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Cosmetics & Bodycare

Our skin and body are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals every day in the soaps, shampoos, deodorants, moisturisers, cosmetics, perfumes and even the toothpaste we use. On average we use about 12 products a day!

The toxic build up could be detrimental to our health as well as the environment.  If you think about the amount of soaps and other chemicals that wash down the plug hole everyday and end up in our waterways, it's more than a little scary; especially when you consider that water sustains the animals, plants and fish that we digest and eventually cycles into the water we drink.

Many cosmetic companies still don’t list every ingredient in their products, and fragrance companies don’t actually have to. So we are at the mercy of the products that we choose to purchase and use. If you’re anything like me, I plan to live a healthy and long life and the last thing I want to do is ingest lead as I lick my freshly painted lips, or acquire a horrible disease from absorbing nasty chemicals through my skin.

In the pages that follow, you will find a vast array of products that we believe to be safer alternatives. We’ve tried to cover most product types and tried and tested a few. If you come across a product which you think is the bees knees, let us know and we’ll share it with everyone.

In the meantime here is some info you might want to look into:

  • The campaign for safe cosmetics - Watch The Story of Cosmetics, a 7-minute film exposing the ugly truth about personal care products, brought to us by Annie Leonard from Free Range Studios.
  • Ingredients to avoid (Article coming soon!) in the meantime keep away from these:  parabens - preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, talc, artificial or synthetic fragrances, lead, phthalates, dimethicone, manganese, bismuth oxychloride, chemical dyes, mineral oil (petroleum-derived oil that suffocates the skin and clogs pores) and propylene glycol (MSDS called a humectant in cosmetics which is actually an "industrial anti-freeze" and the major ingredient in brake and hydraulic fluid. Propylene Glycol can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage, sodium fluoride (MSDS) - used in rat poison and toothpaste, methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens (used as a preservative to inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life) can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes, (preliminary research has found parabens in human breast cancer tumors), diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), sodium lauryl and propylene glycol.

  • 808 Dude

    808 Dude

    808 Dude is an all natural/organic grooming range for teen boys. The products contain a selection of natural ingredients and active essential and organic oils to help balance the hormonal changes going on in a teen boys body.

    The shampoo body wash cleans the body and hair while balancing the senses, the zit free face wash removes impurities and heals and the organic deodorant removes the stink from the pits, leaving under arms smelling fresh. The 'no brainer' range contains 'no crap'.

    808 Dude is not tested on animals and is made and manufactured 100% in Australia. A truly all Australian made and owned company.

    This is the first all natural organic range developed only for teen boys in Australia!

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

    • 808 Dude Shampoo & Body Wash, 808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash, 808 Dude No More Stinky Pits Deodorant.
    • http://808dude.com

  • Gecko

    Gecko

    GECKO is an Australian online store comitted to supplying organic, cruelty free and palm oil free skincare, body care, baby care and household products. We offer samples with each purchase and free shipping over $75.

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

  • Meticulous Beauty

    Meticulous Beauty

    An Organic, Natural & Eco-friendly Beauty salon & Day spa providing an holistic experience for environmentally conscious clients wanting to not use nasty chemicals on their skin.

    As fully sustainable as we can be, using 25% Greenpower, recycled toilet paper, tissues, hand towel, etc. power saving light globes, soy based candles, certified organic skincare which is Australian made, vegan and cruelty free and natural make-up. From facials & body treatments to full body waxing for both men and women.

    A proud sponsor of the Cancer Council Victoria, your inner city urban oasis located in the heart of Prahran.

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

    • Organic Facials, Microdermabrasion, Body scrubs & masks, manicures, pedicures, spray tanning, waxing, Vibrosaun, Massage, Lash & Brow treatments, ear candling
    • http://meticulousbeauty.com.au

  • Delizioso Skincare

    Delizioso Skincare

    100% natural skincare formulated with the highest quality ingredients and allot of love all the way in Canada.

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

  • Circle of Life Botanicals

    Circle of Life Botanicals

    A range of 8 gorgeous natural fragrances that enhance physical and emotional wellbeing. Pure natural, certified organic roll-on essential oil blends in stunning dark green 10ml glass bottles. BEAUTIFUL.NEAT.PRACTICAL.EASY.

    15% essential oils in a jojoba base. All ingredients are ethically farmed with sustainability in mind. Not tested on animals. Vegan friendly. We are a family business and make small batches frequently, ensuring fresh products with a good shelf life

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

    • 'Relax' Roll-on Blend, 'Balance' Roll-on blend, 'Energise and Uplift' Roll-on Blend, 'Peace and Happiness, 'Liberty ' Roll-on Blend, 'Confidence and Courage, Roll-on Blend, 'Sweet Dreams ' Roll-on Blend, 'Heartspace ' Roll-on Blend
    • http://www.circleoflifebotanicals.com.au

  • Planet Kare Organics

    Planet Kare Organics

    Developed in Australia Little Angels falls under the banner of Planet Kare Organics and is an organic, ecofriendly, biodegradable and compostable female hygiene sanitary product made from fully sustainable resources.

    We are living in a very health conscious environment, as we now know more about the effects that the pollution is having in our waterways and also surrounding us every day. We see things like global warming, an increase in cancer and disease, and naturally for Little Angels Eco Friendly Sanitary products, we wanted to come up with a solution to some of the problem.

    Little Angels Eco Friendly Sanitary products are:

    - Biodegradable

    - Organic

    - Compostable

    - Eco Friendly

    - Made from renewable and sustainable materials

    - Can be used in commercial composting

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

  • Aveda

    Aveda

    AVEDAs mission is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At AVEDA, we strive to set an example for environment leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world. Aveda manufactures professional plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup, Pure-Fume

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

  • Endota Spa

    Endota Spa

    Day Spas using organic skincare throughout Australia. Endota day spa treatments, natural skin care, facials, massage and day spa packages. Also featuring the Dermalogica product range.

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

    • For face, body, hair, hands and feet. essential oils, spa accessories, organic tea, flower essences, music and gift vouchers.
    • http://www.endotadayspa.com.au

  • State of green

    State of green

    State of Green was created from a love of stylish and unique home and baby products, an interest in innovative design and a desire to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

  • Peachface

    Peachface

    peachface skincare is for teenagers, tweens and kids.

    peachface believes in the joy of loving ones self, caring and nurturing the self you are. peachface promotes kind inner thinking via its affirmations found on every product. Our skincare is made from gorgeous organic, natural and indigenous ingredients. peachface is made by hand locally in Australia and is designed specifically for teens and tweens. With a wonderful body range for the entire family.

    peachface is committed to making skincare products that are designed with our natural world in mind. At peachface we utilise the best, certified organic, natural and Australian Indigenous ingredients available.

    peachface products are free from unnecessary harsh chemicals. We choose our ingredients based on their purity, safety and ability to achieve beautiful results.

    PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

    • Adorable toner, bee so happy moisturising gel,full bloom moisturiser,in my dreams night clay,shine on facial scrub,sweet n sassy cleanser,think pink face mask,sweet blossom face cleanser,refreshing mist toner,rosie pink face mask,honey bee moisturiser
    • http://www.peachface.com.au/