For the health of it

July 26, 2007

My main goal in starting Saffron Rouge was to give people health benefits through clean, healthy, chemical-free, organic beauty products. Smothering your skin with harsh chemical ingredients and pesticide-laden ‘natural’ ingredients never made any sense to me these ingredients actually enter you body. Plus, plants are naturally loaded with healing vitamins, mineral, fatty acids and other marvelous things that feed and nourish your skin. For example, Jurlique’s Face Wash Cream is so pure that Jurlique’s founder Dr. Jurgen Klein used to add a dab to his pancake mix (I’d like to see you do that with your run-of-the-mill drugstore face wash). All of the organic plant base oils at Saffron Rouge can be used in cooking. (Not that you need to. But it’s good to know that you can.) 

Years ago, during a Jurlique training, I learned that women ingest approximately nine pounds of lipstick in their lifetime. When you stop to think about the chemical-driven ingredients in mainstream lip products, those nine pounds become pretty scary. On the other side of the lipstick spectrum, Dr.Hauschka’s lipsticks contain ethically mined mineral pigments in a base of organic and wild-crafted plant oils and extracts.

For example the ingredient list in Sephora’s Maniac Long Wearing Lipstick reads like a science experiment:

Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Lanolin, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Octyldodecanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Alumina, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-6, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, C30 - 50 Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol, Bisabolol, CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Tin Oxide, Limonene, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben

I’m not sure about you, but those impossible to pronounce names really make me want to lick my lips before lunch. But, to play the other side of the fence for a moment, not all chemical sounding names are bad. For example: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride can be entirely from natural sources”. You have to know your stuff when it comes to ingredients, or shop at Saffron Rouge where we audit every ingredient before we take on a product.

A great article came out the last week in June in the British Telegraph that talks about exactly this topic. Have a read, click here. The headline is “Body absorbs 5lb of make-up chemicals a year”.

If you’re curious about what’s in your makeup (assuming you didn’t buy it from Saffron Rouge of course), search the database on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep website. Keep in mind, the EWG hasn’t assessed every ingredient out there. So they’ll give something a low score if they haven’t assessed it, which makes certain things look better than they actually are. also, a few skin deep ratings for some natural ingredients are not correct. For example, stearic acid has a safety score of 3 (not that great, 0 is the lowest with 10 being the worst)

So I encourage you to take control of your beauty routine by learning exactly what ingredients you’re using. After all, you want to eat pancakes, not Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate!