From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new
series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to
haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal
penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable
New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected
conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.
If you have some free time I would recommend it. I finished the series 1 and cannot wait till 6th June for the second one.
Another netflix success. Netflix Orange is the New Black
Do you have enough of cheap smelling fake chocolate and vanilla soaps? Or maybe you decided to spend those extra pennies on the soaps which, just because don't have dangerous ingredients in them, are unreasonably priced? I know you want just organic products, but you also like the lovely smelly foam in the bath...well you cannot have it all. I would like to introduce you to the aleppo soap. Never heard of it? Well just like you haven't heard of shea butter some time ago, you will see it more. What is it?
Aleppo soap (also known as savon d'Alep, laurel soap, Syrian soap, or ghar soap, the Syrian word for 'laurel') is a handmade, hard bar soap. Aleppo soap is classified as a Castile soap as it is a hard soap made from olive oil and lye, from which it is distinguished by the inclusion of laurel oil.
The origin of Aleppo soap is lost in time. Although claims of its great antiquity abound, such as references in the popular press to Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Queen Zenobia of Syria using Aleppo soap, these claims have yet to be verified by Scholarly method. It is commonly thought that the process of soap-making emanated from
the Levant region (of which Aleppo is a main city) and to have moved
west from there to Europe after the first crusades based on the claim
that the earliest soap made in Europe was just after the crusades, but
in fact the Romans in the first century AD knew about soap and Zosimos of Panopolis ca. 300 AD described soap and soapmaking. Today most Aleppo soap, especially that containing >16% of laurel oil, is exported to Europe and East Asia. Traditional Aleppo soap (Ghar) is made by the "hot process". First, the olive oil is brought into a large, in-ground vat along
with water and lye. Underneath the vat, there is an underground fire
which heats the contents to a boil. Boiling lasts three days while the
oil reacts with the lye and water to become a thick liquid soap. The laurel
oil is added at the end of the process, and after it is mixed in, the
mix is taken from the vat and poured over a large sheet of waxed paper
on the floor of the factory. At this point the soap is a large, green, flat mass, and it is
allowed to cool down and harden for about a day. While the soap is
cooling, workers with planks of wood strapped to their feet walk over
the soap to try to smooth out the batch and make it an even thickness. The soap is then cut; three workers drag a rudimentary, rake-like
cutting device through the soap to cut it one way, then again the other
way until the whole mass is cut into individual cubes. Each cube is
stamped with the soap artisan's name. The cubes of soap are then stacked in staggered cylinders to allow
maximum air exposure. Once they have dried sufficiently, they are put
into a special subterranean chamber to be aged for six months to a year. While it is aging, the soap goes through several chemical changes.
First, and most importantly, the free alkaline content of the soap (the
alkaline which did not react with the oil during saponification)
breaks down upon slow reaction with air. The moisture content of the
soap is also reduced, making the soap hard and long lasting. And lastly,
the color of the outside of the soap turns a pale gold, while the
inside remains green. Modern Aleppo soaps are manufactured using a "cold process" and contain olive and laurel oils, and may contain a variety of herbs and/or essential oils.
Traditional Aleppo soap is made with 100% natural, olive and laurel berry oils, water and lye The relative concentration of laurel oil (typically from 2% - 30%) determines the quality and cost of the soap. In the 20th century, with the introduction of cold process soap
making, Allepian soap artisans began introducing a variety of herbs and
essential oils to their soaps.
Skin care properties
Aleppo soap can be used daily as soap for washing and shampooing, as
face mask, as shaving cream, and for bathing infants and babies The soap is effective against insect bites
and is used for a variety of skin ailments such as skin allergies,
irritated skin or conditions such as general dermatitis like eczema,
psoriasis, bacterial dermatitis, acne, herpes, rosacea, it also helps
prevent hair loss and it aids in the recovery of skin diseases. Laurel oil is an effective cleanser, antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-itching agent. Compounds extracted from Laurus Nobilis have recently been identified as an inhibitor of human melanoma (skin cancer) cell proliferation,
as well as inhibiting other human tumor cell growths such as amelanotic
melanoma, renal cell adenocarcinoma, and breast cancer cell lines. Olive oil has been known for generations not only for its healing
qualities but also as a natural, deep penetration moisturizer,
regenerating skin cells and softening the tissue. Unlike most soaps, Aleppo soap will float in water.
Aleppo soap is made from natural oils derived from the fruits of olive and laurel trees and is biodegradable.
Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he
exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own
cabinet members including the President of the United States himself.
Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his
equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by
storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this
Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name.
Written byJacob Oberfrank
I watched with delight the BBC version and iked it a lot. Now I finished the second serie of American one and I just cannot wait for more! If you haven't seen it, you have to give it a go. You won't regret it. Clever dialogs, unexpected story line and of course Kevin Spacey, as a main character. If you think you are not a fan of a political drama, you will change your mind. After the Wire and Breaking Bad I missed a good serie. Do yourself a favour and watch it. IMDB
Who said that only high heels can build a sophisticated look? If your comfort is a priority, flats are your best friends. My collection is getting bigger but it is ridiculously small comparing to Olivia Palermo's one.
Let's take some inspiration from this lady.