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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.



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Compare Multi-Regenerating Moisturiser with Certified Organic Moisturiser



There is a great deal of media attention on anti ageing products, with many cosmetic manufacturers upping the anti by forever increasing the number of benefits their product will deliver.

Apart form reducing fine lines and wrinkles; they include sunscreens and ultra hydrating chemicals. But are they safe to use and as effective as the advertising promotions promise?

Let’s look at our first product, which is L’Oreal’s Revitalift Total Repair 10.

This product from the French based cosmetic giant claims to fight 10 signs of ageing:
Many moisturisers on the market contain the same ingredients just the names change.

The main ingredients, in order, are: Water; Glycerin; Ethylhexyl salicylate; Niachnamide; Dimethicone; Octocrylene; Butyl methoxydbenzolmethane;

The list goes on with many other unpronounceable chemical ingredients, but it is worth noting that the first 3 to 4 ingredients on a label list make up 90% to 95% of the entire product.

Glycerin, which is used in all anti ageing moisturisers and body lotions, is such demand, sales of this ingredient, primarily to be used in personal care products, is expected to reach more than $8bn, globally, by the year 2017.

is a humectant that will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity above 65%. In dryer conditions, the Glycerin will actually draw the moisture form the deeper layers of the skin, there by causing dehydration.

The Dimethicone listed is a silicone, intended to trap and hold the drawn moisture onto the skin’s surface, thereby puffing out the fine lines for a time.

Octocrylene is a synthetic UV absorber and sunscreen agent; may be used in combination with other UV absorbers to achieve higher SPF formulas. It produces oxygen radicals when exposed to UV light. It is suspected or measured to accumulate in people; not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel.

eth’ or ‘oxy’ in an ingredient means it has been ‘ethoxylated’ during manufacture and may be contaminated with the potent carcinogen 1 4’dioxane.


Now let’s compare the ingredients list, in order, of a Certified Organic moisturiser

Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil, certified organic rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil, certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, aqua (purified water), … the list is much longer, and all of it is certified organic by a third party independent body.


I have stopped here so you can notice how far down the list the water content is.

There are no chemical names. The first ingredient, Aloe Vera is renowned for its’ moisturising properties and its ability to renew cellular growth and strength. It, along with Avocado fruit oil, rosehip seed oil and jojoba seed oil, all certified organic, make up the first 4 ingredients and so the 90% to 95% of the entire product.

The combination of the main ingredients feeds and nourishes the skin with significant effects on hydration and softness, without the risk of contamination by chemical processes. The ingredients in this moisturiser are cold-pressed extracted to maintain the integrity of the plants’ active bio-available nutrients.


There are no sunscreen chemicals in this product, so you would need to beware of extended sun exposure without the benefits of an added organic sunscreen, hat or shade. That said, you would not be risking the damage to your skin from free radicals found in chemical sunscreen products, which can do more harm than the protection they provide.

After my many years experience in this industry, my vote is for the Certified Organic moisturiser. It offers a breathable, protective barrier against free radicals and moisture loss, one of the main causes of wrinkles. The special ingredients in our unique organic base have lasting effects on skin hydration and smoothness.



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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.




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.




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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.