Organic and natural ingredients are more effective than petroleum derivatives & waxes (e.g. Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil and Petrolatum) and synthetic fillers found in conventional skincare. Natural ingredients work in harmony with your skin and body to enhance your body's natural healing and regenerative capabilities.
More and more research is emerging about the richer nutritional benefits of organically farmed products.
Organic farming does not deplete the soil's natural minerals, unlike modern farming methods, and so your skin benefits from more potent and effective ingredients.
Organic farming methods avoid the use of unnecessary chemicals & pesticides; chemicals that pollute the environment, our water system and your body as a high proportion of what you but on your skin is absorbed by it.
Organic ingredients are grown without the use of commonly used Pesticides and according to strict guidelines issued by various regulatory bodies. Where ingredient listings for products show a particular ingredient to be organic, the ingredient has been grown under approved conditions and given a stamp of approval by an organic standards body.
Natural ingredients are from a natural source and are either untreated or treated and processed with other natural ingredients. These ingredients will have a Latin name on the INCI listing.
Sometimes natural ingredients are treated with synthetic substances to produce the final ingredient - which bares a chemical rather than a Latin name. Foaming agents in natural skincare and bodycare products often fall into this category. The Soil Association recognises the necessity of this when creating certain products such as body washes and shampoos and allows certain semi synthetic ingredients in organic beauty products, such as Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Beware though that these ingredients can also be chemically, rather than naturally, derived. Read up about the manufacturer to find out which they use.
Ingredients to avoid
The term 'Organic' refers to the method by which an ingredient has been farmed. However 'Organic Skincare' does not mean that no harmful chemicals have been added to a skincare product in formulation. Learn all about the ingredients commonly found in skincare, such as Parabens and Phthalates, and look for retailers and manufacturers with a clear ingredient policy showing what they don't allow in their products.
The Soil Association
If you are feeling confused, and are looking for assurance about the quality and integrity of organic and natural cosmetics, don’t panic as the Soil Association certifies all our cosmetics. We are also the only Irish Soil Association accredited Health & Beauty Manufacturer. Check out the Soil Association - Organic Beauty Standards , certified products carry the Soil Association symbol, guaranteeing organic content and ensuring that suspect chemicals such as Parabens and Phthalates are not used.
Chemicals Not to Use
It is well known that a large number of chemicals commonly used in toiletries and skincare are known to be carcinogenic in lab animals or to disrupt hormones. Whether these compounds are in fact harmful to humans in the quantities found in cosmetics is in some cases inconclusive. However for those who prefer a holistic & natural approach to wellbeing and beauty, using products containing these chemicals on a regular basis can feel incompatible with the choices we make about our food or environment. Plus some people find they experience symptoms such as dizzyness, eczema, irritation or nausea from some chemical based toiletries. Here's the low down on the ingredients that you won't find in any products at Lucy Annabella Organics that commonly go in candles & cosmetics.
Like artificial fragrance, artificial colours are a common cause of skin irritant and allergic reactions. Certain colours have been linked with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity.
Artificial Fragrance (Parfum)
Only a few fragrances seem to provoke an allergy. However they are present in the majority of products under the blanket term, 'Parfum'. Children in particular tend to be more sensitive to fragrances and can develop allergic reaction easily.
DEA or TEA (di- or tri-ethanolamine)
A colourless liquid or crystalline alcohol that is used as a solvent, emulsifier and detergent (wetting agent). It works as an emollient in skin softening lotions or as a humectant in other personal care products. A problem arises when combined with an ingredient, which acts as a nitrosating agent, such as 2-bromo-2-nitro-propane1, 3-diol, or if they are contaminated with a nitrosating agent, e.g. sodium nitrite 3. Although there is no proven link to cancer in humans, evidence exists showing they are carcinogenic in animals.
There has been much publicity over the past few years about GM foods. As yet insufficient testing has been performed to ascertain the full effect of GM foods on human health and the environment but preliminary trials have shown that growing certain GM crops reduces bio-diversity.
Lanolin is a fatty substance extracted from wool. Frequently found in cosmetics and lotions where it is used for its skin soothing and softening properties. Lanolin is a common skin sensitiser that can cause allergic reactions, such as skin rashes when it contains traces of inorganic substances such as sheep dip. LoveLula only stocks products containing Lanolin that has been tested for the absence of pesticide residues.
Used as a preservative in many toiletries and cosmetics. Parabens work by inhibiting enzyme activity. Traces of Parabens have been found in human breast tissue although a link with breast cancer has not been proven. Parabens have been shown to have an estrogenic effect, i.e. they can mimic hormones and have been nick named 'gender benders'. One, Propyl Paraben, has been shown to adversely affect male reproductive functions; at the daily intake level acceptable under EC law, it decreased sperm production.
Mineral Oil and Petroleum-derived ingredient
A derivative of crude oil, mineral oil forms an oily film over skin to lock in moisture. Initially it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. However it traps in toxins and hinders normal respiration by keeping oxygen out. This can exacerbate skin disorders such as eczema. Mineral oil is found in many products including baby oil and bath and body oils. Petrochemicals used in beauty products and toiletries include compounds such as Propylene Glycol, SD Alcohol and Benzene. Benzene is used as a solvent in lacquers and nail varnishes. It is highly toxic even in tiny quantities and has carcinogenic properties. Propylene Glycol can cause contact dermatitis.
Phthalates (DBP / DMP / DEP)
Phthalates have been linked to decreased fertility in females and faulty reproductive development in male foetuses because of their 'gender bender' or hormone disrupting properties. They are found in lipstick, nail varnish to make it chip resistant and hairspray to add flexibility. Phthalates are rarely listed on the label, as they are often included under blanket terms such as 'Parfum'.
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
SLS, a detergent, is found in approximately 90% of commercial shampoos, including "no more tears" baby shampoos as well as toothpastes, bubble baths and shower gel. It makes a product bubble and foam. It is a caustic cleanser that can cause irritation to the scalp, eyes and skin. According to the Women's Environmental Network there is some evidence to suggest reproductive effects and damage to liver, lungs & immune system.
Cosmetic talc found in baby powders, face powders, body powders and some contraceptives is possibly toxic if contaminated with asbestos. LoveLula only stocks products containing talc that has been screened for the presence of asbestos prior to use.
The US Environmental Protection Agency registers Triclosan as a pesticide giving it a high score for its risk to human health and to the environment. It is thought to encourage anti-microbial resistance in the same way as excessive anti-biotic use according to research at Tufts University in Boston. Triclosan has been found in breast milk and fish. It is used in deodorants, toothpaste and washes as an anti-bacterial.
Used in anti-perspirants, the substance is banned or restricted in cosmetics by the US Food and Drug Administration.
At Lucy Annabella we do not use any of the above in our beautiful collections.
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