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Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Story of Nylon

Vintage nylon pantyhose

Women show off their nylon pantyhose to a newspaper photographer, circa 1942. (Photo by Dale Rooks)

Organic chemist and overall science nerd Wallace Hume Carothers (1896-1937) probably never projected the eventual fervor for alluring bikinis or sexy pantyhose when he invented the now indispensable material of nylon in the labs of the DuPont chemical company in 1935.

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African Black Soap

Cleaning shea nuts in Mali.

Woman cleaning shea nuts in Ouelessebougou, Mali.

Traditionally produced in areas across West Africa, especially Ghana and Togo, African black soap is a multi-purpose cleanser that can be used on the entire body. It’s been used to remedy everything from acne (and its attendant scarring), to allaying the discomforts of eczema and psoriasis, alleviating dandruff and itchy scalp, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

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