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I'm volunteering at my local community college's pottery class starting tomorrow. I had a great teacher and want to make beginning wheel throwing less frustrating for this new crop of students. I hope they'll love pottery as much as I do!


Pottery is really hard on my hands, which are sometimes so dry they crack afterwards. I'd love the hard lotion bar.

2 years, 8 months ago on Made-On Hard Lotion & Hair Product Review + Giveaway


I need to be persuaded that whatever they're pitching me will ultimately reduce my impact in some way. If I don't need it, I don't care what other criteria it matches for green-ness -- it's still not green by my standards. No 'eco-friendly' recycled plastic cupcake holders, please! I guess that makes me a tough sell. 

2 years, 10 months ago on Pitch Me Your Green Product, but Skip the Greenwash. Here's How.


I'm with you on the cosmetics. I think I've tried just about every natural-ish (including solid) shampoo and have yet to find one that works as well as my old Citre Shine. I wash my face with a sprinkle of baking soda and jojoba oil -- mix the two, apply to damp skin. It's not too drying because of the oil, and the baking soda has just enough texture to clean. I have super sensitive, oily, breakout prone skin but am amazed by how well this has been working for me. If you have dry skin, you can also add a dollop of honey to the mixture. I don't know if jojoba oil comes in glass, but one 4oz bottle lasts me about a year.


If you have a few minutes to spare, almond milk is really simple to make and tastes much, much better than the storebought stuff. I soak 1 c of raw almonds overnight, drain, put them in my blender with 2-3 c filtered water and half a vanilla bean. Blend, strain through a cotton bag. I'm cheap, so I add yet another cup of water to the almond pulp and blend and strain again. Then just add a little sugar and a pinch of salt to taste and store in the fridge. 

2 years, 11 months ago on Plastic-Free Progress Report: Sarah Schmiechen