Hands up who loves a freebie?! Yes Sir I Do!

Aaaand what's better than the freebies being natural brands eeeek!

Get your mitts on these lovely natural freebies in these magazines available at the moment. Check out 

 Marie Claire (July 2014 Issue):  Free mini Ciate polish and mini Caviar Beads, in a range of colours! Ciate is a 3 free brand! Plus extra 20% off discount in the mag (see page 59)

 InStyle ( July 2014 Issue):  Free REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser and muslin Cloth. Plus an exclusive 20% off online discount in the magazine (check page 133)

 Red (July 2014 Issue) :  Free Mavala Nail Polish. Available in 4 colours. Mavala is a natural nail range free from parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metals.

What are you waiting for?! Go forth to the newsagents and haul! 

Magazine Goodies!

Exciting news for natural makeup lovers! Benecos are soon launching new additions to their make up range available in the UK!

They will be releasing a whopping few new eye products from shadows to bases. 

Here's what's to come:

 Natural Duo Eyeshadows (£4.95) 

            Ocean                                                                                              Shady Greys       
Natural and Vegan these mineral shadows provide the perfect colour pairings to create a subtle or dramatic look!

 Natural Mono Eyeshadows (£3.95) 

Fairytale                                                                                                 Mermaid
Vegan mineral eyeshadows that are made with blends of organic plant oils so that they apply super smooth and creamily. Strong pigments with a hint of shimmer and sparkle!

 Natural Baked Duo Eyeshadows (£6.95) 

Party                                                                                            Celebration

These pretty ones are mineral shadows infused with jojoba oil  and can be applied wet or dry and have a lovely shimmer! Vegan too!

 Natural Eyeshadow Base (£5.95) 
This base is natural and vegan! It has a creamy smooth formula that helps prevent creasing and gives a subtle golden glow to intensify your eyeshadow!

All these goodies should be available online at benecos.co.uk and other online retailers soon so keep your eyes peeled!

NEWS// Benecos New Makeup

Hey everyone, I know it's been a pretty long time since I've uploaded a video right? Well i finally got one up and so if you want to hear and see me waffling on about some products i've used up in the past few months then head on down to the picture below and it will take you to my youtube video!

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 What Is It? 

1,4-dioxane is not a direct ingredient or chemical, in fact it is actually a by-product, the result of processing other chemicals. In this case 1,4-dioxane is a petrochemical by product of the petrochemical process of ethoxylation. 

 Where Does It Come From? 

1,4-dioxane is derived from petroleum and as said above it is a by-product, the result of a chemical process call ethoxylation which is used to change chemicals into milder forms (such as with SLS which is turned into SLES through ethoxylation) this process creates bi-products that can be just as harmful as the original chemical and this is where 1,4-dioxane is 'created'. It isn't created deliberately or even used particularly as a direct ingredient, but anything that has gone through ethoxylation will produce 1,4-dioxane and other chemicals as a result of the process. 

 Where To Check For It: 

Even natural and organic products may contain 1,4-dioxane.

As 1,4-dioxane is not a direct ingredient or chemical, rather a by-product, it wont actually ever be labelled directly or even appear on any labels at all.

1,4-dioxane can be found in a huge variety and range of products anything from hair dyes and shampoos, body wash and creams, face creams and lotions, self tan and bath products and critically baby care products.

As it is a by product of ethoxylation any product that has ingredients or chemicals that have been put through this process may contain 1,4-dioxane. It is used to create better chemical surfactants with foaming, sudsing qualities so check for products that claim to be foaming. It is also used to make a strong chemical/product more gentle so check products claiming to be mild, gentle or for sensitive skin. Most famously it is found in 'gentle' baby care products!

And of course as its a by product of chemicals that have gone through the ethoxylation, you'll need to know which chemicals have been through it to look out for...

 Ingredients To Check For, That May Indicate The Presence of 1,4-dioxane: 

 Look for these other chemicals and ingredients that may have been through ethoxylation and therefore may indicate the presence of 1,4-dioxane:
  • SLES
  • ALS
  • PEG
  • Polyoxyethylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyethylene Glycol
Furthermore check for ingredients that include these clauses within their name:
  • 'oleth'
  • 'eth'
  • 'oxynol' / 'xynol'
  • 'ceteareth'
(For example: SLES - sodium laureth sulphate)

 Why You May Want To Avoid It: 

The EWG report that the U.S EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) consider 1,4-dioxane as a  known carcinogen in animals and a probable carcinogen for humans (we are essentially animals so I'd say that it seems a little more than 'probable'). Need i say more? It has a very high risk factor and in animals studies has been found to cause cancers and tumours in the liver and can even effect the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. 

Some children even have skin sensitivity to it causing rashes. It is easily absorbed through our skin and this is enhanced by warm water which opens the pores and leads it being more readably absorbed into the blood stream, so it is even riskier in bath products or face washes.

Furthermore, it can also be released as a gas which is inhaled (again this can be exasperated by warm conditions)

 On The Brighter Side: 

While in the US the presence of 1,4-dioxane is not regulated (yet) the USDA National Organic Program bans any ethoxylation processes for products that are certified or produced under their certification. Therefore the risk of 1,4-dioxane in any products produced or certified by USDA should be markedly lower. But remember the certification must apply to the product as a whole and not just to one or more of the ingredients used.

The EU has a ban on any personal care products that contain 1,4-dioxane and bans the use of it in any personal care products.

Ingredients Glossary: 1,4-dioxane

A while back I posted about the much raved about Jason PowerSmile Anti-Plaque and Whitening toothpaste and absolutely loved it, but I do love trying new things, so after getting through a few tubes I thought it was about time that I experimented with something else. After being mightily impressed with the Jason range, it made sense to give one of the other toothpaste options they have a go.

Obviously cavities, tartar and plaque aren't something I'm particularly able to fully keep tabs on and use to assess the greatness of this toothpaste so it really is down to whether or not i like the formula, the texture and the taste really.

This formula is a natural formula but does contain fluoride (which the other one does not) but it is said to be naturally derived (couldn't find any further info on this, which would be interesting to know). Also the formula is a gel rather than a paste. Not only is it like a jelly but it is also much smoother and thinner than the paste formula. It doesn't have nearly as much of the grittiness that the fluoride free one has either. It is still peppermint flavoured though.

Jason PowerSmile - Anti-Cavity

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