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Many of our brands start mixing in the kitchen, excited to get turn their beauty product ideas into reality and spread a little joy! This is awesome and empowering but at some point if things go to plan the brand takes off and your kitchen needs to be replaced by a factory.

As some of our clients BECOME their own factory we thought it would be a good idea to talk about Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Jul 28, 2014
I get asked this quite a lot and sometimes I don't get asked why but I do meet with prospective brand owners who have decided that their philosophy is simplicity with what few ingredients they do want having to be pure, natural and recognisable (i.e.: nothing that sounds like a chemical).Commercial brands often seem like a chemical soup with ingredient lists stretching into 15 or maybe 20 ingredients and making the same but different - with only say 5 natural lovely things is ultra appealing...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Jul 17, 2014
Mention the phrase 'safe cosmetic' to someone and they will most probably reel off a selection of ingredients that they don't want to put onto their skin. While the 'toxins in, toxins out' populist philosophy has some merit the biggest risk posed by your cosmetic obsession lies elsewhere in the land of microorganisms.

The problems arising from Microbial contamination are very real for cosmetic brand owners who essentially produce micro-feeding broth every time they put that water in a bottle or jar and try to sell it. Practically everything that we label as a cosmetic product could fall foul of micro contamination, which is why it pays to have a plan...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Jun 13, 2014
I avoid eating gluten. Thankfully I do not have Coeliac (Celiac in America) disease (our family all ended up having genetic tests to rule it out as it affects my daughter and I so much) and am instead just sensitive to it, intolerant / allergic. As such I have a vested interest in knowing which foods do and don't contain said allergic particle but when the subject of gluten-free cosmetics came up my initial reaction was 'really? Whatever will they think up next'. However, it turns out that I was wrong. There is a need, albeit a very small one for this...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Jun 06, 2014
Dirt, muck, grit, sludge, soil, dust, not something that you probably want to cover your face in but as our thirst for natural personal care shows no sign of letting up we'd better put some effort into getting to know the brown stuff a little better.

Not a day goes by when someone is shouting about lead in their lipstick, asking if this material is 'free from nanoparticles' questioning the levels of asbestos in talc or arsenic in rice. While these are all good and legitimate questions it does seem that we have lost touch with the origin of all things natural, the soil.

Natural cosmetics demand natural ingredients and that usually means ingredients that have grown in or around the soil. Those of you who look out for or manufacture organic products know that human activity can damage the gentle balance within the soil rendering it quite toxic and totally unsuitable for farming and that is one appeal of the standard - no pesticides, no herbicides, no fertilizers, no 'nasties'. But is that true? Further, is that all we have to look out for? We decided to take a closer look at soil in its natural state to see what lies in the ground beneath us.
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Apr 29, 2014
"Petroleum oil clogs your pores, suffocates you skin, gives you pimples, gives you cancer and generally wrecks your life".

That is about the size of it, well according to a couple of hours of internet surfing (do we still surf the internet or is that a very uncool thing to say?) it is. So it is lucky then that we have alternatives:

"Vegetable oils won't clog your pores, are light weight and blend well with your skin, clear pimples, prevent cancer and generally make life better".
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Mar 26, 2014
Cosmetics are supposed to be fun, a tool to help you express who you are, who you want to be, how you feel. With bright colours and soft textures to facilitate the telling of stories, celebrate beauty and frame nature's perfection.So what happens when you realize that all that glitters comes at a human price?

The business of mining mica has for many years been one of the cosmetic industries dirty little secrets but now the time has come to tackle this once and for all.

Mica, that beautiful iridescent mineral, a mineral that brings life and brilliance to make-up, wash products and hair sprays the world over. Mica itself isn't the problem, the problem is the fact that children are involved in its mining...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Jan 31, 2014
Beyond soap and toothpaste cosmetics are one of life's little luxury's available every day for a small price and what we hope will be a life changing transformation.The lipstick effect doesn't just keep the economy on a high it improves our mental health by boosting our self-esteem and allowing us to express our best selves. But what if that world of beauty didn't glitter for you? What if instead of ruby lips you see potential for exploitation and suffering? Welcome to the vegan dilemma.
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Oct 21, 2013
Spend a few minutes observing shopper behavior at your nearest department store cosmetics counter and you will notice that everything (and I mean everything) is picked up and sniffed.It doesn't matter whether it is shampoo, perfume, heal balm; wrinkle remover or mouthwash when it comes to personal care the nose has the final say.Being an Essential Oils company we understand the gravity of this and take care to offer a wide selection of plant based aromas for the delight of the discerning cosmetics customer.However, essential oils are not always the best choice and when it comes to the delicate area around the mouth it can sometimes be more appropriate to choose a fragrance over an essential oil.
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Sep 06, 2013
One of the biggest environmental issues centers of the state of the world's forests and that is as it should be. Trees play an important role in managing air quality, play host to thousands upon thousands of species of flora and fauna, give us shelter, building materials, medicine and even spirituality - things we all know but that are somewhat forgotten in the endless pursuit of more...
posted by Amanda Foxon-Hill on Aug 23, 2013
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