Formaldehyde Nail Polishes are Here to Stay

I have been reading a lot about chemicals and cancerous toxins in our cosmetics. It is just terrible how for greed of money, men doesn’t mind killing other fellow beings by poisoning them. However, there are also good news that we have now alternatives available. Here, we talk about nail polishes.

If you’re in love with your regular manicure, it is really possible to find a healthy alternative. A formaldehyde free nail polish is now available and this is good news for nail salon workers who have always been at risk working with these products every day. Some of these nail salon workers have reported an increase in breathing problems and asthma.

organic cosmetics

There are some nail polish manufacturers  who have started re-formulating their products in order to remove the toxic ingredients from nail polishes, such as dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Dibutyl phthalate is used in nail polishes to add that lovely moisturizing sheen, but it also happens to be a  reproductive and developmental toxin which is particularly bad for boys to inhale. Formaldehyde on the other hand is found in nail hardening products and it leads to skin irritations and will also irritate the eyes and throat.

Utmost Care and Protection in Chemical Free Nail Products
It is in your best interests to look our for the less-toxic brands of nail polishes; the formaldehyde free nail polishes. Some top brands are making safe, non-toxic nail polishes, and if you expand your shopping to pharmacies and online, it won’t be hard to find an excellent range of  nail polishes that provide performance without the toxins.  It is always best to read the labels and verify the ingredients of any of the bail polishes you use to establish if you are being offered the 3-free or 5-free  polishes that promise to dazzle and shimmer without any dangerous side effects.


Make your own natural moisturizer

Moisturizer is a must use especially in dry conditions. It not only make your skin supple providing the hydration but also protects from pollution. The oil present in the moisturizer makes a film over the skin protecting it. The moisturizer that you get at stores are made mostly from petroleum products and are mass-produced. However individual skin differs in their properties. Home made moisturizer is the way to go as you can make one suiting you own skin. You can use only organic products to keep you skin healthy. I make my own moisturizer which even helps me keep the wrinkles at check. I have made an array of beauty products and gifted a pack to my friend who works at Ferratum in Auckland. She told that it was better than any of the brands she had used earlier.

Make you own Moisturizer

Method to make :

  • Preparing natural emulsifier – Take one ounce of bee-wax and put in a pot with 50 ml water. Heat the mixture, and let the bee-wax melt and mix. Stir to keep the mixture smooth. This is the base for the moisturizer to keep the ingredients together. Bee-wax also has its own benefit.
  • The natural cleanser – Take 10 gm of Aloe Vera extract. You can make your own by boiling one leaf from the plant in 250 ml water. Aloe Vera has natural property of removing blemishes from skin.Add the extract to the emulsifier and mix.
  • The Moisturizing mixture – Take around two ounce of glycerin and add one tea-spoon of natural vegetable oil. I use home-made coconut oil. Add the ingredients in the mixture and let the mixture mix appropriately. The mixture will turn almost white when mix is ready to go.
  • Cooling – The mixture will be liquid. Just remove and add to a small jar made of glass and label with date. Once cooled the natural moisturizer is ready.

Is it Natural Enough for You?


Natural ingredients could lead to extinction.


The label says “all natural”, the package has green leaves all over it and the plastic bottle or jar has those little arrows indicating that the bottle is recyclable. Then, you see ingredients with parenthetical statements:

  • glyceryl laurate  (botanical source)
  • sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  • sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (from palm)
  • sodium cocoyl glutamate (from coconut & sugar cane)

Yes, the parenthetical statements make you feel good, but laboratories extract and/or concentrate the ingredients listed. In other words, a laboratory is still manipulating the ingredients, regardless of source. Is that “all natural”?  While  purists feel that any laboratory involvement renders the product, and its ingredients, unnatural, I don’t mind the parenthetical “greenwashing” cosmetics companies engage in. Unless an ingredient is completely man-made, I consider an ingredient source “natural enough”, and here’s why…..

Without laboratory manipulation, cosmetics and skin care companies would consume millions of whole, living plants for access to one or two ingredients, driving many plant species into extinction.

On balance, I’d rather companies isolate the necessary compounds, then reproduce them without consuming more plants. As recycling paper is easier on forests than consuming complete trees for every single ream of paper produced,  a lab’s having synthesized nature’s compounds can be an act of conservation.

It would be nice to use ingredients directly from the plants that produce them, but I’d rather know that plant still grows, somewhere.

Creating a Party Look

This time of year is packed with social obligations, meaning I’m looking through my closet and  box to create this year’s winter party look.  With enough patience and baubles, no one will notice that I’m wearing clothing they have seen me wear other places. Since I haven’t had to make a large purchase this year I can splurge, a little, and buy a brooch I have had my eye on. I have a little money left from my spa trip.

Party Balloons come in a wide variety

My skin and makeup need attention, though.  I tried a loose powder makeup, last year. I liked it so much that I have run out, so I’m trying  mineral makeup, this year. It’s still loose powder, but without the talc so many colour cosmetics have. I’ll add shimmer to both my cheekbones and just below my eyebrows, giving my face a subtle glow. I might break my natural rule and wear false eyelashes, though. Nothing lifts my spirits more than a party, especially when I can update my look with just one or two additions.

I know that I am not the only woman anticipating a party, and looking forward to dressing up. It gives me a chance to repurpose my existing wardrobe!. How will you create this year’s new party look?

Aloe vera

Aloe vera crop

Cultivating Aloe Vera

A wonderful, wonderful plant. 6000 years ago the ancient Egyptians valued Aloe Vera as it was considered the ‘plant of immortality” and it would be found in the burial tombs of the pharaohs.  It is said that Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it to keep their skin soft. The plant has been used in herbal medicine since first century AD. It has a variety of uses, well known for its soothing, moisturising and healing properties, its juice also being promoted as an immune system booster.  For more information on its uses take a look at this excellent blog 43 uses for Aloe Vera.

Most beauty manufactures use some components of Aloe Vera in their products, you will find it in face creams, shampoos, moist wipes, shaving creams  & facial tissues  to name but a few.

If you are looking for a skin care regime that utilises sustainable natural resources then consider keeping an Aloe Vera plant for yourself.

Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera Gel

If you suffer from Acne and other related skin problems and don’t have green fingers, try using Aloe Vera pure gel, various companies are offering Aloe Vera Gel in a near natural form. Try mixing it with coconut juice for a wonderful body cream…bit sticky so use at bedtime and let it really soak in.

Aloe Vera can also be found as a juice and it is suggested to have numerous benefits. I personally think care should be taken when ingesting a plant especially one that is known to have toxic components. Interesting article about that subject here.

All in all a very versatile product and certainly I will be keeping a tube of Aloe Vera gel in my drawer and maybe even a plant in the bathroom – who knows this one might survive! A tube of Aloe vera Gel



Save money shopping for beauty products

No matter how many tubes of lipsticks I have, or how many eye shadow palettes, I cannot resist picking up a new one every time I walk past a beauty store, or even an online shopping website. It’s a curse, truly. Normally, this would put a huge hole in people’s wallets, but there are ways through which you can save a lot of money when you are shopping for beauty products.

For instance, beauty stores usually keep the more expensive make up products at eye-level. So, in order to find their cheaper products, you should look at the lower or higher shelves. If you are shopping for particular brands, go to stores like Debenhams or Selfridges or John Lewis, instead of the actual brand store. The former might have bigger sales on these products.


If you are more interested in shopping for beauty products online, coupons must be your best friend. You will be able to save a lot of money on the products or on shipping if you find the right coupons.  You should also keep an eye on beauty blogs and YouTube beauty tutorial channels- they usually share discount information with viewers. Many beauty blogs and websites have their own sales, where you’ll be able to pick up the products they’ve reviewed for a significant discount, as well.

These are the top five tips I live life by. I’m pretty sure I’ve saved hundreds of pounds over the years thanks to these.