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Some things you may want to know (2) “Fragrance”


At Mary Elizabeth we really encourage you to read, and understand, the ingredients label on your skin care products.

At the end of a list of ingredients on your skincare label you may read the, seemingly natural phrase “fragrance” . While this may sound harmless enough, the word “fragrance” can represent hundreds of chemicals, many of which can cause allergies, asthma attacks, headaches and more.

Plus, virtually all synthetic fragrances are stabilized with phthalates, a group of chemicals which have, in some studies, been linked to reproductive problems and birth defects in animal studies [Source: EPA].

Added fragrances in your skincare products may be irritating and actually strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s best to avoid anything overly perfume-y or scented, unless the products are completely natural and only use  essential oils or fruit and plant extracts.  This is what we do here at Mary Elizabeth.  No chemical fragrances – just natural smells

Take care of yourself , and your skin

Cecilia and Claire x

Some things you may want to know (1)

shutterstock_156482051You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” And the same theory holds true for your skin: What you apply to your skin is absorbed directly into your body. if you’ve ever turned over the packaging of your favourite skincare product  you may have noticed a long list of ingredients you didn’t recognise. ( Actually, you may have thrown away the list of ingredients, along with the fancy box your product came in  – but don’t lets get started on that point!!)

Considering that the skin is your body’s largest organ, it’s crucial to know what you’re putting into your system.  Our next few blogs will be looking at some ingredients, commonly found in skin care products, which you may be well to avoid

Sulphates , parabens, t”Fragrancehe cosmetic industry uses all kinds of chemicals in its products—some are beneficial but others could be harmful. And many of them are not doing anything for your appearance and may even be making matters worse.

Read on to get more information on some of the ingredients you may want to think carefully about before putting them on your skin.  The first is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or SLS

When you see labels that say “sulphate free,”  you may wonder why. Sulphate compounds (commonly called sulphates) are found in many personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, shaving foam, body washes and facial cleansers. In cleansers, they function as surfactants: water- and oil-soluble compounds that, when combined with water, foam and emulsify greasy substances. They’re high foaming, which means that you don’t have to use very much

There are hundreds of varieties of sulphates, but sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) are the ones most commonly used in personal care products.

Sulphates are chemical compounds act as surfacants, which means they lower the surface tension of a liquid, breaking up the hydrogen bonding and enhancing the spread of water over surfaces. They also act as foaming agents and emulsifiers, helping oil and water based products to mix.

The problem with sodium lauryl sulphate is that it often strips the skin (and scalp, in the case of shampoo) of natural oils that our skin actually needs for protection. It can be very irritating, especially if a person is allergic to it and even modest amounts in products may cause allergic. reactions. It can irritates the eyes and induces nausea if swallowed. What’s more, because it removes the skin’s natural, protective oil, the body ends up producing more oil (the very thing you’re trying to get rid of) to compensate.

Here at Mary Elizabeth we don’t use SLS or SLES in all our products because we want them to avoid irritating your precious skin

Next time we will look at what is meant exactly when a product says it includes “Fragrance” “Perfume” or “Parfum”

Take care of yourself, and your skin!

Cecilia ad Claire x