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About jcordeiro1

I create cold process, handmade artisan soap for those who care about the condition of their skin. Bringing the very best to you in a bar of soap.

How To Create Premium Soap.

If you look closely at soap ingredients you will see many of them missing from my soap. You will never see:

Tallow– This is fat from a slaughtered cow. You will never find this ingredient in any of my premium soaps. It’s often used in home soap making because it is cheap. It won’t produce a premium bar.

Lard– Better known as fat from a slaughtered pig. A very cheap soap ingredient that will never create a premium soap

Pomace Olive Oil– Another cheap oil produced from the dregs of olives when no more oil can be squeezed out. They add a chemical, Hexane, to the dregs to remove any oil remaining. Then the manufactures try to remove the chemical. I only use first press organic olive oil.

.The risk of benzopyrene contamination occurs when the heating method used to evaporate the solvent exceeds 300 degrees Celsius (572 degrees Farenheit). In these instances, the fat is liquefied into fluid and then drips out of the olive pomace, but the problem is that the insanely high heat results in the partial combustion of the oil with the rest of the physical pomace. This can cause the rapid accumulation of benzopyrenes in the final product.

I have seen soap made with these cheaper oils priced at $10/bar. My most expensive bar is $6. It contains the very expensive imported Bulgarian Lavender essential oil. My average price is $5/bar.

“you can’t Make A Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear”. This is a true adage! You will see many soap companies make the statement that using animal fat and pomace creates a quality bar of soap and that makes no sense on any level. Garbage in, garbage out! It just won’t happen.

All the cold process, handmade soap in my shop is created using first press organic olive oil, Organic Coconut oil, organic palm oil, organic raw cocoa butter, organic jojoba oil, organic goat milk, and a combination of other organic ingredients depending on the formulation I am using. This is how you create a premium high grade soap! Experience The Difference.

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How To Become A Smurf

There are many things that can be added to soap. Most are really helpful, like Cocoa Butter, some are absolutely useless, many are fads and will be dumped by the wayside and some carry an element of danger. It’s the latter one I am calling your attention to, the element of danger.

In doing a routine search through Google, soap containing silver had many listings. In a nutshell, using soap containing silver, will, over time, give you that Smurf coloring to your skin. Its a blue gray color and is permanent! Colloidal silver is the culprit and the condition is argyria.

The silver builds up In your bodies tissues over time, in your skin, eyes, nails and internal organs. Let me say again, It is permanent.

People who manufacture soap and other products utilizing colloidal silver make unproven health claims. Silver has no known purpose in the body. Nor is it an essential mineral, as some sellers of silver products claim.

They often claim their products are cure-alls, boosting your immune system, fighting bacteria and viruses, and treating cancer, HIV/AIDS, shingles, herpes, eye ailments and prostatitis. No sound scientific studies to evaluate these health claims have been published in reputable medical journals. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has taken action against some manufacturers of colloidal silver products for making unproven health claims.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that colloidal silver isn’t safe or effective for treating any disease or condition.

What Science Says About the Safety and Side Effects of Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver can cause serious side effects. The most common is argyria, a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, which is usually permanent.

Colloidal silver can also cause poor absorption of some drugs, such as certain antibiotics and thyroxine (used to treat thyroid deficiency).

The FDA also warned in 1999 that colloidal silver isn’t safe or effective for treating any disease or condition.

The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission have taken action against a number of companies for making misleading claims about colloidal silver products.

Don’t fall for false advertising. Colloidal Silver has absolutely NO place in handmade soap and will pose a danger to you and yours!

 

Winter Dry Skin

There is an unparalleled beauty in the Winter season. Large white flakes drifting softly to earth, tree boughs drooping under its weight, and a Currier and Ives beauty to our winter vista. Such is the beauty of the Winter season. It turns us pensive as we watch Winters drama unfold.

There is a price to pay though for Mother Natures gift to us. Life is often about the supposition that for every good there is a bad consequence. Our skin pays that price. Cold winter air is very drying, as is the heated indoor air.

According to studies from the University Of Maryland Medical Center the most common causes of winter dry skin include:

🔴 Cold air outside and heated air inside cause low humidity

🔴 Forced-air furnaces make skin even drier.

🔴 Indoor heat causes the skin to lose moisture and it may even

crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed.

🔴 Bathing too frequently, especially with harsh detergent grocery

store bars

🔴 Bathing with very hot water

🔴 Eczema may cause dry skin and is worse in winter

The good news is that much of this can be prevented. Here are some hints:

✔️ Keep your showers short

✔️ Use lukewarm, not hot, water

✔️ Use a premium, handmade soap for dry skin, not a detergent bar

✔️ Pat the skin dry leaving some moisture on the skin

✔️ Applying moisturizers within 3 minutes of showering to seal in

moisture

✔️ Reapply moisturizers frequently during the day

✔️ Increase your water intake during the day to stay hydrated

My shop, Uptown Girl Soap, has many bars of premium soap formulated for dry, sensitive skin. I know they work because, having very dry skin, I use them myself.

Skin Rescue – . A powerhouse in a very unpretentious bar of soap. As pure, organic, and natural, vegan, as possible. No color or scent added. The rich creamy color comes from a double infusion of organic Calendula flowers and a Calendula tea to mix with the lye. Excellent to maintain normal skin and really shines when skin needs a bit of help.

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Shea Butter Soap- The Shea Butter Institute recommends shea butter for a host of skin problems, including winter dry skin. This bar is Shea Butter heavy and you will feel a difference in one shower. Handmade, organic, vegan and natural soap at its best. The creamy color is from the oils and the shea butter.

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Goat Milk Soap – Goat milk consists of natural emollients and triglycerides that act as natural moisturizer.

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There are many others that will help with dry, sensitive skin, but these are my favorites. There is no need to suffer with winter dry skin as there are easy ways to return your skin to a normal condition. I also have several different skin moisturizers to get you through the winter season! Before you know it, it will be time to dust off your bikinis.

Happy 4th Of July

As the wheel turns the seasons fly. Wasn’t it just spring? The summer is flying by and soon we will see pumpkins on the horizon. But, before all that happens, it’s time to take a minute and appreciate this beautiful country we live in. With all it’s ups and downs, there is none better. “Home of the Brave and the Free”. . . . song lyrics that says it all.

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. On July 2nd, the continental congress declared that the 13 American colonies considered themselves a new nation, the United States of America, and not a part of the British Empire.

And so we will celebrate this great country with parades, speeches and a gathering of family at back yard BBQ’s. Uptown Girl Soap wishes a safe and happy 4th of July to each and every one. Take a minute and remember why we celebrate this day.

 

 

 

It’s All About Choices

Nothing causes more controversy then the addition of color and scent in soap. I create soap using both, but I also create natural soap for those who would prefer nothing additional in their soap. It’s all about choices!

I personally enjoy a beautiful bar of skin loving soap that smells just awesome. It goes, I think, to aroma therapy, and scent can indeed lift the mood and heighten the spirits. Find the right scent and you too can sing in the shower.

I source my scents and colors very carefully. Phthalates is one of the current buzz words to strike fear into the heart. If you live on this planet you will come in contact with phthalates every day. They are found in hundreds of products found in the home. Many of them in plastic products to make the plastic softer. They had even been found in babies binky until the FDA stepped in and had them removed.

When used in fragrances the phthalates extend the scent. The fragrance industry has removed the phthalates from most of their scents and those are the ones I buy for my soap. I also use essential oils for scent, but most don’t hold very well, except for a few like peppermint.

People automatically think essential oils are safer because they come from plant material, but it just isn’t so. Some can be quite dangerous and many are used, to this day, in creating medications. Digitalis is one example. It comes from the beautiful Foxglove plant. During pregnancy it’s safest to avoid all things that are unnecessary. Like color and scent. I have natural soap to use during pregnancy.

Color enhances the beauty of the soap and allows for some awesome creations. What a drab world this would be without color. I follow the FDA guidelines for color and scent. They are very clear on the do’s and the thou shall not’s.

A bar of soap is a great canvas for the artistic spirit. While its true you will get just as clean with a white bar of soap, think of all the fun you will miss. Remember, it’s all about choices.

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Happy Bubbles!

An Adventure In Soap Making!

One of the most aggravating problems in soap making is a fragrance that causes rapid acceleration of the soap batter. I just hit another one with Angel. It was a request by one of my customers and I gladly make those. Acceleration is when, adding the fragrance oil, you go from loose batter to almost instant soap.

Had the design and colors worked out in my head. Prepped the colors and added the lye solution to the oils. I had planned on a white background with hot pink and purple swirling through out. And then the Soap Fairies hit! They do exist. Just make a well planned soap. They will introduce themselves.

As I mixed the fragrance into the color prepped pitchers I knew I was doomed! Acceleration! Now theres acceleration and then there acceleration. I had the latter. Verging on seizure, also known as soap in a pot!

I dumped, literally, the white into the mold, rapidly followed by the pink and purple which floated on the hard white. Not a damn swirl to be seen. So I did the only sensible thing, and grabbed my big spoon and beat it into submission. A new technique in soap making. Now I have made soap for almost 20 years and none of that experience counts. No predicting acceleration. You just keep your big spoon handy.

So I made an executive decision. (I’m the CEO when I’m not cleaning up.) no more Hot Angel soap. That lasted until my customers wanted to know when the new batch will be ready. That’s the Soap Fairies you hear giggling in the background. So, today I grabbed my big spoon and did battle. We now have another batch of Hot Angel soap for Uptown Girl Soap. No swirls. Try some and hear your skin sing the Glory Alleluia song. No, it isn’t the Soap Fairies. Your skin can recognize the difference between quality soap and all the rest.
Happy Bubbles!

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Use coupon code TAKE20 to receive 20% off your favorite soaps and bath items. No limit on quantity! Large varity of fragrances and designs. As well as a natural line and men’s division . . . Something for everyone.

Have a great summer and stay safe.

 

How Far Would You Go?

As the population ages, anti- aging skin care increases, especially within the nations holding the highest number of baby boomers. That includes the USA. Individuals born between 1946 and 1964 are the biggest consumers of anti-aging services and products. More than 8,000 individuals are added per day to the count of people above 65 and this trend is expected to continue.

The USA is the biggest market when it comes to skin care. Facial anti-aging skin products generated sales of approximately 1.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. Total skin care sales were 2.8 billion US dollars in 2014. Now those are some serious numbers for skin care. So it’s safe to say, people take skin care, especially anti-wrinkle products, to a very high level. So just how far would they go?

When it comes to skin and looking good, women are willing to go to any length in search of that fountain if youth. Here are some astonishing skin treatments and numbers.

🔴 45% opted for sheep placenta face masks. The stem cells are purported to increase collagen and tighten the skin. I don’t know about you, but for me, there is a big yuck factor.

🔴 41% were willing to try Bee Venom. This one is said to smooth out wrinkles and fool the skin to produce more collagen. Very costly when you consider you can get a bee to bite you for free.

🔴 39% went for Vampire Face Masks. Blood is taken from your body and injected into your face. This has a really high yuck factor. This process creates platelet rich plasma. It is said to remove fine lines and, since the results are instant, it can be done before a special occasion. I know of no occasion special enough to give this a go.

🔴 38% opted for leeches. Yes, the little blood suckers. Demi Moore has admitted to undergoing this treatment. It involves placing leeches on your face and letting them detoxify your blood giving you a fresher and younger looking face. For me, this one really rings the yuck bell since bugs of any type terrify me.

🔴 30% were positive a sperm facial could turn back the clock. Researchers have said  a component called spermine, present in semen, is rich in anti-oxidants, and when applied on the face, can prevent the skin from ageing and give it a smoother texture. I’m not saying a single word on this one. I did think though that the researchers might be male and willing donors.

🔴 25% went the bird poo route. This bit of insanity came from Japan and is called the Geisha Facial. Many celebs go this route. Better than leeches I suppose. Marginally!

🔴 21% for Cryotherapy. Demi Moore opted for this one also. You expose yourself to temperatures below 140 degrees for a short period of time. It is said to eliminate toxins and help regenerate tissues, plus stimulating collagen production. Sounds like the road to serious frost bite to me.

🔴 19% Cactus Massage. Thorns removed, this one is supposed to detoxify the skin, hydrate and heal it too, especially if they missed a thorn. Worldwide spa clinics utilize this facial at a very high price.

🔴 15% are into Urine Therapy. Drink it or wear it to give one a glowing and wrinkle free skin. It is said to have anti- aging properties, but if it was in your body already, and you have wrinkles, my guess is that it isn’t going to work. What more can you say?

🔴 14% are for Gold Facials. Chinese women ran a gold roller over their face for cell renewal and collagen production. This lead to the gold mask facial utilizing 24 karat gold and a gold flake serum to hydrate and smooth the skin instantly. I like my gold in a bracelet, around my wrist where I can see it. Just rub it on your face before closing the clasp. I am a firm believer in multi- tasking.

So, there you have the current insanity on the never ending journey to the fountain of youth. At an exorbitant fee! Take your pick! Or, buy my $5 bar of premium, handmade soap, use sun screen and avoid large doses of sun for excellent youth retention. That’s a no brainer in my book.

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Happy Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for this year? Some years are harder then others to find that answer. Even if you have to look harder, there is always some little thing. Find it!
I was blessed with three amazing sons and a very special daughter in law. That’s one of my many blessings . . . she agreed to marry my son. He got very lucky that day. As did my entire family.
Take a minute from the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, and remember what your blessings are. They may be buried under the problems every family encounters, but know that they are there. You just have to look.
Wishing a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours.
Uptown Girl Soap
Janice (CEO), Ray (Shipping), Jeff (2nd in Command) and The Duke Of Earl (Head Of Security)

A Christmas Tale

Here Comes Christmas

There is simply no stopping it! I know, I tried. I don’t think there is any other holiday that causes as much stress, has a super high price tag, and leaves us totally exhausted. It’s time, once again, to begin our never ending search for that perfect present.

Like many others, I swear every year to get a jump on it and finish early. In my dream world I will have purchased every gift, have them wrapped to perfection, the house will be spotless and decorated to rival Martha Stewart, and I sip wine by the fireplace, awaiting the arrival of guests for my gourmet cooked Christmas dinner. Then reality sets in!

It’s Christmas Eve morning and time to begin the insane shopping and cooking. By 6pm I’m drinking the wine straight out of the bottle! The fireplace part of the dream deserted me just as the fire engine pulls away from my house. Seems you have to open the flue before lighting the damn thing. Memo to self, don’t play with matches.

All the “good will toward man” bonhomie leaves us as sweaters go on sale for 50% off at the local mall and there is only a half dozen left. This could get ugly if one more person steps on my foot. Next year I will get an early start.

And If one more person tells me, in the month of July “Oh yes, I just finished my Christmas shopping and everything is wrapped.”, I will have no holiday worries as Big Bertha and I commiserate behind bars, awaiting trial.

So, unless you want to join me and my new best friend, Big Bertha, give some thought to getting a start on this years holiday madness.

Ho, Ho, Ho!