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Organic Beauty: All You Need To Know

Organic Beauty Take Aways

After our second REV Talk: 'What Is Organic Beauty?', we decided to elaborate on some of the key points that were brought up during the discussions. Keep reading to discover our top six take aways from the day...

1. "Many mainstream beauty companies use ingredients they'd rather we don't know about..."

“…Some provide no function for our skin, are known irritants but worse still, others are linked to potential carcinogens. It’s no surprise transparency of ingredients is not front and centre of their products.

 

We believe we should all know exactly what we’re putting on our skin. It’s why we provide a full ingredient list on the front label across our entire collection. And we only use the finest all-natural and organic, plant-based ingredients. This total transparency is empowering! It helps us all lead more conscious lives, safe in the knowledge that we’re only using the finest ingredients from nature – with absolutely nothing hidden, synthetic or artificial”

 

- Lauren, co-founder of BySarah, London

Organic Lip Balm by BySarah
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2. "Propylene glycol is a synthetic petrochemical which is used as an emulsifier..."

…and humectant (to reduce moisture loss) in many mainstream beauty products. It’s a known irritant and has caused skin reactions including eczema and hives. It’s also a key component of car anti-freeze. Definitely an ingredient to avoid!”

 

- Sarah, co-founder of BySarah London

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3. "Silicone is the worst thing to happen to makeup' - Millie Kendall of The British Beauty Council

“From a scientific point of view it seems not much – it is considered an inert (nonreactive and non-toxic) substance and is widely used in many medical advancements and inventions.

But, and there is a but, besides the fact that it is completely synthetic, it is an occlusive substance. This means that it acts as a barrier over the skin and does not allow anything to pass through it. It does not allow the skin to breathe or excrete. This in itself may not be harmful or cause major health issues for everyone, but with the nature of beauty products today, silicone is plentiful and most women (and men) are using them on a daily basis”

 

Sjaniël Turrell, holistic makeup artist

 

Lip Tint in Timeless by The Beauty Archive
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4. Try to avoid conventional nail polish, and particularly shellac as it's essentially poison for your nails" - Christian David, co founder Kure Bazaar

Getting Shellac can expose you to the same harmful UV rays you are trying so hard to avoid on the rest of your body. There are also a tremendous amount of chemicals  in shellac – of particular concern are the acrylates, which are individual chemical molecules that bind together to form plastic materials so you are essentially coating your nails in plastic. Acrylates can also cause allergic and irritant reactions due to their toxicity. All of the acetone your fingers soak up in the removal process isn’t great either.
Christian from Kure Bazaar brought up the great point that with our nail care, we don’t need to only consider ourselves but also those who are giving all those manicures and pedicures and the incredible exposure of chemicals they go through to make our nails look good. Long term effects include kidney, liver, and nerve damage, increased birth defects and lowered ability to reproduce.
Whilst we as salon goers likely won’t ever suffer these effects, a lot of workers suffer from health problems related to their jobs. Why contribute to that when you can have a lovely, non-toxic manicure/pedicure at home? Or even take your eco-friendly alternatives to the salon, we are sure the manicurist won’t object!”
Nail Polish In Scandal by Kure Bazaar
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5. Watch out for aluminium in deodorants

“The first ingredient I removed from my skincare regime when learning about organic beauty was aluminium, which is a common component in deodorants. It’s designed to plug the sweat-glands to reduce perspiration, but what I found surprisingly shocking was that it’s also been linked to breast cancer.  Studies claim that the chemicals, when applied via a deodorant, may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells.”

 

“Roughly 55 percent of all breast cancer tumours occur in the upper outside portion of the breast section closest to underarm” – Dr Darbre, biomolecular scientist, University of Reading. 

 

“I’ve now started using Aurelia’s and its pretty remarkable for an organic deodorant- it’s definitely the best I’ve tried, and also doubles up as a great spot treatment, thanks to the anti inflammatory and bacterial ingredients!”

 

Samantha Freedman, founder of JustAddBeauty 

 

 

 

 

Botanical Deodorant by Aurelia
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6. "Parabens and Phalates are the ingredients that scare me the most in beauty"

“These are the two ingredients that have had so many doctors and scientists affiliating them with cancer and other bodily disruptions, such as increasing oestrogen production, that I just don’t see the point in risking their use.” Parabans are used as preservatives to keep your skincare on the shelf and good for years – something natural products can’t do but really, do we want them to last that long??
What do you have to do to natural ingredients in order to make them so incredibly resistant to going off? Look out for anything also called methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, n-butylparaben, and isobutyl paraben!
Phalates are chemicals that are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity and cancer. They have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products which is just insane. They can also be labelled as DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance so you need to watch out for them being disguised as something else”
Cora Hilts, co-founder of Rêve En Vert
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7. "If you're going to change two products to organic, make sure it's your mascara and your lipstick" - Sjaniël Turrell, holistic makeup artist

We’ve already gone into the silicone problem with mascara, but what Sjaniel told us about lipsticks made us feel a bit queasy. Apparently anything you put on your lips you inadvertently swallow hundreds of times a day – meaning it’s not just going on you, it’s going in you. You don’t want any nasties in there and unfortunately most conventional beauty brands are loading their kip products up with one of the worst -petroleum.

Petroleum is reputed to be the greatest contaminant of the human body, it is found in so many products that we consume. Our bodies cannot metabolize certain components of this substance, meaning it sits in our bodies for the rest of our lives.  Furthermore, these agents don’t allow moisture to be absorbed from the atmosphere, like other emollients can, nor will they allow absorption of the other beneficial ingredients that are in your other skincare products. And there’s just nothing in petroleum that’s going to nourish your skin from the inside out. Let’s face it: they’re cheap filler materials and that’s why they’re so ubiquitous in beauty products.
 
Also end note, this petroleum is the same derivative of the petrol that we put in airplanes and cars….why on earth should we buy products that are supporting one of the most polluting and toxic industries on earth? 
Red Lipstick by Kjaer Weis
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