20.8.12

Marks & Spencer Pure Natural Beauty

Marks & Spencer Pure Natural Beauty

Thanks to Pampered Prince I became aware that Marks & Spencer had launched a skincare line called Pure Natural Beauty. You know me I had to hot foot it down to my local store to see if this was as "natural" as it implies. The new range promises BUAV approval, 95% natural ingredients, eco friendly packaging, British manufacturing and ingredients. Products are free from artificial colours, synthetic fragrances (100% essential oil), parabens, silicones and mineral oil. I decided to purchase the Moisture Plus Treatment Mask (50ml £6) as I have been trying to replace the Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Mask which contains parabens. 

I have not got around to testing so this is going to be a review of the ingredients. Unfortunately, ingredients are not listed online so I am unable to analyse every product from the range. 

Marks & Spencer Pure Natural Beauty

I have picked out the INCI ingredients in the mask which are not obviously natural from an English translational in brackets. My sources for information are  EWG Skin Deep Database and Beautybible.com.  
  • Sodium Polyacrylate - a sodium salt of Polyacrylic Acid 
  • Phenoxyethonal - preservative that may cause irritation, synthetically derived
  • Caprylhydroxamic acid - preservative I can not find any information to say it is a cause for concern 
  • Tocopherols - class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E 
  • Methylpropanediol - an organic glycol that functions as a solvent in beauty products and cosmetics. 
  • Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate - a biodegradable chelator used in detergent applications a low hazard according to EWG 
  • Sodium Hydroxide - a highly caustic and reactive inorganic base. In high concentrations it can cause irritation but in cosmetics it’s used in small doses 
  • Aspartic acid - An amino acid that occurs naturally in sugar beet, sugar cane, molasses and other plants, can also be created synthetically. Used to make skin smooth, is most often found in products for dry skin. 
  • Sodium chloride - Common table salt. 
  • Algin - a type of carbohydrate, derived from brown seaweed
Overall, I do feel this product has far too many preservatives. Phenoxyethonal is listed as the sixth ingredient. Personally I would rather see it at the bottom as this would indicate a smaller amount present in the product. It is certainly not the worst product I have seen and I do like that M&S products are now carrying the BUAV leaping bunny logo.  Just be aware when buying from this range there are natural brands on the market that do not rely as heavily on preservatives. The choice is yours. 


6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention hun. I still haven't got around to trying the M&S products I bought.
    They do seem quite heavy on preservatives. Not sure why they need that many?
    :)

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    1. I don't understand why so many, normally you see one or two but this one has four. I wonder if it's to do with the price point, they are cheap & will be mass marketed :(

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  2. Ooh I was really interested in reading some reviews for this one as had not had a chance to get to an M & S to have a look for myself. It is a shame to see how many preservatives have to be used, when marketing it as more natural. Never mind, still better than a lot of other nasties on the market I suppose! Thank you for your review :)

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    1. Agree with you, it's better than others mainstream brands on the market

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  3. I also went to m&s to have a look and was disappointed with the ingredients which is a shame but I guess it is better than other 'natural' products out there!

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    1. I think you got it there, disappointing but better than other brands on the market which claim themselves natural and are far from it

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