Home Made Hair Gel

For my curly hair, I like to use a gel to define the curls and prevent my hair from frizzing out in a voluminous mass. I’m not fond of most of the products on the market as they are full of plasticizers and other goo I’d rather not have on my hair.

After a bit of research, I found several pages that discussed gel made from flax seeds and I eventually found a few recipes for it.  Since I don’t plan on making this for sale, I’m happy to share my personal experiences and concoction with you.

HAIR GEL

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Many Thanks!

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I’ve spent the last couple of weeks producing mass quantities of soap in 2 1/2 pound and 5 pound batches.  Different scents, colors and swirls.  It’s been fun, sometimes frustrating and hectic as I try to get this start up off the ground and keep up with my engineering business, too.  There have been more than a few late nights and some dinners out when the kitchen was overrun with soap and soap making paraphernalia.

 

 

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I want to take this opportunity to thank my family for their support and patience during these crazy times, though I must say patience is wearing a bit thin as food becomes more sparse.  I’m the primary shopper and I’ve not kept up with that job very well.  So, to Andy and Samantha – Thank you for your feedback on name and logo ideas, for being perpetual product testers, for your understanding and for not moaning too loud when dinner wasn’t done until 8:00 (or later).

With the Everson-Nooksack Summer Festival (formerly Everson Days) fast approaching, I have finished with bar soap production and will be moving on to creme soap and scrubs while the cold process soaps cure.

I’m exited to announce that my products will be available for sale at Courtyard Gardens, our local Everson florist, after the summer festival.  Cheryl has been very encouraging and supportive of my enterprise and she and her husband, BC, have been enthusiastic testers of all my products.  The feedback Cheryl has provided as well as the product packaging and logo advice she offered have been valuable beyond measure.  Thank you Cheryl and BC!

To all the other brave souls who tested soaps and provided feedback – Thank You!  Lesley, Eric, Draughn, Patricia, Karen and Nadine.  Here’s to my mother-in-law, Lynne Stone, who unbeknownst to her was a tester of sorts as well – she was too chicken to volunteer, but I sent her some anyway.  FYI – she assures me she loves them.

Many thanks to my sister, Leigh, who is shipping her old soap molds and my parents, Elwin & Alice McGrew for their feedback and encouragement as well.  I also appreciate the enthusiastic responses from my nieces, Finley and Kieren.  “They smell really good!”  It’s hard to go wrong with hearts, flowers, butterflies and stars where 9 and 6 year old girls are concerned.   DSC04511

And another heartfelt Thank You, to my sister, Lesley, for her constant encouragement, business name and logo feedback/advice and unexpected but very welcome investment.

Oh – did I forget to mention how much I LOVE my soap cutter from Bramble Berry! DSC04496

Toxins in Our Blood

I wanted to share this with you.  The number of toxins that can not be metabolized and excreted from our bodies increases every day, and is one of the reasons I began making my own all natural cleaning products, bath soaps, lotion, deodorant and more.  I hope you find the attached informative.

Moyers Moment (2001): Toxins in Our Blood

May 17, 2013

In this 2001 Moyers Moment from Bill’s documentary Trade Secrets, Bill examines the many chemicals that have been introduced into our environment over the last few decades. To find out just how pervasive these chemicals were, Bill volunteered to get his blood tested.

Call Me Crazy

I find myself in an interesting position.  I’m starting a new business.

More than a year ago I started looking into making my own hair gel and other hair care products.  I have semi-curly hair.  Not quite curly, but more than a little wavy and finding products that I liked that I could afford on a regular basis was not so easy.

Another consideration for me is smell.  I’m sensitive to scents.  The chemical scents of most cleaning products, including the ‘green’ selections, can knock me off my feet and trigger a migraine.  Many of the more affordable personal hygiene products are also very heavily scented.  I recall purchasing a ‘light scent’ deodorant one day when my local store was out of the unscented options.  That lightly scented deodorant was overpowering.  If that was light, what did that say about the normal version.

So, I started doing some internet research and set up a small chemist lab in the kitchen.  I can tell you with certainty that my husband has ceased to be amused when I answer his, “What’s for dinner?” with “Lotion”.  Soon after a few experiments – some great, others not so great, I learned that my local soap making supply shop was offering a class called “The Naturally Clean Kitchen”.  I took it and I loved it.

Then I thought, why not take the soap making class and learn to make my own shampoo?  So I did and I was hooked.  I have not achieved my goal of a great home-made shampoo, but we have enough luxury liquid hand soap to last us and eon.  I gave up on the liquid soap and have now focused a great deal of energy on some superb (if I may say so myself) bar soaps.

I knew that making just enough soap for my family and some friends wasn’t going to be enough for me.  There is just too much to try – swirls galore, confetti soap and other techniques that required my attention.  As a result, my family and I are swimming in soap.  Then I thought, “Why not sell it and make my new-found hobby/obsession pay for itself?”

So, here I am, neck deep in business plans, marketing, promoting, making soap and generally having a really good time.

Funny thing is, I’m already self employed and my new business is totally unrelated to my current business – engineering – and the engineering is really cutting into my soaping time right now.

Sigh – I now have 2 jobs and the same boss for each – me.  Here’s to maintaining my sanity.  I’ll keep you updated.