Here at B&G we’ve had our fair share of bad boyfriends and dishonest X’s, and we’ve had enough of them haters.  So why stop at relationships?  We say NO to ALL the baddies in life that don’t do you any favours.  So wise up, holla HELL NO, and show the door to these shady ingredients lurking in your beauty products:

  • Parabens
  • PEGS or phthalates
  • Artificial scents, artificial colours or dyes
  • Sulphates or silicones
  • Formelyhyde
  • Mineral Oil
  • Glycols
  • BEA or TEA

These sneaky fellas are unnatural and totally avoidable.  Take a look at the ingredients label on your beauty products now, and see how many rear their ugly heads in the listings.  One?  Two?  Too many to count? 

We’ve tried and tested hundreds of products and done so much research that the local library is fed up of our (beautifully buffered, magnificently moisturised) faces.  Too often we’ve discovered that these synthetic ingredients are there for the beauty companies but not for you, to enable en masse production on a global scale, that just forgets about the little guys and gals.  It’s part of our philosophy that we wanna share this knowledge, and we want you to make this discovery too.  Because what’s life without your best buds watching your beautiful backs? 

Here’s our 7 worst offenders and what they actually do (and don’t do) to you:

Parabens are used as preservatives in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food products. Doesn’t sound too bad, right?  My grans preservatives are pretty damn tasty? Wrong. These compounds mimic oestrogen in the body, and if present for a sustained period, they can have a cumulative effect and pose a health risk.

Mineral Oil (aka Petrolatum) is favoured for its price (cheap as chips with gravy on top) and super long shelf life. Whilst it thankfully causes few reactions to your skin, it actually doesn’t do much for your skin.  Cut off the dead weight people!

Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfates (aka SLS & SLES) are there as showmen to make things foam so you think its working but in truth it doesn’t do anything to clean you. They’re known skin irritants that aggravate eczema and psoriasis and is also known to cause dermatitis.  So next time you foam up for your morning shower sing-a-long (we’ve all been there ladies), change your tune and give us a HELL NO.

Phthalates are worse than a bad first date.  They are an industrial chemical that are also found in food packaging! Some people believe is linked to liver cancer, reducing sperm count and contributes to childhood obesity. *Shakes head, tuts tongue, puts hands o wrap n hip and swats a hole lotta hate to that phthalate.

Polyethylene Glycol (aka PEGS) are made from the same chemical used in anti-freeze (yes the same one you put on your car)! It easily penetrates the skin and is linked to damage of the liver, kidneys and brain.

Fragrance. This is the secret treasure for most beauty companies as it means they don’t have to tell you what exactly is going into your product. So sorry babe but you could be applying a tonne more bad stuff on your skin. Our friends over the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have found that fragrance mixes are associated with allergies, dermatitis and respiratory issues.

Formelyhyde. Commonly found in nail products, this chemical is a known carcinogen, allergen and irritant. Commonly used synthetic preservatives, such as diazolindyl, polyoxymethylene  and imidazolindyl urea, breaks down to release formaldehyde so watch out for those too!

But what are you gonna do about it?  Obviously we are not here to scaremonger; we want to share the facts and let you decide the rest.  We think this stuff is far too serious to ignore, especially when you remember that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. 

We want to shine from the inside out and we want to feel great about our choices, so we’re choosing to keep all of these banished far away from our products.  Because we believe that when you open your Blend & Glow box, you lift the lid to Better Beauty.

It may be harder work, but damn it we’re putting in the effort for our best babes and giving you full control, honesty and choice over what you are putting on your skin.  So it may seem weird not have foamy gels and creamy spreads that last for years, and you may miss the potent (you’ll soon find unnatural) scent of your favourite face wash, but we don’t believe you’ll miss the nasties that come with it.

Can we get an encore, do you want more, for Better Beauty?