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Palm oil is not the worst

Everyone is up in arms and the “Boycott Palm Oil’ posts are being shared faster than a flu virus. This is so typical of our social media boycotts. Everyone gets into a tizz, shares everything to show that they stand by the cause, point fingers at those that don’t share or do anything….and then…. less than a week later everything is forgotten. Life carries on.…

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The Good, the Bad and The Ugly of Palm Oil

As the story goes, give me the good news first. What is good about palm oil and why is it used? It is the cheapest of all vegetable oils. So when price wars started and supermarkets and consumers did not want to pay higher for other oils, palm oil started getting used. Cooking oil is probably one of those that uses the most. Palm oil…

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Truth about Vegan Beauty
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Truth about Vegan Beauty

Vegan beauty is a hot trend at the moment. Whether or not the buyers are actually living a Vegan lifestyle, the demand for vegan beauty is growing. I think one of the main reasons is that consumers want cruelty free beauty and this is immediately associated with vegan claims. So what is vegan and what isn’t vegan in terms of beauty? You may be surprised…

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Ingredient Listing

You’ve just bought the most amazing cream ever. At least that’s what the marketing led you to believe. It claimed enriched with vitamins and lots of other wonderful natural ingredients. So now you are at home with some more time than in the store and you read the label more carefully and you can’t find the amazing ingredients listed, so you read more….and oh, wait…..there…

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Essential Oils

Essential oils are produced by plants and many people know about the incredible benefits of the different oils. From aromatherapy massages, bath soaks cream and essential oil diffusers they are used in so many ways. Everyone has their favorite oil and one of mine is definitely Neroli Oil. Have you ever wondered just how much plant material is needed to make the one bottle you…

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Preservative – Why do we need them?

This is one of the most controversial ingredient classes in cosmetics. Mention preservatives and most people think of parabens or at least those that know a little bit. Honestly, most people fear the word parabens but don’t actually know what exactly they are. Let’s start with the basics before we get through the paraben minefield. A preservative is an ingredient that prevents a product from…

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Parabens and Breast Cancer – link or no link?

This is a huge topic and I hope to give you the complete story in the shortest way possible. This is probably still one of the most vilified ingredients in cosmetics. Parabens were first brought to the mainstream consumer attention in 2004, and still, in 2018 there is so much misinformation about them. If you want to have a skim over the article, I have…

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Natural or Not
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Natural or Not

There is a big debate about natural or not natural cosmetics. This is something that I am very passionate about. I specialize in formulating natural and organic products. I also strongly believe in living a green and eco-friendly life, but I also believe in balance. I get concerned when people swing to extremes either way. The marketing tactic of natural product makers is often extreme.…

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Cosmetics Absorbing Into Blood

Cosmetics going into the bloodstream 60% of what you put on your skin goes into your bloodstream. It takes 26 seconds for your cosmetic product to get into your bloodstream. I’m sure you’ve seen those claims. Want to know the truth? They are absolute rubbish! If a brand starts by telling you that, you better run and find another brand. They haven’t researched their info…

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Chemical Free Dare To know

Chemical-free dare to know   In line with the naturals trend, the words chemical free have been popping up. Do you really know what that means? Every Scientist shudders when they hear chemical free. That is just not possible. Humans are a mix of chemicals, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen – we are a chemical cocktail. As is every living and even non-living thing. All things…

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