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Why SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a Harmful Sudsing Agent

A lot of customers who have tried out different shampoo bars have come across some that cause itchiness and dryness to a sensitive scalp. That can be due to the Sulfates contained in other shampoo bars (not in Barefoot Daughter's Shampoo & Body Bars) so here is some info on SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfates for all you folks with sensitive skin and scalps! What are Sulfates Sulfates are a kind of salt mixed with another chemical that acts as a preservative and are commonly added to cosmetic products and are a type of surfactant which is a detergent, emulsifier, or foaming agent. Sulfates are what makes a shampoo sudsy in most bars. In Barefoot Daughter's Shampoo & Body Bars the suds come from a

Nesting in the Time of Covid

Essay published through the Covid Chronicles through the Arts Council Website. The virus was a far off news story when I found out I was pregnant. I was working part-time through the school board, was gearing up for another season of the Salt Spring Market, and planning on adding another rain water catchment and a tool shed for my home. Slowly, the world I had created imploded in on itself. I’ve lived in an off-grid cabin for almost three years. It’s perched at the top of a steep driveway, a fifteen minute hike or a five minute four-wheel drive to brave the bumps and potholes. The cabin has rain water for washing dishes and an outdoor shower, wood stove heat, a solar panel for minimal electr

Deleted Chapter of UNPACKED

If you've read unpacked: a memoir of checked baggage, you're probably wondering what could have possibly been too steamy, or raunchy, or inappropriate to include in the book. Well, this is it folks! Enjoy. Cafe con Leche Continued.... A short blonde man stumbles around the corner and falls onto Felix then bursts into wild laughter. He looks me up and down and introduces himself in Spanish as Colin. He lurches over to me for the customary introductory kisses that I am not accustomed to yet. I can smell the stench of booze and cologne and cringe slightly as he lingers on each cheek. He rolls a smoke and rapidly mumbles something in Spanish that I respond to with a blank look. “Are you staying

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