURAL' products.
|Posted by Tye Shirley on January 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM||comments (0)|
I know we're not supposed to speak ill of the dead, (for fear that they will spike your cocoa puffs with arsenic) but for a man who is now entirely comprised of soap, 'You sure look nasty.' Just sayin. A little loofah goes a long way! I hope that when I go, I metamorphisize (is that even a word) into Herbal Essence. People using that soap always appear to be having SO much fun! (Singing,) I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair, I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair, I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair, and send him on his way...
|Posted by Tye Shirley on December 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM||comments (0)|
What a year! November and December often have the propensity to be the two happiest busiest months of the year for me, but this year was exceptional. With huge orders for many Christmas / Holiday gifts, I found myself soaping and lotion-crafting almost non-stop. But, I must say, I think it all paid off. After producing well over six-hundred bars of soap in a one month time frame, I have delivered to many satisfied recipients, and future orders are now pending for additional products.
One particular order, (featured below) went terribly awry, when the original order was for 'pink' poinsettia soaps, however after making a batch, it became glaringly evident that they looked, well, indecent.
Modifications were made to alter the original pink to a celadon-green and all was well. No more mannequin boobs.
Below: Images from poinsettia-holiday soaps, scented in: Sleigh-Ride.