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  • Ingredient to Avoid: Artificial Fragrances

    Added to soaps, candles, beauty, skincare products to make them smell nice and fresh, you may recognise artificial fragrance on the back of your labels as ‘parfum’ or simply, ‘fragrance’. While artificial fragrances may smell all nice and dandy, the cocktail of man-made chemicals that can be found in artificial fragrances makes them somewhat problematic, […]

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  • Ingredient to Avoid: Parabens

    What are Parabens? Introduced in the 1950s, Parabens are a type of preservative found in many skin care, makeup and hair care products on the market. Parabens are used in products to extend their shelf life and to ensure that they don’t grow mould or bacteria within them. Parabens were used by so many companies […]

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  • Ingredient to Avoid: Oxybenzone

    Found in plastics, sunscreen, hairsprays, nail polish and cosmetics. Oxybenzone is a chemically that is naturally found in plants, but is commercially produced from benzoyl chloride. Oxybenzone is used in sunscreen and cosmetics, due to its ability absorb and filter ultraviolet light. On a scale of 1 to 10, concerns about Oxybenzone are at about […]

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  • Ingredient to Avoid: Micro-beads

    Micro-beads are small solid plastic particles. Often made of polyethylene, polypropylene, or polystyrene, microbeads are typically the size of a grain of sand. Used as an exfoliating agent, many companies use them in their facial scrubs, shower gels, soaps, toothpaste, and even over-the-counter drugs. Not only have microbeads been found to be bad for you, […]

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  • Of bodies, bones, blasts and being well :-)

    I’ve got my arm in a sling at the moment, so have taken a moment to reflect on strong bones, the importance of calcium and exercise, and… skincare. Yep! Did you know your bones are part of your endocrine system? When we think of our endocrine system and the hormones it produces, we tend to […]

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  • Latest tips on understanding ingredients and labelling!

    Learning about ingredients? Here’s the ingredients list of an anti-age serum by an overseas brand that a friend asked me to look into. Water, aloe barbendensis leaf extract, lactic acid, glycolic acid, sodium hyaluronate, algae extract, artemesia vulgaris, polysorbate 20, hydroxyethylcellulose, phospholipids, cucumber, arnica montana, yeast (faex) extract, chamomile, grape seed, spearmint oil, eucalyptus leaf […]

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  • Ingredient to Avoid: Disodium EDTA

    Disodium EDTA is in many products as a preservative, to stabilise it, or to enhance the foaming action. It’s also used as a chelating agent, which means it us used to precipitate out metals from the formulation (if tap water were used to make the formulation instead purified water, for example, and it can bind […]

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  • TIP: in addition to watching out for BPA in plastics…

    You may have heard about ‘phthalates’ because of there being so much publicity about avoiding baby bottles, toys and other plastics made with BPA. Infants and toddlers are at the greatest risk of exposure, because of their tendency to put everything in their mouth (ie ‘mouthing behaviour’). Did you realise that body-care products containing phthalates […]

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  • Before packing that beach bag…

    Heatwave across Australia – time to break out the swimsuits, pack your beach bags and seek out water! Before you throw in your wet wipes, sunblock and body lotion, it’s worth checking out this news clip on skin reactions caused by the preservative methylisothialinone. Its use in any form of cosmetic product is mystifying because […]

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  • Kick Pinkwashing to the curb.

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m writing to ask you two things. Please promise me you’ll do them. Please. PLEASE CHECK YOUR BREASTS. We wholeheartedly endorse breast self examination. If you aren’t confident enough to check your own, please ask your doctor. I check my own regularly, but once a year get my doctor […]

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  • Reading Ingredients Lists – time for another Quickie!

    A conversation with a friend on the weekend is the catalyst for this review. It’s of a foaming cleanser for an internationally-known brand. For some reason a lot of people assume this brand is Certified Organic – which it isn’t – and in fact, there doesn’t seem to be even one Certified Organic ingredient! This […]

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  • “Just because a chemical is dangerous, it doesn’t mean it’s illegal.”

    This article is worth a quick read: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-issues-safety-alert-for-popular-hair-care-product-over-hair-loss-complaints/ There’s a few interesting lessons here for us in Australia, even though this is an article about American brand. There’s no legal requirement here to ensure safety of products. And it’s a reminder that as an industry, we tend to be more like the US than the […]

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