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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Our Store Turns 2!

Two years ago today we launched our online store with eight products. Adding an average of two products every week, we’re now at 223! But our goal hasn’t changed: To offer an alternative to the superfluous, to scratch beyond the surface, and to spend an awful lot of time to find what seems right and good.

More than anything else, the last two years have been a time of learning, exploring and getting to know interesting people. This has led to exciting collaborations for both our store and our References (which now contains more than 150 articles or 100,000 words).


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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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