I‘m writing this for my mental health. really. Everything being typed is coming straight off the top of the dome. Ok. So Let‘s get into what TPC’s been up to. First things first,…
ME TO MYSELF:
BOOKED & BUSY ARE NOT THE WORDS! I'm sKressed like a mother... :(
Taking each day one step at a time tho. Ain’t nobody got time to be losing their mind.
Just to give you a little insight on my life, here’s a list of TPC notes, questions, and concerns.
+ NEW BOTTLES ARE ON BACK ORDER
+ *searches Youtube: ‘How to Print Product Labels At Home’
+ soap bars take 4 TO 6 WEEKS TO CURE (I’ll define what that means later. Keep reading)
+ I’M ON CALL @ WORK
+ MONKEYPOX, Ahhhhhhh!!!
+ MUST get rental property back BOOMIN
+ tutor my kid aka niece in Chemistry
…the list really goes on because life is real GHETTO, but I’m tired of listing things and you should be tired of reading them. Now for the real news... *drumrolls*
#JUSTALITTLETPC Soap Bars Are Coming This Month!!
(as soon as they are finished curing)
What is Soap Curing?
To make soap, you need three (3) key ingredients: lye (sodium hydroxide), distilled water, and a fatty oil. Saponification is the process of making soap and is the result of combining sodium hydroxide dissolved in water with a fat or oil. When you combine water and lye an exothermic reaction takes place. This means the reaction produces a lot of HEAT!
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is very important. You will need your arms covered, eyeglasses, and gloves. Lye is extremely corrosive and when combined with water, can produce some serious fumes. Do NOT inhale. Do NOT mix with acid, PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN HANDLING.
When Using Sodium Hydroxide Avoid Contact with:
The reaction between lye and water takes a while to complete. For this reason, soap is left to “cure” for 4 to 6 weeks. During this process, water evaporates from the soap and the soap becomes milder and safer to use on the skin. It’s a serious waiting game!!
SAMPLES of the three soaps I’m working on are on their way. Date TBA. My new babies being added to #JustALittleTPC are…
Detox Charcoal Bar
Unscented Coconut Bar
Turmeric & Kojic Acid Bar (releasing at a later date - still curing…)
They'll be available on my site this month at discounted prices. Those who purchases these samples and provide photo and video feedback will ALSO receive discounts on EVERYTHING on ‘The Pretty Market’. Video submissions preferred. Can be sent to @theprettychemist on IG or email@example.com.
More info coming soon.
So, That’s What I‘m Up To! Just a little bit of adulting mixed with being a pretty a** chemist. I be falling off sometimes, but I always pick right back up. That’s crazy this my first blog post of 2022. Ima do better.
THANKS FOR READING. Be safe. Wash Your Hands. Stay Prayed Up.
And Happy Friday!
Happy Black History Month!!!
Isn’t it Amazing? Being Black!!?
Although, I’ve had some unfortunate experiences with racism & stereotypes, I’ve always felt like the cool kid in the room.
The one with all the flavor making it hard for bland palettes to digest, butttt because your appetite is so intrigued by the essence & versatility of this cool kid, you can’t ignore the hunger of wanting more. That sums up my experience as a black woman. Its truly one that I LOVEEEEEE.
I’ve learned to focus my existence around this idea. Unfortunately, some are greatly
disgusted with themselves on account of their own cravings. Some dislike themselves for not having what it takes to be the cool kid. No man is perfect, but my existence is in no way related to your ability to digest me.
Put me in a box. Make sense of my “coolness”. Do what makes you happy, but I shall live and birth a lineage of cooler kids regardless.
But this blog isn’t just about my experience as a black woman. This post is a reflection of Black History & how others have gone before me, so that I can have this platform.
So that I can create what I’d like, be sought after in the world of STEM, type blog posts to be read by anyone. & exist as a brilliant woman in science.
I was scrolling through IG (that’s Instagram, if you don’t know) & I came across this post about the first African American woman to earn a PhD in Chemistry. Now, I‘m a researcher at heart. If I want to know something, I’ll immediately find myself in a book or lost in several website searches finding the answer. I was highkey upset with myself that I did not already know this information.
But the post sparked a thought. The thought sparked action. The action is being performed right here & right now because I’m going to share her story. (Briefly ofc).
So let’s talk about Dr. Marie Maynard Daly.
Born April 16, 1921, she was the daughter of a British West Indies immigrant father and a Black American mother. Daly‘s father and maternal grandparents both exposed her to scientific material at an early age. Her father had dreams of becoming a scientist and enrolled in college, but could not complete his studies due to lack of funds. Daly’s grandparents had an extensive library she would study when she visited.
Dr. Marie attended Hunter College High School, a laboratory high school for girls run by Hunter College faculty. She went on to attend Queens College in Flushing, NY and in 1942, graduated manga cum laude and as a Queens College Scholar, awarded to only the top 2.5% of the graduating class.
In 1943, while working as a laboratory assistant at Queens College, Daly completed her master’s degree in chemistry at New York University. She then transitioned to become a tutor at Queens College and enrolled in Columbia University’s doctoral program.
In 1947, Dr. Marie presented her thesis entitled “A Study of the Products Formed By the Action of Pancreatic Amylase on Corn Starch”
to earn her PhD in chemistry, making her thee FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN to receive a PhD from Columbia!! Notice how ”woman” was not in that previous statement.
Just want to make sure you read that correctly. LOL
The amount of research and work that Daly produced in her lifetime is simply mind blowing. She’s worked in collaboration with some of the greatest scientist of her time. She established careers and tenures at the greatest and largest institutes in the world. Her fellowships and awards consist of the New York Academy of Sciences, American Cancer Society, American Association of the Advancement of Science, & the Arteriosclerosis of the American Heart Association.
Sis was in her bag!
She’s studied the cell nucleus & examined protein function & structure — at a time when the structure and function of DNA was not yet known. She studied arterial metabolism and became the assistant professor of biochemistry and medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. She was simultaneously an investigator for the American Heart Association and did much much more.
In 1975, Dr. Marie Daly was apart of a group of 30 minority women attending a conference to examine the challenges minority women face in STEM fields. From this meeting the report, The Double Bind: The Price of Being a Minority Woman in Science, was published. This report made recommendations for recruiting and retaining minority women scientists.
Dr. Marie Maynard Daly retired in 1986 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She went on to establish scholarships for chemistry and physics majors at Queens College in memory of her father. In 1999, Daly was recognized as one of the top 50 women in Science, Engineering, & Technology.
She died October 28, 2003 and a few years later an elementary school in her childhood neighborhood was renamed after her in honor of all she had done with her work and for her community.
Dr. Marie Maynard Daly may not be a name you knew before reading this. She may be a name you remember only for a moment, but it‘s a name I vow to remember. In the moments when I feel underestimated in the workplace, I’ll think of her. When I am afraid to begin a new project, I’ll think of her. As I navigate through womanhood and science simultaneously I’ll reflect on the hard work and determination of Dr. Daly. She opened the door so that myself and all other minority women in science could walk through it.
For that, I am extremely grateful. <3
Thank you Dr. Marie Maynard Daly
- TPC, <3
Introducing Our New System For Creating and Requesting TPC Original Formulas!!!
I hope this finds you well and in good health this New Year. The Pretty Chemist is officially OPEN for Formulation Business!! Here you'll find updates on TPC operations and details on the proper steps for requesting my services. But first, check out this video!!
How do I work and how can we work together?
Well, here's your answer.
I find inspiration in Earth's most natural elements. Using the foundation of traditional herbal medicine and my own research in plant matter chemistry, TPC formulas are created to ensure each product delivers targeted active ingredients in the most efficient and beneficial ways.
To further put my talents into the world and facilitate your request as a client, I will be implementing a new surveying system designed to keep TPC connected with its clients while I sharpen and expand my formulation expertise. This survey is where you and I connect like a chemical bond and will be formatted so you can best explain to me the product(s) you desire me to create. More details regarding the surveying process and how to submit your requests will be available in Spring 2021!
When can you expect your request to be granted?
Using your survey submissions, I will conduct seasonal releases of TPC original formulas. The most popular requests will be selected to begin the formulation process. Once products are finalized, a list of formulae will be announced and available for purchase during the start of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter months as TPC's seasonal collections. Announcements will be featured in The Lab Report, TPC's newsletter, and made public on all of The Pretty Chemist's social media platforms.
After receiving notification, head over to theprettychemist.com and request a sample. Samples can be requested prior to purchasing the rights to their formula, but the punch line is -- you will only have 21 days to make your move. After 21 days without a formula purchase I will make products available to the public on the TPC website. However, after the 21 day mark any unpurchased formulas can still be yours. Once purchased, the products will be pulled from the TPC website and made exclusively yours.
Subscribe to TPC's mailing list to receive newsletters and follow me on IG, Twitter, and Facebook for more formula announcements. Remember, TURN ON THOSE NOTIFICATIONS!
I hope you and I can get down like two flats on the side of the street and collaborate on something great!
See You In The Lab,
- TPC <3