Over the past few months I have travelled extensively, with my children to heal in Asia and a short visit to my family in Switzerland. Yep I was well informed about the corona virus wave, first in Asia and then in Europe. And in the departure lounge and on long overnight flights one has got time to think and shape an opinion – here are my 5 cents to the corona virus….
According to WHO, every year a billion people (1’000’000’000) are getting sick from influenza, of which 500’000 die. We are exposed every season to over 200 different viruses and bacteria and we are still an overpopulated world…. Since the beginning of the year, close to 100’000 people got infected by the corona virus, of which 94% recovered – I think that’s nothing in the big picture and compared to other pandemic more urgent issues we face globally! And the hidden and untreated infection rate can’t be higher, we would have heard people dropping like day flies, don’t you think so too?
On arrival back in South Africa, both times was I welcomed by the airport health control with a thermometer, which I found fair enough and efficient. Where I have a proper sense of humour failure, is the global pandemic of creating fear, anxiety and panic around the corona virus. I find it manipulative and highly unfair!
Why I am so irritated by the fact of ongoing corona scares and news is rather the point that we are really allowing it again, that big pharma and other investments are causing a hype of fear and sending us off to buy shelves empty on water, tin food and toilet paper?! I saw a Swiss lady walking her dog and both of them wearing a mask – really???
Why are we not informed how the laboratories, where the viruses got created and “by mistake or accident released”, are being punished? How are families been compensated for the loss of a loved one by this man-made virus? Why are we not seeing the act of damage recovery, compassion and kindness from the source of creation? What is the hidden agenda of it all? In 2014, France and China established a biotech laboratory for highly contagious viruses in Wuhan China – birthplace of the Corona Virus – coincidence??? Coincidence that the outbreak happened in the week of Chinese New Year, where millions of people go home to celebrate this beautiful occasion? Coincidence that the outbreak happened in the week where Hong Kong faced terrible violent protests? There are too many open questions for my taste….
The comedian Bob Hope said “virus is a Latin word which doctors use when they want to tell us “I don’t know it either” Corona is another Latin word and means crown. The Patron Saint Corona was from the 2nd century for treasure and money – it fits
Just pause and think for a second – how many times have we been lied to, misinformed about and way out of proportion being tagged along? We know who infected us, so what are we doing about it?
I am to a certain extend a health nut (more specific a walnut as I drive many up the wall) and I belief strongly in Mother Earth and the healing power of our natural resources. Now we receive instructions on how to wash our hands and advise to stop picking our noses, which all of us should know anyway. The next step will be to avoid handshakes, body contact, kissing and hugging each other – more separation through fear instead of education that we are all one!
I advise to keep your immune system strong, eat a bit more local organic fruits, vegetables and honey to keep ANY virus at bay. If you are getting any kind of flu, stay at home, sleep it out, heal and build up your immune system along the way with wonderful natural products easily available.
Relax and breath – information can heal you as much as it can make you sick. Your mind is that strong and powerful. Keep a sense of humour and shake of the blinkers, which keep you from seeing once again what really matters.
For those of you, who would like to have some peace of mind in using a hand sanitiser, we’ve just launched our all natural one here. Available in both a 200ml bottle and a handbag size 50ml bottle.
We just received the below info this morning from a newsletter.
We just read in the news that China is currently treating Coronavirus COVID-19 with Intravenous Vitamin C & it appears to be working…
According to Johns Hopkins University, nearly 60% of all people infected with COVID-19 have fully recovered & this number is climbing rapidly. In China, where the virus was first detected a few months ago, the number of new infections continued to dwindle. That’s great news!
Also, several studies are currently under way in China to see if high doses of vitamin C can help fight off coronavirus. Scientists at Wuhan University are testing its effects on 120 patients who have the virus, giving them daily doses of 24g of vitamin C for seven days.
According to Dr Thomas Levy, a U.S. cardiologist & author of Primal Panacea, a new book about the uses of vitamin C, research has proven that vitamin C has worked against every virus — if given in sufficient concentration.” And this is exactly what China is trying to determine.
When Wynnya was born five years ago, it was very clear that I wanted to create something honest, true, unique and natural.
The blocked lymph glands under my armpits had to go through a very deep, long and smelly detox to prevent any further problems, and so my first all-natural product, the deodorant in the small Weck jar was created.
Eco-friendly packaging is a challenge in South Africa when one focuses on diversity, creativity and availability. Because of this, I will have to reinvent the very effective unisex Wynnya deodorant this year, this time it will be in a push-up stick-form, and not by finger application from a glass jar anymore. In the meantime, please try some of the existing brands out there. Make sure it is aluminium and paraben-free.
Over the last two months, I have had a disconnection from many known things and people. I have found my way to inner peace and joy through all things different in Asia. Indonesia showed my children and me many different cultures, faces, languages, laughs, foods, customs, religions and transportations. The gentleness and respectful nature of the Asian people humbled us, the various foods educated our taste buds, and their different way of being connected to our divine creator on a daily basis through deep respect, gratitude and lightness, has been a wonderful experience for all of us.
Once the children went back home to South Africa, I was blessed with a gift to extend my stay by myself, to help me heal my broken heart in the most amazing place, surrounded by the most amazing healers and teachers and finally my creativity has found ways of emerging again, through many new and very different ways.
A dear friend of mine advised “the artist’s way” by Julia Cameron and my daily morning pages have come to life. It’s not as easy as it sounds to write 3 pages of whatever, but after a few weeks, I really got the hang of it and accepted the gobbledygook of my mind transferred into my handwriting. And so I will continue with it, as it is truly liberating my mind, and I am starting my date-nights with my inner artist as well, as suggested by the author.
I was introduced to Ayurvedic Healing, Chinese Medicine practices, most gentle Hatha Yoga and Pilates, Watsu water therapy, amazing Chakra alignment, Sound healing and deep relaxing breathing techniques and meditation. With the luxury of time and surroundings I find myself in, I am able to heal on a deep cellular level and find once again my deepest connections, which are sacred to me. I see it as a great kickstart into the new year, into my new life and into my new creations of Wynnya products.
Wynnya will continue to provide you with existing products like the all-natural and effective mosquito repellent range, the nourishing and gentle coconut soaps, the brilliant African Black Soap face wash, the herbal oil infusion of the face serum, and of course the heavenly smell of the cupboard smellies and diffuser flasks. We will extend the zero-waste range by a product or two, and re-introduce the all-purpose magic healing balm and natural deodorant in the stick form hopefully soon.
Many of you have experienced the absolute beauty and addiction of the nourishing Wynnya body oils and many of you have also shared my absolute frustration with the messy bottles and labels. We had to remove the convenient pump bottles of the three body oils due to the mess and wastage, however, it was replaced with the basic but luxurious Liquid Gold in the beautiful laboratory flask, but without the benefits and smells of the essential oils. Well, that is now being changed. Wynnya will launch a new essential oil blend range, local and lekker with many different applications, and blends of all sorts. It is going to be simply beautiful on many levels; soothing, healing, relaxing and nourishing.
A small but luxurious winter bathing range will keep you strong, healthy, relaxed and happy in a new fun way.
We will go big in announcing when and where our various products will be launched, We are also very excited to be taking part in some of South Africa’s most special events, which we will of course share with you too. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and get a deeper understanding of why Wynnya is using certain natural ingredients and how they can enhance your overall wellbeing to become the best of yourself.
As always, we look forward to connecting with you face to face at our events, and through your reviews on social media.
Wishing you all a fabulous year ahead!
The Wynnya all-natural mosquito & insect repellent range was developed three years ago. Five different products have been developed since then, and we have enjoyed great success and amazing feedback from many many customers.
I am now devastated and a bit depressed, as I got stung by a mozzi for the first time in three years! Natural mosquito repellent essential oils should be pouring out of my pores by now, but somehow one little nasty vampire has managed to get me – I am shaken, rattled and now, as you can imagine, doubting my products.
And then I took a step back and observed the situation…
We are in a state of permanent change – we evolve, we develop, we morph – and so does our animal kingdom, which includes mosquitoes. They have become more aggressive, and it seems more resilient at the same time. So, as the mosquito evolves so too must our natural repellents.
An important point I’d like to make here is that before you stock up on the chemical repellents, just think about this with me for a minute; If I have to tap into our natural repellent resources a bit deeper, and more intensely to stay on top of the evolving mosquito, don’t you think the chemical industry has to do the same to combat those vampires? A scary thought! So, if we’ve turned to nature for solutions before, why would we turn to even stronger chemical products now, which could have devastating results for our health in the months and years to come?
I will continue to use the Wynnya natural mosquito & insect repellent, as one little bite isn’t going to keep me away from what I enjoy doing and researching. I also have to remind myself that my products have prevented me from the hundreds of bites I was prone to before I began using my own products.
I keep a spray where I watch TV, a roll-on in my handbag and next to my bed, and I apply the roll-on every morning and evening over my lava bracelet. I like to smear the roll-on over my ears to avoid waking up to the buzzing sound of the irritators. Next to each bed is a petri dish and the incense sticks are burned under the tables wherever we are.
So while I may need to adapt and enhance my recipes going forward to ensure zero mozzi bites, I encourage you all to continue to use our natural repellents but also use a simple fan to keep the air in motion, preventing a landing spot. The original natural way:)
While I felt the urge to share my news with you, the important part is my promise to you, our loyal Wynnya customers and followers, that I will continue my research across the board and planet, to find and develop an even more effective natural repellent products for all of us.
His other books:
Medical Medium: Secrets behind chronic and mystery illness and how to finally heal
Medical Medium: Liver Rescue
Medical Medium: Life-Changing Foods
Medical Medium: Thyroid healing
When choosing beauty products, the ingredients list should be your number-one reference point.
Every year, hundreds of products claim to be the newest, cutting-edge and most effective for everything from acne to wrinkles and everything in between. We constantly look for the magic lotion or potion that will make us look like that porcelain-skinned fifteen-year-old model.
The best way to shop for skin care products is to become ingredient-wise.
You have to stop being afraid of the fine print and learn to read product labels to determine good and bad product ingredients, so you can select skin care products that are most beneficial for you. Quickly scanning the ingredients list for offending substances is probably the most important skill you have to master. Being able to quickly decipher the ingredients list instead of listening to a salesperson’s chatter will save you money, time, and frustration.
The worse the formulation is, the harder the box is to read. To discourage curious customers from prying into cosmetic secrets, they print ingredients lists in all-capitalized dense letters with very small spaces between lines, so the whole area looks like one greyish square filled with chemical jabber.
Often the lavish design masks the most noxious ingredients.
It’s your money and your health.
When you learn the trick of scanning the ingredients list for toxic chemicals and ingredients that can damage your skin, you will never purchase a beauty product just because it looks pretty or elegant, thus falling prey to tricky advertisers and talented product designers. Once you’ve learned to read the ingredients label and identify marketing scams, you’ll be able to avoid wasting money and still take perfectly good care of your skin and hair.
Before we discuss green beauty products, let’s edit your beauty routine and reevaluate your beauty habits. Take a close look at the products you already own.
What is in your morning bathroom routine? Most likely, you take a shower with a zesty, invigorating shower gel; you shampoo and condition your hair; you wash and maybe scrub your face with a foaming fresh-smelling cleanser; if you are a man, you also shave. You splash your skin with a toner or an astringent, top it with a moisturizer with (hopefully) some sunscreen in it, followed by makeup (again, optional), rub some antiperspirant under your arms, and add a spritz of a fragrance to seal the deal. Within fifteen minutes, you have exposed yourself to a whopping amount of chemicals—and you haven’t even left home yet!
Julie Gabriel from the Green Beauty Guide summarizes:
After a quick count of ingredients contained in a typical cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream, facial scrub, body wash, body lotion, and sunscreen, I came up with more than two hundred different chemicals that we diligently apply to our skin daily. This is not counting hundreds of synthetic fragrance ingredients in your favourite eau de toilette!
In 2006, a consumer advocacy group, Environmental Working Group, with the support of the Breast Cancer Fund, Breast Cancer Action, and the National Environmental Trust, released a study of the listed ingredients for 7,500 bestselling beauty products. Here are some of the findings: About 90 percent of cosmetic ingredients have never been analyzed for health impacts by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board, a panel that oversees cosmetic safety. More than seventy popular hair dye products contain ingredients derived from coal tar, a known carcinogen. Nearly 55 percent of products contain “penetration enhancers” that increase the ability of chemicals to enter the bloodstream. About 90 percent of cosmetic ingredients have never been analyzed for health impacts.
Read the labels. Spot unwanted chemicals. Check expiration dates and get rid of everything that contains one or more toxic ingredients. You don’t have to throw out everything right away. Some “holy grail” beauty products are almost impossible to let go of.
Can’t part with that caviar-based moisturizer that is loaded with paraben preservatives? Don’t use it as a hand cream. You may keep a miracle hair balm if it does wonders for your hair and doesn’t cause back or neck irritation. However, I strongly suggest that you double-check all questionable products that sit on your skin for longer periods, such as toners, moisturizers, and serums. Replace them with nontoxic versions as soon as possible. Synthetic cleansers can be the last to get the boot. I don’t expect you to instantly discard all your time-tested beauty treasures. If your heart bleeds, put them in a box and try switching to green, natural skin care for just one month. Give it a try. After one month, if you still feel like it, you can always go back to your chemical skin care. But something tells me you won’t want to.
The solution? The general rule of thumb is to avoid products with unpronounceable ingredients. To avoid 1,4-Dioxane, the Organic Consumers Association urges consumers to search ingredient lists for indications of ethoxylation, including: myreth, oleth, laureth, ceteareth, and any other “eth,” PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or oxynol in ingredient names.
Watch out for “eths” and PEGS, and your health will thank you.
Read more about it on www.safecosmetics.org
Be consistent in your quest for green beauty. This means that each product should be natural and contain no synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, or detergents.
No matter how you mix and match your cleansers, toners, sunscreens, and anti-ageing serums stick to a routine. Cleanse your face every morning and evening, boost the effectiveness of your moisturizers by spraying or padding on some toner, and always put on a moisturizer with sunscreen when you leave home.
At night, cleanse your skin and dab a little lightweight oil or serum to nourish, not suffocate, your skin when it needs oxygen more than ever.
Not ready for a big green leap? Take one step at a time. One natural product won’t mean much of a difference, but it’s a nice start.
Switch from a foaming cleanser containing several sulfate-based cleanser detergents to a mild olive oil soap or African Black Soap.
Replace your alcohol-based toner with witch hazel or rose water and dot a few drops of jojoba oil instead of heavy night cream.
Just keep in mind that several natural products used consistently will produce noticeable results within a few weeks. One product is not a cure-all. Regular use of green beauty products will give you a natural healthy looking skin.
Watch out for our next blog on cleaning out your beauty routine.
To read more about the chemicals you should avoid in your beauty products click here.
Curious? Interested? Wanna find out much more? Read the Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel
Here’s the most comprehensive list of harmful chemicals currently used in skincare, hair care, makeup, and fragrances. Use this list anytime you buy a beauty product.
Don’t keep it secret: photocopy it and give it to your family and friends. Minimize your exposure to these chemicals. Ideally, eliminate them from your beauty routine.
They are the worst enemies of your skin and hair and health.
1. Acrylic Acid: respiratory toxin for humans; causes asthma, severe skin burns, and allergic reaction in the skin or lungs; causes renal and kidney damage in animals; causes blood tumours and skin tumours in animals
2. Aluminium (Pure Aluminum Powder): strong human neurotoxicant; causes irritation of eyes, skin, and lungs; endocrine disruptor; linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer; causes birth disorders in animals
3. Aluminium Chloride: nose and lung irritant; causes liver and bladder abnormalities in animals; causes brain disorders in animals; human endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminium compounds are neurotoxic to humans
4. Aluminium Hydrochloride: endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminium compounds are neurotoxic to humans
5. Aluminium Oxide: strong nose and lung irritant; causes skin cancer in animals; endocrine disruptor linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease; aluminium compounds are neurotoxic to humans
6. Ammonium Laureth Sulfate: causes skin irritation; water contaminant; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
7. Ammonium Persulfate: strong eye, respiratory system, and skin irritant; can trigger asthma; restricted in cosmetics
8. Amyl Acetate: neurotoxin; eye and lung irritant; lung allergen
9. Benzalkonium Chloride: immune system, lung, and skin toxicant; can trigger asthma; restricted in Canada and Japan
10. Benzyl Alcohol: strong neurotoxicant; can cause allergic reaction in lungs; causes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; causes liver damage, coma, and death in animals
11. Boric Acid: strong reproductive toxin; potent endocrine disruptor; unsafe for use on infants and injured or damaged skin; causes death and birth defects in animals; banned in Canada and Japan
12. Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol): one of the strongest lung and skin toxicants; endocrine disruptor; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine; causes allergic contact dermatitis; environmental contaminant; poisonous to wildlife
13. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA): human carcinogen; causes brain and liver tumors in animals at low doses; endocrine disruptor; causes allergic contact dermatitis and skin depigmentation; banned in European Union; persistent environmental toxin
14. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): endocrine disruptor, skin and lung toxicant at low doses; causes death, liver and stomach cancers, thrombosis, fibrosis, and liver and brain damage in animals; strong skin and eye irritant
15. Butylene Glycol: skin, lung, and eye irritant; environmental toxin burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; causes liver damage, coma, and death in animals
16. Butylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
17. Calcium Fluoride: neurotoxic to humans; leads to bone weakness; causes birth abnormalities and depression in animals
18. Ceteareth (with any numeral following it): unsafe for use on broken skin; eye and lung irritant; may be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane
19. Cetrimonium Chloride: skin and eye sensitizer that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering; causes cell mutations and lung cancer in animal studies
20. Cetyl Alcohol: skin and eye irritant in humans
21. Chloroacetamide: strong skin, eye, and lung irritant; toxic if inhaled; causes paralysis, goiter, and birth defects in animals; banned in Canada
22. Coal Tar: known human carcinogen; causes lung and urinary tract cancer; potent skin irritant; causes multiple cancers in animals; banned in most countries including Canada and European Union; still used in anti-dandruff shampoos in the US
23. Cocamide DEA (Ethanolamide of Coconut Acid): strong human skin toxicant and suspected carcinogen; causes irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs in humans; causes liver and bladder cancer in animals
24. D&C Red 30 Lake: strong nervous system toxicant; as an aluminum compound, disrupts endocrine system and linked to breast and ovarian cancer; persistent wildlife contaminant
25. D&C Violet 2: coal tar dye; skin and eye irritant; long-time use of coal tar hair dye is linked to bladder cancer
26. Dibutyl Phthalate: neurotoxicant; linked to impaired fertility and urinary abnormalities; linked to breast and ovarian cancers; contaminates wildlife
27. Diethanolamine (DEA): linked to brain abnormalities in animals; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
28. Dimeticone (Dimethicone): petroleum derivative; environmental toxicant
29. Direct Black 38: diethanolamine-containing dye that is a confirmed human carcinogen; strong evidence of causing bladder cancer; may harm the unborn child; causes liver and kidney cancer in animals; banned in European Union
30. DMDM Hydantoin: contains carcinogenic formaldehyde; skin, eye, and lung irritant; environmental toxicant
31. EDTA (Disodium EDTA): this penetration enhancer is a neurotoxin linked to brain damage in animals; caused liver changes and endocrine damage in animals; caused fetal death and birth abnormalities in animals; made from formaldehyde; approved for use in cosmetics and baby food
32. Ethylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
33. Eugenol: endocrine disruptor; skin, eye, and lung irritant; well-recognized consumer allergen; causes death, coma, insomnia, convulsions, hematuria, pulmonary edema, and liver cancer in animals
34. Ext. D&C Violet 2: this coal tar dye is a strong skin irritant; long-time use of coal tar dyes is linked to increased risk of bladder cancer; restricted in cosmetics
35. FD&C Blue 1: derived from coal tar; linked to allergies and hyperactivity disorders
36. FD&C Green 3: causes sarcomas and bone marrow hyperplasia in animals; not studied for safety in humans; prohibited in European Union
37. FD&C Yellow 5 (E104, Tartrazine): causes severe allergic and intolerance reactions, especially among asthmatics and those with an aspirin intolerance; linked to thyroid tumors, chromosomal damage, hives, and hyperactivity in humans
38. FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake: aluminum compounds are neuro-toxic to humans
39. FD&C Yellow 6: human skin and eye irritant; causes coma, convulsions, testicular damage, and changes in leucocytes in animals; cannot be used in eye cosmetics
40. Fig (Ficus Carica) Extract: immune system toxin; cannot be used as fragrance ingredient due to potential carcinogenicity; banned in European Union; allowed in the US as fragrance ingredient in shampoos and body washes
41. Formaldehyde: known human carcinogen linked to leukemia, pancreatic, skin, liver, and lung cancer; strong skin, eye, and lung irritant; irritates human liver (causes cirrhosis), stomach, kidneys, and bladder; can cause skin burns; triggers asthma; hazardous air pollutant; environmental toxin; banned in Canada and Japan; determined as safe for use in cosmetics in the US
42. Formaldehyde Resin: contains formaldehyde and carries same risks; can trigger allergic reaction in the skin or lungs
43. Formaldehyde Solution (Formalin): neurotoxin in humans and animals; restricted in Canada and European Union; known human carcinogen linked to leukemia, nasal and nasopharyngeal, pancreatic, skin, liver, bladder, and lung cancer; strong skin, eye, and lung irritant; irritates human liver (causes cirrhosis), stomach, kidneys, and bladder; can cause skin burns; triggers asthma; hazardous air pollutant; environmental toxin; banned in Canada and Japan; determined as safe for use in cosmetics in the US
44. Glyceryl Stearate: weak skin, eye, and lung irritant
45. Hydroquinone: eye, lung, and nervous system toxin; can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; suspected liver and stomach carcinogen; causes liver cancer, and DNA and ovary mutations in animals; restricted in Canada
46. Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate: contains Diethanolamine; can affect thyroid function; gastrointestinal and liver toxicant; cannot be used in aerosols; causes allergic contact dermatitis; restricted in Japan
47. Imidazolidinyl Urea (Uric Acid): can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin
48. Isobutylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
49. Isoparaffin: petroleum derivative; environmental environmental toxin; mildly irritating; produces kidney damage in animals; not carcinogenic in humans
50. Isopropyl Alcohol (SD-40): human neurotoxin; skin, eye, and lung irritant; vapors cause drowsiness and dizziness; causes skin dehydration; may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin; petroleum derivative
51. Lactic acid: strong skin and eye irritant; can cause skin burns; causes changes in liver, brain, and blood in animals; causes mutations and birth defects in animals; restricted in Canada
52. Lanolin: strong skin irritant and toxicant; can cause allergic reaction in the lungs **
53. Laureth-7 (Polyethylene Glycol Ether of Lauryl Alcohol): may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
54. Lead Acetate: possible human carcinogen and neurotoxin; skin and eye irritant; environmental toxin; banned in the European Union
55. Lecithin: can irritate lungs in aerosol form; a potent asthma trigger; forms carcinogenic nitrosamine compounds if mixed with nitrosating agents
56. Manganese Sulfate: strong human neurotoxin; harmful during prolonged exposure or inhalation; causes convulsions, DNA mutations, and protein loss in animals; toxic to wildlife
57. Methamine: strong skin, eye, nose, and lung irritant; can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; may be contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane; cannot be used in aerosol cosmetics
58. Methyl Methacrylate: strong neurotoxin; strong eye and lung irritant; causes asthma and skin burns; causes cancer and stomach bleeding in animals; hazardous air pollutant; banned in Canada and recently in the US
59. Methylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
60. Mineral Oil (Liquid Petrolatum): causes blood and skin cancer formations in animals; eye and skin irritant; derived from petroleum; non-biodegradable environmental toxin
61. Monoethanolamine (MEA): skin and eye irritant at low doses; can be irritating to the respiratory tract
62. Nonoxynol (ethoxylated alkyl phenol): endocrine disruptor; skin and lung irritant; causes liver damage in animals; may be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane
63. Octoxynol (10, 11, 13, 40): strong skin and eye toxin that can cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; may contain carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane; causes cancer of reproductive organs in animals
64. Oxybenzone (Benzophenone–4): strong photoallergen; endocrine dis-ruptor; produces free radicals that can increase skin aging; environmental toxicant
65. Padimate O (Octyl Dimethyl PABA/PABA Ester): has estrogenic activity; releases free radicals that damage DNA when exposed to sunlight; causes allergic reactions and photoallegenic dermatitis; restricted in Japan
66. Para Amino Benzonic Acid (PABA): causes allergic dermatitis and photosensitivity; produces free radicals that cause mutations, lead to cell death, and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease; causes changes in blood components and muscle weakness in animals; banned in Canada
67. Paraffin (Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffin Petrolatum): petrochemical bleached with carcinogen acrolyn; releases carcinogens benzene and toluene upon heating; causes kidney or renal system tumor in animals; environmental toxin
68. PEG-100 Stearate: polyethylene glycols are often contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane; suspected endocrine disruptor; linked to cancer in animals; skin and eye irritant
69. Petrolatum (Soft Paraffin, White Petrolatum, Petroleum Jelly): lung irritant upon inhalation; derived from petroleum; non-biodegradable environmental toxin
70. Phenol: strong respiratory irritant; toxic by skin contact; causes skin burns; causes kidney damage and cyanosis in humans; causes skin cancer, birth defects, and brain and nervous system damage in animals at very low doses; environmental contaminant; banned in Canada, restricted in Japan, permitted in the US
71. Phenoxyethanol: endocrine disruptor and carcinogen in animals; linked to allergic contact uritica and dermatitis
72. Picric Acid: human immune system toxicant; toxic by inhalation, skin contact, and ingestion; causes allergic reaction in the skin or lungs; causes coma, convulsions, and body temperature increase in animals; banned in Canada and European Union
73. Placental Extract: endocrine disruptor containing estradiol and progesteron; banned in Canada
74. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): often contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane; suspected endocrine disruptor; linked to cancer in animals; skin and eye irritant
75. Polyethylene Terephthalate: causes cancer in animals; not studied for safety in humans
76. Polysorbate 80: may be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane; suspected endocrine disruptor; linked to cancer in animals; skin and eye irritant
77. Potassium Persulfate: strong irritant to eyes, lungs, respiratory system, and skin; restricted for use in cosmetics
78. P-phenylenediamine: linked to bladder and prostate cancer; human neurotoxin; skin and lung irritant; causes liver cancer and birth defects in animals; very strong environmental toxin
79. Propyl Acetate: skin, eye, nose, and lung irritant
80. Propylene Glycol (PG): can cause eye irritation and conjunctivitis, as well as upper respiratory tract irritation
81. Propylparaben: skin and eye irritant; endocrine disruptor linked to breast and ovarian cancer; environmental contaminant
82. Quaternium–7, 15, 31, 60: formaldehyde releasing; can cause skin and eye irritation; linked to several cancers (see Formaldehyde)
83. Resorcinol (m-Hydroquinone, Euresol, 1,3-Benzenediol): strong skin irritant; linked to adenomas in animals; suspected to trigger skin cancer in humans; environmental toxin
84. Saccharin: suspected human carcinogen; causes liver, kidney, and bladder damage in animals, animals, as well as reproductive damage and birth abnormalities
85. Silica: linked to esophageal cancer, renal disease, pulmonary fibrosis, mesothelioma, sarcoma, rheumatoid arthritis, and bronchitis; strong nasal and lung irritant; wildlife toxicant; accumulates in human body.
86. Sodium Laureth Sulfate: skin irritant; water contaminant; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane
87. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: skin and eye irritant; in toothpaste may cause canker sores
88. Sodium Metabisulfite: immune system toxicant; eye and skin irritant; emits toxic gas when in contact with acids; dangerous for asthmatics; causes stillbirth, muscle weakness, and brain degeneration in animals
89. Sodium Methylparaben: endocrine disruptor; causes mild brain damage in animals; skin irritant causing itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering; causes depigmentation of skin; banned for use in European Union
90. Sodium Monofluorophosphate: nervous system toxin; harmful if swallowed during teeth bleaching; causes convulsions, proteinuria, osteoporosis, and changes in DNA in animals; restricted in Canada
91. Talc: even when it contains no asbestos, was proven fibrogenic (causes tissue injury and fibrosis); skin and lung irritation. Found in many makeup brands.
92. Teflon: causes toxic pneumonitis and skin cancer in animals; not studied for safety in humans
93. Tetrasodium EDTA: contains formaldehyde; cytotoxic and genotoxic in animals; strong skin and lung irritant in humans; most widespread poison to waterways
94. Thimerosal (Thiomersal, Merthiolate): strong toxin to skin, nervous, and immune system; mercury is linked to autism; causes cancer in animals; environmental toxin
95. Thioglycolic Acid: strong human skin irritant; causes itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin; lung allergen; restricted in cosmetics; banned in Canada
96. Toluene (Methylbenzene): skin and lung toxicant; accumulates in fat tissue; soil contaminant
97. Triclosan: endocrine disruptor, affects thyroid hormone–associated gene expression, caused fetal death in animals; strong skin irritant; environmental toxicant
98. Triethanolamine (TEA): causes lymphoid, kidney; and renal tumors in animals; may be contaminated with carcinogen 1,4-Dioxane; skin and eye irritant even when used in low doses
99. Triphenyl Phosphate: human neurotoxin; skin, eye, and lung irritant; causes tremors, depression, and diarrhea in animals
100. Xanthene (AKA106, CI 45100): found unsafe for use in cosmetics in the US; causes cancer and various organ mutations in animals
And the list can go on and on. This is not a complete list of all harmful and toxic chemicals found in beauty products. Last time I counted, a popular hair highlighting kit contained forty chemicals that are linked to various health disorders even at low doses. However, these are some of the most common staples of junk beauty products. Try to avoid them at all costs.
It’s time to start reading your labels.
“It’s not what you put on your skin; it’s what you put in your body. People have glowing skin not because they put something on it, but because they glow as human beings.”
Some insight by Julie Gabriel from the Green Beauty Guide the word “natural” on the product box really means nothing, even when it adorns a pretty label with a bunch of flowers on it.
This allows keen marketers to slap the hot word “natural” on the label. Today, many people associate “green” with eco-consciousness, sustainability, organic farming, chemical-free foods, and low-emission vehicles running on biofuels or electricity.
In beauty, green means understanding nature and the human body as a whole, improving your looks naturally and holistically, and abstaining from synthetic, hazardous chemicals.
It’s not uncommon to find labels such as “organic,” “hypoallergenic,” and “cruelty-free” attached to your favourite skin care products. But when you buy green cosmetic products, it’s hard to tell whether the word “organic” on a label is a genuine claim.
Green claims sound reassuring, but you should be warned that too often they have little, if any, meaning. More often than not, closer inspection reveals that such products contain minuscule amounts of organic herbs, and the rest of the bottle is filled with preservatives and chemicals.
Contrary to what some people say, green beauty isn’t expensive. You don’t need to be faithful to a skin care line just because you love one product.
Normal skin does not exist anymore. Cosmetic companies invented “combination oily”, “combination dry” and “dehydrated dry” skin types. However, a slight dryness and shiny T-zone are perfectly normal, no matter how hard the industry tries to convince us otherwise. According to new estimates, our skin can absorb up to 60 % of substances applied to its surface. Unfortunately along with water, vitamins, minerals and oxygen, skin soaks up potentially carcinogenic ingredients that increase our risk of having cancer at some point in our lives – as if breathing polluted air and eating chemicals is not enough!!!
What happens when a potentially toxic substance passes the skin barrier? It ends up in the blood vessels and lymph ducts located in the skin layers. As chemicals are absorbed, they enter the bloodstream and travel through the lymph through the body. Eventually filtered out by the liver and flushed away by the kidneys. However, some substances remain inside the body, adding to the systemic load that can accumulate for decades. Since the skin is the largest organ in our body, it soaks up contaminants in much larger amounts than the intestines or lungs.
All skin types benefit from moisturising, even oilier skin types. In oily skin, the production of sebum has been compromised by excessively drying skin treatments. Treat your skin with care and moisturise it with lightweight oil-based serums and moisturising gels. Plant oils are the simplest and perhaps most effective moisturisers known to cosmetic science. All of the ingredients in commercial cosmetic products are much cheaper than plant oils, so no wonder that a regular “synthetic” moisturiser would contain 4% plant oil, which performs the full moisturising task, 70% is water, the rest is chemical junk that helps mix a teaspoon of oil with water, preservatives and perfumes.
Reflection time seems to create new thoughts and ideas, and it seems to be the inspiration for new creative ways. This year will be quite different, as we get very personal, with the happenings of life shared and experiences gathered.
I would also like to introduce many great entrepreneurs, of all sorts, which have either touched me in the past with their personality, story or products. Very dear and close to my heart is Jessica Wassung. Jess has helped me over the past year with editing blogs, posting facts, ads and invitations at the right time, and in the right way. She has managed to slowly decipher my thoughts, ideas and pictures in my head, and put them on paper ‘per say’ for me. I could have never done such a great social media job without her. Thank you Jess!
Not just because of her being the right generation to simply swift through this cyber language, but also for her interest in my line of work and her commitment. She is one young lady of a special kind, and no job is too big or small for her – not to mention her patience with my generation and social media.
The temptation to purchase beautiful products from different countries online is very big, but there are many reasons to “support local”.
In South Africa we are often confronted with the “same old stuff”, however year-end markets and events are a showcase of amazing entrepreneurial products across the country.
It’s a new year with new steam, new choices, new ideas and new expectations – we are all confronted with changes coming our way, whether we like them or not.
How can I contribute to a better city, country and planet ? How can I help my own neighbourhood flourish economically? How can I start to go a little greener, month by month, to become healthier and more sustainable?
The answer is by supporting your local businesses and entrepreneurs. “Local is lekker” is not just a beautiful South African saying, it’s our country’s mission and a chance for positive, lasting change!
Seasonal local food tastes better and is better for our health – plus we support local farmers at the same time! Thankfully we are blessed with a wide variety of outstanding products in South Africa!
In the past few years we’ve discovered that even Wynnya’s natural skin care products don’t travel too well. Due to having no preservatives in the products, carrier oils and essential oils like to stay away from big temperature changes, as experienced in planes or on ships. Shelf life is cut short dramatically as my family in Switzerland will confirm. Customers supporting Wynnya and taking their favourite body oil, body butter or deodorant across the sea to Australia or America have reported that “they’re not the same anymore”.
I tell them the same as I’ll tell you: Support your local organic skin and health care entrepreneurs, because every country has their own beautiful and brilliant products. Support your local brands because “local is lekker!”