Recipes, Responsible Living, Skin Care

Soaps – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Like many people, I always believed that using "anti-bacterial" soaps were necessary. However, recent scientific studies have shown that soaps containing such "anti-bacterial" chemicals as triclosan, do not help reduce bacteria. In fact, they are harmful to you and the environment. In the United States, the FDA has ordered companies that use these chemicals to stop using them.

Responsible Living, Skin Care

Sun Protection 101

Warmer and sunnier days are just around the corner. Now which type of sun protection should I use? Do mainstream sun protection creams cause more harm (cancer-causing) than good? What is the difference between sunscreen and sunblock? If I wear sun protection, can I stay out in the sun as long as I want? These are some common questions that I’ve been concerned about. After reading some studies on sun protection, here are some of my personal findings.

Recipes, Responsible Living

Shepherdess Pie

Over this Thanksgiving weekend, why not cozy up with your loved ones and share the ultimate comfort dish – shepherdess pie, vegan-style. This recipe is originally from Roz Denny’s “The Ultimate Vegetarian Cookbook”; this is an adaptation of the original recipe. Instead of using potatoes, Lionheads recommends using cauliflower. Cauliflower is not only rich in minerals and vitamins, but it also easily absorbs flavours. Your kids may not even know they are eating it.

Responsible Living, Skin Care

REVIEW – Acquarella nail polish

I was very skeptical when I heard about Acquarella nail polish, but I thought I'd give it a try. Unlike most nail polishes, this water-based nail polish does not contain toxic ingredients such as toluene, formaldehyde, camphor, or petrochemical solvents and claims to be non-toxic. It also claims to be suitable for people like me who have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and cannot withstand the fumes of conventional nail products.

Responsible Living

Recycling vs. Reusing

Recycling is good because it avoids creating new products from raw materials. However, it is even better to reuse items like glass jars because it still requires a lot of energy to take an old glass container and convert it into a new product. In order for a product like glass to be recycled, it must be rinsed and it must not break when it is in transit; if the glass breaks, most of it goes to the landfill.