Saturday, May 29, 2010

FREE Pressie

For the next 3 days I'm giving away a FREE gift with every order, yes, I did say every order.

Gifts will range anything from a hand soap to one of our All Natural soap bars, depending on the size of your order.

Freebies will finish Monday night at 11.30PM, so be quick!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Everyone is impacted by FRAGRANCE.

"When sprayed or applied on the skin, many chemicals from perfumes, cosmetics and personal care products are inhaled. Others are absorbed through the skin. Either way, many of these chemicals can accumulate in the body. This pollution begins in the womb and continues through life."

I've had another great email from EWG or the Environmental Working Group with important information about the dangerous chemicals contained in our everyday products we use. I think it's very important that we are aware of the dangers of using Fragrances, I know they smell wonderful, but do you really know what ingredients are contained in them? That's why you won't find any synthetic fragrances in AromaBeauty Natural Soaps, but read for yourself some of the nasties contained them.

"A recent EWG study found Galaxolide and Tonalide, two synthetic musks, in the cord blood of newborn babies (EWG 2009). Both musks contaminate people and the environment worldwide, have been associated with toxicity to the endocrine system (van der Burg 2008) and were identified in the majority of products tested for this study.

Similarly, a pregnant woman’s use of some fragrances and other cosmetics frequently may expose her growing fetus to diethyl phthalate (DEP), a common perfume solvent linked to abnormal development of reproductive organs in baby boys and sperm damage in adult men (Washington Toxics Coalition 2009).

The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.

Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans (Silva 2004) and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies (Swan 2008), and musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk (Hutter 2009; Reiner 2007).

To make matters worse, FDA lacks the authority to require manufacturers to test cosmetics for safety, including fragranced products, before they are sold to consumers. As a result,
people using perfume, cologne, body spray and other scented cosmetics like lotion and aftershave are unknowingly exposed to chemicals that may increase their risk for certain health problems.

New research also links prenatal exposure of DEP to clinically diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder in children (Engel 2010). This analysis found DEP in 12 of 17 products tested, at levels ranging from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 32,000 ppm in Eternity for Women.

Numerous other products used daily, such as shampoos, lotions, bath products, cleaning sprays, air fresheners and laundry and dishwashing detergents, also contain strongly scented, volatile ingredients that are hidden behind the word “fragrance.” Some of these ingredients react with ozone in the indoor air, generating many potentially harmful secondary air pollutants such as formaldehyde and ultrafine particles (Nazaroff 2004).

People have the right to know which chemicals they are being exposed to. They have the right to expect the government to protect people, especially vulnerable populations, from hazardous chemicals. In addition to required safety assessments of ingredients in cosmetics, the laws must be changed to require the chemicals in fragrance to be fully disclosed and publicly accessible on ingredient labels.

Short of sending your favorite perfume to a lab for testing, shoppers have no way of knowing exactly which of the 3,100 fragrance ingredients may be hiding in their beauty products or even in their child’s baby shampoo."

Scary stuff! If you'd like to read the whole article, you can find it here. If you'd like to try some all natural soaps that contain NO Fragrance oils, only pure Essential oils, you can find them at Pure and Natural AromaBeauty.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Comp Winner

I've received some lovely feedback from Melissa, the winner of our last competition and thought I'd share it with you.

"I absolutely love this package.
I opened the box and a lovely lavender scent flowed through the air, very welcoming.

The baby soap leaves my boys skin so soft, this is great as they both suffer from eczema and it works a treat on their skin.

I also love how the lavender soap smells, not too strong, and how it lathers up with the puff, leaving my skin nice and soft also.

thank you again for choosing my soap combo :)

Thank you so much Melissa for letting me know, I really appreciate it:)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cancer Prevention Tips

EWG or the Environmental Working Group has put a news release on their website reporting on the dangers of chemicals, EWG is a non-profit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. Now I know it's not here in Aussie, but it affects us all. You can read some of their report below:

"6/5/2010 - Washington, D.C. – In a landmark report issued today, the President’s Cancer Panel asserts that public health officials have “grossly underestimated” the likelihood that environmental contaminants trigger a large proportion of the cancers diagnosed in 1.5 million Americans annually."

“The grievous harm from this group of carcinogens has not been addressed adequately by the National Cancer Program,” the panel told President Obama. “The American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.”
Again this is not just American people, it is happening everywhere!

“The incidence of some cancers, including some most common among children, is increasing for unexplained reasons,” the panel said.

“There are far too many known and suspected cancer-causing chemicals in products people, young and old, use every day of their lives,” said Kenneth A. Cook, president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group (EWG). “Tests of umbilical cord blood are proof positive that American children
are being exposed to hundreds of carcinogenic chemicals before they are born. Many of these chemicals are believed to be time bombs, altering the genetic-level switching mechanisms that lead to cancerous cellular growth in later life.”

Now this problem isn't just in America, it's everywhere in the world and is the reason I started making my own chemical free soaps many years ago, I also read every label on every product I buy to make sure they don't contain any of the nasty chemicals that seem to be in just about everything you buy these days.

EWG has very kindly given us some tips on how to reduce our every day exposure to some of these dangerous chemicals.

1. Filter your tap water. Common carcinogens in tap water include arsenic, chromium, and chemical byproducts that form when water is disinfected. A simple carbon filter or pitcher can help reduce the levels of some of these contaminants. If your water is polluted with arsenic or chromium, a reverse osmosis filter will help.

2. Seal outdoor wooden decks and play sets. Those built before 2005 are likely coated with an arsenic pesticide that can stick to hands and clothing. Learn more at

3. Cut down on stain- and grease-proofing chemicals. “Fluorochemicals” related to Teflon and Scotchgard are used in stain repellents on carpets and couches and in greaseproof coatings for packaged and fast foods. Some of these chemicals cause cancer in lab studies. To avoid them, skip greasy packaged foods and say no to optional stain treatments in the home.

4. Stay safe in the sun. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. To protect your skin from the sun’s cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation, seek shade, wear protective clothing and use a safe and effective sunscreen from EWG’s sunscreen database.

5. Cut down on fatty meat and high-fat dairy products. Long-lasting cancer-causing pollutants like dioxins and PCBs accumulate in the food chain and concentrate in animal fat.

6. Eat EWG’s Clean 15. Many pesticides have been linked to cancer. Eating from EWG’s Clean 15 list of the least contaminated fruits and vegetables will help cut your pesticide exposures. Learn more at EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

7. Cut your exposures to BPA. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a synthetic estrogen found in some hard plastic water bottles, canned infant formula, and canned foods. It may increase the risk of reproductive system cancers. To avoid it, eat fewer canned foods, breast feed your baby or use powdered formula, and choose water bottles free of BPA. More at

8. Avoid carcinogens in cosmetics. Use EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetic database ( to find products free of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer. When you’re shopping, don’t buy products that list ingredients with “PEG” or “-eth” in their name.

9. Read the warnings. Some products list warnings of cancer risks – read the label before you buy.

This is a great site with some wonderful info, so when you get the chance take the time to have a look; it really is important for your own and your family's long-term health. You can read the whole article for yourself at EWG and many more articles about keeping not only us, but our enviroment healthy.

Monday, May 3, 2010

And the winner is.......

I’m sure you’re all just waiting to find out who the winner was for the Suggest a Soap Combo was:) It was a very hard decision to find just the right combo to look great in the gift box we wanted to fill. Some of the entries didn’t contain enough products and some too much to fit in nicely.

I finally narrowed it down to 6 entries that I thought would look great, then to make the final decision I decided to actually try the different combos in the boxes to see which would look best. This then bought the entries down to the final 3 and it was very hard to choose between the last few.

The way I picked the final winner was to write down all the different soaps everyone chose, to see which ones were selected the most. The Lavender Goat’s Milk handmade soap won in the Mummy’s choice and the So Pure Goat’s Milk Baby Bar was way out in front for the Bubba’s natural soap.

So........... the final winner is Mel0307 who picked both the Lavender Goat’s milk and the So Pure Goat’s milk baby bar to feature in her combo, she also had just the right amount of products that I think looked great in our Gift Box. Congratulations Mel307, your All Natural Mumma-Bubba Gift Pack will be arriving at your house before you know it.

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter; there really were some great suggestions. I’ll be keeping those bigger selections in mind down the track when I’ll be adding a bigger gift box, well, depending on how well the smaller ones go:)

I’d also like to thank Cath from SquiggleMum for doing such a wonderful job on putting this comp together, Cath you really have a great talent for it, maybe you should go into web design:) thank you so much Cath.

Mel0307, if you’d like to let either Cath or myself know your address, I’ll pop your gift box in the mail for you.

If you'd like to buy the same or similar Gift Box (this gift box is actually Hot Pink, but the photo doesn't show the true colour, sorry) for someone special in your life, you can find it at AromaBeauty Natural Soaps, under the Extra Goodies section.