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Are your Natural Cosmetic Products FDA compliant?
There are many natural cosmetic companies now trying pass off substandard products as being natural. This can have a negative effect on the natural makeup industry leading to many people having a poor customer experience when purchasing natural makeup, organic skincare and other such products.
The FDA considers that if product claims to “diagnose, mitigate, treat, cure, or forestall disease or if it’s a sway on a selected disease, category of diseases or on the characteristic signs or symptoms of a disease, the products are subject to regulation as a drug unless the claim is a licensed health claim that the merchandise qualifies”.
The FDA defines cosmetics by their supposed use, as “articles supposed to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the looks.” Note that whereas cosmetics might alter the looks of the body, they will not alter the structure or operate of the body. For example: “Reduces the looks of fine lines on the face,” however not “Reduces cellulite and fat cells to slim down your thighs.”
Labeling (including brochures, sales sheets, catalogs, booth signs and websites) for cosmetic product cannot create direct or implied claims or statements that the merchandise or any of its ingredients are supposed to treat, prevent, cure or mitigate a disease or abnormal health condition
Examples of acceptable cosmetics claims: Helps maintain healthy, swish skin; offers your complexion a youthful glow; Moisturizes your skin; Lends a soothing, relaxing feeling (for tub product, for example)
Examples of unacceptable drug claims: Relieves muscle pain; might facilitate treat psoriasis/eczema/dermatitis; Helps with depression; Helps with insomnia; Works transdermally to repair joints and tendons. “Topicals” will have surface effects solely, not internal advantages or actions.
So please use this guide carefully when purchasing natural cosmetics, natural makeup, organic skincare products and organic cosmetics. This way you will make sure that your natural cosmetics and natural makeup will be giving you the effect that you desire.
For more information on the dangers associated with other types of makeup that aren’t natural then check out my article on Nasty Ingredients in Makeup.
So you are looking for some great natural skincare products that are also organic? Have you ever thought of making some yourself? Actually good quality organic makeup remover need to be expensive or come with a fancy label. Here is a recipe for a gentle makeup remover that you can make at home on the cheap. It won’t irritate your skin, it’s easy to make, inexpensive and highly effective.
For your very own natural skincare makeup remover what you need it:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Aloe vera water (If you can’t find it, though, filtered water will work just fine!)
- A resealable bottle (you’ll need to shake up your mixture in this)
- A few gentle cotton pads (for application)
Aloe vera water is used in herbal medicine for its soothing abilities. It has cooling properties that help calm the skin and it has lots of amino acids and vitamins. Since it’s made up of 95 percent water, you can be sure that it is extraordinarily hydrating and refreshing for your face.
Do not be afraid of the olive oil! If the idea of putting olive oil on your face has you uneasy, relax. Extra virgin olive oil actually closely resembles your skin’s natural oil production, which means that it won’t clog your pores or dry your skin out, but rather will keep it extra soft and clear it of any impurities.
How To Make Your Perfect Natural Makeup Remover
- Fill a bottle 2/3 with aloe vera water and pour in about 50ml of organic extra virgin olive oil. This is a very potent mixture, so you will only need a little.
- Close the lid tightly and vigorously shake the mixture until the organic extra virgin olive oil combines with the aloe vera water. (You will need to do this each time you use it).
- Soak a cotton pad with the mixture and gently press it over one of your eyes. Hold for a few seconds while it breaks down all the makeup, and then gently sweep it away from your eye towards your ear.
- Repeat the 3rd step until your eyes are completely clean, and then continue the same process all over your face.
The Perfect Solution for Organic Skincare
This mixture should feel nice and light on your skin. Don’t be afraid of the oil! It will break down the pigments in your makeup and the aloe vera water will refresh and cool your skin.
Amazingly this makeup remover is powerful enough to remove any stubborn waterproof makeup, while at the same time being light. If you suffer from allergy prone skin or have sensitive skin then this is a great formula for you to try.
So the answers to finding the perfect natural skincare using organic products isn’t that hard. Sometimes we already have everything that we need in our cupboards. So start using organic skincare products – your skin will thank you for it.
Why choose organic skincare?
If you are a woman it’s important that you use organic skincare and natural makeup products. Why is this? Recent reports published has shown presence of paraben chemical compounds in 99 percent of breast cancer tissues sampled. This is truly a startling figure and should make all women think twice about what they are putting on their skin.
The research study examined 40 women who were being treated for primary breast cancer. In 60 percent of the cases, five different paraben chemical compounds were present.
In 60 percent of cases, five of the different esters were present.
What are parabens?
Parabens are chemicals which produce estrogen-like properties. In the development of breast cancer estrogen is one of the hormones which is involved. They are used because they are cheap preservatives.
Where are parabens found?
The main way that parabens find their way into breast tissue is through the use of deodorants and antiperspirants. However the study showed that some patients had never used deodorants which had parabens in them. This clearly shows that regardless of what skincare and cosmetic products are used paraben chemical compounds can apparently accumulate in breast tissue.
Why choose organic skincare products?
When you apply a skin cream – have you ever wondered where it goes? It is absorbed via the skin into the blood stream. It then is processed by internal organs. Think about this: how do nicotine patches work? The nicotine is absorbed into the blood stream. Whatever you apply to your skin can absorbed into your body, and over time this can cause damage.
So check you labels. Parabens can be found in shampoos, lotions, skincare creams, food additives and deodorants.
Are natural products always the best?
Check labels carefully. Even cosmetic products that are advertised as natural can also contain paraben chemical compounds. There are butyl, propyl and ethyl parabens.
Choose natural and organic skincare products. This is the best way to care for your skin.
By Scott Y Gibson
In my last blog I look at natural makeup solutions if you have dry skin. What can you do with oily skin? Are looking for natural makeup and cosmetic solutions for this? Please read on to see how you can cure the problem of oily skin by natural methods.
The causes of oily skin can be many. It could be caused by:
- heredity factors. If this is the case, then there isn’t much you can do about it other than manage it
- diet. If you think that diet is the cause, then cutting out oily and starch foods can help.
- humidity and hot weather. Again, for this proper skin management is essential.
- birth control pills. This is an individual choice, so again skin management will keep oily skin under control.
- cosmetics. This is the time to change over to natural makeup and cosmetics. These will minimize adverse reactions to the harmful chemicals found in them.
Natural Skincare Solutions
SAGE as a natural skin toner. Sage will help control the skin’s sebum production thus helping you achieve a spotless condition for your skin. Try this: put some sage (you only need a small amount) in a cup and pour over it hot water. Then leave this covered for around 30 minutes. Pour the liquid through a strainer, and allow it to cool. Once cooled, with a cotton ball, cleanse your face with the sage infused liquid. Do this once or twice a day for a week. You will notice a big difference in your complexion.
MANGO Facial. Mango is a great fruit filled with vitamins which will help keep your skin looking good. It will keep your pores free from dirt. Try this recipe: Take a medium sized mange and mash it up. Once you have a nice smooth pulp, using circular motions, massage this into your skin. Leave for around 5 minutes. Once it has dried, rinse well with water.
ALOE VERA Toner. Aloe vera is a great all-round plant. In fact no home should be without one. You can of course just by aloe vera gel, but if you have plant at home you can make your own gel. Here’s what to do: break off one of the outer leaves, and leave it to stand upright in a cup for 10 minutes. This will let the sap drain. Then take a knife and slice down the edges, cutting off the rough edges. Then separate the front from the back. Scoop out the gel.
So for your aloe vera toner you will need to make 3 tablespoons of gel. Then add 4 drops of tangerine essential oil. Apply this to the face and leave for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water.
Crab Apple. Not many people have heard of this, but crab apples have been proven to have great effects on acne and oily skin. This is because they are rich in alpha hydroxy acids. These tone and cleanse the pores. So try this: Get a few crab apples and mash them to a paste in a blender. Push through a strainer. Apply to your face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse well and dry your skin.
Wheat Germ Oil. Use this oil, which is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E, to control your oily skin. Put a little of the oil on your fingertips and massage it into your skin. Leave for 40 minutes. This will feed your pores with the needed nutrients. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Each time you need to cleanse and condition your skin, repeat this.
Lemongrass Facial Sauna. Hot steam is great of unclogging your pores, and this will help you keep a flawless complexion. You may have used this method to help breathing. So, in a large bowl of water put in about 2 liters of water and 4 tablespoons of lemongrass. Place a towel over your head and put your head over the steaming bowl. Do this for 15 minutes. After rinse with cold water. This will close up your pores.
You as you can see, it’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on expensive makeup and cosmetic ingredients. They can also contain harmful chemicals which can damage your skin and lead to skin conditions like acne and dermatitis.
Up until now the idea to use natural makeup products was something only for those interested in an alternative lifestyle. However more and more people who care for their health now see that using organic and natural cosmetic products should be an integral part of everyday life. Now for many natural makeup is THE natural choice. It’s no longer part of an alternative lifestyle.
Why Stars Are Choosing Natural Makeup
Who wouldn’t want to look like some of the superstars. It may surprise you to know that now many stars are using and also endorsing natural makeup products. This is something to think about. Why? Think about this… The big companies like L’Oreal, Maybelline and Max Factor have hundreds of thousands of dollars to give to these stars to endorse their products. But they don’t. Instead many are choosing to endorse natural makeup products, not because they are getting paid, but because they realize that it’s connected with their and their families health.
Natural Makeup Products
Here’s a list of natural makeup products that are being endorsed or used by stars. To find out more on each of the companies, you can click on the links which will take you to our shop. There you will be able to find out more on each product.
Weleda Solutions. For over 90 Weleda have been producting a wide range of skin and hair care products. Their products are 100% organic certified. In fact they were the first ones to create one of the worlds first Biodynamic Gardens. So who are using Weleda Products? Film stars including Sophie Infirmary, Brooke Shields, Winona Ryder and also Helena Christiansen.
Dr. Hauschka. One of the best natural and organic skin care companies. Their unique beauty preparations and facial treatment methods are specifically formulated to restore beauty. This is done by working with the skin to support its own natural processes of renewal. So it’s no surpirse that well-known celebrities are using these products. Some of their clients include Mira Sorvino, Uma Therman, Cher, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna.
Suki Merchandise. Suki Kramer philosophy is to produce products that are 100% pure. This is done by consulting with cosmetic chemists & traditional herbalists. The result is top quality makeup and skin care products that are becoming ever more popular. Suki celebs include stars like Eva Longoria, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Katherine Heigl, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
Nvey. Nvey Eco uses only certified organic ingredients in their makeup products. So not just natural and organic, but certified! Hillary Duff publicly endorsed Nvey Eco products.
Burts Bees. In 2011 they won many awards for their top quality products. Julianne Moore has done much to increase awareness of the toxins in makeup and cosmetics and she has promoted Burt’s Bees products, which are all-natural, organic and don’t contain harmful toxins.
Author: Arina Gibson
In this last blog of the series, we will look at natural cosmetic care for lips and hair. If you’ve been following the other blogs in this series you will already have started to feel the benefits with using natural products for your skin.
If your lips happen to chap, peel or crack, here is an effective remedy.
Take a rose flower and grind the petals to a paste. Mix in a little cream of milk and apply it generously on the lips before going to bed in the night. This will help keep the lips soft and pretty.
Dry, itchy skin around the mouth is a common complaint during winter. Vitamin B tablets will help in this case.
When doing household chores protect your hands from rash and chapping by wearing pair of rubber gloves. Then every night before going to bed take an equal quantity of lime juice, glycerine, rose water and Cologne and apply nicely on the hands and after you finish your household chores rub glycerine and sugar on them for a couple of minutes and then wash off. This will help keep them soft and smooth.
Winter will also play havoc with the hair, making it dry, brittle and dull. In order to restore a healthy shine to your hair, take some warm coconut oil, make partings along the hair and dab it along each parting with your finger-tips. Keep doing this until whole scalp has been oiled, then wrap hot towels over your head. This will keep the scalp as warm as possible. After half an hour when the scalp has absorbed oil, wash the hair with shikakai and water.
For general skincare it’s necessary to use a good moisturizer. Of course you need to choose a natural, and preferably organic skin moisturizer. This will protect your skin from the harsh effects of the cold weather. Touch up your lips with warm, creamy colors. Pale lipsticks will make you look pale and sickly in this weather.
Also follow a healthy diet scheme to enable your body to fight against the many ills of winter and to put an attractive bloom in your cheeks.
So your beauty is in your hands. You will find some great natural makeup solutions by exploring my site and in the shop links from the homepage and menu bar you will be able to shop for high quality products.
In this series of blogs I’m looking at how to care for skin in a natural and organic way. The winter weather can play havoc with our skin and we don’t want to start using any products which contain toxins because this will just make matters worse. In this blog we will be looking at what can be done if you suffer from itching and from dry skin the soles of your feet.
One problem that can affect people during this time is itching. This is usually caused by excessive dryness of the skin. It is also exacerbated by wearing too many woolen garments, having lots of hot baths, not getting enough sun, lack of sweating because of the cold, using too much soap and lack of vitamins in diet. Most commonly affected are the arms and legs. So to minimize itchiness, every day an hour before taking your bath take two tablespoons each of curd and olive oil and mix in a few drops of essence of rose. Mix well and apply on the body an hour before you take your bath.
Try to abstain from wearing woolens next to the body. Reduce hot baths and minimize the use of the soap. Take foods which are rich in vitamin A, like liver, carrots and dark leafy greens. Also try to expose yourself to the sun for at least an hour daily.
If the skin on the soles of your feet becomes hard and cracked, rub the soles at bath time with soapy water and pumice stone. After bathing be sure to dry the feet well especially between the toes to prevent cracking. Massage them well with olive or coconut oil to keep the skin soft and smooth and to help the circulation of blood. After exposure to cold, take a foot bath using warm water and soap. Wipe dry, massage them vigorously for five minutes and then wear woolen socks. This is very important to prevent chilblains.
These measures should help to reduce the effects of the harsh winter weather. Natural solutions for natural problems. Natural makeup can always help to benefit your skin.
In the last blog we looked at natural skincare solutions for beating skin problems associated with the winter weather.
Some of the biggest culprits are the very things that we try to do to make us feel better during this time. Hot baths, more makeup, wrapping up well – all these things can have a negative effect on our skin and cause many problems. So how to do it naturally?
Let’s see what can be done using coconut oil.
Take a dry coconut and hold it with a pair of tongs over a burning flame. When its skin turns completely black and while it is still burning, place it on a tin-plate and cover it immediately with a small vessel. Remove it after a few seconds and you will find a layer of oil on the vessel. Rub this on the affected parts twice daily and within a week you will find definite relief in your condition. Itching too is a common complaint during this weather. Take a tablespoon of sandalwood oil and mix in an equal quantity of coconut oil. Apply on the itching parts of the body a couple of times daily until you get relief. The juice of Basil leaves is also equally effective.
You can try massaging your body well with olive or coconut oil or blended with a few drops of rose water 10 minutes before your bath to make your skin soft and glowing. If dryness has resulted in scaling, take foods rich in vitamin A, because this vitamin is stored in the fat just below the surface of the skin counteracting any tendency towards dryness and roughness.
In the next blog we will look at what can be done to if you have itching brought on by the cold weather. Remember that natural solutions are always the best because it will leave your skin feeling much better.
With winter well and truly here, many of us will be struggling to find the best solution for natural skincare. Don’t fret, you can still look your best if you take a few precautions. All this can be done naturally.
At this time your complexion is in need of extra care and attention. What happens is that oil glands just below the surface of the skin become relatively inactive and produce less moisture than usual. What doesn’t help is that the skin dries out quicker because of the sun, wind and cold and this is responsible for causing the tiny wrinkles and giving rise to various skin ailments like scaling, itching, chapping and eczema.
Over the next few days I will be posting blogs on how to look after various parts of your body so that you can feel great naturally. In this blog we will be looking at general skin care and hair care.
Probably the best way reduce the effects of the winter weather is to stop using soap completely. This is because it has a marked degreasing action on the skin. Instead, clean your face with milk cream or top-of-milk blended with a few drops of lime juice and a pinch of turmeric powder.
We have to remember that excessive use of cosmetics, hair dyes and sprays, too many hot baths and perfumes also make the hair dry. So try to cut down on those. For example for a natural hair dye you could try henna. It will give a great shine to your hair and not strip it of much needed chemicals.
For face skin care try this: every night before going to bed, take one tablespoon of milk cream and mix in a few drops each of glycerine, olive oil and rose water. Mix well and apply over your entire face, neck and hands. Leave overnight; in the morning wipe off gently with a tissue paper, then bathe the skin in warm water until it begins to feel warm and also rinse for the same length of time in cold water. Pat dry with a soft towel.
The next blog we will be looking at how coconut oil can help with dry skin problems and what can be done if you have out breaks of eczema.
While researching natural makeup products I came across Nature’s Basin website and loved the products so much that I decided to promote them through my blog. If you have been following my blog you will have noticed that I’ve mentioned a few times the The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
They have just released their new report where, over a seven year period they studied the how makeup and cosmetic companies are raising the bar for safer makeup products.
Natural Skincare Brands
In this report, eleven of the natural skin care brands that Nature’s Basin promotes were named Innovators & Champions by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. According to the Campaign, these eleven companies are among those who “are leading the industry toward safety, showing it’s possible to make products without using the hazardous chemicals that are all too common in conventional personal care products.”
The recognized brands offered at Nature’s Basin: Natural Makeup, Skin care and more include Acquarella, Aromafloria, Badger, Blossom Organics, Hamadi, Inara, Living Nature, Pangea Organics, Scotch Naturals, Suki, and Yes.
Nature’s Basin was started in 2009 by Donna Wing and is run by mothers who are environmentally and health conscious individuals who wanted to offer the finest natural, organic and mineral based beauty products with an exceptional customer service and a hassle-free online shopping experience.