Class Action Lawsuit Against Toshiba

Regarding the Toshiba Satellite® A70, A75, M30X or M35X notebook computers.

Taken from the official looking documents I recieved in the mail November 11, 2006.

If the court approves the settlement and you qualify as a member of the settlement class, you may be entitled to the following benefits:

A 12-month Warranty Extention of your Toshiba Standard Limited Warranty for repairs, effective November 7, 2006.
– A $25 cash payment or a $50 credit voucher for use on toshiba’s website.
– A $35 credit voucher for use on toshiba’s website.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act.

If you have one of these toshiba notebook computers, visit for more details.

I quit counting how many times my toshiba went in for repairs, or even how many weeks I lost during those repairs. But I can say that every time but the last, toshiba “repaired” my laptop. Now, I’m not sure if we get a credit voucher for every time they fix it, but it “breaks” again, or if it’s just how many times they do nothing to it… regardless, for a piddley $25, $35 or $50 voucher to use @ toshiba, I thinks it’s useless.

I am so burned on toshiba, they’ll not get another cent from me – or anyone else I can into buying a different brand. I understand that defective models come out, but we, the consumer shouldn’t get burnt on the deal – as in this case.

I can continue to send in my laptop for repairs… but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle of dealing with CS, (haven’t talked to them in 6 months.. is Eray still there?), shipping it, again and again. My guess is, toshiba is counting on people “getting over it” and moving on. I lucked in to my laptop last year.. it’s not easy for most people to come up with $1500 for a new one.. but it’s on my list for this next year. And it won’t be a toshiba model.

About Our Soaps

Our soaps are not only gentle, but cleansing, lather (creamy or full-bubbles, which may depend on your water type) and smell lovely as well as being pretty enough to display. We also choose oils which are moisturizing so you don’t leave the shower feeling as if you need to slather on a layer of lotion (though, our lotions feel pretty good, if we do say so ourselves!).

We use both fragrance oils and essentials oils and sometimes in combination with each other. We also periodically make soaps containing neither. While some people feel fragrance oils can be irritating, we’ve found that the amount we use is typically not enough to be bothersome. Of course, if it’s irritating to your skin, discontinue use.

All of our soaps are considered Vegan Friendly, even the ones with fragrance oils. Our suppliers have assured us animals play no part in the blending of oils. Periodically, we do make a soap or two which contains honey – this soap will be well labeled. (Note: our ‘Oatmeal Milk & Honey’ fragranced soap does NOT contain real honey.)

Lotion Percentages – Simple lotion making instructions

Many different oils can be combined in varying percentages to create an endless variety of lotion blends, each with their own qualities benefiting your sking in different ways.

To read about the oils we commonly use and their beneficial qualities, read Ingredient and Oil Properties for Soap, Lotion, Serums, Bath and Body.

For our basic lotion recipe, we generally follow these percentages:
74% liquids of choice
Chose liquids based on the qualities you wish to add to your lotion. Lotions can be made using distilled water, milk, hydrosols or teas.

12% oils of choice
Oils should be chosen for their qualities. To help chose, spread a little oil on your own skin. If it feels good, try it. Try one oil, or a blend of oils to create the perfect blend for your skin needs.

5% glycerin (a humectant)
5% emulsifer (blends the oils and water)
3% stearic acid (thickener)
1% fragrance of choice (optional)
Unscented, qualitity fragrance oils, essential oils, or let your hydrosols scent it naturally.

Preservative used in recommended percentage, usually .1%-1% (chose one specifically for water-based products)

Simple instructions for making lotion:
– Combine all ingredients, except fragrance and preservative, heat to melting.
– Blend with mixer or stick blender until cooled.
– At approximately 120 degrees or so, add fragrance and preservative.
– Pour into sterilized containers.

Soft & Silky Handmade Lotion Recipe provides specific ingredients and amounts.

Soap Science 101 – Making Handmade Soap

How handmade soap is made – the process.

All soap is made with a chemical process called, Saponification.

Simply put, a liquid mixture containing sodium hydroxide (a.k.a. lye) is mixed with choice oils/fats/butters. It then goes through the chemical process called saponification. Mixed in the correct proportions and all of the lye mixture molecules and all of the oil/fat molecules pair up, leaving no extra lye molecules. Once the process has completed, the end result is soap.

No soap can be made without the use of sodium hydroxide. If sodium hydroxide was never an ingredient, it is a detergent bar, or similar – this is what you’ll typically find on the grocery shelf.

Unlike our great ancestors, who made soap using ash and fats over an open fire, we are able to use recipes and scales which measure our ingredients exactly – thus, done properly, result in soap that will not ‘burn the hide right off ya’.

Make your own handmade soap using our tutorial: Instructions for Making Crock Pot Handmade Soap.

Ingredient and Oil Properties for Soap, Lotion, Serums, Bath and Body

Ingredient and Oil Properties for Soap, Lotion, Serums, Bath and Body

To help take the mystery out of the ingredients listed in soap, lotion, serum or other products you have received from Momma Muse (or other handmade bath & body companies), here is a list of the commonly used ingredients by common name, label name (the FDA required INCI name – International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients) and description of skin benefits and properties it provides. Don’t let those mysterious names on the labels scare you off – so much of it is just a complicated name given to a simple ingredient.

Almond Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
– An excellent skin softener and moisturizer. Almond oil is great for all skin types but especially beneficial for dry or irritated skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil
Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil
– High in both vitamins A and E. It helps moisturize and soften skin. Helps skin retain it’s elasticity, clarity, and suppleness.

Citric Acid

Cocoa Butter
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter Sodium Cocoa Butterate
– Cocoa Butter is absorbed quickly into the skin to soften, lubricated, moisten and nutrients the skin. Works great to prevent and treat scars, stretch marks, and damage skin.

Coconut Oil
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Sodium Cocoate
– Coconut oil makes a hard bar of soap which lathers beautifully.

– We use a combination of micas, oxides, spices, and clays to achieve colors in our products.

– Used to prevent a greasy feel and impart a soft & silky feel to lotion. Commonly used in lotions to provide a “powdery” feel. Also used in body sprays and bath items (bath salts, etc).

Distilled Water
– We always used distilled for safety and purity.

Emulsifier (a.k.a. ewax)
Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
– Because lotion is made with mixture of both oil and water, an emulsifier is necessary to blend and hold the two together. We have chosen a natural self-emulsifier which helps to provide a natural moisturizing factor found in the skin. Our emulsifier provides a conditioning and softness to the skin.

Ewax – see Emulsifier

Fractionated Coconut Oil
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
– This light oil helps carry therapeutic oils under the skin. Containing medium-chain triglycerides, it also helps moisturize and soothe the skin.

Fragrance Oil
– Fragrance oils are added in small enough quantities to not be an irritant for most people. Yet, we add enough to give a light scent which, in your favorite fragrance, you’ll have a hard time resisting the urge to sniff your hands (again and again!). May not be included in all our lotions, as we are able to make available unscented, scented naturally with hydrosols or with essential oils – usually by special request.

– Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to the skin. This is the whole idea of lotion right? To moisturize our skin, keeping it soft. Good stuff.

INCI depends on the hydrosol used.
– Hydrosols are also known as floral waters, essential waters, or distillates. They are purified waters which occur during the process of extracting essential oils from plants and flowers. The hydrosols we use are all natural, containing no added fragrance.

Infusions and Teas
– In some recipes, infused oils with herbs, or create a tea, using distilled water and herbs are used to maximize the benefits of specific plants. Not to mention, it’s lovely label appeal.

Jojoba Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
– Jojoba oil contains protein and minerals. It is similar to our own sebum which is secreted by our glands, helping lubricate, as well as, protect our skin.

Sodium Hydroxide
– This is the chemical used to make soap. Without this chemical, there is no soap, period. Sodium hydroxides causes a chemical reaction called saponification. Once saponification is complete, the finished product is soap – and there is no lye in the finished product. You will see sodium hydroxide on our ingredient list, however another way to list it is as a saponified oil – for example, for an olive oil soap we could just list it as “sodium olivate” – which means the same as sodium hydroxide, olive oil.

Monoi de Tahiti
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (and) Gardenia Tahitensis
– A moisturizing and naturally fragrant oil, which quickly penetrates the skin acting as a natural barrier helping prevent dehydration (and wrinkles) of the skin. A wonderfully, naturally scented oil excellent for all skin types.

Olive Oil
Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Sodium Olivate
– A moisturizing oil used in soaps – castile soaps are generally 100% olive oil, but there is no requirement as to what percentage must be used. It softens skin while attracting moisture to your skin. Makes for a mild soap which keeps your skin soft, supple and younger looking.

Olive Squalane
Squalane (Olea Europea)
– Squalane is a very light, fine oil which is absorbed deeply and quickly into the skin, leaving no oily residue. Squalane is a wonderful oil for skin issues such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes, psoriasis, cracks, so far as helping with bruising or healing of the skin. Because squalane is naturally present in the skin (a botanical lipid) having an identical molecule structure to human lipids, it is effectively used in facial products to help reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin.

Palm Kernel Oil
Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil Sodium Palm Kernelate
– Very similar in qualities as palm oil, it produces a cleansing, hard bar of soap which lathers well.

Palm Oil
Sodium Palmate
– Used as a base ingredient in many luxury and expensive soaps. It is considered a vegetable tallow which produces a hard bar of soap which is both mild and cleansing.

Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate
– The preservative we use in our lotions is a broad spectrum, non-paraben bactericide and fungicide. It is highly effective against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, yeasts, molds and troublesome house organisms. We do not have our lotions tested, other than to give to family and friends, however we always use the recommended percentage of preservative to provide maximum safety for our users.

Rice Bran Oil
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil
– A nourishing oil and a powerful skin protectant, high in gamma-oryzanol as well as anti-oxidants, which will protect and replenish the skin. RBO is rich in phytosterols, helping to help reduce inflammation and soothe discomfort. It also contains the highest quantity of vitamin E in liquid form. Beneficial to mature, sensitive and delicate skin.

Shea Butter
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit
– Shea Butter is deep penetrating and long acting. Is needed to restore the skin’s moisture balance and prevent visible signs of aging and wrinkles.

Stearic Acid
Stearic Acid
– We use stearic acid 100% palm derived (i.e. vegetarian friendly). Stearic acid is used to help bind the oils and water together, but also to help thicken, as well as stabilize, lotion.

Vitamin E –
– A natural skin antioxidant, promoting healthy tissue – healing and rejuvenation.

Copyright (c) 2007 Judi Cox. (updated 1/16/08)
Judi Cox is a work at home mom living in the Ohio Valley with her husband and 4 children. She enjoys gardening for fun and for the birds, playing with the kids, reading, and promoting other mom businesses. She has been making soap and lotion since 2001. Find her on MySpace & Cre8Buzz.

Old Roberds Emporium – Picket Fence Gifts

Come see us! Here’s a map to Old Roberds Emporium.

Traffic is picking up.. the Emporium is growing weekly with new vendors. While much of it is vintage-type items and much fun to browse through (Cas just bought some great old soda fountain shop chairs… very cool!), there are other artisans who create wooden bowls, jewelry, painted animals, candles and crafts, and me with handmade soap and lotion – I’ll have some of my anti-wrinkle cream next weekend.

Stop in and see us – Picket Fence Gifts — my new neighbors brought in their own fence, but you still won’t miss mine. Do some Christmas shopping!