Monthly Archives: October 2011

Enviromentally friendly bio-degradable corn based packaging materials – a GMO issue?

At the online shop we only use bio-degradable corn based packaging materials. You can flush them down the sink or toilet or add it to your compostable waste products. However, these corn based items are more than likely manufactured from GMO sourced corn (though they do not state that it is GMO based corn because legally they are not required to disclose that information to anyone buying the product from the original manufacturers)…. For more information about GMO see the video.

Is this OK? I want to be environmentally sensitive and have all items recycled and biodegradable – and products that are not tested on animals…. I feel we are most of the way there….

Travel size skin care containers for airport security

Many of the products sold at the online store are less than 3oz, but some of them (like cleansers/sunscreens) are more than 3oz and you don’t want to check your bag (and pay $25) but you also don’t want to have airport security take away those valuable products that are so vital to the maintenance of a healthy and youthful looking skin….

Check out the GoToob 1.25oz container from Human Gear – you can get them at REI, WholeFoods, and probably many more local retailers as well as online. They call them the ‘civilized squeezable travel tube’.

Vitamin E supplements – bad for prostate cancer? Good for Aging Skin?

A recent study shows that the ‘short-cut’ to health by taking oral supplements is not the right one – with regard to Vit E supplements and their potential to increase the chances of prostate cancer in men. Read the article.

So many fruits and vegetables provide natural levels of Vit E that will improve your health AND the appearance of your skin.. like spinach, turnips, beets, collard greens, tomatoes, pumpkin, broccoli, mango, papaya, avocados, almonds, hazelnuts…. Vit E is an antioxidant, so it helps your body and your skin fight free radicals. For the vast majority of us, free radicals increase the speed of aging whereas antioxidants slow down the speed of aging. See the video on Antioxidants to find out more.

Applying a topical antioxidant like Triple C+E or Antioxidant Vitaserum is a good idea to help your skin fight the aging effects of free radicals, but these are just small amounts compared to the amounts contained in your daily 5 fruit and vegetable servings…

In short: Eat 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day rather than rely on taking a pill…Just make sure the fruit and vegetables are Organic….it will help you eliminate many other potential health pitfalls associated with any bad agricultural practices….and processed food may use GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) based ingredients and they do not have to list this fact on the label of their products – so you will never know…. For more information about GMO see the video.

Occupy Wall Street – what does it mean for Cosmetic and Skin Care Corporations?

The Occupy Wall Street movement has gathered national and international steam…all over the world ordinary people are reacting to corporate greed and the manipulation of the market place by these large corporations (often with ‘paid’ government officials and politicians ‘looking the other way’).

So are cosmetic and skin care companies ripping you off? If you analyze the ‘seductive’ or ‘scare’ marketing involved by large corporations and those claiming to be holistic and natural, then the answer is clearly YES! Seldom are you presented with real scientific facts – corporate cosmetic marketing is always about seduction or fear. Find out how the skin works and then decide if you want to spend your money on those pricey skin care products…

So if you are one of the ‘99%’ then do not buy everything from large corporate suppliers that pay excessive salaries and bonuses to their executives – start by choosing a few things that you can buy regularly from a local small business, or locally sourced and manufactured items that you can buy online.

You can make a difference by spending your dollars differently!

Quality Control Challenges in the Global Herbal Marketplace for skin care, food, supplements, indigenous remedies

A scary topic in the nutrition track at the Las Vegas Conference I am attending… “Quality Control Challenges in the Global Herbal Marketplace: The use of Unapproved Solvents, Excessive Solvent Residues and Economically Motivated Adulteration of Botanical Raw Materials, Herbal Extracts and Essential Oils in the Global Market place”.

They went on to discuss the fact that the chemically complex nature of herbs and botanicals require greater quality control by manufacturers and producers – and it does not matter whether these ingredients are sold as foods, cosmetics, therapeutic goods (indigenous remedies) or dietary supplements. “In the past 30 years there have been numerous cases of accidental misidentification of botanical materials due to error and lack of adequate quality control measures. In addition, there have been persistent cases of inadvertent contamination with heavy metals, agricultural chemicals, excessive microbial load and excessive solvent levels in extracts. There appears to be a growing trend of the use of inappropriate and unapproved industrial solvents in the manufacture of herbal extracts as well as excessive levels of these solvents. Due to this situation creating high risk and safety concerns as well as the growth of economic fraud, there is a dire need to have better international standards for quality control”.

How can we trust anything we buy? I only buy the skin care products I sell at the online shop through trusted US and European companies that source high quality and well manufactured ingredients and that do not test their products on animals….but there are so many inexpensive marketing hyped products out on the internet – and who knows how well they are made and where they source their cheap ingredients from. This concerns all the ‘natural’ solutions marketed online by people who are not adequately qualified in the field or who fail to give a real physical location for their company or their manufacturing site…hiding information normally means that the truth will deter their potential buyers….verrrrry scary indeed

Always ask questions…where is the product manufactured? Where are the ingredients sourced from? Where are the ingredients manufactured? Do you conduct tests on the quality of these manufacturers? If there are doubts, do not buy it, even if it is cheap. Cheap can mean that someone has cut corners on quality control…