How to spot an organic faker on cosmetics
People are becoming more and more aware about what cosmetics they are using and the organic cosmetic sector in the UK grew in 2015 by 22% a much larger percentage than the organic food sector!
By why should we be worried about our cosmetics? Well, our skin is the largest organ we have and we need to look after it. It takes less than 30 seconds for a cosmetic product to be absorbed by the skin and as more studies reveal the long term effects of using chemical components found in mainstream cosmetics have not been fully investigated.
Parabens, which is a cheap chemical used to promote shelf life in cosmetics have been found abundant in cancer tumours and SLS which is again a very cheap ingredient used to give foaming and cleansing agent is too harsh, causing very dry skin and problematic scalps.
Certified Organic food and cosmetics make sure that the ingredients used in products are natural and have not been treated with any GMOS, preservatives, and have been produced ecologically by sound means.
How to spot a genuine Organic product
Look at the packaging. Don’t be fooled by smart brand names such as Organix or Dr Organic. Word play is a vital marketing tool for branding a product. However it is not confirmation that the product is certified Organic.
Check the labelling. Does is have an Organic certified seal? Such as a Soil Association stamp for UK or USDA for the USA.
Check the ingredients.
If it doesn’t say organic anywhere else on the packaging than it won’t be. Also when it comes to cosmetics, there is a little bit of science involved. It can be sometimes impossible to find an ingredient in an organic form. In this case where non – organic ingredients are used the labelling should say the percentage of organic ingredients.
Soil Association will not certify a product Organic unless it is more than 70% Organic.
“If a product uses between 70-95% organic agro-ingredients then we will certify it, though we will not allow it claim to be organic. In this case it can state that it is made with ‘xx% organic ingredients’”
Quoted from the Soil Association website
What does it mean when certified Organic COSMOS ?
The producer has had its manufacturing facility inspected annually by the Soil Association or another certifying body. This includes an audit of the organic ingredients used and a demonstration of ecologically sound production methods
All product formulae and labels have been approved
It will be clearly labelled so that you can make an informed choice about the product you are buying
Any non-organic ingredients are being used because no organic equivalents were available.
All ingredients are GM free – non-organic ingredients can only be used if their suppliers has submitted a declaration that it is non-GM
It has used minimal non-organic additives and only those from a restricted list. These must be non-GM and can only be used if the organic version of that ingredient is not yet available.
Any processed ingredients, are processed by ecologically sound means.
Quoted from the Soil Association website
So when buying your cosmetic products: Look for the logo and look for the ingredients or percentage.
I found this great little video on You Tube. It explains why Victoria&K are committed to provide the best Natural & Organic Cosmetics WITHOUT the harsh chemicals. Remember folks it takes less than 30 seconds for cosmetics to be absorbed into our blood stream. This is the real reason we need to take care of what we using on our bodies.
Do you know what’s inside your Shampoo & Conditioner?
Do you know the long term effects it may have on your body?
Victoria&K reveal the truth behind the leading industry brands
While the health conscious person is careful about the food they eat and having enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, it’s also important to think about what we are using on our bodies also. It’s said to only take 27 seconds for the chemicals in cosmetics to be absorbed into the blood stream. You will also be surprised to know that the cosmetic industry are not required by law to test the effects of using their ingredients on the body. The truth is that although people are aware that certain chemicals which are used throughout the industry are cancer causing, there is still lot of chemicals that are being used which we don’t know what the long term effects are.
Victoria&K are always looking for Natural and Organic alternatives that we can use on a daily basis to replace the traditional cosmetics that fill the shop shelves, and so we have developed a Shampoo which uses as much natural ingredients as possible to replace the need for Parabens and SLS / SLES chemicals.
So what exactly are Parabens and SLS chemicals used in shampoo and conditioners for?
We can safely say that it would be better for everyone to avoid parabens -at least until we have more conclusive documentation about the long term effects of parabens on the body.
Parabens are used to prevent the growth of microbes in your products. In other words, they have nothing really to do with cleaning your hair or scalp. They are used to extend the shelf life of shampoos and conditioners.
Alarmingly though, parabens have been discovered in quite high concentrations inside breast tumours.
In this UK study, titled ‘Concentrations of Parabens In Human Breast Tumours’ from the Journal of Applied Toxicology, it explains that parabens appear to congregate in fatty tissues in the body, such as breast tissue and that they are guilty of “disrupting cellular function.”
Their “oestrogenic activity”, the study continues to detail, “could potentially influence both the incidence and treatment of breast cancer.”
So that’s parabens out then.
Shockingly, though, they are still present in a huge number of popular cosmetics products. And even though they might be at low-level concentrations, if you use all your favourite paraben-containing products at once, you could be causing a build up of these harmful ingredients in your body.
The chatter around Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALS) is a little less clear.
These sulfate compounds are a cheap, but heavy duty detergent, found in absolutely loads of our favourite haircare products.
There have been reports of a similar link to cancer – BUT there is NO substantial, proven premise for this link. And this conclusion has been backed by heavyweights such as the American Cancer Council.
So you needn’t be as wary of them as you are of parabens, that’s for sure.
However, they aren’t without their negative qualities.
As strong detergents, they are used in shampoos to create a lather and to thoroughly clean the hair, but mostly they are way more powerful than they need to be.
Our hair is designed to have some natural oils in it. Scalps that have been exposed to really strong detergents can become irritated and unhappy.
So that itchiness that you thought was dandruff? Yeah, it might actually be that your poor head is inflamed from the sulfates in your shampoo.
Even worse, these sulfates can strip your hair of all of its natural moisture – plus, of course, any added moisture you’ve been trying to give it by way of deep conditioning treatments.
So for those of you with dry, damaged, brittle or over-dyed hair, you might want to think about steering well clear of these harsh detergents.
If you haven’t heard already, it’s now just days before Victoria&K will be launching their very own Paraben and SLS free Argan oil shampoo and conditioner. Available at http://www.victoriaandk.com/shop/ from the 28th Febuary.
Argan oil by Amazigh Berber women
Argan oil by the Amazigh berber women is known as the finest Argan oil in the world. But who are these women? and where do they come from?
The Berbers are a wide group of indigenous tribes and peoples of North Africa, united by a common tongue and identification with their shared heritage. Most now live in Morocco and Algeria, with communities in Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger. However the word berber is a controversial one as the translated meaning is ‘from the Forrest’ or ‘wild’
The true name for these people is Amazigh, they are truly an incredible people, being able to withstand the harsh climate of the Sarhara Dessert for centuries, they were able to adapt to their environment where others that tried to conquer the land failed, however approximately 1300 years ago they were finally colonized by the Arabs and Islam was introduced to Morocco. The Amazigh chose to accept the religion, but still hold on to their Amazigh culture.
Around 65% of the population of Morocco is of an Amazigh decent, however Arabic and French is more commonly taught in schools, not the Amazigh native language.
The Amazigh people that still live in the High Atlas Mountains have a traditional way of life, the men of the family take care of livestock and work the land, while the Amazigh women are renowned for their craftsmanship. Many are illiterate, and are living on or below the Moroccan poverty line.
Luxurious handmade Amazigh wool rugs that have lined the walls of souks for centuries, still to this day are made by the women that live in villages in the high Atlas Mountain.
The Amazigh women are also well known for their cultivation for the Argan Kernal. The Argan forest is protected by UNESCO and it sits on a land where anyone is free to collect the kernel as long as they are not damaging the tree. The Argan oil by the Amazigh Berber women is the finest pure Argan oil in the world
A government incentive also started in Morocco to help sustain the Argan forest . The government started to fund co-operatives for the Amazigh women, with equipment and machinery to provide a tax free incentive to the owners of the cooperative.
Argan oil by Amazigh Berber women
The traditional method of pressing the Argan kernel takes 5 hours of hard labour for a single litre of Argan oil.
It has been reported that a full time employed women earns 600 dirhams a month (which converts to approximately £54), while that one litre of Argan oil that she has pressed for 5 hours retails at over £100.
Western tourists are sold the idea that the cooperatives are a benefit to these women, because it gives them a purpose, promotes self esteem, and also helps to sustain the Argan forest. They are now tourist hotspots and can receive up to 100 tourists a day.
My question is, if the cooperative have been given equipment and machinery, and they aren’t required to pay tax, who is profiting from these organisations? And why are they not internationally registered as fair trade? Surly these women deserve to have a higher pay and even better working conditions.
So what is the future of the Amazigh tribe of Morocco?
As the modern world is infringing on Moroccan society, is there a place for the Amazigh culture to remain intact?
I love Morocco, and i love the Amazigh people, I truly hope that the culture does not become exploited Where there is a desperate need for modernisation, Moroccans must find a way of respecting and preserving the culture also.
Sources from Wikapedia, ‘An Argan oil cooperative is changing peoples lives’ article written by Zoubida Charrouf
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What are the health benefits of organic Argan oil?
Pure Argan oil will give smell that will be similar to nuts. In order to remove the musty smell various ingredients are added. However, in this process, some of the benefits delivered by the oil are lost. Organic Argan oil has great health benefits. It will improve the condition of your skin and hair. When you go for genuine and pure organic Argan oil, you will get maximum benefits. Organic Argan oil is developed by a team of beauty enthusiasts. The team has great passion to produce eco-friendly and organic products.
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Benefits of organic Argan oil
The stretch marks on the skin will be reduced by applying organic Argan oil. The oil can be used for various applications which include eczema, psoriasis, damaged skin cells and to heal skin burns caused due to prolonged exposure to Sun light.
By applying on the hair, the dry and damaged hair will be restored to its previous position. The hair growth will be stimulated. Itchy scalps can be healed through the continuous application of organic Argan oil.
In order to get rid of the aging symptoms on face, you can apply organic Argan oil. The skin will be moisturized, lashes are softened and the appearance of age spots will be diminished. The appearance of dark circles will be reduced. It can be applied on the body as well so that you will get smooth and silky skin. The range of Moroccan Argan oil delivered by victoriaandk.com is quite impressive as they will have a profound effect in changing your countenance without exposing to chemicals.
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