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Tried & tested eco-cosmetics

April 26th, 2013

by Hazel Sillver

Avoid cosmetics that cost the earth – today’s eco makeup is much better quality anyway, says Hazel Sillver. more...
Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Thea Byrgesen

9th May, 2012

With synthetic and chemical free formulas, and a colour range to rival Monet, modern mineral make-up is skin and planet friendly. Thea Byrgesen rounds up the best more...
Lush launches anti-animal testing campaign

Lush launches anti-animal testing campaign

Mark Briggs

25th April, 2012

To coincide with World Day for Laboratory Animals, Lush turned their Regent Street shop window into a human testing zone to highlight the plight of the millions of animals worldwide who suffer at the hands of the beauty industry more...
TAKE ACTION to end animal testing on cosmetics

TAKE ACTION to end cosmetic testing on animals

Mark Briggs

24th April, 2012

Lush Cosmetics have teamed up with the Humane Society International to launch a campaign to ensure long-awaited proposals banning products tested on animals outside the EU are fully enforced more...
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Natural make-up: why it’s giving MAC a run for its money

Matilda Lee

18th April, 2012

Matilda Lee meets the Estée Lauder of natural make-up, Terre d’Oc’s Valerie Roubaud, to find out why natural cosmetics are ready to take on the conventional kind more...

TAKE ACTION to protect 'free from' labelling on skincare products

Mark Briggs

10th April, 2012

Knowing what isn't in a beauty product can be as important as knowing what is. New EU legislation threatens to restrict the 'free from' term on skincare labels but Neal's Yard Remedies say this penalises those that go out of their way to ensure products are safe more...
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Palm oil: the hidden ingredient causing an ecological disaster

Ben Martin

14th March, 2012

Palm oil is in our food, cleaning products and fuel. But it's destroying rainforest and contributing to climate change. Sustainable certification schemes have been set up, but campaigners increasingly question whether they work more...
The A to Z of beauty goodies

The Ecologist A to Z of beauty goodies

Priyanka Mogul

3rd February, 2012

You’ve learned to avoid parabens and sulphates but what should you be using instead? The Ecologist takes a closer look at the natural beauty ingredients that can make a positive difference to your skin more...
Cosmetic surgery: is it safe?

How safe is cosmetic surgery?

Ruth Stokes

17th January, 2012

In the wake of the PIP implant scandal, the Ecologist examines the cosmetic surgery industry and asks what impact it is having on the health of patients and the environment more...
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Eco beauty heroes 2011

Ruth Styles

29th November, 2011

From the brands making strides towards reducing packaging to the nail polishes made without toxins, Green Living Editor Ruth Styles salutes the beauty brands who have gone further for the planet this year
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DIY beauty products: do they really work?

Sophie Laggan

16th November, 2011

With no harmful ingredients and no packaging to recycle, DIY make-up is definitely good for the planet. The big question though, is does it do the job? more...
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Hello Hauschka! The green skincare brands making a bid for your make-up bag

Ruth Styles

28th September, 2011

OK, so Dr Hauschka’s cosmetics range isn’t really news, but the goodies coming out of Haushka and NATorigin HQ are well worth spending a few pennies on. Ruth Styles puts them to the test more...

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The A to Z of beauty baddies

George Blacksell

20th September, 2011

Confused by chlorobutanol? Baffled by bronopol? George Blacksell has the skinny on beauty’s nastiest additives more...
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Mineral magic: five of the best natural lipsticks

The Ecologist

25th May, 2011

Being green doesn't have to mean adopting a soap-and-water approach to beauty: these fabulous eco lipsticks are as sustainable as they are stylish more...
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Feel the burn: Lavera's aftersun gel put to the test

Valentina Jovanovski

18th May, 2011

An organic aftersun with no nasties and excellent moisturising properties: sound too good to be true? Valentina Jovanovski put Lavera’s aftersun gel to the test more...

Green business: Lush

Eifion Rees

17th November, 2010

Cosmetics company Lush is a zero-packaging pioneer on the high street. In the first of our new 'Green business' series, founder Mark Constantine discusses gourmet consumerism, dream factories and why his ethical creation is a work in progress more...

The Story of Stuff: Cosmetics

Matilda Lee

27th October, 2010

Annie Leonard is back with another installment of the Story of Stuff - this time taking an in-depth look at the cosmetics industry and how we are dying to be beautiful more...
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Can I trust my 'natural' or 'organic' body cream?

Laura Sevier

5th August, 2010

What does it take for a company producing skincare or haircare products to be truly 'natural' or 'organic'? Laura Sevier sorts fact from fiction in the health and beauty stakes more...

Behind the label: talcum powder

Pat Thomas

13th April, 2010

Keeping your baby's bottom soft and dry shouldn't mean exposing it to a potentially harmful and environmentally costly substance more...
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'Natural' and 'organic' beauty to be standardised

Matilda Lee

26th June, 2009

The Soil Association hopes that Cosmos, the new natural cosmetics standard, will lead to cleaner, greener ingredients in mainstream beauty products more...
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Behind the Label: Pantene Pro-V Style

Pat Thomas

10th April, 2009

Farah brought us the flick. Jennifer gave us the ‘Rachel’. Madonna made ‘blonde ambition’ a desirable thing – at least for a while. And Britney? Well, she got fed up and shaved all hers off. more...
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Behind the label: Antibacterial handwash

Pat Thomas

29th January, 2009

Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. Nevertheless, in the hygiene stakes, antibacterial soaps are a ridiculous form of ‘overkill’. more...
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Profitable Pollutants

Ecologist

15th May, 2008

It usually takes a major public health crisis to remove profitable toxins completely from marketplace. In the meantime most of us continue to be exposed to a variety of profitable poisons, including: more...
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Read the label: Preservatives

Pat Thomas

1st May, 2008

You don¡¯t have to choose between looking good and being healthy. In our regular look at cosmetic ingredients, Pat Thomas gives you the information you need to identify safer cosmetic and bodycare products. more...
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Read the label: Detergents

Pat Thomas

7th February, 2008

No one should have to choose between looking good and being healthy, which is why each month we will be taking a critical look at the active ingredients in personal care products and asking why manufacturers continue to choose toxic ones over safer alternatives. more...

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