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August 29, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,Ikove,Natural Cosmetics,Organic Cosmetics by Katie @ 3:20 pm

Ikove ProductsIkove prides itself on being inspired by nature and producing products that are completely natural and organic.

Ikove markets certified organic hair care, skin, lifestyle, aroma, and body-care products.

And all of their products are created from pure herbals, vegetable oils, aromatherapy essential oils and vitamins.

Ikove say: ‘We have searched the bio diversity of the Brazilian rain forest and studied indigenous Amazonian therapeutics in our quest to create the finest and most healthful natural alternatives to harsh, chemically derived personal care products.’

These values are the reason theorganicsalon.com chooses to retail Ikove, to shop for this brand please click here.

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Posted in: Beauty,News by Katie @ 11:04 am

The Organic Fortnight is organised by the Soil Association and was set up to help awareness of  organic products.

This year the theme is ‘Love Your Planet, Choose Organic’ and the Soil Association is encouraging everyone to help spread the word on the benefits of organic production – be it of food, drink or organic beauty.

The Organic Fortnight is from the 6th-21st September 2008.

Here at theorganicsalon.com we believe this is a great way of encouraging people to start going organic.

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August 22, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,News by Katie @ 2:10 pm

The Enviroblog is reporting that Congress has agreed to ban three dangerous phthalates that go in to personal care products made for children under 12.

The decision came in spite of the chemical industry’s desperate attempt to shut the provision down. Exxon-Mobil alone spent a significant portion of its $22 million lobbying budget on the project.

The provision, which would also require extensive testing of three other types of phthalates before potentially banning them, is a part of a major piece of legislation overhauling the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Andy Igrejas of the Pew Charitable Trusts told Layton: ‘The debate over this one set of chemicals is a referendum on a broken system. Congress saw just how screwed up the system is in protecting people from chemicals, especially children.’

Meanwhile, Layton writes that the ban ‘signals an important crack in the chemical industry’s ability to fend off federal regulation and suggests that the landscape may be shifting to favor consumers.’

This is great news, even if it is a long time coming. Theorganicsalon.com believes that all products should be free from phthalates and all other nasty chemicals.

That’s why we only retail natural and organic beauty products.

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August 21, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,Organic Cosmetics,Spiezia Organics by Katie @ 9:02 am

Well it’s all organic and natural of course, but there’s a little bit more to it than that!

Spiezia’s ‘Made For Life’ vision means that all their products are created using techniques that are considerate to the environment. They use essential oils and vegetable / seed oils, and only natural organic material that can be returned to the land.

They have developed a unique process which uses solar and lunar energy to make the most of the air-dried herbs and flowers used in their products. 

Spiezia says they take a measured quantity of herbs and flowers, mix with a measured quantity of extra virgin olive oil and allow to stand in a glass jar in their maceration room for four weeks. 

During this time, the heat from the sun and the cooler nights draw the essence from the plant and infuse the oil.  The mixture is then pressed and filtered, and is then used as the base of our formulations.

Cold pressing refers to oils obtained through pressing and grinding fruit or seeds with the use of heavy granite millstones or modern stainless steel presses. 

Due to the temperature sensitivity of essential oils, it is vital to use a steam distillation process.  The process involves taking the part of the plant from which you want to extract the essence.The oil is the condensed or extracted from the remaining water, leaving you with the purest, highest quality essential oil.

Theorganicsalon.com chooses to retail Spiezia Organics because they put so much care in to choosing their ingredients and making their products.

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August 13, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,News,Organic Cosmetics by Katie @ 2:16 pm

Suki ColorIt is claimed that women who use make-up daily are absorbing nearly 5lb of chemicals a year into their bodies.

Many use more than 20 different beauty products a day to look their best while 9 out of 10 apply make-up which is past its use by date.

Such use of cosmetics and toiletries means that a concoction of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year is absorbed through the skin.

Richard Bence, an advocate of organic beauty products, believes that absorbing chemicals through the skin in more dangerous than eating them, he said:

‘We really need to start questioning the products we are putting on our skin and not just assume that the chemicals in them are safe.’

‘If lipstick gets into your mouth it is broken down by the enzymes in saliva and in the stomach. But chemicals get straight into your bloodstream, there is no protection.’

Warnings over using out-of-date make-up have also been issued by the Royal College of Optometrists which believes such items are a “hothouse” for harmful bacteria.

Among the chemicals under scrutiny are parabens which are preservatives that have been linked to cancer.

Also sodium lauryl sulphate, used to help create lather in soaps, shampoo, shaving foam and bubble bath, which can cause skin irritation.

Theorganicsalon.com knows how important the products you put on your skin are, that’s why we only retail completely natural and organic ranges.

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August 12, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,Organic Cosmetics,Pai Organics,Skin Care by Katie @ 4:09 pm

Pai Organics Through extensive research the founder of Pai found that a lot of the personal care products available today contain harmful ingredients and were causing her to have a bad skin allergy.

It was this that encouraged Sarah Brown to start up Pai, a completely natural range of skincare.

Pai believes because up to 60% of what you put on your skin enters your body, the skin cream you use is as important as the food you eat.

That’s why their products are made from the highest grade, certified organic ingredients – free from artificial colours, fragrances, parabens, petrochemicals and phthalates.

Pai was recently voted Number 1 organic beauty product in Grazia and its really no surprise!

Theorganicsalon.com only retails the best quality organic and natural beauty products. For our full range of Pai organics please click here

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August 6, 2008
Posted in: Body Care,Living Nature,Natural Cosmetics,Skin Care by Katie @ 3:55 pm

Living Nature CosmeticsAs one of the world’s first companies to produce skincare without the use of synthetic preservatives or parabens, Living Nature is simply, passionate about nature.

Their products work to naturally protect, nurture and enhance the skin without any adverse chemical side effects.

Historically, the ancient southern landmass, Gondwana in New Zealand has been isolated for over 80 million years, in which time a unique flora has evolved. Over 80% of New Zealand’s plants are found nowhere else in the world. It is these rare plants that form the basis of the exceptional Living Nature beauty range.

The natural formulations are developed by a Research and Development team who work with six external scientific organisations to identify, extract and purify plant compounds for use in the products. Living Nature’s products are tested for efficacy by Abich Laboratories, in Italy, who have an international reputation for product testing.

Product safety has been assessed to EU guidelines and Living Nature is accredited by the world’s leading independent auditor of natural cosmetics, Germany’s BDIH.

Living Nature firmly believe that healthy skincare is skincare free of potentially harmful synthetic ingredients and preservatives.

Theorganicsalon.com agrees with Living Nature’s mantra and this is why we choose to retail their products. You can find our full range of Living Nature beauty products here.

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August 4, 2008
Posted in: Natural Cosmetics,Organic Cosmetics,Spiezia Organics by Katie @ 2:44 pm

Spiezia OrganicsSpiezia Organics skincare have carried out a very interesting survey, highlighting a huge gap in consumers’ understanding how to ‘read’ the labels on skincare products.

Spiezia Organics commissioned an independent survey of 100 customers.

Over half of those asked, were unaware that the ingredients on skincare products are always listed in % order of constituents.

49% thought pure, organic and natural statements on packaging meant that these products didn’t contain any chemicals and 11% were not sure.

39% did not know what % of natural ingredients must be used to make a ‘natural’ product and a further 24% guessed at 100%.

Fact: Pure or natural products need only contain 2% natural ingredients – the rest can be anything, chemicals included.

71% believed organic meant that no chemicals had been added to the product and 6% believed it meant the product was handmade.

Fact: In skincare there is no legal definition of organic and there are no EU guidelines to be followed.

Spiezia Organics suggest a couple of tips:

• Look for the Soil Association or Ecocert logo on the label- these ensure the ingredients have been sustainably produced and can be traced right back to the farmer and even the field.
• Read the ingredient list – this is a good measure of how natural or botanically based the product is.

Amanda Barlow, Managing Director of Spiezia, says: ‘At Spiezia Organics we produce skincare products which are, where possible, 100% organic – in fact they are so organic you can eat them.’

Speizia Organics products are available to buy at the theorganicsalon.com, for information please click here

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