Konjac Sponges

I'm curious how many people have used konjac sponges in general. As we start heading into winter and sensitive skinned individuals wanting to exfoliate or natural skin care. It's also vegan. A konjac corm. These corms are very high in glucomannan and great for dieters. For those who don't know, Konjac is an edible root. [...]

Skin Care to Avoid and Add while Pregnant

Skin Care to Avoid and Add while Pregnant

My husband and I have decided to start having children. It's a weird feeling honestly. I'm nervous, excited and freaking out; we're not pregnant yet. That whole #adulting thing feels so stupid when I realize that we're considering bringing a child into the mix. The ultimate adult moment. What make me think of writing this [...]

My Monthly Exfoliation Process during the Summer

Exfoliating the face and body is what gives skin it's healthy glow. New skin cells are kept on the skin's surface, fine lines and wrinkles can fade, and itching abated. My legs are particularly itchy. Every now and then they just itchy and it doesn't seem to matter what I do, they just itchy for [...]

Tech Gadgets for Back to School

Tech Gadgets for Back to School

This may seem like a weird post. But I wouldn't be a good educator working at a University if I didn't include some really useful and helpful tech purchases that will see you through undergrad and graduate school. Here's a list of some awesome things I've used or wish I had when I was a [...]

Bathing Traditions in the French Court

Bathing Traditions in the French Court

The French Court: opulence, grandiose, the height of luxury. The source of absolute filth. But what one calls dirty is entirely in the eye of the beholder. What we can good hygiene today was largely impossible 200 years ago. Technology and medical knowledge we take for granted now didn't exist 200-400 years ago. Regardless of [...]

Pitera – Ferment Filtrate

Pitera – Ferment Filtrate

Almost everyone knows what a fungus is. Mushrooms are the first thing people think of. We eat them. People grow them. They show up spontaneously in our gardens after it rains. 'Fungus is among us' goes the old saying. As a mycologist I have tons of puns. In all seriousness now, Pitera is a fermented [...]

Who Ensures Safety of Your Skin Care and Makeup?

Who Ensures Safety of Your Skin Care and Makeup?

Quick answer: the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). But it's actually not that clear cut. Let's say you're a youtuber and want to launch a lipstick, we're talking hypothetically for the millennial crowd, there are a series of things legally you can and cannot include in your lipstick. That list is maintained by [...]