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Soap... Coming to a Museum Near You

Posted by Brigid McHugh

Recently, I was doing some research online, looking for new ingredients for my soaps. I came across a very interesting article, and had to look into it further... Oil Paintings Can Turn To Soap The chemical reaction known as saponification, is the process by which soap is made. Saponification, according to Merriam Webster, is the hydrolysis of a fat by an alkali with the formation of a soap and glycerol. This process has been seen in some oil paintings as early as 1912! Over time, saponification in oil paintings can cause damage both to the overall look of the painting, as...

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The Cure For Soap

Posted by Brigid McHugh

I often get asked how I make my soap, and the thing that always seems to shock people is that my soaps all cure for a minimum of 8 weeks after they are made. Cold processed soaps all require a cure time to make them safe for use, and here's why: Sodium Hydroxide (lye) is a necessary ingredient in the making of soap. The chemical reaction that occurs between the lye and oils is what creates a bar of soap. This chemical reaction is fully complete after about 48 hours, at which point, the lye is neutralized and no longer...

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When and Why You Should Throw Out Old Makeup

Posted by Brigid McHugh

We all (or at least most of us) know to go through the fridge and the pantry and chuck food that is past it's expiration date. It's really simple, find the stamped date, and if it's too old, get rid of it. Why? Because things go bad, start to grow mold and bacteria, and we don't want to eat that.  Cosmetics have an expiration date too! The problem is that cosmetics are not required to have an expiration date on their packaging. A lot of products will tell you how long after opening/purchasing they should be discarded, but it can...

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3 Cruelty-Free Beauty Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

Posted by Brigid McHugh

Beauty starts from the inside, loving yourself and the temple that is your body. Cruelty-free and vegan beauty brands embody positive vibes and focus on being good for you and everything around you. Staying in the loop on the latest brands and trends has never been easier with this list of 3 of my favorite cruelty-free and/or vegan beauty accounts on Instagram.   Vegan Beauty Addict @veganbeautyaddict Jess fills Instagram and YouTube with photos and reviews of vegan beauty brands. Her reviews are honest, and her photos are amazing!   I LOVE testing out new shampoos and conditioners! Since my...

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The Charcoal Craze

Posted by Brigid McHugh

I feel like when it comes to activated charcoal there are only two types of people: The ones who jump up and down because I have charcoal soap The ones who don't know what charcoal is or why it is used If you're a jumper, this post probably isn't for you, but who knows, maybe you will find other uses for activated charcoal that you didn't know existed!     Rewind a few years ago, if you mentioned charcoal to me, I would have thought of drawing a picture, or cooking up some s'mores. These days, my mind goes to...

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