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In praise of Our Great-Great-Grandparents

We attended the Bradley Beach Farmers' Market recently. The shapes, colors, and scents from one booth had us stop and chat. Melissa, the owner of Sotions Earthborn Essentials, gave me a sample of her handmade soap. Oh. My. Goodness. Her soap not only changed my skin (for the better), but sparked a great interest in natural, or rather do-it-yourself (DIY) skincare.  Since that soap, I have researched up until the wee hours the incredible benefits of homemade cleaning and beauty products. My kitchen and bathroom have turned into labs for all my experiments. Needless to say, I am (a tad) obsessed. After three years of grad schooling, my face has been through the wringer. Papers and group projects left me...

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