Claire Blume

Is Phenoxyethanol a Safe Preservative

Is Phenoxyethanol a Safe Preservative? When the paraben scare first hit the beauty industry, many natural and organic skincare brands quickly looked for a safe alternative.  Many chose to use a preservative called Phenoxyethanol.  At the time this ingredient was considered a safe, gentle preservative which was non-irritating, killed bacteria…

Alcohol in Skincare

Alcohol in skincare is one of the more confusing issues when it comes to the question “is it good or bad for my skin”. Firstly, thankfully there are good alcohols. These are called fatty alcohols and are listed as Cetyl, Cetearyl, Stearyl or Behenyl alcohol. These alcohols bear no relation…

Alcohol in Skincare

Alcohol in skincare is one of the more confusing issues when it comes to the question “is it good or bad for my skin”. Firstly, thankfully there are good alcohols. These are called fatty alcohols and are listed as cetyl, cetearyl, stearyl or behenyl alcohol. These alcohols bear no relation…

Oils vs Creams

Oils v Creams When reaching for a moisturiser most of us turn towards a cream.  However face oils are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. Just like our bodies, our skin also requires essential fatty acids for optimum health. Skin cells are held together by natural oils (lipids/essential fatty…