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Toxic Odours: Do You Know All the Chemicals Hiding in Your Deodorant?

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Toxic Odours: Do You Know All the Chemicals Hiding in Your Deodorant?

What is in a regular, off-the-shelf anti-perspirant or deodorant? Spoiler alert – it’s not a pretty list. Aluminium to stop your sweat glands from working, parabens as a preservative, triclosan to kill bacteria, phthalates to help it all stick to your skin and artificial fragrances to create a strong masking scent.  And this is a just a few of the cocktail of things you might find in one of those little bottles! What’s the problem? Well to start with, blocking your pores to stop you sweating isn’t a good idea and neither is putting metals (aluminium) too close to your...


The Nasty Nine Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare

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The Nasty Nine Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare

Nasty chemicals have become commonplace in skincare and personal care products because they mimic the effects of natural ingredients- maybe the smell, perhaps they make a product foam, or act as a preservative to extend the shelf life- all at a significantly lower price. The cost of these synthetic alternatives is high, however, as many of the chemicals that once seemed so useful were actually slowly accumulating in our bodies, exhausting our filter systems, changing the way our bodies work, and even causing cells to mutate (yikes!). Below we outline what we refer to as "The Nasty Nine" skincare ingredients to keep an...


Ingredients That Sound Scary, but Are Actually Really Nice!

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Ingredients That Sound Scary, but Are Actually Really Nice!

Sometimes, even the ingredients on a 100% natural product can look a little bit scary and seem awfully "chemical-y." Our formulas are no exception, and we realise that in between all the familiar essential oils and extracts there may be a few head scratchers in there.  We are all about transparency though, so below we have explained what all of our difficult-to-pronounce ingredients are doing in our products so that you can rest assured we're not sneaking in any nasties. ---------------------------------------------------- Calcium Gluconate The calcium salt of naturally occurring gluconic acid used for skin conditioning and as a humectant, meaning it retains and preserves...