Category Archives: Natural, Organic and Environment

The impact of the beauty business on the planet.

How Do Organic Accreditations Actually Work?

How Do Organic Accreditations Actually Work?

Are you more swayed by an organic accreditation or a pretty picture? Like this one. Nice isn’t it.

There are dozens of organic certification schemes. The way most of the big ones work is that they certify a particular supplier and also have a schedule of the actual products covered by that certification. So you’d have them come and certify Melanie Organics and typically a certificate saying so. There would also be a list of all the things that you supply that the certificate covers. This is usually a separate document – it is likely to be changed from time to time. There is nothing stopping you from supplying other things so long as you don’t claim them to be organic.If you want to check that a given ingredient is organic you’d need to look at both the certification of the supplier and the individual ingredients listing. The supplier might well put references to the certification on their own documents, but it is rare for the certification body to issue certificates for individual materials. Continue reading

Your Soap Bar Is Sprouting?

Your Soap Bar Is Sprouting

I have just picked up on an interesting story on Twitter. Lush are being gently mocked because people are finding that one of their soap bars that contains some seeds are sprouting in people’s bathrooms. This is a nice easter story – germination is something that is associated with spring after all. And it is quite funny. I have feeling that the people responsible for quality at Lush aren’t laughing though. I can remember a similar incident from long ago in my career. This was before Twitter but in any case didn’t get out into the public domain.

A large batch of strawberry seeds were weighed out in a factory with the intention that they should be used in a batch of exfoliator. They were left for a few days in the humid environment that you have in a cosmetic factory and they too sprang into life, expanding to several times their initial volume. Continue reading

Free From Claims On Cosmetics

 

Free From Claims On Cosmetics

My good friend Dene Godfrey wrote an article for personal care truth denouncing the practice of free from the claims on cosmetics. This is very much the kind of thing Dene does, and he did it very well. Normally he beats all oppostion into instant submission, but this time there was a riposte to it from a blog called Skin Matters, which although I wouldn’t call them great friends is a blog I read from time to time and generally appreciate. This response was also very well-written and made some good points. To sum up the debate, Dene asserted that free from claims were not based on scientific evidence and had the effect of alarming consumers about non-existent risks. Skin Matters replied by saying that some people have genuine problems, and there was a need for products to address this. In fact Skin Matters are so convinced of the general goodness of free from claims that they have instigated an award for free from products. Continue reading

Natural Products That Can Kill You

natural products that can kill you

The FDA have just announced that some organic face cream is being recalled.  I’ll refrain from mentioning the name, though the story is in the public domain so anyone interested enough can track it down themselves with a bit of googling.  The recall was initiated by the company themselves who have owned up that the face cream not only contains argan and pomegranate, it also contains mould.

Well you don’t get much more natural than that.  Continue reading

Organic Standards For Personal Care – Are They Relevant In A World That Is Getting Hotter And More Crowded?

organic cosmetic standards

 

I am scheduling this post to appear just as I start speaking at the ScanCos conference in Stockholm on the subject of Organic Standards For Personal Care – Are They Relevant In A World That Is Getting Hotter And More Crowded?  I am talking to an audience of cosmetic scientists and other industry professionals so I can assume that they know all about organic accreditation schemes for personal care and cosmetic products.  A lot of consumers on the other hand are not so much confused as totally oblivious to the existence of such standards. Continue reading

Doing Green The Right Way

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I am a big fan of being green.  I’d love to see a lot more progress in that direction in the cosmetics industry and I am very happy to report on a company that according to a report in the trade journal Happi, is doing just that.  Toms of Maine have just issued a report on their project to lighten the load they place on the planet and it makes interesting reading. Continue reading

Endocrine Disruptors – Should we worry about D4 and D5

Endocrine Disruptors – What Are They?

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Endocrine Disruptor – Pomegranates were a fertility symbol in Ancient Carthage

Endocrine disruptors are a bit of a tough subject, so before starting this post I went for a walk to think it over.  After a disappointing summer the god responsible for the weather had given us the consolation prize of some balmy warm days in late August.  It was mild and I could cross the fields by the light of a harvest moon.  It often happens at this time of year that the full moon rises just as the sun sets, so this was traditionally handy for farmers busy getting the crops in.  But it was handy for a mind clearing walk too. Continue reading