Naturally Red – Our Choice – Pacifica’s Devocean Lipstick

As much as I hate to wish the summer away, I can’t wait to smell the crisp autumn air and watch the leaves as they appear to catch fire, while drinking a pumpkin spiced latte in leggings and a cozy sweater. Of course fall fashion is the best fashion, and this fall the only thing redder than the leaves is the lipstick. Beautiful, bright red lips will be everywhere this season – thanks T-Swift!


 

I have always wanted to try bold red lips, but I’ve avoided this style for two reasons:
1. A fear that I’ll wind up looking like Courtney Love instead of Grace Kelly.
2. Red lipstick contains D&C Red 22 Aluminum Lake, known to damage DNA.

Yet, if I’m ever going to embrace red lips now is the time. To learn how, I interviewed a make-up artist to get some tips on creating full red lips, without looking like a clown. Here are her top three tips:

1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Before you apply lipstick, but also on a regular basis. Red lipstick will highlight lines and cracks in your lips.

2. Lighting is everything!
Opt for a softer shade of red in the day and save the darker shades for your nights out on the town.

3. Skip the liner
if the shades don’t match, it is super obvious. And, if you do manage to find a liner that matches, apply it after you apply your lipstick for better blending.

 

Now that we have the tools to pull off the look, let’s talk about D&C Red Aluminum Lake; that can’t be safe right? Right! This chemical is associated with nervous system damage, and some evidence suggests that it may have cancer causing properties when exposed to light. Not to mention that we only know this because it’s tested on animals. I don’t know about you but one of the few things I always put before beauty is my health. But – I’d prefer not to make that choice at all. Fear not my friends, it turns out we can be trendy and healthy too, thanks to small cosmetic companies who are willing to take the high road.

Pacifica, for example, uses only safe ingredients and their products come in recyclable packaging. Their Devocean lipstick comes in two shades of red: ‘Rebel Sol’ is a beautiful soft red that is perfect for daytime, and the vibrant shade ‘Firebird’ will make you stand out at any party. The best part – both of these reds are formulated without animal testing, animal ingredients, FD&C color, or other harmful ingredients.

Suffer from dry lips? You can still pull off a bold, red-lipped look with Pacifica’s Coconut Kiss creamy lip butter in a ‘Lava’ shade. By supporting companies like Pacifica, who go out of their way to support our health and the environment, you and your sexy lips can set the night on fire with a clear conscience.

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Bees, Beatles, and Big Business

Burt’s Bees is one of the biggest natural beauty companies on the market and the Beatles are one of the biggest rock bands of all time; both were named after insects and surprisingly, that’s not the only thing they have in common. Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, was a modest beekeeper who lived the hippie lifestyle that the Beatles represented. Together with his partner Roxanne, they created some of the best non-toxic beauty products. Although there has been some bad buzz about Burt’s Bees, I believe in their products and think that Burt’s Bees just might be the Beatles of the natural beauty industry.


 

All you need is love

According to the Beatles, there’s “nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be,” and for both the Beatles and the founders of Burt’s Bees that couldn’t be more true. The Beatles began with a relationship between four teenage boys who came together over a shared love of music. They were a rebellious group who played long shows in dingy bars until My Bonnie, their first single, caught the attention of their future manager. Burt’s Bees started with young, romantic love between Burt and Roxanne. They came together over a shared love of nature and enjoyed a simple lifestyle living off the land until they found an old recipe for lip balm made entirely from natural ingredients. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm works soothes and softens lips so well that it’s still their number one selling product today.

Money (that’s what I want)

“The best things in life are free but you can leave them for the birds and the bees.” So sang the Beatles after growing frustrated with endless nights in dingy bars. With their manager’s help they changed their look and stopped swearing and smoking on stage. ‘Big business’ took notice and they were picked up by a major record label. Former fans called them sell-outs and with those matching haircuts, who could blame them? Similarly, the founders of Burt’s Bees gave up their eccentric lifestyle to open an office and grow their business, allowing them to release thirty products in one year; big businesses took notice and Burt’s Bees was sold to Clorox. Former advocates called them sellouts and with a company that represented healthy products joining a company that sold bleach, who could blame them?

Revolution

You say you want a revolution, and when it comes to toxic substances in beauty products our staff at Go-Nayked do too! But for the Beatles, selling out to a ‘big business’ allowed them to improve their music and provided a platform to reach millions of people. Eventually they became bigger than the ‘big business’ that they sold out to and revolutionized the music industry. Since Burt’s Bees was sold to Clorox in 2007 their products have gone from 97% natural 99% and they’ve made substantial improvements in the sustainability of their product portfolio. While big beauty companies still have a long way to go, it seems that Burt’s bees is playing their part in revolutionizing this industry. What do you think – when it comes to big business is better to work with them or against them?

Safe and Natural Feminine Hygiene Products

How does it feel when the most sensitive and vulnerable part of your anatomy is in constant contact with harmful chemicals for quite a few days, every month, for at least four decades of your lifespan? It feels terrible! The relief and reassurance that we’ve always felt with using popular brands of hygiene products for women is under threat! Presence of suspected human carcinogens in tampons and sanitary napkins is cause for grave concern. There couldn’t have been a better day to start research on this topic than March 8, Women’s day! Incessant arguments about safety of women’s hygiene products versus the level of comfort they offer have been going round in cycles (pun unintended!) for years and it is time to investigate the truth.

Are female hygiene products really hygienic?

Several renowned brands of sanitary napkins and tampons are found to have many chemicals that are unlisted among their ingredients. Women have every right to know why chemicals like chloroform and chloromethane, that are reproductive toxins, are used in their sanitary pads. All that glitters is not gold; likewise, all that is white, soft and absorbent is not cotton! (It’s another thing that cotton crop itself is heavily laced with pesticides). Most of the highly-absorbent napkins of the day are actually a blend of cotton, rayon, latex, and petrochemicals. They are also bleached with chlorine gas that invariably leaves a residue of toxic dioxins. Endometriosis, a painful and chronic condition that affects millions of women and girls worldwide, has been linked with exposure to dioxins. It is caused when a thin lining is formed outside the uterus. Detectable levels of dioxins were found in several brands of tampons too. Such startling facts make us wonder if these sanitary products are safe to use at all!

Natural hygiene products for women

It is almost impossible to imagine life without the convenience of tampons and pads. Thankfully for us, all hope is not lost. There are responsible manufacturers who produce organic and natural sanitary pads and tampons that are devoid of all toxic chemicals.

Natracare is an ethical company that made the world’s first organic cotton tampons and plastic-free, chlorine-free sanitary pads and panty liners. All their products meet the highest organic, biodegradable and environmental standards. They source raw materials from responsible producers who share Natracare’s vision and principles. Natracare uses 100% organic cotton and other plant-based materials that are sustainably-sourced. They absorb and lock in the menstrual flow naturally. This keeps your skin dry and allows it to breathe. You can use their daily panty liners without worrying about skin irritation because the liners contain no plastic. After all, we didn’t grow out of nappy rashes only to get napkin rashes! Check out these safe and hygienic Natracare alternatives.

Gladrags is another of the select companies that care enough to produce healthy hygiene products for girls and women. They manufacture chemical-free, organic cotton sanitary pads that offer natural and effective protection even during those days of heavy flow. If you have a sensitive skin and are prone to rashes, allergies and fungal infections, these pads should be your first choice. They are safe, comfortable, and breathable. They can effectively hold heavy menstrual flow so you needn’t constantly worry about accidental leaks. Order these hygienic Gladrags sanitary products from the Go Nayked marketplace today!

Take a stand! Say ‘NO’ to irresponsible manufacturers of intimate feminine hygiene products! Visit the Go Nayked marketplace for safe and natural Organic hygiene products for women.

SD Alcohol – Cosmetics ‘Alcohol-Free’ Marketing Scam Part 2

Part 2: How the Cosmetic Industry took advantage of SD Alcohol

SD alcohol was a harmless and effective solution until the cosmetics industry recognized that SD alcohol could be labeled as ‘alcohol-free’. This labeling could make a difference between a sale and no sale. Ethanol is very useful when it comes to designing cosmetic products – it can be used as emollients , surfactant/detergent cleansing agents, absorbents and much more, and there are little other compounds that can achieve such effects, especially at such a low price. Every cosmetic formulation specialist would readily use it if it were not for the adverse effect that ethanol might cause – irritation and drying of skin. Sure, you can add ethanol, make a great cream but not as many people will buy it because you cannot label it ‘alcohol-free’; and if your end goal is to sell as much as possible, the solution of not including ethanol in the cream formulation is quite obvious.

This is where the cosmetics marketing scam comes in the mix. The cosmetic industry has figured out a way to include ethanol in the making of creams and other products, and still claim the ‘alcohol-free’ label – from their point of view, it is a perfect solution. It is as simple as adding the SD alcohol; which is basically just ethanol + poison. FDA and other regulatory services regard only ethanol by itself as ‘alcohol’. Well, this is not ethanol by itself anymore; it is ethanol + poison, or specially denatured alcohol (SD alcohol for short).

There are many varieties of SD alcohol which differ by the type of poison that is added to ethanol. The most basic toxin added is methanol which causes blindness if consumed too heavily – that was a good trick to keep everybody from drinking the laboratory ethanol, but would reap havoc to the skin if used in a skin product. In some cases of SD alcohol, the equivalent of rat poison is added as toxin. Now that is a problem to be concerned about if you’re using such a cosmetic product on your face.

A little help: FDA has issued a list of acceptable SD alcohols that are safe for humans and can be used in cosmetics products:

  • SD Alcohol 23-A
  • SD Alcohol 40
  • SD Alcohol 40-B

If the label on the cream you’re thinking about buying includes any other SD alcohol, you are recommended to stay far away from it.

Bottom line: SD alcohol is a nice example of a marketing trick mainstream cosmetic industry are playing on the consumers. They are more than willing to consciously add poison to a cosmetic product if it means it will sell more, and, unfortunately, with deceptive ‘alcohol-free’ marketing this is exactly what is currently happening. If you are experiencing any kind of unusual irritation on your skin, please do check if it includes SD alcohol first. You know where the trash is if it does!

The case of SD alcohol is exactly why consumers need to be informed about what actually goes into cosmetics products. Cosmetic companies will do everything to divert our attention to labels such as ‘alcohol-free’, ‘organic’, natural’, and will try really hard to nail down the smallest font possible for the only things that actually matter on a label – the ingredients; what the product is actually made of.

SD Alcohol – Cosmetics ‘Alcohol-Free’ Marketing Scam Part 1

Part 1: How SD Alcohol Came To Be

There might be poison in your ‘alcohol-free’ night cream. It’s not meant to kill you, mind you, it’s meant to persuade you to buy the night cream.

Lets talk alcohol. Alcohols are actually quite a diverse group of chemicals but in cosmetic labeling, alcohol by itself means only one substance – ethanol or ethyl alcohol (source: FDA). For the plot of this story, it is very important to understand that the label ‘alcohol-free’ means exclusively that the cosmetic product does not include ethanol by itself.

In many cases, you will see that a cream contains ingredients such as lanolin alcohol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol and so on, and the label will still read ‘alcohol-free’. Such alcohols are very useful when formulating a cream; they are also known as fatty alcohols and are of much benefit to the consumer. However, the lesson to be learned here is cream does contain alcohols, and sometimes lots of alcohols,  but it can still be labelled as ‘alcohol-free’.

We have covered the good alcohols; how about the bad ones? In cosmetics, there really are no bad alcohols, there are only the ‘good alcohols’ and the ‘worst alcohols’.

This is the plot: alcohol for drinking and alcohol for lets say laboratory and sterilization purposes were once the same thing. However, the government tax on ethanol is quite substantial to reduce socially-disruptive drinking – and laboratories found themselves paying huge taxes on buying ethanol not meant for drinking. They eventually negotiated with the government that ethanol, which is not meant for drinking, should not be taxed as heavily. However, the government wanted to make sure these laboratories and other industries were not buying the low-taxed alcohol that is not meant for drinking, only to turn around and sell it as a beverage – back in the days of alcohol prohibition (1920 to 1933 in the US) something like this was quite common.

This is why the government decided to literally poison the low-taxed alcohol by adding toxin to ethanol – and the SD alcohol was born.

It was a good solution. Nobody ever drank the SD alcohol for fear of getting poisoned and the laboratories and other industries could finally operate free of accusations that they are selling the ethanol they buy for creating alcoholic beverages.

But they didn’t count on what cosmetic industry will do when it discovered a very specific loophole. Read More in Part 2