Natural no-nos: Hidden enemies on your bathroom shelf

Are there hidden enemies on your bathroom shelf? Many years ago now, I embarked on a new adventure of exploration; a journey into the world of natural and organic products. My aim was to detox myself of harsh chemicals lurking in many household products and cosmetics. Some, such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) I was…

5 benefits of choosing a natural perfume

From time immemorial perfumes have been all natural botanical formulae. Chanel No 5 was the first mass-marketed perfume to utilize synthetics on a large commercial scale  The first perfume house to use synthetics was a French house called Houbigant after Coumarin was isolated from Tonka Beans in 1868. Some reasons for synthetic compounds to be…

How to choose a natural perfume

Is the mere thought of the stench of your department store’s perfumery enough to bring tears to your eyes? Are you keen to try to a more natural fragrance; one which reflects your unique  personality and embraces a more natural lifestyle? If either or both apply,  it’s time to explore natural perfume. “But where do…

Why formaldehyde-free straighteners may not be the answer

Formaldehyde is highly toxic and a known carcinogen; it is found in pretty well every organic substance on Earth and is all around us. Exposure to small amounts of formaldehyde is part of our every day life. However, exposure to larger amounts can be quite dangerous and even deadly. High concentrations of formaldehyde can often…

EMF – the invisible pollution

Is your hairdryer affecting your health? Some years ago I made a decision to make my working environment as safe as possible. The risks posed by potentially toxic chemicals were obvious and so I set about replacing these chemicals where possible with safer alternatives.  A less obvious or a least visible threat to health is…