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Learn the Science Behind lotions and balms with Walking Mountains

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A simple and fun way to make sure you know what’s going into your body is to make your own body-care products, using ingredients such as shea butter and nuts.
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What: The Science Behind Lotions & Balms.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: Event is sold out.

More information: Visit www.walkingmountains.org/sb for information about upcoming events in the Science Behind series.

We use things such as lotions, lip balms and soap on our skin every day, but these household products don’t just sit on top of our skin. Body-care products can be easily absorbed into our bodies through our skin, by being inhaled and from being licked off of our lips, making it important to know that the products we use are safe for our bodies.

While the European Union has banned more than 1,000 ingredients from being used in cosmetics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has only banned about 10. The FDA doesn’t review or approve the vast majority of personal-care products sold in the United States, leaving consumers to figure out for themselves which products have known or potential carcinogens, hormone disrupters or neurological toxins.

A simple and fun way to make sure you know what’s going into your body is to make your own body-care products. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, presenter Kristen Blizzard will teach you how to make simple, nontoxic balms and lotions as part of the Walking Mountains Science Center’s Science Behind series. Participants will be able to take home an assortment of lotion bars, lip balms, and do-it-yourself recipes.

After discovering the smells and textures of handmade products from boutique chain Lush, Blizzard quickly developed an interest in learning to craft similar concoctions. She has been perfecting the art of home-crafted balms, lotions and massage bars for several years in her own kitchen. She loves to experiment with new recipes and essential oil combinations and is interested in the overall health benefits of utilizing natural ingredients for the body and in the home. Her motto? There’s a replacement product for almost anything — Google it, and have fun trying something new.

The Science Behind Series for adults at Walking Mountains Science Center highlights useful and fun skills with underlying scientific principles. Each class provides a hands-on, interactive component, with instruction from a local subject-matter expert. Classes are held once a month at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.


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