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What to Expect From Pottery Making Classes

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Making things with your hands can be incredibly fulfilling. It can really bring out your creativity, and teach you things about yourself. Often, the best hands-on hobbies to get involved in are those that are related to some of your other hobbies or interests. In the case of those who collect figurines and other ceramics, signing up for pottery making classes can be a great idea!

Pottery making classes are not easy. There is a reason why collectibles are collectibles and why certain pieces are priced the way they are. It takes a long time to create a masterpiece, but once it is created, the sense of accomplishment you will feel will be incomparable to anything else in this world. That being said, here is what you can expect from pottery making classes.

1) Wear Comfortable Clothes

Since you will be sitting down in front of a wheel for a couple of hours at a time, it is important that you wear something comfortable. Not to mention something that can get dirty. Working with clay is very messy, so don’t bring your favorite sweater!

2) You Will Learn About Art

Apart from learning how to make art, you will also learn about art. Pottery has gone through many trends, and these can be seen in how the art has changed throughout history. As you sit through your classes, the teacher is likely to explain a thing or two about the different periods in art history.

3) You Will Learn the Lingo

While the end goal is to create something functional, you are still learning a skill for which there is a specific jargon. Terms like wedging, shaping, raising, centering, are all things you will learn in your very first lesson. What does it mean to throw a wheel exactly? This question will be answered before you even touch clay.

4) It is Not Easy

Though experts make it look easy, it really isn’t. Clay is soft and malleable, which means you can shape it into anything, but that also means it is difficult to control in the beginning since you have to find the right balance of pressure and spinning.

Remember, never judge your overall skill based on the first of your pottery making classes. It usually takes a beginner two to three classes to get used to working with the potter’s wheel and to figure out just how much pressure to use. Don’t worry, though, teachers often go slow and persistence always pays off!

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Importance of Choosing the Right Bath Soap

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Showering and bathing is a part of daily life. Most people wake up in the morning, lather themselves up in the shower, rinse, and set out to start the day. However, it is good to be informed about the bath products we are using on a daily basis, and put some thought into selecting the best ones. Choosing the right bath soap is especially important since it regularly comes into contact with your skin.

Common bath soaps come in bar and liquid form. The primary purpose of bath soap is to cleanse, but it should also sooth the skin and help it remain healthy. The majority of bath soaps on the market today are designed to target specific skin issues, like dry skin. Unfortunately, the ingredient list found on most soap is not very appealing. Soaps are usually composed of two main ingredients which are alkali and animal or vegetable fat. Most bath soaps on the market also contain synthetic ingredients or alcohols. Some commonly used chemicals found in bath care products have been proven to have side effects. Since anything coming into contact with the skin can ultimately be absorbed, and affect the body, it is wise to be aware of what is in the products we are using. The facts about standard bath soap have led some to choose organic soap instead.

Those with sensitive skin, and also those wanting to limit their exposure to chemicals benefit from using organic soap. The difference between organic soaps and standard bath soap is the all natural ingredients. Goat’s milk, olive oil, and flower essences are just a few of the ingredients that may be used to create organic soap. Each ingredient will provide a different benefit to your skin. For example, goat’s milk will moisturize and rehydrate dry skin. Soaps that include almond will naturally exfoliate. These naturally occurring ingredients make organics soaps the best choice for those with sensitive skin.

Organic bar soaps are available in health food stores. However, for those who are creative, there are recipes for making your own bath soap. Organic soaps sometimes appear at craft fairs as “handmade soap.” These are normally created using just a few natural ingredients.

Bathing with organic soaps can also be a pleasurable experience. The combination of natural ingredients, flower extracts, and oils provide soothing properties and enjoyable scents. Lavender, citrus, lemongrass, and rose are just a small sampling of the naturally sweet smelling fragrances available in organic bath soap. This means those with sensitive skin can now enjoy pleasant scents without the worries of skin irritation that is associated with synthetic fragrances.

Keep in mind the importance of choosing the right bath soap. Organic soap provides many benefits over standard soap, and is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin. The variety of natural ingredients offers many advantages, and they serve to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. Get away from the synthetic ingredients found in regular soap and immerse yourself in all natural essential oils and flower extracts.

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Treating Candida Infections with Colloidal Silver

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Candida infections are the most common fungal infections that affect humans. Candida is the name for a group of yeasts (a type of fungus) that commonly infect the skin. The name ‘Candida’ refers to the white color of the organisms in culture. It is a normal inhabitant of the human digestive tract from early infancy, where it lives without causing any disease most of the time. It is normally controlled by beneficial bacteria in the intestines which act as host’s defense. However, if the bacteria-fungus balance is upset, by the use of antibiotics for example, or if the immune system is compromised, an overgrowth of Candida can occur, resulting in infection. The infection results in release of powerful chemicals into the bloodstream, causing such varying symptoms as lethargy, chronic diarrhea, yeast vaginitis, bladder infections, muscle and joint pain, menstrual problems, constipation and severe depression. Also, it can cause infection of the mucosa (the lining of the mouth, anus and genitals), the skin, and rarely, deep-seated infection. Although both men and women can have Candida infections, however it does occur more frequently in women (especially young women) with more severe effects.

Fungal infections are more common today than ever before. There are a number of reasons for this. People are living longer, and older people are more likely than younger people to have compromised immune systems, a major risk factor for fungal infection. Similarly, the widespread use of antibiotics has contributed to the growing infection rate (fungal infections are known to occur after antibiotic therapy, which has the effect of killing the beneficial bacteria that normally suppress fungi). The cases of Candida infections too are in rise. Candida species are true opportunistic pathogens that exploit recent technological advances to gain access to the circulation and deep tissues. Several other factors can lead to an overgrowth of Candida. Steroids such as Cortisone (Decadron or other cortisone-type drugs) suppress the immune system’s ability to fight Candida growth. The immune system can also be weakened in the people infected with HIV. Prolong use of contraceptive pill or injection, or pregnancy is also conducive for candida growth. The candida infection may be due to general debility e.g. from cancer or malnutrition. Another cause of Candida overgrowth can be from a low Acidophilus and Bifidus culture in the colon. It is imperative that there is enough of these two friendly bacterias in the system in order to control Candida overgrowth. Once the level of these friendly bacteria is lowered, Candida fungus takes control. Iron deficiency too is considered one of the reasons for candida infection.

Management of serious and life-threatening invasive Candida infection remains severely hampered by delays in diagnosis and the lack of reliable diagnostic methods that allow detection of both fungemia and tissue invasion by Candida species. Diagnosis of candida infection can often be accomplished by the presence of symptoms alone. To confirm the diagnosis, however, samples of the fungus have to be identified under a microscope. During this test, scrapings or smears of the tissue are taken from skin, nails, oral mucosa, and vaginal mucosa and identified with a low-powered microscopic examination, a process that gives immediate results.

Once Candida infection is diagnosed, its treatment depends on where it is located. People with skin infections are usually instructed to keep the affected areas as dry as possible until the infection has cleared. Doing so may mean changing out of a wet bathing suit or out of damp workout clothes as soon as possible. Antifungal shampoos are available, as well as antifungal mouth rinses. Infection does not always respond quickly to these treatments and may recur when topical application is discontinued.

The main theme of Candida infection treatment is strengthening of the human immune system. Colloidal silver is the right choice in this regard as it is well known for its capability of fighting against fungus infections. Colloidal silver is nothing but very fine particles of pure silver, suspended in water. Colloidal silver has antimicrobial properties. A lot of research has been done recently on its functioning. Certain bacteria are essential to healthy body function, such as acidophilus. Several researchers claim colloidal silver only attacks the unfriendly pathogens and will not harm the friendly bacteria. But one must wonder how it can possibly differentiate. One explanation is that the friendly bacteria are aerobic, while unfriendly bacteria are anaerobic. Also, it is said that the silver does not attack bacteria directly, but rather decomposes certain enzymes the anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeast, and molds require. The silver acts as a catalyst and is not consumed in the process. It is probable that the reason the bacteria cannot develop a resistance to silver, as they do to antibiotics, is because silver does not directly them directly, but rather destroys the enzymes they depend on. This is in quite contrast to normal antibiotics, which kills friendly bacteria as well.

The germ fighting properties of colloidal silver has been adopted in soap making and such soaps are in vogue. Regular use of such soap not only helps in keeping the skin clean and healthy but also enhances the body immune system, thus preventing further infections of Candida. Even dermatologists recommend soaps with colloidal silver for the patients with candida infection. However, one must be selective while purchasing such soaps. Soaps containing colloidal silver with 20 ppm are considered the best for daily usage and they have optimum effect on fight against Candida infection.

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Fractionated Coconut Oil – A Carrier Oil For Skin Care

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Fractionated Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil is a very popular oil suitable for massage therapist, aromatherapists, and manufacturers for skin care products. It is the preferred oil for high quality cold process soap making. Coconut oil is expressed under high pressure from the coconut kernel, and then filtered. It is actually solid at room temperature but melts easily at body temperature. It may cause skin sensitivity in people who have nut allergies. This article discusses its healing properties for skin care.

Coconut oil is an ingredient in many cosmetic products, especially suntan lotion, shaving creams, soaps, and some shampoos, because it lathers well and is a good conditioner for scalps.

Refined coconut oil is very close, in substance, to human subcutaneous tissue and is thus more compatible with skin than other vegetable oils. Massage therapists and aromatherapists note that it does not clog pores, making it an ideal carrier oil for troubled skin or oily skin.

What in the world does “fractionated” mean, anyway? This process removes some of the saturated fatty acids from the oil by heat, to make it softer and more liquid, while also taming it’s overwhelming natural odor. (This is not hydrogenation, which actually forces hydrogen into oils making them more solid). Some naturalists question if fractionated oils should be used since it is not a “whole product”. Most aromatherapist prefer natural oils. Certainly this is true for essential oils. However, many find that fractionated coconut oil has proved very satisfactory as a carrier, and prefer it to the unrefined oil, which tends to go rancid more quickly.

Coconut oil is an edible oil that has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years and was prevalent in the United States as a favorite in the baking industry. However the campaign against saturated fats led to many manufacturers abandoning coconut oil.

Coconut oil is perfect for moisturizing both hands and body. It is light and easily absorbed into the skin, leaving it satin smooth. It can also be used as an intensive treatment to moisturize and condition brittle, dull or dry hair. It is great to use in or after a bath or shower for moisturizing the skin. It is a wonderful oil to use after sunning. It is excellent for scalp treatments. Massage it into the scalp and leave it on as long as possible. Some use it as a replacement for their conditioner. It can also be used for dryness, itching, and for sensitive skin.

If stored properly (cool environment out of direct light) its shelf life is very long. Its light texture makes it a good oil to use when heavier oils seem too sticky on the skin. It will also easily wash out of sheets and towels, making it a favorite of massage therapists. It may cause sensitivity in individuals who have nut allergies.

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Nothing Like a Toasty Towel

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There is nothing like a narrow small towel radiator to make your early morning bathroom experience better than you could possibly imagine. For years and years, indeed my entire life, I would take a shower and wrap myself in a room temperature towel and go about my day. That works well in the summer, but what about the winter months? If you live in an area where the winters are fierce, like I do, looking into a towel heater is actually one of the best things you can do for yourself. I learned about them during a remodel.

My wife complained for years that we needed to remodel our master bedroom bathroom, and I finally agreed after getting a hefty bonus at work that would cover the cost. Continue reading

Significant Improvement with My Chronic Bronchitis

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I decided to look into a bronchitis home remedy review after my umpteenth trip to the doctor to get yet another prescription for this plague that never seems to abate. I first started having problems with my lungs in my early teens. I would get coughing fits that didn’t seem to go away for a long time, and the would return quickly when it finally evaporated. By the time I got into high school it seemed I had bronchitis at least four times a year. My parents tried everything, things like vaporizers and chest salves, but nothing seemed to work well.

By the time I was in my twenties, a doctor diagnosed me with chronic bronchitis. Continue reading

Beeswax Vs Paraffin Wax – Which is Better?

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Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees. It is the worker bees, the females, that create this wax, to build honeycomb cells for three purposes; raising their young, storing honey, and pollen. It takes eight times the consumption in honey to create the wax. It is estimated that bees fly 150,000 miles to create one pound of bees wax.

It is the type of flowers gathered by the bees that determines the color of the wax, from a white to brown, most often a shade of yellow. The color of beeswax is at first white and then darkens with age and use. This is especially true if it is used to raise the young bees. The color has no significance as to the quality of the wax (other than its esthetic appeal). Formerly, bees wax was bleached using ozonisation, sulphuric acid, or hydrogen peroxide which resulted in the addition of chemicals into the wax. Bleaching has now been stopped by reputable candle manufacturers and other suppliers of this natural wax.

60% of total beeswax is used to make candles, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It is also used in polishing materials for shoes, furniture, models, pool table filler, and as a protective coating for aging cheese. Bees wax can be softened with vegetable oil to make it softer and more workable.

The most important aspect of bees wax, besides the naturalness, is that they burn brighter, longer, and cleaner than any other candle! The flame virtually emits the same light spectrum as the sun and in the process of burning, negative ions (which is a positive thing) are released to clean the air and invigorate the body. The negative ions is what the air smells like after a storm.

This 100% natural fuel created by bees is naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers packed into the honeycombs and gives off a subtle fragrance as it burns. If the bees wax has a medicinal smell, chances are that it has been chemically altered or bleached. Always check for 100% beeswax, for the legalities on labeling these candles states that a mere 55% content can be called ‘beeswax’, and for soy candles, a minimum amount of 20% soy wax can allow for those type of candles to be called ‘soy’.

Beeswax vs. Paraffin:

Beeswax is a 100% natural fuel created by bees;

– burns cleaner than any other,

– burns longer than others and do not drip,

– emits a bright light that has the same light spectrum as the sun,

– emits negative ions that actually clean the air and invigorate the body,

– are naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers packed into the honeycomb within the beehive.

– come from a renewable resource.

Paraffin candles come from a nonrenewable resource: petroleum, a.k.a. crude oil;

– give off many of the same toxic fumes as are found in auto exhaust,

– are relatively short burning and drip excessively,

– is a toxic byproduct of the oil industry.

– produce a disorganized light spectrum very similar to old-fashioned incandescent bulbs,

– produce toxic petrol-soot that eventually stains all interior surfaces,

– typically contain artificial fragrances and colors which also produce toxins and stains when burned.

The wick is just as important as the type of wax. When you burn a chemically processed or metallically reinforced wick, it can release large amounts of soot into the air you breathe, possibly causing harmful health side effects. The metals and chemicals in these wicks are bleach, petroleum products, lead and zinc, which are released into the air for you to inhale.

Also look for 100% unbleached cotton wicks. One way to test the wick is to drag it or rub it on a piece of white paper, any metals will leave a mark on the paper.

Bees Wax is often used in soap making as well. Put the wax in with the oils at the beginning as this natural wax has a high melting point and may not fully melt if added at trace. Usually this amazing wax is added to soap for the added hardness of the final bars. The scent of honey is an added bonus! Add only 1.5 percent of wax to your total of oils and fats. Too much wax could make a sticky and gummy bar.

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Our Very Own Personal Bidet

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I had never used a toilet bidet before, but that changed when my husband and I went on a second honeymoon a few months ago. He took me to a swanky hotel that had every luxury imaginable, even the bidet that I used for the first time ever. I thought that it would be odd to use one, but it was actually quite refreshing. I had to look up information on bidets before I would even use it, and everything I read about them proved to be true. I jokingly told my husband that I wanted one of these at home before we left the hotel.

I thought that was the end of it, because I obviously knew that we could not afford to remodel our bathroom to accommodate one. Continue reading

The Difference Between Natural Soap and Regular Soap

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A lot of people are completely unaware of the difference between natural soap and regular soap. First and foremost, anytime you can get a product that is natural and organic, it is a good idea to choose that product over any other. Simply having less ingredients is a step in the right direction. Even more important is the fact that natural soap is made from a chemical reaction between lye, water and oil. The lye is completely removed during the process of making the soap, but it is critical to the manufacture of the natural soap to begin with. There is no such thing as any type of soap that was made without lye. All natural soaps are made with lye, oil and water. The different types of oil you can use are almost infinite, as each type of oil has its own properties and will make the soap be slightly different from other soaps. This is what makes homemade soaps unique.

The problem with our soaps is that most of the conventional soaps that you buy in the grocery store or Department store are not soap at all. Rather, they are detergents, made from petroleum, like motor oil or gasoline. This is why so many people have problems with regular soap from the grocery store causing irritation of the skin and other problems. In some cases, individuals have extreme problems with these types of petroleum products and suffer from horrible irritation. The most common irritant in the soap is called alkali. This compound does not exist in natural soap and causes irritation and dry skin in many people. If you have ever felt that your skin was tight, itchy or flaky, it is very likely due to the amount of alkali in your detergent-based soap. Switching to a natural, organic soap will make all the difference in the world and will not cost you that much more unless you decide to buy one of the higher quality soaps.

One of the indications that you have a natural soap and not a regular soap is the high levels of glycerin that most natural soaps have. While many soap manufacturers extract the glycerin to use for lotions and other beautifying products, a high quality soap still retains all the glycerin, the compound which soothes and moisturizes the skin. Since glycerin pulls moisture right out of the air, your skin tends to stay moist and soft for an extended period of time, especially when compared with the detergent-based soaps. Other harmful ingredients that are included in detergent-based soaps are isopropyl alcohol, BHT and Tricoslan, which is very common in antibacterial detergent-based soaps. None of these chemicals are particularly good for your skin, making it a good idea to steer clear of detergent-based soaps and stick with natural soap.

With all the benefits of natural soap, it is not surprising that there is such a tremendous level of interest that continues to grow as people become more and more aware of the benefits of these natural products and the differences between natural soap and regular soap.

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Learning to Survive in the Corporate World Takes Some Skills Training

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Corporations are funny animals, and the people who feed them are even funnier. I have always been amused at the different corporate cultures. Even more amusing is trying to get a job at one. However, who hasn’t had to put in at least some time in the corporate world? Maybe you got in just to learn how to do something and then got out. Maybe you are still entrenched. When it comes to landing a job or getting promoted, business communication classes really can be of help. You learn what it is you need to know when it comes to looking and talking and writing the part of a proper corporate professional. Continue reading

I’m Happy with the Place I Picked to Live

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Buying a large house seemed like more than I needed, so I looked for something different like a condo or townhouse. I really liked the idea of not having to spend a lot of hours trying to maintain a lawn, and I also liked the thought of getting to know a lot of neighbors easily. I really liked the look of the High Park Condos that I had been looking at with an agent for a couple of weeks because the area is really nice. Everything looks upper-crust even though the prices are not high at all. I know that will ensure that the area and the place that I get will look good for years to come. And who knows, if I get the place paid off in full, I can rent it out to someone later after I find some other place to buy, too.

I have always fancied the idea of earning a lot of money by investing in real estate. I didn’t know if it was possible, but I am already on my way now with doing it. My dad made a lot of money by doing it when I was growing up, and he is pretty comfortable now in his retirement becuase of the money that comes in from all of his properties. It helps him to not have to struggle much in life. He even loves to go help out his tenants when they have a problem around their place. I hope that I will be the same way one day, too.

I love the condo that I got recently. I have a great view of the surrounding city. I love the neighbors that I have met so far. We have even gotten together for a BBQ and even gone out for a couple of happy hours together, too. I am going to enjoy this sort of life a lot. I even have my eye on a pretty lady who lives nearby, too. I am going to ask her out.

Better to Just Buy It Online

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My friends and I grew tired of going to the same old clothing store. They would keep getting the same kinds of items, and we had pretty much bought everything in the store at least once. We were looking for a sassy clothing store that would have more stylish and modern items. If the local options weren’t good enough, then we were willing to turn to something online. Although since there is no changing room online, it’s still possible to get a good idea of how an outfit will fit on a person before they buy it.

I found an online store that gets new varieties of clothes each month, which was just what I wanted. Some people just like to buy clothes at random, but I prefer to have a unique look for each month and season. At the store, they had some nice dresses made just for the summer. Continue reading

I Bring Flowers on Each and Every Date

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I haven’t had a long-term relationship in a very long time. I wouldn’t say that I do a lot of dating, but I guess I do my fair share. One of the traditions that I’ve started is making sure that I bring my date fresh flowers each and every time I go on a first date. I have a favorite flower shop in Melbourne that I go to every time. They are easily accessible, and they have the freshest flowers in town. My dates are never disappointed when I show up holding a fresh bouquet.

I went on a date last week and brought a girl a bouquet of red roses. It was actually a blind date, and we had never met before. When we chatted online, I told her that I would be the one holding a fresh bouquet of roses, and that would be how she could identify me. Continue reading

Our New and Beautiful Home

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My husband and I decided to start looking at luxury homes for sale in Colorado when I became pregnant with twins. We both wanted different things with the house that we were going to buy, and we actually wondered if we wold be able to find what we wanted without compromising and sacrificing a lot. Well, it turns out that when you work with the best real estate agent in the area, you likely will not have to compromise much at all. We worked with Madeline Properties, and our realtor was a dream come true for us.

For me, I wanted to be in the Cherry Hills Village area. I had been through parts of it before and was just really enthralled with it. Continue reading

Banana Oil – Homemade Skin Care

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Banana oil offers numerous benefits. It’s sweet fruity fragrance is used a variety of ways. It’s found in soaps, lotions, creams, candles, paints, potpourri, shampoos, conditioners, foods and perfumes. It’s used to soften leather, make rayon fabric, make penicillin and for aromatherapy benefits. Banana oil can be natural or synthetic. There is a slight difference between the two. The natural version has a rich, sweet, fruity scent while the synthetic version is lighter.

What is banana oil and where does it come from? It’s a colorless liquid compound formed from isoamyl alcohol and acetic acid. It’s chemical compound name is isoamyl acetate. It’s made either naturally from the banana plant or synthetically. Some mistaken the banana plant for a tree due to its large size. It’s main stem can grow about twenty feet tall with large leaves. It thrives in hot and sunny conditions producing bunches or clusters of bananas.

Banana oil offers numerous healthful benefits for skin. Whether you have have dry itchy skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, poison ivy, fine lines or wrinkles, you can benefit from this oil. The anti-bacterial properties allow for acne relief. Pimples or blemishes can heal at a faster rate. The spread of bacteria is diminished helping to get rid of blackheads. The vitamin and mineral content has antioxidants benefits soothing for psoriasis and eczema. The anti-inflammatory properties soothe dry itchy skin, such as poison ivy. It boost collagen levels and increases skin circulation combatting fine lines and wrinkles. With he benefits of vitamin C and detoxifying properties it helps to provide an overall, youthful, fresh, glowing appearance.

This oil not only helps a variety of skin conditions, it’s healthful for the hair and scalp. It adds shine, elasticity and prevents split ends. Moisture is added to the hair and scalp reducing dryness and flakiness. It helps get rid of dandruff. Overall, its vitamins, minerals and nutrients provide for soft and beautiful hair with improved scalp conditions. This oil is found in commercial and homemade shampoo.

HOMEMADE SKIN CARE

If you enjoy making homemade soap try adding some banana oil to your homemade soap recipes. A little goes a long way, so be careful to not over use. Your soaps can have a luxurious, sweet, banana scent. The synthetic version is less expensive for making soap batches. You can use the natural version, but it will be more costly.

Use this oil for making homemade lip balms. The sweet taste of bananas is very appealing to many people. Homemade lip balms can soothe dry, chapped and cracked lips. Their small size makes them handy to carry anywhere. You can have soft, moisturized and soothed lips with a hint of banana taste.

Use banana oil in a homemade lotion or cream. It’s found in many commercial suntan products. It’s antioxidants benefits help protect against environmental pollutants, that can be damaging to the skin. Skin can be moisturized, soft and protected with banana oil.

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Glycerine – Industrial Applications and Facts

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Glycerine is commonly called glycerol or glycerin. It is a sweet-tasting alcohol that is colorless and odorless. It becomes a gummy paste when frozen, although freezing it can only be achieved at very low temperatures. It melts at 18 degrees Celsius and boils at 290 degrees Celsius. Its chemical formula is C3H8O3. It is miscible in water and alcohol. However, it does not mix with oil. It is an excellent solvent. In fact, there are substances that dissolve better in glycerol than in water or alcohol.

The compound absorbs water from the air. This is why it is known as a hygroscopic substance. Suppose you leave a container of pure glycerine or glycerol in open air, it will become diluted as it attracts water molecules. According to a speculation, a drop of this liquid in the tongue can raise a blister because it would draw out water from deep into the tongue tissue. But this remains a clever speculation.

The sweet-tasting alcohol is found in many skin moisturizing lotions and creams because of the water-retaining and water-absorbing capacity. Thus, it softens and smoothens the skin. It is believed, however, that this substance has other beneficial properties aside from simply moisturizing and attracting water molecules.

The compound originates from fats and oils. In fact, molecules of fat contain glycerol. One way to extract it from fats or oils is through saponification – a chemical reaction involving a fat and an alkali. This chemical reaction produces soap. Soap-making is a common source of this trihydric alcohol under discussion.

Extraction of glycerine from soap-making only began in 1889. Before this time, people did not know how to recover the compound. The only way to produce the compound is through candle-making using animal fats. In the year mentioned, an effective way to isolate glycerol from soap was at last discovered and later utilized. During this time and a few decades after, much of the compound went to production of nitroglycerin – a compound derived from glycerol used to make dynamites and explosives. During World War II, soap industry was not able to suffice the huge demands for the chemical. Hence, synthetic production was implemented.

The production, separation and purification of glycerol involve a tedious process. When lye (sodium hydroxide) reacts with fat, soap is produced but is in mixture with glycerin. Homemade soap does not run through intricate procedure, thus, the soap mixture contains all the glycerol that results from the reaction. Commercial soap-makers, however removes the compound from the mixture by adding salt. Salt curdles the soap, which is seen to float on top of the mixture. The floating soap is then scooped out or skimmed. This leaves the organic chemical with some impurities such as partially dissolved soap and extra salt. The trihydric chemical is then finally taken out of the mixture through distillation. It does not end here because further impurities are removed by passing the chemical into a charcoal filter or using bleaching techniques. The final product is a highly concentrated and colorless glycerin.

History has seen the making of the compound into explosives. However, it is never explosive in itself. It has to be changed into nitroglycerin first before it becomes explosive. Furthermore, nitroglycerin is not only used in explosives but is found as a medication for heart disease.

The compound has many uses. It is a preservative for fruits and food products. Lotions and creams contain this chemical as an emulsifying and moisturizing agent. In hydraulic jacks it serves as antifreeze. The antiseptic qualities of this chemical make it valuable in biological laboratories such as to preserve specimens in jars. Moisturizing soaps contain the compound. These soaps are usually clear and are easy to make.

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Really Improved My Chipping Game

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I started really looking into a best golf chipper recently because the weather is turning nice and that can only mean one thing: golf! Yes, it is time to get the clubs out of storage and start boning up on my game. I have managed to get out in the yard and hit a few balls around, but I have yet to get out and play a full eighteen holes at the country club. This year I decided my chipping game needs a lot of work and that is why I am looking to upgrade my chipper.

What made me decide to do this is that I saw several videos of a certain professional golfer during the winter in which he demonstrated his agility with a chipper. It was amazing to watch. Continue reading

A Truly Beautiful Super Car

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The Audi rs8 is truly a beautiful super car. I own several expensive vehicles seeing as how I am a collector of fine automobiles, but I have never owned a car as truly gorgeous and powerful as this Audi. My tastes usually run to classic cars that cost a bundle, but when I laid my eyes on this beauty I knew I needed to plunk down the money and add one to my collection. The only problem is that the owner refused to sell. I figured that was ok because I thought I could find another one. How wrong I was, at least at first.

I spent a lot of time reading about the car online and thinking about how I would acquire one. Continue reading

Tracking Packages Has Never Been Easier

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I wasn’t up to speed on what a go-box is or using apps when handling my shipping until I employed a shipping service that takes the entire process very seriously. Really in this day and age who pays attention to any of those things as long as the package reaches your customers in time? As someone who runs a business that relies on getting product to their customers in a timely manner, I started paying more attention to apps and how they work when I decided to employ the services of a company who works hard to make delivering product easy.

It used to be that I would have packages sitting around the warehouse for hours, sometimes days, before they got picked up. Continue reading

What is the History of Stain Removers?

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When your kid asks the question ‘what is the history of stain removers’, you do not really have to fumble for words. Here is an overview of use of different natural materials, soap and detergents for stain removal purposes.

The first of all stain removers is plain water. People find it is easy to wash away mud at a stream or a river.

The history of cleaning agents runs back to ancient Babylonian culture. Soap like materials were evacuated from ancient Babylonian remains. The 4500-5000 year old remains also have detailed description of making such materials. It is however not clear whether they used the fat and ash mixed material for cleaning purposes.

Egyptian, Romans, Japanese, Greek and Chinese cultures of the ancient times paid attention to cleanliness and used different materials for cleaning purposes.

Chinese used the fruit of soap-nut tree (Sapindus Mukorossi) for cleaning soft silk clothes. The nut yielded a soap-like material, which thoroughly cleans the silk and is soft on the fabric.

Soap making started in Europe in the seventh century. Soap making in Europe was mostly a family tradition and people kept the technique of soap making a secret. They used animal fat and plant oils to make soap. They also knew the technique of adding perfumes to the soap for fragrance. The soaps were used for bathing and laundry purposes. Italy, Spain and France were the leaders in soap making.

Large scale soap manufacturing began in 1791, with the invention of a process of making soda ash from common salt by a French scientist Nicholas Leblanc. Several advancements came to Leblanc method of soap. The cost and time for making soda ash became lower.

German scientists developed a method of making cleaning agents without plant oil or animal fat. This chemically synthesized material is called detergent. This is harsher than soap (that produced from fat and oil). This happened in 1916, when the availability of fat and oils was scarce.

Utilization of enzymes for detergent manufacturing was a breakthrough in detergent manufacturing. A no enzyme content detergents too are available today, but the biggest thrust is on enzyme added detergents. There is however different environmental problems associated with use of enzymes in detergents.

Further researches produced higher quality detergents at lower costs. Detergents eventually went on to surpass soap as the preferred cleaning agent.

Later researches on cleaning products were concentrated on safety of the users and environment, ease of use and lower production costs. Detergents and soaps are available as cakes, powder and in liquid form. Detergents that mix well in saline water are also readily available in the market.

That is the history of stain removers, which started off as a mixture of fat and ash or plant products, which, with advancement in research facilities has grown to such high proportions that everyone today can afford to have a stain remover of his or her choice. Read more Carpet Cleaning Tips from a Professional Carpet Cleaner.

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