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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pen mark on crochet hat on: December 15, 2009 08:04:30 AM
I have had a lot of success with rubbing alcohol. Just soak the stained area in the alcohol and then rinse. Rinse with more alcohol if necessary.
12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 03, 2009 02:55:07 PM
I think my big concerns here are twofold:
One, when you make b&b products, you are exposed to the oils in much higher concentrations than if you just use the products. (fumes, spills, etc.)
Two, a lot of people new to b&b or to essential oil use might not really know what constitutes an excessive amount. Especially when the appropriate amount varies based on the oil. I have read that the biggest safe amount of wintergreen in a leave-on b&b product meant to be used regularly is 0.4%. That is -extremely- little. It's not even a whole percent. And I remember being a young crafter first making my own products, when all I wanted was for them to smell stronger stronger stronger.

It may be an okay oil for a knowledgeable and experienced formulator to use with great caution, but I feel that putting it in the hands of a beginner would be irresponsible. Especially when time after time I've read that it is unsafe and should never be used at all.

Methyl salicylate, which makes up about 98% of Wintergreen oil, is extremely harmful in high doses and there are documented cases where it has been lethal, even in dermal applications. (For example: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/19144600/ http://escholarship.org/uc/item/08327811#) Most of these cases are extreme, but they do demonstrate that, of all the essential oils you could choose to use, this one may not be the best bet. And anyone thinking of trying it should be aware before they make their choice.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: rant...people who want me to give them fabric on: December 03, 2009 09:49:41 AM
Wow. I find it hard to believe that people are actually that appallingly rude. In my opinion, anyone who comes into my home and then asks me to GIVE them something I bought for myself is really out of line! Talk about a sense of entitlement! The only person who should feel entitled to the fabric is you, because you're the one who bought it for yourself.

There's no way you should feel guilty about wanting to say no. They're the ones who should feel guilty! If anyone did that to me I would be pissed off. I mean, imagine if they did that with other things in your home, like "Hey, I need some new sheets, can I have yours?" or "wow I love your new stereo- give it to me!" It's like ripping money right out of your pocket.
14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Official Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Thread! on: December 03, 2009 09:15:51 AM
You can find some eo's in health food stores. The reason most of us prefer to buy online is price...once you find an eo you like, they are pretty similar every time. 1/4 ounce of something at the health food store might be the same price I pay for 8 ounces online, no kidding!

Some nice staples to have: Orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, cinnamon, cloves, lemongrass, eucalyptus, patchouli. Ok, I'm a fragrance nerd!

Ok. 2 cents:
I really really really hope that the wintergreen you're talking about is not an essential oil. Wintergreen essential oil smells delicious, yes, but it is NOT SAFE. The main constituent of the oil, that gives it that wintergreeny fragrance, can cause severe liver damage, even if you don't notice any ill effects.


I am not trying to fearmonger or anything here. Using wintergreen-containing pain balms every so often is probably ok, for example. I used to use it myself before I read up on it. But it is one of the oils home users are strongly recommended to avoid.

Others to avoid include (not that you would want most of these for their scent):
Bitter almond
Yellow Camphor

Anyone using essential oils in B&B should also be careful about photosensitizing oils used in products left on the skin, like lotions. Most notably citrus oils (bergamot, lemon, lime, tangerine, etc) shouldn't be left on the skin if you're going to be in the sun later, because it increases your risk of burns. (Note that the oil itself doesn't cause the burns, it just increases your susceptibility to UV rays.)

Essential oils are great, and I use them every day, but you have to be careful careful careful with some of them!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone wear Pantyhose anymore? Or is this trend gone? on: November 16, 2009 02:28:19 PM
To nix the question of whether it's geographic, I'm from Maine (brrr!) and I rarely see hose here either. Only on older women, say 40s and up. On most people, they look a bit dowdy (If they're noticeable, anyway) and very dated. 

To deal with the cold, I wear tights, in either black or colors.

I think there are only a few occasions which are formal enough to require that a woman cover her legs when wearing a skirt. In court, say, or an extremely formal office.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: September 16, 2009 06:56:18 PM
hmmm im not sure where else to post this, but do ya'll know of any homemade all-purpose liquid cleaners that do not require vinegar. I hate the smell of vinegar [even apple cider vinegar] & lately I can't stand cleaning with it. Any ideas? It probably was asked already but honestly I didnt read through all 64 pages....

You can replace it with lemon juice for single applications. Generally if a recipe calls for vinegar, it's because you need the acid so lemon juice should work. It just might be a little stickier after and require rinsing...
17  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: lost in a sea of cold process soap recipes on: May 25, 2009 03:59:20 PM
1/3 palm oil, 1/3 coconut oil, 1/3 olive oil. Use a lye calculator. It's simple, good lather, hard, and a good place to jump off from if you want to try making up your own recipes. I have made many batches of this when getting back into soaping after a long break.

You can get the palm oil at Whole Foods-- it's sold as shortening. 

And I would hold off on the whipping until you've got the basic process down, as everyone else has also recommended.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am a soap licker.. on: May 25, 2009 03:47:26 PM
I am a soap-licker. I've been zapped once, and it was not so bad. Every time I prepare to lick, though, I get scared anyway! What if my soap hurts me??

But still, I don't feel comfortable using it unless it's passed the lick test. Licking soap is an essential part of soap making as far as I'm concerned. Smiley
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: 50s pin up lips - "redder than red" (tutorial) on: April 26, 2009 05:36:30 PM
So. Jealous.

(I have neither the lips nor the face for lipstick. Sad .... but that doesn't stop me from trying every so often!)
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: nightshade allergies on: April 26, 2009 05:21:49 PM
Also, check the ingredients on EVERYTHING. I know you probably always do this anyway, but man, every time I slip, there's always something in it to make me sick. I took for granted that some juice I wanted would be okay, and that's how I found out about the modified food starch!

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