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Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 6 – Triclosan

2 Mins Read What Is It and Why Is It Used? Triclosan is a phenol chemical derived from chlorine. Most commonly used in consumer products as an antibacterial agent, triclosan is a regulated pesticide. Manufacturers add it to everything to prevent bacterial contamination in their products. What Is It Used In? Most commonly used in liquid hand washes […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 5 – Carmine

2 Mins Read What Is It and Why Is It Used? Carmine, also called cochineal, comes from the skin of female cochineal beetles. These insects are mostly found in Mexico and other parts of South America. Once they have been killed, the beetles are dried and then crushed- from this, carminic acid is extracted. This acid is used […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 4 – Propylene Glycol

2 Mins Read What Is It and Why Is It Used? Propylene glycol is an alcohol-based industrial grade solvent used mostly as a ‘wetting’ agent. It helps makes products more fluid, and easy to spread on (your body). It is most notorious for its usage in anti-freeze; the exact same formulation is also used in personal care products. […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 3 – Phthalates

3 Mins Read We have touched upon sulfates and parabens already- so many more to go! In today’s post we look at phthalates– so hard to pronounce and so tough for your poor little body to handle. This one’s pretty vicious. What Is It and Why Is It Used? Phthalates or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used asplasticizers (substances added […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 2 – Parabens

2 Mins Read In the first part of our series, we covered sulfates. If only that were the only ingredient to worry about. There are so many more to come, this will be our longest blog post series yet! Today we tackle parabens, also omnipresent in the drugstore/pharmacy aisles. What Is It? Parabens is a group of chemical […]

Eco Insights: Toxic Beauty Series Part 1- Sulfates

3 Mins Read The media has made us all somewhat aware that most of the products we use to wash and care for our faces and bodies contain some rather suspicious ingredients. The laundry list of what to avoid is a long one so this series will birth many posts. Most of us are too busy to spend […]