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    Friday, September 03, 2010


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    Hi Norma... Love the pseudomystic chemo glossilolia about ingredients - Like the ads for double blade razors, the first of which pulls out the hair while the second one cuts it (sure it does!). About being able to eat what goes on one's face to be sure it's safe... hmmmm...Soap? Sunblock? Nail polish? Perfume? Neomycin antibiotic cream?

    Early morning, grumbly ruminations from the non homeopathic, globavore, nonorganic, chemist cynic, who didn't sleep as well in the heat. I really know all the stuff in the grand isle artworks store is really good. Apologies in advance.


    Well, Mike.  Someone really did get up on the wrong side of the bed! I don't use much else -- no perfume, no deodorant (except baking soda), no antibiotic cream... though I have had to stoop to using some cortisone cream this summer and I do use sunscreen. BUT don't get in the way of me and my hair color. If I can minimize crap on my body, I will.


    I'll be curious to hear what you think about the solid shampoo and conditioner.


    Solid shampoo and conditioner!? I travel LOTS so that would definitely be interesting! Let us know how it all goes!


    I've never heard of solid shampoo and conditioner! I hope you'll give a full report -- hopefully, with lots of lather, because that's the way I like it. Heh. (It's Friday, I'm feelin' it.)


    Ououououou ... I don't usually need the conditioner but I know someone who does. I've switched him to solid shampoo but he really (really) does need conditioner. A review, please?

    p.s. Have you considered making your own stuff?


    I LOOOOVE solid shampoos and conditioners. I know that you like to buy local (something I try to do as much as possible here in Louisville, KY, too) - but if you ever get a hankering for some other "solid" options, I would HIGHLY recommend Lush bath products! ( The Godiva shampoo bar is my FAVORITE! :)


    I totally agree with you about the recycling - more recycling is not always better! Even if the item _does_ get recycled, it still wastes resources that we are better off not using if we don't need to. Thanks for reminding me about solid shampoo - I need to find some for when the current stuff runs out.


    In my early morning stupor I bought the solid shampoo. It's something I've been looking for all my life. You'll get the blame if I hate it. ;-)


    I can't wait to hear all about these products - I'm really intrigued with the solid hair care stuff!


    I love solid shampoo. City Market in Burlington also carries a few VT-made bar shampoos, I think. I've been lazy and haven't used it for a little while since my last bar finally ran out but plan to go back before winter. My skin gets rather dry in these VT winters and the chemicals in liquid soaps and shampoos that cause them to lather can also contribute to dry skin. So I try to stick to bar soaps and shampoos all winter.

    Another nice thing about bar shampoos is most lack the stripping agents found in commercial liquid shampoos, so if your hair isn't stripped then you don't really need conditioner. When I use bar shampoos, I like to do a rinse with a small amount of apple cider vinegar diluted with water to add a little softness and shine, and that's it. ACV is a great example of a body care product you can eat! (And no, the vinegar smell doesn't linger if you dilute it quite a bit.)


    I just love when you review the beauty products! I've bookmarked Sylvie's website and will return when the weather cools to see all the lotions/bars.
    You and I are on the same page re: things that go on and into our skin, my one exception has been the moisturizer I'm using currently.. and has been discontinued... I have a feeling I'll be ordering some of that facial cream!
    Mike is so funny.

    Cheryl S.

    Those shampoo and conditioner bars sound really interesting - I'll see how Margene likes hers, and maybe try them out.

    Unfortunately, they don't have the conditioner you bought on the website, only one that contains mica and titanium dioxide (why put risky ingredients in just to make it look pretty?!)

    I also looked at those Lush products - both their solid shampoo and conditioner contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which is the main ingredient most people want to avoid when they're looking for alternatives to mainstream products.


    You're so lucky to live where you do and to have local access to such wonderful products and such talented people. Mike included, of course!


    Here I am with another recommendation:

    We LOVE their solid shampoos.


    I looked back up through the other comments after I posted mine. I also did some looking into SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate on This is what they said:

    I don't know. Is it really bad stuff? Or is this another urban legend?

    Seanna Lea

    It sounds like all of those products were pretty interesting. Great reviews.


    Solid conditioner! I've never seen that! I've been using shampoo bars for a while now, lately ones from Chagrin Valley (which you can google up if you're interested). It was a little odd at first but now I really like it.

    Peg of Tilling

    How do the solid shampoos/conditioners last in comparison with a bottle? If I'm paying $12 for conditioner I'd like it to last a while.


    Solid shampoos and conditioners? Who knew? Love ya, Norma!


    I've tried Burt's Bees solid shampoo and didn't like it at all. I am ordering soap supplies soon so I may look up some recipes to try making some at the same time.
    By the way, Herbatint hair dye contains no ammonia or paraben. I have been using it for, er, quite. a. while :)

    elizabeth a airhart

    good night mike

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