Eye of Horus Natural Makeup Review

Growing up, I’ve always loved beauty brands and up until today, I’m always exploring new products. From reading blogs to watching youtube videos, I knew where to get the best foundations (Dior), concealers (Nars), blushes & bronzers (Benefit), highlighters (Becca), lipsticks (Mac) and so on! In fact, I have a whole make up collection full of mid to high-end brands that I have been collecting since I was about 16.

HOWEVER…

Now that I got into the organic lifestyle, I made a big decision of dumping my whole collection. YES, IT’S TRUE. I didn’t throw away everything, of course, but I exchanged all my current products for natural or organic ones. As a certified organicaholic, I’ve found amazing brands for skincare, hair, body and even special lines for moms and babies, but  I’d have to say, finding a natural/ organic cosmetics line is probably the hardest.

Little by little, I’m now starting to discover natural make up brands, and one of them is Eye of Horus from Australia. I made a blog post when I attended their product launch here in the Philippines and I promised I would write a review of their products, but I wanted to test the products first and use them every day before I could write an honest review. After using them for about a month now, here’s what I think about their products:

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The LineaOrganica Story – Thank you, 2017!

“She believed she could, so she did”.

This quote by R.S. Grey is one that helped me a lot throughout 2017, wherein I, together with my parents, Jack and Ruby, built this new dream company of ours named LineaOrganica.

The dream was born January 2017, wherein we had this crazy idea of putting up organic retail shops all over the Philippines. We wanted to be the first ones to pioneer the use of organic beauty products and educate the market about its benefits. We spent a lot of time doing R&D and finally, around March, we were ready to “get the show on the road”.

We did tons of research about what is out there in the organic market, focusing mainly in Europe and U.S., because this is where the strictest organic certification bodies were found. We found several different brands from different countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, Germany, and the US. We flew and visited each company one by one, met their owners and teams, visited their factories, checked the quality of their products and got the details of their certifications.

This is why I can assure each and every customer of LineaOrganica, that all brands were carefully curated and all the products are well-tested.

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In fact, I started a vlog, wherein I took my camera with me during all our travels and documented my experience of going to the different companies. It was a crazy idea because you usually don’t vlog while doing business but I thought it was a unique way to show people the reality and what goes behind the scenes in developing a business.

Starting a business, especially nowadays, is not easy at all. You need to have a purpose (why are you starting a business at all?), thus having a clear vision of where you want your company to go and finally, you need to the willpower to JUST DO IT. Continue reading “The LineaOrganica Story – Thank you, 2017!”

I Travelled To Europe To Search for Organic Products

Hi guys! I’m sorry I have been so MIA for the past month. If you’ve been following me on twitter (@mikeefederizo; shameless plug) then you know that I was in Europe for a whole month.

Just like what I did in India, I came there to check out beauty brands that are certified organic and natural. I went to 5 different countries–Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany. I had only visited Italy and Germany before so I was excited not just to be on this fun “business” trip but also to learn about new cultures.

I arrived back home in Manila 3 days ago and have been extremely sick since. 馃槮 As I’m writing this post, I’m currently in bed unable to move around so much because I got this massive headache, cough, colds, fever…plus horrible jet lag. I’m not here to complain though–I wanted to get on here and write my initial thoughts about my trip while it’s still fresh in my mind.

Here goes a very candid story time:

This trip is HANDS DOWN the most tiring trip I’ve EVER had in my life.

The schedule was: Turkey (Izmir) for 2 days, Spain (Valencia, Barcelona) for 5 days, Italy  (Montecatini, Bologna, Milan) for 7 days, Poland (Krakow) for 2 days, back to Italy (Pistoia, Milan) for 2 days and finally, Germany (Nuremberg, Speyer, Frankfurt) for 6 days.

I can’t count how many airplanes, trains, bus rides I’ve had this month–which consisted of waiting, sitting down for hours, carrying our crazy heavy luggage, running after bus schedules, missing trains because A) sometimes they don’t follow schedules, B) they change platforms, C) they announce in their local language which well, we don’t understand, skipping meals, arriving at a new city usually around 11pm when there are no open restaurants anymore, getting lost A LOT walking, walking and more walking. There were days when we would travel for 4 hours, 10 hours and the longest… 16 hours. Yes, 16 full hours where we would get up at 3am and arrive at our next destination 11pm.

On the other hand, I’m feeling beyond THANKFUL that I’ve experienced different cultures and met so many wonderful people, all in such a short time.

In a very very short description, here’s what I can say for each country:

TURKEY – Great people who won’t let you not have a drink, whether it be Turkish coffee (my new found fav!) or Turkish tea.

SPAIN – The most chill people ever who takes siesta time very seriously. Notable: here I got to eat the best seafood in my life!! (for so many years it was Hawaii but now Spain has surpassed this)

ITALY – The masters of work-life balance. So amazing to see how they love life and value their family and friends so much. Here I also learned to love espresso after lunchtime!

POLAND – Cold. Very cold. But, full of history! I walked around the city center and learned a historical fact literally every 15 seconds.

GERMANY – Well, Germany’s Germany. I’ve been always so amazed by how they think. I also love the feeling of freedom here–both in speech and expression.

 

Six Tips on How to Start Going Organic

Recently someone left me a question on my contact page saying, “I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I want to go Organic, but how to start?!” and to answer that — First, THANK YOU so much for reading. Second, I’m so kilig that someone wants to go organic. And third, you inspired me to write a whole post about it!

Recently someone left me a question on my contact page saying, “I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I want to go Organic, but how to start?!” and to answer that — First, THANK YOU so much for reading. Second, I’m so kilig that someone wants to go organic. And third, you inspired me to write a whole post about it!

Question: I want to go Organic.. but how to start?!

Here are my tips:

1. Have a Purpose

As when starting anything, we must first ask the question, WHY? Why do you want to do it? One main reason why people go organic is because they want to be healthier–and eliminating toxic chemicals in your body will definitely help in achieving your health goals. Another reason is maybe because they are sick, and they need to detox themselves. For others, it may also be that they want to help save the environment.

There are so many possible reasons why you may want to go organic, but just make sure that you are not doing it to follow a “trend”, because I don’t believe that it’s a fad. Do it with a purpose.聽 Continue reading “Six Tips on How to Start Going Organic”

Why I Went Organic

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

My Journey To Going Organic

If I recall correctly, I think I started being mindful of what I eat when I was in late high school, going into college. I remember visiting my cousin Esy in the U.S., who’s a vegetarian (and still is), and one time, we went running together in the park. Man was I surprised because she was so much stronger and faster than me (considering I was already very active that time, going to the gym and playing a lot of sports). That’s when I gave it some thought, maybe it’s with what she was eating. I thought I would give it a try, maybe there would be some changes in my energy and I could do better on my fitness. However,  since I couldn’t drop all meat, I first went pescatarian.

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pesk蓹藞ter膿蓹n/ noun
a person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.

It was very easy for me. In fact, I think I sustained being a pescatarian for 2 years or more, and I didn’t miss meat at all. Except when… the whole YOLO movement got popular and I thought to myself, hey why am I restricting myself from eating meat? YOLO (You only live once)! …and you know already what happened. This is such a petty reason, I know. But it’s the truth so I wanted to still share it :p

Fast forward to 2015, when I lived in Taiwan. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a flatmate named Alison who was vegan and she influenced me a lot. No, she wasn’t imposing that I should go vegan, but her lifestyle herself made me curious to actually start researching about it. She recommended a book called Skinny B* and after putting the book down, I was hungry for more information.  I then came across a documentary on Netflix called Cowspiracy and after watching it, I was a changed person. Literally. I became full on health-conscious and started researching about veganism and its impact on the environment. Then I went vegan. Again, it was so easy! I didn’t miss meat at all. Especially in Taiwan, when there are so many vegetarian options available. It was a total switch of mindset and lifestyle. I became mindful of my impact on the environment as well as the people around me. I felt like I was doing something good and it made me feel great.

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a person who does not eat or use animal products

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a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

However, when I returned home to the Philippines, things became different.  I realized that there were not a lot of options for me, especially with the busy lifestyle that I had. There were times that I would just choose not to eat, because a) there were no options available and b) I was too busy to go out of my way and actually find or make something to eat. It was not healthy for me anymore. At this point, I was already introduced to the concept of organic food and beauty, and as I did more and more research, I discovered that there is a whole world of chemicals out there. And it’s present in everything I put in and on my body.

That’s when it hit me. THERE IS NO PERFECT DIET. It’s not possible. I put so much thought into what I eat but the truth is, there’s too much process happening before the food reaches my table that I can’t keep up with it anymore. I then dropped being vegan and went back to eating everything, but this time, I focused on being mindful of where my food comes from. This is when I started going organic.

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(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents | synonyms: pesticide-free, additive-free, natural | 鈥渙rganic vegetables鈥

Out of all the “diets” I tried, I believe that going organic is the healthiest for me. I know that there’s no such thing as a perfect diet. Again, what’s important with organic food is that they are made WITHOUT the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides, additives. You can read more about organic on my previous post, What does organic really mean?. There’s a whole lot of benefits of going organic but I’ll reserve that for another post 馃檪

All I can say is… it’s definitely a process. I didn’t just wake up one day and went organic. What’s important is that I’m now at a point in my life (and at an early point, at that) where I am aware and I am thriving. I want to live a long healthy life. Going organic and eliminating toxic chemicals is what I feel is best for me. I’m not gonna stop trying, searching and learning.

Any thoughts? Feel free to share it below!


P.S. I started vlogging! Hope you can show some love by liking and subscribing on my youtube channel Here’s my first video: VLOG#1

Why Women Should Use Organic Down There (Feminine Hygiene)

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don鈥檛 want to talk about since no one wants to mention the 鈥渧-word鈥 and its 鈥渆mbarrassing鈥. But today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. So girls, listen (read) up!

Disclaimer: I will mention vagina a lot in this post. 

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don鈥檛 want to talk about since no one wants to mention the 鈥渧-word鈥 and its 鈥渆mbarrassing鈥. I can remember my high school teacher telling our class (I went to an all girls school), 鈥淕irls, what do you call your private parts? VAGINA! Not flower! Say it! Vaggggiiiiinaaaaa鈥 and since then we were never uncomfortable anymore whenever we talked about it.

Today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. Let’s talk medical and let’s talk scientific. So girls, listen (read) up! 馃槉

Let鈥檚 start with some facts. First, our vaginas are self-cleaning and we don鈥檛 really need to 鈥渃lean鈥 it. Second, it is also supposed to be pH balanced, wherein the pH score is somewhere between 3.5 to 4.5 pH. This means that our potential of hydrogen (pH) is neither acidic nor basic. Third, it is also self-lubricating, meaning there should always be moisture and we shouldn鈥檛 feel dry.

But how come we sometimes feel itchy or dry and sometimes, even smell odor coming from it?

The reason behind this is because of something called bacterial vaginosis (BV). This is the effect of having a high pH level, and this causes odor. The problem is that 2 out of 5 women have it, and 84% don鈥檛 know they have it. Even bigger problem? Women who have the BV are 60% more susceptible to STDs and HIV infection, and are 3x more likely to infect their male partners.

What do a lot of us do when we feel dry and itchy, or if we smell bad odor coming from our vaginas? We go to the supermarket and buy feminine washes off the shelf. However, what we don鈥檛 know is that using these chemical-based feminine washes have a very high concentration of petrochemicals, which increase risk of BV in women up to 13x. For your information, petrochemicals are 30x harsher than tissue, and they suck out all the moisture of your vagina–it actually dries you out. Resulting to our vaginas releasing more odor and us feeling even more itchy. It is truly a vicious cycle if you think about it. We smell bad odor -> we wash it off with a feminine wash -> it smells okay for a while -> it releases bad odor again later on -> we wash it off again 鈥. And this continues on and on until we become used to it being a part of our routines. Furthermore, the colors, fragrances, and chemicals (like parabens and propylene glycol) found in these products are also contributing to bacterial vaginosis.


With this, I鈥檇 like to introduce an organic brand I recently came across, called Good Clean Love. They are an American company who are committed to providing natural well-being products and essential educational resources.

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I tried three of their products鈥攖he Balance moisturizing wash, the Rebalance cleansing wipes, and the Restore gel. All of their products do not contain any petrochemicals, but instead, they use natural and organic ingredients and are 100% vegan and gluten-free, biocompatible and recommended by medical professionals.

BALANCE Moisturizing Wash

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Balance is great for daily use to help pH balance, moisturize and deodorize. First thing I noticed was how fresh I felt after just using it one time. It doesn鈥檛 leave you feeling dry at all. In fact, it makes you feel very moisturized, so it鈥檚 great for everyday use, and its especially great for menopausal, pregnancy and postpartum. Women who have bacterial vaginosis may also treat it using this wash every day.

REBALANCE Moisturizing & Cleansing Wipes

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Rebalance is basically like balance, but in wipes form. This is great to carry on-the-go–in our bags, or while we are on travel. Since these are individually wrapped, they maintain their freshness. They also used biodegradable organic cotton which is great for the environment.

Bio-Match鈩 RESTORE pH Balanced Moisturizing Gel

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Restore is my favorite. This is a moisturizing personal lubricant–but in my own words, I would call it medicine for your vagina. It helps it to literally RESTORE to its normal state鈥攑erfect pH level, salt balance and healthy lubrication and deodorization. You can use this for 3 nights straight the first time, then just 1-2 times per week in the succeeding weeks.

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CREDITS to the Good Clean Love team for sharing these information, visit their website at www.goodcleanlove.com

Visiting Radico (India) – the only Certified Organic Hair Color Manufacturer

This week I had an opportunity to fly to India and visit the FIRST and ONLY 100% Organic Hair Color Manufacturer in the world, Radico. They are an Indian-based company focused on manufacturing natural and organic hair colors, founded by Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt who is a lovely man that I had the pleasure of meeting myself.

This will be a series of blog posts on Radico. This is PART 1: INTRODUCTION  *photos coming soon

Hair coloring is definitely something that is not uncommon anymore these days. If I remember correctly, I think I started coloring my hair when I was 16 years old, around the time I was in college (actually I wanted to do it in high school but my school was strict about that). But let me tell you–once you start coloring your hair, you can’t ever really stop. You will keep wanting to switch up your color, try the latest color trends (streaks, highlights, ombre–I’ve tried them all), go lighter, go darker…and one thing I’ve noticed once I started getting conscious is how unhealthy my hair was already. I resorted to chopping it all off and coloring it a single color. BUT AGAIN,  I could never really get the exact color I want anymore because different salons do coloring differently, one might give you semi-permanent and another might give you permanent, so most of the time you end up with uneven colored hair. Thank goodness I started learning about organic products and found that there is hope with my hair!

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Krishna Bhatt, Sanjeev Bhatt, Ruby Federizo, Mikee Federizo

This week I had an opportunity to fly to India and visit the ONLY Certified 100% Organic Hair Color Manufacturer in the world, Radico. They are an Indian-based company focused on manufacturing natural and organic hair colors, founded by Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt who is a great man that I had the pleasure of meeting myself.

WHY INDIA?

As India being the land of “Ayurveda”, the 5,000 year-old system of natural healing, Indians have great knowledge of herbs and natural healthcare. Also, due to their environment and weather conditions, India is blessed to have different herbs grow in their country such as Henna, Indigo, Bringraj, Amla, Brahmi and so much more (881 to be exact).

HOW IT STARTED

Back in 1992, Japan took interest in natural hair color and called up Mr. Sanjeev. Because of the success of Ayurveda, India’s system of natural healing, he took an opportunity to develop something that no one (even himself) thought was possible–organic hair color. He spent his life doing research and tried different ways of mixing and matching different herbs. He already knew that certain herbs were capable of coloring, like Henna and Indigo, but as his experiment continued, he discovered that herbs have many different unknown active ingredients that when you mix certain herbs together, they react and produce different results. Finally, after 4 years, he came up with his first formulation and the Japanese, as strict and picky as they are, loved it. Fast forward to 25 years later, they are now distributing to 54 (soon 55) countries all over the world.

ORGANIC HAIR COLORING

First we must understand that we should never compare chemical hair colors to organic hair colors. Results will definitely vary depending on our hair condition, so one must be patient in order to achieve the color that you want. The beauty of organic hair coloring is that you can change your color as often as you want (they have 23 different colors available), and you also don’t need to worry about leaving your hair to color for a long time because there are 0 chemicals that will hurt your hair or scalp.


I will do a separate post on my experience using Radico organic hair colors, and show the step by step process of how it works. The exciting news is that I also vlogged my whole trip which will be up soon! 馃檪

 

Nailganic Lounge: Organic Nail Spa

Living in Manila, it is so challenging to find services that use organic products. That’s why I was so happy (and intrigued) when I passed by Nailganic Lounge and didn’t think twice about trying their services. For my very first #OrganicaholicReview, I present: NailGanic Lounge – Organic Nail Spa

Living in Manila, it is so challenging to find services that use organic products. That’s why I was so happy (and intrigued) when I passed by Nailganic Lounge and didn’t think twice about trying their services.

For my very first #OrganicaholicReview, I present:

NailGanic Lounge – Organic Nail Spa

NailGanic Organic Nail Spa

Nailganic Organic Nail Spa

Ambiance

When you first enter the lounge, you will immediately feel relaxed. It is not overly crowded, unlike other nail spas, so the atmosphere is very calm and quiet. Most of the ladies who were getting their service done were either reading something on their phone or just sitting quietly, which is great because I’m looking for cozy nail spas not just to get services done, but also to unwind.

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Service

While they have the basic services most nail salons offer such as manicure, pedicure, hand spa and foot spa, they also have special services like soy candle massage (using a non-GMO, 100% hemp and lead-free wicks that melt and turns into massage oil), organic balancing wrap (2 part system: hot towel wrap and massage), and other treatments for your nails.

What caught my eye was their unique service called “Slow Beauty: Complete Spa Treatment Ritual” which comes in 4 different packages:

  1. Close Your Eyes (calming and soothing) – soak, scrub, massage and spa treatment using bath salts, soak tonic, sugar scrub, body oil, body lotion, and mist
  2. Instinctual (energizing and warming) – soak, scrub, massage and spa treatment using bath salts, sand scrub, scrub mask, clay mask, body oil, body lotion, and mist
  3. Look Inside (healing and rejuvenating) – soak, scrub, massage and spa treatment using bath salts, scrub mask, massage creme, body lotion, and mist
  4. Infinitely Loving (settling and restoring) – soak, scrub, massage and spa treatment using bath salts, soak tonic, sugar scrub, body oil, body lotion, and body butter

I was told their bestseller is the Instinctual hand spa with a manicure,聽so that’s what I decided to go for.

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Upper left – Sand Scrub; Lower left – Body Lotion with Body Oil; Upper right – Scrub Mask; Lower right – Clay mask

The lady first removed my existing nail polish before she began the hand spa. To get started, she used the sand scrub and scrub mask to help take away dead skin cells, followed by applying the clay mask (with a bit of body oil–to help it stick to the skin) and left that to dry as she proceeded with the manicure. What I liked was that they use a new set of sanitized tools each time, and there aren’t many nail spas that do this. After she finished the manicure, she went back and washed off the clay mask, and then gave me a whole arm and hand massage. Finally, she painted my nails with my desired polish color.

 

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Clay mask applied

 

Products

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I noticed they use mostly Sparitual products, which is an American company that is proudly vegan and cruelty-free. They use certified organic ingredients in their formulations as much as possible, and these certified organic plants are grown without herbicides, pesticides or GMO’s. The nail polishes are free of DBP (Dibutyl phthalate–used as plasticizer), toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin.

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Sparitual Nail Polishes – Blues

 

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Sparitual Hand and Foot Care products

 

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Sparitual Soy Candle

 

They also use a line of gel nail polishes from the company Bio Seaweed Gel, a Canadian company that produces a “healthier gel”, producing gel polishes that are free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA or solvents. These are all made in the US.

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Bio Seaweed Gel – Gel Nail Polish

 

Price

Their prices are mid to high range. The cheapest is a basic manicure (P350), and the most expensive is gel polish manicure and pedicure + classic manicure and pedicure (P2,050). Their hand spa with manicure ranges from P880 to P1,080, while their foot spa with pedicure ranges from P930 to P1,130.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit and would definitely come back. I do recommend you to try it, not just for the services but the products they use were of great quality as well.


NailGanic Lounge Organic Nail Spa

R2072/F Eight Forbes Town Road, Rizal Drive corner Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Tel No. 893-3400 / Cel No. 0977-1760143
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Beware of these 10 cosmetic ingredients

I discovered that a lot of the ingredients manufacturers use are not only harmful to my skin but also hazardous to my health. I have found that there are actually thousands of chemical ingredients used in our everyday products–here are the TOP 10 cosmetic ingredients that you should be aware of:

When I was living in Taiwan last year, I had an American flatmate (Hi Alison!) that was vegan. Her passion for veganism sparked an interest in me and she inspired me to do some research about it as well. Soon after, I learned how the food I ate and the products I used were both harmful to myself and the environment (the second factor is a whole other topic in itself, so today I will stick to the first).

One time, Alison shared with me how she couldn’t find a lot of options for vegan products in Taiwan, so she started making her own eyeliner and toothpaste by herself. It was so interesting for me because I then realized how you really only need a couple of ingredients to make these products.

I then did more and more research about the products that I used and discovered that a lot of the ingredients manufacturers use are not only harmful to my skin but also hazardous to my health.

I have found that there are actually thousands of chemical ingredients used in our everyday products.聽Since I cannot enumerate all of these, here are the TOP 10 cosmetic ingredients that you should be aware of:

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1. Parabens (Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben)

These ingredients act as聽preservatives but have hormone-disrupting effects. When used continuously, parabens can collect in breast tissue and stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. Furthermore:

  • Ethylparaben adds moisture to the skin but causes headache, weakness, nausea and skin irritation.
  • Propylparaben is usually found in plants and insects. It prevents the growth of bacteria and mold to protect products but there have been studies where this ingredient causes the growth of breast cyst.
  • Butylparaben is tasteless, but it numbs the tongue. It is acidic but antimicrobial and antifungal. The effect is that it mimics estrogen and can act has a hormone system disruptor.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) / Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

SLS and SLES are usually found in shower products such as shampoo, soap and body wash. Additionally, they are also used in oral care products, and in cosmetics. It is a detergent and surfactant, therefore it helps with cleaning. However, it can be contaminated of 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogen. It stays much longer in our bodies, primarily because the liver can’t process it properly.聽Therefore, this can easily build up in the lungs, brain, heart, and liver.

Other bad effects are: irritation of scalp, gums, and skin, corrosion of skin, hormone imbalance (it increases estrogen for men), causes split hair, frizzy hair, and swelling of face聽or hands.

3. Cocamide DEA / Cocamide MEA

Cocamide DEA and MEA are not harmful on their own, but when they react with other ingredients, they become聽carcinogenic. They help with cleansing the skin or hair but causes hair and skin itchiness, dryness, rashes, and eye irritation.

4. Petrolatum

If there is one ingredient that you shouldn’t forget from this list, it’s this one. Petrolatum, when refined (such as petroleum jelly), has no harmful effect on the skin. However, when it is not refined,聽it may contain PAHs or聽polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons”聽that are also found in:聽burning coal, oil, gasoline, trash, tobacco, wood. This ingredient is mostly used in moisturizers because it helps achieve the sticky formulation, but recent studies have shown that this is actually a cancer-causing ingredient. There’s actually nothing beneficial about this ingredient–it contributes to body contaminants, makes you break out聽and doesn’t give you any nutrients or hydration. It simply sits there on top of your skin, preventing moisture loss. PASS.

5. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil sounds like it聽is a good ingredient right? Nope. It’s actually made from petrolatum, and it prevents the skin from eliminating toxins which can lead to acne and other skin disorders. It is usually found in lotions, creams, ointments and makeup products.

6. Propylene Glycol

This is a colorless, creamy liquid that is a byproduct of fossil fuel and fermentation. It hydrates skin and helps active ingredients to penetrate the skin but it causes damage to the kidneys and liver, as well as neurotoxicity to children. Beware also not to get this ingredient to your eye, because it can cause conjunctivitis.

7. Coal Tar Dye

Known as a human carcinogen–it is linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and nervousness. It also causes major health concerns like cancer and organ toxicity. This is one ingredient that everyone must be careful of because it is usually found in food, textile, cosmetics, and personal care products especially soaps, lotions, shampoos, hair treatments and hair dyes.

8. Sodium Borate or Boric Acid

This ingredient can interfere with hormones and can cause infertility in men. Regular exposure is linked to low sperm counts. The cosmetic industry states that it’s unsafe for infants, yet it is found in some baby care products. This ingredient is already banned in Europe and Canada, but still being widely used in Asian and American made products.

9. Petrochemicals

There are hundreds of chemical ingredients which may be derived from petroluem like butane, propylene, and methane. All of which are classified under petrochemicals, which are byproducts or waste of refining crude oil.聽When applied to the skin, it doesn’t allow the skin to breathe and can clog pores. There are also some scents that are toxic petrochemicals, which can cause cancers and neurological disorders.

10. UREA

This is an antimicrobial preservative that releases聽formaldehyde, otherwise known as formalin. This is a very harmful ingredient that causes allergies, asthma, chest pain, joint pain, chronic fatigue, loss of sleep, headache, depression, ear infection. If these reasons are not enough to make you stop using it, it is also linked to major health concerns such as cancer and dermatitis.

Those are my top 10 but in case you are still interested, here are more:

  • Paraffin – can clog pores and cause breakout but often found in face creams and body lotions
  • Carbomer – causes skin irritation
  • Lanolin and its Derivatives – also called as wool fat or wool wax, it is used for protection, treatment, and beautification of the skin–however, it causes major breakouts
  • Methylisothiazolinone / Methylchloroisothiazolinone – a synthetic biocide (a poisonous substance) and preservative that does not give any good effects on the skin
  • Triclosan – linked to skin sensitivity, liver damage, hormone disruption and may cause cancer
  • Fragrance – can trigger allergic reaction, respiratory issues like asthma, headache and hormonal disruption
  • BHT – can cause cancer and interfere with hormone functions
  • Retinol – creates free radicals that increase the risk of skin cancer
  • Siloxane – can interfere with hormone function and damage the liver

 

Credits to Rachel, who helped me in doing research about these ingredients. Thank you.聽
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