Mislabeling: The FDA and the The No-No Words

A lot of cosmetic brands seem to have a “No-No List” of ingredients. I think it is time for a list of “No-No” words – because, you know, FDA and “mislabeling”. The basic thing you need to keep in mind is that unless you are selling a registered, approved DRUG, you may not any use […]

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3 Things to Know about Ingredient Quality

You probably use a number of ingredient suppliers…   1 – When buying organic ingredients, always ask for a Specification from the supplier. This describes the physical and chemical characteristics of what you bought. Like: Color, Aroma, Form (liquid, solid, etc.), pH, and so on.   2 – Okay – you just received the ingredient […]

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Choose Your Cosmetic Claims Carefully

Is Your Product “Organic”, “Natural”, or “100% Anything”? In a quick Google search there were at least 12 cosmetic companies involved in class action law suits over the past 9 months for using the word “natural” to describe a cosmetic or some aspect of a cosmetic. There are a number of others law suits based […]

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Ingredient Transparency and Quality for Your Products?

  Getting Transparent About Your Ingredients   We only sell organic and sustainable ingredients. It seems pretty dumb to do anything else (hello Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and the gang) – agriculture adds about 50% of all un-sequestered carbon to the atmosphere. Organic agriculture helps solve that problem. We want you to have full transparency about […]

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What We Knew All Along: Sperm Count is the Canary in the Coal Mine

When any population shows a marked decrease in reproductive health, it is serious. Today we are talking about “humans”. In an opinion piece quietly published in the NY Times by Evan Hepler-Smith, he pointed to a study that indicates sperm count for men in the US, the EU, and Australia/New Zealand has dropped since the […]

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Sustainability Rant #2 – July 31, 2017

What does “sustainability” mean? For the past 20 or so years international companies have been talking about their “Sustainability Programs”. We supply a couple of the international cosmetic companies. Recently one of them did a Sustainability Survey and our “sustainability” was evaluated and rated in the 70th percentile. This by a company that uses 4 […]

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FDA Bans 19 Antimicrobial Soap Ingredients

So many things went through my mind after the initial and loud cheer when I first read this announcement. The first thing was my happiness about the act. Then I got scared because…the FDA has resisted this action since the 1970s and this ingredient list effects so many products (almost any soap that makes an […]

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Palm Done Right™

A Model For All Producers Part 2   This is personal: I have kids and I want grandkids and they should be able to breath and travel and love the world they live it. In order to clean up some of the mess that we’ve made to date, everything on the planet should be made […]

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Palm Done Right™ – Why Is Palm Oil Such a BIG Deal? Part 1

Facts about Palm Trees and Palm Oil Products: African Palm Trees are the highest volume producer of oil per acre of any plant. Both palm and coconut trees only grow in the equatorial belt (rain forest). Palm trees may produce twice-as-much oil per acre or hectare as coconut trees. Palm trees live for about 40 […]

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Non-GMO & RSPO vs. Organic Label Claims

We receive weekly requests for “Non-GMO” verification or “RSPO” (Sustainable Palm) certification. I continue to have to explain why “organic” certification is a more rigorous and legally accountable regulation and that our organic certificate includes both “Non-GMO” and “Sustainable” claims. Here are some details.   How the Organic Regulations Work: Certified Organic products must meet […]

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