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    Distilled water shortage??

    @Peachy Clean Soap right, but you're describing the process, not the product. In tests, how does a cup of distilled water look different from a cup of RO water? Neither would have minerals, chlorine, fluoride, etc. etc. Are they indistinguishable, except by the (resource-intensive) way of making...
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    Distilled water shortage??

    What is the difference between distilled and reverse osmosis water (I mean in the result, not the process. The process is quite different). If it's just minerals that are problematic, couldn't one use RO water? Also, @earlene , you suggested rice water or a bunch of other liquids as a...
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    Uncommon Saponified Oils

    This probably isn't the right board to post this thought on.... but soap isn't actually necessary to good hygiene <duck>. Or, if you do want to use a soap or a detergent bar, you don't have to use it on your whole body. I'm currently reading _Clean_ by James Hamblin, which is very interesting...
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    Post your happy

    Speaking of vaccinations...Public Service Announcement....have you had your tetanus booster? A friend of mine has been quite sick with tetanus the past 2 weeks so I'm on a mission to remind everyone. She cut her finger on a sharp can edge, and was either infected there or later when gardening...
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    Post your happy

    @amd which kind did you get? Only people my age I know who've gotten their first dose got Astra Zeneca and it's been rough for them all. Older generation all got Pfizer and Moderna. Who knows what will be the flavour of the month by the time it's my turn....
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    The Dangers of....Mica?!?!

    What, me subtle? I'm just this side of a troll....nah, I can't be mean. You know what my boss called me during my first performance review? "Sardonic" :-P
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    The Dangers of....Mica?!?!

    But wait...does that mean that something artificial is better (in multiple ways) than its natural counterpart? Well how can that be true??
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    Post your Gripe

    Our youngest had to wear one only for a few days last month, but considering he has all sorts of sensory processing issues, I figured he wouldn't last an hour. He did it though. We had to drive the monitor back to the doc's office -- a whole hour away! I mean, I used to commute almost an hour...
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    Lavender instead of Shea Question

    I have a number of similar "butters": lavender, coffee, orange, lemon, rosehip....probably a few others. They are good for use out of the container or as an ingredient in other body butters, but I wouldn't use them anywhere a chemical reaction happens. What annoys me is that my supplier, New...
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    Clever or Cheat?

    Oh I know that the USPS is, for the most part, self-funding, which is quite a feat. Imagine a country even larger than the US, with 10% of the population, which still guarantees service for everyone in every corner of it (some accessible only by float or ski planes), ideally at the same price...
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    Lip balm melting point, beeswax, and flavors

    WHEW I mean, it can't do much for Minnesota's winter tourism/real estate market :-P However, you may have a very good niche market idea here...two-packs of lip balms, with different formulations, to sell to people in northern climates....take the second-guessing out of whether your Burt's Bees...
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    Lip balm melting point, beeswax, and flavors

    I have Argan from two different places and it all smells terrible. I hesitate to get another. I am very surprised by the temp, yes! Considering that the world record for cold temperatures is in the Antarctic and it's -135F. Coldest temperature on record for MN is only -60F (1996, Tower)...
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    Clever or Cheat?

    Let me get this straight....USPS *gives away packing material* and it is *operating at a loss*. I think I see the problem here.....
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    Lip balm melting point, beeswax, and flavors

    Just looking at old posts for a new lip balm recipe (I know, there's only so much you can tweak) and was interested in @GemstonePony's use of Argan...does anyone else use Argan oil? Mine is so stinky that I can hardly stand it. Also did you say that you encounter -130F temperatures in...
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    Let's play Good News / Bad News

    Good news: I finally found a cardamom essential oil that I felt I could afford ($25 CAD for 30ml), from a Canadian company, even. Bad news: The bottle smashed sometime in transit. Good news: Amazon refunded it immediately, as well as the cost of the other items in the package (pinto beans, and...
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