Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The 44 Pound Hammer!



A dear friend sent this video to me this morning. And while I'm not a huge country music fan (you wouldn't have guessed right? LOL), I give Bryan Glover kudos for having the courage to stand up for what he believes in. Even if it did cost him his job. Yes, that's right folks, Bryan was fired because of this song. Because of freedom of speech.

Now, everyone knows that I'm so NOT a Tea Party supporter of which I'm sure this song is birthed from. However, it really pisses me off that apparently now we American Citizens living in a country "supposedly" governed by the US Constitution can now be fired from our jobs for living according to that same constitution!! Which is exactly what this man did. He lived according to the rule of Free Speech grated u by that Constitution. And now it is called "political Incorrectness"?? WTF??!

As of yesterday, my credit union will no longer allow me to access my account online without "registering" my computer with their main computer. Excuse me!! WTF?! So according to them, it is a new mandatory security rule. To me, it is just another freedom relinquished. Another invasion of privacy mandated by our new government. Just exactly what kind and how much access does this registration give to my credit union? Or to be more exact, the Feds?

If ever we lived under a Stalinist Rule it is now folks!! The US has grown into a Fascist Pig obese from consumerism and corporate rule! Welcome to communist America. Oh! did I say that? You bet your ass I did! If you have a problem with it, take it up with #44!

Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy.

As always, this is just my own personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of my family, friends or co-workers. 
Blessed Be,
GW

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Bunny Factor

The Bunny Effect of The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010
At Valhalla Soap Co. we have always made it our mission to bring you safe, natural, quality products, while leaving the smallest impact on Mother Earth as possible. Along with that, we have been and will always be opposed to animal testing in any form. Why should a product made for humans, be tested on innocent animals? Many of you have been our testers at some point or another. I find it interesting that the government can sanction animal cruetly, torture and the like in the name of "testing". But the general public is arrested for lesser degrees of cruelty towards animals. What is the difference?? Cruelty is cruelty! Torture is torture!! It's dispicable and disgusting regardless of who the perpetrator is!!

That is why I was stunned when I had read that Anne-Marie of Brambleberry uncovered how the EU Initiative increased the number of animal tests, rather than what I thought the EU was committed to doing, which was decreasing the number of animal tests.







We have always strived to bring you Cruelty Free Products. However, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 will force our industry into even more testing on animals than the EU Inititative has caused. Certified Vegan and Cruelty Free Cosmetics will become virtually non-existent if this bill is passed. And it will not make personal care cosmetics any safer for human topical use with the passage of HR 5786. THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!

We urge you to please read the Bunny Factor (below) and then vote to Oppose The Safe Cosmetics Act with these action steps. The testing required by REACH is significantly less than what would be required here in America to comply with HR 5786.

The Bunny Factor
Source Anne-Marie Faiola

When the European Union passed REACH, the proponents of REACH legislation suggested that the testing would use 9 million laboratory animals and the ongoing costs for conducting the tests would amount to €1.3 billion. The study now published by Costanza Rovida and Thomas Hartung suggests that the testing required would involve 54 million vertebrate animals and that the costs would amount to €9.5 billion (20 times more animals and cost 6 times as much as previously stated). Animal testing is the most viable form of testing for many of the allergen, toxicity, reproductive health (etc.) issues that HR 5786 purports to protect against, yet the very bill that is requiring the testing is calling for a decrease in animal testing and in fact is requiring a testing method that is ‘superior in scientific quality’ to animal testing. Unless humans can be used, sadly bunnies and primates are still the ‘gold standard’ for safety substantiation of data.

• C. Rovida & T. Hartung: Re-evaluation of animal numbers and costs for in vivo tests to accomplish REACH legislation requirements for chemicals – a report by the Transatlantic Think Tank for Toxicology. ALTEX 26, 1/09.

• T. Hartung & C. Rovida: Chemical regulators have overreached. Opinion in Nature, vol. 460, 27 August 2009.

• Nwaogu, T. & Vernon, J; European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry: Impact of European Regulation on the EU Cosmetics Industry September 2007

• Source: UK Department of Trade and Industry (2004): Final Regulatory.

• Frost & Sullivan: Active Ingredients – Key Drivers, Constraints and Challenges in the European Markets

**Original Blog post came from Essential U Blog. I've paraphrased, edited and added my own 2 cents :-)

Friday, August 13, 2010

The history behind Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is widely considered the unluckiest day of the year. But why?


We all have a dose of friggatriskaidekaphobia - or the fear of Friday the 13th. People have for centuries. In fact, the original thought behind why the date is so unlucky can be traced back to 1700 B.C. The number 13 has always been regarded as doomed. The ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi omits the number 13 in its list of laws. Many tall buildings still to this day do not have a 13th floor.

The number is not the only thing with a negative connotation. Fridays, in general, have had a heavy cloud hanging over them for decades. Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s.
What about the tie to Friday specifically? Another theory given by author Charles Panati, one of the leading authorities on the subject of "Origins," maintains that the superstition can be traced back to ancient myth. In Norse mythology, Friday is named for Frigga, the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility. When Norse and Germanic tribes converted to Christianity, Frigga was banished in shame to a mountaintop and labeled a witch. It was believed that every Friday, the spiteful goddess convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil — a gathering of thirteen — and plotted ill turns of fate for the coming week. For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as "Witches' Sabbath."

Another theory as to why Friday the 13th has a bad rap is due to a monastic military order in Jerusalem in 1307. The Knights Templar became extraordinarily powerful and wealthy with their order to protect Christian pilgrims during the Crusades. According to one expert, King Philip was threatened by that power and eager to acquire their wealth, so he secretly ordered the mass arrest of all the Knights Templar in France on Friday, October 13, 1307 - Friday the 13th.
Jesus also died on a Friday and there were 13 people at the Last Supper. That is not the only calamitous event in the Bible that occurred on a Friday. Eve offered a devilish apple to Adam on a Friday. The Great Flood started on a Friday. The confusion at the Tower of Babel also happened on a Friday.

A further theory goes back to a combination of Paganism, Christianity, and the Battle of Hastings. For many, the number 13 was considered a lucky number (such as 13 lunar cycles each year), but with the efforts of Christianity attempting to degrade all things Pagan, they promoted 13 as an unlucky number, with Friday thus also being considered a bad day of the week. However, on Friday the 13th of October 1066, the decision was made by King Harold II to go to battle on Saturday Oct. 14, rather than allow his troops a day of rest (despite his army having made a long and arduous march from a battle near York just 3 weeks earlier).
Thirteen is so unlucky, in fact, that in 1881 an organization called the Thirteen Club attempted to improve the number's reputation. At the first meeting, the members (all 13 of them) walked under ladders to enter a room covered with spilled salt. The club lasted for many years and grew to more than 400 members, including five U.S. Presidents: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

Here are other superstitions that many people observe:
•Don't walk under a ladder

•Don't let a black cat cross your path

•If you break a mirror, you'll have seven years bad luck

•Don't open an umbrella indoors

•Step on a crack and you'll break your mother's back

•It's bad luck to sing or sleep at the table

•A bird that comes in through a window is bad luck

•Don't refuse a kiss under mistletoe

•Don't chase someone with a broom

•Don't drop a dishcloth

•Only get out of bed on the same side that you got in bed

•Don't rock an empty rocking chair

•Don't wear an opal unless it's your birthstone

•Don't smell dandelions, otherwise you'll wet the bed

•Don't give someone a wallet without money in it
 
 
Source: http://www.woodtv.com/dpps/news/strange/the-history-behind-friday-the-13th_3544981

Sunday, August 8, 2010

WOW Contest Winner!

As promised, we have a winner for our first WOW (Whacked Out Wednesday) Contest which was held last Wednesday.

As you can see from the screen shot below from Random.Org, the Winner is Sian O'Brien (#1 on the list) with her whacked out "Call of the Wild" fragrance blend. Which really isn't whacked out at all with its earthy blend of Lavender & Cedar resting on a soft bed of Almond & Shea and sultry notes of Nag Champa & Ambergris. Wild indeed!! We are very anxious to get this blended and see how it performs in the new Limited Edition Products that Sian will be receiving FREE! The rest of you won't want to miss out on this fabulous Limited Time Edition of "Call of the Wild". We will be in production with it for a few weeks, but will alert you all ASAP when it is on the website and ready for purchase.




If anyone has any ideas for another fun WOW game for this week please send them in. You can email us or post it to our Facebook page. Or leave a comment here on our blog. We would LOVE to hear your ideas for any kind of fun games/contests for our Whacked Out Wednesdays!

Oh! And I almost forgot, for the rest of you that played our fun little WOW game, there will be consolation prizes for you all as well. Thanks for participating and making it so much fun!!

Blessed Be,
Donna (GW)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Contest! Whacked Out Wednesdays!! Starts TODAY!!

We've been doing some chatting and came up with what we thought might be a fun little contest/game to play on Wednesdays. Here's how it works:


Whacked Out Wednesdays -
Our Role:

Every Wed. morning we will randomly pick 12 fragrance and/or essential oils from our inventory using Random.org. We will then list them and their descriptions on our Facebook Fan page and our Blog.

Your Role:

1.) Players are to chose 4 (exactly, no more, no less) options from the list.

2.) Formulate a new scent from their choices. For example:

3 parts Ambergris
2 parts Lime
1 part Bay Rum
1 part Ocean

3.) Give your new scent a name.

4). Email us ( sales at valhallasoap dot com ) or message us here on Facebook the formula (recipe) for your new scent and the name you chose for it.

**All entries will be due every Friday at 5:00 pm PST. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced on the following Manic Monday.

The winning scent will be made into a Limited Edition Gift Set (soap, lotion (4 oz), bath bomb). The winner will receive (1) FREE Limited Edition Gift Set.

We think it will be great fun to see all the Whacked Out Wild & Crazy Scent blends that everyone comes up with, lol. So put on your Mad Scientist coats and get to formulating. Happy mixing!!

This weeks list of 12 random scents and thier descriptions are listed below.

1.Iced Gingerbread - fresh baked gingerbread cookie fragrance with the creamy sweet white icing notes.

2.Ethiopian Myrrh - Ethiopian Myrrh is warm, rich, and spicy. Soothing and calming with its slighly balsamic undertones giving depth and balance to this aromatic fragrance oil. A great blender with other fragrance oils such as Roses, Honey, or Neroli.

3.Coffee Caramel - sweet caramel notes swirl around rich roasted coffee notes with a frothy top. Vanilla and milk add creamy smoothness, enhancing this sweet fragrance.

4.Coconut Lime Verbena - a citrus bouquet with its soft floral undertone on a background of musk and sandalwood

5.Ocean - Cool, clean, ocean air.

6.Lemon Verbena - citrus and flowery springtime all at once. Lemon Verbena is fresh and sharp, but beautifully balanced with crisp herbal notes. A bright clean, bodacious lemon scent.

7.Neroli Blossom - a haunting floral scent of fragrant white orange blossoms, velvety magnolia and just a hint of white musk.

8.Lavender & Cedar - Floral-woody top notes of lavender essential oil open the fragrance, along with natural oils of cedarleaf and rosemary.

9.Black Raspberry Vanilla - blend of fruity notes (including: raspberry, peach, lemon and strawberry) on a bed of florals, with a musk bottom note

10.Almond & Shea - mild notes of almond and botanicals with just a hint of vanilla.

11.Nag Champa - An oriental bouquet of Musk and Patchouli with the sweetness of Sandalwood and Rose on an Orange Blossom background.

12.Ambergris - Deep, rich and exotic. A very heavy, warm, musky scent. A great blender for floral scents.


GOOD LUCK!!