the best toxin-free cosmetics: a listicle

Posted on May 30th, 2011

So, in yesterday’s Sunday Life column, I shared how I tested the toxicity of my body following an extended period of wearing a shit-load of VERY toxic makeup and other beautifying guff. And then decided to clean up my beauty act. It’s been a long process. I’ve been investigating it for months.  Thinking of learning more? Know this: it’s a VERY complicated issue and answers are not definitive.

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I’ve spoken to a lot of people about how you and I can best act on the very real fears we have that our foundations and hair dye’s and deodorants are not good for us.

There are three things we feel we can all do:

1.Learn a little more.

Follow the debate and support groups that are agitating for the government to police these chemicals better. The Environmental Working Group’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics should be followed. In Australia, sign up with National Toxics Network.

2. Use less stuff.

Reduce the chemical load where you can. It takes some getting used to – wearing less makeup and less products. But, hey, the natural look is back in.

3. Use the stuff the experts recommend.

This topic is waaaaay too hard to navigate without a chemistry degree. Best to be inspired by women in this realm who’ve researched their choices. This way you also make a difference with your shopping $$$s.

So. To this end, I’ve asked my contacts for their best buys. It’s not a definitive list. It’s not perfect. Talking to these experts we all agree: it’s not always feasible to go completely chemical-free. We can simply reduce the chemical load by making safer choices where we can.

Your safe beauty shopping list:

Jo Immig works with the National Toxics Network, an organisation that lobbies the Australian government to catch up to the rest of the world in regulating toxins. Her favourites include:

  • CEA Ocean Mineral Superfood. It’s my hair ‘product’. It adds volume and texture and is great for thin hair. It’s also a sore throat spray and I use it on food. It’s organic, and cheap, and lasts for ages as you only need the smallest amount.
  • Hemp Organics. I use their lip tints.
  • Ere Perez makes my favourite mascara. [Sarah says: quite a few people mention this brand for mascaras! I'm going to test them out next.]
  • I also recommend you have a look at the Biological Farmer’s Association standard for organic cosmetics in Australia. It’s a really helpful site.

Narelle Chenery started Miessence, the most reputable organic cosmetics makers in the world. She invented all their products in her kitchen and went on to be one of the – if not the most – reputable cosmetics producers in the world. Miessence ranks in Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Top Five brands and was the first brand internationally to be certified organic by organic food standards. I have blogged about her Berry Radical before and we met a few weeks ago for a chai tea in Byron. She radiates fresh beauty. She’s a guru in this area. I’m in awe. She obviously uses her own stuff, but has shared some extra tips:

  • Viva La Natural – my hairdresser Gary Anderson is a lovely organic, intuitive sweetie in Burleigh Heads Gary.
  • Future Therapy Day Spa. This is where I go for beautifully relaxing facials.
  • Inika cosmetics - I’ve used them for eyeshadows, as I haven’t made my own, yet!

What I’m using now

I’ve slowly being making a switch (I’m not about to ditch stuff…that’s just wasteful…I’m replacing, item by item. And experimenting). I’m also being realistic. I don’t have the dosh to go all out. Plus, I have constraints. So I’m doing the best I can. I still have to dye my hair for work. So I’m researching chemical-free dyes (a work in progress). I recently got eyelash extensions. The glue? Not so good. But it saves me having to wear mascara. The lesser of two evils. When I do TV work I don’t have a say in what products they use on me. I’ve recently decided to balance this by wearing no makeup the rest of the time…I’m easing into this. At parties I still indulge. But during the day – nadda. It’s been an interesting transition. It means people are almost disappointed when they meet me. They’re used to seeing me on the telly or in magazines slathered in stuff. But…oh well…a good challenge for my ego!

Here are some products I’ve switched to, most of which contain one ingredient. Or less than five!

Moogoo Milk Wash (made in Australia). This is a shower soap, but is mild enough to use on my face, too.

Avalon Organics shampoo and conditioner (made in Australia). I’ve been using this one for a few weeks, following my hair detox. It suits my hair…it adds volume and gradually my hair is becoming softer and softer. It’s far glossier since I’ve quit the toxic stuff.

Miessence Body Cream (made in Australia). Non-greasy and glides on nice. I also use Miessence face moisturiser and their lip balm. And their foundation is amazing. Slowly replacing my old stuff with their stuff. Also noticed a few people on yesterday’s comments mentioned they use this body moisturiser, too.

Thursday Island lavender oil. I use on spots.

Vrindavan deodorant (made in Australia). I’m not kidding, I’ve never smelt so good. I used to stink, even wearing the heavy duty anti-antiperspirants. I’ve always been stinky and sweaty. This stuff is made of mineral salts and oils and since switching to it I don’t get that stale sweat smell at all.

Kosmea Rosehip Oil (made in Australia). I also use Trilogy brand, too. I put a few drops on my face at night, 3-4 times a week. The best moisturiser ever.

Weleda body oils. I love them all. My body soaks them up. This rose flavour is very pretty. I’ve mentioned how oils work from an Ayurvedic point of view before.

Moroccan oil. For my hair. I’ve mentioned this before, too. Only buy the 100 per cent argan oil ones…the rest are full of nasties. I “pat” a little bit into the ends of my hair for gloss and lushness.

The ocean. Salt water is my beauty secret. It keeps my skin clean and balanced, infections away, pimples at bay and it’s the best ever hair volumiser.

 

 

 

 

 

Alana and Aaron run Origin of Energy. These guys live and breath their philosophies and have inspired me in so many ways with my health as I’ve posted before. Alana shares her beauty faves, all of which you can buy at the Origin of Energy in Bondi.

  • sunscreen by wotnot. On the days I know I’ll be in the sun for more than a few hours, I use Wotnot’s 30+ SPF. It’s moisturising without being greasy and doesn’t leave you looking pasty.
  • Weleda rose deodorant works for me. Smelling fresh while being a trainer can be tricky, especially when looking for an organic chemical free alternative for deodorant. They have a few guy-friendly scents as well – Aaron uses the sage or citrus and loves it.
  • Aclara coconut oil doubles as a food and moisturiser in our household. It is hands down the best coconut oil on the market. A little rule we try to live by at Origin of Energy is if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth to eat, then why put it on your body? Our skin is our largest oil and everything we put on it pretty much goes directly into our blood stream. Not everything in my beauty bag falls into edible category, but at least my moisturiser does.

Anthia Koullouros is a naturopath, herbalist, homeopath, and an organic health, food & lifestyle educator. Her safe cosmetics are:

Yasmin Boland is an astrologer, and the author of Younger You’s Free Spirit blog. She blogged about nail polish recently, and recommends:

  • Butter London – this range of nail polish contains no phthalates (hormone disrupters), toluene (believed to cause serious disruption to neuronal development in utero), or formaldehyde (human carcinogen used in nail hardeners). It’s safe for pregnant women.

A recent survey also shows other nail polish brands which are free of the three toxins:

nailpolish Some extra stuff:

* Sunscreens: Environmental Working Group investigated these extensively to find the the safest sunscreens.

* Heavy Metal Hazard: The health risks of hidden heavy metals in face make up. Environmental Defence did a study on six women’s make up. The results are here.

* How to read a label: Environmental Working Group shares how to choose better products for yourself and your family.

* More information: I have previously shared some recommendations on cosmetics here.

 

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  • http://www.scandifoodie.blogspot.com Maria @ Scandifoodie

    This is so helpful, thanks for an interesting article!

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  • http://linda-stuffilike.blogspot.com/ Linda @ stuff i like

    I’m overhauling my cosmetics and beauty stuff, too, and this post will make it SO much easier. Thank you.
    PS. I’m a big fan of the MV organic range. I’m not sure if Sharon still does facials but I had a few a couple of years back and they were ah-maz-ing.

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  • http://www.melissaambrosini.com Melissa Ambrosini

    WOW what a great post Sarah. I like you am slowly changing everything over to the organic version.

    I have found my hair is no where near as shiny without all the nasty’s but I am sure it will get use to it.

    Have you tried Inika makeup? I use it and the foundation is really yummy.

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    CC Reply:

    Hello Melissa

    Everyone has their favourite thing to do – and if it worlds that’s great. Just thought I’d share. Wash your hair with a good pure soap ( I use either a glycerin/vegetable/olive/coconut oil soap) then follow with a rinse of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Being an older woman – well not THAT old, I grew up with this stuff and our hair used to shine everyday. You should use about 1 tBspn per litre. You can also use lemon juice.
    Using the soap – feels not so great and ‘squeaky – but after the lemon/vinegar it acts like a conditioner (without all the waxy chemicals) you know – acid/alkaline thingy join on there.
    Also – if you don’t want to do that – then use a good coconut oil all over your body after showering (including your face) and then rub the left over through your hair. It does not leave a greasy look or feel – but shines it up nicely.
    Hope that helps.

    CC

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  • aliceblue

    This post is GOLD! Thank you for doing the leg work on sourcing “non nasties’ products.

    I have been using Moroccan oil (aqua label) on my hair and commented on your last post. I got some feedback there that said it can be loaded with nasties and to get one with pure argan oil – but your link goes to the one I am using. Is it ok or is the one in your photo the one you recommend?

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    Jo Foster Reply:

    Hey Alice, I’m fixing the link – thanks for the heads up!
    Jo x

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    Larry Manning Reply:

    Check out Motives Cosmetics. MAC quality for half the price! http://www.ldmmarkets.com/search/Motives-Market+America-+5?s=72094

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  • hannah

    Hey Sarah ,
    have you had another hair analysis since reverting back to natural products . It would be interesting to get a comparative.
    Thanks for the great tips.

    Hannah x

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  • Lauren

    Sarah, I started using NaturStyle for my hair dye. I’ve used it about 3 times now and see no difference between it and the old L’Oreal one I used to use. I buy it either at Go Vita health food stores or Taste Organic at Crows Nest.

    http://www.herbalserenity.com.au/herbal/product.php?productid=1421&cat=392&page=1

    For the majority of my other products I use Perfect Potion.

    http://www.perfectpotion.com.au/

    I love their products and the girls in the stores are really fabulous. I go the the store at QVB and Bondi Junction. You really should check them out.

    Thanks so much for this post. I’m always looking for new natural products to try.

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    Belinda Reply:

    I’ve been using NaturStyle for a few years now. It’s super easy to use and gives a great result. Highly recommended!

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  • Tiffany

    Thanks for this list, very helpful. However your link for moroccan hair oil goes straight to the MoroccanOil website whose main product is not 100% argan oil (at least it doesn’t say so on the label). Does this mean their products are ok to use?

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    Tiffany Reply:

    I see this question has already been posted and answered. Thanks anyway.

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    Jo Foster Reply:

    Thanks Tiffany – I’ve updated it to the correct link – as per the one in Sarah’s photo. Jo

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  • Penny

    I’ve been using miessence products for a while now, the intensive body cream is particularly good, i get a lot of comments on how nice i smell when i use it (it must be a nice change for most people to being skunked by overly intense toxic perfumes!) and the foundation is really lovely too. My husband likes the spice deodorant, we both found we were less sweaty and stinky after giving up conventional anti-perspirant too.
    Karpati shampoo, conditioner and paste shape (styling cream) work really well for me and the Lavera self tan is a great option for pasty legs through summer.

    I’m struggling to find a decent concealer and blush without nasties though….

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    Sarah Reply:

    Inika is fantastic, love their blush, have great colours, when you join up their website for the first time you get 20% off everything.
    I have used pink pinch, now using the peach one, a tiny bit goes a long way.
    Haven’t tried their concealer yet, but I love evything else they do, and I have tried loads and loads of natural / organic makeup over the years.
    You can look up a stockist on their website and go and test the products in store :-)

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  • http://www.eyelift.com.au Amanda

    We recently changed the formulation for our Eyelift Kit to one without parabens and it’s been great to have no reported skin reactions. Amamzing how many products contain this potential harmful ingredient when you stop to look at the label. Really enjoyed this post – and a great reference to keep! Thanks.

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  • Mia

    I am so glad OPI nail polishes are on the list. They are expensive at $20 a bottle, but absolutely perfect as far as application & finish – I have had my navy blue one about three years and it is still a great consistency. They dry really quickly & go on easily, so they save me so much time. Such a money saver in the long run too as they dont dry up and go icky!

    I find if you eat a great diet (keep it low in sugar/gluten and high in veggies, good fats and fish oil!) and cleanse gently, you get amazing skin that doesn’t need foundation. I think it can take some getting used to, I used to feel naked when I first started, but now even for work all I wear is mascara and blush and I look like I am wearing foundation. It’s a nice change, and it saves me time in the morning!

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  • Kat

    What about Lush products? Do they get the thumbs up?

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    Mia Reply:

    I was curious about that too… had a bit of a look at their website and the only big danger I could find is that they put perfume in pretty much everything. Would love some clarification on this one also!

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    Robyn Reply:

    The very strong smell that floods out of Lush stores gives me the impression that they must use heaps of chemical/synthetic fragrance in their products (Lush) but correct me if I’m wrong!

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    Jo Reply:

    The strong smell from Lush is down to the heaps of essential oils they use. The products are for the most part very simple and contain loads of fruit, natural butters, essential oils etc…

    For instance, the Each Peach massage bar, both a massage oil and a moisturiser:
    Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Perfume, Avocado Butter, Mango Kernel Butter, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Mandarin Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Safflower Petals.

    For the record I have no problem with SLS, parabens and all the other cosmetic ingredients that are the fashionable boogeyman these days. Until ‘dangerous levels’ of xyz chemical manifest in an actual discernible medical issue or illness, I’m not going to stress too hard over what preservative is in my moisturiser.

    The thing with parabens, for instance, is that they have been proven over many decades, through numerous tests to be safe. The overwhelming majority of evidence is that they are utterly harmless in the right quantities. Liquid cosmetics NEED preservatives and I’d much rather have a rigourously tested paraben in my shower gel than some other preservative that doesn’t have the same history of testing as parabens do.

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    Abby Reply:

    I became interested in ridding myself of all these chemicals six years ago when I had a baby with hypospadious (a birth defect). Hypospadious is directly linked to high levels of phthalates in the body when pregnant, and it is a condition that is on the rise. I’m so thankful that everyone is starting to take this issue very seriously and that there are now many truly chemical-free and high quality products out there. The best news about phthalates is that you can lower the levels in your own body by shopping wisely!

    A book worth reading: ‘Slow Death by Rubber Duck’ slowdeathbyrubberduck.com/

    Kelly Isaac Reply:

    lush is full of parabans and other chemicals.. just read the ingredients

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  • ladybug

    I LOVE Ere Perez products! They are the best! Their Facebook is amazing too! Lots of deals and offers on atm and their so kind raising money for MS Awareness week! It is so easy to contribute and their deal is g8! You just have to buy a lip and cheek tint and $5 from each one goes straight to the MS awareness cause! You also get a free lipbar! It is cool! https://www.facebook.com/ere.perez

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  • Rosie

    Thanks Sarah, I love this post! I’ve recently started using MiEssence products too. I have to say that their deodorant Tahitian Breeze is the best I’ve tried. I’ve found it to be the most effective. I’ve also used a loved their hand cream (smells just like roses!), body lotion, Desert Flower shampoo & conditioner. Their lip creme is also very good. Great colour and stays on fairly well. Next on my list is their toothpaste!

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  • Laura

    Logona, a German brand, make henna (natural semi-permanent) hair dyes in two styles. The powder ones you mix with hot water, or better yet tea or coffee depending on what highlight colour you prefer, to make a paste. They are messy to use, as the henna dries the bits fall off all over the place, but they will completely cover around 50% grey.

    They also make a creme version that comes in a tube. Great for root touch-ups, and if you don’t use it all you just screw the lid back on and keep it for next time. This is much nicer to use, but doesn’t cover the greys as well. It does give them nice highlights though.

    The online store “Organic Beauty World” sells the range.

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  • Sara

    I just looked at the website for Avalon Organics and it seems to be an American product, not Australian. Does it say on the bottle ‘Made in Australia”?

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    aliceblue Reply:

    I have the sanme question – the site id definitely a US site. Is the product Australian and are there Aus stockists I can go to. I need to smell the product before buy!

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  • Mark

    How do you detox your hair, what products do you use ?

    Does detoxing have an effect on coloured hair ?

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    Kat Reply:

    I followed the advice in this article:
    http://thehairpin.com/2011/04/how-to-quit-shampoo-without-becoming-disgusting

    This is good too: http://thephoenix.com/Boston//Life/40141-No-Poo-Do/

    It’s not a hard and fast process though – but I definitely recommend it, even if just for the crazy amount of money you save on hair products!

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    Mia Reply:

    You know, I tried once with the bicarb & ACV “no poo” thing (hate the name) and gave up because it made my hair greasy. I’m thinking now, that maybe that grease was silicone gunk escaping my scalp from all the products I used to use! Might give it another try.

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    Susan Reply:

    You can have a look at my blog post for Narelle Chenery’s (creator of Miessence) explanation of how to detox your hair http://bit.ly/lYQT9m. Narelle recommended Sarah do the shampoo “unclog”. I did the same detox and it was a challenge but definitely worth it!

    Mia Reply:

    Bugger, I would hope there was a version for those of us without a bath. Thanks for the link though!

    Susan Reply:

    Mia, you could try Narelle’s option of making a paste of bicarb soda and the Miessence shampoo (which you can find here http://bit.ly/k8o0uk) and washing your hair with it a few times in the shower. Take a look further down my article and you’ll see another option with a mask and shampoo blend http://bit.ly/lYQT9m

  • Jojo

    I have been using “the good oil’ products (from Byron bay) for ages now. I love, love, love Secrets Women’s Oil. I use it every night as my moisturiser. Its divine. http://www.thegoodoil.com/ecommerce.php?ecompage=viewdetails&stockcode=STKe33a0420&stk_group=1.%20Hemp%20Body%20Oils&stk_category=&keywords=&page=1

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  • sarah

    Thanks for this post Sarah. I get a lot of eczema and dry skin and have been thinking of switching to kinder products, I’m going to get on it

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  • Brittany

    Another product to be cautious of is the pawpaw ointment in the red tube. It is actually a petroleum product. The lips build up a dependency to it, which I did not know, and of all things I had to detox my LIPS!

    I now use Natural Alternative pawpaw, and it smells very nice too.

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    sarah Reply:

    oh really? that’s what i use and didn’t realize. I’m going to have to switch, thanks for the info (can’t believe I didn’t read the ingredients)

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    Mel Reply:

    Yes the healthfood shop assistant pointed that out to me too a few years ago, and everyone thinks it’s so natural. Scam

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    ladybug Reply:

    the product really smells bad too and doesn’t even work. I am hooked onto Ere Perez, their rosehip lipbar is the BEST! It is so good it was in Madison this month! And they’re having such a cool offer atm, if you buy a lip & cheek stain, they donate $5 from each to MS awareness week plus you get a free rosehip oil lipbar! Such a cool deal! I bought 2 cheek stains! http://www.facebook.com/ere.perez?sk=wall

    Brittany Reply:

    Info from their site saying that the petroleum they use passes regulations or some such.

    http://www.lucaspapaw.com.au/quality.html

    I read about this a while back in Peppermint magazine and never would have thought it was anything other than 100% paw paw, as there is no indication on the package. Tsk, tsk.

    :)

    Mia Reply:

    I checked online and it states the ingredients are 100% Pawpaw… what am I missing?? Petroleum is yuck!!

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    sarah Reply:

    tub says 39mg/g fresh fermented fruit and 0.1 mg/g potassium sorbate as a preservative.
    This sounds alright yes? Potassium sorbate is a relatively safe preservative as far as I can see.
    No petroleum?

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    Mel Reply:

    Perhaps the formulation has changed it definantely had very little paw paw in it a few years ago, the Lucas paw paw.

    sarah Reply:

    yep, quite well hidden on the website says it has petroleum in it.

  • http://lifebeautylaughter.blogspot.com Laura

    I work in cosmetics, so I can’t say that I avoid chemicals all of the time!

    When I’m being good I use Nude Skincare (98-100% natural without pthalates, SLS, silicones, mineral oils, DEA, parabens etc etc) and Kjaer Weis makeup – it’s certified organic and really lovely – she does creme blush, lip tints and eyeshadow, with reusable packaging.

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  • http://ydiary.tumblr.com Y

    Just wanted to say I am now convert of organic coconut oil. I use it as a body and face moisturiser, eye makeup remover and pre shampoo conditioner. It is fabulous! Also a huge fan of Ere Perez cosmetics (am actually their facebook fan of the month for May!) but also love Li’tya products (all australian native ingredients) at http://www.litya.com.au

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  • http://baileypowell.wordpress.com/ Bailey

    Thanks so much for compiling this Sarah! I’m going back to the States in a matter of days (after a lengthy stint in the UK) and can’t wait to go to the store and revamp my beauty regime with these new recommendations.

    *That is, after I finish off all the stuff I already have :)

    xo

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  • Gretta

    I can’t believe that no one has mentioned John Masters Organics! A U.S. based line, but they ship anywhere. Amazing, amazing skin and hair care… I started detoxing my products with Jurlique, Dr. Hauschka, etc a couple of years ago but John Masters is my fave. I don’t work for them or anything, but I’m studying Molecular Biology and their ingredient list is 100% a-ok. I get compliments on my skin all the time! I’d love to hear some recs on good makeup–I don’t usually wear it but have had a hard time finding a line that worked well.. Dr. Hauschka makeup was pretty runny and smudge-y. Thanks for doing this topic Sarah!

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  • Mel

    Use pure argan oil on your face too, in morocco they use it for everything and especially eating it with ground nuts it’s delicious. Obviously it’s too hard to get such quantaties here but it is an amazing oil. Nature is fabulous. Coconut oil and macadamia oil are both great. I love using pure coconut oil as my body moisturizer for it’s gorgeous natural smell, who needs perfumes!!

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  • Melody

    P.S. I buy Avalon haircare from http://www.iherb.com :) Great site!

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  • Lara

    Thanks for this post Sarah, awesome :) ! I use Jojoba on my face and body and I only wear makeup about once every 6 months (sometimes less) – to weddings etc. I buy it in bulk from here: http://www.jojocare.com.au/purchase.html I used to model when I was younger and wore makeup so much that I didn’t feel or look like ‘myself’ unless I was wearing it. When I changed careers and stopped wearing it that all changed and now I don’t feel like myself when I do! I think NOT wearing makeup keeps your skin younger. My mum, who is so claustrophobic that she can’t wear makeup turned out to be a great role model in this regard. I never yearned to wear makeup like some little girls do and it seems completely normal to me now that I don’t wear it. My fav luxury product (when I can afford it) is Bod rose face oil, that stuff is divine!

    One thing though: I couldn’t find an eyeliner on that list, is there one?

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    Laura Reply:

    You could use an organic eyeshadow as an eyeliner… Just get a push eyeliner brush (long, thin and flat) and wet it, then push and wiggle the brush so that the colour is deposited into the base of the lashes. Really defines the eyes beautifully… I prefer it to a pencil or liquid technique!

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  • Kirsten

    I also just wanted to put in a plug for Tinderbox skincare products too! I’m not affiliated with them in any way – just love their stuff (even if their packaging labels do look like illustrations from the original ‘The Joy of Sex’…).

    It’s sold through my local health food store in Kings Cross, but you can also order it online – http://www.cheekyherbs.com

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  • kim

    Great post Sarah, thanks. I have been recently wondering about beauty product (was going to ask Alana myself, but you’ve done it for me!), in particular nailpolish because I wear it everyday! Good to know that so many brands are “three free”. :)

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  • Alicia

    Wow, talk about timing. I am 20 years old, and since the age of 15 I have followed a cleanse, tone & moisturise routine day and night. I have always been able to use any type of cleanser I wanted (at one point I remember thinking “the harsher the better” because I loved the extreme clean, shiny and tight feeling… What a nutcase!)

    Anyway, two nights ago I tried the Neutrogena oil-free acne pink grapefruit wash…

    I have never experienced anything as awful! I do not have sensitive or dry skin (normal to oily) and I now have an infmamed, scaly face and very puffy eyes. Obvoiusly an allergic reaction to all the chemicals in it, I’m asssuming the grapefruit fragrance is a cocktail of things I could very well pull out of my oven cleaning kit. Maybe a little dramatic, but for my skin to react this way is dramatic.

    I am now going to do a full detox of my cosmetics and skin care (over time), and if I hadn’t read these articles I would probably just think it was a reaction directly from that particular cleanser. It all gives me the jeebies thinking what my skin is absorbing every day!

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  • bronwyn lee

    Sarah, could you please tell me if there is a shop where you can get that beautiful bottle of argan oil, (the picture is included in what you are using). I looked on the website included and it is all in a different language so I didn’t know how to order it. I am a massive fan of morrocan oil, but would love to try this version. Thankyou for your fantastic website, all of the information is so interesting and helpful.

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    Mel Reply:

    Bronwyn if u go to the website at the bottom of the menu bar there is an English flag, click on it and it converts the site to English. It’s in french and is a moroccan site. It all looks gorgeous and natural.

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  • http://www.ovvio.com.au Anthia

    Hi Sarah! Great article!! Anthia x

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  • Dani

    Any thoughts on Aesop products? I had a quick look at the ingredients on one of their hand lotions I have, and they look safe.

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  • Kate

    Hi Sarah
    Do you purchase all these items online? Can you recommend somewhere to buy?
    I have used some Miessence stuff before and it’s very nice, smells great. You can purchase samples which is a fantastic way to try before you buy – I got a heap of makeup samples before I decided which one was best for me.
    I use Inika mineral makeup at the moment. Check out http://www.naturallysafe.com.au and go to the samples section. I’m slowly updating my skincare routine and have started using Nude Skincare from Mecca Cosmetica which I really like so far.
    I also heard that Lucas Paw Paw was not good and have switched to a different brand – at the moment I am trying “PURE by phytocare” http://phytocare.com.au/page/papaya_ointment_with_calendula.html
    It’s a gradual process, but I like to use as many products on my body and in the home that are good for the environment and free of all these yucky chemicals!!

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    sarah Reply:

    If you live in Melbourne, Evelyn Faye health shop in the city and in South Melbourne has a good selection of natural, safe products like moogoo, jojoba, etc.

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    Susan Reply:

    Hi Kate, you can purchase and view all of the Miessence product range from my website http://www.organicfocus.net. If you need any assistance just let me know I’d be happy to help.

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  • Pauline Santillo

    I nearly missed Sarah’s article. If only some of my young mum’s had read it. Have a look at Young Living Essential Oil – If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin, unless you like eating chemicals. Read up on the importance of glutathione (gloot-a-thigh-own), known as the master anti-oxidant, detoxifier and immune booster and its role in anti-aging. We need more articles like Sarah’s going out into the media. Sadly, the message of safe products is not getting through.

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  • http://www.ladieswholounge.com.au Isabel

    I always check out a product’s rating on http://www.beautipedia.com before buying.

    they will tell you is a product: does what it claims to, is good/bad for you based on ingredients, whether the packaging keeps active ingredients stable and is worth the price based on the cost of ingredients.

    they also provide a list of what companies test on animals, etc.

    I will never buy another beauty product without it ever again!

    Isabel.

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  • Jacqui Lamont

    I’ve switched to Phyt’s organic skincare range since learning all about it on a Gwinganna Health Retreat. You can buy it online. I also use Inika make-up but finding it hard to give up my Christian Dior mascara!! It’s the best I’ve ever used so any advice on an alternative would be really appreciated.

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    Susan Reply:

    Hi Jacqui, I use the Miessence Mascara which only comes in pure black which I absolutely love! You can have a look on my website for more info about the lash friendly ingredients and to purchase online http://organicfocus.mionegroup.com/en/product/14403.

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  • Emma

    I am loving all the information and this list of new prospective cosmetics. I am however feeling a little overwhelmed! Every item I go to buy is fraught with a list of ingredients I feel like I need a science degree to understand – have you looked at the ingredients of toothpaste?! I almost panicked and left the supermarket without any after having a minor meltdown over which to choose. My main concern being the saccharin/sorbital/SLS combos that seemed to be in the majority. I have tried herbal but even they seem to have suspect ingredients in them.
    Can anyone recommend a good source/blog/degree to undertake so I can keep on this detoxing path with a little more confidence?

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    Susan Reply:

    I’ve been an ingredient detective for so many years now and I’m passionate about providing my family with a healthy home. We use the Miessence range of products which Sarah spoke about and uses herself. They are completely free of all impurities & toxic synthetics, Australian made and are the world’s 1st first skin care range to be certified organic to food industry standards. You may find the following links from my website helpful in your journey Emma:
    1. About the Miessence range – http://www.organicfocus.net/
    2. Miessence Toothpastes – http://organicfocus.mionegroup.com/en/category/3
    3. Short video about the toothpastes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtJH7faYpTg&feature=youtube_gdata
    4. Toxic Ingredient Directory – http://organicfocus.mionegroup.com/en/toxic
    5. The Dangerous Beauty Booklet by Peter Dingle (great resource) – http://organicfocus.mionegroup.com/en/product/18131

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  • Julie

    I ditched so many brands that I used to love and stopped using a lot of products…the search for good organic ones to replace them has been a lengthy one and I’m still not there…who could have known…

    One I recently discovered was organic lip care brand ILIA…their colours look good on anyone are 85% organic and super hydrating…I wrote a review on it on Feathered Love

    http://featheredlove.com/2011/06/skin-deep-the-story-of-ilia/

    Love, Jules

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  • Grace

    Such a worthwhile article Sarah, thank you.

    I discovered 100% pure emu oil last year after trying lots of products to clear up eczema on my face & it was the miracle oil that worked. Readily available in most health shops eg. Great Earth & online in Australia.

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  • Alex

    This was a great article but there was one very incorrect piece of information – the skin does not absorb everything put onto it, I found this was a good read. http://personalcaretruth.com/2011/01/skin-is-our-largest-organ/

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  • Anon

    Hi Sarah,

    This is really helpful. I’ll be switching out some products when I run out! But I’m concerned about the toxins in tampons and pads, because they are used so close to such a delicate area, do you have any advice on the best brands of these to use?

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    Susan Reply:

    Hi Anon, I use the natracare range http://www.natracare.com/p25/en-GB/Why-Natracare.aspx

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  • Catherine

    For readers living in Western Australia, BKind in Subiaco stocks a lot of the beauty brands mentioned in Sarah’s post.

    http://www.bkind.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=30

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  • Bec

    I’m a bit late to the conversation but I’d just like to point out that you really need to scrutinize every cosmetic ingredient.

    MV Organic Skincare actually use honeysuckle extract in their cosmetics. Honeysuckle extract contains naturally occurring parabens, and is used as a preservative. The development of synthetic parabens was actually based on the structure of naturally occurring ones. I know a cosmetic chemist who believes it’s unethical to include honeysuckle extract in an organic product, because it is just listed as a plant extract it can deceive consumers who think they are avoiding parabens.

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  • jane

    Also a bit late to the party but I’ve been quite interested in this topic for the last year or so and like Sarah have slowly been implementing changes and experimenting with different things. Here are some of the changes I have made –
    1. RARELY WASH HAIR. Maybe once a month. When I do I use baking soda diluted in water. Google it for amounts. I wash that infrequently I can never remember the measurements :P. In between I just massage my scalp under warm water to remove dirt and distribute oil. Hair has never been healthier. Seriously. Although will not be for everyone. (Also apple cider vinegar used in the same way is supposed to be good).
    2. ROSEHIP OIL is a miracle cure! Slight exaggeration but awesome stuff. I have mild rosacea (very red skin with lots of broken capillaries) and this stuff has done wonders for reducing the redness (and my pores! w00t!), evening out my skin tone and smoothing skin. Oddly my once very oily skin is also less oily. (Tip – use sparingly and MASSAGE into skin).
    3. Use MINERAL MAKEUP. Specifically I use Jane Iredale Pure Pressed (in warm silk if you want to know). I have tried a few of the cheaper chemist style brands but they have all failed to deliver the same coverage and nice finish and also still contain the talcs and nasty stuff I’m trying to avoid. I’ve also heard sheer cover and a few others are good but I haven’t tried them so I can’t speak for them. The pressed powder is better for my oily skin as I get a better coverage without the sheen of the loose powders and you can apply sparingly or layer for more coverage. (Tip – I have found the Jane Iredale flocked sponge really is the best for the pressed powders. Check ebay for cheapies) It also reduces the appearance of my pores and has NEVER irritated my skin or caused a break out.
    Have also been experimenting with COCONUT OIL as deodorant. Ok for winter but failed in (North Qld) summer. Has potential with baking soda I think but it irritates my skin. With some experimentation I’m confident coconut oil can work.
    Sorry for such a long post but really wanted to share my wisdom. Hope it helps!

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    Gretta Reply:

    Sounds like you have made some awesome changes!
    Just a note from a biological perspective– coconut oil can work as deodorant, but the purpose of deodorant is to kill the odor-causing bacteria in that area. Try adding some baking soda to your coconut oil mixture, that’ll likely do the trick!

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  • Tea

    I love my natural products and staying away from nasties, thanks for bringing more awareness to this issue!

    My fave brands are Inika, Moogoo, Sukin and Avaado.

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  • http://konichiwaiwakuni.blogspot.com/ Heather Z

    I’m really interested in some of the Australian products you mentioned here. Are you aware of a good place to shop for them in the Townsville or Cairns areas?

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    Susan Reply:

    Hi Heather, I’m sure most of the Australian brands everyone’s been suggesting you can buy online. Many health food shops also stock a lot of the brands mentioned. If you are interested in the Australian Miessence range you can view and purchase them from my website http://www.organicfocus.net delivering to Townsville and Cairns. Have a wonderful week :)

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    Aimee Reply:

    Hi Heather
    I’ve seen the Eve Perez products at Plant Essentials (Finders St, Townsville CBD). Plant Essentials also make their own creams, lotions, face oils, cleansers etc. I’ve heard very good things about their Calendula Cream.
    Aimee

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    Aimee Reply:

    *Correction – Ere Perez. Apologies for my over enthusiastic typing :)

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  • Tania

    Thanks so much for the Vrindavan deodorant recommendation Sarah. I finally managed to find it stocked in a health food store fairly close to home. Have tested it out, and it works, even after exercise that causes extreme sweating. Up until now, I have tested many natural alternatives with no success. Finally I can lay to rest all my concerns about using anti-perspirants loaded with aluminium and other nasties. So thank you for sharing your find….I’m very grateful.

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    Marg Reply:

    Only just discovered this awesome site. Am slowly making my house any myself chemical free! I use Norwex microfibre cleaning clothes which I highly recommend. They also have a crystal deodorant free of aluminium and other nasties (www.norwex.com.au)
    Marg

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  • Ele

    Thanks to you and Miessence for the hairdresser Gary Anderson at Burleigh (now at Tallebudgera) – I’m seeing him on Friday. Ele

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  • Sally

    Hi Sarah,

    Just recently discovered your site and am loving it- am in the beginning phase of replacing my old beauty products with safer alternatives! With the summer months fast approaching I was hoping you could recommend some chemical free self tanners and fake tans. Reading through the ingredients lists on the fake tanners currently in my bathroom cabinet was a bit of an unpleasant awakening to say the least- and I’m afraid I’m not quite ready to go au natural just yet.

    Sally

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  • Laura

    I too have slowly started changing all of my skincare, makeup and toiletries to natural versions. It is sometimes very expensive, but well worth it. For a while now I have been looking for a good mascara that is natural and was excited to see your recommendation for Ere Perez.
    However looking at their website and the ingredients list for the mascara, it lists palm oil derivatives twice (palm kernel wax and isopropyl palmitate). This sent alarm bells ringing!
    Not sure if you’re all aware of the deforestation occurring in Asia in order to produce palm oil, but it is leaving thousands of orangutans without a home, and they are now bordering on extinction.
    More information can be found here with a list of products that are safe: http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/Helping-you-buy-responsibly-Palm-oil-free-alternatives.aspx

    This is a really important issue, and we should be careful about what cosmetic and food products we purchase that contain palm oil.

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  • ladybug

    I LOVE Ere Perez mascara’s, i wondered about the palm oil thing to so i asked them and actually their palm oil in their mascara is sourced from Mexico, from palm plantations that have always existed there and keep regenerating with time. It is so nice to know that!

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    Laura Reply:

    Thanks for letting me know, I feel so much better knowing that because I was contemplating buying the Ere Perez mascara.

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  • ladybug

    you’re welcome Laura! I love their FB when i want to buy mascara or anything else, there are some seriously good deals sometimes!

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  • DiE

    Thanks for the tips Sarah, and everyone else!! One thing I can strongly recommend is to ditch shampoo completely. I did this over twenty years ago after hearing an interview with a dermatologist on the radio, and Karl Kruselnicki has talked about this too. I just use conditioner. It took only a few weeks for my hair to adjust to the new regime, and it did wonders for my dry scalp and dry skin.

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  • http://www.memybestandi.blogpost.com Me, my best and I

    Hi Sarah – Ive just read this AFTER completeing a Natural November blog project whereby I swapped every product top to toe out for a natural alternative. It was fascinating journey and I included the Ere Perez mascara after hearing you rate it somewhere previously.

    Now Im finished the project I feel weird reaching for the non-naturals, almost same feeling as if Im reaching for junk food!!

    Three great discoveries I made were

    1) Mukti Organic skincare, this stuff is as pure as pure can be and performs brilliantly, Im hooked, my oversensitized skin has perfectly rebalanced and isn’t oily in the t-zone and is more refined then its ever been having suffered open pores for years and is healing the most horrific breakout I had in October after a chemical peel. NEVER AGAIN

    2) Audra James Aromatherapist blended me a bespoke hair oil as I detoxed on all silicones/SLS/Fragrances etc for my hair. Its looking great!! She mixed argan oil with jojoba and evening promise and blended with essential oils to stimulate growth and chamomile to help my colour. its absolute heaven , so light and my hair loves it

    3) mineral make-up – I am hooked, using bare minerals at present but also excited to try others. I wore Estee Lauder Double Wear for years and years- that stuff is hardcore!!

    I also agree with the Kosmea statement- their Eighth Wonders serum was one of my highlights too in Nov!

    Loved this post- wish I read it before Nov!

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    PS Thanks so much for the Vrindavan rec, I struggled with deodarants in november, all the natural ones I tried fails and I had what I called Natural Bovember for the month.

    Am going to hunt this down (and maybe the Weleda too)

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  • http://superethique.com Cassie

    Hi Sarah & Jo, I’ve been referring to this article constantly over the past few months since you wrote it – it’s one of the best summaries of ethical and chem free beauty products on the web, so thank you so much for providing it! I’ve recommended this page to many friends who’ve also got a lot out of it, too.

    I’m a big fan of (organic) rosehip oils, and our review of a few Australian brands has been one of our top reads – so it’s very reassuring that the change is swelling, and that more and more of us are getting educated on the perils of a toxic ‘beauty’ industry. That, and the advice that keeping things simple is best!

    Wishing you much wellness! xx

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  • Kristy

    I just found your website last night Sarah. Fabulous, very informative & an excellent starting point for me to begin my journey of reducing/eliminating toxic products from my cupboard. The only problem I am encountering, is finding cosmetics/products that are free of nuts/nut oils. I have a child with a severe anaphylactic allergy to peanuts & tree nuts and therefore having any items containing nuts/nut oils would be a big no no in our house. Can you or anyone recommend some safe products/cosmetics that are also free of nuts/nut oils or possible contamination of nuts/nut oils?
    Also, does anyone know if Natio products are chemical free? Or the Body shop?
    Many thanks to Sarah & all the contributers & comments relating to this topic. It’s great to see such a movement :)
    Kristy

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    ladybug Reply:

    Hi Kristy! Try using like a mix of ere perez (lips/face) and inika (eyes) as both are really good & natural to me!

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  • http://paulines.mysisel.com pauline santillo

    Kristy, I was given a product from The Body Shop. I had to peel away a sticker before I could read what ingredients were in the cream. And yes, the product contained none toxic ingredients. I bought Natio products many years ago. I have since learned a lot about how industry uses words to ‘help’ us with our purchase. Just because a product say’s ‘natural’ or ‘green’, or ‘organic’ doesn’t mean it is a safe product. Look for products that are Certified Organic or Therapeutic grade. SISEL International have a line of products, including make-up, which are safe for our skin. Young Living Essential Oils are therapeutic grade. LifeWave products work the same as acupuncture. They have a product being launched in a matter of weeks, for people who are concerned about the electro magnetic field being emitted from mobile phones. Blessed Earth make mattresses from wool, with no metal springs. Their woollen doonas are light and warm. I am not a health professional, I just read information and wonder if there is a connection between the lack of enzymes and allergies. I have intolerances to mould – we got rid of the mulch around our garden beds, fungus, candida, wheat, dairy, butter, chocolate, open fire smoke, petrol, citrus, peppermint, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, grass, dog, cat, horse hair/fur, msg, sulphur dioxide, peanuts, cottage and feta cheese, soy. The list goes on. I am rereading Maureen Minchin’s “Breastfeeding Matters”. This is a woman before her time. I question why are our children getting sick. A good answer is because we live in a toxic world, and it’s getting worse, not better.

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  • http://paulines.mysisel.com pauline santillo

    Kristy, I Googled nut free personal care products and came up with this website:
    La Mari – organic-vegan-nut free. I have not used any of La Mari’s products.

    Pauline

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  • Cathy F

    As woman with extremely fine, limp hair AND knotty – finding it difficult to replace good old toxic Matrix shampoo & the best bloody conditioner I’ve ever had – with non-toxic. Best so far is Avalon Biotin Lavender shampoo (smells divine!). Conditioner ok, but just doesn’t cut the knots like the Matrix did. Unfortunately, Avalon Organics American company. Any suggestions out there? Need scrumptious, thick conditioner!

    Have replaced teenage daughter’s s&c with Alba Botanica’s Plumeria shampoo & Mango conditioner. Again, lovely but American. Tried Grahams (Aussie) naturals …. er, ok, but no good for fine hair.

    What about Seven Wonders? Aussie company selling salon-grade stuff with Argan oil – supposedly non-toxic????

    Just experimented – put coconut oil and massaged into scalp, wrapped in clingwrap and left on for afternoon. Have now washed off. Feeling good so far!

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  • Cathy F

    On natural skincare – has anyone tried Mokosh Rich Face Cream? I am older woman (aka a smidgen over 50!), used to have combination skin – now moving to “dry” – with rosacea to boot, lucky me. Have used Dermalogica for years & always very, very happy with moisturiser. Can anyone recommend more natural cream (not lotion) moisturiser for very dry skin?

    One find is Nude Oil – my skin absolutely loves it! Have used Trilogy rose hip oil for years – but Nude works better.

    Also (sadly) had my thyroid removed 3 months ago & the Nude oil working really well on scar.

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    ladybug Reply:

    no cathy haven’t even heard of it….i use MV organic skincare’s rose soothing and protective moisturiser, its organic, natural and r.r. good, but dont take my word for it, there are celebs etc who love it!

    http://bit.ly/wYMeCp

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  • http://www.mirashand.com.au Cathy DB

    Hi,
    I have been using Mira’s Hand Argan Oil. The founder is a lovely Moroccan girl who happened to be married to my beautiful son. She is Moroccan and has taught me a lot about skin care since you moved to Australia.
    My family went and visited her family in 2008 and the women have the most amazing skin.
    Look her up on http://www.mirashand.com.au the skin care range is all based on authentic rituals they practise in Morocco. We are very proud of her.

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  • Cathy F

    Thanks ladies … look forward to trying both products!

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  • Margaret Down

    Margaret says:
    Hi,
    I am just beginning to swap over to the Sukin Products which are made in Australia for hair, skincare, body and handwash and am happy with the shampoo, conditioner and handwash. Still finishing my old skincare products.

    Thanks for all the info. I haven’t been able to source the Miessence products in my local area.

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    Ali Reply:

    Hi Margaret,
    You will find the Miessence products are sold by representatives in your area. The reps will have a website so you can also order online (some reps have listed their websites above). If you still haven’t found one since posting your message I too have a Miessence website! Feel free to check out the products at http://www.theorganicfamily.mionegroup.com of any of the other reps that have posted on this conversation…they are truly beautiful products :)

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  • FiD

    Has anyone used Burts Bees products?

    I’ve just been diagnosed with Perioral Dermatitis after thinking it was acne for years. One of the things that can aggravate it is sodium lauryl sulphate so am looking for alternatives. Burts Bees seem to be very upfront & honest about their intentions & ingredients.

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  • http://www.vitalenatural.com.au Ananda

    FiD re perioral dermatitis is often due to subclinical vitamin B deficiency. Have you ever tried taking a good B group vit?

    Also Remedica Australia at http://www.vitalenatural.com.au/ has some absolutely amazing natural and fair trade products. I just love their Black Soap cleanser – no SLS and completely natural ingredients. It is made in Ghana by a women’s cooperative and then imported by Remedica. The women’s coop are paid properly and the product is amazing.

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    FiD Reply:

    Thanks Ananda. I have started on a Mega B high potency & am hoping this will help.

    I have had a look at the Remedica site, so many great products to try. I’ll look forward to trying the Black Soap cleanser.

    Thanks again.

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    About time someone came up with this. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  • Anney

    There is a range of products made by my friends’ wife called Carmaje, they are completely natural and chemical free. Her website is here. http://www.carmaje.com.au/

    She makes beauty products as well as natural repellants etc. worth a look. :-)

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  • Nicole

    Hi Sarah

    The Avalon Organics that you list as being Australian made, on their website it appears to be a US company and so I cant get the store locator to work…

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  • Lara

    Avalon is definately US, but sold in Australia. The distributor has a store locator for finding aussie stores, but I do know its sold at a lot of Health and Organic Shops. Been using their products for years.

    http://www.kadac.com.au/brands/A-K/avalon-organics/stockists.html
    - note only for VIC and NSW I think.

    “Since 1994, Avalon Organics has worked hard to create an exceptionally pure, effective and luxurious range of personal care products.

    Formulated without parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic fragrances or artificial colours, our products are made with science-based nutrients and wonderfully sensual, natural botanicals.

    Additionally, Avalon Organics is guided by a Consciousness in Cosmetics that extends beyond the products themselves- our products are created with organic agriculture and long-term sustainability in mind.”

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  • Freya

    Hi. I was wondering if anyone has used or heard if the Skin O2 mineral make up brand is safe to use? Thanks

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    But I am looking for information and reviews and what little I have always found people speak highly of this brand, but not sure ….. :/

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    After reading all the comments about this important topic I was surprised to discover that no-one has mentioned Neways. I experimented with many product ranges purporting to be organic, chemical free, natural & the like, but found varying degrees of effectiveness. A friend introduced me to Neways (US based, but with branches & distributors all over the world), who have been producing toxic-free personal products for 25 years! They do NOT include over 3000 chemicals that other products contain. Many items in the range are made in Aus to TGA standards (where necessary). The best news for me was that they worked & did not aggravate my various conditions. I slowly converted my entire household – cosmetics, cleaning, bathroom, & nutrional supplements. Like many others (with health issues) I was so impressed that I became a distributor. I’m not here to sell, but to alert you to this great range and another safe alternative.

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  • Emma

    I have been looking to reduce my use of cosmetics with parabens… best find so far is bi-carb of soda as a deodorant and anti-perspirant. It has blown me away because I thought I was sweaty and smelly too, even with the 24hr Rexona etc.
    All you do is mix it with a bit of water to make a paste and I also add a few drops of lavendar oil, then rub it onto your armpits after a shower.
    I find that even after a hot day, when I get sweaty, it dries much quicker than shop-bought anti-perspirants and feels more comfortable. It’s pretty cheap too!
    Just sharing.

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  • Morgan

    Hi Sarah,

    I have been reading this and other related cosmetic/beauty posts with much interest. I am at the start of the process of investigating and replacing my families current products with more natural less toxic alternatives. I have found myself lost in webland trying to find any reviews of how these products have faired over time and wondered if you would consider a post following up your journey in this process?

    Cheers

    Morgan

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    hi sarah – i too opted for fake lashes instead of using mascara…how wrong i was! all was going great for a looong while – almost 2 years – i thought they were amazing! i was getting infills every 2 weeks and i was very good at keeping them clean and not picking them…
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  • Clare

    This is great thanks Sarah! I’m slowly trying to do the switch to more natural products. Just wondering if anyone knows a place in Sydney where you can refill bottles (eg. moisturiser, cleanser etc)? I feel awful about how many bottles I waste with make up and even cleaning products.

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    Does anyone have info on a natural sunscreen other than than zinc ones that turn your skin white that is suitable for using on your face? The link provided in the article doesn’t work.
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    Just wondering how you apply the CEA ocean mineral superfood spray to your hair? When wet or dry?? I found some limited stock available on a website but they are saying they are no longer making the spray. Any idea why? It sounds great! I use a combination of Miessence, Ere Perez and Inika! :)

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    Hi Sarah,
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