Behentrimonium Methosulphate

Behentrimonium Methosulphate is a waxy substance derived from colza oil, extracted from the Colza plant grown in Europe. What is it? Colza oil is very similar to rapeseed oil, an oil from a yellow flowering plant from the same family as broccoli, cabbage and turnip plants. It is not a sulfate and is not to be confused with Behentrimonium Chloride. It is quaternary ammonium salt … Continue reading Behentrimonium Methosulphate

Product Safety

What is it? A rather large issue that puts people at risk for toxicity. Product safety has been the topic of debate for decades and remains insufficiently resolved. “You can sell something without any evidence that it’s safe or effective.” Dr Pieter Cohen, Harvard Medical School. There is no effective system to determine the health and safety of products available on the Australian market, consumers … Continue reading Product Safety


Parabens, common parabens include methylparaben (E number E218), ethylparaben (E214), propylparaben (E216) and butylparaben. Less common parabens include isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, benzylparaben and their sodium salts. What is it? Parabens are widely used synthetic preservatives that can be found in 99% of cancer tumors. These widely used synthetic preservatives have known estrogen mimmicking properties. Parabens occur naturally at low levels in certain foods, for example barley, strawberries, … Continue reading Parabens

Iron Oxides

Iron Oxides, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492 What is it? Iron oxides are naturally occurring mineral deposits that have been used to colour cosmetics since the early 1900’s and as part of cultural religious ceremonies. At present iron oxides are the most commonly used colouring pigment used in cosmetics and skin care preparations. There are 16 known iron varieties, there are only three main … Continue reading Iron Oxides

Artifical Dyes & Colours

Artificial Dyes, food colours, lake pigments What is it? Made from petroleum, artificial food colours are derivatives of petrochemicals and coal tar. Dyes are manufactured as powders, granules or liquids. Why does Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA] consider this chemical toxic? Studies show that long-term exposure to artificial dyes can cause cancer or other effects. Dyes are not pure chemicals and may contain upwards of 10% … Continue reading Artifical Dyes & Colours

Acai, Fruit Oil

Acai, Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil What is it? This natural berry is a potent antioxidant. Acai oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the Acai berry, used for centuries by the Natives of Brazil. How is it used? Usage ranges from 1%-10% in product formulations, it is known for its skin healing properties, helping to manage inflammation and very dry skin. Why … Continue reading Acai, Fruit Oil

Artifical Fragrances

Fragrances, Parfum or Perfume What is it? Made from over 5,000 chemicals each individual fragrance is a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. These artificial fragrances do not come from flowers, resins or any other natural source, they are 100% synthetic man-made chemical aromas. Why does Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA] consider this chemical toxic? This complex mixture contains thousands of chemicals that have not been … Continue reading Artifical Fragrances