Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Preservers in Natural Skin Care & Hair Care Products with Organic Aloe Vera

There is a tremendous amount of interest in Natural Skin Care and Natural Hair Care products worldwide.

We are constantly asked questions about the ingredients, origin and making of our Natural Skin Care Products and Mineral Makeup range. In response to this I have posted the full list of ingredients for all of our organic personal care and mineral makeup products on our site... I hope this is helpful.

Our customers are smart and always one step ahead:
I was recently asked whether we use a preserver in our products?

The answer is Yes, we use the following natural preservatives:
  • two food grade citric preservatives (potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate)
  • aromatherapy grade essential oils at levels that preserve
  • Beeswax
  • Grapefruit seed extract
More coming soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Toxins in Skin Care

Check your bathroom cupboard now!

Check out your current personal care products. If they contain any of the following, you may like to reconsider your usage.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
This harsh detergent and emulsifier, often derived from petroleum, strips the skin of its natural oils, increasing skin permeability and thereby facilitating entry of other toxic ingredients into the dermis and bloodstream. A known skin irritant, SLS also has the potential to cause eye problems, cataracts, blindness, major organ damage, immune system damage, skin and hair problems, respiratory illness, headaches and vomiting. SLS is found in dried food and almost anything that requires lathering including toothpaste, shampoo, body wash and some moisturizers.

This preservative causes skin reactions and has been linked to cancer, eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing, skin rashes, contact dermatitis, asthma, shortness of breath, nose bleeds, nausea, vomiting, chest pains and dizziness. Formaldehyde is used in nail polish, nail hardeners, mascara, soap, shampoo, anti-aging cream, bubble bath and deodorant.
The following chemicals are derived from Formaldehyde and are also best avoided.
• Imidazolidinyl urea (can cause contact dermatitis)
• Diazolidinyl urea (can cause contact dermatitis)
• 2-bromo-2nitropane-1
• 3-diol
• DMDM hydantoin
• Quaternium 15

Isopropyl alcohol
Derived from petroleum, this anti-foaming agent causes hair damage, skin irritation and is neurotoxic to the liver, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems and the kidney. It is also teratogenic (causing foetal /birth defects). Used in hair colours, moisturisers, aftershave lotion, nail enamel, antifreeze, carpet cleaner and more.

Derived from petroleum or tar, this is a non-renewable resource that has a negative environmental impact. While the skin initially feels smoother it is merely the layer that paraffin forms the smooth layer. Skin is dried out by any petroleum based product. This perpetuates the cycle of continued product use to prevent the dryness, which the product is actually contributing to. Used in cold cream, wax strips, moisturisers, body oils and more.

Petrolatum (Petroleum jelly)
An incredibly cheap mineral oil derivative that actually leads to skin dryness, funnily enough this is used in moisturisers and lip balms that claim to relieve dry skin and lips! Talk about self perpetuating products!

This preservative causes allergic reactions and skin irritations.

Propylene glycol
This humectant is usually a petrochemical mix and has been known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema. It provides texture and stability and is also found in brake fluid and anti-freeze. Try to avoid the chemicals below which are related to propylene glycol.
• PEG (polyethylene glycol) (A by-product of PEG-stearate-20 was used during WW1 as a toxic gas)
• PPG (polypropylene glycol)

Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parabens
Used as preservatives to extend shelf life, Parabens can trigger skin irritation and allergic reactions. They can disrupt the endocrine system through oestrogen mimicking properties. Some studies have linked paraben exposure to breast cancer.

This vague term can be referring to any of up to 200 synthetic fragrances, none of which are required to be labeled separately. Often petroleum based, fragrances can cause dizziness, skin irritation and hyper pigmentation (which is why some people have brown marks where they put perfume)
“Fragrance –free” products may still contain smell masking chemicals.

DEA (diethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine)
These chemicals are ‘amines’ (ammonia compounds) and can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come into contact with nitrates. Used as emulsifiers and foaming agents, they cause eye, hair and skin irritation and are toxic if continually absorbed over a long period of time. DEA is known to cause liver and kidney tumours in mice. DEA is still used in many products in Australia, despite international warnings. These chemicals cause allergic reactions, irritate eyes and dry the hair and skin. Put simply any product with MEA or DEA listed individually or in combination (e.g. cocamide DEA) should be avoided.

Artificial Colours
FDC RED 4, FDC RED 1 or FOOD RED 1, should all be avoided. They are banned in food but can still be used in cosmetics and are known to cause urinary bladder polyps and wasting of the adrenal glands.

Coal Tar
(FD & C) and (D & C) colours should be avoided. Derived from petroleum coal tars have been linked to asthma, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness and lack of concentration. Coal Tars are confirmed human carcinogens and skin irritants. They are thought to increase risk of tumour growth. Used in anti-dandruff shampoos and to colour cosmetics.

TEA (Triethanolamine)
Emulsifier, skin irritant and mutagen (causing changes in cellular DNA) TEA is also a contact allergen causing eczema. Used in skincare products and to coat conventionally grown fruits and veggies.

Watch out vegetarians!! This is used in lipstick, soap and shaving cream and is made from boiled sheep organs.

In toothpaste this may cause a reduction in dental cavity risk however it has also been
linked with cancer, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, birth defects, increased risk of various fractures, dental and skeletal fluorosis and impaired brain function.
Fluoride is also found in many products that contain water.

Used as plasticizers in thousands of plastic products to make them more flexible. Examples include toys, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, detergents, vinyl, food packaging and food containers.
• DBP (dibutylphthalate)
• DEP (diethylphthalate)
• DMP (dimehtyphthalate)
They may be found on the ingredient list, but often they are not as there are no statutory requirements. Studies have found that pthalates used by pregnant mothers can increase the risk of low birth weight and undescended testes in baby boys and may also lead to feminising traits in these males later in life and possibly also increase the risk of prostate cancer. Pthalates have also been found in breast milk.

Believe it or not, this is NOT an extensive list of dangerous chemicals in our everyday products. It is however enough to get most people thinking....

Detox your home, body and mind (by Wendy Duyker)
The Guardian supplements
Clean Food Organic
Dangerous Beauty (by Dr Peter Dingle and Toni Brown)
The Chemical Maze (by Bill Statham)
Cosmetics Unmasked (Dr Stephen and Gina Antczak)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Benefits of Aloe Vera in Natural Skin Care Products

Benefits of Aloe Vera in Natural Skin Care and Hair Care Products

There are over 200 species of Aloe Vera; a member of the lily family. Aloe Barbadensis contains the highest concentrated nutrients of all the species. Plants should be organically grown & processed.

The benefits of Aloe Vera Barbadensis are overwhelming. This species is used extensively by naturopaths, doctors & dermatologists, with substantial & encouraging results. Researchers agree that Aloe Vera has no single active principal, but works synergistically to stimulate the natural healing mechanisms of the body.

40% of our customers use our Natural Skin Care Products with Organic Aloe Vera to replenish challenged skin, damaged from eczema, psoriasis and unidentified concerns. Non-irritant and gentle enough for sufferers of allergy, hay fever or asthma. Fragrance, colour and oil free.

Aloe Vera has shown to contain the following properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory – counteracts or suppresses the inflammatory process.
  • Analgesic - relieves pain deep beneath the surface.
  • Anti-pruritic - relieves itching.
  • Humectant - moisturises, promoting retention of water in skin tissue.
  • Proteolytic -dissolves and digests damaged or dead tissue cells enhancing the process of healing.
  • Regenerative - stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
  • Antipyretic - relieves the heat of burns, inflammation and fever.
  • Absorbefacient - promotes absorption through tissues.
  • Fungistatic - inhibits the growth of fungi.
  • Virustatic - inhibits replication of viruses.
  • Detoxifying - helps cleanse and purify the body.
  • Bacteriostatic - inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria

Reference:Dr Bill Coats R.pH. reported in his book "The Silent Healer – A modern study of Aloe Vera”

Natural Skin Care Products and Natural Hair Care Products with Organic Aloe Vera:

  • are a mild anaesthetic, antibacterial & antifungal and contains anti-inflammatory acids.
  • are a natural moisturiser that provides all the nutrients; vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, & amino acids, required.
  • penetrates rapidly and deeply, infusing skin with desperately needed moisture.
  • encourages water retention in skin tissue, rids dead skin cells, and stimulates skin growth.
  • helps to keep facial pores unclogged and gives skin a healthy glow as enzymes speed up blood circulation and slough off dead skin. Amino acids help promote the growth of new skin cells.
  • The antiseptics in Aloe Vera soothe inflammation and irritated skin and reduce the chance of infection and pimples.
  • will relieve itching, swelling, redness and pain.
  • is fragrance & oil free.
  • is able hydrate, heal and encourage skin renewal.
  • coates the skin with a protective layer which minimises the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi.

Directory For the use of Aloe Vera throughout history:


No chemicals are used in the growth or processing of Wild Natures plants.

Aloe Vera’s nutrients, natural antiseptics and anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin whilst moisturising at the cell level. Aloe Vera is recommended by specialists, doctors and naturopaths throughout the world.

Our Organic Aloe Vera client portfolio includes NSW & QLD Cancer Council & clinics throughout Australia. You can read more enthusiastic comments on our Testimonials page.

Please enjoy our beautiful and affordable range of Natural Skin Care Products, Mineral Make Up and Aromatherapy Oils.

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