Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

Are they Lye-ers? May 31, 2009

I’ve been reading a lot of labels lately to see if these “all natural” products are all that natural.  I have the Burt’s Bees peppermint/rosemary bar soap at home, and the ingredients are super simple.  Several oils (coconut, palm, olive, peppermint, soy), an exfoliant (ground almond shell), and an extract (rosemary).  That’s IT.  However, while looking at some of their other products (like Baby Bee soap), I noticed “vegetable soap base” listed.  I didn’t know what that was, so I googled it of course.  Turns out, it’s fat, vegetable or animal, mixed with lye.  And according to THIS site, without lye, there is no soap.   They have recipes for all sorts of soap, castile included.  Now, I have a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s at home, and guess what is not on the label??  Lye.

So who’s lyeing?  Does that not have to be declared on labels??  Is it bad for us??  I don’t know. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at soap making though, so I may just have to figure the answer out on my own.


Rant: March 8, 2009

Filed under: ranting and raving — razberiswrl @ 11:54 am
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OMG, if you take your approx 1yo to the damn ghetto ass kiosk in the mall to get her ears pierced, and she is FLAILING wildly and screaming so loud that the elderly mall walkers have to take their hearing aids out … take the fucking HINT. The child doesn’t want her ears pierced. Besides, with all that flailing and screeching, the 17yo wielding the gun (which is already reason enough not to get it done) is no way in HELL gonna get the holes even, and one well timed thrash could give that child a permanent scar …