As organic September draws to a close here are some of my favourite places to feed an organic beauty habit. Naturisimo Top of my list has to be online green beauty destination Naturisimo. Not only do they have a huge range of products but … Continue reading
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Essential tips for essential oils
The other week I took part in a fantastic webinar run by some friends of mine who work for doTERRA, producers of high quality essential oils. I’ve always used essential oils for scent (normally burning them which I now know is a big … Continue reading
The flaw in your anti-ageing beauty routine…
Why am I posting a picture of a bin full of unused samples? This stash had been sitting on my dressing table for months but, tempted as I was to try them out, I finally relegated them to the trash. Why? Read … Continue reading
Appuru, organic beauty salon in London
Appuru is a natural organic beauty boutique and salon in Pimlico, central London. And given that it’s a four minute walk from my home (we Londoners are precise when it comes to distance on foot) I’m confused as to why it took … Continue reading
Natural beauty hack: DIY travel size facial oils
This is more of a natural beauty hack than a review. The dilemma: you’re going away and you desperately want to take a facial oil but are short on space and you’ve been stung before by the leaking bottle of … Continue reading
Words of wisdom from one mother to another
It’s Mother’s Day in the UK so who better to share their natural beauty secrets than my mum, Gilli. Mum is actually the inspiration behind this blog; without her I would never have sought out natural beauty products or questioned … Continue reading
Not sure what’s in your beauty products? Think dirty!
Think Dirty is a Canadian app which scans the bar code on beauty products in your bathroom, or when you’re out shopping, and shows you a toxicity score based on Think Dirty’s rating criteria. You can also search by product name or brand.
As well as an overall score, ingredients are listed with their individual ratings and you can drill down to find more information around each ingredient’s usage, potential health impact and even pseudonyms so you can see where companies are trying to sneak in nasties under different guises.
The product’s ‘dirty meter’ gives an indicator of how it fares on carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and allergies and immunotoxicities. And it also suggests similar, safer products that you might consider as alternatives.
A few caveats around using it:
- It’s aimed at the North American market so don’t expect smaller European brands to be covered
- Read the ratings carefully – ingredients such as geraniol and citral push the rating up as they are potential allergens, even though they naturally occur in essential oils
- I’m not sure it’s 100% accurate: my Aveda Curl Enhancer showed as containing parabens, which surprised me. I checked the packaging and couldn’t find any listed so I double checked online and Aveda firmly state that they do not use parabens in any of their products (I will follow this up with Think Dirty)
It’s a great quick reference resource and fun to use. I’m hoping for a UK version soon and the ability to search by ingredient (currently you can only access data on an ingredient after searching for a product which contains it).
For more info visit their site: http://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/
Lavender oil, a natural beauty staple
Over the years lavender essential oil has become my cures-all-miracle-product whether it’s a few drops in my bath, dotted on my pillow at night to help me nod off or applied directly to blemishes as a spot treatment. You can apply … Continue reading
Organic Beauty Week is here!
Organic Beauty Week 2014 has arrived. Running from 8-14 September, this Soil Association initiative aims to increase awareness of organic beauty products and the benefits of using them.
To celebrate Organic Beauty Week, Glamour Magazine have reviewed their favourite natural beauty products. A huge selection of natural products are covered from fake tans to lip balms and the list features well known natural brands such as Lavera and Neal’s Yard alongside new ones such as Adam and Eve. There’s something to suit every budget…so no excuses: