Updated: Mar 3
When it comes to clean skincare you still need to read your labels. Yes, massive eye-roll situation. Isn't it enough that the label says 'pure and natural' or 'organic' or 'no nasties'? No! ... sorry... no, it is not enough.
Green Beauty and Clean Beauty are great terms to use but it really does come down to YOU educating yourself about contaminants in products and not taking the manufacturer's marketing blurb as gospel. So often I see a beautifully presented organic product that's laced with synthetic ingredient. I know why it's there. The company wouldn't get the shelf life out of a formulation without it, and so, for the sake of another 6 months shelf life it gets injected with a preservative.
Using powdered cleanser formulations simply requires you to add the water when needed. Removes 100% toxins and the need for preservatives.
Having organic ingredients is not enough for me, I want the whole product to be totally natural, without synthetic preservatives and additives, or synthetic colours, or petroleum based fragrances (which unfortunately can still be labelled 'natural' because petroleum is a naturally occurring compound). Detergents and water-based products seemed to be the things that brought the worst reactions from my skin, emotions, mental state and ultimately my health. So when I began formulating MEM products they had to comply to my requirements and my labels had to be easy to read and understand.
You are entitled to understand what's in
your skincare, perfumery and bodycare. It's just another way of limiting (very practically)
the amount of toxin entering your life.
For example, the ubiquitous 'body-wash' or 'shower-gel' will probably have some form of SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulphate) which is a surfactant that helps break down the oil and water barrier and produce soapy sudsy lather. The big 'white elephant' is that manufacturers KNOW that the process of making SLS (or similar) produces '1,4 dioxane' which then contaminates the product (SLS or similar). '1,4 dioxane' is a carcinogen, meaning it promotes the growth of cancer. The big problem in all of this is that manufacturers are not required to list this contaminant on their ingredients. If you'd like to know more about that, check out the Safe Cosmetics website, but here's a little of what you'll find... “WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds, chemicals that include the clauses xynol, ceteareth and oleth". Here again lies the issue even with a product labelled as 'soapfree'. It can still contain a truckload of harmful ingredients. To really know your product isn't contaminated you can just eliminate anything that foams. Even your toothpaste...(yes, this stuff is in toothpaste!).
You can see, from just this one example, the reason why I'm so passionate about educating people on the subject of synthetic-free skincare. It means something for me, for you, for your babies, for their babies, for your environment, for our planet...
So I've been putting something together...
If you'd like to know more about real natural skincare and personal care products, I'm really excited to share the news that I will be hosting Skincare Basics workshops in SE Queensland. Venues are to be determined or you're welcome to host one in your home or workplace. Find out more about them on this page.