Letter from the Editor:
September 19th, 2010
new year represents Mabel White's tenth anniversary of
making your own natural and quality products at home
while saving your
family money in the process. The end of this great decade also
represents new and innovative forms of delivery of Mabel White
Do-It-Yourself content to multiple platforms such as
RSS feeds. This news
article will cover the best of Mabel White content over the last ten
year span as well as center our writers to create new and exciting
content based on this summation. New content will be submitted on
platforms such a
RSS from our site.
Click here to see what
RSS looks like.
coolest photo of the last ten years is on the bottom of this page! ;)
20% off code for you spoiled people - our "Anniversary" is 2010 -
duration, until midnight Presidents Day or WSL.
Photo of Deborah Dolen courtesy of World
Back to MWHL goals
2010-our future books, for example,
are coming out on
Kindle after Labor
day 2010 and we will be working with
Amazon all summer to this end.
47% of all
Amazon sales are for
Kindle. We embrace these new
technologies because they give Mabel staff a neat chance to interact
with our readers horizontally on platforms such as
Flickr - not just doling out
information vertically. Often our readership has great
improvements and/or contributions on our recipes and formulas. So
this new direction allows the dynamism inherent with neat people and
neat ideas. Best, the new technology also allows us to interact
more frequently. The best
articles and recipes over the last ten years are linked below.
Have a great 2010! Editor in Chief, Deborah R. Dolen
How to "Go Green" with Class While Going Natural as
by Deborah Dolen
Of course you separate your empty cans from your glass
bottles and make sure paper products also go in
dedicated bins meant just for them. You even
bought those hideous looking bags at the grocery store
to make a statement that you do not need paper bags.
You are the recycling role model for your community.
But what about you?
Click here for Going Green 101
treat our bodies like we have another one.
Valentines tip: One
drop of Cassia Essential Oil on a used dryer sheet placed in a heating
vent will make the whole house smell like Red Hots candy. (Don't use
more than a drop in each room. Cassia is STRONG and too much will make
your eyes water!)
Mabel White Articles Over 10 Years
(click title for updated and
Note from Deborah the Editor: The
brightest colors are done and edited by me 2010 and work I strongly
believe in. Much of the content was 4-6 years old where
techniques and materials I swear by have changed a bit. Since I
wrote a lot of material and I am still sifting though it all.
Making perfume is next and a topic that it fun and simple-but I see I
never explained enough. How to make perfume will soon be posted
in the box above. There is enough to keep you busy I should
hope! Please keep checking this page.
Other changes in materials I like? I like
Emu oil again-I am not a vegan so I am over it. I feel it is
one of the most healing oils available and at minimum makes the skin
more supple than any product I have ever touched. I also love it
lanolin 50:50 for harsh weather lip protection.
I still love
vegetable glycerin applied while I am still wet to
solve cold weather itching. It also goes into my lotions, liquid
soaps and any other water based product I can slide it into. VG
attracts moisture from the air.
Hair Conditioner pearls
are back in stock but I need someone else's recipe. I never felt mine
was the best, although it is "ok" and many women have created
some great detanglers type formulas with them.
is great for feeling clean and tingly, check mating any skin itching
and even in the summer to feel cool. I am using that with
vanilla in my lotion and soap recipes a lot. I still swear by
Black Cumin Oil for my face cleansing base and
Bee Pollen oil
for lotion making and any other oil based project.
Tea oil is also great-having an indefinite shelf life because it
is so full of antioxidants-but we make it fresh anyway. Expect a "mint
green" final product with that and black cumin as well!
EmulSoy is back in just not for sale to commercial operations-they
tend to wipe us out. Your main oil base can be Safflower
high in Vitamin E right off the grocery store shelf. The only
reason it is not outrageous in price is another market makes lots of
it or it would be up there with Rose Hip oil and borage. A yes,
I still use
flavor oils to scent all of my bath products when I am not
using straight essential oil, they smell more perfect than the
alternative. Commercial fragrance oils just have too much junk
in them-so I do not sell many fragrances anymore. I take exception to
leather and fresh cut grass as they are great for car and household.
Last but not least-consider my
skin care line, I know I forgot to add
it to the supply store at all when I first talked about it here. I adjusted that.
To see kind of what our
laboratory looks like
click here! I often forget how very cool and inspiring it
all really is!
After ten years of testing and writing, I feel all
of the materials I have listed above have the best bang for the buck. Have
a great 2010 and yes I loved watching that Super Bowl!
Peppermint Breath Freshener Recipe:
day I paid $9 one day for a breath
freshener "Elixir" made by AVEDA. I was at a hair salon and feeling spendy. The
little bottle lasted forever in my purse and really came in handy at the most opportune
times. First was is the definition if elixir? I wanted to know.
Vegetable glycerin is the same sweet base used for edible massage oils.
Recently I found out that little bottle cost no more then 40
cents to make! What do you need to make it? A dram bottle with a
nipple, vegetable glycerin and a just FEW
Peppermint essential oil.
For long term use buy a glass bottle with a dropper. Mix well because Peppermint oil can deteriorate
the plastic. Transfer your potion with a pipette. Highly recommended for
kissing. You can even do an off shoot like strawberry-mint.
menthol crystals are very powerful and can be heated in any
edible oil base. Just a few crystals will do the trick.
This is excellent for those who smoke, or have bad breath for medical
reasons. Very powerful and fresh. You may consider one drop
of clove essential oil for mouth sores and so on. You can also use
a small spray mist bottle.
And this project below summer of 2009 that I designed
from scratch. Many customers aspire to make their hobby room look
like this so great if you can also. I built it around stainless
from Sam's Club and actually wood wine boxes they gave me free
Honorable Mentions: 1
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About Author Deborah Dolen
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Dolen is the
Editor in Chief for Mabel White DIY and author of
over 25 DIY books, 1,000 articles and several TV "how to" Films.
Deborah Dolen is also an environmental writer and has
her own content syndication. Deborah Dolen was widowed
when she was on her 30's and went on to raise three
great daughters in FL up against many obstacles. This
is the time period she generated her most fascinating DIY books.
Dolen was born in a Catholic Infant Home on Niagara
Falls, the U.S. side. It was known as Our Lady of
Victory. Deborah grew up in the Adirondack mountains in
Upstate New York although moved around a lot and always
in transition. Her teenage years were more stable and
thoroughbred race horses were her
passion. She skipped school a lot in the 70's to walk
and groom the likes of Man o' War and Secretariat. When
she was not grooming horses in Saratoga she was hitting
the ski slopes of Killington in Vermont, Pikes Peak, or
Gore Mountain to name a few. To this day K-2's are her
favorite skis and Head are her favorite bindings.
20's Deborah Dolen built some 520 legal clinics for the
poor from the ground up and ran for 17 years. People
simply needed affordable legal access and that still has
not changed much. Having grown up poor and
discriminated against-even disallowed to play with
certain toys...Deborah had never been a quiet type and
bucked many regimes as an adult. In the 80's she felt
almost all legal fees were oppressive to the majority
for no reason and feels they still are. Her
organization helped well over 100,000 people. Many of
those were able to teach other people in turn. As with
health care, Canada does not charge its citizens for
most common family law issues and Deborah feels family
issues, including financial ones, should not be a
feeding frenzy in the states as it still certainly is.
No one should profit of the demise of another person.
forward a few decades and Deborah Dolen is very much
into flying and canine rescue as well as DIY projects
she writes about and films from her Florida home.
Although her passions have always been with horse racing
she is very into auto racing, focus and performance in
Daytona and Charlotte, NC. Deborah presently writes
about environmental topics beyond DIY subjects that will
always fascinate her. Her dog Ringo, adopted from
Katrina, is usually by her side.
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