Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Pure Natural Organic ~ don't be fooled

Do those words above appearing on skin care items or advertising sway you to make a purchase thinking you've brought into a good thing?

Once upon a time (when I started in 2005) natural skin care was relatively unheard of, very few people I knew were aware of toxic chemicals in skin care and there were very few options when it came to purchasing "genuine" natural skin care.  Most products had something iffy added to them so they could be stocked in stores, sitting on shelves for extended periods of time.

These days pure natural organic skin care has become popular and big brands have caught on.
They realised that by using those words they'll sell MORE.  These days those words are everywhere!

It might surprise you to know that only about every 1 in 100-1000 people don't get fooled by the hype. 
Ok #those stats are totally made up by me, however, they're based on the fact that chemical filled brands out-sell all (genuine) natural skin care companies by billions of dollars each year, therefore it's suffice to say that a great MANY people *ARE* fooled by the hype and buy into a brand they think is good - when in fact it is NOT.


Puriti - infused with citrus extracts [the brand & tag line]

Sounds pure and natural doesn't it.  Almost has you thinking of pure natural lemon zest added to a pure base product.  Practically good enough to eat.... right?  Wrong!

Look further and the Conditioner ingredients are: cetyl alcohol, polyquaternium-7 (a synthetic polymer), cetrimonium chloride, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, methylparaben, ethylparaben...

The Shampoo ingredients are:  sodium laureth sulfate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, methylparaben, ethylparaben...

Not a lot of purity about those ingredients even though the name suggests a 'pure' product.  The packaging also suggests the product is "not tested on animals" yet the above ingredients are.  They HAVE to be because they're toxic and manufacturers need to know what amount they can add to a product before any adverse affects are felt.

Always read the labels and if in doubt research the ingredients.  Don't assume that a company using the words pure, natural and organic really are.

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Natural skin care is my name ~ your awareness is my aim!

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Pickled Cucumber recipe - DIY

This is a good way to store any unused cucumber if you're not going to finish it before it goes soggy and yukky.  It also means you can have cucumber on hand any time you need it.

Remove the ends of your cucumber and discard in your compost.

You can peel your cucumber if you want.

Score lines down the cucumber approximately 1cm apart.

Slice the cucumber into 3-4mm slices.

Note how the scored lines give the cucumber a fancy edge.

Place the slices in a clean sterilised glass jar
(can be a plastic container).

Fill the jar up to the top with vinegar to completely cover all of the cucumber pieces.
Can be white or brown or red wine vinegar.

Store in the fridge and use in salads, salad sandwiches or home made burgers.

Can be stored in the fridge for quite some time (weeks, months).

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Cucumber Salad recipe

This is a great simple summer salad and perfect for those who like a salad with a difference.

You will need:
a cucumber - halved and sliced
handful of parsley - roughly chopped
tablespoon of capers
2 tablespoons kalamata olives
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Coat well with the olive oil / vinegar dressing.
Serve straight away or leave for ingredients to marinate for a few hours.

Can be kept in the fridge for a few days and nibbled on at your leisure.

Can also be placed in bread and eaten as a salad sandwich.

Note: got left over cucumber? Here's how to pickle your own.