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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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  • Another product ingredients review, by request!

    Here’s another spontaneous product review by special request. As ever, the intention is to learn, not to finger point, so we won’t give the brand. Suffice to say this is a body product by a brand that is repeatedly promoted as being natural, plant-derived and some reps even insist that it’s 100% Certified Organic. A […]

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  • Time for another 10 minute tute! Here are the ingredients of a popular brand of hand and body lotion. . Water (Aqua), Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Eleis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl […]

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  • What does Mineral Oil have in common with churches in the Netherlands?

    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals known to be persistent organic pollutants – they can occur naturally (eg released during bush fires and volcanoes) or as a result human activity, such as driving, steel making and constructing / using asphalt roads. A while back, some Dutch researchers at Maastricht University made a […]

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  • Handy Hint: Avoid PEG!

    PEG polyethylene glycol

    When you read the ingredients list on a ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ skincare or hair care product and  see chemicals like PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, PEG-70 Mango Glycerides or Olive Oil PEG 7 Esters then it’s pretend-natural, not authentic-natural. They contain the name of a plant, so they sound natural.  They’re often referred to as ‘plant-derived’ but it’s […]

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