Posts Tagged ‘natural skincare’

Natural Skin Care : The dangers of Phenoxyethanol

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Phenoxyethanol, glycol ether often derived from natural sources, is a popular antibacterial and preservative chemical, used by many so called natural and organic skin care brands. It  is also used in many vaccines and bug repellants.

A few beauty brands marketed as the greenest in the industry use phenoxyethanol as a preservative, suggesting that it is derived from grapefruit. Well, cocamide DEA is derived from coconut but this doesn’t make it any less toxic!

Chemically known as ethylene glycol phenyl ether or ethylene glycol monophenyl ether, phenoxyethanol is an ethoxylated compound that may be contaminated with carcinogenic toxin 1,4-Dioxane.

According to Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, phenoxyethanol affected brain and nervous system in animals at moderate doses. In 1990 Journal of the American College of Toxicology reported that phenoxyethanol also acts as an endocrine disruptor that also caused damage to bladder and acute pulmonary edema in animals. Early 1980s studies also suggest that phenoxyethanol can cause DNA mutations – again, only in animals, as it was not tested on humans.

Phenoxyethanol is a scientifically proven irritant to human skin and eyes (Comparison of objective and sensory skin irritations of several cosmetic preservatives. Lee E, An S, Choi D, Moon S, Chang I. Contact Dermatitis. 2007 Mar;56(3):131-6.) and it is classified as irritant in European Union. Phenoxyethanol is also restricted for use in Japan.

No matter what the studies say, phenoxyethanol is deemed perfectly safe for use in cosmetics in the U.S. and UK in concentrations of up to 1 percent. This means, a 200 ml bottle of shampoo contains a teaspoon of phenoxyethanol!

The most surprising it that the Soil Association, the organic certification body in the UK permits the use of phenoxyethanol in products that it certifies organic. Please read the organic ingredients on products.

All Organic Apoteke products are free of phenoxyethanol and phenoxyethanol residues.

Natural Skin Care : Organic facial cleanser for men

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
A balanced, deep cleansing natural face wash is the first step in any acne treatment

A balanced, deep cleansing natural face wash is the first step in any acne treatment

After much nagging from my wife about the so called toxic dumps (blackheads) and volcano’s (open pores) on my face, which would erupt to produce ash  clouds far more disruptive than we are currently experiencing, I  finally gave Active Face Cleanse Gel a try.  And guy’s don’t tell my wife, but I just love it. I have had oily skin all my life with breakouts a common occurrence. I assumed that was how it had to be. Some guys looked like Brad Pit and some like an oil rig. Either way you just had to live with it. I have now been educated…. I have been using the Active Face Cleanse Gel before I shave, to clean out my pores and ensure my skin is fresh and tingling. And my skin looks pretty good, even if I have to say so myself.

I was once rushing and applied the Active Face Cleanse Gel and instead of rinsing off, I  shaved. What do you know, it worked really well as a shave gel. Hey PRESTO, no need for shaving gel. It gave me a fanstastic clean shave and my skin felt so fresh and oil free throughout the day.

MONEY SAVING TIP: if you get your partner to buy this product, then you can experience its benefits for free. Or if you are feeling generous, you buy it and share . It will definitely earn you brownie points.

Best Detox: Megs Makeup reviews Organic Apoteke’s Detox Face Mask

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Megs Makeup reviews Organic Apoteke's Detox Face Mask

Megs Makeup reviews Organic Apoteke's Detox Face Mask

We all try to be healthy, try to avoid the nasties, but there are times when we all over indulge. The holidays are one such time. Thats okay, because there are great products that help you detox. We are all in need of those. Megs Makeup reviewed Organic Apoteke’s Detox Face Mask. See what they have to say here.

How Does Herbal Skin Care Work?

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Herbs work by stimulating or regulating functions of the body that may not be working effectively. One example is senna which stimulates the bowel to treat underactive gastric function or constipation. Some remedies help to calm down overactive functioning such as chamomile which has a relaxing and calming action on the nervous system. Using herbs in natural skincare works on the same philosophy.

Herbs are used to stimulate, regulate or calm down the skin.

Natural Skincare: Tips for Sensitive Skin

Monday, November 30th, 2009

1. Avoid products that contain alcohol and Synthetic Fragrances. Look at product labels or contact the company directly to ensure products are alcohol free and also free of all synthetic colors and fragrances.
2. Check all product ingredients. If you have a specific allergy to an ingredient, ensure that it is not in a product. You can view our ingredients in our ingredient glossary.
3. Patch test all products when using them for the first time. Conduct a patch test as follows. Apply product onto the inner wrist in the manner that you are recommended to use the regime. Wait 24 hours observing the area. If you have no un-expected response – please refer to product details for the expected response; test the same regime on the temple. Wait 24 hours. If you have no un-expected response – use products as recommended.
4. Please note that with a sensitivity reaction – every time you use a product this reaction gets worse. With products that stimulate microcirculation, every time you use the product the beauty blush decreases.

Organic Face Mask: Give the Gift of Flawless Skin

Friday, November 27th, 2009
Rejuvenating Face Mask for that Red Carpet Glow

Rejuvenating Face Mask for that Red Carpet Glow

The must have product for soothing winter skin is a deeply nourishing and rejuvenating organic face mask. Our Rejuvenating Face Mask fits the bill.

Why its amazing:

  • Instantly plumps up tired and dehydrated skin so you can face party season head on
  • Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles so your natural beauty shines through
  • Boosts microcirculation as circulation becomes even more sluggish in cold weather

 Rich in Natural Peptides, Honey and Shea Nut Butter this mask provides vital nutrients for healthy skin this winter.

We are offering a 40% discount while stocks last, so the Rejuvenating Face Mask makes the perfect gift item as well.

Treating Acne | The Advantages of Natural Skincare

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Organic Facial Cleanser that deep cleans to prevent breakouts and blackheads

Organic Facial Cleanser that deep cleans to prevent breakouts and blackheads



Cleansing is a very important first step for anyone suffering from acne. When it comes to acne and blemish prone skin, the cleansing stage requires special attention because the problem is complex.  This means that a face wash or cleanser needs to address many things such as daily dirt, grime and cosmetics, inflammation, bacterial infection and oil production.

A common mistake that people with acne make, is to use very harsh cleansers.  This is often because they think of the acne as being “dirty” and they want to “scrub it off”.  Although understandable, this approach only stresses the skin even more. Harsh cleansers dry out your skin and cause it to produce more oil. This results in overly oily skin that makes the acne condition worse (even if looks better for a short while).

The key to acne treatment lies in finding an natural face wash or cleanser that balances the skin, deep cleans and is gentle at the same time. While there are ingredients to be wary of such as sulfates, poor labeling standards can make it hard to know what you are getting. For example, the label could say that ingredients are derived from coconut oil, but the product could still include harsh sulfates. Although you can do your best to avoid any obviously harsh ingredients, it’s always a good idea to try a sample if possible to make sure the product isn’t too drying or too oily.

Other things to consider in a face wash or cleanser


Dead skin cells contribute to acne as they clog the pores leading to possible infection and inflammation (in other words a pimple!). Exfoliating is an important step to prevent this. Instead of using a separate scrub to get the dead skin off (this can cause tiny tears in the skin), look for a cleanser that contains fruit enzymes like papaya and pineapple to help slough off dead skin cells.


Bacteria causes acne, so your face wash should destory acne-causing bacteria, look for ingredients such as neem leaf extract which is superb at doing this.


Why do those pimples look reddish and so much bigger than they really are? The answer is inflammation. Soothing inflammation speeds up the healing process, and it also makes pimples look instantly smaller. Tea tree oil is a great anti-inflammatory.  (It also happens to be antibacterial).

Other ingredients to look out for

Bergamot: claryfying

Arginine: balancing

Lemon: tonifying


What to avoid in a face wash or cleanser

Petrochemicals: don’t allow skin to ”breath”

Alcohol: too drying

Organic Apoteke’s Active Face Cleanse Gel is a balanced, certfied organic face wash that addresses all of the above.  This makes it the perfect cleanser for maintaining normal skin types, but also an excellent choice as the first step towards acne treatment.

Argireline versus Natural Skincare

Friday, November 13th, 2009
Amino acids from potentized fruits and vegetables go into making Organic Apoteke's advanced Natural Peptide Complex.

Amino acids from potentized fruits and vegetables go into making Organic Apoteke's advanced Natural Peptide Complex.


Argireline, is the trade name for the synthetically derived peptide called acetyl hexapeptide-3. The company selling acetyl hexapeptide-3 is Centerchem, an ingredient manufacture based in Spain and, according to their Web site, “Argireline works through a unique mechanism which relaxes facial tension leading to a reduction in superficial facial lines and wrinkles with regular use. Argireline has been shown to moderate excessive catecholamines release.”

These effects are not good news for your body. Catecholamines are compounds in the body that serve as neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine.

• Epinephrine is a substance that prepares the body to handle emergencies such as cold, fatigue, and shock.

• A deficiency of dopamine in the brain is responsible for the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Do you want a cosmetic to inhibit your body’s neurotransmittors? What if you accidentally apply too much?

The manufacturers of Argireline claim that it works by relaxing facial muscles. Clients have found that these effects last for only a few hours.

Why subject yourself to a risky, temporary wrinkle fix when there are proven, safe and long term wrinkle cures out there.

Organic Apoteke uses a Natural Peptide Complex that is shown to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles for the long term.

How does it work?

Peptides are made up of amino acids. Amino acids are made by your body and supplied by your diet. Our body then supplies these amino acids to various organs and tissues within the body to support healthy function and build tissue.  As we age, our bodies become less efficient at supplying peptides to the skin, collagen begins to degenerate, causing wrinkles.

The Natural Peptide Complex found in Organic Apoteke’s rejuvenating range supplies the skin with peptides from potentized fruit and vegetable sources to rejuvenate collagen and erases wrinkles. Think of it as a supplement for your skin.

Are you looking for a risky, quick fix or a safe, lasting solution that erases wrinkles and supports healthy skin and overall well-being?

Get your highest dose of Natural Peptides from: Rasayana Rejuvenating Serum.

Other collagen boosting products include: Rejuvenating Face Cream, Rejuvenating Face Mask, and Rejuvenating Eye Cream.