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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.





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Phthalates Exposure from Skin Care Products Continues to Impact Consumers.


After years of debate and little action, the risks of phthalate exposure, from skin care and environmental products such as household cleaners and air fresheners is again in the media.


Two democratic senators are pressuring the White House to release a list of chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency claims could be detrimental to the environment and human health. The ‘Chemicals of Concern’ include eight phthalates, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and bisphenol A.


Phthalates are known hormone disruptors and can even effect babies before they are born when their mothers are exposed to these chemicals. Phthalates are used as synthetic fragrances and colour fixers in skin care and cosmetic products. Some can be used to help the consistency of a cream or lotion and others are used in the manufacture of nail varnish.


The very strong fragrances in some laundry and dish wash detergents as well as air fresheners are fixed with phthalates.


At Mt. Sinai Medical Center recent studies have confirmed research carried out several years ago that consumers can have difficulty shedding fat because of the ‘chemical calories’ present in cosmetics such as lotions, shampoo and soap.


Chemical ingredients in 70% of cosmetics as well as many household-cleaning products are responsible for disrupting the delicate balance of hormones, throwing off balance the body’s natural weight control system.


The study suggests that once an individual is exposed to phthalates through the daily use of personal and skin care products in childhood, the chances of obesity and weight problems as adults becomes high.


The researchers obtained results from girls living in East Harlem, by analyzing the children’s urine and measuring their exposure to phthalates.


Renowned pediatrician, Professor Phillip Landrigan stated, “The heaviest girls have the highest levels of phthalates in their urine. It goes up as the children get heavier, but it’s most evident in the heaviest kids”.


This is just one effect phthalates may have on the human body. A study in Mexico in 2009, of 454 women, 233 who were breast cancer cases, found certain phthalates were associated with breast cancer rates. Lizabeth Lopez-Carrillo led the research at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health and considers the results may be the ability of certain phthalate compounds to alter gene expression without altering the genetic code itself.


The largest concerns of exposure to phthalates are for unborn and young children. They are most at risk as their organs and brains are at crucial developmental stages. Scientists have documented prenatal exposure by measuring four phthalates in the urine of over 300 women to evaluate links to pre-birth exposures of these phthalates and the behavioral, mental and motor development of children when they were 3 years of age.


The results showed higher prenatal exposures to two of the phthalates significantly delayed the odds of motor development and the potential of future problems with fine and gross motor coordination. One of the phthalates appeared to cause significant decreases in mental development in girls, while exposure to three of the chemicals were associated with behavioral problems in both the sexes. These included anxiety, depression and withdrawal behavior.


Professor Niels Skakkebaek from Denmark, whose research was seconded by Professor Shauna Swan in the U.S., found phthalates responsible for a decrease of semen count and quality. The research also indicated phthalates were responsible for genital malformations in baby boys.


It appears that the risks are such that the EPA, who were granted the authority by congress in 1976, to create a list in the Toxic Substances Control Act, have not ever added to it until now.


Over the past year, the chemical industry has attempted to block the release of the EPA’s proposed list. The EPA maintains these chemicals present or may present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment.


It would appear to the layperson; from the varied findings of eminent scientists that fact was well established.






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Anti ageing creams and lotions: Do they really work?



No one could escape the advertising blitz from the cosmetics industry over the past few years promoting anti-ageing skin care products.

There have been recent media articles reporting that even children have been swept up in the mania, attempting to prevent signs of facial ageing.

With just about all the major cosmetic companies vying for a market share, you may wonder if one product is any better than another. Many manufacturers claim a secret ingredient and because they are not required to divulge the elements in the secret formulation, it is very difficult for a consumer to know what is actually in the product.

There are a few tricks to finding out if the product you are interested in is worthy of your money.

1 Quality Ingredients:

Although the advertising laws are rather loose, it is mandatory for the ingredients to be listed in descending order, with the largest ingredient amounts at the top of the list. You will not fail to notice that water, or  ‘aqua’ for the up-market brands, is first on the list.

By the same token, if the product is marketed as using a special ‘magic’ ingredient or essential oil, primrose seems to the biggy at present, and that ingredient is more than half way down the list, it is in such a small amount, it will be of little benefit to you.

Another ‘ingredient’ to be aware of is an ‘Aqueous infusion’ of  … all sorts of herbs and oils … but it is only a weak tea with the main component being the water. I have seen products marketed using this way of bulking out an ingredient list. There is little to recommend it.

MIESSENCE Certified Organics contain 100% beneficial ingredients: Potent and Active products. EVERY ingredient in every Miessence product is beneficial to you and your body.

2 Magic Formulas:

Glycerine is more often than not an ingredient used in anti-ageing skin care and is in the first few on the list. This is because it will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin surface in humidity above 65%. The down side is that, in humidity below that, glycerine draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to the outer layers, to be held on the surface by a silicone or type of oil. The result is to puff out fine lines, but dehydrates the skin from the inside out.

One cannot fail to be confused by ingredients that have so many letters in the word that we are hard pressed to pronounce them let alone understand what they are.  Ingredients with methyl, propyl, butyl or ethylsomewhere in the word are paraben preservatives.

These chemicals have been found in breast cancer tissue and although the industry are at pains to claim there has not been enough studies to confirm their danger, you will notice many manufacturers are removing these chemicals and promoting the fact. Where there’s’ smoke … etc!

MIESSENCE Certified Organics are cold pressed formulations, ingredients are unaltered by heat or synthetic emulsions. Only cold formulation provides significant quantities of bio-available nutrients that literally feed your skin.

3 Same, Same:

If most products have the same ingredients, it is interesting that the prices charged are hugely different.  This is where the prestige of the brand influences the consumer to think they are buying a superior product. The marketing and advertising budget is likely to be the bigger factor rather than the quality of the ingredients.

That said, some of the cheaper brands are popular also because of the promotion budget available if a large corporation owns the product.

4. Natural, Non-Synthetic:

The best choices for quality skin care, including anti-ageing products are natural ingredients that will feed and nourish the skin. These have not been synthesised by a chemical process. Avoid ingredients that have a natural substance usually in brackets after a long chemical sounding ingredient name. An ingredient that has been derived from a natural substance, for example ‘from coconut’ has undergone a chemical reaction and is not longer natural. If it has been ‘ethoxylated’ there is also a chance the ingredient has been contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane during manufacture.

MIESSENCE Certified Organics are shipped as soon as possible after manufacturing directly from the factory. This ensures their freshness and potency when you receive them




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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.




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Beauty Products’ Questionable Claims to Get You to Buy.

The advertised benefits some manufacturers of Cosmetics make can be a long way from the truth, confusing for shoppers of personal care, skin care and cosmetic products. People are led to expect unrealistic results, usually in a very short time of using the product.

Manufactures are not required to seek approval from authorities and can make claims as long as they do not include changes to the body’s function or its’ structure.

Labeling is not as regulated or controlled for the consumers’ benefit as we might think. These are some of the most common terms used to describe the proposed benefits of beauty products.


  • Hypoallergenic: There is no official definition for this term. It just means the ingredients are not known to cause allergies in the majority of people.  Some very sensitive users can still get a reaction from the chemicals included in products making this claim.
  • Dermatologist Tested: Rarely is there any information for what the products were tested for, or against.  This is also not an official term used by any governing body and most testing is done ‘in-house’ without the benefit of an independent critique.
  • Clinically Proven: Ditto for the above: no official definition, and ‘in-house’ trials. There are some cases where manufactures will employ outside research companies, providing them with the answers they want from the testing.
  • Anti-ageing: There are formulations that plump the skin in an attempt to minimize fine lines, with a combination of Glyceryl/glycerin to draw the moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to be held on the surface by an oil or silicone. This effect is temporary and will lead to dehydration of the skin in the long term.

True ANTI-AGEING products are potent with antioxidants from pure certified organic ingredients.

  • Natural: There maybe ‘natural’ ingredients in the product, but take a closer look at the label and you may just find ingredient names that you are unable to pronounce! They are probably chemicals! Beware of ‘derived from’ such as ‘from coconut’ as these natural substances have most likely undergone a chemical process that will not leave them ‘natural’ any longer.
  • Organic: Unless there is a Certification logo from a third party, independent governing body to state this product is organic … don’t believe it! Some manufactures do include genuine certified organic ingredients in their formulations, but, like the ‘natural’ products, read the label to see the other ingredients. If the ‘organic’ ingredients are listed towards the end of the list, they are in such small quantities; they probably won’t be of much benefit to you.

Beware of ‘organic infusions’ as these are just a weak tea of organic herbs so the main ingredient is water! … a great way of boosting an organic claim to make the product seem genuinely beneficial.

This link will take you to a wide range of skincare, personal care  products and cosmetics      CERTIFIED ORGANIC to FOOD STANDARDS

  • Not Tested on Animals: with that cute bunny symbol … means that the manufacturer or their agents have not tested their ingredients on animals in the past 5 years. Testing on animals continues regardless of the disclaimers on packaging.
  • Fragrance-free products may still contain synthetic fragrance just to mask ingredients that have an unpleasant smell. ‘No fragrance added’ on a label is usually genuinely free from synthetic fragrance.

The old adage ‘buyer beware’ could have been expressly written with the cosmetic industry in mind. Consumers have to be on their guard for misleading information and claims and not be seduced by promises that are likely to be unachievable.

From the worlds’ first range of Certified Organic skin care (2001) you are assured of 100% Beneficial ingredients: Potent and Active products
Cold formulation: Bio-Available Nutrients for Your Skin
Made Fresh: Products are shipped asap after manufacturing so you receive the maximum benefits of organic oils, extracts and other vital ingredients.




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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.




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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/



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L’Occitane Ingredients report … Ultra Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen.

I was cleaning out the bathroom this weekend and right at the back of the cupboard I found a tube of L’Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen.

I had forgot I had it as I haven’t used any chemical based cosmetics for more than 5 years, since I found out how detrimental many chemicals included in skin care products are.

So, lets’ take a closer look at the ingredients of the L’Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen:

The packaging advertises the product contains 8% Shea butter. Great!

But what of the remaining 92% of ingredients? …

Along with the Shea butter the first 4 ingredients, making between 90% and 95% of the entire product are:

Aqua (water!);

Sunflower seed oil … both completely harmless but not extraordinary ingredients.

Ehylhexl Methoxycinnamate; this ingredient can cause allergic skin rashes.  An ingredient with ‘oxy’ in the name has been ethoxylated and can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potent carcinogen, during the manufacture process. You won’t find it listed on a label, as it is a contaminant, not an intended ingredient.  There strong evidence it is a human endocrine disruptor and concerns it interferes with cellular signaling, cause mutations and lead to cell death. (1)*

The remaining list consists of:

Isopropyl Myristate: A widely used fatty compound, which causes blackheads and is not included in many newer formulations. This chemical can react with others in the formulation during manufacture and storage to create nitrosamines (NDELA) the most powerful of all contaminants. Scientists have found nitrosamines cause cancer in all species tested including primates, our closest relatives in the animal world. (2)

Propylene Glycol: A petroleum derivative, it penetrates the skin and can weaken the protein and cellular structure.  It is cheap and has been linked to sensitivity reactions. Its use has been reduced in favor of “safer” glycols. (If there is such a thing!)

Dimethicone: A silicone emollient, it coats like plastic wrap preventing the skin from breathing and eliminating toxins. Some synthetic emollients are known tumor promoters and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. They are also non-biodegradable causing negative environmental impact.

Corn oil: Inexpensive oil that may cause skin reactions in the allergic.

Titanium Dioxide; used in sunscreen, limited safety data and studies have shown it causes DNA damage when exposed to light. Some researchers fear absorption into the blood stream particularly if the chemical is in nanoparticles form. (3)

PEG 100: derived from castor oil, Polyethylene glycol compounds are potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredients that can alter and reduce the skins’ natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of ageing and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. (6)

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): As part of good industrial and personal hygiene and safety procedure, avoid all unnecessary exposure to the chemical substance and ensure prompt removal from skin, eyes and clothing. (5)

Glyceryl Sterate; widely used synthetic emulsifier and skin conditioner that may cause allergies. Glycerin is a cheap humectant that will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity above 65%. In humidity below that, it actually draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to be held on the surface by a barrier (Dimethicone) the skin is dehydrated by this function.

Butylene Glycol: causes adverse reproductive and developmental effects if ingested. It can penetrate the skin and weaken protein and cellular structure. There are safety data gaps of around 78% but it is considered low hazard by the cosmetic database even though it is recognized as an irritant. (4)

Laureth 7: Again, as with the ‘oxy’ in the word, ‘eth means the ingredient has been ethoxylated. See above*

Methyl Paraben: there has been a lot in the press about this preservative ingredient as it is widely used even though it is known to be toxic. Beware of any ingredient with methyl, propyl, butyl or ethyl in the word, as these are paraben preservatives. They can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes.

Retinyl Palmitate: Although the CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review board – an industry regulated board) maintains this chemical is safe at low concentrations, it is on the Canadian Hotlist. This means the Canadian Product Safety Bureau considers it to have potentially adverse effects, or it could have been restricted or banned.

Benzyl Alcohol: A solvent in perfumes can be irritating and corrosive to the skin and Mucous membranes.

Hydroxyisohexeyl: A fragrance ingredient known as an alderhyde, most alderhydes are irritating to the skin and gastrointestinal tract.

Limonene: This preservative is from the petrochemical industry and is a skin irritant and sensitizer. It has the potential to be a carcinogen.

I have not covered the complete ingredients list, nor have I referenced all my findings, but I think you may see where this is going.
It is a shame such as wonderfully nourishing substance like the Shea butter is completely over-shadowed by the chemicals in this product.

What is a worry is the nitrosamine-promoting ingredient, Isopropyl Myristate, which has the ability of increasing the contamination the longer the product has been open. Researchers have found products with this class of contaminant have increased 4 fold over a 17-month period.

There are safer alternatives to your moisturising choice. Look for products with less (or no) chemicals and enjoy the benefits of healthy skin care without the risks.

(1)    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=704203
(2)    A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter
(3)    Mutat Res 2000 Mar 3; 466(1):1-7; Free Radic Biol Med 1999 Aug;27 (3-4); 294-300; FEBS Lett 1997 Nov 24; 418 (1-2); 87-90
(4)    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=700861
(5)    http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/p5029.ht
(6)    http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient/721388/PEG-100_STEARATE/



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Foaming and Lathering Personal Care Products May be Dangerous to Your Health.

There is something about a lather that usually makes people feel they have cleansed properly, whether it is for the hair or the body.

But do you know the chemical effects of using an ingredient that foams?

Surfactants, aka wetting agents lower the water’s surface tension allowing the product being used to spread and penetrate more easily.

The most commonly used surfactant for personal care products are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate can be absorbed into the skin where it degenerates, or ages the cell membranes as it effects the proteins. The skin layers may become inflamed and separate. These symptoms, when the ingredient is used in a shampoo, can give the effect of an itchy, flaky scalp. The consumer, convinced they have dandruff, chooses an anti-dandruff shampoo, which invariably contains the offending SLS.

Miessence shampoo does not contain SLS or SLES or any other toxic chemicals, only beneficial ingredients to totally cleanse and rejuvenate your hair.

Studies have found this chemical can have high levels of skin penetration even at low use concentration.  In animal trials, the chemical had an LD 50 (Lethal Dose for 50% of the animals tested) of 0.8 to 110 g/kg in rats.  A formulation containing 15% caused depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea and death in 4 out of 20 animals.

SLS has been fed to animals to study the effects, and it has been found their skin suffers slight to moderate irritation in applications of a solution of 0.5% to 10%; skin corrosion and severe irritation in applications of 10% to 30%

In eye tests, 10% SLS caused corneal damage to rabbits’ eyes if the chemical was not flushed out or the flushing was delayed.

SLS is toxic to marine life, but it is flushed into the sea in many countries around the world, from the wide spread use of foaming personal care products containing these ingredients.

Many products carry the ‘not tested on animals’ bunny logo, but this only means the manufacture or their agents have not tested on animals in the past 5 years. Outside that time frame, and as revealed, animal testing is indeed a large part of company procedure so they are able to have their products approved for the market.

SLS can become carcinogenic during manufacture or when combined with other nitrogen bearing ingredients in a product. As this is a contamination, not an intended ingredient, there will be no warning on the label.

Research has indicated SLS may damage the skin’s immune system, allowing bacteria to breed.

Sodium Laureth Sulphate has been deemed to be a milder option, but the manufacturing process involves a process called ethoxylation. The resulting chemical can be contaminated with the potent carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.

Avoid all products containing these foaming agents and choose green chemistry options.

Body wash and soaps, including baby care products can be found at www.vieworganicas.com

Ref: http://www.natural-health-information-centre.com/sls-JACT-report.html



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Gisele and that Poison Sunscreen Outburst.


While promoting the launch of her natural skin care range, the model Gisele Bundchen, in a statement regarding sunscreens was quoted as saying “I cannot put this poison on my body”

Gisele continued, “ I do not use anything synthetic”

And then the world of the ‘experts’ erupted; forcing the model to retract and qualify her comments, claiming the language barrier had caused her to be misquoted. In a further statement, Ms Bundchen stated she only uses products that don’t contain ‘harsh’ chemicals such as parabens, Oxybenzone, PABA and Retinyl Palmitate.

Choose sunscreen with out the toxic chemicals.

The head of Brazil’s National Cancer Institute claimed sunscreen is of “fundamental importance” for preventing cancer, even though there is no evidence or studies to support this statement.

Professor Ian Olver, head of Cancer Council Australia was less emotional when asked for a response on the topic. He said “The real message is that the damage that UV light can do to your skin is so great, not only the risk of cancer but also of premature ageing of the skin, that if you have enough exposure to cause a tan you’ve done the damage to trigger off skin cancer and to damage the skin that will later show up as premature ageing,”

Prof Olver went on to comment on nanoparticles in sunscreens by saying there hasn’t been evidence of harm, but there was a ‘good argument’ for labeling the products so consumers could make informed decisions.

The fact that nanoparticles in skin care products is a relatively new science means there have not been sufficient studies to qualify them as a safe ingredient. Some scientists warn against the technology as more products enter the market ahead of research results. One researcher fears nanoparticles could be the next asbestos disaster.

Then there is the subject of the chemical Oxybenzone.  The Center of Disease Control released a study in 2008 showing the majority of the American population (97%) was contaminated with oxybenzene, which is widely used in sunscreens. This chemical has been linked to cell damage, hormone disruption, allergies and low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, which means it can deliver other chemicals deeper into the skin tissue.

Sunlight causes Oxybenzone to form free radical chemicals that may be linked to cell damage. Children are particularly vulnerable as their skin surface; relative to body weight is much greater. Because of this fact, the potential dose of the chemical following skin application is likely to be 1.4 times greater than in adults. Children have less ability to excrete toxins from their bodies and their developing organs put them at greater risk of developing later-in-life disease triggered by exposure to chemicals.

Yet the last safety review of oxybenzone undertaken by the FDA (or any other governing body) was in the 1970s. The use of sunscreens has increased, but so has the rate of skin cancers.

Consider a sunscreen with out oxybenzone at www.vieworganics.com

“Sunscreens were never developed to prevent skin cancer,” Zoe Diana Draelos, editor of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology said in a 2010 report. “In fact, there is no evidence to recommend that sunscreens prevent skin cancer in humans.”

Vitamin D is essential to our bodies’ well being and a measured amount of sunlight, about 20 minutes, either before or after the hottest part of the day is a healthier option than taking a pill. The choice of a sunscreen with the sheen of a reflective barrier of zinc, avoiding all creams containing chemicals, is the best advise.

It is a pity Gisele Bundchen didn’t stick to the originally quoted statement.
She may be on to something.
If public opinion is stirred enough, the powers that be could be shamed into completing the long awaited research. After 30 years, the FDA released a draft in October  ’09, but continues to delay finalizing the safety standards.



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Lead Found In Many Lipsticks.

My grandmother used to say, “A lady is better dressed with her earrings and lippy on”

I love red lipstick and a touch of pink or nude completes my makeup and makes me feel brighter, but recent news regarding lead in lipsticks has added to the precautions of chemicals in the skin care products I use.

Tests conducted by the FDA on 22 lipsticks found unacceptable amounts of lead in every one of them. The brands were the ones you see advertised regularly and are most prominent in the stores selling cosmetics. The price of the lipsticks was no indication of whether or not they might be contaminated.

Health authorities recommend there are no ‘safe’ levels of consumption of lead yet cosmetic manufacturers claim the amounts in the lipsticks should be of little concern. They have not considered the accumulation of the heavy metal as most women who regularly use the product could consume up to 2 kilos per a year. We are literally eating the stuff.

Babies have been found to have lead, among other toxic chemicals in their cord blood; so pregnant women could be inadvertently affecting their unborn children. Lead is stored in the bones and during pregnancy, breast feeding and again at menopause, a woman’s blood levels of lead rise as stored calcium and bone lead are released. This can happen even if the woman has not been exposed to lead for years as the heavy metal accumulates.

The Mayo clinic states 10 micrograms (0.00001 of a gram) of lead per 100ml (approximately 3 ounces) can cause brain damage in children. Even small amounts of lead have been linked to developmental delays hyperactivity, irreversible brain damage and learning difficulties.
Florida’s Department of Health, in a report on lead poisoning is quoted “There are no safe levels of lead in blood”

Of interest is the lead amounts found in the individual lipsticks tested were vastly different. The product with the most lead contained 34 times more of the metal than the lipstick that contained the least amount. That implies that the contaminant could be controlled.

Building contractors and painters now need to be trained and certified in safe work practices under a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency. Leaded fuel has been banned in many countries around the world for some time.

There is no governing body or agency to regulate lead in cosmetics.



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Beauty Products for Anti-ageing – Tips for Achieving the Best Results.

The greatest interest in skin care these days is in the sphere of anti-ageing products. Both women and men are attempting to remain youthful looking. Many are prepared to pay any amount for skin care products with wild claims as the advertising industry probes deeper into our insecurities.

If you read the ingredients labels of most readily available products, you will find many contain the same substances. They will all contain preservatives and parben preservatives are widely used, even though they are known to be toxic.

I have some tips to help debunk some of the myths surrounding anti-aging skin care products.

DO … cleanse morning and night with a mild, natural ingredient based cleanser. Once in the morning, but use 2 applications at night if you wear makeup.

DON’T … use foaming cleansers that contain cocoamidopropyl betaine, some times seen with “(from coconut)” the oils are synthesised with ammonia and a toxic herbicide! May cause eye and skin irritation. Avoid sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate. These ingredients are chemical, they dehydrate the skin and inflame and separate the skin layers.

DO… exfoliate twice weekly for normal to oily skin, once weekly for delicate skin. A rough face cloth does a good job in between.

DON’T… use products containing almond or other nutshell. They have sharp edges that may tear the tissue.

DO… use a clay based mask: weekly or twice weekly for oily or troubled skin; every 10 days for normal skin, fortnightly for sensitive or delicate skin. Clay will gently draw toxins from the deeper layers of the skin. Masks brighten, lighten and smooth the skins texture.

DON’T … forget to moisturise after clay masks as they can be dehydrating. Use filtered water when mixing the paste.

DO… moisturise twice daily.

DON’T… use a moisturiser containing mineral oil (sorbolene!) it coats the skin like plastic wrap preventing elimination of toxins and from breathing. Or Glycerine, which is a cheap humectant that will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity above 65% but draws the skin’s natural moisture from the deeper layers in humidity below that, causing dehydration. The more of these type of moisturiser you use… the more you seem to need!
Lip balms containing paraffin (derived from mineral oil) is a good example of a product that needs constant reapplications, never improving the skin on the lips.

DO … use night serums and cream. Even if you have ‘oily’ skin, special treatments will add moisture, as oily skin can be dehydrated.

DON’T … confuse ‘oil’ and ‘moisture’ in the skin.

DO … avoid ingredients such as:
PEG (sometimes with numbers added);
(polyethylene glycol) alter the natural moisture content of the skin and leave it vulnerable to bacteria. Although common in lotions and moisturisers. PEGs have been connected with liver and kidney damage in scientific studies. During the manufacture process the contaminant 1-4,dioxane, a carcinogen.

Oxybenzone; (as in sunscreen products);
Achemical found in sunscreens & moisturizers containing sunscreen – this chemical claims the most common causes of photo contact allergy.

It is rapidly oxidized in the presence of light and inactivates important antioxidant systems in the skin (the skin’s natural protection system) Oxybenzone is a hormone disruptor blamed for the increased prospect that male babies will be feminized and low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. Immediate and delayed hypersensitivity, it has been detected in human urine and milk. Potentially damages DNA under UV light. It is a skin sensitizer and a penetration enhancer. Used in many sunscreens!

Butylene Glycol;
Petro-chemical, potentially cause contact dermatitis. In animal studies to has been shown to produce mild skin and eye irritation, as well as endocrine system alterations.  There are also reproductive, brain and nervous system effects.

Retinal Palmitate; (in most anti-ageing products);
Vitamin A derivative, shown to improve tiny wrinkles. it decomposes under UVA into chemicals shown to cause mutations in mouse lymphoma cells. Is photo toxic- will cause skin ageing, educed DNA damage. Restricted in Canada.

Ceteryl alcohol;
Causes mild irritation and contact dermatitis in some users.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA);
The natural ones are glycolic acids from sugar cane, Lactic acid from soured milk (Cleopatra reputably bathed in it) and malic acid from grapes and apples. It has been suggested that AHAs may cause the skin to age more rapidly and elevate the risk of skin cancer, due to their ability to remove the outer layer of skin which can elevate sensitivity to sunlight, thereby increasing photo-ageing. In one study the AHA glycolic acid elevated the sensitivity of human skin to sunburn by as much as 50 per cent in some individuals

‘NICNAS: Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report,’ Australian Government, Department of Health and Aging, National Indus Research carried out on guinea pigs found that the AHA glycolic acid caused skin damage, with higher doses altering the structure of the skin and destroying some parts of the epidermal layer, as well as increasing UVB-induced skin damage, to a far greater degree than either glycolic acid or UVB in isolation.
Park, K.S. et al, Effect of Glycolic Acid on UVB-Induced Skin Damage and Inflammation in Guinea Pigs, Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, July-August, 2002: 15 (4): 236-245.

Trial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), Marrickville, NSW, 2000 (12): 128;

Commercial glycolic acid is a by-product in the manufacturing of ethylene glycol, through the reaction of formaldehyde (a carcinogen) and carbon monoxide (a poison)!

DON’T … be misguided by confusing ingredients that have nothing to recommend them to give the results you seek and may even make your skin worse….

DO … Choose products Certified Organic to food standards. Ensure the best results for your skin to lessen the signs of ageing using skin care preparations to nourish and protect your skin.



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Fertility – Could Dads’ Cop Some of the Blame for Birth Defects and Infertility Problems?

As more research is done, it is becoming apparent that the roll of the father in the ‘production’ of a baby is more than obviously ‘fleeting’ involvement!
For some time now, pregnant women and those contemplating pregnancy, have been encouraged to avoid smoking and alcohol and take supplements such as folate to ensure a healthy baby.

Generally, no one has given much thought to the father’s health prior to conception or if it is of any consequence. It has been believed that damaged sperm would not be strong enough to fertilize an egg. In times gone by, a childless woman could be thought of as ‘barren’ without even considering the fact that her partner might be the one ‘firing blanks’
It was back in the 1960s when Professor Gladys Friedler, in the process of trials on female rats to determine e how morphine affected their off spring, discovered the impact of the fathers’ role.

Prof. Friedler injected male rodents with morphine and after a few days, mated them with healthy, unaffected females. The pups born to these pairings were under weight and missed all their developmental land-marks.

Shocked by the findings, the Professor spent the next few decades experimenting with alcohol, drugs (both therapeutic and prescription) as well as environmental toxins and found the male rodents affected by these substances produced defective off-spring.

Prof. Friedler claims she was naive to work in this field as she had difficulty publishing her findings and colleagues encouraged her to abandon her studies. She states she was “…initially not aware of the resistance –you were not supposed to look at the fathers’ roles in birth defects…”

Scientists have learnt how women can safe guard their developing babies but it is only relatively recently that research finds many things from paints to pesticides can result in men fathering children with abnormalities. Even not eating a balanced diet can influence the health of a man’s future babies.

Can you see the advertising warning men: “Thinking of fatherhood? … Give up the booze and fags!”

There has been evidence mounting for years through various scientific studies that Phthalates, known endocrine disruptors, found in many products, particularly personal care and cosmetics, fragrances and pacifiers are affecting semen quality, the male reproductive organs and have been found to cause genital malformations in baby boys

In 1996, Prof. Niels Skakkebaek, Research Director, Copenhagen University Hospital, found semen quality has reduced 50% in the past 50 years. There has been an increase of sterility and testicular cancer has risen by 400% in 60 years.
Professor Shanna Swan, Epidemiologist, Rochester University, USA is quoted in the documentary “Men in Danger” as saying “there are 85,000 chemicals in commerce, most of which we know nothing about …. Their effects on carcinogenic potential, metabolism, immune system and reproductive potential…”

Even when the science seems to be clear regarding the dangers of chemicals and toxins, little heed is taken. For decades, women were banned from the lead trade although evidence suggest the metal could cause fetal problems and still births regardless of which parent is exposed. Today, men are protected from lead in the work place but not other dangerous substances from environmental exposures in paints and pesticides, to chemicals included in the ingredients of personal and skincare products.

Employers, by law are required to outline the risks of any chemicals their workers may be exposed to in the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDA) It has been found that the sheets are 18 more times likely to mention risks to female than male reproduction.
The chemical BPA, (Bisphenol-A) used too make plastics more malleable, found in plastic bottles (including baby bottles) and containers, can lining for food and beverages and dental sealants has recently been high-lighted in research as an endocrine disruptor.
A five year study conducted in China and published late 2010, on more than 500 factory workers, comparing those with high urine BPA levels to those recruits with low BPA urine levels. It was found the former subjects had 2 to 4 times the risk of having poor sperm quality in concentration, vitality and mobility.

This study followed and supported findings done earlier by John Meeker, assistant Prof. of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan school of Public Health, the leading author. The researchers were quick to point out more study was needed, but found urinary concentrations of BPA may be related to decreased sperm quality and concentration. Sperm concentration was around 23% lower in the men in the study who had the highest BPA in their urine samples. results also suggested a 10% sperm DNA damage.

BPA is said to mimic the body’s own hormones, according to critics of the chemical, which may lead to negative health effects.

Pesticides exposure is another area of concern. In 1996, the US congress passed the Food Quality Protection Act which required the EPA to initiate the ‘Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). The object was to screen pesticide chemicals and environmental contaminants for their potential to effect the hormone systems of animals and humans. Even so, there have been thousands of chemicals introduced onto the market that have only been tested in isolation and not in combination with each other.

The most powerful evidence that exposure to chemicals can disrupt the endocrine system comes from nature with fish changing sex from male to female, frogs developing defects (multiple testes or ovaries) and hermaphrodite bears.

The US Dept. Veterans Affairs has recognized Agent Orange exposure as contributing to the birth defects of children whose fathers are Vietnam & Korea Veterans. And as late as October 2010 Parkinson’s Disease was recognized as being related to herbicide exposure.

If we look at statistics, about 10% of reproductive-age couples in the US have fertility problems. 30% each attributed to both the sexes, the remaining 40% is a combination of factors involving both partners.

The UK has similar numbers, but men rate higher at 32% of cases with fertility issues and 25% to problems in the woman. 17% is a combination of problems in both partners and the rest to unexplained causes. In that country 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving at some time.

It appears that more work needs to done on the scientific front as over the past decade patterns have emerged that show declining sperm counts, genital malformations in male babies, memory problems and lower IQ in children, increased number of certain hormone-sensitive types of cancer and early on-set puberty.

Ensure your health and that of your future children by choosing Certified Organic skin and personal care products. At vieworganics.com you can select from a range of personal care products that are certified organic to food standards, unrivalled for their purity, potency and freshness.



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My Beauty Products & Skin Care Routine – How I found out about Chemical Laden Cosmetics

Boy! I was scammed!!

Until a few years ago, I had a bathroom full of creams and lotions. Cosmetic companies promised all sorts of wonderful results:-

  • Younger looking skin in less than a month!
  • Refined pores, less wrinkles!
  • Uplifted features!

But when I came across some information that I will share with you, I sat on the bathroom floor armed with a garbage bin and my new found knowledge.

I read the ingredients labels on every cosmetic and skin care preparation I owned. Some of the information was in the packaging I had discarded. So I went to where I bought it and did my detective bit in the shop.

Can you believe it?!        I threw out absolutely every product!

My partner was aghast … I had paid good money for these creams … couldn’t I just use them up, or pass them on to some body else?

I’ll let you into a little secret, when I have the bull by the horns, I won’t let go!!

Anyway, why would I keep using skin care products that contained chemical ingredients, that not only would not do what they promised – but were toxic to boot!!
And if I wouldn’t use them on my body, how could I offer them to anyone else?

This new found knowledge had me reeling … surely there must be other women who care enough to want this information?
So I started to investigate, in books and on line and found that many companies who professed to be ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ used these same undesirable chemicals in their formulations.
Some advertised the ‘not tested on animals’ bunny. That might be encouraging, but I discovered a loop hole that makes that claim worthless!

As I took notes, I decided to write some articles for people who, like me, wanted to protect themselves, their family and the environment from chemicals.
Research studies, in the thousands, have been published with evidence of the dangers of applying some chemicals to the skin as they can be absorbed into the blood stream.

It was some of these chemicals I discovered were in all the products I was slathering on my body every day!

This information brought to mind the Tobacco Industry fiasco. For years they denied that smoking was linked to lung cancer. Well, we all know the answer to that now!
A law has just been passed in Australia banning anyone smoking in a car with children passengers, because of the dangers of secondary inhalation.
Finally government is taking the threat seriously.

I might sound a little off track here … but my point is … if you have a look at the research studies, you might see parallels where cosmetic companies claim that a little of these chemicals applied to our skin is negligible!!

I encourage you to just take a look at the ingredients in the products you use every day. Some of these chemicals are in all of them. So it may not add up to a small amount after all!!

At vieworganics.com you will find skin and body care products certified organic to food standards. They are unrivelled for purity, potency and freshness. every ingredient is 100% beneficial.



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Common cosmetics ingredient can harm sperm

By Nneka Leiba, EWG Research Analyst

Exposure to butylparaben, an ingredient common in personal care products, has been associated with DNA damage in men’s sperm, according to an important new study led by John Meeker of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

The study, published Sept. 28 by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, also found… read more…



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Reform of Toxic Chemicals Law Collapses as Industry Flexes Its Muscles

The U.S. Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) is 34 years old and with the introduction of hundreds of new chemicals onto the market each year, is in great need of an overhaul.…read more...



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13 tips for the Prevention of Hair Loss & to Alleviate Itchy Scalp.

There can be various reasons for hair loss and an itchy scalp could be the first indication that there might be problems with the health of the scalp and hair follicles. The autoimmune system and hormonal changes in the body can contribute to hair loss. Disease may play a roll as well as inherited genetic influences, but there are some steps we can take to minimise the effects of hair loss due to an unhealthy scalp through poor choices in our diet and hair care products.

A diet, well balanced and containing essential fatty acids, protein and nutrients to support hair growth is the biggest consideration.

An important and relevant factor for the management of healthy hair growth is the products used. Shampoos containing harsh chemicals, the over use of hair colour creams and hot hair dryers will impact greatly on the well being of hair’s growth and quality.


Dietary tips:

  • Ensure your diet is protein rich. Vegetarians need to evaluate the amount of pulses they consume (chickpeas, lentils and beans etc) to compensate for the lack of animal protein.
  • Drink plenty of filtered water. Hair is 40% water and the skin and scalp need hydrating from the inside out.
  • Fish is high in vitamin A and many of the Bs, as well as essential fatty acid, omega 3, all required for healthy hair. Flaxseed oil is 6 times higher in omega 3 than fish oil supplements and is ideal for vegans.
  • Essential fatty acid omega 6 is found in vegetable oils (polyunsaturated) and eggs.
  • Selenium, a vital mineral for healthy hair and nails can be found in Brazil nuts. One nut contains the daily adult requirement of selenium and is a better option than a synthetic supplement.
  • Minimize added salt and ensure plenty of vitamin C in your diet. Red bell peppers contain more natural vitamin C than oranges. Try to select organic fruit and vegetables where possible to limit your intake to pesticide residues.

Hair products tips:

  • For general care and maintenance massage the scalp gently to promote blood flow to the hair follicles and limit shampooing to alternate days at most. Avoid hard rubbing and toweling and use a large toothcomb on wet hair, never a brush that will tug out the waterlogged strands.
  • Stay well clear of anti-dandruff shampoos. Those fine, powdery flakes are dry skin most likely caused by the ingredients in the dandruff shampoo people used to fix the problem! Real dandruff is thick, yellowish and caked on the scalp. This is where bacteria is breeding and needs special attention.
  • Avoid sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate and ammonium lauryl sulphate at all cost. These harsh chemicals can cause severe skin irritation and may damage the skin’s immune system by causing the layers to inflame and separate. This may be called Dandruff!
  • Other foaming agents Cocomide MEA or DEA are restricted in Europe due to their carcinogenic effects, they are severely irritating to body tissues and possibly corrosive to eyes.
  • Use natural, chemical free shampoo and beware of Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (from coconut). Often used as a foaming agent in products that claim they use natural (and organic) ingredients. The oils are synthesized with ammonia and a toxic herbicide and are no longer safe or natural. Sometimes it is written on the label as coco betaine to confuse the consumer.
  • Silicones in conditioners coat the hair and scalp and prevent the scalp from breathing or eliminating toxins. A common conditioner ingredient, dimethicone, has been found to cause tumours in laboratory animals. In addition, silicones and waxes that coat the hair in an effort to smooth the cuticle, chip off when they have hardened making the condition of the hair worse.
  • Keep hair trimmed regularly and if you like to colour your hair, have your hairdresser use foils instead of applying the colour cream to the scalp. Use small amounts of styling products, trying not to get them on the scalp, just on the hair.

Certified organic formulations ensure there are no synthetic chemicals in the entire contents of the personal care products you choose.

Herbalists can make a tonic to add to your supplements. Usually 30 to 40 drops of the mixture is taken 3 times daily in a small amount of filtered water. This remedy cured my alopecia in less than 4 weeks.


Herbs helpful to the hair and scalp are:

Rosemary: – can stimulate the hair follicle and therefore hair growth. May retard hair loss and is the best option for dandruff.

Thyme: – also good against dandruff and used for deep cleansing.

Grapeseed: – high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, can stimulate hair follicle growth.

Jojoba: – excellent for preventing hair loss and delays the follicle’s resting phase because of its’ antioxidant properties. Can make the hair shinier, thicker and more manageable.

Add these extracts, some come in essential oil form, to your natural, chemical free shampoo or massage into the scalp the night before you plan to shampoo the following morning.

Research and studies have found that chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and the scalp and into the blood stream and accumulate in the organs. By using products that are organic, you can limit the amount of chemicals you expose your body to.

Treat your hair and scalp to the very best care and protect yourself from unnecessary hair loss or an unhealthy scalp.

Certified organic formulations ensure there are no synthetic chemicals in the entire contents of the personal care products you choose. .
You can purchase shampoo and conditioner; hair repair and style gel from www.vieworganics.com and have them delivered to your door.

Chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and scalp and into the blood stream and accumulate in the organs. By using products from vieworganics you protect your self and your family from toxic chemical ingredients.



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Herbal Essences… Toxic!?!

Herbal Essences Eventually 1 4-dioxane Reduced!

In a preliminary agreement with the founder of the Green Patriot Working Group, David Steinman, Proctor & Gamble have agreed to reformulate its Herbal Essences range to reduce the concentrations of the carcinogen 1, 4-dioxane.

The decision came only after Mr. Steinman filed a notice of intent to sue the giant personal care and Cosmetic Corporation in California under the State of California’s toxic enforcement act, Proposition 65.

1,4-dioxane has been listed as a contaminant known to cause cancer. During the manufacture process of some personal care products, there is a process of adding ethylene oxide to other chemicals to make them less harsh. Unfortunately, the ethoxylation generates the contamination of the product with 1,4-dioxane.

As this is a contamination and not an intentional ingredient, it is never listed on the label and the consumer is unaware they are exposing themselves to this carcinogen.

According to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, prior legal actions relating to 1,4-dioxane in the state of California indicated that under Proposition 65, the actionable level of contamination is above 10 parts per million (ppm)

Tests on a Herbal Essences shampoo conducted by David Steinman showed the product contained a whopping 24 ppm. In statistics, that is almost 150% above the allowable level.

What many fail to acknowledge is, that is only one of the many personal care products used by individuals each and every day. Consider the accumulation of all the products used again and again and the exposure to deadly toxins a body has to deal with.

P&G steadfastly stand by the belief that their products are compliant with Californian regulations, yet, the reformulation is underway to reduce the concentration of 1,4-dioxane to the level of 10 ppm by the end of January 2011!!

But, why stop there? If efforts to reduce the contamination of this insidious element can be reduced by 150%, why can’t the end product be completely safe and free of contamination altogether?

To avoid products contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, read the contents label and reject ingredients: PEG; polyethylene glycol; polyoxyethylene; polyethylene; ‘-eth-‘ (such as sodium laureth sulfate) ceteareth; ‘oxynol’ or ‘oleth’

Certainly reject Herbal Essence at least until next year and lobby P&G not to use half measures, but to remove the contamination completely



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Could Infertility Problems be Exacerbated by Cosmetics?




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Understanding What Is In Skin Care Products