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Frustration with fear-mongering beauty marketing continues to grow – and it looks like things are starting to change.
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Omg, lovelies, Beautygeeks is on right now! In The Demonizing of Essential Oils: How a Skincare Launch Started A Witch Hunt Against Natural Beauty, writer Janna Mandell examines attention on essential oils as skincare bad guys, and spotlights what fear-mongering looks like from both sides of the natural skincare industry. 

Most of you share my intolerance of the whole "toxic/non-toxic" nonsense, and we've talked a bit about the skin irritation, even damage, that can result from some natural ingredients. Some of you commented on Instagram too, last month, when I posted a warning note (below) in response to seeing a brand I follow refer to itself as non-toxic.

I'll let you hotlink over to read the article, but first let me highlight a few quotes I thought were significant...

From chemist/formulator Marie Veronique Nadeau in reference to Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Skincare, the natural line she co-developed: “Some essential oils are sensitizers, meaning you can use a product for years and then grow intolerant to it,” clarified Nadeau. “It’s one of the reasons we decided to leave essential oils out – it was one less factor that could be potentially problematic.”

From Angelina Umansky, facialist and owner a spa in San Francisco; she stocks a mix of cosmeceutical and natural formulas: “I get that many of my clients feel strongly one way or the other [when it comes to naturals vs. synthetics] but that’s not my concern. My concern is the health of their skin – I’m going to suggest the best regimen whether it be all-natural, all-synthetic or a mix of both. I rep the client not the brand.”

From Justine Kahn, also a spa owner, and co-formulator (with a plant biologist) of her own natural skincare line: “A lot of these makers hold on so tight to what they think is right they forget to look through a scientific lens. All the ingredients in their products may work beautifully on their own but if the maker doesn’t know how these ingredients interact, then yes, it could potentially be harmful.” 

I'm hoping you'd like to chat a bit about the above quotes in the comment section below – what do you think? 

I'm encouraged that there's more talk about potential irritation – I think that's what the natural formulators see as fear-mongering on the media's part, but I see it as a route to more education, and better purchasing decisions when it comes to fitting new formulas into our daily regimen. Do you agree/disagree, have anything to add?