Beauty Madness: Flick Through The Label

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Pore Talks: The era to make that switch from chemical products to natural beauty regimen. Synthetic chemicals found in the following elements
and what it does in the body.

Venus’ charm and beauty frankly subside and so her tell-tale vanity products. Currently, consumers – mostly women, tend to change course to adopt a pared-down indulgence. Straight-forward pampering returns its place to nomadic home-made remedies and natural products. Flick Through The Label is a simple guide what to avoid.

For the eco-lavish primadonna, celebrated brand names is commonly seen through her well-lit mirrors. The addiction to foreign sound products seems not a constraint on the community’s economy. 

Contrary, an open minded women knows what she wants, when she wanted. If spending much is not set in your mantra this season and the coming days. The local ingredient alternative for beauty madness is the thought to ponder. Unknown to many, some seasoned brand actually out-sourced their raw material and ingredients from us, Philippines.

One good example, Chanel is now utilizing “elemi” found in Ultra Correction Lift Line serum. Referred as Manila elemi, an ingredient came from resin from the bark of the pili tree, found in the Bicol region. Take a closer look, the same ingredient can be bought here in the country through a tiny blue bottle of Jojoba Elemi Anti-Aging Serum at PhP250 from Ritual at The Collective. These facts being laid down for consumer awareness, not to downgrade or promote a certain brand. Truth is a lot more local alternative brands is making a niche that needs to be tested of its efficacy and appeal.

We’ll be tackling these topics on a wider discussion in different entity.

Flick Through the Label
Blessed with obsessive-compulsive Virgo behavior, it make sense when reading the labels of the products I have acquired these days. I came to know the worst effects of synthetic chemical products, the upshot goes deeper than we think. Get to know which ingredients to steer clear of and what attributes that makes a remarkable natural alternative.

Preservatives – prolong shelf life of a product
Parabens, BHA/BHT, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, TEA [Treithanolamine]
Harm Level> Weakens immune system, may cause cancer and tumors, allergenic and irritant, and pre-mature aging.

Parfum, phthalates
Harm Level> Damages the liver and reproductive organs

Anti-Bacterial – prevent the growth of bacteria
Harm Level> Endocrinal and reproductive malfunctions

Propylene Glycol
Harm Level> Damages liver and kidney

Bug Repellent Active
Harm Level> Promotes degenerative diseases and congenital diseases

Moisturizers – softens, soothes and relaxes the skin
Mineral oil, dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin
Harm Level> Coats skin like plastic and clogs pores, slows down skin function and cell development, and speeds p ageing

Surfactants – foaming agent used to bring dirt to the surface
SLS/SLES [sodium lauryl sulphate/sodium laureth sulfate]. ALS/ALES [amonium lauryl sulfate/ammonium laureth sulfate]
Harm Level> Skin and eye irritants

Emulsifiers – helps combine two liquids, specifically water-based liquid and oil
DEA [diethanolamine]
Harm Level> Affects hormone

Lake dyes, FD&C colors, carmine [a natural colorant in lipstick but made from crusched cochineal insects]
Harm Level> Neurotoxic and possible carcinogen


The Natural Alternative

Preservatives – Rosemary essential oil, anisic acid [from anise seeds], gluconolactone [from corn], levulinic acid [vegetable derived], glyceryl caprylate [coco, palm and glycerin derived]

Fragrance – Essential oils and natural fragrance oils

Anti-Bacterial – Acapulco extract, sugarcane alcohol, and chitosan

Solvent – Vegetable glycerin and water

Bug Repellent Active – Citronella, lemongrass, lavender and rosemary essential oils

Moisturizers – Cocoa butter, virgin coconut oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, passion fruit oil, and castor oil

Surfactants – Sodium cocoyl isethionate [coconut oil derived], decyl glucoside [coconut derived], coco glucoside [coconut derived], sodium lactate and sodium gluconate

Emulsifiers – Stearyl alcohol, cetereal alcohol, and cethyl alcohol [all vegetabe derived]

Colorants – Mineral iron oxides and manganese violet

By way of saying, the term “natural” on a product label does not guarantee 100% safe and natural. Inasmuch as there’s no law regulating the use of natural, a certain moisturizer you frequently apply could mean 0.01% natural and 99.99& synthetic chemicals.

Toxic chemicals comes handy in most of the brands and products we purchase and its not easy to single out among thousands of raw ingredients which ones are safe and which ones that needs to get rid off.

Flick through the label, it may help you somehow., created by Green Dei (Daryll Villena)
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Manilenya Mom · December 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm

>You know what, I'm bad at not reading the labels. I mean, I know the harmful chemicals that consists some of our beauty products (my makeup teacher taught me) but I still fall short on this. :p


Green Dei / Daryll · December 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

>@Manilenya Mom: the effect on me, I get paranoid deciphering each bottle content found in my house [old and new brands] .


micheatsandshops · December 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm

>I'm slowly making the shirt to natural products too and I do read the labels when shopping. 🙂 I love Human Heart Nature, for example. 🙂


Green Dei / Daryll · December 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

>That's great Micheatsandshops, we've been slowly shifting to natural alternative products. And yes Human Nature is a promising brand.


Gil Camporazo · December 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm

>I believe that no synthetic chemical beauty products could surpass the nature's extracted products. Lady consumers or users of beauty product should double extra careful when using those. The safest way is read, reread the attached label. Accidents happen when you less expect.


Green Dei / Daryll · December 16, 2011 at 11:39 pm

>@Gil Camporazo: I agreed on your thoughts. 🙂


Clint Andrew · December 17, 2011 at 12:17 am

>I'm not good in labels. I just ask people if they're effective, and if they'll say it's fine, that's the time I'll buy and use it. Geez! I guessed I need to read and know what my stuffs are made of before using them. Thanks.//


Joy · December 17, 2011 at 4:01 am

>we really have to aware of the ingredients in the serums we apply, either on our face or body, for me it does not matter if the product is cheap or pricey as long as it will not harm my skin


Shydub · December 17, 2011 at 5:07 am

>this is a very explained topic concerning beauty tips. thanks for sharing


Sining Factory · December 17, 2011 at 5:29 am

>I got it. Well, we should be using the natural ones. Chanel is expensive but one of the ingredients came from our local product, nakakapanghinayang. Tsk. 🙂


michi · December 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

>i'm using organic shampoo now from ilog maria. =)


Green Dei / Daryll · December 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

>@Clint: Me neither until I came across the importance of avoiding synthetics.


chrisair · December 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

>amazing dito lang pala nila mahahanap ang engredients nila sa pinas, then they sell it pricey smart ha


Angela Ricardo · December 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

>I love this post. We need to be very cautious with the chemicals, ingredients, or any possible stuff that might come along with products that we use.


Gellie Abogado · December 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

>Kudos to a very informative post 🙂


Allen · December 18, 2011 at 12:11 am

>I usually read the labels on anything I apply on my body or intake. Even with the word "natural", I still tend to doubt as sometimes it is now just used as a marketing gimmick.


sionee- kindlehearts · December 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

>thanks for sharing this. I'll be very particular in reading labels now. 🙂


Cha · December 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

>Very informative. Natakot lang ako pati perfume pala nakakasira ng liver.


Rochelle Caparas · December 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

>well explained topic 🙂 but to lesser worries, I would still go for natural products 🙂

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