Wild Oregano Oil P73: Research & testimonials


NAHS Oreganol P73 Original strength 13.5mlRESEARCH

University of Arizona researchers found that oregano oil can help kill norovirus, known to cause gastroenteritis.
Dr. Supriya Bavadekar, researcher and assistant professor of pharmacology at Long Island University, stated, “We tested carvacrol in various concentrations and for different time periods against human prostate cancer cells and were excited to see the complete inhibition of cancer cells,” said Dr. Bavadekar.

A study was performed by Sidiqqui in 1996 in which he examined the antiviral actions of oregano and clove oils against RNA and DNA viruses.  Results of the study were documented in Medical Science Research and showed that oregano oil completely ‘disintegrated’ the herpes virus.

In another 1996 paper which appeared in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, investigators led by Minas Arsenakis tested extracts from oregano oil against eight strains of bacteria and found it was unable to survive.

Studies have shown that in lab cultures, oregano oil can destroy Candida albicans, the bacteria that causes the fungal infection candida, as well as the mold fungis Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus niger.


TESTIMONIALS

From Dr. Cass Ingram:
Pamela Smith
I heard that oregano oil can cure herpes, is that true Dr. Cass Ingram?

Cass Ingram
+Pamela Smith Yes, I’ve found that to be the case, esp. if you also take the crude, wild propolis in a base of wild oregano oil (PropaHEAL); propolis emulsion is an excellent anti-herpetic.

For more testimonials, click here.


From James Destroys Diseases:
Dexter Jackson
I bought this guys New Age Health Guide he shows in this video about 1 year ago. I was very sick, had a huge gut, could barley breath and hated my life everyday. The drugs for HIV just cause more issues. What he talks about may not make sense to you now but later if you try nature you will see. I tested Positive back in 2013. I retested again in 2014 and was still positive. I started changing my diet in end of 2014. I tested negative for the 2nd time this past Thursday I got my results. Trust me NO one is throwing a party for me at my doctors office. They just tell me to keep getting tested. I certainly will do that to keep proving them wrong. I spent a lot more on drugs than the cost of this guide. It worked for me so I really cannot see why anyone else even would take drugs after seeing this video.

Miranda Hobes
I have shared my story back in October and feel I should share it again. I got rid of my issue (Herpes) and got a negative result last month. This month I feel even healthier. All my wrinkles are gone and I cannot believe how great I feel. I am sticking with these foods forever!


Other testimonials:
By ringmaker
This product is helping to eradicate cancerous tumors in my dog. She is still alive today because I have been giving her a higher dose than recommended (3/4 dropperful twice a day at feeding) Oreganol P73 along with several other herbal medicines and proper nutrition.
Our Veterinarian was amazed. She said she never saw anything like it before. After ten weeks of treatment with these natural medicines, the tumors have shrunk to 1/3 of the discovered size. The doctor admitted she did not think it was possible.
She gave my dog no hope for survival. There was no medical treatment, nor surgery that could save her life. I was told to prepare for the inevitable. There was no hope. This became our only hope and it is working. If it works for animal, I suppose it will work for humans.

From Neefy
Oregano oil- my new bff
After what seemed like forever, my problem was cured within a week after using Oregano oil. I had an ear infection for months. After seeing THREE different doctors and being prescribed antibiotics THREE different times, I gave up! My hearing would come and go and I’d still hear ringing in my ears. It was really annoying and frustrating. That’s when I heard about this oregano oil and decided to give it a try. I applied it to my outer ear (never in the ear canal) for a week. Viola! Hearing returned, ringing stopped, and ear cleared. If only, I knew about this sooner! I definitely recommend this product. It has done wonders.

Miessence Rejuvenessence Facial Serum Price Comparison

11701-RejuvFacialSerum-sIs Miessence brand really THAT expensive?
Nothing beats a simple price comparison between Miessence and other brands in the market just to indicate that the tag “expensive” for the top products, such as the ever popular oil based skin serums, is a myth. Miessence may not have the same brand awareness like other brands, however, its quality speaks for itself once given a try. I have reduced the price on the gorgeous Miessence® Rejuvenessence Facial Serum by 50% because, sadly, two products have not sold out in time before recommended sell by date in September 2015. This does not reduce its quality, however.

BUY Now.

  •  Miessence believe in pure physical processing methods such as cold pressing, dehydration, evaporation, filtering, grinding. Age old traditions that existed long before the invention of synthetic chemicals. NO synthetic chemicals or solvents touch our ingredients.

Thanks to cold formulation patented by Miessence, the contents of the product are kept fresh. Miessence® Rejuvenessence Facial Serum does not contain water. Right now it is winter time and our skin is suffering madly from cold weather. It is prone to drying and looking tired. That is why the beauty industry developed skin serums, rich oil-based liquid that provide the extra moisture and nourishment for the skin.
I absolutely love Miessence REJUVENESSENCE FACIAL SERUM  for TIRED, STRESSED & AGING SKIN and cannot live without it either in winter or in summer for that matter. Basically, it smells divine and my skin looks so much better and livelier after I apply it beneath my moisturiser or on its own before I go to sleep. Not only its smell and skin effect, but also its contents, are top notch. Miessence® Rejuvenessence Facial Serum is wholly certified organic by ACO and the overall formulation is completely natural without any alcohol or preservatives.
How does this great serum compare to other brands on price then? Well, see for yourself below:
BRAND           PRODUCT                                     RRP (GBP)    SIZE    £/ML    CERT. ORGANIC?
Miessence      Rejuvenessence Facial Serum    33.25              30ml    1.10        YES
ORIGINS       Skin Rejuvenating Serum           36.00              30ml    1.20        NO
BIOTHERM  Blue Therapy Serum                    38.00             30ml    1.27         NO
NYR                Rejuvenating Frankincense S.   42.50              30ml    1.41         NO
CLARINS       Multi-Active Skin Renewal S.    44.00             30ml    1.47         NO
M&S                NeoSTEM Anti-Accelerated      59.00             30ml    1.96          NO
L’Occitane      Immortelle Precious Youth S.   69.00             30ml    2.30         NO
DECLEOR     Aromessence Excellence S.         74.50              15ml    4.96         NO

I am pleased to say that Miessence® Rejuvenessence Facial Serum is winning its price comparison on all fronts and an added bonus and the most important one in my opinion is that it is absolutely chemical and preservative free, which cannot be said about most of these brands!!! And remember it is no watered down, you will only get the goodness of the best ingredients.
I am shocked that M&S web-site has this warning on the page where NeoSTEM Anti-Accelerated Ageing Serum is sold!
Indications:  Not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women. Do not use on children. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Do not use more than 0,8 d/day (about 3 pressures). What the heck?
If I were you, I ‘d rather use Miessence® Rejuvenessence Facial Serum this winter! This is what you will get:

Certified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil
Jojoba oil is a yellow liquid wax pressed from the bean of the desert Jojoba plant. The wax, similar to skin sebum, gives a silky smooth feel. Jojoba has excellent moisturizing and protective effects.
Certified Organic Rosa Rubiginosa (rosehip) Seed Oil
Our bright orange, unrefined organic rosehip seed oil is used to reduce scarring and facial lines, regenerate skin and retard premature aging. It is high in vitamin F (essential fatty acids).
Certified Organic Persea Gratissima (avocado) Fruit Oil
Unrefined organic avocado oil contains vitamins A, B1, B2, E and Pantothenic acid as well as lecithin. It is excellent for dry and wrinkled skin and has outstanding regenerative properties and restructuring powers to keep skin moisturized and soft. The oil also protects skin from drying and makes it more elastic.
Certified Organic Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil
Sunflower oil is expressed from sunflower seeds. It has a very high level of linoleic acid, which demonstrates superior skin compatibility and increases the moisture content of the skin (skin hydration is proportional to the level of linoleic acid in the skin).
Certified Organic Citrus Limonum (lemon) Essential Oil
The pure essential oil expressed from the peel of ripe organic lemons is astringent, antibacterial, antiseptic and cleansing.
Certified Organic Pelargonium Graveolens (geranium) Essential Oil
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) has been used for centuries in skin care has been used for centuries in skin care. Its strength lies in its ability to revitalize tissue and its benefits are excellent for the skin. Toning, softening, soothing and balancing.
Daucus Carota (carrot) CO2 Extract
Carrot seed has regenerating and toning effects, which is excellent for mature and congested skin, couperose skin and eczema.Certified Organic Rosa Damascena (rose) Essential Oil
Rose Oil, (also referred to as rose otto) fights many bacteria and viruses, promotes the healing of wounds and reduces inflammation. It is a natural cleanser for acne, calms the nerves and relieves strained and puffy eyes.Certified Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract
The pure essential oil of this special type of organic rosemary (from Corsica) is useful for acne and oily skin and is an excellent wound healer. It is also regenerating for mature skin, wrinkles and dry skin.Certified Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower C02 Extract
Our unique extraction of Calendula flowers is 200 times stronger than the maceration in vegetable oil. Calendula is an excellent anti-inflammatory, and is very useful for eczema, dermatitis and irritated skin in general. It is also a good venous tonic and can be useful for spider and varicose veins.

Plantae™ Purify Certified Organic Watercress Light Day Lotion Review at Bare Beauty by Caitlin

“The scent of this product is probably one of nicest I have ever featured here on the blog. It smells beautiful and natural with some really lovely floral notes, in particular, lavender. There is also a hint of lemon in the lotion which makes it really refreshing.”

Another rave about one of Plantae’s products, Plantae™ Purify Certified Organic Watercress Light Day Lotion, this time by Caitlin from Bare Beauty blog.

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Until 31 July 2014, get your Plantae™ Purify Certified Organic Watercress Light Day Lotion for only £18.56 (20% off RRP) with the discount code ‘Plantae20′. Apply at the checkout.

Plantae™ Hydrate Certified Organic Rich Cream Cleanser Review at Berry’s Beauty Blog

“Skin feels fresh, cleansed and more importantly smooth and hydrated.  It’s a cleanser that I would like to continue using as the quality is very high and I like the results I’ve seen whilst using it.”

In order to get you lovely people excited about the new certified organic organic skincare line from Plantae™, we approached a few UK based green beauty bloggers to test a few of the products from different ranges. One of them, a London girl Shubana, tested Plantae™ Hydrate Certified Organic Rich Cream Cleanser for Dry or Sensitive Skin and wrote about it on her blog, Berry’s beauty.

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 Until 31 July 2014, get your Plantae™ Hydrate Certified Organic Rich Cream Cleanser for only £16.30 (20% off RRP) with the discount code ‘Plantae20’. Apply at the checkout.

20% Off Plantae, Certified Organic Skincare from New Zealand

Plantae Certified Organic Skincare is an absolutely amazing brand originating in New Zealand’s Nelson region. This entirely family business started with 3 product categories, cleansers, skin facial toners and moisturisers for three types of skin, normal/ combination, dry to sensitive and oily/ blemished skin. Because the competition is very tough in the organic beauty market, this brand took it all the way and approached the respected New Zealand’s 3rd party Agricultural Certifier, BioGro (the equivalent of USDA Organic, Soil Association, Eco Cert etc.) to certify the entire skin care range. This was done to prove that they mean legitimate green business, something that a well known Australian brand Miessence has done with ACO (Australian Certified Organic).

It is a common fact that people are confused by the terms organic and natural as it is so widespread, but if you see a certified organic logo on the product, you can be 100% sure it is really natural and no ‘funny business’ has taken place during the entire manufacturing process…starting with ingredient growers and finishing in the packaging department. Certification guarantees that no synthetic or harmful chemicals, particularly petrochemicals, parabens, or sulphates, have been used in manufacture of certified products. Certification requires that ingredients have been produced using sustainable, pesticide and chemical free farming methods and that all products/ ingredients are GMO free. Agricultural Organic Certification of manufacturers and their products is an absolute guarantee of organic quality with ethical ingredients.

We understand it is difficult to buy new products online without smelling them and trying them out, but we approached a few natural beauty bloggers to try the products and provide the general public with some product feedback. The response has been amazing and very positive. The blogs’ links are to be found under each product’s description. We ourselves appreciate the products’ herbal and essential oils formulations and we feel they smell and feel better on our skin than Miessence for example. The moisturisers are luxuriously creamy and thick, and more importantly they absorb very well, even into male skin, which is a frequent problem for male clients who do not like that greasy sheen on their face. They last all day and night. The toners are so refreshing and I spray my face with them during these hot summery days frequently to keep my skin dewy and hydrated. Cleansers are rich and creamy and take the make up off easily with hot water and face towel, apart from the Purify range, which is light and fluid based in texture to fulfill the specific needs of a person with troubled skin…

There is no cheating in formulating these products, absolutely none, and the founder, Carol Priest, knows what she is doing since her inherent interest in science led her to work in laboratories at Palmerston North and Wellington hospitals and Aokautere Soil Science in Palmerston North before spending six years with Glaxo, now GlaxoSmithKline. During her time at Glaxo, Carol became a qualified lab technologist, gaining an NZCS in Chemistry and leading a laboratory team.

I decided to discount these amazing products by 20% so that you give them a try. If you are looking for some organic skincare change, do buy Plantae certified organic skincare, it is well worth its ‘cheap’ price tag thanks to the discount. (-: The offer runs till 31 July 2014, midnight.

20% off Plantae Certified Organic Skincare

Redmond Clay™ Is a Healing Clay

“Do you know the benefits of using something as ordinary as clay? Well, let me tell you how the original human medicine woman – Mother Nature – figured it out.”

ORIGINS OF REDMOND CLAY™
Many years ago, in what is today known as Central Utah, a range of volcanoes erupted, sending volcanic ash into the waters of the ancient Sundance Sea. The water in this sea evaporated, leaving behind a bed of mineral-rich bentonite clay.

Redmond Clay™ was first discovered by the Fremont Indians whose origins date back to 700 to 1300 AD. It was discovered when the Indians noticed animals kept coming to the specific area to roll in the mud when ill or hurt. For many generations these native Indians carried a ball of the mineral-rich clay with them in their packs, some of which they dissolved in water and ingested with their meals.

Clay was a natural medicine used by the natives for fighting many stomach ailments, dysentery and food infections. As our world returns to more natural lifestyles, more and more people keep Redmond Clay™ in their medicine cabinets, first aid kits, and purses. Buy one of the Redmond Clay™ products today and discover for yourself its healing benefits.

Redmond Mine Entrance

Redmond Mine Entrance

 

WHAT IS REDMOND CLAY™?
Redmond Clay™ is a completely natural white coloured sodium/calcium bentonite type of clay. Bentonite clay belongs to the family of healing Smectite clay, which has an extremely “strong pulling” power (i.e. draws out the toxins from the body) and amazing internal as well as external healing properties.

Bentonite clay is basically volcanic ash with all the impurities burnt out, and leaving only pure trace minerals. Clay is a nano crystal of highly charged electromagnetic energy from the thermodynamic heat of a volcano.

Redmond Bentonite Clay Powder Form

Redmond Bentonite Clay Powder Form

 

CLAY IS MOTHER NATURE’S PHARMACY AND IT CAN NOT BE DUPLICATED IN A LABORATORY.
Redmond Clay™ is extracted from deep within the earth and brought to you in its pure, natural state – completely unpolluted since it is from a Jurassic source. Redmond Clay™ is available as a fine powder or a pre-hydrated gel from Purely Natural Cosmetics store in the UK.

HOW DOES REDMOND CLAY™ WORK?
In layman’s terms, Redmond Bentonite Clay™ is like a magnet to the toxins within our bodies. Bentonite Clay’s strength lies in its ability to adsorb (not a spelling mistake) toxins, chemicals, viruses, molds, and the bad bacteria, hold them captive within the molecule and carry them out of the body. Betonite Clay adsorbs because it carries both negative and positive charges on its surfaces and edges.

In Sheldon Cooper’s terms, at a molecular level, Redmond Bentonite Clay™ has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged toxins. The formation of bentonite resembles tiny business card shapes, with negatively charged wide surfaces and positively charged edges, providing a surprisingly high surface area and powerful drawing effect. As most toxins are positively charged, clay naturally rids the body of toxins as it pulls and holds the toxins into its core.

WHY AND HOW TO USE REDMOND CLAY™?
Redmond Clay™ is NOT a medicinal drug; it is simply a natural, “home remedy” that has been used since the early 1900’s for a variety of medical problems. Redmond Clay™ has a high alkaline pH. It is also homestatic and as such is an adaptogen that brings balance and equilibrium to the body. A balanced body can heal itself because it is designed to do so. However, a body that is in overload (bad diet, stress, alcohol, drugs) and unable to filter out the build-up of toxins and wastes in the body begins to cause serious health problems.

When starting to use the clay internally, go easy! During the 1st week, start with 1/3 tsp daily and drink plenty of water. During the 2nd week, take 2/3 tsp, working your way up to 1 tsp of clay a day. This will minimize the “healing crisis” your body will experience as the clay cleans and detoxes.

Redmond Clay™ strengthens and supports all the organs and systems of the body, allowing you to heal yourself, as nature intended. Be patient. Redmond Clay™ is a natural substance and as such it works differently for each person.

While we can’t guarantee the same positive results for everybody, we have personally used, or seen it used, for the following problems with beneficial results.

Redmond Clay Hydrated Form

Redmond Clay Hydrated Form

 

INTERNAL USES
Detox
Acid Reflux/ Heartburn/ Acid Indigestion
Allergies/ Hay Fever
Celiacs Disease
Constipation
Crohns Disease
Diabetes
Diarrhea/Dysentery
Diverticulitis
Detox/ Heavy Metals
Food Poisoning
H-pylori
Hiatel Hernia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Menstrual Cramps
Parasites
Roto Virus
Stomach Ache/ Stomach Flu
Ulcers

As trends move toward homeopathic medicine, more people include Redmond Clay™ capsules with their daily supplements or drink clay water because of its highly alkaline pH balance.

Redmond Clay Drink

Redmond Clay Drink

 

EXTERNAL USES
Arthritis/ Athlete’s Foot/ Sprains/ Achy Joints
Acne/ Eczema/ Facials
Bruises/ Black Eyes
Boils/ Burns/ Sunburns
Cellulite
Cold Sores/ Fever Blisters/ Sores/ Wounds that won’t heal
Cuts/ Insect Bites/ Bee Stings/ Scrapes/ Shingles
Diaper Rash/ Road Rash
Ear Aches
Infections/ Ingrown Toe nails/ Nail fungus
Poison Ivy/ Stinging Nettle

Burns And Bruises
I use Redmond Clay for any burn. It takes the pain away instantly and heals the blister quickly. My daughter-in-law burned herself with a curling iron. It was very painful, but I made some mud, put it on the burn and bandaged it up. It was better the next day. It works for all burns, sunburns, cuts and bruises. My husband is a contractor and he had an accident and mashed his thumb. It turned black and blue and was throbbing with pain. I put the clay on his thumb, had him wear a latex glove over it and the next day his thumb was fine and the bruising was gone.

Diaper Rash
To use it for diaper rash, just sprinkle the dry clay powder on the baby’s bottom. It seems to clear up diaper rash very quickly.

Clay Baths
Some people take clay baths. To do so, sprinkle about one-half cup of dry clay powder in the bathwater, mix it up and soak in it for 30 minutes or more. It helps detoxify the body. It draws out toxins and infections from the skin.

Foot Bath
For a footbath, simply put three tablespoons of clay in a pan of water and soak your feet in it for 30 minutes. It draws toxins from the feet and detoxifies the body.

In The First-Aid Kit
Because it has worked so well for all these other issues, I put Redmond Clay in my medical kit. I use it first, for relief rather than running to the doctor. Consequently I keep it mixed up ready to use in a solution of clay and water and have it in the kitchen cupboard and the bathroom cupboard.

The Redmond Clay Company has been around for 30 years and there have not been any cases of allergic reactions or adverse effects from taking the clay. The company says that with all the research that has been done, they are just scratching the surface of what the clay can do.
Because it has so many uses, I recommend you keep it in your 72-hour emergency kit, as I do.

Common Uses Of Redmond clay

Common Uses Of Redmond clay

 

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Boots and its false advertising “Little Me Organics” exposed by ASA

“Getting The Wrong Product At The Right Price Potentially Threatens Your Child’s Health”

How many of you are aware what kind of claims commercial brands are capable of making in order to appear “organic”, “safe” and “natural”?

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In the words of Cheryl, Gerard, Juliana, Eva and many other endorsers for a certain brand, I ask you: “Are you worth it?” Is your child worth the ultimate price in his/her health, being born with skin or health allergies, or worse yet getting a serious disease such as cancer?

Yes, there has been much talk about cancer on TV recently, Channel 4 running the show Stand Up To Cancer a few years ago and trying to raise millions from cash-strapped people. How sad that these people are willing to throw money at research to fund the discovery of the long-awaited cure, when what is truly needed is simple prevention education, changing of habits that is starts NOW from ourselves and our children. The first step is to read what you are buying, what are those chemically sounding ingredients on your skin moisturiser, shampoo, toothpaste or a deodorant for example.

Buy One Get One Free offer entices you? Think again about the true manufacturing cost of that product when the brand can afford to advertise on the prime TV and then price it so cheaply! Is the value in it? Is it really worth it? No, of course not! It is full of preservatives, thickeners, foaming agents and parfums that are all toxic and a majority of them are carcinogenic! And they are in your babies’ products, too, which is the scariest part.

The Guardian recently published a revealing article about Boots Baby Hair and Body Wash Ad being banned because it contained less than 5% of organic ingredients and yet they advertised is as “organic.”

Mark Sweney, guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 17 October 2012 09.29 BST

Boots baby shampoo ad banned as less than 5% is organic

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Health giant’s implied claim about Little Me Organics Oh So Gentle Hair and Body Wash was misleading, rules watchdog

Boots Little Me Organics baby shampoo: Ad banned by the ASA

A Boots ad for an “organic” baby shampoo has been banned after a watchdog found that fewer than 5% of the ingredients in the product were natural.

Boots promoted the product, Little Me Organics Oh So Gentle Hair and Body Wash, on its website as containing “pear, mallow and organic aloe vera”.

The product’s natural ingredients were claimed to be perfect to “clean and moisturise your baby’s delicate hair and sensitive skin”.

The Advertising Standards Authority investigated a complaint that the claim that Little Me was organic was misleading.

Boots replied that when it comes to cosmetics there is no legal definition over what product can be called organic, that the Little Me range was a brand and a registered trademark.

Boots said that a “reasonable” consumer would know that only some ingredients would be organic, admitting that of the overall content they totalled “less than 5%”.

The ASA said that although there was no legal standard for organic cosmetics in the UK, a number of independent certification bodies all defined a product as organic only if it had a “high percentage” of natural ingredients.

It added that Boots made it sound as if the product had met one of these high standards, and said the way it was marketed was misleading to consumers.

“The ad must not appear again in its current form,” said the ASA. “We told Boots not to promote the product in future marketing communications unless they included a prominent statement disclaiming the implied ‘organic’ claim.”

To see Purely Natural Cosmetics’ Certified Organic products that are certified organic, and absolutely suitable for the entire family, by trusted agricultural independent certifiers Australian Certified Organic ACO, New Zealand BioGro, And American USDA, visit our web-site.

Certified Organic Cosmetic Products – Know What You re Paying For

“When Buying Organic Beauty Products, Know What You Are Paying For!”

CERTIFIED ORGANIC SKIN CARE AND OTHER PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

Why the independent logo such as ACO, USDA, BioGro or Soil Association matters

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Know what you are paying for!

Do you actually know what you’re getting when you buy a product with an organic label? We tend to think if the label has an official-looking organic stamp, it must be legit, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it is not like that. The truth is: not all organic labels are certified equal.
When you are buying an organic product, why are you doing it? Is it because you care about the environment, your body and health, or both, or something else entirely?

When buying a cosmetic beauty product that claims to be organic, but lacks any proof on its label, do you believe it is organic? Perhaps it is a trusted brand and you think they may not be allowed to lie if it were not true. Sadly, you are wrong, there is no government nor legal control over what the brand puts on its product. It is up to you, a consumer, to do the research and distinguish between all those green, ECO and organic labels.
At the end of the day, when you take the time and effort to study the ingredients label on the product you are planning to use, you are doing it, hopefully, because you care about your own health. Disappointingly once you venture deeper, you will find out that many so called green brands use plenty of synthetic chemicals and/ or heavily processed substances. They also cleverly disguise this fact by replacing the more known names of these chemicals by less known synonyms or pseudonyms even.

The same procedure goes for major skin care producers whose products are heavily advertised on TV and priced cheaply in your local Boots, Superdrug or a supermarket. However, these companies do not even attempt to disguise their ingredients, because they rely on an unsuspecting nature of a cash-strapped consumer who is easily manipulated by a celebrity endorsement or a great TV commercial. These manufacturers are here to make money and they do not care about the potential health problems their products, full of toxic ingredients, may cause to consumers.
Because I have been using Miessence® brand myself since 2010, I wanted to know and be able to explain why their products are potentially the best there are.

Did you know that Miessence® was the world’s first skin care care range, certified organic to food standards by an independent party certifier? Yes, it was, but it is no longer the only brand out there that approached an independent Agricultural Certifying Body to approve and certify their skin care range. Over the years many other brands have done the same and those that did we have in our store, at least those we were able to secure. They are Plantae, New Zealand made certified organic skincare range certified organic by BioGro, New Zealand authority on all things truly organic, Organic Essence body care line certified organic by USDA.

The Miessence® product range bears the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) Seal of Approval from Australia’s leading certifying body, a division of the Biological Farmers of Australia Co-op Ltd. The ACO sets and maintain stringent quality standards that are internationally recognised as either compliant with or exceeding international requirements for organic foods.
Managing Director of ACO, Mr Akiko Nicholls, says: “Consumers need to be very careful when choosing organic cosmetic products, as ‘certified organic’ claims can vary – more so than with organic food.” He also warns: “Since there are various private organic cosmetic standards in the world and they are all very different, consumers need to be educated on what to look for to make sure they get what they are paying for.”
But different labels mean different things. For a cosmetic product to receive the Australian Certified Organic stamp, it must contain 95 per cent or more certified organic ingredients whereas the European standard Ecocert stamp only specifies the product have a majority of plant-based ingredients.
Sounds confusing? Beneath you will find a handy guide about the different certifications and their meanings so that you know what you are paying for when choosing the right brand.

 
AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC (ACO)
Their local standard is recognised as one of the most stringent in the world. To be classified as Australian Certified Organic (ACO), skincare and other products must contain 95 per cent certified organic ingredients while the remaining five per cent are restricted to natural ingredients which must meet stringent requirements. In Australia this includes no synthetic ingredients at all (including no nature identical).

 
Australian Certified Organic web-site says this about the natural ingredients:
“Global trade in natural ingredients has increased dramatically in the last years, a growth driven by consumers that looks forward to safer cosmetics free of harmful chemicals. While organic certified cosmetics contains a high proportion of organic ingredients certified under several international organic standards, they also contain a small proportion of natural ingredients sourced from vegetable, mineral or marine renewable sources. Those natural ingredients are an important part of the product formula usually acting as moisturizers, surfactants, preservatives, etc.
Natural ingredients are not certified by a third party organization like organic raw materials, and due to this the lack of regulation the term natural has been applied to ingredients derived from GMO materials, or to ingredients that although initially derived from natural sources, have lost any ‘naturalness’ after so many synthetic chemical treatments.
The BFA Natural Ingredients for Cosmetics Scheme aims to provide comprehensive validation of natural ingredients to be used in ACO organic certified products, or by conventional cosmetics manufacturers wishing to market a product made with natural ingredients validated by a leading certification body. Through our ingredients database, cosmetics manufacturers and formulators will have at their disposal hundreds of approved ingredients ready to use, and because the database is open, consumers of end products will be able to discern if the so-called natural ingredient in their shampoo meets ACO stringent requirements”.
You can find the full list of allowed ingredients on the ACO website. ACO certified cosmetics are accepted by most major trading countries without any additional requirements including EU, US and Asian countries.

 
USDA
To use the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) Organic logo on a label, a cosmetic product must have a minimum of 95 per cent certified organic content (not including water and salt). However, unlike the ACO, the list of ingredients that can make up the remaining five per cent is extensive and can even include non-natural ingredients. The USDA also allows the use of the word ‘organic’ on products that contain a minimum 70 per cent organic ingredients but these products are not permitted to display the seal.

 
SOIL ASSOCIATION
Soil Association is the largest organic certification body in the UK. According to their web-site, 95% of the ingredients must be organically approved for the product to be labelled with their logo. It does not state where the remaining 5% must come from. If the product contains 70-95% of organic ingredients, the label can display: “Made with xx% organic ingredients”, however, the remaining contents may be synthetic chemicals.
Soil Association has less stringent requirements for certification of personal care products than ACO & USDA and allows synthetic ingredients such as phenoxyethanol. Products marked with their logo may contain cocamidopropyl betaine, a surfactant that is partially produced using petrochemicals.
Between the two of the European organic certification bodies, Soil Association and ECOCERT, the Soil Association has higher demands when it comes to product content.

 
ECOCERT
Ecocert, the European standard for organic labelling, was the very first certification body to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics and, for a long time, their guidelines were also used as an industry standard. But since the explosion in the organic sector – especially when it comes to cosmetics – Ecocert’s standards are no longer the most stringent in the world. To receive the Ecocert Organic seal, a product must contain 95 per cent plant-based ingredients but only 10 per cent must come from organic farming. Ecocert also offer a Natural seal – to receive this a product must contain 50 per cent plant-based ingredients plus five per cent from organic farming.

Then there are a few trade association, such as BDIH (Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie-und Handelsunternehmen), NATRUE or COSMEBIO. These associations cover the labelling that is common amongst the organic products found in beauty shops, but where the content does not necessarily need to be organic. The common denominator is that they are trade associations, and thus indirectly controlled by the manufacturers themselves – and obviously they will act in their own interests.

 
BDIH (Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie-und Handelsunternehmen)
This is an association of companies that produce and/or sell cosmetics, food additives or non-prescription drugs. “Natural” means that it does not require any organic content. They have guidelines that describe how plant ingredients, wherever possible, should come from controlled organic cultivation. A product labelled with their logo is not necessarily 100% natural and 100% organic and the product may contain synthetic ingredients. BDIH allows sulfation, curing and synthetic preservatives and ingredients that are extracted by hydrolysis, esterification or other cracking and condensation, which in plain English means substantially processed substances.

NATRUE
Unlike other organic certification bodies, which also certify food, Natrue’s standards are for cosmetic products only. Based in Belgium, Natrue specifies that to be classified as organic, at least 95 per cent of the product’s natural ingredients “must come from controlled organic cultivation and/or controlled wild collection”. Notice the requirement is not to have 95 per cent organic ingredients – just that 95 per cent of the natural ingredients used must be organic. Natrue also has different requirements for different product types – what makes a soap organic, for example, differs to the standards applied to shampoos or creams.

COSMEBIO
Cosmebio is a French-based non-profit association for French manufacturers producing natural and organic skincare products. The organization requires that 95% of all ingredients must be natural, of natural origin or originate from organic cultivation. Allows up to 5% synthetic content, but synthetic fragrances or dyes, petroleum substances (paraffin, silicone, PEG), parabens or phenoxyethanol are not allowed.

What To Look Out For

  1. If you are searching for truly natural skin care products that are free of synthetic chemicals and heavily processed ingredients “derived from natural substances”, which no longer resemble anything that can be found in nature – you should choose those products that contain 100% organic ingredients or truly natural ingredients.
  2. Looking for a Certified Organic seal is one way you can check how environmentally responsible your product is. But there are a few other things you can check for if you want to make sure you are purchasing responsibly.
  3. Don’t be confused by scientific names: An ingredient listing will always mention the scientific name of an ingredient first, followed by its more well-known name in brackets eg. Tocopherol acetate is the scientific name for vitamin E.
  4. Packaging: If a product has lots of plastic packaging and packing, chances are the company is not really interested in being environmentally responsible. Look for products that come without excess packaging or, if they do, use a simple recyclable cardboard box.
  5. Animal testing: Always check for a No Animal Testing claim on products. Companies who use organic ingredients but test on animals are not to be trusted.

Benefits Of Using Certified Organic Products And Processes:

  1. • Independent third party guarantee of quality and purity of ingredients
  2. • Safe, clean and potent plant extracts of high vitality
  3. • Sustainable agriculture that respects, supports and nurtures the complete ecology and energy of our planet
  4. • Authenticity and integrity of “organic” and “natural” claims
  5. • Prevention of damage to the environment and humans by poisonous chemicals used in conventional agriculture

I rest assured that with all the certified organic brands we sell on our site I get exactly what I paid for, the highest quality products and absolute integrity about the entire production process.

Organic Essence Coconut Vanilla Whipped Shea Body Butter Review

“When I initially opened up the packaging I didn’t think the product would last very long, however I am happy to admit I was wrong because this is incredibly concentrated and you only need a really small amount. It has a lovely sweet scent from the vanilla, it smells good enough to eat.”

Organic Essence has a lovely, but sad, story to tell about how they came about manufacturing their compostable (biodegradable) packaging, which equals to zero waste! It involves a washed up whale on the coast near their home and how it died because it was suffocated by plastic waste. Organic Essence was founded in 2006 after the USDA National Organic Program allowed non-food agriculturally derived products to certify to their existing organic food standard. Organic Essence was one of the first body care product companies to certify to this standard, and to this day is one of a small number to only produce certified organic products.

Organic certification matters because deceptive marketing has made ‘natural’ bodycare product claims largely meaningless. Organic Essence’s DNA is simply about not using the chemicals that raise health concerns because the safest amount of any synthetic chemical is none.

The idea of using natural, traditional ingredients and products is attractive because they are well understood. We know the health properties of various fruits, vegetables and herbs and we also know that hemlock is poisonous. Novel synthetic chemicals haven’t been around long enough for us to know what their health effects really are. We do know that every year more synthetic chemicals that were once thought to be safe are now considered dangerous.

Products are not just what’s in a package but also the package itself. This understanding led Organic Essence to re-imagine packaging as being part of the life cycle, rather than as something that is dangerous and threatens life. Organic Essence is where genuinely sustainable products and packaging are being invented and made.

Organic Essence products – including their packaging – are derived from life, are a part of life, sustain life and will continue to live in life forever.

We asked Ana to review Organic Essence’s Whipped Shea Butter so that it gives you guys some idea what those amazing formulations are all about. She chose Coconut Vanilla scent and she has some lovely things to say! Read her full review.

USDA Organic Certified Collection of Whipped Shea Butters from Organic Essence

USDA Certified Organic Collection of Whipped Shea Body Butters from Organic Essence

Plantae Certified Organic Skincare Balance Range Review at Biteable Beauty

“This is a stunning range of products and worked together to effectively balance oil levels in my skin.”

We believe in connecting with bloggers who are interested in certified organic skincare, because if there is a new organic and natural skin care product in the market, one that you know nothing about and have no physical way of testing yourself, the blogger’s review may  help you make the decision to purchase the product.

Plantae Certified Organic Skincare from Nelson in New Zealand is one those new clean and completely plant based skincare brands, which has not created much buzz in the organic skincare market yet. This is due to the fact that Plantae was only launched in NZ in 2012 and it is a small family owned company with limited resources. I found Plantae on the internet in 2013 through a press release about the launch and when I clicked on their web-site and researched the products, I had a strange inkling to contact them. I was looking for a more reasonably priced alternative to MiEssence Certified Organic Skincare, which I had been using for a number of years and had been very happy with.

However, I found Miessence’s price increases over the recent years unjustified and, frankly, unnecessary in today’s world where so many other organic brands are popping up and MiEssence is no longer the only Australian Certified Organic, ACO, (Agricultural Certification as opposed to Cosmetic one) brand in the world.  Plantae approached the New Zealand version of ACO, BioGro, to have their entire product range certified, which assured me about their honesty and seriousness. Another brand we stock and absolutely love is certified organic by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), Organic Essence, and their prices are not sky high either.

Plantae took me by surprise on so many levels…not only are the formulations more luxurious and creamier than MiEssence’s, their overall effect on the skin feels as if it has a more beneficial impact on the condition of the skin in the long run. The smell is so natural and plant based that you know instantly you are using only nature’s best goodness on your face.

So, now continue to that incredibly in-depth and revealing review of Plantae’ s Certified Organic Skincare Balance Range (Normal to Combination skin) by Rebecca of Biteable Beauty, UK.

Certified by BioGro, New Zealand Independent Agricultural Certifier.

Certified by BioGro, New Zealand Independent Agricultural Certifier.