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Synthetic Fragrance - Why I Avoid It

    When you start looking around you realise fake fragrance is everywhere, perfume, deodorant, body wash, moisturiser, fabric softener, scented candles, air fresheners, the list goes on. Fake fragrance often contains phthalates which are plasticiser’s used in soft squishy toys like rubber ducks as well as rain coats and vinyl flooring. It’s used in fake fragrance as it makes the scent stick to surfaces, and if you’re wearing perfume that means its coating your skin, yikes! They’re also used in nail polish and hairspray to hold but still be flexible. The Centers for Disease Control states “some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to phthalates“. I’d...

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Sodium Lauryl & Laureth Sulphate - Why I Avoid Them

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is a very inexpensive ingredient used in many conventional personal care products to make it foam and bubble. SLS is a detergent and surfactant, which essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your hair/body, it is synthesised and can be derived from either petroleum or plant based sources (coconut oil) . It’s commonly used in carpet cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash liquids, and machine wash detergents because it’s highly corrosive and can remove oil and grease. Ummm great, we can clean our cars with our shampoo and body wash! Because it is highly corrosive its actually very irritating on the skin and can cause drying and dermatitis. Sodium Laureth Sulphate...

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Phenoxyethanol - Why I Avoid It

I’ve heard a lot of chatter recently about Phenoxyethanol and I get asked a lot why I avoid it, so thought I’d write a post on how I feel about it. If you look at the ingredient list on any of your (non certified organic) personal care products and cosmetics I’m fairly certain you’ll see Phenoxyethonol listed, even in your seemingly green products. It’s used as a preservative and it’s cheap, I found it for a 10th of the price of a natural preservative. It also makes the shelf life about four times longer than the natural alternatives, although if you’re anything like me your awesome toxin free products don’t last too long so this doesn’t matter. There’s a lot of uncertainty about how harmful it is...

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