There are so many manufactures of natural beauty products that are advertised alongside colourful pictures of flowers or even fruits and claim to be “natural” or “organic”. On closer examination these types of products actually contain ingredients associated with toxicities, skin irritations and carcinogenic change.

At Alison Claire when we say that our natural beauty products contain only natural ingredients we mean it. If you are currently using a natural beauty product check the ingredients to see if they contain any of the following:

Benzyl Alcohol                                                                                     
Benzyl Benzoate
Salicylic Acid                                                                                           
Titanium Dioxide                                                                                              
Aluminium Hydroxide                                                                                     
Phenoxyethanol                                                                                        
Ethylhexylglycerine                                                                         
Cocamidpropyl Betaine                                                                        
Propylene Glycol

There is a pretty good chance that one or more of your favourite products may contain some of the ingredients listed above, even if it has been labelled as being organic.

Natural Beauty Product Facts

Did you know that to class a product as being ‘organic’, it has to contain over 74% organic ingredients? Companies and some well known brands achieve this by mixing the water that goes into their product with a highly concentrated organic aloe vera powder.  This aloe vera solution then forms the basis for the product and makes up a high percentage of the ingredients required to achieve an “organic” status.  The problem is that this trick is often used to create a product that may contain around 30% harmful chemicals and top up the rest with water, making it ‘classified’ as an organic product, even though it is still potentially full of irritant/harmful chemicals!

Whilst doing some research for this blog post we found one big name brand (Who we shall not name) describe one of their products like this:

“A highly tolerable, moisturising and rejuvenating cream - It is made from high quality ingredients containing no harsh chemicals or toxic substances”

And yet this particular product contains Benzly Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerine, and Cocamidopropyl Betaine... This just doesn’t make sense?

Alison Claire Natural Beauty Products

In the last 10 years we have seen an immense increase in the number of so called ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ beauty products, but what does natural or organic actually mean?

In the UK and US the terms “natural”, “herbal” and “organic” have no legal definition, so basically anybody can put anything in a bottle and call it whatever they want - although there are moves in more recent years in Europe to make body products and 

cosmetics “safer for consumers”.

The ‘Cosmetics Directive’ requires every cosmetic product placed on the market to be safe to use and the manufacturer must ensure that their products all carry a Safety Assessment Data sheet, performed by expert scientists in this field. Although the Cosmetics Directive was introduced in 1976, it has undergone 12 amendments to reflect research and information about the safety of ingredients.

For example in 1993 it stated that ingredients had to be listed in descending weight order and in 2007 ruled that ingredients had to also be listed in their INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) and common name.

Animal testing was banned in 2004 on finished products, in 2009 on individual and combinations of ingredients. Marketing claims “tested on Animals” will be banned by 11 March 2013, which is fantastic news.

There are no legal standards for organic beauty or natural beauty products, so some large companies may choose to label their products as organic even if their product only contains 1% organic Ingredients which may contain potentially hazardous chemicals.

In America the Cosmetic Industry is one of the least regulated industries, the FDA knows about toxic chemicals but can only recommend the ingredients are removed. The Cosmetic Organic Standard in Europe is an attempt to harmonise organic standards globally.

This body will certify a product as organic if 70-95% of the products ingredients are organic and will only permit the word organic to be used on the label if 95% of ingredients are Agro ingredients and 20% fully organic.

So what makes the Alison Claire Natural Beauty range so unique?

All of our natural beauty products contain a unique combination of hand blended skin nourishing ingredients. Unlike other natural beauty companies we use water that is purified to 18nm to contains no impurities.

We have made our natural beauty products good enough to eat and it has taken years of research and development of our product range to get it just right. We have developed our whole product range around the following principle - if you aren’t prepared to eat it don’t put it in or on your body because you are still absorbing it.

Eco CertRemember 60% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed! All of our natural beauty products contain between 70-99% organic ingredients and will be Eco Certified in the coming weeks.

None of our natural beauty products contain any irritant or toxic ingredients and we pride ourselves that our products have no fragrances (Perfumes) which are notoriously toxic.

The aroma of all our delicious smelling products arises from the natural oils in the ingredients. Our formulations involve processes with minimal temperatures protecting the potency and vitality of the active ingredients.

We hope you have found this post useful and hopefully some of our passion for the natural beauty and organic industry has come across in this post. If you have any questions at all regarding any of our products please do get in touch with one of our team, who would be more than happy to help you. 

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