The Case Against Anti-Bacterials

September 8, 2014

Mary Carpenter

iStock IN THE RISK/BENEFIT equation, antibacterial soaps are on the verge of losing the battle once and for all.  Early in 2014, the FDA took the new position that manufacturers have until 2016 to demonstrate that their antimicrobial products are…

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The Trouble With Wipes, Washes and Sunscreens

April 3, 2017

Mary Carpenter

liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps—which risk harming both users and the environment. In response to an earlier FDA warning, manufacturers failed to show any clinical benefits, compared to plain soap, for these two chemicals, i.e., they do not…

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Weekend at the Beach Host(ess) Gifts

July 2, 2014

Nancy McKeon

Friendship domed soap box with 5 ounces of botanic-scent moisturizing soap, $18 at Dalton Pratt, 1742 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-333-3256, daltonprattdc.com. This glycerine soap memorializes that carnival favorite the goldfish in a plastic bag, a sweet little extra gift, perhaps…

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How Sweat Works

August 19, 2019

Janet Kelly

…most often triclosan, that inhibits the growth of bacteria and other microbes on the skin.  (Deodorant soaps often contain triclosan, but studies have found no benefits from antibacterial soaps, either for preventing infection or for reducing bacteria.) To combat the…

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A Perspiring Story

May 26, 2014

Mary Carpenter

…(Deodorant soaps often contain triclosan, but studies have found no benefits from antibacterial soaps, either for preventing infection or for reducing bacteria.) To combat the drip, antiperspirants have a different function: to stop sweat and thus odor by clogging the…

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What's in Your Skincare Routine?

September 11, 2018

Janet Kelly

…several years, since I only use it on Saturday night, if I remember. Otherly, a tan hides most sins. I look really good in leather. A Texas reader: I use Olay bath soap and whatever hand/face soap is on hand, often Ivory….

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Covid-19: June Update

June 8, 2020

Mary Carpenter

…body.  Twenty seconds is the critical amount of time it takes for lathered-up soap to inactivate the virus. (Avoid products that say “soap-free.”) Masks are the best protection against both droplets and aerosols, Prather contends, noting the success of Asian…

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A Matter of Taste

January 28, 2019

Mary Carpenter

…into a pattern that involves chemical cleaning agents and dirt or crawly insects,” we avoid it, Gottfried explains.  For some, cilantro’s odor suggests soap and/or stink bugs. Bitterness is the taste linked to the greatest number of genes and thus…

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Weekend Reading: The Memory Weaver

October 1, 2015

Nancy McKeon

…I glared at Henry Hart for tattling about Mr. Warren, surprised at the intensity of my upset. I slammed my purchased lye on the table with a bit more force than necessary. Soap had to be made. My father earned…

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Chemicals Could be Padding Your Waistline

July 16, 2018

Mary Carpenter

…children.  Another, triclosan—used in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste and acne cream—interferes with the regulation of thyroid hormones and is associated with obesity and cancer. Eating organic, whenever you start, may cleanse the body of early, less healthy choices.  “Avoiding the most…

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To Give and to Get

November 27, 2018

Janet Kelly

…is asking Santa for Fragonard soaps and Mary is hoping someone among her family and friends wants a terrarium. Thanks for your input, team, and to Stephanie, who has already weighed in with her garden-inspired thoughts. See below for some inspiration…

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Picture This

April 18, 2019

Nancy McKeon

…was the real Adele who was declared less than acceptable. Is there any progress at all in body acceptance? Well, Unilever’s Dove soap has been championing Real Beauty with ads that use women with various (to  a certain extent) body…

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Valentine's Day Is Coming

February 2, 2021

Janet Kelly

…pleasure with its subtly scented, handcrafted soap, all wrapped up in sheep’s wool and gift-ready. For anyone needing a little Valentine’s cheer. RIGHT: Nestle a heart-shaped soap (above) or set some sinful sweets onto Vietri’s adorable, Italian stoneware Mini Amore Plate…

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The Sketchy Benefits of Charcoal Products

May 8, 2017

Mary Carpenter

…draw out tannin (from coffee, tea, etc.) stains from the teeth—along with their antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.  For a glimpse of proliferating charcoal-based dental products, check out this site. The only completely plastic-free brushes I found (such as those…

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Summer Skin Scourges

June 7, 2021

Mary Carpenter

…the fall… are often waxy and shiny, but may appear dull, particularly after it rains.”) To prevent contact dermatitis from poisonous plants: wash as soon as possible after any encounter—using dishwashing or laundry soap, or rubbing alcohol—including under the nails;…

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Green Acre #65: Guests in the Garden

August 2, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…basin of warm water and shampoo, dump him in, and soap him up. That cat loved baths. He’d arch and purr and rub hard against my hands. Orange was around for several years. Since he couldn’t come inside, the Prince…

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Make It a Mindful Morning

August 31, 2015

Janet Kelly

iStock WITHIN OUR MORNINGS, there are moments as expansive as giant soap bubbles we could step into and inhabit. This is mindfulness: that intentional “stepping into” the current of right now, with curiosity, without judgment. Why bother with mindfulness? After…

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Smarty Plants and Mega-Mushrooms

December 8, 2015

Catherine Clifford

…moisturizers, makeup. Cleanup brings me my last (for now) great find: Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser, which is notable for what it doesn’t have: soap, alcohol, oil, parabens, sulfates, phthalates; and for what you don’t need: water. Perfect for travel—impressively…

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