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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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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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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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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 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.