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Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

By the iconic Johnson & Johnson.

A few months ago I promised myself not to ‘bag’ chemical based skin care products. Rather than be negative, I would be positive and highlight the irrefutable benefits of skin care and cosmetics that do not contain dangerous chemicals.

But then along came the advertising campaign for Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion!

It looks impressive. Oats may well be wonderful for skin care. There is a big statement in the TV advertising promising improvement in skin quality in a day and then a bigger improvement in a week.

On the free sachet I received, the product claims to be ‘Clinically proven to relieve dry skin and moisturise for a full 24 hours’ I need to point out, there are no official definitions for ‘clinically proven’. There may have been in house studies, but no independent advise.

But lets take a closer look at the ingredients.

As usual, water is listed first. Glycerin is next. I have explained in other reports that glycerin draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin, particularly in humidity below 65%. It is held on the surface of the skin to give a ‘plumping’ feel by a silicone or mineral oil.

In the case of Aveeno, both Dimethicone, a silicone known to cause tumors in laboratory animals as well as “Paraffinum Liquidum” …  a posh way of listing mineral oils! … are included. From the petro-chemical industry, mineral oils are used as a barrier to seal the drawn moisture to the surface of the skin.
Both these ingredients would well and truly seal the skin for 24 hours. It would not he able to breathe or eliminate toxins, either.

Would you apply crude oils to your skin?!

The second on the list, Distearyldimonim Chloride is a positively charged surfactant, so it does not completely rinse off. The build up of the product gives a smooth feel, but it coats like plastic wrap.

It has not been tested for safety by any governing body. There are data gaps but from some sources, it appears that concentrations as low as 0.01% are irritating to the eye and mucous membranes. It is a teratogen (causes birth defects) in rats when administered orally, but not on the skin. Conditions that favour rapid absorption from the skin might be expected to increase the risk of birth defects.

This chemical is in the range of chemicals known as Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats” They release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen! In fact, finally, the US FDA has now recognized and advised of the dangers of formaldehyde.

Why is this ingredient included in a lotion promoted for daily use?!

If we consider the chemists’ rule of thumb, the first 3 to 4 ingredients on the list make up 90% to 95% of the entire product. The oats, claimed as the ‘ACTIVE NATURALS’ in this product are way down the list, just before another paraffin, some where in the other 5% to 10% of the lotion.

There are 4 alcohols in this product. Benzyl Alcohol, to name one, is irritating and corrosive to the skin and mucous membranes.

Please carefully consider the ingredients in this lotion before you apply it to your skin.

A better option would be a moisturiser that is certified organic to food standards. There are absolutely no synthetic chemicals here! Just pure, beneficial ingredients.





By Karen


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Why I am Biased Toward Organic Skin Care Products.



I do not apoligise for being biased toward organic skin care, as my research over the past number of years has only strengthened my opinion for the purity, efficacy and value for money these products provide.

Lets not muddy the waters regarding true organics and the pretenders. As people lean more and more toward natural, no-chemical products, cosmetic and skin care manufacturers promote and claim their products are ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ even if there is no evidence of there being any ingredients that could honestly be described as such.

Then there are the middle ground products, those that may have some organic ingredients in the formulation, but also include chemicals.

Often shampoo manufacturers will promote “aqueous infusions” or “herbal extracts” which are effectively just weak teas where teabags of herbs have been dunked into a large vat of water. The herbal extracts may be organic and even certified organic, but they are in such small amounts, diluted by a large amount of water, they have little or no value. This practice bulks up the organic claim.

I have mentioned in previous articles that the first 3 to 4 ingredients listed on the ingredients label make up between 90% and 95% of the entire product. So if our herbal infusion is the 2nd on the list, which is usual, after water, the product is probably 95% water.

The same biochemists’ rule of thumb applies to all personal care products. With this in mind, a moisturiser advertised as having a particularly valuable ingredient such as organic primrose oil, may be worthless if the oil is towards the end of the ingredients list. The last 3 to 5 ingredients on the label amount to approximately 1% to 3% of the entire product.

Only when a 3rd party governing body certifies the entire product organic, can you be sure of a genuine organic claim.

Organic ingredients are grown in unadulterated soils, free of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, harvested cleanly, minimally processed without risk of contamination and stored correctly to maintain their nutrient value.

The certification is a guarantee the organic claim is genuine. When free of pesticides or chemical contamination organic ingredients are truly pure. The vitality and the potency of the nutritional value of the organic raw ingredient is the greatest benefit to the user.

You can be confident of value for money when you choose a product carrying the organic certification, as there will not be any useless fillers to bulk out the ingredients list, or chemicals whose safety may be questionable. You can be assured that the certified organic product you are buying will deliver the results you expect.



By Karen

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Free Reports Explaining the Chemical Ingredients in Cosmetics and Skin Care Products.


Are you interested in chemical-free, natural and organic skin care? Would you like to reduce or even eliminate chemicals in the products you use on your body?

A little taste of the information in my email reports on Cosmetic Ingredients and Contaminants.

In the world of cosmetics and skin care products the choices are enormous. The most popular products seem to be the ones that are most heavily advertised and promoted.  They promise magical results almost instantly.

But what do they really contain? And are they safe for us?

This is the reason I compiled the reports, spaced a week apart, so you have the time to read and absorb the information.

The first report on Ingredients is delivered immediately … why wait around for bad news?!

We discuss:

  • The definitions such as “Clinically Proven” to find what this really means to you.
  • The way a label is listed is of importance if you are looking for potency in the active ingredients.
  • Beware of chemicals disguised as ‘natural’

The second report is delivered the next day. This subject is Contaminants, and maybe more important as Contamination of an ingredient is not intended, and as such is not listed on the label. Contamination often happens at the manufacturing stage where  the ingredient is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane.
There are also products that are contaminated during storage by the combination of 2 or more ingredients that react unfavourably with each other.
I will show you how to recognise them.

All the reports will now be delivered a day apart…  And in the 3rd report, we look closer at Cleansers, shampoo, body wash and personal care products that foam. Even the ‘natural’ ones contain chemicals that dehydrate the skin and scalp and lead to flakiness. Discover what chemicals to avoid in foaming and lathering products.

Moisturisers and Body Lotions are meant to improve the suppleness and smoothness of the skin. In this report I will examine the ingredients that can actually dehydrate and prematurely age the skin. You will be surprised how widely they are included in the most prestigious brands.

Sunscreens are email report number 5. There is a large amount of controversy, with skin cancer doctors and foundations advising us to avoid the sun or smear chemical laden creams onto our bodies, to the well documented findings that lack of sun causes vitamin D deficiency and why that can be a health problem. I research the chemicals found in the majority of sunscreen products, and discuss why they may be more dangerous than sun exposure.

Baby Care products are not exempt from chemical ingredients. This report highlights the type of toxins that are found in baby products. Small bodies are more susceptible to these toxins because of their weight ratio. Learn how to protect your children.

Cosmetic Products are a favourite report. Lead in lipstick? Mercury in mascara! Whether we want the full works of foundation, blush, shadow, liners: both eye and lip and lashings of mascara, or we are happy with just a little lipstick, the number of toxic chemicals in these products is enough to make your head spin! I help you to weed out the worst offenders and find safer alternatives.

Free reports from No Chemical Cosmetics will arm you with the knowledge to confidently shop for your skin care, personal care and cosmetics. You will be able to recognise and avoid toxic chemicals in the products you choose.
There are safer, more effective alternatives to the chemical concoctions on offer.
You will never again have to rely on the manufacturers claims that often fall short of the results you expect and deserve.




By Karen


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Chemical-free, Natural & Organic Skin Care Products & Cosmetics.

Why would you choose anything else?

There is a lot of Hype about no-chemical cosmetics & organic skin care and natural personal care products.
As consumers become aware of the huge amount of ingredients that are unassessed for safety in the many body products they use daily, manufacturers are going to great lengths to advertise and market their wares as ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ to woo buyers.

A great number of these products do have valuable ingredients, but a closer look at the labels will reveal that they may also include contents in the formula that have not been tested for safety to the user, singularly, let alone in combination with other ingredients in the product.

Over the past few decades there have been a plethora of new chemicals introduced into the market and the safety research has had a difficult time keeping up with the testing. Much is made of not testing on animals, but the bunny logo recognised as the insignia of ‘not tested on animals’ is a little deceptive.

A manufacturer can make this claim if they or their agents have not undertaken animal testing for the past 5 years, outside that, all bets are off! You can be reasonably sure that chemicals used on humans have been tested on animals at some stage in their production or they would not be deemed safe enough to be included in products applied to the human body.

As there are no regulations or legal obligations for advertising organic or natural skincare products, it is reasonable to assume that companies actually lie to consumers when they proclaim ‘natural’ ‘organic’ and ‘chemical-free’.

They claim their range of products are natural but boldly list ingredients with names difficult to pronounce. I have the image of bubbling test tubes that are likely to be the result of concoctions from the mad professor’s laboratory.

Here is a list of toxic ingredients …

Natural is perceived as being close to nature and certified organic ingredients are those that have been raised, harvested, processed, stored and packaged with an audit trail through out the entire life of the substance. This method can be considered true green skin care as the manufacturers who have taken the trouble to certify their products, will be aware of energy and carbon foot print issues when developing their range.

A Certified Organic ingredient has a guarantee from an independent third party governing body ensuring such a claim. Natural, certified organic ingredients are extracted with little processing, no heat to destroy the beneficial and often healing properties and certainly would not use chemicals in the process.

The governing agencies, charged with the task of maintaining watch on ingredients used in cosmetics and skincare products appear to be overwhelmed. The ever-increasing number of products and wild claims of magical results are more often industry reviewed. A conflict of interest may well be suspected.

To be sure you are not exposed to chemicals that might cause harm, choose body products that are certified organic and carry a logo of a reputable governing body. At the very least we all need to learn to read the labels and recognise the most dangerous chemicals. Those that have been researched and have been shown to be toxic to laboratory animals could also have catastrophic consequences to human health.

This link will take you to the benefits of Certified Organic Ingredients in Miessence Products.




By Karen

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Qantas Business Amenity Collection



The flight from Sydney to San Francisco, in business class, in February was a wonderful start to our holiday.

The cabin crew were brilliant and the food and service outstanding.

But then there was the toiletries bag! I used to love the cute little bottles, and looked forward to seeing what was in them. It reminded me of childhood lucky dips!

The bag itself was in a fabric designed by iconic Australian designer Florence Broadhurst. Regrettably, that is where the Australian content ended.

American company Malin+Goetz apothecary and lab. New York, supplied the toiletries contents. Although the enclosed leaflet boasted ‘natural ingredients’ the list read like a chemists laboratory.

The warning label advised the Vitamin E Face Moisturizer was for Adult use only; if irritation occurs, discontinue use; avoid contact with the eyes, if contact occurs, rinse eyes with water!

Surely a ‘natural’ moisturizer could be used around the eyes? I have highlighted the main ingredients: –

After purified water, came

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, (1) a mixed triester of glycerin and caprylic and capric acid. This chemical has never been tested for safety in cosmetics by the industry panel. And although it is expected to be low hazard, there are data gaps and it is expected to be an environmental toxin.

Glycerin is a cheap humectant that draws moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity over 65%. In humidity below that (such as in an aircraft at 35,000 ft!) glycerin actually draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin (causing dehydration) to be held on the surface by a barrier cream.

In concentrated solutions it can be irritating to the mucous membranes, and if you consider the first 3 to 4 ingredients on the list usually make up 90% to 95% of the entire product, the glycerin in the moisturiser could be concentrated and the reason for the warning regarding the eyes.

Dimethicone is a silicone emollient and one of the barrier creams used in this product to trap the moisture on the surface of the skin. It coats like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins. Some synthetic emollients are known to cause tumors in laboratory animals and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. As they are non-biodegradable, they also have a negative environmental impact.

Cyclopentasiloxane is the 2nd barrier cream, although considered to be a low to moderate hazard (2),  it has a 79% data gap meaning it has not been tested for safety by the industry panel for use in cosmetics. The Environment Canada Domestic Substance List classifies this chemical as expected to be harmful or toxic. Emerging concerns is that it is an endocrine disruptor at moderate doses.

Butylene Glycol is a petroleum derivative that penetrates the skin and can weaken the protein and cellular structure. It can irritate the eyes and cause dermatitis on the skin.

There are two PEGs, which are potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredients. These ingredients can alter and reduce the skins’ natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of ageing and leave the skin more vulnerable to bacteria.

Methylisothiazolinone (3)   is a known human immune system toxicant with a moderate hazard warning.  It causes allergies and comes with restrictions on its’ use. The Cosmetic Ingredients Review Assessments sites it as strong evidence of a human skin toxicant.

Disodium EDTA is a penetration enhancer, allowing for deeper penetration of the other ingredients!

I haven’t listed the entire contents, and I have referenced just a few so as to assure you I have scientific backup on my findings and research. I am sure your patience would be severely tried if I got carried away.

The other products in the pack, Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment and the Lip Moisturizer listed the same type of synthetic chemicals that can be dangerous, as they have not been fully tested for their safety.

All the products carried the same warnings for use and the lip moisturizer contained several chemicals that had been ethoxylated.
They can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane during the manufacturing process. Ingredients with ‘eth’ and ‘oxy’ in the name are an indication of this process.

Apart from the fact that our national carrier had gone outside the country for their passenger products, they are not doing our complexions or possibly our health any favors!

Consider an Australian range of Certified Organic skin care products such as those found at www.vieworganics.com and they would be promoting quality products from their home country as well as treating their passengers to far superior results.


(3) http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient/703935/METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE/