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aromaNature cold process soap

  • Suspect ingredient list (French): We published this list on our website 8 years ago, it was the first in french on the net. The information is still current today !
  • Lip stick: mineral oil such as paraffine is broadly used in cosmetics as hardener (for balm, lip sticks, etc). Most of the conventional lipsticks found on shelves contains a large portion of this cheap oil byproduct. The bad news is that this mineral oil spread on your lips along with other ingredients makes a very airproof fim. As a result, your lips do not breeze anymore, choke and finally dry. This sensation makes you pull out your favorite stick out of your bag to add another film . It is a vicious circle that the most sensitive lips owners maintain in total ignorance.
    Organic brands replace mineral oil with beewax or soya wax. read the ingredients of your lipstick: the chemical INCI of mineral oil could be:
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  • june 2010 It is clear about cosmetic industry.
    from the same author, view the great "A story of stuff" about present world economy!
  • October 2006: ACHETONS RESPONSABLE!: French guidebook to consume differently from Elisabeth Laville & Marie Balmain ( Seuil éditions)
  • September 2006: Klorane and the kids: Klorane Institure goes on a country trip and offers educational demos to primary schools about natural extraction of plants and minerals for colors. Brochures are dispatched to teachers and it is approved by School inspectors! When we look closer to their ingredients list (INCI) , we realize that the cosmetic marketing has no limit...
  • July 2006: REACH: Here we are. Everybody will know what REACH will be (Public Evaluation of dozens of thousand chemical substances). Be cool: the chemistry lobby worked hard and new articles only refer to molecules produced or imported in 10 tons or more at once. Under, it is as you ant, it means, no evaluation yet or whatsoever! These are the ones we use the least, it means those which are part of perfumes, colorings, etc. Makes me a bit...bitter. At least, the big parabenes, glycols, and other cousins are ordered to get out...Oups not yet, wait! Every country in EEC is making its own pot. So what ??? As you know in France, we are always late, and the big national chemicals have still some good time ahead.
  • June 2006: To celebrate Mother's Day, GREENPEACE issued quite a good study about toxic cosmetics. Download the French guide COSMETOX (pdf)
  • February 2006: TOXIC VALENTINE ?: another study from Greenpeace about fragrance ( phtalates and synthetic muscs for example):It is here
  • January 2004: PARABENS are on stage with this outstanding scientific study which litterally sunk the lad.
    read the original review
  • What are the cosmetic label ECOCERT AB mean (created early 2004):

    The finished product must contain a minimum of 95% natural ingredients (water is not taken in account in the figure!).
    The percentage in organic ingredients must be a minimum of 5% in the finished product.
    The plant ingredients must be 50% of organic origin.
    The finished product must contain a minimum of 95% natural ingredients (water is not taken in account in the figure!).
    The percentage in organic ingredients must be a minimum of 10% in the finished product.
    The plant ingredients must be 95% of organic origin.

    Conclusion: thee BIO label is not 100% natural ingredients mais rather accepts 5% chemicals. Ouch!
    At least, these numerous companies write down the ingredient list in French and do not use synthetic fragrance, coloring or preservative...Better than ever!
  • May 2002: Read the cosmetic marketing (in French)
    Dans la jungle des cosmétiques pseudo-naturels!    Bien choisir ses cosmétiques naturels

    NOTE: When formulating our calendula salve, we could hardly find a calendula extract base without propylène glycol. At last, we found a CO2 extract in UK. Be careful with the whole range of calendula extracts used in cosmetics and ask your chemistry.
  • 12, May 2002: article in The Observer (UK) from Robon McKie, scientific investigator

  • BOOK: A very complete book about reading cosmetic ingredients INCI:A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients par Ruth Winters . You may buy it on Cliquer ici