Natural Cosmetics Not Living up to their Marketing Claims

Natural Cosmetics Not Living up to their Marketing Claims

New research by Organic Monitor finds that few brands marketing cosmetics as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are living up to their claims.

Organic Monitor assessed over 50 cosmetic brands and ranked them according to their level of ‘naturalness’. The research was led by a chartered chemist who analyzed the formulations of natural and organic cosmetics and compared them to their marketing claims.

Brands were categorized by their rankings as follows: Certified organic cosmetics received …

August 3, 2011 | Featured Articles | Read More »

18 Foods that Help Make Beautiful, Healthy Skin

18 Foods that Help Make Beautiful, Healthy Skin

You are what you eat. I know this is something we all heard, probably when you were a child and your parents were trying to get you to eat your vegetables.  Well, it is even truer as adults. Your health and diet reflects on your outer appearance.

A building block to beauty and healthy looking skin is your inner health, something that makeup cannot conceal. You need to start from …

June 29, 2011 | Featured Articles | Read More »

Surfrider Foundation Partners With ECO Skin Care

Surfrider Foundation Partners With ECO Skin Care

The Surfrider Foundation has partnered with ECO Skin Care Inc., as its exclusive sunscreen partner.

Public concern over the environmental impact of sunscreen has grown, and it is believed that UV absorbing chemicals found in many mainstream sunscreens, including oxybenzone and octymethoxycinnamate, could present dangers to marine life, including coral reefs. Research has shown that 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of toxic sunscreen is washed off swimmers in the ocean every year.

The Surfrider Foundation is a …

August 10, 2011 | News | Read More »

Unipex Expands Ingredient Portfolio with Acquisition of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics

Unipex Expands Ingredient Portfolio with Acquisition of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics

Cosmetics active ingredient company Unipex announced it has acquired Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, a supplier of natural cosmetic ingredients. The Canadian company says through immediate synergies the acquisition is expected to double Unipex’s proprietary products sales.

Although the final sale amount was undisclosed, the deal will expand the Unipex product line and aligns with its corporate vision, as well as provide greater formulation support and resources worldwide.

Headquartered in Paris, France, Lucas Meyer Cosmetics is a relatively small supplier with …

July 20, 2011 | News | Read More »

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Receives USDA BioPreferred Certification for Zemea

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Receives USDA BioPreferred Certification for Zemea

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products has received USDA certification for Zemea® propanediol, declaring that the petroleum-based glycol alternative is a 100% bio-based ingredient.

Zemea® propanediol is a natural ingredient derived from corn to be used in cosmetic, personal care and home cleaning product formulation in place of petroleum-based glycols. The ingredient has also been certified natural by …

Natural Products Association Certifies 700th Natural Product

Natural Products Association Certifies 700th Natural Product

The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced that it has certified its 700th product/ingredient under its Natural Seal program. The NPA was founded in 2008 to provide natural certification of personal care products sold in the United States.

The NPA’s natural standard for personal care products covers both products and ingredients. Last year, NPA launched the Natural Standard for Home Care products whereby it also provides natural certification to …

New Organic Skin Care Line for Pregnant Women – Bionée

New Organic Skin Care Line for Pregnant Women – Bionée

Bionée, an organic skin care company founded in 2010, has developed a line of skin care products specifically formulated for pregnant women, women taking care of their babies, and babies.

Bionée’s line of eight products are divided into three categories: pregnancy (includes acne and anti-stretch mark lotion), motherhood (includes a body toning lotion and nipple soothing remedy), and baby (includes protective body lotion and cleanser).

Bionée founder, Eva Asmar, started the company in France after the birth of her child, …

August 2, 2011 | New Products | Read More »

Organic Skin Care Oils Sourced from Around the World

Organic Skin Care Oils Sourced from Around the World

Aura Cacia introduced five new essential oils into their line of aromatherapy products. According to Aura Cacia, the oils have been sustainably sourced from around the world and are certified organic through the USDA’s National Organic Program.

The five products include:

  • Argan oil, extracted from the nuts of a native desert tree in Morocco, is valued for its high levels of skin rejuvenating essential fatty acids providing moisture and nourishment for the skin.
  • Baobab oil, extracted from

June 29, 2011 | New Products | Read More »

Natural Ingredients

Natural form of Vitamin E Protects the Skin & Brain

Natural form of Vitamin E Protects the Skin & Brain

New research supported by the National Institutes of Health shows that a natural form of vitamin E can trigger the production...

Zemea Propanediol – Natural Alternative to Petroleum-Based Glycols

Zemea Propanediol – Natural Alternative to Petroleum-Based Glycols

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products LLC is expanding the distribution of Zemea® propanediol into the South American market. The certified...

New Natural Skin Rejuvenation Ingredient by Naturex

New Natural Skin Rejuvenation Ingredient by Naturex

French plant-based natural ingredients company, Naturex, has launched its new skin rejuvenation active from Dragon’s blood (Croton lechleri).  The ingredient is...

Toxic Products

Warning! Your Fragrance could be Toxic

Warning! Your Fragrance could be Toxic

What does your perfume smell like?  Roses?  Lavendar? Or, how about coal-tar and petrochemicals?  Most likely, the latter is really what...

Oct 19, 2010 | Toxic Products | Read More »
List of 15 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Personal Care Products

List of 15 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Personal Care Products

The US personal care and cosmetic industries greatly lack oversight and regulation. In today’s climate it is necessary to arm yourself...

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Dangerous Chemicals in Deodorant & Antiperspirant: A Detailed Review of the Chemicals, Research & Avoidance Tips

Dangerous Chemicals in Deodorant & Antiperspirant: A Detailed Review of the Chemicals, Research & Avoidance Tips

The personal care industry has been hijacked by misleading messages and outright false advertising. More concerning is that companies are putting...

Sep 17, 2010 | Toxic Products | Read More »