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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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2018 Summer and Fall Markets

We're very excited to announce that we're joining a new market!  Beginning on July 28 you can find us two Saturdays each month from 10-2 at The Village Market in Washington, Va.  The dates are August 4 & 25, September 1 & 22, and October 6 & 20.  Take a leisurely drive through the Virginia countryside and spend the day shopping the market and enjoying everything this exceptional town has to offer, including The Inn at Little Washington, which has been awarded two Michelin stars! Where to find us: Sundays 10:00 am - 3:00 pm through October 28 - Archwood...

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