What’s so bad about anti-bacterials? Should we try to avoid triclosan? Read on for all the skinny on triclosan, and what your natural alternatives are.
Most of us have heard of Bisphenol-A, the hormone disrupting plastics chemical found in many plastics, including polycarbonates. Canada banned it, the EU won’t allow it in baby products, the FDA won’t allow it in baby bottles and cups. It’s still used in lots of things, though, from the lining in tinned foods, to thermal … Read More
What are SAPs? SAPs are super absorbent polymers. SAPs absorb and hold a huge amount of liquid, relative to their size. SAPs can hold between 50 and 500 times their own weight, depending on the liquid they’re absorbing. In contrast, cotton and fluff pulp hold only 20 times their own weight. What this means is … Read More
This is the next instalment in our ongoing series about chemicals often found in home and personal care products. Here, we make an assessment of ingredients so you can make informed choices about the products you buy. Today, we’re looking at phthalates. Phthalates are odourless, colourless chemicals that are everywhere around us. They’re in the air … Read More
What is fragrance? What is fragrance and what is it used for? Fragrance can also be called perfume, or scent. What’s the problem with perfume? The problem is that most manufacturers won’t disclose what’s in their fragrance, claiming that they are proprietary and commercially sensitive. While this is true, the issue is that if manufacturers … Read More
Ever looked at the ingredients on a bottle and wondered what exactly active ingredients were? Put simply, it’s the part of the medicine or cosmetic that makes it do what it says on the bottle. In medicines, the active ingredient is the chemical that actually makes it work. For example, although the chemist may carry … Read More
What is benzyl alcohol? It can be both synthetic and naturally occurring, in things like fruits and essential oils It’s used as a solvent (i.e. to prevent lumps and to ensure a smooth liquid). It’s used as a fragrance ingredient, and it’s used as a preservative, and as a solvent (i.e. to prevent lumps and … Read More
What is the dirty thirty? It’s a list of toxic ingredients found in skincare and beauty products, including baby products. Find out what to avoid in our list.
What is propylene glycol and what is it used for? Propylene glycol is a thickener, and a skin conditioner. It’s used in cosmetics, including moisturisers, conditioners, face creams and hair colourants. It’s also used in processed foods to help prevent them from drying out. What’s the problem with propylene glycol? There’s evidence that it is … Read More
What is 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol? Also known as Bronopol. It’s used as a preservative. What’s the problem with 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol? It’s suspected to be a skin irritant, a lung and liver toxicant, and to have an adverse effect on the human immune system. It’s a wildlife and environmental toxin. It ranks as a high hazard on the EWG … Read More