Arrowroot: The Forgotten Rhizome July 14 2015

What is it?

  • Arrowroot powder is the highly nutritious starch derived from the root/rhizome of several tropical plants – depending on location sourced.
  • It is a white, silky powder. 
  • It is a cosmetic thickening agent.
  • American Indians used arrowroot powder mixed with water to make a paste that was then applied to wounds caused by poisonous arrows.  Hence the name:  arrowroot
  • It has moisture absorbing and softening properties.
  • Often used in papermaking as a fine white additive.
  • Also used in  Interested in photography, check out the read on paper making.

Uses on the epidermis?

  • Add to lotions as a thickening agent.  Arrowroot not only thickens lotions, but adds a softening element to the skin because it helps active ingredients penetrate the upper levels of the skin.
  • Use in place of baby powder (talc is a synthetic ingredient and, as of late, has been in the news with mentions of being a carcinogenic).
  • Great in cosmetic powder formulations (it’s silky, white and easy to incorporate into colors).
  • Great for acne prone skin!  Because arrowroot absorbs oils (moisture in general), it works as an ingredient in face powder.  It will absorb oil, penetrate the skin and heal blemishes, all at the same time!  Not just good for oily skin.  It’s beneficial for all skin types.
  • DIY deodorant!  Mix with coconut oil and a little baking soda (and light fragrance if desired).  It assists in eliminating toxins, absorbs moisture and ultimately reduces odor!
  • Use as a dusting powder, bronzer, eye shadow....etc
  • Dry Shampoo:  Massage a small amount of arrowroot powder into your scalp and brush!  It will absorb oils in the hair and on the scalp.
  • Face Mask:  A little lemon juice, a little arrowroot powder and a little plain yogurt.  Voila!  A face MASK!
  • Sugar scrubs, bath teas, bath bombs, etc.
  • Sunburn treatment.

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Free Shipping through August 15th! July 08 2015

We know it’s summer.

Kids are out of school. May be they’re in camp or maybe you’re planning some family getaways. Maybe it’s time to do some traveling or get that cute haircut you've been wanting. Whatever the case, it’s time to slow down and relax, worry a little less. Everyone wants to be able to take some time off and still stay within their budget. And we want to help you do just that.

Until August 15th, 2015, we are offering free shipping for the continental U.S. on everything we carry. Here’s your chance to stock up and get ready for the fall holidays before we go back to regular shipping fees.

Enjoy your summer. Travel, swim, laugh, dance. Whatever your pleasure. Have fun and drink lots of water… it’s hot out there!

And don't forget the sunscreen!

Please read our shipping page to see details and policies.

What ingredients are in YOUR red mica? July 06 2015

We wrote an article today about a certain ingredient that might be in the mica you may have purchased from other mica suppliers.  Many red, pink, purple and brown mica contain carmine, which is a red pigment that originates from crushed female insects, specifically Dactylopius coccus. 

Mad Oils wants to make sure that when you choose Mad Oils for any product we carry, you know exactly what you’re getting.  Mad Oils only carries 100% vegan products. Even fragrance oils contain animal content! (what?!?!)  We have been using suppliers that understand the importance of our choice and  have certified the products they make for or sell to us is 100% vegan.

Please go read the whole blog post on carmine and cosmetics.



New Flat Rate Shipping Choice May 01 2015

We offered extremely low priced shipping for close to a year. The shipping tiers were $3, $5, $8 and free shipping at $75. We ate 90% of the shipping costs, overall in the 11 months we've been in business. We couldn't continue offering the same quality goods for the same prices unless we charged more for shipping (closer to actual shipping) or raised our product prices.

We spent a long time discussing how to fix the shipping conundrum.

#1:  We could have offered free shipping and raised our prices significantly. But, as many of you know, free shipping IS NOT really free. It is always worked into the price of the goods being sold. Free shipping is appealing to the consumer (I fall into the trap as a consumer even though I know the the truth!) and yet, comparing prices is always on the consumer's mind. We want to be competitive in price as our competitors.

The other choice for shipping was:

#2:  We could create a flat rate shipping across the board whether you spent $5 or $100, but that would scare off the buyer who only wants to try a few samples.

On a separate note:  Because many of our customers who buy low or medium flashpoint oils do not read the shipping restrictions which state that those oils MUST ship via UPS by law, but often do not choose UPS, having the $9.95 choice enabled us to not get completely killed on shipping... UPS packages start at $9+ and go up from there; A 3 lb package, which is one of the the most common, to California costs $16+!

So, we had to make a choice. We are not out to get anyone, nor are we wanting to squeeze people for their money. We just want to provide excellent goods to remarkable people. The shipping costs have become so extreme, it's almost higher than the costs of goods sold half the time! CRAZY, I tell you!

It is important that we get feedback from people. We DID get some feedback from someone who wanted a few mica samples but didn't want to pay a high price for shipping to get them. As of tonight, I added a flat rate for our customers in the Continental United States purchasing ONLY mica samples and 1 oz jars of micas for only $6.10.  We will use Flat Rate Padded Envelopes to send them to you.  Let's see how this works out for you. 

As I have always mentioned to you, we are here for you and we want your experience here to be wonderful.  If you are having problems with anything or you want to talk to us about something, speak up.  We want to hear from you.  Thank you Miss Jessica.  Because of you, we now have a small mica flat rate shipping choice!!

Thanks, all for your patience as we weather through our shipping issues.