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If you’re looking for better nutritional value, it’s natural to gravitate to organic products. But should you? Organic foods are farmed without pesticides and contain none of the array of fungicides and chemical preservatives which get sprayed on to crops in conventional farming. This means organic foods have a shorter shelf life. The rest of the produce you see in the supermarket may contain pesticides and chemical residues that remain in the food even after...

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Whatever your reason for wanting to make your own natural, free-from-chemicals deodorant – whether it’s to save money, to reduce waste or to know exactly what you are putting on your body – Natalya Konforti’s workshops will show you how. (Of course, everything is made up of chemicals, even organic food, even the freshest air we might breathe. So by “chemical,” what I mean are the non-naturally derived, industrially produced varieties.) Konforti, who grew up between...

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When I was traveling around Canada over the summer, I liked to prod friends I hadn’t seen in a while with an announcement. “The thing you need to know about me now,” I’d say, “is that I make my own deodorant.” No one was excited by my joke, which was only told half in jest. I really had made my own during one of Natalya Konforti’s chemical-free deodorant-making workshops at Alserkal Avenue’s Kave in June and...