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September 9, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,Natural Cosmetics by Katie @ 4:16 pm

I expect you don’t because I never use to.

The fancy lotions and potions on tv promise to clear up your skin and produce amazing results but what’s really in the face creams and scrubs you use.

As the cosmetics industry is pretty much unregulated, companies are able to put in all sorts of nasty chemicals without us knowing it.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has discovered that the product St. Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub contains a chemical linked to cancer.

And Clearasil Gentle Cleansing Wipes have a chemical in them that shouldn’t even be used on damaged skin, and if you’ve ever used Clearasil you’ll know it’s a very harsh product anyway.

So why are we being subjected to these harmful personal care products?

Well the answer is you don’t have to be. If you choose to go organic and natural then you can be assured you won’t find any of these nasties.

But do make sure that the cosmetics you use are natural because some brands can be misleading.

Here at theorganicsalon.com we only provide purely organic and natural beauty products, because we believe in putting only good things in to your bodies, no rubbish.

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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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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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July 21, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,Natural Cosmetics,News,Organic Cosmetics by Katie @ 11:03 am

BBC Learning has launched StyleSearch, a competition to find the UK’s most stylish and ethical dressers. The competition is part of the BBC’s online ethical fashion magazine which shows people how to get an eco-glam look through a unique mix of affordable fashion, videos and other features.

The online magazine named Thread is challenging fashion lovers to style an ethical look from a mixture of organic, fair trade, vintage, recycled or customised clothes. The winner will have the opportunity to spend a day with a top stylist at London Fashion Week in September.

Entrants are to submit one photograph of either themselves, or a friend, that they have styled, together with a short explanation of why the outfit is ethical.

Konnie Huq, ethical fashion fan and former Blue Peter presenter said: ‘Style Search is for everyone, no matter what their style or budget. It is all about being creative, eco-glamorous and expressing yourself through ethical fashion.’

A panel of industry professionals will judge the entries on their originality and creativity as well as the eco-credentials of the clothes which must contain some organic, fair trade, vintage, recycled or customised items.

StyleSearch is running on Thread, the BBC’s online ethical fashion magazine until Tuesday 26th August.

What a great opportunity to encourage organic, ethical clothing to fashion lovers, theorganicsalon.com only retails all organic and natural beauty products.

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July 18, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,Natural Cosmetics,News by Katie @ 11:29 am

An Organic Consumers Association report has revealed that 40% of ‘natural’ products it tested contained 1,4-dioxane, the same carcinogen EWG found can contaminate 28% of all cosmetics.

Many products that are labeled organic or natural still contain many toxins. The average consumer who is unaware of the potential danger would find it difficult identify which ingredients are toxins and which are genuinely natural.
 
On average each of us uses between 5-15 personal care products a day including deodorant, shower gel, and shampoo. The list goes on and so do the toxins.  This wouldn’t matter if the skin did not absorb 60% of what is applied to it.  Unfortunately natural does not mean natural, and organic does not always mean toxin free.  It is up to the consumer, to identify which ingredients to look for.

Here at theorganicsalon.com you can be sure that all the products we retail are completely free of any toxins and nasty chemicals.

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July 10, 2008
Posted in: Body Care,Natural Cosmetics,Organic Cosmetics,Skin Care by Maurice @ 2:00 pm

Switching from conventional products to organic and natural products can be an important decision for you and your skin. Organic Cosmetics are a totally different ball game compared conventional cosmetics; they differ in almost everything, the way to use them, the amount to use and many other things, so here are 5 tips to get the most out of your Organic Cosmetics:

1 Organic Cosmetics may take longer to get used to in terms of how you use the product. Let the product work for you, going organic means changing the way you use your products.

2 A little goes a long way, organic cosmetics are more concentrated and contain essential oils, which can be very powerful in small amounts.

3 When it comes down to shampoos, using organic shampoos can be a little trickier than using conventional shampoos due to the fact that conventional are full of chemicals and are easier to apply. Start by putting a little amount in your hand, transfer a bit to the other hand and spread through the hair before you start to massage it and use water to help it spread. It might take more time and a bit more effort to use organic shampoos but believe they are as effective as conventional and you hair will thank you.

4 Ditch the cotton wool and get yourself a few face cloths you will not only be helping yourself but the environment too. Take off your organic cleansers with a face cloth, this will give a little bit of exfoliation and better results from your products. Remember to change your face cloth every 2-3 days and your face cloth should be used only by you.

5 If you just switched from conventional to organic cosmetics, your skin could come up with pimples and spots, DON’T PANIC, this happens because your skin was addicted to the chemicals and by stop using them the skin will start to de-tox and cleanse itself, give it a month or so for you skin to settle and get used to natural products.

Hopefully this list will help get the most out your Organic cosmetics and Organic and Natural Skincare Products, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at The Organic Salon.com.

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July 7, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,Natural Cosmetics,Organic Cosmetics by Katie @ 1:28 pm

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware about what they put on their bodies as well as what goes inside. So it is no surprise that natural and organic products are the fastest-growing segment of the cosmetics industry.

According to a London consulting company, sales of natural and organic beauty products are soaring, with revenues projected to approach $7 billion this year in the United States, up $1 billion from last year.

Retail sales have climbed from $51.6m in 2004 to $88.6m in 2006. Projected retail sales for 2008 are $120m.

Interest in natural and organic cosmetics can be attributed in part to social responsibility – preserving the environment using sustainable ingredients and biodegradable packaging.

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of women’s public health, and consumer-rights groups founded in 2002, ingredients like parabans, are widely used in the beauty industry. Environmental groups warn of the risks, and manufacturers assure consumers the ingredients are safe in small doses, but now even the big retailers are making changes.

Marketing Insider, of an Ohio firm, Colette Chandler, said:

‘As companies realize this marketplace exists, and that more consumers are gravitating in this direction, all of a sudden they say this is where I need to be, as consumers become more knowledgeable, she added, they want to know what’s in their bodies.’

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