Georgia Peaches image via photographyblogger.net

Georgia Peaches image via photographyblogger.net

If you are whipsawed with confusion over all that organic, natural banter you are not alone. I want to know why I should toss my exorbitantly expensive face creams in the bin for something that smells like a fruit salad.

To find out, I hit up the peachiest girl I know, Haley of Peachy Clean Organic Beauty.  She is one of those girls who seems to have an inner lightbulb that has her glowing like a glow worm 24/7. Or maybe it’s just all that organic cream she uses. I grilled her like a peach on a hot grill for the facts, and frankly, I could be turning…..

ModernMothers: I’m a little bis suss about ‘organic’ beauty products. Why do they have it all over those delicious and expensive-smelling French ones?

PeachyClean: Oh the fancy French stuff does smell good and make you feel like you’re using a luxurious product (usually with the pricetag to match) but it’s usually synthetic fragrances – 95% of the chemicals used in fragrances today are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, including known toxins capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions (*research by The National Academy of Sciences). Perfumes rank higher in causing asthma than second hand smoke!  So…do you want it to smell like a natural ingredient, fleece your savings and cause you harm or to actually smell like the real deal (because it is), save you money, not irritate your skin and actually give you better results? No brainer really!

MM: It seems ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ are plastered over EVERYTHING! How do we know what is actually organic?

PC: There’s a LOT of greenwashing out there! It drives me crazy! Brands are legally allowed to advertise their products as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ if they use as little as one natural or organic ingredient – even if the rest of the product was pure petroleum! We get lied to a lot by marketing and branding (think brands like Jurlique, Aesop, Aveeno, Aveda…major culprits of greenwashing) and unless you have a degree in science, it can be pretty hard to know what’s toxic and what’s not. The general rule of thumb when looking at ingredients is – if you can’t pronounce it, it has initials or numbers or it ends in ‘paraben’ – it’s toxic. Your skin absorbs everything you put on it – so don’t use products you can’t eat. When I first switched to natural I fell for all of the greenwashing – thinking I was choosing safe products, it wasn’t till I started researching all the ingredients I hadn’t heard of that I realized I’d been flat-out lied to. That’s why I started Peachy Clean (now with free shipping-YAY!) – it just shouldn’t be hard to choose safe products! No B.S. no false claims, no driving an hour to get a safe shampoo at silly prices- we’ve researched every product – certified or not and found them not only safe, but beautifully effective. My skin has never been better since ditching the chemicals and using pure ingredients!

MM: I’m nervous about mineral makeup. There are some crazy looking glittery powders out there! Surely a bit of unnatural makeup isn’t going to harm me? 

PC: Oh yeah – the word ‘mineral’ gets a lot of people. Arsenic and lead are technically ‘natural minerals’ but you wouldn’t paint your face with them would you? Most of the mineral makeup contains ‘nanoparticles’ which are highly absorbable (mostly by inhalation into the lungs) and can get into the blood stream really quickly. Nanoparticles (like Mica and Boron Nitride) have been shown to be severe skin irritants, cause weakness and liver and kidney disruptions. Companies aren’t required to list nanoparticles as an ingredient on their products either. If construction workers have to wear safety masks to prevent inhaling mica fragments into their lungs as part of their occupational health and safety agreements – why is it in most mineral makeup? Our AEOS make up range is not only biodynamic and organic – its free from nanoparticles and any other sneaky ingredients too – like it should be.

MM: So skin absorbs chemicals, but what about nails? Do I have to toss out all my glammy nail varnishes? What am I going to use?

PC: My toe-nails are never bare! Thankfully these days there are plenty of ‘3-free’ ranges of nail polishes – like our huge collection of ‘Butter London’ colours (champers, queen vic and royal navy are my current winter addictions!) ‘3-free’ refers to the 3 most toxic ingredients in nail polishes – Formaldehyde; (used to embalm dead animals and bodies among other things) is a known human carcinogen. Toluene; can cause nausea, affect your liver, kidneys, heart and nervous system. DBP; linked to reproductive difficulties and birth defects. The nail is often considered an impermeable barrier, but this is not true. In fact, it is much more permeable than the skin! So choose your colours wisely and think twice before painting your kids fingernails with cheap and nasty polishes. Butter is awesome –  it doesn’t chip easily either.

MM: What about nail polish remover? Acetone or non-acetone?

PC: Once you try a natural polish remover like the Fresh Therapies Eden nail polish remover you won’t go back. Acetone just strips your nails! It’s the quickest way to remove colour sure, but it’s also really damaging to nails and can cause them to become weak and split. I’d rather take an extra 5 seconds and take off the colour with something that’s actually going to nourish my nails and help get them stronger – while still being tough on even the darker colours and not stinking out the entire house!

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