Why Zinc Oxide Is Used In Natural And Organic Sunscreens

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What Is Zinc Oxide?

Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound, a natural mineral, and is white in colour.

Why Is Zinc Oxide Used In Sunscreen?

Zinc oxide naturally reflects the damaging ultraviolet rays that cause skin aging and cancer. It is a physical sunscreen that sits on top of our skin. It is a safe and effective ingredient in natural and organic sunscreens with no known adverse reactions, which is why it is often used to treat babies. Since zinc oxide protects against the UVA and UVB spectrum, it is the closest thing to a total sunblock on the market today. There is no other sunscreen ingredient that provides a better and broader sun protection.

“Zinc oxide based sunscreens are considered better than chemical sunscreens”

How Do Chemical Sunscreens Work?

Chemical sunscreens work differently to offer sun protection. They work by absorbing UV rays rather than reflecting them unlike a physical sunscreen.  They also contain a variety of harmful ingredients such as:

· Octyl-methoxycinnamate

· Oxybenzone

· PABA

· Cinoxate

· Avobenzone

· Homosalate

· Octisalate

· Octocrylene

· Oxybenzone

· Oxtinoxate

· Menthyl Anthranilate

· Oxtocrylene

Some chemical ingredients are known to cause hormonal disruption, nervous system concerns, allergy triggers, DNA damage, or produce free radicals that are toxic to the cells. To avoid exposing my skin to these harmful ingredients, I use the Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm to protect my skin from sun damage.

Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm Review

The Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm is a water-free nourishing balm with a SPF 15. It doesn’t wash off unless you use soap and water. It has about 22% zinc oxide and have natural and organic ingredients, such as, natural vitamin E, beta carotene and rosemary extract, that have antioxidant properties to protect your skin from sun damage.

Although zinc oxide is the active ingredient in this product, this white powdered mineral will not make you look white when you apply it on your skin. The zinc oxide has been engineered to become micro-fine so that it can easily blend with other ingredients to present a clear and non white appearance.

How To Apply Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm?

All you have to do is give this product a really good mix like this. Apply generously to skin 20 minutes before exposure to sunlight. Then re-apply every two hours.

It should be stored under 30 degrees, so don’t leave it in your hot car during summer time.

Sunscreen is not the only way to protect yourself from sun damage. Remember to cover up with clothes, look for shade or shelter, and wear a hat.

Watch My Video

A while a ago, I have written a blog post that explains the benefits of using natural sunscreens. So if you are keen, you can read more about in the below link: 

Protection from a natural sunscreen is better than a chemical one

If you want to purchase the Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm. CLICK HERE!

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Crabtree & Evelyn Product Review

Crabtree & Evelyn Product ReviewCrabtree & Evelyn was founded in 1972 and specialises in luxurious personal care products, gourmet foods, gifts, and fragrances.

My first experience with products from Crabtree & Evelyn was way back in the year 2002. I was given a $40 voucher during a work Christmas party to spend on whatever I liked.

So I bought myself a Crabtree & Evelyn summer hill scented bathsoap and the body powder.

When I started to use these products, I noticed that both had a strong and pleasant fragrance. I liked the smell of these products.

It was only the last few years that I started getting more concerned about the products that I use on my body that made me switch to a certified organic brand of products called Miessence. Ever since, I became more aware of harmful ingredients that are commonly used by personal care manufacturers to make their products, I know which brands I should avoid.

One of these brands do include the Crabtree & Evelyn products. They are definitely NOT Natural & Organic. In fact, many of the products have ingredients that I would not like to apply on my body. I will explain why soon. 

Occasionally, I still receive Crabtree & Evelyn products as gifts from friends during birthdays and christmas. The most recent products that I received was the Pomegranate Body Lotion (Left side) and the Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed ultra-moisturising hand therapy (middle picture). The summerhill scented body lotion (Right side) was given to me a few years ago. This body lotion has a very strong floral fragrance, which I will review in this post.

Crabtree & Evelyn Products

All three of these products have a long list of ingredients. I couldn’t even pronounce most of these ingredient names and had to look them up to see what they actually are. Plenty of synthetic ingredients and most of them are quite nasty too.

So let’s have a look at the Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Scented Body Lotion. 

Product Reveiw

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Ingredients List

summerhill_ingredientsI used the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Cosmetic Database to analyse each ingredient and check their safety profile. You can find this database in the Resources page. CLICK HERE!

According to EWG, the safety scores range from 0 – 10. Zero means very safe, while 10 means highly toxic substance.

After I have reviewed each ingredient, I will only point out which ingredients are the most hazardous in this ingredients list.

Ingredient with a score of 5 and above:

Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol, Benzyl cinnamate, Benzyl benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, cinnamyl alcohol, Fragrance, Retinyl Palmitate, and Benzyl Salicylate.

Parabens:

There are 5 paraben ingredients towards the end of the list. This includes methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butyparaben, and isobutylparaben.

Parabens mimic the female hormone, estrogen, and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Parabens should really be avoided due to it’s link with breast cancer.

Conclusion:

Many of the ingredients that scored 5 or more are actually fragrance or masking ingredients. They are also known as a human immune system toxicant or allergen. Read more about the dangers of fragrance HERE!

According to EWG, one of the most toxic ingredients on this list with a score of 9 is actually Retinyl Palmitate! This ingredient is composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). It is suggested that application of this ingredient to skin in the presence of sunlight may speed the development of skin tumours and lesions. 

Pretty scary stuff! My analysis of one of Crabtree & Evelyn’s bodycare products shows you how unhealthy and harmful this product can be for our body. So this is the reason why I prefer not to use products from this brand and stick with my favorite brand, Miessence

Read my review on some Miessence products. You will see a big difference with their ingredients list. CLICK HERE!

Even though Crabtree & Evelyn do have some very nice smelling products and beautiful packaging, I care too much about my health to use these products. 

What are your thoughts? Would you rather smell nice than care about what ingredients you are applying on yourself? Would love to hear your opinions by leaving a comment below.

Miessence – Organic Review

miessence organic reviewI have been using Miessence products for 4 years now and am still loving them. So today’s organic product reviews will be on two of the most popular Miessence skin products.

I would like to give you an idea of why I think they are fantastic and highly recommend them to anyone who are looking for genuine organic products.

These products are so pure that they are certified to food standards and bears the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) logo.

Let’s have a look at two types of facial Serums and analyze their ingredients.

Rejuvenessence Facial Serum

The Rejuvenessence facial serum is an ultra concentrated product which is used to lock in moisture and intensively nourish the skin. It can be used during extreme weather conditions to protect the skin. RRP: $54.95. Can be purchased here CLICK

Ingredientsrejuvenessence:

Certified Organic Jojoba Seed Oil

Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil

Certified Organic Avocado Fruit Oil

Certified Organic Sunflower Seed Oil

Certified Organic Lemon Essential Oil

Certified Organic Geranium Essential Oil

Certified Organic Carrot CO2 Extract

Certified Organic Rose Essential Oil

Certified Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract

Certified Organic Calendula Flower Extract

 

Ambrosia Essence Skin Protector

The Miessence Ambrosia Essence Skin Protector is an extremely potent combination of 9 highly effective herbal and flower extracts to soothe, tone, and renew the skin. RRP: $115.90. Can be purchased here CLICK

 

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Ingredients:

Certified Organic Tamanu Nut Oil

Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil

Certified Organic Helichrysum Flower Oil

Certified Organic Neroli Flower Oil

Certified Organic Patchouli Leaf Oil

Certified Organic Calendula CO2 Flower Extract

Certified Organic Carrot CO2 Seed Extract

Certified Organic Rosemary CO2 Leaf Extract

Certified Organic Jojoba Seed Oil

My Analysis:

Both the Miessence Rejuvenessence  and Ambrosia contain a powerful blend of certified organic ingredients. There’s absolutely no nasty ingredients in these two products at all. There’s definitely no strange long names that I can not pronounce. All the ingredients looks pure and easy to read! Since they are highly concentrated products, you only need to use only a few drops for good results. 

The only difference is that the Rejuvenessence is applied over your moisturizer to superboost it and gives you a feeling of instant relief from dryness. It is especially useful during the cold winter weather. The Ambrosia, however, is an ultra rejuvenation treatment which is applied before your moisturizer. Both products are fantastic. Really love them.

All Miessence products can be purchased online at www.TeresaOrganics.com

Have a read of my post on Benefits of Using Certified Organic Skin Care 

What are your thoughts? If you have enjoyed this review, please leave a comment below.

Avalon Organics – Organic Product Reviews

avalon organic reviewToday, I would like to review the Avalon Organics brand of products. Even though they have made this ‘organic’ claim, I would like to question whether these products are TRULY ORGANIC? 

I have found that in today’s market, there are so many products out that are misleading consumers with this ‘organic’ claim, but once people pay closer attention to the ingredients list, then the truth gets exposed! There are so many people who are serious about looking for genuine products. So my intention in this post is not to tear down or badmouth other brands, but simply state the facts by examining the ingredients list. 

No matter what standard best meets your needs, if you are like me who are serious about avoiding toxic substances such as parabens, endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxins, then you should be seeking food grade certified organic products such as those bearing the food grade seals on their product labels, such as USDA Organic, or Australian Certified Organic. Brands that I know are food grade include Miessence and Divine by Therese Kerr.

Skin care and personal care products that are certified to food grade guarantees the consumer that they do not contain synthetic chemicals, do not synthetically process their natural ingredients and uses no chemical preservatives. Literally meeting the purity standards of organic food! 

Now let’s examine the ingredients list of an Avalon Organics product, Avalon Organics Rosemary Shampoo. You can judge for yourself whether you think this product is TRULY ORGANIC or has it been ‘greenwashed’. 

To examine the ingredients list, I used The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion book and the EWG website, which are both referenced in the Resources tab. You can use these to examine your own products too.

Avalon Organics Botanicals Rosemary Shampoo

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INGREDIENTS LIST

Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract(1), Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract(1), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract(1), Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil(1), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil(1), Arginine, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Citrate, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Alcohol(1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool.

ANALYSIS:

Ingredients that have been highlighted RED are a bit of a concern in this product. Let me show you why. According to EWG, the higher the score, the more hazardous the substance.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant foam boosting cleanser)

Potential effects: May cause sensitization; allergy reactions; may contain harmful impurities; suspected immunotoxicity (EWG score: 4 – moderate hazard)

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Synthetic skin conditioning agent)

This ingredient is restricted in Japan. Potential effects: Penetration enhancement; forms carcinogenic nitrosamines if mixed with nitrosating agents. (EWG score: 3 – moderate hazard)

Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)

Potential effects: Contact dermatitis; hives; suspected skin or sense organ toxicity. (EWG score: 3 – moderate hazard)

Benzyl Alcohol (Solvent preservative – petroleum derived)

Potential effects: Classified as harmful if used in products used around the mouth; liver; immuno & neuro toxicity; allergic reactions (EWG score: 5 – moderate hazard)

Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)

Potential effects: May cause mild skin and eye irritation; hives; contact dermatitis (EWG score: 3 – moderate hazard)

Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant – may be GM) 

Potential effects: Human skin toxicant; sensitization; may contain harmful impurities (EWG score: 3 – moderate hazard)

Limonene (masking)

Potential effects: Sensitization; skin eye and lung irritation; wildlife and environmental toxicity (EWG score: 3 – moderate hazard)

Linalool (deodorant fragrance ingedient)

Potential effects: Allergic reactions, skin irritation, facial psoriasis (EWG score: 5 – moderate hazard)

Coumarin (masking)

Potential effects: Allergic reactions, suspected cardiovascular and liver toxicity, suspected carcinogen (EWG score 7 – high hazard)

MY CONCLUSION:

Avalon Organics Botanicals Rosemary Shampoo contains quite a few nasties that I would like to avoid. They claim to have organic ingredients in their products and are certified to NSF/ANSI 305 standard for personal care. But this US based cosmetic certification is substandard because it allows an array of synthetic surfectants, sulfates, emulsifiers and preservatives into the products. Which means that it is not really organic!

About 90 – 95% of the product is usually made up from the first few ingredients from the top. Since Cocamidopropyl Betaine is listed as the third ingredient with a EWG score of 4, I’m not completely satisfied with this product. The last few ingredients are not good either.

 

How about you? What are your conclusions?

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