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Children’s toothpaste – what do you choose?

The toothpaste section of the supermarket seems to continue to expand, and one area where this is particularly obvious is in the area of children’s toothpaste. I recently compared two brands of children’s toothpaste to see how they differed in terms of claims and ingredients. Read More…

Talc and its potential link to cancer

Talc, also known as magnesium silicate or 553, is a mineral based product that is used in a wide variety of industries and products from paper and paint, to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food additives.

For most people, the term talc is synonymous with a post-bathing product, also commonly called ‘baby powder’. Read More…

Alcohol-free skin care good for your skin, good for health

Many skin care products use alcohol as a solvent to lift dirt and oils from the skin.

Cleansers, fragrances, hairsprays and deodorants are common products containing this kind of ‘cosmetic’ alcohol, which is denatured and undrinkable. The side effects of denatured alcohol include birth defects, neurotoxicity and skin irritations and given that the skin is one of the major organs of the body and highly absorbing, it stands to reason that avoiding alcohol-based products could be advisable. Read More…

Preserving water is a toxic challenge for cosmetic manufacturers

If one of the ingredients in your makeup item is water (and the chances of this are very high), then that product will need to also contain some sort of preservative.

Water, in any form, will harbour a range of potentially dangerous bacterias without a preservative, or range of preservatives, to combat microbial growth and contamination. In fact, many manufacturers actually aim for a shelf life of three years for make up products and load in enough preservatives to meet that goal. Read More…

Toxicity of lipstick something to consider

A woman might eat as much as 3 kilograms of lipstick in a lifetime ‚Äì that’s the equivalent of 12 sticks of butter and about the average size of a newborn baby.

Toxic effects in our bodies can build over time so it is worth considering the toxic load of everything we put in our mouth, including what we put on our lips. Read More…

Are Mineral face powders a natural cosmetic product?

The most significant advancement for the natural cosmetic products industry over the past few years has undoubtedly been mineral face powders. But like any cosmetic product, natural or not, the use of potentially toxic ingredients by manufactures requires us to read labels diligently and look for the real truth behind health claims. Read More…

Ammonia free – the best hair colouring option

A hair colour at the salon should be a pampering treat but did you know the ammonia used as an active ingredient in most commercial hair color preparations is also used in explosives manufacturing, toilet cleaners and cigarettes?

Ammonia hydroxide has been linked to asthma, bronchitis and skin irritations. It also causes havoc in the environment especially in ocean ecosystems. Read More…

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