Tag: cosmetics

Most skincare chemicals were first developed for industrial use

Posted on 14 February 2012 in Blog by L. Schneider
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In the six years since Bill first wrote this, not much has changed except we, as consumers, are becoming better informed and our range of choices has expanded.

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A cleaner school environment

Posted on 2 February 2012 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Have you ever checked what cleaning chemicals your children’s school routinely uses to clean classrooms, toilets and general traffic areas? Large cleaning tasks such as public buildings and, of course, schools often use strong, chemical-laden cleaning products for an efficient … Continue reading

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Most skin care does not care at all

Posted on 31 January 2012 in Blog by L. Schneider
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When you consider how many thousands of untested, yet irritating, chemicals make their way into the daily assortment of skincare products we use, it becomes obvious that using the word ‘care’ is a bit of a misnomer.

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Mascara – a list of chemicals that may surprise you

Posted on 18 September 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Mascara has an ingredient list that includes a range of chemicals: Petroleum distillates, shellac, acrylates (strong irritants), phenylmercuric acetate (preservative made from benzenes and mercury that can cause blisters, skin irritation and allergic reactions), parabens (hormone disrupters, allergens), quaternium-22 (preservative, … Continue reading

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Seven deadly chemicals in your personal care products

Exposure to seven harmful chemicals is a daily reality for 20% of people, at least that is what research conducted by Safe Cosmetics found.

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What the word ‘fragrance’ means

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Skin care and cosmetic products are given pleasant fragrances to enhance our experience of them. The fragrance used is mostly a synthetic concoction created in a laboratory and made from a variety of chemicals. Because labeling laws only require the … Continue reading

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Harmful chemicals in personal care products and legally not on the label

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Most harmful chemicals in personal care products can be identified by reading the label on the pack. But what we don’t realise is that these products may also contain a range of harmful chemicals that are not listed.

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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 … Continue reading

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MSG and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Question: I note that MSG is rated as best avoided and that Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate is rated as safe. I am confused about glutamate safety and how it differs between the two additives? Is it not the glutamate component that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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