details on the Nasties.....
one of the most commonly used group of preservatives in cosmetics
and skincare. Paraben is the common name for this class of
chemical; however they are also known by other names such as esters
of p-hydroxybenzoic acid. They provide bacteriostatic and
fungistatic activity against a diverse number of organisms.
Research has shown a link between parabens in cosmetics and breast
cancer. Parabens have been found in breast tumour tissues, through
serves as a base surfactant and foaming agent, commonly used in
cleansers, shower gels and shampoo. Research shows sulphates lead
to skin sensitisation and impaired barrier function. Our products
are sulphate free.
(Methylisothiazolinone) ~ is a
powerful biocide and preservative. It is frequently used in
personal care products such as shampoos and other hair care
products, as well as certain paint formulations. However some
studies have shown it to be allergenic and cytotoxic, and this has
led to some concern over its use. Reports have shown that MIT had
been linked to nerve cell death in scientific studies.
synthetic fragrances are added to cosmetics and skincare for aroma.
Fragrances have also been the source of cosmetic allergies. An FDA
study determined that more than 1 percent of all cosmetic allegoric
contact dermatitis cases were due to fragrances. Observations
indicate that in reality, this percentage may be significantly
higher: 7 to 18 percent of all individuals may have some form of
sensitivity or intolerance to fragrance. Fragrance is also known to
photo-sensitise the skin.
Colours ~ colour
can be found listed as FD&C, D&C, and Ext. Colours are
known to have a comedogenic effect on the skin as well as potential
derivative formed by a fat like viscous secretion of the sheep�s
sebaceous glands. Used as an emollient with moisturising
properties. Potentially sensitising to the skin and potentially
irritating to the philosebacous unit, which may lead to formation
of comedones/millia. Has a history of pesticide
Alcohol ~ widely
used in the cosmetic industry as an antiseptic and a solvent given
its strong grease dissolving abilities. SD Alcohol is drying and
sensitising to the skin, particularly when used in high
Myristate ~ used
as an emollient, moisturiser, and skin softener that also assists
in product penetration. Has a tendency to be extremely irritating
to the skin and has the potential to cause breakout as it creeps
into follicles, causing irritation and over stimulation of the
preservative used in cosmetics & skincare. Medical journals
have documented the negative effects of formaldehyde exposure to
include: dizziness, nausea, fatigue, reduced limb strength,
headaches, eye, nose, throat irritation, breathing difficulties,
shortness of breath, excessive phlegm, dermatitis, chest pain,
wheezing, diarrhoea, vomiting, etc. Formaldehyde is classified as a
probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency
for Research on Cancer.
Urea ~ a
formaldehyde donor, details as above.
By-Products/Coal Tars/ Mineral Oil ~ all
by-products in the distillation of petroleum, and are used in some
industries as metal-cutting fluids and mining filtration fluids for
heavy and rare metal separation. Known to have an occlusive effect
on the skin, thus not allowing the skin to function optimally, may
also have a comedogenic effect.
Derived Products ~
nearly all export markets (unfortunately not Australia) require for
importation at least a bovine free certificate after the outbreak
of mad cow�s disease. BE future proofed all its formulations
against new outbreaks like bird flu and other possible late to
detect risk factors from commonly used animal by-products by using
only plant derived ingredients.
on Animals ~ this
cruel, time-honoured European and American practice is just
unnecessary if you don't use questionable chemical compounds and
have a conscience. Botanical
Extracts is not tested on animals.