Saturday, May 30, 2009

National Day of Thanksgiving

Today is National Day of Thanksgiving, so I just wanted to put a few things I'm thankful for in writing.

I’m thankful firstly for my family and our health and everything I’ve been given, as I’m sure everyone else is. I’m also thankful for a little magazine called "The Word for Today" that I start my day with most mornings.

The Word for Today is an Australian booklet that gives short daily bible-based guidance and encouragement, that I have found has helped me on many an occasion.

There is just so many times that I have read the word for that day when I feel that it has been written just for me with the help I need just at that particular time. If you're looking for a bit of inspiration or help at the moment it's a great place to have a look.

It is put out by UCB which also runs the Christian Vision Radio Network and is written by Bob and Debby Gass who are fantastic at the inspiration they put into everyday words that we all can understand. Thanks guys!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

To market, to market, to buy Handmade Organic Soap!

No, not to buy a fat pig (sorry to anyone that doesn’t know that old nursery rhyme) I went to the markets to take my pure handmade soaps to show to a larger audience (well, one that actually gets to smell them).

And the comments were all good, all the “ahhs” and “ohhs” and “they smell so nice”, my Choc Mint Slice had so many “it smells good enough to eat” I was expecting someone to actually start munching on one.

I used this special occasion to introduce the new kid on the block, (well the newest all natural soap in the range really) my "Juice Bar". I decided to name it this because as you can probably guess, it really is made from, yes, real organic carrot juice.

Now, we all know how good juice is for us, I thought it would be a great idea to be able to use some of this goodness on our skin as well. I’m hoping that our newest all natural soap will become a firm favourite and will be something that you and your skin will just love.

I also added some certified organic cocoa butter and certified organic aloe vera just to make it, let’s say, even more organic. I’ve fragranced it with pure essential oils (because as my friends know, I really dislike the use of chemical fragrance oils in all natural soap, but that’s just my opinion, there are loads of pretty handmade soaps out there that contain fragrance oil, it’s just not an option for me) of sweet orange, lemongrass and spearmint. OK, it looks like another one that smells good enough to eat (hey kids, please take my word on it, it’s not, so don’t try it).

By the end of that 5 hour stint at the markets I was exhausted, and even had a nanny nap that afternoon (I’m allowed to do that, as I really am one :o). That night I treated myself to some serious pampering, a full strength, relaxing, luxury bath bomb in my bath (but that’s another story).

If you’d like to smell some "good enough to eat" organic soap for yourself, you can see me and my luxurious soaps at the next Troppo Markets in Mackay.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Truth in Labelling

Don’t you just hate it when someone has purposely deceived you?

That’s just how I felt when I read an article from one of my favourite information sites CleanLife. The CleanLife site educates the public on the health risks and environmental impact associated with the use of chemical laden skincare, cosmetic and cleaning products and food.

It seems that well know company Natural Instinct also known as Organic Instinct has been found out on deceiving us all. They’ve been deliberately concealing some of their ingredients so as to sell more of their product. These chemicals they have been failing to list are dangerous ones that people need to be aware of. Some of the chemicals in question are;

Sodium Laureth Sulphate (A highly irritating chemical and although it is less irritating than SLS which is its cousin, it cannot be metabolised by the liver and therefore its effects are much more long lasting, it also has contamination concerns of a couple of different ingredients one of which is Ethylene Oxide, which has much more serious side effects such as leukemia, cancer, hodgkins’ disease and kidney and liver damage)

Cocamide DEA (Has been linked to cancer. Studies have also shown that it directly inhibits fetal brain development in laboratory studies by blocking the absorption of choline, a nutrient required for brain development and maintenance.

Cetrimonium Chloride (Known for allergic reactions and immunotoxicity)

You can see the whole CleanLife report here: It looks like the Natural Instinct products aren't quite as natural as they'd like people to think!

I found this article particularly upsetting, not only because I was one of the people fooled, yes, I’d been using their shampoo for a few months, because going by their ingredients list, (that’s always the first thing I check before I buy something and which I now find was incorrect) it was comparable to other natural shampoos but cheaper. I should have known better, the fact that their products were substantially cheaper should have rung alarm bells straight away.

What I found much more upsetting was that these ingredients were contained in their baby shampoo, baby wash, baby conditioner and baby bath products. We need to be extra careful in making sure that the products we use on our babies are chemical free because of long term health problems. Parents who were buying these products thinking they were natural and free from damaging chemicals were tricked into using something that they really didn’t want to be using.

This Company was also found listing their ingredients in the incorrect order on their product labels. Where is the truth in labelling? We need to be able to know exactly what ingredients are contained in the product and in the correct order they were used. We should be able to rely on labels to provide accurate information about chemicals and other ingredients in our skincare products.

The fact that Natural Instinct has been caught in the act is wonderful and hopefully it will deter other Companies from putting misleading labels on their products. But when there is BIG money involved, I wonder if some Companies might think it is worth the risk, I hope not. Natural Instinct probably would have corrected these false labelling problems by now, but I personally would never trust or buy their products again.

Natural Instinct is not the only Company that uses these chemicals in their products, there are many, many more who quite openly include them in their ingredients list. It really is a good idea to check your favourite shampoo and conditioner to see if you and your family are being exposed to dangerous chemicals (there is many more than the ones I have mentioned here) every time you wash your hair. A good site to have a look at is the Cosmetics Database where you can type in any ingredient you don't know and are worried about and it will tell you what health concerns are connected to it. Great for finding out if the products you are using are safe or not.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if when we read Natural or Organic on a product we would know that it really was Natural or Organic? Sadly this is not the case and many Companies falsely put the word Natural on the front of their products to entice you to buy, when in fact they might only contain a very small percentage of natural ingredients in them.

You can find the Truth in Labelling badge proudly shown on my website and on my blog page so that you can be confident in knowing that Pure and Natural AromaBeauty products really are Pure and Natural.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Introducing our newest All Natural soap bar.

Pampered Pooch
Dog Shampoo Bar

Pampered Pooch is gentle and soothing; it contains Neem oil which is a natural, non-toxic vegetable oil that is highly valued for its antiseptic, bug repelling and wonderful skin healing properties. It’s a superb oil for helping ease some of the discomfort and itching associated with skin conditions. It also contains Jojoba oil which is very moisturising, helpful for healing wounds and skin irritations and great for keeping their coat soft and shiny.

This pure handmade soap contains a special essential oil blend of Lavender which calms and soothes the skin and can help relax and reduce hyperactivity. Cedarwood which is an antiseptic and a known natural insect repellent, it’s also great for conditioning, freshening and deodorising your dog’s coat. Peppermint has antiseptic qualities, and is wonderful at repelling flies, fleas and mosquitoes and can help relieve irritated skin. Lemon Tee Tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral and good for soothing itching skin conditions and insect bites.

And last by not least, Aloe vera, goat’s milk and finely ground oatmeal adds the finishing touch to a bar that will keep your pampered pooch looking, feeling and smelling wonderful.

If you’re a hiker or love camping try our Pampered Pooch organic soap bar to lather up. Our special essential oil blend is a great natural insect repellent! Yes, they are great for us humans too!

At Pure and Natural AromaBeauty we believe that ALL NATURAL is best, not only for ourselves, but our pampered pooches as well.