Sunday, November 29, 2009

Natural & organic beauty salon directory

List of natural, organic eco beauty salons and day spas. Find a natural and organic hair & beauty salon or day spa close to you in .phy organics green directory.

A large listing of eco salons in the USA and Australia including NY and Sydney.

Why buy organic eye make up?

Ingredient information for non organic eye cosmetics:

Eye make up products  including mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadows and eye lash dyes contains the ingredient triethenolamine which can cause skin irritation and is a frequent sensitizing agent. Eye make up also contains hydroxybenzoic acids and propylene glycol, which are both irritants and can cause more severe allergic reactions. Eyelash dyes sometimes include phenylenediamine which is highly toxic and can cause even more severe conditions such as eczema, skin rash, bronchial asthma and gastritis, and it is also a known carcinogen.

For more info on toxic ingredients and a glossary click here.

Use a certified organic mascara instead of the mainstream brands, a natural cosmetic product for beautiful lashes. It's perfect for sensitive, dry eyes and contact lens wearers as it does not contain any synthetic chemicals sensitizing and causing allergies. 

My favorite is the miessence certified organic black mascara. It is made with nourishing jojoba oil, shea and beeswax, and the color is derived from natural mineral pigments.

Certified organic beauty products

Eco, natural and chemical free. No synthetic chemicals. The fabulous miessence range is completely certified organic by USDA, Australian Certified Organic and BFA (Biological Farmers of Australia )according to international food standards, and has everything from body and skin care to cosmetics, essential oils, mother and baby care and household basics.
The products does not arrive in packaging to minimize the impact on our planet and the bottles and containers are completely recyclable. The shipping as well as the company including production is carbon neutral.

Click here to see the online shop.

Hair Color - Toxic Ammonia

What is the purpose of ammonia in hair colour?

The purpose of ammonia in hair dye is to help open up the cuticle layer of the hair to allow the color molecules to penetrate the hair. It also serves as an activator to peroxide in the colour developer and helps to form the color in the hair. Some formulas replace the ammonia with other alkalines to fulfil the same function.

What is ammonia?

Ammonia occurs naturally and is produced by human activity. It is an important source of nitrogen which is needed by plants and animals. Bacteria found in the intestines can produce ammonia.
Ammonia is a colorless gas with a very distinct odor. This odor is familiar to many people because ammonia is used in smelling salts, many household and industrial cleaners, and window-cleaning products.

Ammonia gas can be dissolved in water. This kind of ammonia is called liquid ammonia or aqueous ammonia. Once exposed to open air, liquid ammonia quickly turns into a gas.
Ammonia is applied directly into soil on farm fields, and is used to make fertilizers for farm crops, lawns, and plants. Many household and industrial cleaners contain ammonia.
It is on the CERCLA priority list of hazardous substances.

How can ammonia affect my health?

No health effects have been found in humans exposed to typical environmental concentrations of ammonia. However, exposure to higher levels of ammonia in the air may be irritating to your skin, eyes, throat, and lungs and cause coughing and burns. Lung damage and death may occur after exposure to very high concentrations of ammonia. Some people with asthma may be more sensitive to breathing ammonia than others.

Swallowing concentrated solutions of ammonia can cause burns in your mouth, throat, and stomach. Splashing ammonia into your eyes can cause burns and even blindness.

Ammonia is believed to be one of the main chemicals to cause respiratory disorders in hairdressers.

Source : ATSDR

Photo: Culture Mag

Organic mineral make up - Gift set

Afterglow natural organic mineral make up, fashionably green earth friendly beauty. To get the latest looks you need a good foundation. This starter kit is also the perfect Christmas gift. It is available in three different shades and contains:

2 organic mineral foundations, 1 organic mineral blush, 1 organic setting powder, a baby kabuki brush, concealer brush (vegan brushes) and application instructions all wrapped up in a pretty Afterglow glamour bag.

Afterglow is what I complement the miessence organic make up range with as they do not have everything I want to create the latest trends and looks. The start kit is not only a bargain but also a great way to get to know the quality of the make up and brushes. The professional brushes are truly beautiful are completely cruelty free and vegan.

The kit is available at Afterglow Cosmetics for $68 ($120). Shipping available in the US and Canada.


Shop and buy make up online in America & Canada. Afterglow Cosmetics are made in the USA.