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31Jul 2019

Butters and Lotions and Creams! Oh My! Although body butters may seem relatively new to the beauty scene, women throughout the world have known about the benefits of botanical butters for thousands of years. Cleopatra is said to have traveled with large jars of shea butter (link shea to our encyclopedia) to protect her legendary […]

30Jul 2019

The Ugly Side of Beauty The lack of regulations on the beauty industry rears its ugly head when you start to question the ingredients in your skincare products. Do you know what all of the ingredients are? Do you know the purpose of the ingredients? Does the ingredient benefit you or the product? Are there […]

30Jul 2019

There are strict regulations for being an organic productand even for using the word organic in a product’s name, label or description. The widespread misuse of the word organic makes it very hard (almost impossible) to enforce these regulations. Nothing is being done to educate consumers on how to interpret the misinformation and aggressive greenwashing […]

25Mar 2019
Blog Sea of Seals an Ocean of Logos

Eco-seals and logos are everywhere. They wink at us from shelves and counters, trying to get our attention. Unfortunately, many companies use them to “greenwash” their images and products. They want us to think their products are a heathier, environmentally conscious choice. It’s difficult to tell which are reliable and which are simply self-promoting.   […]

14Feb 2017
organic skincare products the perils of plastic pollution

 We Are Drowning In Plastic Artist @messymsi collected over 20,000 pieces of plastic for this Art installation called “Plastic Ocean”  in the Singapore Art Museum Plastic, with its wide variety of applications, is difficult to live with and extremely challenging to live without. It permeates every part of our daily lives from our children’s toys […]

26Oct 2016
stick of dynamite TNT

Not So Dynamite What does nail polish and TNT have in common? Toluene What is it and where you can find it? Gasoline additive: discourages engine knocks Nail polish: holds color and gives a smooth finish Additive to fracking fluids: a component of the BTEX complex Nail polish remover: used as a solvent Hair dyes: […]

22Sep 2016
Dorothy giving oil to the tin-man

Your Skin Needs Oil Too So Why Are Essential Fatty Acids Essential? How ironic that our body requires them, but cannot produce or convert them from other fats. Instead, they must be obtained through our diet or by applying them topically. As the desire for natural skincare products increases, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are receiving […]

20Sep 2016
people using skincare products

If it doesn’t “go bad” over time, it’s not good Would you eat a banana that looks the same no matter how old it is? I don’t think so! No one would. But yet when it comes to skincare products, no one thinks how that product has such a long shelf life. What has been […]

08Sep 2016
The Great Debate Certified organic deodorant

ANTIPERSPIRANTS VS DEODORANT Antiperspirants, deodorants, or natural deodorants? Roll-ons, creams, crystals, sticks, or sprays? With so many choices out there, how do you choose? How do you know which is right for you? Because everyone’s body chemistry is different, the answer is not so cut and dry… (pun intended!). The one you choose really depends […]