We are coming into Week 13 which means the end of the Pretty Toxic campaign. The aim of this campaign was to shed light on some of the harmful ingredients found in many common cosmetics which we are all using daily. Over the past few weeks, we have presented the Pretty Toxic Product series which… Read More The importance of chemical free, sustainable cosmetics
The final cosmetic items in the Pretty Toxic Product series are Shampoo & Conditioner. Shampoos and conditioners are common targets of greenwashing where companies will write ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ but the label will tell a very different story. Shampoo, in particular, is one of the major culprits loaded with sulphates. Sulphates are actually harsh detergents that… Read More PRETTY TOXIC PRODUCT #5
Microbeads are tiny, almost invisible particles of plastic added into various cosmetic products in the aims of assisting cleansing, scrubbing, exfoliating and cleaning. Unfortunately, they are NOT biodegradable and when they are washed down the drain they continue on all the way through sewerage out into the ocean. Microbeads are contributing to the appalling levels… Read More The dangers of microbeads and how you’ve been ingesting them without knowing!
Anyone who knows me knows I am a self-confessed fake tan addict! I have naturally very fair skin which burns so easily in the sun and if I do manage to get a tan, it takes hours of lying in the sun and I don’t even go that brown. When I was about 16 or 17… Read More PRETTY TOXIC PRODUCT #4
A fantastic alternative to cosmetics that test on animals, are harmful to the environment and are packed full of poisonous chemicals is DIY cosmetics. Using only a few ingredients you’ve probably got in the kitchen already, you can make all your cosmetics at home from toothpaste to hair masks to even fake tan! Pure Over… Read More DIY Cosmetics with Pure Over Parabens
Getting a manicure or pedicure might be your weekly ritual or an occasional treat, but if you’ve ever set foot in a shopping centre nail salon, you might be doing yourself more harm than good. As relaxing as it is to sit back and let someone else pamper you and pretty up your nails, there are… Read More PRETTY TOXIC PRODUCT #3 – Nail Polish!
With greener, healthier and organic lifestyles becoming more common and promoted heavily across social media, many companies are more eager than ever to jump on the growing wave of producing safer and environmentally friendly products. However, industry buzzword labels like natural, organic, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and eco-friendly can sometimes be exactly that – just a label and… Read More Not so natural – how to avoid ‘greenwashing’ and deceiving labels
Next up in the Pretty Toxic Product series is a staple in just about everybody’s makeup bag – foundation. Foundation is the key to a killer makeup look because the rest of your makeup just won’t sit right if you don’t have a flawless base! Many of us cover our entire face with foundation every… Read More PRETTY TOXIC PRODUCT #2
If you’ve got a cupboard full of cosmetics that you’re unsure about the safety of – or you don’t understand the tricky chemical names in the ingredient list, here is an amazing Australian website designed to make consuming chemical-free cosmetics easier! Shop Ethical! is a project of the Ethical Consumer Group. They are a community-based, not-for-profit… Read More Conscious consuming with Shop Ethical!
The first spotlight on an everyday staple cosmetic product that could be doing some serious long term harm is deodorant. Deodorant is one of the realllly bad guys! Keep reading to find out what neurotoxic ingredient we probably use every day is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. You’ll also learn about some natural alternatives. It’s probably… Read More PRETTY TOXIC PRODUCT #1