Truth Seekers – Young Living Deposition

Personal Care Truth doesn't typically talk about specific products unless we feel there is concern, and want to make sure you have enough information to make an informed decision. Yesterday, I ran across a YouTube video of Dr. P in a Young Living deposition, which you can watch here. I found it quite interesting, especially since there is a great deal of questions on the internet in regards to … [Read more...]

The Trouble With Making Your Own Sunscreen

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Yes I have gone sunscreen crazy a little over the last week or so but it is for a good reason. It’s hot here in Australialand right now, hot, UV rich and waaaay too long between pay checks to go buy a $20 bottle of SPF 30 something for some people. That and the fact that there are a growing number of people for whom consumer SPF 30 plus sunscreen no longer cuts the mustard – too many chemicals, … [Read more...]

Why Raw Honey Lasts Forever

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by Lise M. Andersen Ever wonder why the raw honey you have in your kitchen can sit in the cupboard for months on end (or even years) without going bad? It's because of GOx. GOx is short for glucose oxidase. Protein With a Punch Glucose oxidase is an enzyme that oxidizes glucose into glucolactone which converts oxygen into hydrogen peroxide in the process. What this means is: it acts … [Read more...]

Ascorbic Acid / Vitamin C

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It is a sad fact of life that not many of the fancy sounding ingredients that cosmetic companies add to their formulations add much to the benefits those products have for your skin.  A good moisturiser is a pretty handy tool for dealing with dry skin, but how much of the good it does you comes from the things that the pack talks about is usually pretty minimal.  But there are a few things that do … [Read more...]

I Use Grapefruit Seed Extract As My Preservative Because It Is Natural. But Is It?

Grapefruit Seed Extract is an interesting beast and one that I became aware of in the early days of my life as a cosmetic chemist. I wasn’t aware back then in 1998 of the issue that preservation would pose for brand owners as the natural revolution (or evolution) was only just beginning to hit the mainstream but these days I can’t get through a week without someone enquiring after ‘safe and … [Read more...]

Has Manuka Honey Really Been FDA Approved?

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by Katherine Corkill Manuka Honey....Could This Be The Next Miracle Ingredient In Skincare? As my company continues to grow, over this past year the product and ingredient sales pitches are becoming an everyday occurrence it seems.  No matter the sales pitch they gave, it always appeared to be the next best thing since the Wonderbra. Manuka Honey, and they were touting how this amazing … [Read more...]

Which is Safer – Phenoxyethanol or Water?

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by Dene Godfrey I would like to start this discussion by introducing the concept of “margin of safety” (MoS). This is related to the concept of “the dose makes the poison”, but it allows a numerical value to be assigned, which places the risk in a very clear context and permits a very clear picture of the true dangers in use of an ingredient. The European Commission’s independent scientific … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Oleic Acid and Vegetable Oils

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by Amanda Foxon-Hill It was during a conversation a week ago that I became aware of a potential…. let’s say ‘situation’ can occur with Oleic Acid.  Oleic acid is commonly found in vegetable oils and is a major component in each of the following oils where it may account for up to 80% of the fatty acids present: Sunflower Olive Pecan Canola Macadamia Soybean The situation is … [Read more...]

Do Consumers Think About Parabens in Cosmetics?

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by Perry Romanowski If you spend a lot of time on the Internet surfing RSS feeds and social media, you could develop the notion that parabens are dangerous chemicals in cosmetics and that you should avoid products that contain them. Of course, actual science tells a different story and a review of all the scientific evidence by the independent scientists of the EU’s Scientific Committee on … [Read more...]

Lemon On the Rocks: Keep Your Essential Oils Cool

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by Robert Tisserand   Essential oils are happiest when cold. If you keep them refrigerated they will last twice as long, especially if you live in a warm climate. Essential oils are expensive, so you want them to stay active as long as possible! Cold good, oxidation bad With time, most essential oil constituents oxidize, and heat promotes oxidation. Once oxidation starts it’s … [Read more...]