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 […]

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 […]

Top 7 Eco-Friendly Daily Deal Sites

Get Daily Discounts on Eco-Friendly Products & Services One thing is for sure, everyone loves a great deal. And now more than ever, people are shopping online looking for just that – discounted products and services. It’s no surprise Internet flash sale and group coupon sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Gilt Goupe are growing in […]

List of Mislabeled Organic Personal Care Products

Last week, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), a California based environmental watchdog, filed a lawsuit against 26 personal care companies who mislabel their products “organic” – a violation of California law.  California law requires that any product using the term “organic” on the front of the package must contain at least 70% organic ingredients. […]

Video: The Story of Cosmetics – What’s the FDA waiting for?

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics produced an interesting video on the use of toxic chemicals in personal care products in the United States. To date the FDA has assessed only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products. The personal care and cosmetics industry is left unregulated with very little oversight.  Thankfully […]

Natural Ingredient Sourcing: Beware of Backfire says Organic Monitor

In recent years the cosmetic industry seems to have developed an environmentally sound and healthy conscious, but now it appears that too much of a good has the potential to backfire. The natural and organic product market is burgeoning and companies are striving to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from their products.  Furthermore, sustainability is on […]

Small-Scale Mining & Mineral Cosmetics Can Help Decrease Poverty

Minerals are becoming a very popular source of ingredients for natural personal care products, including deodorants and cosmetics. More often than not, consumers are more interested in whether or not the product is effective and natural rather than how and where do the mineral ingredients come from. Minerals are naturally extracted from the Earth’s crust […]

Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry

“Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.” –          U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) As the natural personal care product […]

The Best Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

There exist many great dry skin care products on the market, but unfortunately quality usually comes with a high price tag. However, nature provides us with some great natural remedies for dry skin, even more, you can probably find the proper ingredients in your pantry. Dry skin can be a result of many factors. Usually […]

Natural Products Outperform the Overall Personal Care Market

The Worldwide natural personal care market seems to have recovered from the global economic downturn and is actually now out performing overall industry growth.  As consumers regain confidence in the market and the natural movement continues to grow, double-digit growth is expected over the next five years according to market research firm, Kline. The projected […]