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What's up with those shampoo bars?

What's up with those shampoo bars?

I’ve been formulating shampoo bars for family and friends for several years, but just recently introduced them to the Watery Mountain Essentials line of products as part of our effort to reduce plastic waste.  You love the idea of shampoo bars, but you have questions, so I’ll share what I know. If you’re just wondering which line of Watery Mountain Essentials shampoo bars is right for your hair, you’ll find more information at the end of this post. Why shampoo bars? Shampoo bars are fantastically convenient and make it easy to take your preferred shampoo with you when you travel...

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What Is Cosmetic Formulation? Part 2: Surfactants

In technical terms, a surfactant is a compound that lowers the surface tension between water and other substances.  They’re very effective cleansers, lifting dirt and oils from surfaces and keeping them separate so they can be rinsed away.  Soap made from vegetable or animal fats mixed with an alkali substance has been used since at least 2800BCE and is the earliest known surfactant. In the 20th century soap shortages during and after World War II lead to the development of synthetic surfactants, often called detergents.  Many of the modern products we think of as bar soaps (for example, Dove and...

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What is cosmetic formulation? Part I

The FDA has a very broad definition of "cosmetics" which includes things that are "intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body ... for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance."  Wow, right?  In this series I'll tell you about my journey in cosmetic formulation and give you some insights into my process. When I first decided I wanted to make shampoo, I turned to the Internet.  Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of really bad information out there!  A few of the suggestions I came across involved Dawn dishwashing...

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2019 Markets and Events

Weekly Markets Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market - Sundays 10-3 from May 5 through Nov 24 - 4557 Old Tavern Rd (Rte 66 Exit 31), The Plains, Va - We'll be at our stall in the big barn rain or shine! Market at the Winery - Thursdays 3-7 from May 9 through Oct 24 - The Winery at 4970 Antioch Rd, Haymarket, Va Special Events April 13 11:00 – 4:00 - Community Spring Market - Fauquier Springs Country Club - 236 Tournament Drive, Warrenton, Va April 14, 12:00 – 7:00 - Market at the Winery Kickoff - The Winery at...

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2018 Holiday Shows

Check out our 2018 Winter Gift Bags.  They're great for just about anyone, including hostess gifts and secret santa presents! We're looking forward to seeing many of you at our winter shows, which currently include: November 17, 9:00-3:00 - Santa’s Village Craft Fair - Fauquier High School - 705 Waterloo Rd, Warrenton, Va Sunday, December 2, 2:00-5:00 - Bull Run Mountain Civic Association Holiday Bazaar - BRMCA Community Center - 1811 Ridge Rd, Haymarket, Va   Saturday, December 8, 9:00-3:00 - Holiday Gift & Craft Fair - Lord Fairfax Community College - 6480 College St, Warrenton, Va If you haven't...

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