Want to smell good? Eat some candy

This message from the perfume industry got my immediate interest, although I am not sure what I really need to think about it… nevertheless… quite interesting.
A Bulgarian company introduced a candy which incorporates body fragrance working from the inside out! Certainly a most innovative product that is created by a confectioner who claims that when his sweets are being consumed, the skin emits rose oil contained in the candy.

His concept was developed as part of R&D to assist candy manufacturers in using healthy, alternative and innovative food ingredients to break new ground in confectionery markets worldwide. A rose fragrance is released through the skin once the candy is eaten.
The ingredient that causes the smell is geraniol, a colorless liquid found in plants such as rose, lavender and vanilla. Once the natural antioxidant geraniol is consumed in candy form it is leaving the body through the skin pores, creating a naturally sweet smell that lasts for hours. The effect seems similar to the pungent garlic that transmits odor through the skin pores as well.
So I am curious whether we all are going to eat more candy now? But now… what about our dentist bills? Hmmm … yummy…. 🙂

Australian Hair & Makeup Artist Promotes Natural, Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

One of the very proud moments in my life with the incredible Jane Goodall during the launch of her film at IMAX…. A brief background on myself… Hi : -) I am Nicole Groch. I have been a professional freelance hair & makeup artist based in Melbourne, Australia for over 19 years. I have been working in the fashion, advertising and music industry both in Australia and overseas. Quite some year’s back now, I took it upon myself to rethink my attitude towards the makeup & hair products I used in my kit.
I had been a vegetarian for many years for ethical reasons, and only used ‘cruelty free’ products in my work, but I was also very interested in all the natural and organic products that were becoming more readily available.

I did research into the common ingredients used in the majority of cosmetic brands and was astounded at how many toxic ingredients they contained and how they can adversely affect our health. I then converted my kit, so I now use on my clients only the safest, cruelty free and natural products that I can source. This is how I came to love the Paul Penders range as they stood for everything I believed in, vegan, natural and safe. Over the years I got to know Paul and he is an incredible inspirational person.
Because I didn’t believe it was ethical to use or promote any products that were tested on animals I was constantly turning down work for companies that either used such products, or had real fur in their ranges, including their TV commercials, fashion parades, fashion shows and product editorials. Particularly I wanted to do something positive with my makeup skills to help animals!
So I got in contact with the Australian www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/makeup.html (they accredit cruelty free companies) and offered to start “The Cruelty Free Makeup Tips”. I arranged a huge celebrity launch for the “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” poster campaign I had put together and did all hair and makeup for it as well.

I was able to use my connections to get celebrity support for the front covers of our magazines and for campaigns. After a few years I was asked to become a Director of Choose Cruelty Free and as their PR Director I found Paul Penders products. Our Preferred Product List www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/list.html lead me to do PR work for other natural and cruelty free companies.
Now I am the mother of two beautiful children. And along with doing my hair and makeup work, and PR for CCF, I embarked on a journey that I am very passionate about! I have become the writer, editor, photographer, marketing and PR person for a website my husband Jonathan (an IT professional) and I together designed, called: www.livingsafe.com.au

The aim of Living Safe is to give individuals easy tools and accurate knowledge to help them create a safe and healthy environment for their children, pets and …ultimately themselves! Since we have launched the site several months ago we have been getting fantastic positive feedback, especially from parents thanking us for creating this much needed site. It has made them more aware and informed about these very important issues. We hope our site will help to create a better world for the all of us. We also have a directory of “Safe & Non-Toxic” companies and of course, Paul’s products are on it as well as they fit the Living Safe ethos perfectly!
Paul Penders is now available in Australia. For more information please visit: paulpenders.com.au/
Author: Nicole Groch

Is this going over the top or what?

In case you didn’t know yet, there is a bill in the making in the U.S. called H.R. 5786, the ‘Safe Cosmetics Act’. It is similar to the new European cosmetic regulation where ingredients need to be specified ‘properly’ on cosmetic products so they start to look like a chemistry book!

While regulators (made up of more lawyers and politicians than chemists) have yet to understand that almost all consumers do not understand chemical terminology, these regulators also never figured out a good way how to attach all this nonsense information on your cosmetic jar.

Regulators keep pushing their proposals, sometimes for their own hidden agendas. They forget that consumers are not that interested in explanations which nobody can understand. In Europe, where they love difficult and sometimes unexplainable things, regulators are already getting their way. In Asia they think little bit more which maybe makes more sense.

When it happens in the U.S., I can tell you these regulators can expect a fight! For this reason I love being an American because whatever the world may think about Americans being ignorant and what else, Americans are not that stupid to let regulators get their way as they did in Europe.

To ‘meet’ these regulations, companies are reduced to falsifying official declarations (happening with large and small companies). All because they want to satisfy the demands created by legislators.

For you, it’s bad news. You as a consumer can expect to pay more for your cosmetic products because of this new legislation. Because you and I know that certification bodies and all involved in the game of ‘certification’ just want more money! If you want to know, I think it’s a conspiracy of large cosmetic companies lobbying with legislators to get rid of honest little companies like us!

Here are examples of 2 totally NATURAL ingredients we also use in Paul Penders products. See how 2 simple ingredients will need to be labeled in the future? Take in consideration that some of Paul Penders products contain no less than 20 or 30 different natural ingredients. See how Natural Organic Olive Oil needs to be declared according to the regulators:

Olive Oil (Tri-Glycerides of Palmitic, Di-Glycerides of Palmitic, Palmitoleic, Stearic, Oleic, Linoleic, Arachidic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Squalene, Beta Carotene, Campesterol, Methylenecholesterol, Stigmasterol, Sitosterol, Fucosterol, 28-Isofucosterol, Stigmadienol, Brassicasterol, 7-Cholestenol,Ergostadienol, Avenasterol, Triterpene Alcohols, Tirucallol, Taraxerol, Dammaradienol Beta-Amyrin Germanicol, Butyrospermol, Parkeol, Cycloartenol, Tirucalladienol, 24-Methlene 24-Dihydroparkeol, 24-Methlenecycloartanol, Cyclobranol, 4-Methyl Sterols, Esters of Tyrosol, Esters of Hydroxytyrosol, Vitamin E (Tocopherols), Carotenoids, Oleuropein) Cocoa Butter (Tri and Diglycerides of Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Lead, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Isoleic Acid, Beta Carotene, p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid, Vanillic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Syringic Acid, Phenylehtylamine, Theophylline, Aliphatic Esters, Aromatic Carbonyls, Caffeine, Theobromine, Diketopiperazines and Alkylpryazines)

Do YOU understand this? I don’t! And this is just for one single ingredient like Olive Oil. Which label is large enough to fit all these ingredients?

Another example is Natural Organic Lavender Essential Oil…. well, this should be a simple ingredient, right? Not so for these regulators.

Remember that we buy Organic Lavender Essential Oil from small farmers. But now the farmers cannot sell it to us anymore. After they have distilled lavender into essential oil, they need to come up with multiple pages of scientific reports with declarations, lab tests and more. Just to prove it is what it says it is!
The question is, how do they expect small farms to produce scientific information about pure essential oil the way the regulators need it to be? The small farmer needs to pay some chemist to write up these scientific reports!

According to the legislators, pure Natural Organic Lavender Essential Oil will need to labelled like this on our Paul Penders products:

Lavender Essential Oil (Cineole Octanol, Octanone, Alpha Bisabolol, Alpha Cadinol, Alpha Humelene, Alpha Phellandrene, Apha Pinene, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha Terpineol, Alpha Terpinyl Acetate, Alpha Thujene, Alpha Thujone, Beta Bisabolol, Beta Pinene, Beta Thujone, Borneol, Bornyl Acetate, Camphene Camphor, Cineolealpha Terpineol, Carvone, Caryophyllene, Carophyllene Oxide, CIS Alpha Terpineol, CIS Alpha Bisabolene, CIS Carveol, CIA Linalol Epoxide, CIS Ocimene, Citronellal, Citronellol, Coumarine, Cuminaldehyde, Eugenol, Furfural, Geraniol, Geranyl Acetate, Geranyl Butyrate, Hexanol, Hexyl Tiglate, Isoborneol, Lavandulol, Lavandulyl Acetate, Limonene, Linanlol, Linalyl Acetate, Methyl Heptenone, Myrcene, Nerol, Neryl Acetate, Oleanolic Acid, P Cymene, Rosemarinic Acid, Sabinen, Terpinenol, Terpinolene, Trans Carveol, Trans Epoxy Linalyl Acetate, Trans Linanol Epoxide, Trans Ocimene, Ursolic Acid)

Which on the label will look like below, otherwise how can the label fit 1,000 chemical names for all the natural organic ingredients we use?
So this is what we call ‘progress’ in the mad, mad world of cosmetic manufacturing?

What do YOU say as a consumer?