Monday, October 06, 2008

Benzyl Benzoate Clarification

Some of the ingredients added to food, cosmetics and personal care products can be derived from either natural or synthetic soures. Often the natural version is safe, while the synthetic version is associated with numerous side effects.

Benzyl Benzoate is one of those.

Benzyl Benzoate is a natural component of cinnamon essential oil. It composes about 3% of the oil. Cinnamon essential oil has therapeutic benefit and when used in small amounts is safe.

Generally the amounts of essential oils used in cosmetics and personal care products is so small that you don't have to be concerned with any precautions associated with the essential oil. If you use individual essential oils, you need to be informed about precautions, contraindications and safe use of the oils.

The synthetic version, on the other hand is the chemical used to kill head lice and is associated with a variety of adverse effects, including burning and itching of the skin, formation of blisters, reddening, crusting or scaling of the skin, jerking movements, difficulty urinating or sudden loss of consciousness.

When you see benzyl benzoate listed as an ingredient in a product in which you're interested, if it does not specify that it is from cinnamon essential oil, you should either contact the manufacturer to find out the source of the benzyl benzoate or not buy the product.

Learn more about ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.

Friday, September 05, 2008

New Healthy Deodorant

Terra Naturals has just released their new line of Uniquely Natural™ Deodorants with immune support.

They contain novel plant based ingredients to control body odor and offer nourishing ingredients to the delicate underarm area. You can choose from a wide variety of fresh scents, all naturally derived from plants.

Terra Naturals Uniquely Natural™ Deodorants are free of parabens, aluminum, petroleum derived ingredients, propylene glycol, genetically engineered ingredients, alcohol and synthetic antibacterial agents.

This month only, you can get a 10% discount. Click here to find out more...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Yes to Carrots Review

Yes to Carrots is a paraben-free skin care product line containing organic fresh fruits and vegetables and Dead Sea Salt.

I had high hopes for these products. However, they fall short because of their use of a few key synthetic ingredients.

In spite of all their organic ingredients, they use fragrance in their products. Fragrances can contain all sorts of hazardous and cancer-causing chemicals and you'll never know because the manufacturer doesn't have to disclose the ingredients in the fragrances they produce.

Another disappointing ingredient is sodium coceth sulfate. It's a synthetic detergent derived from coconut oil, modified with ethylene oxide. This is one of those "eth" chemicals that can be contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical, 1,4-dioxane.

They use dehydroacetic acid as a preservative. It's hazardous in case of skin contact and can be toxic to the central nervous system, kidneys and liver. The possibility of causing cancer, mutagenic effects or birth defects are not known. In other words, it has not been adequately tested.

Cycloheptasiloxane is another ingredient I find objectionable in an organic product. It is a silicone, similar to cyclomethicone which has been classified as toxic for reproduction in Europe.

Learn more about the safety of the ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products.

Shop for healthy products.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Another Origins Product Evaluation

Soothing Lip Balm has an almost okay list of ingredients. The ingredient I take issue with is canola oil. It doesn't matter that it's organic. Any canola oil is not a healthy oil to use. It's not healthy to eat and it's not healthy to put on your skin. Being in lip balm, you are both putting it on your skin and eating it too!

This is the same issue with Burt's Bees. When they were taken over by Clorox, they changed the ingredients in their lip balm and added canola oil.

Here are some links for healthy lip balm:

Jaffa Lip Balm

Botanical Lip Protection. Use promotion code: DYTLG in your shopping cart before you complete your check out to get a 5% Discount on this product.

Lip Silk

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Origins Product Evaluation

Origins by Estee Lauder has recently launched a new certified organic deodorant, ORIGINS ORGANICS TOTALLY PURE DEODORANT Certified Organic.

I'm always suspicious when the mainstream companies who produce chemically laden products enter the natural market. I just had to check this product out.

Here's what I found...

It does contain a lot of herbs and essential oils. In fact, the majority of the ingredients look good. However, the ingredient that causes me to give it a thumbs down recommendation is benzyl benzoate.

Benzyl benzoate is a chemical used to kill head lice by destroying their nervous system. It is absorbed through the skin. It is hazardous in case of skin or eye contact. In case of skin contact, it is advised to immediately flush the skin with plenty of water.

Some side effects of benzyl benzoate are burning and itching of the skin, formation of blisters, reddening, crusting or scaling of the skin. It may also cause jerking movements, difficulty urinating or sudden loss of consciousness.

Now, since this product is a deodorant, it is going to be left on the skin to be absorbed into the body. And if you use it on a daily basis, it's going to be absorbed into your body every day.

I definitely DO NOT recommend this product.

Find out if there is danger lurking in your deodorant.

Check out these healthy natural deodorants that work.

Here's another effective healthy brand.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Organic and Natural

It's a fact that the cosmetics industry is highly unregulated in the U. S. The use of the terms natural and organic have been abused by the industry. Deceptive advertising and packaging have led the unsuspecting and uninformed consumer to purchase products that are less healthy than they are claimed to be.

In Europe, cosmetics are more regulated. There are ingredients banned from use there that are being used in the U.S. on a regular basis. However, what I found interesting is that in France, the home of Ecocert, the European Organic Certifying organization, their definitions for organic and natural are very lax. To be certified organic, a product just needs 10% of its ingredients to be organic. For the natural label, it requires only 5% organic ingredients.

So, no matter where you are in the world, the bottom line is: Read the ingredients list on the label and know which ingredients are safe and which are not.

Learn how to determine the safety of the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.

Friday, August 22, 2008

FDA Fails to Warn Consumers About Cancer-Causing Ingredients

The death rate from ovarian cancer has risen dramatically since 1975.

Talc, a common ingredient in powders used by women in the genital area, poses a major risk of ovarian cancer. That includes baby powder used on infants.

The FDA has been petitioned twice to put a cancer warning on talc products. It denied the first request and failed to act on the second.


Learn more about cancer-causing ingredients in your personal care products.

Click the link to shop for healthy products with healthy ingredients.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Skin Creams Found to Cause Cancer

An accidental discovery by researchers at Rutgers University is questioning the ability of skin creams to cause cancer. The suspected ingredients are mineral oil and sodium lauryl sulfate. The testing was done on mice and has not yet be done on humans. Read the article here.

Find out how to determine if the ingredients in your skin creams are healthy or not.

Shop for products that are known to have only healthy ingredients.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Have You Checked the Ingredients in Your Skin Care Products Lately?

I frequently get requests to give my opinion of the ingredients in certain product lines from people who think they have the greatest and healthiest products. This time it was from an Isagenix distributor.

I looked at one of their skin care products, Dermal Cleanse.

The ingredients are:

"Deionized Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbtian Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Glycerin, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Polysorbate-20, Lavandula Angusitifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citric Acid, Isalyte™ (Trace Mineral Citrate), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone."

A recent study, commissioned by the Organic Consumer's Association, showed that products containing PEG ingredients and anything that ends in "-eth" may be contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane. This product has several of these ingredients.

Then there are Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone. These are strong chemical preservatives that cause allergic reactions and are not adequately tested.

This product is questionable at best and certainly not a product I would recommend.

Do your skin care products contain ingredients like the ones in Dermal Cleanse?

Find out how to choose products with healthy ingredients.

Shop for healthy products that have been prescreened and are known to contain only the safest and healthiest ingredients.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Update

The website has a new home page. It's easier to use and find what you're looking for. Browse articles, shop for healthy products or check out the Product of the Month.

Scroll about halfway down the page and explore the links.

Happy reading!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Interview with Dr. Farlow on Toxic Chemicals in Your Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Diane Brandon, host of Vibrant Living interviews
Dr. Farlow on the toxic chemicals in your
cosmetics and personal care products - with a
brief word on foods too.

Listen Now!

Please share this with everyone you know who can
benefit from this information.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Discover Your Ayurvedic Beauty

If you missed the FREE teleconference yesterday with Dr. Helen Thomas and Lissa Coffey, going into great detail about how to determine your Ayurvedic Beauty-Type, you can still get the recorded version.

Click this link ...and enter your name and email address (don't worry, it's safe) into the box on the upper right. You'll receive a link to the recording, plus all the great material Dr. Helen is giving away for free on Ayurvedic beauty tips and natural homemade recipes for skin and hair care.

You can read more about the Discover Your Ayurvedic Beauty-Type multimedia course by clicking here...

Here's What They Revealed on The Discover Your Ayurvedic Beauty-Type Teleseminar

* Why You Might Be a Vata-Beauty, After all: Despite predominate pitta and kapha characteristics, you may need to treat yourself like a vata. Find out why on the live teleseminar recording.

* Live Case Studies: Three people were chosen to be interviewed live on the teleseminar... to determine their Beauty-Type.

* So What Does Your Beauty-Type Need? Once you know your Beauty-Type, the next logical question is: What special needs do I have? What should I avoid? What should I use? Dr. Helen will answer these questions too.

* Answers to Email Questions: They answered questions they received via email on the call. And much, much more! Just click here...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Impossible Beauty of a Plastic Doll

Barbie! We all know her. Men and women alike. She's been around far too long, giving young girls an unhealthy perspective on beauty. In fact, as you'll read below in a special guest article, the specs for Ms. Barbie are impossible to find in the human anatomy (without some serious reconstructive surgery).

The other day, I revealed how researches discovered the chemical 1,4-Dioxane in organic beauty products. I also explained how almost all skin and hair products must contain preservatives.

Further, I promised that I'd soon be sending you the link to a new website on 100% natural beauty treatments that you can make at home with inexpensive "food" ingredients. At this new website you'll be able to download (for FREE) a load of material to help avoid premature aging, caring for your skin and hair naturally.

Well, I just heard from the Ayurvedic specialist running the site... They've added a lot more material to the free course. It's two weeks long with online video and audio. Dr. "H" will also be holding two free teleseminars.

It all starts April 13th. The link to the sign up form is at the end of this e-mail. I can't share the doctor's name, you'll find out when you click the link. Let me just say she is NOT one of the regular Ayurvedic "superstars" that you see on TV or at big seminars. Instead, she's a Western chiropractor who's been practicing Ayurveda in her clinic for the last 20 years. She's made numerous trips to India where Ayurveda originated. It's the oldest form of health care on the planet, easily dating back to 1,000 B.C. (many historians believe it's over 6,000 years ancient).

Anyway, to help you prepare for the free course, Dr. H sent the following short article to introduce you to the Ayurveda concept of beauty. This will probably interest more women than men, but as long as you've got skin on your body and some hair left on your head... I recommend you give it your full attention.

First... Why's a DOCTOR So Concerned With Beauty?

In her busy clinic in California, Dr. H specializes in chronic and life-threatening diseases. So why's she's busy helping people improve their complexion?

Actually, in the East, many doctors run clinics that offer services similar to North American beauty salons (except without all the chemicals).

You see, you need to understand that Ayurveda Medicine considers "beauty" and "health" as one and the same. Makes sense, doesn't it? The healthiest people are usually the most beautiful. Think about it... dry or blemished skin, endless bad hair days and ragged nails... all are signs of ill health any alternative doctor would look out for.

Okay, enough from me, here's a bit from Dr. H on the Western versus Eastern approach to beauty. It takes what we've talked about so far to another level. As you'll see, even if you are using ALL NATURAL ingredients, and even if those ingredients worked great for your neighbor, they still might not be right for you.


Well, everybody is different. And as you'll read, Ayurveda's speciality is figuring out those differences...

A Message from Dr. H...

Right now TV, magazines, and other deciders of beauty standards have programmed most people into accepting such a limiting opinion of what beauty is.

On the other hand, Ayurvedic, some 3,000 years old, comes from a time when we acknowledged a much broader definition of beauty.

Take for instance, an image you have grown up with: That pink plastic confection known as "Barbie." She's been around since 1959. Over a billion have been manufactured. Every two seconds, it is estimated, another is sold to some little girl. Barbie, despite her emaciated figure, shows no signs of disappearing soon.

If you don't take into account her polyester hair, Barbie stands 11 inches tall. Now, if she was 5'9" (as suggested by her accessories) her bust would measure 34.5 inches, her hips 30.5.

That may be the body-type of a plastic doll, but it serves a useless goal for us humans. Certainly not a model we should be growing up with.

Ayurveda throws out Barbie and all other childish standards aside (e.g. air brushed models, anorexic movie stars, etc.) Instead, Ayurveda offers you a personal "standard." What you might call your body-type or more specifically, your Beauty-Type. Nature has already put it within your reach and Ayurveda will help you achieve.

When you bring your Beauty-Type into the natural state of balance you were born with, then your inner beauty is able to manifest.

It's about reflecting the inner beauty of the inner you—no mask.

Just an honest portrayal of your unique expression in physical form.

Everybody has a unique Beauty-Type. It's impossible to manifest someone else's Beauty-Type. Such efforts will not only result in failure but also ill health.

I'm not just talking figuratively when I say your unique Beauty-Type...

The SCIENCE of Beautification

You see, in Ayurveda, there are three main Beauty-Types: Vata Beauties, Pitta Beauties and Kapha Beauties. Now, you're not merely one of the three. Everybody has a unique balance of the three. But when your natural balance becomes unbalanced, then you lose your natural state of attractiveness.

And we all want to be attractive. Don't kid yourself.

Yes, "inner" beauty is most important... but why turn down outer beauty? The more attractive you become, the better you feel about yourself. You can spend 50 years overcoming this mental disposition or you can spend five to ten minutes a day pampering yourself with a natural beauty care regimen.

When the Ayurvedic Beauty site goes live, I'll be walking you through an ecourse dedicated to helping you determine exactly what type of Ayurvedic Beauty you are... What your needs are... What kind of ingredients your skin, hair and nails needs to become radiant.

In short, you are a unique combination of the elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These are reflected in the classifications vata, pitta, kapha. Don't worry about it now, in a few days I'll be able to start walking you through it.

Why is knowing your Ayurvedic Beauty Type so important? Well, let me give you a classic example...

The Coconut Hype: Is It Really Good For YOUR Skin?

Lately, coconut oil has become a popular form of skin moisturizer in alternative health circles. Yes, fresh coconut oil is far, far better than 95% of what you'll find being sold off the shelf (even from health food stores). Just make sure when you open the jar that the coconut oil actually smells like coconut. That's how you know the oil is fresh.

That said... coconut oil isn't right for everyone or for every season.

That's right, your health and beauty needs change whether it's winter, spring, fall or summer.

If you have vata skin — meaning your skin is very dry and you tend to feel cold — coconut oil is not recommended Ayurvedically. Even if you have moist, warm skin, coconut oil is often not a good idea during the winter months. The winter is a very dry and cold time. Here's why...

Coconuts grow close to equator where the weather is hot year round. The oil it produces has a cooling effect on the body.

It is also a saturated fat, which means that it will decrease the amount of Vitamin D your skin can absorb. This is a protection mechanism to prevent people from getting too much sun.

Now, a warming oil, like sesame, is ideal for winter months or if you tend towards feeling cool. It will help heat your body. Also, being a polyunsaturated fat, it will help your skin absorb more vitamin D during the winter, when there isn't as much sun.

You Won't Feel Like a Tossed Salad Covered With Too Much Dressing

In case you fear you're going to smell like a coconut cream pie or an Asian stir fry, don't worry. There are specific essential oils that you need to add to these base oils. A few drops of aromatic essences, specific to your Beauty-Type, will hasten the positive effects you are seeking.

It's really not rocket science. Ayurveda is based on textures. If you are hot and dry, you need herbs, foods and other beauty applications that are cooling and moist. If you are too oily, you may not need an oil-based application at all — instead dry vegetable flour rubbed against the skin may be the solution.

I can't wait to start sharing all this with you. Until then, simply pay attention to how you feel when you apply different beauty products to your skin and hair. Just because it's healthy, natural and full of all these wonderful nutrients — doesn't mean it's right for YOUR body.

That's what our journey together will do: Help you discover what your unique beauty potentials are and the best way to go after them.


There you go folks! That's just a sample of what Dr. H will be giving you when her site goes live in the next few days.

Keep in mind Ayurveda isn't like the modern blood-type or metabolic typing systems. Those systems consider only a limited number of variables, using but a few classifications. Ayurveda has 12 different Body- or Beauty-Type combinations you can fall into based on numerous variables ranging from eye colour to what type of dreams you have. Furthermore, it recognizes that life is dynamic and adjusts its beauty prescriptions to the season, your environment and your location on the planet.

It truly may be the most scientific approach to personal beauty care on the planet. Click on the link below to sign up for Dr. H's Discover Your Ayurvedic Beauty-Type ecourse. And it won't cost you a penny!

Stay tuned!

Here's the link for you to click so you can sign up.

"Organic" Beauty Products Found to Contain a Petro By-Product

Gasoline being used to make "all natural" face cream?

I have some breaking news to share with you, today. It may sound a little grim, at first. Don't worry, I offer a solution at the end of this email that you don't want to miss. So make sure you read the whole thing.

On March 14th, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) released a study showing that many "organic" and "natural" beauty care products contain 1,4-Dioxane. The manufacturers don't even list this carcinogenic contaminant on the labels. Independent researchers only discovered it when a reputable third-party lab performed its own tests on behalf of the OCA.

I'll share with you some of the brand names to watch out for in just a minute. First, I'd like to say...

The Word "Organic" is Becoming A Very Loose Term These Days

Why would "natural" beauty care products use these cancer-causing ingredients?

Simple answer: Most beauty-care products include harsh ingredients that damage your skin. By using Ethylene Oxide (a petro-chemical) they can remove the abrasiveness -- leaving behind the deadly 1,4-Dioxane as a by-product.

1,4-Dioxane doesn't just cause cancer. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency it can seriously damage your kidneys, lungs and nervous system.

It's hardly what you'd expect to find in organic and natural beauty products. Some of the brand names you may recognize, including: JASON Pure Natural & Organic, Giovanni Organic Cosmetics, Kiss My Face, Nature's Gate Organics. I'll give you a link to the full report at the end of this email.

Just Imagine What NON-Organic Cosmetics Contain...

We are seeing the same situation in the beauty "care" industry as we've seen with food products. If you're at all health-conscious, you realize that the only way to ensure a good meal these days is to make it from scratch.

So why aren't people using the same approach for beauty care products?

Are we Brainwashed to Think Beauty Only Comes From a Bottle?

Why have cleansers, shampoos and moisturizers been made so complicated, that the only way we think we can get our daily dose is out of a bottle?

Most beauty care products -- even the ones using 100% organic ingredients — are not necessarily natural for your skin.

Alcohol, for example, is often used — this is a drying agent, plain and simple. Why is it there? It's used to preserve the ingredients from spoilage. Otherwise, how could you have these "natural" ingredients sitting in moisture?

Refined oils, emulsifiers and harsh cleansing agents are other common ingredients. They all damage your skin and hair in the name of "beauty."

Sure, they provide some short-term results. Yet who hasn't experienced those dry winter months where you are constantly whipping out the moisturizer to keep the skin on your hands from cracking?

Vice versa, if you're the oily type, you know what it's like to be constantly fighting blemishes and acne. Ironically, the same cream you use to get rid of it is actually congesting your pores and making it worse. Your skin is also meant to detoxify. But it can't do so if you are plastering yourself with grease.

In order to stop natural ingredients from spoiling, they must be refined, made into artificial counterparts or mixed with preservatives. That's just how it is.

That's how you get ketchup to last for months, without going bad.

You see, it's already bad.

As With Food So With Beauty Care

Same goes for beauty care products. Anything natural wouldn't do well being left in a warm bathroom for a month.

Which brings up the question... if you're not into feeding your mouth processed food, why are you feeding your skin processed food? Your skin absorbs whatever you apply. All that goop people put on their skin gets fed directly into their bloodstream, nervous system, joint tissue, vital organs... their brains.

That's why it's so important to learn how to make your own beauty care formulas. It's not that hard. You don't need all those ingredients you can't pronounce from the fine print on the labels.

You can actually make all your own beauty care products, in minutes, mixing together fresh base oils, essential oils, spices, herbs and other food products. Fresh, is the key word here.

How to Experience Beauty Naturally and Effortlessly

In a few days I'm going to send you the link to a new website by a natural health doctor in California. She specializes in homemade natural care products. She has Ayurvedic recipes dating back 3,000 years, from ancient India’s storehouse of Ayurvedic wisdom.

The site's not quite ready, so I can't give you the link right now. When it does go up, however, I'll let you know. You'll immediately be able to go over and read an article by this Ayurvedic expert explaining the little known link between health and beauty. Then, you can opt-in, for free, to receive an Anti-Aging Report that reveals Ayurvedic methods to naturally avoid premature aging.

What's more...

You'll be instantly "enrolled" (again at no charge) in a TWO-week ecourse on how to discover your own natural state of beauty from an Ayurvedic standpoint. It'll include audiovisual presentations and two live teleseminars with the doctor.

All coming to you very soon. So stay tuned for future emails about Ayurvedic beauty secrets.

All the best,

P.S. You can read the full report from the OCA on toxic chemicals being used in natural beauty products by clicking the link below. It includes a list of brands found to be using 1,4-Dioxane...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Tamanu Nut Oil

"Tamanu nut oil has been used by the indigenous people of the Philippines and Southeast Asia for at least a few hundred years."

This exotic oil has a multitude of healing properties.

"Tamanu nut oil possesses the ability to promote the growth of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and growth of new skin.... In Pacific Island folk medicine this oil is applied liberally to every kind of skin malady imaginable such as cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites, acne, psoriasis, diabetic ulcers, sunburn, dry and/or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, and herpes sores such as cold sores and genital sores. It can eliminate or greatly reduce scarring from acne, burns and other skin trauma..."

Read the entire article on this Exotic Healing Nut Oil.

Tanamu nut oil can be found in Ambrosia Essence by Miessence. When used daily it will revive and restore your complexion. It can be used on its own as a treatment or as a serum, over Skin Conditioner and Moisturiser for a super-intense nourishing booster. Day and/or night.