“Natural” is in fact SUSTAINABLE

Lately I’ve heard that “natural” is not “sustainable”. Let’s explore a few things. A very little history… Essential and natural oils have been used for 10,000 plus years in every region in the world. There is a lovely article in the current edition of the NYSCC “Cosmetiscope” about the history of “natural ingredients”. This small […]

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How do you validate ingredient claims?

I once asked an FDA inspector what her basic rule was for ingredient claims and she said, “tell the truth”. That means, you need to know what the truth is. Certificates             Ask for certificates. If it is organic, you are required by law to be able to prove it with a certificate. If it […]

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Sustainable? I call BS.

Alright folks. I’ve had it. We’ve been promoting and selling organic ingredients into the cosmetic space for 22 years and now there are multiple companies talking about the “sustainable” ingredients they sell. I call BS and here is why. I just read an interview of someone saying they were making “natural” ingredients but their supply […]

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What makes a good certification standard?

Every time I turn around there is a new standard. Some people make “dirty lists” and call them standards but how can a two or three page list cover all the problematic chemicals used in personal care? Some standards are laws or regulations: the Organic Rules are a regulation (law) but COSMOS is a private […]

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What does L’Oréal’s renewable ingredients pledge mean?

Disclaimer : This article was originally published on BPC Insights April 27, 2021 What does L’Oréal’s renewable ingredients pledge mean? A couple of weeks ago L’Oréal announced that by 2030 “95% of its ingredients will be derived from renewable plant source, abundant mineral, of circular process…”. They made a number of commitments around downstream impact, water use, […]

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Take 2 – There is no Such Thing as Cold Pressed Oil

Short and to the point… FACTS: • Oil is, by its’ very nature, more fluid when it is warm. • Organic production requires that no solvents are used, the oil is “mechanically” pressed. No chemicals are used to extract the oil. • Most organic oil is produced by an expeller press:             “An expeller press or “screw press,” […]

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How to analyze Cosmetic Ingredient Marketing

HOW TO ANALYZE COSMETIC INGREDIENT MARKETING: Welcome to another rant about the sin of omission AKA marketing. Let’s explore what some of these marketing terms really mean. Read through the ad copy example below then look at the comments below: “more than 50% biomass” – This probably means 50.1 % plant inputs (snort) – or […]

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Transition to Transparency

Defining Transparency Personal care consumers want transparency, safety and sustainability, but what does that mean in terms of all the current claims being used? Clean, Green, Sustainable, Non-Toxic, and Conscious, are just some of the terms used to sell personal care products today. Retailers, however, all define these words differently, creating confusion in the marketplace. […]

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Green Suppliers: The Sin of Omission

💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚   💚 (This is a letter to many of the chemical manufacturers and their distributors and formulating chemists. You know who you are…) Green Chemistry is the future and so many of you are working hard to use the principles of […]

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Round 2: Why Blacklists Suck

I’ve ranted about this in the past, but I keep seeing new “Standards” or “Blacklists” that are really just long lists of chemicals. (Eye rolling. Heavy sighs. Maybe a couple of curses.) There are about 60,000+ chemicals used in cosmetics – which ones go on the list? How long is that list and how do […]

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