Open Question: Two qustions, please answer me the truth. please please please.?

i am from south india. i am 19 years old. i have black spots in my cheeks, pimples are there, it will come like small small pimples or a big pimple or it will be last for more than a week, and it make me black spots, i wash my face when i get up. then i guess i have oil skin. am i having oily skin? then doc said to use dove soap. i searched here, i can find that dove is not really good for oily skin. please tell me

1. what skin i have?

2. what soap should i use for my pimple and black spots.

thank you

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Books to Get You Started Making Soap

Creative Soap MakingThese days, many of us learn to make soap by following tutorials, videos and recipes online. There are amazing resources out there to learn practically everything you ever wanted to know. But I still love books, too. There’s something about having the page physically in front of you that seems more practical – more real…as if the information on the page was more reliable than the information on the screen. Well, for those of you that love real books, here is a list of books to get started making cold process soap. If you’re like me, you’ll cherish your soap making books…but find just as much inspiration and instruction at the computer.

Books to Get You Started Making Soap originally appeared on Candle & Soap Making on Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 09:35:58.

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Open Question: Could someone confirm the legal requirements for labelling handmade soap?

I have been making handmade soap for a while now and hoping to sell it to the public. I have my certification and insurance. The certification people do give advice about what to include on labels however I have never seen handmade soap that adheres to these guidelines.Is there a penalty for being found not to? I have been to a very successful ‘handmade’ soap shop and they do not label each soap with batch numbers etc…. finding it all very confusing. If anyone has some information on this that would be great.

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Open Question: Is film really better than digital for movies?

In my opinion, it is. Let’s look at a few details.

First off, frame rates. Most 35mm films are shot at 24p, which is the revered “film-style” frame rate. Video is usually shot at higher frame rates, such as 30p or 60i for broadcast, which results in an unrealistic, “soap opera” effect. Movies shot on digital are still shot at 24p, although newer movies, like The Hobbit, are being shot at 48p, due to “motion blur” prevalent on 24p productions. Now, I believe that 24p is the best frame rate.

Why should I, right? It’s too antiquated, there’s motion blur, and it’s just not the standard anymore. Let’s look a bit more closely, though.

Now, the phenomenon known as motion blur – the common blurring of scenes when panning quickly across a shot – is a non-issue. GASP! Yeah, that is correct – it’s a non-issue. Why? Put your hand in front of your face, and move it from side to side, but do not move your eyes, and focus on ONE POINT in front of you, like your computer’s webcam. Do not deviate from that point. Move your hand from side to side. It blurs, right? Okay, good. Now track your hand with your eyes, moving your eyes in the direction your hand does. Your hand should always be in focus.

This is why motion blur is a non-issue. When we are not tracking our eyes on anything, motion blur exists IN OUR EYES! And do we track objects on a movie screen? No, we don’t, we take in the entire scene in. Higher frame rates allow us to track our eyes, but if we don’t, it makes no difference and the picture is unpleasant, and the tracking movement is extra work for us. 24p is the way to go. It looks real, but just unreal enough to remind us it’s a movie.

Now, let’s talk about picture quality. This is just all in the favor of film. In digital, you have tiny square picture elements. Any straight line that isn’t vertical or horizontal is not smooth, it’s jagged, and even if we can’t see the jagged edges, it is a noticeable degradation in picture quality. Film takes the frame and presents it exactly like how we see it in real life. All lines are distinct and smooth, and the resolution is unbelievably detailed. Colors are pure and true, and film also fades out beautifully. Digital sensors can’t pack in that much detail, because they depend on numbers, and numbers must be limited. Numbers are blocky and jagged. Film is analog, it doesn’t have any numbers. What is recorded is exactly what was seen in real life, and that’s what counts.

The resolution of film is simply unbelievable. It varies from image to image, but the amount of megapixels required to equal a single 35mm negative is approximately 26MP. The digital movie cameras produced today are nowhere close to that number, the highest resolution ones are 5K resolution, which is close to 5-6MP. If you wanted to project a digitally-created movie onto a gigantic display that’s 3 times the size of the screen at your local multiplex, you’d see rapid image quality loss and pixelation. If you try it with film, the loss of quality will be minimal.

So yeah, that’s my little ode to film. No matter what happens, I hope that celluloid still lives on in some form even after video takes over. There’s just something about film that makes us immediately associate it with the movies.


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Mosquitoes and Candles

Mosquito Repelling CandleMosquitoes are in the headlines in my City (Dallas) these days. We’re having a large outbreak of West Nile Virus and the City and County have resorted to aerial spraying. If that’s your situation, it’s probably not a good idea to try to ward off mosquitoes with candles. But if your situation is simpler, candles do offer some repelling action.

Here are some projects that combine mosquito repelling with outdoor decoration that feature mosquito repelling essential oil blends.

Candles are just one part of overall natural mosquito control…but they’re my favorite!

Mosquitoes and Candles originally appeared on Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 08:53:04.

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All About Peppermint Essential Oil

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While most folks may think of peppermint as a “Christmas” fragrance…I actually love it in the summer. The menthol in it gives a real cooling effect…both to the skin and the nose…and I find it wonderful in summertime essential oil blends…or in projects like Peppermint Ice soap. Here’s information about peppermint EO…and some blending ideas and recipes.

All About Peppermint Essential Oil originally appeared on Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 21:10:11.

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Using Your Soap While Camping

A while back I got an email from a soap maker asking about what type of soap she could make and then use on her camping trip. She asked, ““Is handmade soap biodegradable? Is it safe to use when camping when you must be careful not to pollute the environment with products you are using at your campsite?”

It’s a great question…and actually pretty easy to handle. Because we control our own soap recipes…determining exactly what goes into our soaps…we can be quite sensitive to environmental concerns.
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Using Your Soap While Camping originally appeared on Candle & Soap Making on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 10:04:30.

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