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Always Read the Small Print

Sugarpuffish ingredients to avoid
Time flies when you are having fun my blog is already a week old. I hope you have enjoyed reading what I have posted so far? Feedback good or bad is always welcome.

If you have been following my blog you will be aware that I like my beauty products to be natural and free from certain ingredients. So what are the ingredients to avoid and what makes a product natural? A "natural" product is one that is made from plant extracts and essential oils but it is also free from synthetic ingredients. I have compiled a list of the ingredients I try to avoid or limited in my skin care routine. 
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) 
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) 
  • Parabens – (Methylparaben/Propylparaben/Butylparaben/Ethylparaben) 
  • Mineral oil and petroleum derived ingredients 
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) 
  • Artificial Fragrance or Parfum 
  • DEA or TEA (di- or tri-ethanolamine) 
  • Formaldehyde ( Formalin/ formal and methyl aldehyde DMDM Hydantoin and Urea-Imidazolidinyl) 
  • Triclosan 
  • Phthalates (DBP/DMP/DEP) 
  • Lanolin 
If you would like to follow up on the above and understand why these ingredients are believed to be potentially harmful, then I recommend some books - No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics by Siobhan OConnor and Toxic Beauty: The hidden chemicals in cosmetics and how they can harm us by Dawn Mellowship. The EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a good resource online for checking ingredients and products. There are some gaps in data but it's an adequate starting point.

Go ahead and read the small print on labels, you will be surprised by what you find. How many of you are using products that contain the above ingredients?

Sarah x


  1. Fabulous post! Thank you so much for following me. :)

    I was wondering if you know any good natural mascaras? I too am trying to purchase more natural/safe makeup

  2. Thanks checking out my blog, I don't wear mascara personally I never get on with them. I can point you to Love Lula website (personal recommendation I'm not sponsored by them!) I notice they stock mascaras and the Lavera Volume has some good reviews. Lavera is a very good affordable brand that I often use, I like their foundations http://www.lovelula.com/cat-organic-natural-mascara.cfm

  3. Thank you! :) Do you have any lipstick recommendations? I've been obsessed with lipstick lately.

  4. Now that I can help you with. I can recommend Living Nature which you can buy at My Pure (I have a link in my sidebar) Also you can try Lavera or Green People (both have their own websites or Love Lula stocks). Let me know if you purchase and how you get on.

  5. Thank you for all the great recs! :)

    Do you know any good lipsticks more readily available in the US?

  6. Really sorry I don't know answer to that as you probably guess i am in UK. I did a quick google as was curious found this http://www.pristineplanet.com/organic-lipstick-natural-lipstick-cruelty-free/lipstick/9914_a_0.html

  7. That is REALLY helpful! Thank you, it has loads of great lippies. :)

  8. I really like the mascara from the French brand Couleur Caramel. It's not waterproof but I've only found this to be a problem if it is literally pouring with rain and I've forgotten my brolly... :) Yes I did have mascara all down my face but it also washes off with just water so at least I could easily salvage the situation! No, I haven't been paid to say this I promise -this really is the only natural mascara I will use and I've tried a lot of them.