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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics News

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on December 8, 2011 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (37)

Coalition Makes Companies to Remove Hazardous Chemicals from Personal Care Products SpecialChem - Dec 2, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. -- More than 400 companies selling cosmetic and other personal care products have removed potentially hazardous chemicals from them, after a seven-year campaign by a large coalition of consumer, health and environmental groups.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recently said that those companies - all fai...

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Synthetic or Natural Scents - What is the difference and why would we choose one over the other?

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on November 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Scents and regulations has been a large part of our business, as many of the natural scents we love to use are beginning to be regulated to where we cannot use them any longer.

Below is a great article on this topic I wanted to share from

Engineering Replacements for Essential Perfume Ingredients By Courtney Humphries ...

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Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 19, 2011 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of neem (Azadirachtaindica), an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It is perhaps the most importantof the commercially available products of neem for organic farming and medicines. 

Neem oil is generally light to dark brown, bitter and has a rather strong odour that is said to combine t...

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Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Monoi oil   Monoi de Tahiti is a precious and exotic cosmetic oil, manufactured in Polynesia, according to a French Government Decree, which explicitly describes the process by which this oil must be made.

The oil is created by soaking/macerating 10 Tiare flowers, which must come from French Polynesia, per litre of refined coconut oil for a minimum of 10 days. Lo...

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New skin layer discovered

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on September 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't wait to see what products are developed to use on our wrinkles from this discovery!!  So exciting!

After more than 10 years of scientific research, Vichy has uncovered the function of a thin layer of cells called the papillary dermis, or Derm Source. Located immediately below the epidermis, this vital layer was found to be responsible for driving skin rejuvenation processes, including collagen and elastin production. Over time, Derm Source funct...

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Sustainable Palm Oil in the Industry

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on September 7, 2011 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

While here at LocustGroves we are a Palm oil free shop, we do support any and all green practices in the industry.  Specific to Palm oil, the Industry has made good strides

The first one million hectares of certified land for sustainable palm production marks ‘a turning point’ for industry, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Palm oil, palm kernel oil and their derivatives are present ...

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Sunscreen in a Pill??

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on September 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

From Cosmetic Design - HOW COOL IS THIS!!

A team of UK scientists at the Kings College London say that research they are conducting could lead a sunscreen in the form of to a pill made from a coral compound .

The scientists have discovered that a coral-derived compound acts as an efficient screen against UV rays and further research could eventually lead to a injested treatment that would fit in with the fast-growing beauty from within category.

The ...

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What exactly is an Essential Oil?

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

From an article I found written by Robert Tisserand

Essential oils are found in aromatic plants, and they contain the volatile molecules that contribute fragrance and taste. About 400-500 essential oils are commercially produced – the number varies according to how you decide to count, and what you include or exclude. There are many more aromatic plants than there are commercially produced oils. For example grapes, guavas, apples, pears, passionfruit, peaches, papayas, pineap...

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Tea Tree Oil to combat MRSA??

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 14, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a great answer I found from Robert Tisserand:

"One of the current problems being faced in hospitals worldwide is the increasing resistance of dermally carried MRSA to soaps and ointments intended to eradicate it. These contain active ingredients such as mupirosin, triclosan or chlorhexidine, but bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to these.

In vitro studies in Australia and the UK have found that tea tree oil is effective against MRSA at concentrat...

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Bath & Body Works summertime scents line - NOT good for you

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on July 21, 2011 at 8:53 PM Comments comments (0)

PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE, if you, your family (teens) or friends have any of this line of products, THROW IT OUT!!

Environmental Groups Urge Bath & Body Works to Stop Selling Triclosan Containing Soaps


SAN FRANCISCO -- Health and environmental groups urged retailer Bath & Body Works to stop selling its line of "summertime scent" ...

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Brazilian Blowout's - dangerous for your health

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on July 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is an article from one of my cosmetic groups that I monitor... Please read closely.  I do not want any of you to risk your health for looks, there are always safer options;

Congressional Leaders Urge FDA for Quick Action against Toxic Hair Treatments

Nothing frizzes up hair like summer's heat and humidity. So when keratin-based hair straighteners like Brazilian Blowout made their way up from South Amer...

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Wedding Favors

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on June 7, 2011 at 9:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is an article from about soap wedding favors

Soap Wedding Favors by Wedding Favors Today on February 27, 2010

There are so many wedding favor ideas that you can toy with but if you want to have something elegant to give your guests, you would have to consider the possibility of soap wedding favors.

When it comes to elegance, soap wedding favors are the way to go.  Pretty much everyone likes...

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Support the First ever SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on November 22, 2010 at 10:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Please support your local businesses this Saturday!

It's small business that will make this economy recover!

Fall scents/spices - Did you know?

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on September 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know?

Some of our favorite fall scents can actuall caue problems for your skin...

Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Clove all have special usage rates for use in skin care products.  And not just for scents, also as additives.  And it might not bother you at first.   Though non-toxic, these essential oils are skin irritants and potentially skin sensitizers.

Cinnamon is not ...

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Whole Foods Gets Strict with Personal Care Packaging

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on July 15, 2010 at 2:23 PM Comments comments (0)

 Personal care packaging: Whole Foods Market to require certification for all personal care products labeled 'organic' --

Packaging Digest, 6/22/2010 12:31:01 PM

Whole Foods Market announced today that all personal care products and cosmetics making an "organic" claim sold in its U.S. stores must be third-party certified by June 1, 2011.

Under the new policy, all pro...

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