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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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July 30, 2008
Posted in: Beauty by Katie @ 2:01 pm

Name any type of beauty product, and the same concerns pop up: toxic ingredients – sometimes unlabeled – linked to cancer, and other health effects, and ingredients that have not been tested for safety. And it’s all completely legal!

The FDA is in charge of cosmetics, but doesn’t have the same regulatory authority over these products that it has over pharmaceuticals, medical devices and foods. The $50 billion cosmetics industry in fact regulates itself through its industry-funded Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel.

The cosmetics industry is one of the least-regulated industries in this country and they have been fighting to make sure it stays that way.

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee is currently drafting a bill that would overhaul food, drug and cosmetic safety, but the current cosmetics provision isn’t as strong as it needs to be.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are willing people to sign their online petition to tell them that you support strong health and safety standards for cosmetics. It shouldn’t be left up to consumers or the cosmetics industry to figure out what’s safe and what isn’t.

Here at theorganicsalon.com we understand the importance of safe and pure cosmetics, and you can be sure that all the products we retail are 100% natural.

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July 28, 2008
Posted in: Beauty by Katie @ 3:03 pm

Triclosan, is a widespread antibacterial pesticide. But antibacterial soap made with triclosan isn’t any better than using regular soap, according to the FDA. And the American Medical Association recommends not using products containing triclosan because it can cause resistance to antibiotics.

So why is it virtually unregulated, and still so widely used? Well the answer is that The Environmental Protection Agency has failed to evaluate it in the past but is looking into it right now. In the meantime, EWG is keeping the pressure on EPA, calling for manufacturers to stop using it, and recommending that consumers avoid it.

Triclosan can be found in your soap, toothpaste, and even children’s toys.

It’s also a hormone disruptor that ends up in mothers’ breast milk and is toxic to aquatic life.

You won’t see any of these nasty chemicals in the brands we retail at theorganicsalon.com

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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 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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July 4, 2008
Posted in: Beauty,News by Katie @ 1:53 pm

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found high levels of hormone-disrupting phthalates in women eight years ago, no one had a clue how ugly the beauty industry really was.

The $50 billion cosmetics industry puts lead in our lipstick and chemicals in our shampoo; the industry is so powerful that they’ve been able to keep themselves unregulated for decades.

not-just-a-pretty-face.jpg Stacy Malkan author of, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry follows a group of environmental activists, as they ask some tough questions to the world’s largest cosmetics companies.

As doors slammed in their faces, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. The good news is that while the multinational corporations fight for their right to use harmful chemicals, activists, scientists and business owners are giving the beauty industry a makeover!

Stacy Malkan is a media strategist for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition working to eliminate hazardous chemicals from beauty products.

The book offers an insider’s view of the five-year campaign by environmental and health groups to pressure the US cosmetics industry to use safer ingredients.

‘This is a gripping, personal book by a recovered cosmetics addict with a great factual range on the impact of an unregulated group of companies.’
- Ralph Nader, consumer advocate

Theorganicsalon.com believes in only retailing pure and natural beauty products free from any harmful chemicals.

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