Propolis & Manuka Hand Cream and Lipstick

The following products contain propolis and manuka. What is the difference and what are the health benefits?

Bioformule Propolis Lipstick

1) Propolis:

Honey isn’t the only thing that bees make. Propolis or “bee glue” is a greenish-brown mixture that honey bees produce by combining their own saliva and beeswax with exuded substances they collect from tree buds, sap flows and other botanical sources. It is used as a coating to build their hives.

What are the health benefits?
Propolis is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to Dr. Axe (Draxe.com), Propolis:

  • Helps Combat Cancer.
  • Treats Candida Symptoms.
  • Stops Herpes (Cold Sores) Reproduction.
  • Prevents and Treats Common Cold and Sore Throats.
  • Fights Parasites.
  • Improves Fertility for Females with Endometriosis.

Propolis in hand cream:
Propolis extract helps to repair and strengthen the skin’s barrier. Use often to soften skin and prevent dryness and cracking. Continue reading “Propolis & Manuka Hand Cream and Lipstick”

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Organic Ecocert Sunscreens and Lovea

The weather is finally improving in Belgium and I was searching for organic ecocert – certified sunscreens! I found the French brand Lovea at Holland & Barrett (before De Tuinen) in Maastricht.

Organic Ecocert Lovea Sunscreen

Why I love Lovea’s organic ecocert products?

  • Natural (Ecocert/Cosmebio certified)
  • Mineral sunscreens, PABA & Paraben free
  • Safety formulas, complying with European standards
  • Very high UVA – UVB protection
  • Moisturizing properties (Monoï of Tahiti)
  • Water resistant, non greasy

Why 30+ SPFs?
In general, dermatologists suggest products with SPFs no lower than 30 and no higher than 50. In addition to an SPF of 30+, your sunscreen should include some combination of the following UVA-blocking ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone. Sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection may be labeled multi spectrum, broad spectrum, or UVA/UVB protection.

Why organic ECOCERT products?

 

Ecocert Logo


Founded in France in 1991 ECOCERT is one of the largest organic certification organisations in the world, carrying out inspections in over 80 countries. In relation to natural and organic cosmetics ECOCERT defines criteria for a natural and/or organic standard that guarantees respect for the environment throughout the production line, through respect for the consumer and the promotion of natural substances. ECOCERT is one of the most recognised organic certification bodies in the world and one of the most respected.

Clean Cuisine posted an interesting article about “The Organic Sunscreen Myth” and mentioned Lovea.

Scary Sunscreen Ingredients:

  • OMC (octyl methoxycinnamate)
  • Octocrylene
  • Avobenzone
  • Oxybenzone
  • Homosalate
  • Octinoxate
  • Octisalate
  • Micronized and Nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

Read more about the trouble with Oxybenzone and other sunscreen chemicals and WebMD’s article about sunscreen labels.

 

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Organic Nail Polish Removers & KOH Cosmetics

Hi Organic Fashionistas!

For those using nail polish and remover often, it’s worth knowing that chemicals in nail polish can be harmful if you’re regularly exposed to them. The two most common chemicals are formaldehyde and toluene. Formaldehyde is used as a hardener in nail polish and toluene is used to help nail polish glide on more smoothly. Especially when you are pregnant it is recommended to use nail polish that’s free from both chemicals.

In addition, if you are exposed to large doses of acetone over long periods of time, there’s a small possibility that this could lead to developmental problems and birth defects. Many beauty bloggers mention the US organic brand Karma Naturals. This soybean based oil contains propylene carbonate, soybean oil methyl exter, and tocopheryl acetate as ingredients- no acetone whatsoever!

Yesterday, I went shopping in Antwerp to find organic nail polish removers. No organic brand that sparked my interest but at Parfuma I noticed the “Purifying Polish Remover” from KOH Cosmetics with no acetone (however this means another chemical namely ethylacetate which is less drying and healthier for cuticles!) with vitamin E, almond oil and castor oil.

KOH Cosmetics

Furthermore, I noticed KOH’s  “Calcium Nail Whitener”. I love the small  fashionable black box that comes along. After applying, I noticed a healthy-looking pink nail bed! Love it!!!

I love the brand and wondering whether there are other organic healthier alternatives? Let me know!! 🙂

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