Thursday, September 30, 2010

Shampoo talk

Katie asked me the other day about shampoo, and I have been thinking about her question.

Without learning the code-language that is INCI (the International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Ingredients), it is almost impossible to understand any label on any cosmetic product. For many ingredients, there are dozens of equally accepted but totally different INCI names. It's a veritable jungle that I am constantly wading through.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hydrosols - precious waters

I have recently found a new supplier of hydrosols. Hydrosols are so important to my cosmetics, and have been so difficult to source, that finding a new supplier is really exciting for me. When they turn out to be serious, professional folks with great service, I just get positively giddy. These guys actually show the production month on each batch (as opposed to my other suppliers who only show a "use by" date). I'm not saying the folks I have been using are not good enough, but the selection of organic products has been limited. I now have a whole new door opened to me and can start playing around with NEW products and make new combinations. I am at the moment testing carrot seed, cornflower and lavendar fine population.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Paraben paranoia

I realize it’s a bit provocative using the word paranoia in connection with parabens. Of course it is plain common sense to be conscious of what we ingest, apply to our skin and hair, breathe, and surround ourselves with. However, let’s try and get some facts before we start crying wolf, shall we?

There has been so much in the media about the dangers of parabens that it seems all parabens have now been deemed bad and (possibly) dangerous due to (suspected) hormonal interference.

The fact of the matter is, there are several types of parabens, and not all of them are under suspicion for possible hormonal interference.

Methylparaben, Propylparaben and Ethylparaben are NOT under suspicion of hormonal interference, whereas butylparaben and isobutylparaben are. Every supplier I use offers paraben preservatives without the 2 paraben-types that are being scrutinized.

If you are worried about parabens I suggest you read the label on the products you buy - keeping in mind not all parabens are harmful.

Creating Cosmetics

I recently met a friend I had not seen for several years. After learning that I have been doing my own cosmetics and skin care products for years, she commented "to think it's possible to create your own products".
I hear this a lot when I tell people how I use my "free time". It has become a perfectly natural thing for me to think about what to put into this years winter cream when the colder weather sets in. Why don't more people create their own products? It makes as much sense as eating healthy.
Therefore this blog. I intend to share my experiences and thoughts on 'doing your own cosmetics thing'.