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Toxic Synthetic Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products

If you ever find yourself unhappy with the amount of chemicals in food, you might be surprised to learn how many synthetic toxic ingredients are added to conventional beauty products.

The skin, our largest organ, helps regulate and expel exogenous toxins. These toxins are chemicals produced outside the body that, if enter into your body (via absorption (applied to skin), inhalation (powders/aerosols) or consumed (eg lipstick eaten) can greatly affect your health. Despite the harmful side effects, many beauty supplies on store shelves still contain toxic ingredients mainly if the form of synthetic chemicals due to a lack of product regulation and emerging research.

Remember how a couple of weeks ago we revealed 10 ugly truths about the beauty industry? We’re taking it one step further by exposing toxic synthetic ingredients that can be found in some of the most commonly used beauty and personal care products. You may not think that the concentration is not very high or you can’t feel or see the effect but what scientists are becoming concerned about is the toxic load, the accumulation over time and exposure via other sources that you come into contact with every day. Eg Antibacterials such as triclosan in hand soaps, on chopping boards and surfaces, in mattresses, carpets and even paint not to mention toothpaste.

1. TOLUENE (solvent found in nail polish) 

Why it’s bad for you: Effects can be felt in as little as 5 minutes after exposure. These effects can include tiredness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of coordination, euphoria, and loss of hearing. It can cause breathing problems from early onset, and passes through the skin slowly causing serious irritation. It has been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity and is of particular concern to children. (reference: Opinion on Tolulene EU SCCP) Click here for more side effects.

Where it’s most commonly found: Toluene is most commonly found in nail polish and some hair products although often hidden in fragrance.

Natural alternative: Try the creamy, long-lasting 100% Pure 10 Free Nail Polish (it’s 10-free!).  You can also check out our guide on toxic chemicals in nail polishes (prepared to be shocked!).

2. MINERAL OILS & SYNTHETIC HYDROCARBONS 

Why they bad for you: According to a study conducted by the Journal of Women’s Health in 2002, mineral oil was found to be one of the greatest contaminant of the human body. The study found that it disrupts the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibits the skin’s ability to breathe and absorb natural moisture, which in turn slows down cell development and prematurely ages skin.

Further, mineral oils can be composed of organic and inorganic base stock oils combined with ‘polymer packages’ (plastic)  to produce synthesised oil compounds. Lipsticks and lip care products may contain saturated hydrocarbons which either stem from mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) or are synthetic, that is polyolefin oligomeric saturated hydrocarbons (POSH). Some of these hydrocarbons (eg hydrogenated solids like paraffin wax) are strongly accumulated and form granulomas in human tissues, which prompted Cosmetics Europe (former Colipa) to issue a recommendation for their use in lip care and oral products. Reference

Where it’s most commonly found: Moisturisers, hair products, foundation, tinted moisturiser, and some baby oils.

Natural alternative: The 100% Pure Tinted Moisturiser hydrates the skin while evening out skin tone and clearing imperfections, and is available in a range of tones.

3. TRICLOSAN (Antibacterial Preservative) 

Why it’s bad for you: Studies suggest that Triclosan could cause breast cancer, tho results have come from research on mice where it progresses the development of breast cancer cells due to its endocrine disruption ability. Reference.  If triclosan does turn out to be an endocrine disruptor, that would make young children, infants and pregnant women especially vulnerable. Worryingly, other studies have shown Triclosan remains in the body.  There are also concerns about the accumulation of triclosan in waterways, where its build-up could “disrupt aquatic life by changing native bacterial communities” Reference  and there is initial evidence that overuse can also result in strains of drug-resistant super-bacteria.

Where it’s most commonly found: Toothpaste, Soap, facial cleansers  and primers.

Natural alternative: The 100% Pure Luminous Face Primer is a great pre-application to makeup that also nourishes the skin while brightening the features.

4. FRAGRANCE (or Parfum)

Why it’s bad for you: EWG has found fragrance to contain a cocktail of (synthetic) hormone disrupters such as Phthalates, BHA, and musk. Phthalates can in turn cause serious health issues by interfering with hormones in the body, posing potential risks to the reproductive and thyroid systems bringing on early puberty in teenage girls, hormonal changes in baby boys, fertility issues such as low sperm count,  breast cancer, autism, ADHD and increased risk of diabetes and asthma.  All studies are Reference  here on EWG.  BHA is a synthetic antioxidant commonly found in fragrance to extend the perfumes (& lipsticks) life that can cause allergic reactions, is a possible human carcinogen and The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has also listed BHA as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that it interferes with hormone function when consumed. In Europe it is on the banned and restricted fragrances list and The State of California requires warning labels on products containing BHA, notifying consumers that this ingredient may cause cancer.  Synthetic musks bind to and stimulate human estrogen receptors and have been linked to the increase of estrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells.

What is particularly worrying about fragrance is the ingredient listing is never broken down for you to see as the ‘recipe’ is protected by trademark laws and does not need to be revealed by law. Fragrance or parfum is usually made of a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals of which there are over 3,000 chemicals to choose from. Reference

Where it’s most commonly found: Perfume + nearly every personal care product and cosmetic you can think of. 
Natural alternative: Keep things sweet and smelling gorgeous (without the harmful fragrances) with natural cold pressed oils such Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange used to give our Lip Nourish a great smell and taste!

5. PARABENS
Why they bad for you: According to Scientific American “parabens are a group of synthetic compounds commonly used as preservatives in a wide range of health, beauty and personal care products. If the product you are using contains methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, it has parabens.” Parabens have been shown to, in some cases, trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors.

Where it’s most commonly found: Mascara, eye pencils, foundation

Natural alternative: Preservatives are needed to stop bacteria and micro-organisms growing but there are natural alternatives such as Vitamin E and Citric Acid.  Try all natural 100% Pure Black Tea Liquid Eyeliner is easy on the eyes, literally!

Watch out for a future post, where we’ll share the next 5 synthetic toxic ingredients.

Avoiding all harmful chemicals is nearly impossible, but there are ways to reduce your exposure to damaging toxins by avoiding the above list and swapping out your synthetic ingredients with natural alternatives.

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In fact, if you’re looking to make the switch to natural and organic products, we’ve got you covered with our 100% natural, toxin-free, lipsticks and our guides on how to clean out your makeup bag the healthy way. There are also plenty of other resources out there, like this handy guide which includes 10 tips on healthier skincare or the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list. In the mean time, always get to know your ingredient list natural beauties and be mindful of what you’re applying to your body. What goes on, goes in.

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Did any of these facts shock or upset you? Which synthetic chemicals weren’t you aware existed in your products? Leave a comment!

Toxic Beauty Ingredients

Toxic Beauty: 10 ugly truths about the beauty industry you may not know about

You would never knowingly try to poison yourself with petrol to prevent wrinkles, hormone disruptors to create the perfect lips or allergens to smell good, now would you? Don’t be too quick to dismiss this question as being completely crazy. For your health, read on.

You may be cutting back on processed and refined foods in favour of whole foods and healthy habits, but what are you washing your hair with? What is contained in the foundation you use every morning? What chemicals are you applying to your body through your daily personal care products? Yes, you’ve detoxed your diet, but what about your makeup bag?

When it comes to personal care products, many of us are not only unaware of the chemicals we’re happily slathering over our skin, but we have happily lived til now not knowing any better. The ugly truth is that not all ingredients are clean, and some are actually slowly poisoning our bodies, speeding up the ageing process and worst of all, are capable of causing irreparable damage.  These same toxic beauty products try to mimic Mother Nature with inferior, synthetic and potentially toxic substances masquerading as ‘natural’, ‘pure’ and most worryingly; ‘safe’, and the entire system is flawed.

As a 100% natural, clean makeup company, we want you – the consumer – to be well-versed in the harmful and hazardous effects of toxins in your everyday products so you can make better decisions when it comes to what you should and shouldn’t be applying to your body. If you wouldn’t eat it, why would you apply it?

That’s why today we’re revealing top 10 ugly truths about the beauty industry that you may not know about. Brace yourselves: these will include the worst offender chemicals found in personal care products, what beauty companies are hiding from you and more alarming facts, because we strongly believe that everyone should know all about the hidden nasties in their makeup, skincare and personal care products to prevent further damage from occurring. After all, our skin is our largest organ, and what goes on, goes in!

theuglytruth11. Some beauty products can cause long-term health effects.

A mind-boggling array of beauty and personal care products contain chemicals that not only trigger skin problems such as rashes, redness, acne, and other symptoms of contact dermatitis, but are known or suspected causes of long-term health effects such as asthma, infertility, birth defects, learning disabilities, and disease.

There have been so many studies about health issues linked to toxic chemicals in the bodies, and according to a 2004 survey undertaken by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, an average of 12 personal care products are used by women and girls daily. Skin Deep, an online toxicity guide which ranks over 14,000 products on their ingredients, has released information which shows that “one out of every 100 personal care products on the market contains known or probable carcinogens and 89 percent of ingredients in products have not been assessed for safety”. Alarming? Yep. Should you be worried? You bet.

Research by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, found that the average woman’s daily grooming and makeup routine means she hosts a staggering 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day. The study show that these toxins, even in a mild form, build up over time and can gradually break down the immune system and result in disease and health problems. Gulp.

2. A toxin is actually a poison – yet can be found in most beauty products these days.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It helps to detoxify our bodies of metabolic waste products and chemicals. On the other end of the spectrum, the skin is also capable of absorbing toxins, therefore choosing what you put on your body should be consciously examined and regulated.

The Nemours Foundation describes a toxin as “a chemical or poison that is known to have harmful effects on the body.” Furthermore, they say “toxins can come from food or water, from chemicals used to grow or prepare food, and even from the air that we breathe. Our bodies process those toxins through organs like the liver and kidneys and eliminate them in the form of sweat, urine, and faeces.”

The words toxin and chemical are often used interchangeably, but water is a chemical, sodium is a chemical and these are not toxins. So when we talk about toxins, we mean the ingredients that are harmful to your health and wellbeing and these days they are found in everything from household cleaning products to food and makeup. In fact, the makeup you use every day is most likely overrun with toxins that are being absorbed by your body. Thankfully, there has been a surge in recent years of organic, natural and toxin-free makeup companies (like ours!) who derive their products from pure ingredients to ensure that your body is not being polluted from the outside in. But the fact remains that there are thousands of other brands who don’t use the same discretion and care for a consumer’s health when formulating their products, which is unfortunate.

3. Some beauty companies that contribute to charities pose a threat to the cause they are supporting.

Every October, we’re barraged with pink-ribbon products promoting breast-cancer awareness and research. The biting irony: many of the big brands that support these causes may actually be contributing to the actual disease they support and seek a cure for.

Some of the worst offenders are known for producing formulas that contain reproductive toxins, hormone-disrupting chemicals, and carcinogens. In fact, in America, as part of the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association trade group, many of the big conglomerate companies opposed a California bill that would require cosmetics firms to disclose their use of chemicals linked to cancer or birth defects.

The beauty industry is a huge customer of the chemical industry so why are they being touted as true champions for women’s health?

theuglytruth24. There are flawed safety assessments required for cosmetic products sold in Australia.

With over 25,000 chemicals marketed with little government intervention, regardless of tests, statistics and scientific evidence, it’s no wonder there is an epidemic of ADD, allergies, asthma, sinus problems and learning difficulties among today’s members of society, not to mention children.

Cosmetics sold in Australia are regulated by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), a division of the Department of Health and Ageing. Despite regulation practices in place, many harmful chemicals are still lurking in our personal care products, apparently considered safe by the authorities despite research showing otherwise + many haven’t been thoroughly tested.

Worse yet, some of the chemicals found in cosmetics sold in Australia have actually been banned or restricted in other countries, or otherwise give cause for concern. Take Methylisothiazolinone (or MI – preservative used in cosmetics and shampoos), for example, which is banned in Europe and yet can still be found in humble baby wipes here in Australia, despite it being a common trigger to rashes and swelling when added to leave-on cosmetics.

Even scarier, the United States’ attempt to self-regulate when it comes to beauty products hasn’t fared any better. According to FDA, “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA” (FDA 1995). Colourants are one of the few ingredients that need approval. 

5. Despite cold hard evidence, cosmetic companies are continuing to produce the same toxic substances.

The Daily Mail mapped out research from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, suggesting that some parabens we had previously presumed to be safe, such as Methylparaben, may mutate and become toxic when exposed to sunlight, causing premature skin ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.

According to The Daily Mail, (long chain) Methylparabens are found in more than 16,000 products, including moisturisers and toothpastes, yet cosmetic producers have always defended their use of parabens on the grounds that they can’t be absorbed into the body.

But the Daily Mail interviewed Dr Barbara Olioso, an independent (UK green) professional chemist, who said: ‘Research shows that between 20 and 60 per cent of parabens may be absorbed into the body.’

Despite this alarming information, none of the major mainstream cosmetics companies have committed to removing carcinogens, parabens or other harmful contaminants from their products, and continue to use the same polluting technologies and toxic formulas they developed decades ago.

Do new laws need to be put in place that hold the beauty industry accountable for the chemicals they use? Do consumers need more information to make safer choices? Why are these companies not (yet) developing the next generation of safer, nontoxic products?These are the questions we need to be asking and acting on.

theuglytruth36. Many personal care products contain toxic chemicals not listed on labels.

Trying to avoid phthalates? What about 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde? Good luck with locating these and other toxic chemicals in the product fine print.

Many chemicals are hidden behind ambiguous terms like ‘fragrance’ or smuggled in as trace contaminants. Loopholes in our ingredient-labelling laws exempt companies from listing them.

Of concern, too, is the number of products without ingredients listed, particularly certain eye makeup products that are sometimes found to contain heavy metals like lead and mercury.

Sidestepping undercover toxins is no easy feat, but examining labels for chemicals that are likely to be contaminated, including urea, quarternium-15, PEG compounds, and sodium laureth sulfate, is important.

The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database is a great resource for researching the contents of your products and how likely they are to be tainted. I believe however they take a unjust position on some ingredients such as citrus and spice essential oils rating many of them as toxins (eg limonene 6/10 hazard) due to their allergen concerns whilst synthetic colours such as D&C Red 7 Lake scores 1/10 toxicity rating despite being synthetically produced from coal tar or petroleum and precipitated with metal salts such as aluminum, calcium, barium, or others. hmmm.

It’s important to do more than just read labels, you also have to consider which companies you can trust. Which companies are standing up for what’s right? And then make consumer decisions accordingly.

You can click here to see how beauty labelling is regulated in Australia.

7. None of the mainstream beauty giants have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics pledge.

Overseas, the US-based health and environment advocacy coalition, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, is lobbying to get the personal care products industry to phase out use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other serious health concerns, and replace them with safer alternatives.

Although there has been some success and more than 1,000 companies have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, ironically missing in action are some of the world’s largest makers of cosmetics and personal care products.

Let’s hope that doesn’t stay the same for long.

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8. The term ‘natural’ does not always mean safe. This is called ‘greenwashing’.

Beware of the vague and misleading marketing terms on packaging labels. ‘Natural’  may lead us to think that a beauty product is pure and therefore healthy, but because label terms are regulated insufficiently, marketeers are free to write persuasive spin on the packaging and convince consumers otherwise.

Brands claiming to be ‘natural’, ‘pure’, ‘organic’ and ‘additive free’ can still contain a cocktail of chemicals, so just be mindful of these strategies used to lull us into a false sense of security.

Going back to what we said earlier; do your research into companies who are 100% transparent about what their products contain and genuinely believe in facilitating a healthy, safe and toxin-free consumer experience for their customers.

This list of ‘greenwashing’ companies may be a good starting point.

9. Some beauty products can affect pregnancy.

Reports and studies done by Environment California (titled Growing Up Toxic: Chemical Exposures and Increases in Developmental Diseases), found that makeup, shampoo, skin lotion, nail polish, and other personal care products contain chemical ingredients that lack safety data. Furthermore, some of these chemicals have been linked in animal studies to altered pregnancy outcomes.

So if you think about it like this, an unborn child is particularly susceptible to chemicals absorbed through a mother’s skin, which is then passed into the blood stream and on to the fragile foetus.

Just because a skincare product is geared toward the pint-size, doesn’t mean it’s been tested for safety. In fact, children are exposed to some of the muckiest ingredients , including known carcinogens like 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde. So not only are your beauty and personal care products potentially affecting you, but also your family and your children and/or unborn children.

10. It has someone’s seal of approval, so it must be okay to use? Not always true!

As a consumer, sorting fact from fiction and truth from lies can be challenging. Every year, billions of dollars are spent on convincing us that the beautifully packaged concoction of who-knows-what that’s endlessly endorsed by big name celebrities will change your life and transform your skin, not to mention make you look ten years younger. Don’t be fooled. Arm yourself with the right knowledge and make informed decisions about what you put on your skin and essentially, into your body.

So to summarise…

Until a major change occurs, consumers need to decide for themselves whether the benefits of using products containing certain toxic ingredients outweigh any potential risks.

The whole point of beauty products is to enhance beauty that is already there. But if these same products are robbing you of your health, should they still be considered beauty products?

Don’t just rely on and believe what you read on the front of product packaging or even in various articles. Ask questions, research, self-educate. Get to know the ingredients listed on the back of products and look out for any of the Dirty Dozen.

After all, our skin is our largest organ, and what is applied is absorbed into the bloodstream, which makes choosing all-natural, toxin-free and pure products not just an option, but an essential part of maintaining optimum health for you and your family.

Why choose luk beautifood?

Our mission is to disrupt the beauty industry by giving every woman the opportunity to cultivate her natural beauty without compromising her health and wellbeing with outdated chemically formulated toxic beauty products and cosmetics and time consuming beauty practices.

Truth in beauty product labelling is paramount for your health, community and planet – that is why we created our 3 pillars, they give you the real picture: Food Active, 100% Natural  and Toxin-Free. We don’t use chemical ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic or linked to cancer including preservatives, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and fragrance.  Just 100% natural, toxin free ingredients that are good for you on the inside and outside.

Our goal with this article was not to scare or shock you, but to educate and enlighten you, giving you the ability to make an informed decision about your health and lifestyle.

We hope this information has helped you, and rest assured, we will continue to unveil hidden truths about the beauty industry until no corner is left unturned.  If you want to learn more, read our post on the top toxic chemicals to avoid in your beauty products!

Featured image courtesy of The Daily Mail

Tell us in the comments how you feel after reading this article? Were there some hidden beauty industry truths you were unaware of? How do you like to shop for beauty products? Do you check the labels? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment x

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Top tips for beautiful ethical eating and living

Synthetic chemicals, pollution, animal welfare worries… how can we enjoy healthy living with so much guilt and angst under the surface? There are many of us who want to live more ethical lives, but it’s difficult to know where to start.

That’s why I’ve rounded up a few key suggestions on ethical eating and living to help you get a foot in the door:

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ETHICAL FOOD

– Buy seasonally fresh, local, organic produce or build your own garden. Studies show that the concentration of a range of antioxidants such as polyphenolics are found to be substantially higher in organic crops, whereas conventional crops contain significantly higher amounts of pesticides and toxic metal cadmium. Scary! Aside from plucking delicacies from my own kitchen garden, I like to shop at markets and farms on the weekend (tip: avoid organic produce that’s been grown near roads as pollution can be absorbed). Although it’s a bit pricier, this is usually made up in colour and flavour. If you’re still not sold, here are six other reasons on why you should shop at a Farmer’s Market.

– When it comes to meat, try to only buy humanely treated, pasture-raised meat and eggs that aren’t brought up in unnatural and arguably cruel conditions nor pumped with antibiotics and hormones (as these nasties go straight into our bloodstream when we eat it). Same goes with other edibles – eat sustainable seafoof and look for Fairtrade chocolate and coffee. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, there are plenty of healthy, nourishing recipes online that you can source to create a balance, ethical diet for yourself.

– You may not realise, but humans waste more food than is necessary. Many parts of the vegetable and fruitthat we often throw away can actually be consumed or thrown into a blender and made into a smoothie. Even carrots that have gone slightly brown are great to eat, just strip away the brown bits with a peeler and you’re good to go.

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ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT

– Use less, recycle more!

– Put on a jumper rather than cranking up the central heating.

– Ground yourself with Mother Nature every now and then. Sit outside on the grass for 10 minutes to cultivate a stronger connection between yourself and the Earth. This will help you better understand how to care for and love the environment on a more conscious level.

– Yes flowers are gorgeous, but house plants are even better! They last longer and help put oxygen back into your atmosphere so invest in a few pretty planters and put them around your house.

– Having a shower typically uses about a third of the water you would have in a bath, but many modern power showers can use just as much water. Fitting a shower with a simple flow regulator can limit the amount used to just below nine litres per minute. Check your shower is suitable before getting one fitted though!

– Ride to work! If it’s possible, invest in a bicycle, especially during warmer seasons to avoid guzzling through petrol.

– Here are other tips on how you can reduce your carbon footprint.

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ETHICAL WELLBEING

–  As a collective society, we seem to glorify being busy, not realising slow, mindful living can cultivate even better results for ourselves. I recommend closing the green gap. Get back in touch with nature and be inspired by its beauty and goodness. This is food for the soul! Escape, replenish and regenerate. Stay in balance.

– Be kind. Never, ever underestimate the power of a kind word of compliment, or helping out someone else in need.

– Make sure gut health is in order by eating good bacteria like sauerkraut and sipping on kombucha tea, and giving your body a good juice cleanse. Check out this article on 8 easy ways to detox your body.

– Self care practices are important. That includes nutritional nourishment, movement and relaxation where possible (think: massages, spa retreats, engaging in hobbies, outdoor walks etc). I like to visit eco-friendly and organic day spas and nail salons whenever I’m in need of some TLC. Simply Google your local salon for a toxin-free pampering adventure!

– Toxin-free is the way to go and I’ve said this right from the beginning. This is super easy to do once you understand the basics of it (which is why I have created these Clean Beauty Guides for you). It’s always best for your health and conscience to invest in 100% natural and/or organic cosmetics that are sustainably and ethically produced, and contain no synthetic or potentially toxic ingredients – like our Lip Nourish Lipsticks or 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cosmetic range! You can start today by spring cleaning your makeup bag (right in time for Spring!) or reading up on what it means to use green, clean, all-natural products.

May you live a life you love!

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Be Delicious Inside & Out

Introducing… the real lük beautifood!

It is with great excitement (and butterflies in our stomach!) that we unveil our shiny new and improved website and brand packaging!

Our new look has been live now for a week and we are so thrilled with all of the exciting feedback! Our updated site has a fresh, minimal and modern appearance that reflects how our brand’s foundation is built on harnessing the beauty of food through our three core pillars – 100% natural, 100% toxin free and 100% food active – so you can be delicious inside and out.

We have developed a user-friendly browsing experience that will appeal to clean beauty warriors from all walks of life and have made plenty of improvements throughout the site. Our mission is to disrupt the beauty industry by giving every woman the opportunity to cultivate her natural beauty without compromising her health, wellbeing and time, and we hope all of our hard work reflects this intention.

Because we believe nourishing your whole body with food is central to cultivating your natural beauty, you’ll see lots of yummy, wholesome ingredients floating around the website (surefire tastebud tantalisers!) and plenty of information about our all-natural product range as well as other delicious insights.

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We hope this refreshed look helps us lead the way in how we communicate with our customers and stockists, through regular updates, delicious products and inspiring articles that demonstrate our expertise across the clean beauty, healthy and wellness industry. Most of all we created all of this for YOU, our natural beauty! We want you to have fun while living your best life yet!

As you navigate your way through each website section, you’ll also get the chance to meet my little team and get a feel for how the real Luk Beautifood came to be and who I am at my core.

Here is some extra info about all of the great new areas of our site and brand:

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THE SHOP

There’s plenty of toxin-free goodies for you to love and adore in a now easier-than-ever shopping experience! We’ve still got the seven signature sheer nude and neutral Lip Nourish shades with fancy new eco-chic wraps, lipstick + foundation sample packs and fruit pigmented products from 100% Pure because we want to feed your inner confidence and give you that super clean, fresh faced look so many of us crave. As you know, we don’t use toxic ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic or linked to cancer* including preservatives, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and fragrance.

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We’re continuing to make every effort we can to ensure our products leave the smallest footprint possible. Our products are not tested on animals and are proudly made in Australia following the guidelines for COLIPA & TQM systems, and of course, all of our products are 100% natural so you can have a super-nourishing, guilt-free and joyful experience every time.

PLUS – we still offer FREE shipping in Australia and FREE shipping worldwide on orders over $49.95 – huzzah!

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THE BEAUTY KITCHEN

We all know how eating healthy food and feeling good on the inside shows on the outside, which why I’ve got a whole Beauty Kitchen bursting with recipes, wholesome ingredient information, and plenty of clean beauty guides as well as other delicious insights like interviews, motivational excerpts, DIY recipes and more!

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THE SALE

Have you checked out our sale yet? Grab yourself a Go + Glow Green Smoothie and enjoy sifting through all of the exciting 100% Pure Cosmetic bundles, bulk Lip Nourish packs and get a FREE Lip Nourish Lipstick when you buy 2 or more with coupon code LUKDELICIOUS. Exciting times!

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SOCIAL CHITTER CHATTER

We’re still very much active over on social media to bring you better/fresher content, educate you on all things toxin-free, update you on new and exciting things happening at Luk Beautifood, and share with you fun stuff that we’re up to behind the scenes plus all of the gorgeous things we’re learning about when it comes to cultivating natural beauty. We’ve also got plenty of fun giveaways planned for our gorgeous tribe! Come and follow us and join in on the #lukbeautifood conversation. If you don’t have Instagram, you’ll be able to see our live feed at the bottom of the page and which natural beauties are sharing the #lukdelicious love.

Together through word of mouth, in our online communities on Facebook, Instagram and in The Beauty Kitchen we hope we can hang out with you more and share the recipe to be a natural beauty. After all, our customer, our natural beauties, the lük woman – is our friend!

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I sincerely hope you love everything just as much as myself and the team have loved creating it for you all. A huge heartfelt hug, and a big THANK YOU for making all of this possible.

We’re going to be busy rolling out some updates to our online presence over the coming weeks, so stay tuned for some exciting new changes. And don’t forget to let me know in the comments what you think ladies!!! Your feedback is always welcome!

Cindy

How to Lighten your Toxic Load when it Comes to Lipstick

Don’t be fooled: some of your favourite lipsticks could contain more than just a splash of pretty pigment and glossy goodness, especially bright reds! Many mainstream lipsticks are in fact loaded with toxic metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and nickel, thereby heightening your risk of dangerous diseases and organ damage. Yikes!

Why should you think twice before swiping on just any old lipstick?

The average woman consumes anywhere between 4 to 10 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime (gulp). Those same sticks of lippie may contain toxic ingredients that could be doing more damage than good.

Exposure to certain metals has been linked to health concerns including reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity. Symptoms can include headaches, weakness, constipation, fatigue, muscle and joint pain.

When bio-absorption of heavy metals occurs, each person is affected in different ways depending on their specific threshold and manifesting as different symptoms, but there’s still that risk. Wouldn’t you feel more at peace knowing you were limiting your toxic exposure as much as possible? The brain is not designed to cope with heavy metals, nor is the internal system, so it only makes sense to stay away from toxic ingredients in favour of safe, nourishing alternatives.

It’s not just heresy – there’s proof!

A recent study conducted by University of California found concerning levels of heavy metal content in 32 popular lipsticks and glosses. Lead turned up in 75% of products and about 30% of products contained levels of chromium higher than what’s considered safe when people applied them at the average daily rate. Alarming stuff!

What metals should you avoid?

Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminium, zinc, chromium and iron are found in many lipsticks formulas.

High levels of cadmium can be stored in the kidneys and could lead to renal failure.

Lead is an enzyme inhibitor and over a long period of time it can build up and cause a plethora of health issues for its wearer or consumer.

Moreover, chronic exposure to nickel, arsenic, aluminium, chromium, iron and zinc can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, neurological deficits and developmental problems.

And there’s a big loophole too. Because certain heavy metals are considered a contaminant and not an ingredient, it doesn’t have to be listed on the label, so you might not even know what you are applying to your pout. To me, that’s the scariest part, not knowing what the heck is in all of your consumer products! How can you possibly protect yourself without such important information?

What ingredients should you be applying instead?

Yes, lipstick makes you feel beautiful and confident but it shouldn’t be making you sick or drying out your lips.

I am absolutely transparent about all of the ingredients my Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Lipsticks are made from. These include skin-healthy foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins and free from synthetic dyes, fragrances and preservatives. Similarly, the 100% Pure makeup range that I stock contains only safe, healthy, natural, fruit pigmented ingredients that cause no harm to your external or internal health and you will never EVER find hidden nasty ingredients in either collection. That’s how makeup should be!

It’s a choice. It starts with YOU.

Why are we still okay with applying potentially dangerous, irritating chemicals to our skin? Perhaps we think only a small amount won’t do much harm, perhaps there’s not enough education, or perhaps we’ve fallen victim to marketing codswallop from big consumer companies that think it’s okay to sell a bunch of toxins to the masses and mask it with glitz and glamour advertising tactics.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you. You choose what should go on (and therefore in!) your skin, and you choose how many chemicals and potential endocrine-disruptors you wish to be exposed to. But choose wisely, beauties.

Chances are, if you’ve read this article right to the very end, you’re beginning to think twice about some of your makeup and household product choices and I am glad!

Educate yourself

There are MANY resources out there on the interwebs. I’ve even created quite the library of further information about this topic (see below for a few key subjects):

The Dirty Thirty toxic beauty ingredients

How to detox your beauty routine

The list of hazardous and toxic beauty ingredients

I’m here to empower my natural beauties and inform you about what’s healthy, what’s safe and how you can safeguard yourself from harmful toxins effortlessly and easily, without skimping on quality when it comes to your makeup products. I’ll hold your hand and walk you through the process, because as women, we deserve to be anointed with the purest and safest of ingredients for a happy, healthy lifestyle.

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Cindy

Got a question about this particular subject? Do you feel like there should be better regulation for certain cosmetics companies? Leave a comment below!

100% Pure Nail Polish

Spring Clean your Nails with 100% Pure Toxin-Free Nail Polish!

Newsflash: those adorable little nail polish bottles lined up on your basin may be doing you more harm than good. While a coat of fresh lacquer can indeed brighten a mood and complement an outfit, the cold hard truth is that many of these varnishes have a dirty little secret: they’re filled to the brim with chemicals, the same gunk used to make car paint. Yep, a medley of toxic nasties are what you’re dipping your finger and toenails in – gross!100% Pure Nail Polish

Some nail polish brands have nearly 30 chemicals all combined, and you can only imagine the damage this is doing to not only the nail bed but the delicate skin surrounding the nails.

Not only can these harsh chemicals be bad for the environment, but they pose a health risk for you and your loved ones due to the harsh fumes that are easily ingested. They can also make your nails become brittle – and fast! In particular, pregnant women, asthmatics and children should all avoid toxic nail polish and removers.

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TOP 3 CHEMICALS TO AVOID WHEN SELECTING NAIL POLISH

When reading the back of your polish label, steer clear of the following ingredients:

– Toulene– A solvent typically found in gasoline that is known to cause reproductive harm and dizziness

– Formaldehyde– A known carcinogen found in many nail polishes that can be extremely irritating an trigger allergic reactions. There are strict warnings to avoid inhalation or skin contact.

– Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) -This chemical is banned in Europe and is known to cause reproductive problems and trigger asthma. This has been classified as containing the highest danger level and is known to cause potential organ issues and endocrine disruption.

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DON’T EVEN GET US STARTED ON NAIL SALONS!

Although attending your local nail salon may be a special treat, the chemical aroma when you enter one of your selective pampering havens should be a red flag for potential toxicity.

The solution? Bring along your own toxin-free polishes and ask your nail stylist to paint your fingers and/or toes accordingly and don’t forget to ask what ingredients they use in their products if you can. You should especially skip the nail salon when pregnant, and try to avoid using polishes that aren’t 3 or 5 free during this stage.

Gel manicures are just as bad as regular ones, as they coat the nails with multiple methacrylate chemicals that can cause itching, burning, scaling and hives so try to skimp on these (we know it’s hard!).

Nail polish removers are equally problematic and the fumes are especially harmful, so opt for acetone-free, toxin-free and less harsh formulas.

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100% PURE HERE TO SAVE THE DAY

Despite there being a huge array of polish woes when it comes to conventional formulas, luckily there exists a range of brands who offer toxic-free, 3-free or 5-free options for lacquer lovers.

100% Pure toxin-free nail polish takes it one step further and are actually a whopping 10-free… there really is light at the end of the fumey tunnel!!

Not only are these natural nail polishes much better for you but they look stunningly beautiful on! The colours are strong and vibrant with a smooth, creamy consistency that glides on and dries quickly to a high long-lasting shine. One of the best parts is that one coat is all you need for a full strength colour.

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The ten-free formula does NOT contain any of the common toxins found in other nail polishes, including formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances or phthalates.

The luxury, eco-minded formulas are cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the USA. There also just so happens to be so many gorgeous colours available right in time for Spring and Summer. Knowing that your product is helping the Earth and your nails is well worth it.

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So if you’re just starting to green up your nail polish shelf, why not give these bottles of natural goodness a go and treat your tootsies the healthy and safe way?

We’ve taken it one step further so you can reap the full benefits of clean beauty products by matching your Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish shade with your 100% Pure Polish!

100% Natural Nail Polish and Lip Nourish

TOP/DOWN

ROW 1: Match Chai Shimmer Lip Nourish with 100% Pure 10 Free Creamy Nude Beige Nail Polish in ‘Velouria’

ROW 2: Match Vanilla Chocolate Lip Nourish with 100% Pure 10 Free Delicious Deep Cherry Red Nail Polish in ‘Pie’

ROW 3: Match Rose Lime Lip Nourish with 100% Pure 10 Free Chic French Manicure Nude Nail Polish in ’12:51′

100% Natural Nail Polish and Lip Nourish

TOP/DOWN

ROW 1: Match Nude Cinnamon Lip Nourish with 100% Pure 10 Free Ridge Filler Base

ROW 2: Match Pink Juniper Lip Nourish with 100% Pure 10 Free Nail Polish in ‘Gelato’

ROW 3: Match Tea Rose Lip Nourish with 100% Pure 10 Free Nail Polish in ‘Juice’

Happy painting, natural beauties!

Do you use nail polish? Have you ever looked at toxin-free nail polish options?

DIY Beauty Recipes for Glowing skin

Transform your skin in 3 ingredients or less.

Naturally nourish and feed your skin from the outside in with these simple, DIY beauty recipes for an effortless natural GLOWA glow that comes from radiant, clear skin combined the happiness that comes from a little relaxation and pampering, is just one of our ingredients in the luk recipe to being a natural beauty.

Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs 60% of what you put on it.  The amazing team at the Environmental Working Group have research supporting that the average woman uses 12 personal care products per day, containing about 168 ingredients…that’s a lot of potentially toxic stuff  being absorbed by your body. But there is a healthier (and less expensive!) alternative – nature offers complex and powerful ingredients whose benefits cannot be replicated in the laboratory and just like the food you eat, they need to be clean, whole and unprocessed to  work effectively.

Many of your everyday pantry basics pack serious glow power, mix a few together and you’ve made yourself a little DIY skin luxe – with no toxic chemicals, busy car parks, or massive price tags.

Here are 7 of our easiest, most effective DIY beauty recipes using the beauty foods we know you’ve always got on hand. Grab a cup of herbal tea and your bestie and make your bathroom into a mini spa getaway and nourish your body and soul.

dividers R1-rough thin grey1. GREEN TEA TONER – all skin types

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory while aloe vera juice is incredibly soothing to irritated skin. If you are prone to breakouts and/or oily skin green tea and lemon also have antibacterial properties to help calm, soothe and reduce excess oil.

How to |
  1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea or use matcha (green tea powder)
  2. Strain and pour into a cup and wait to cool
  3. Add a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice and stir
  4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]
  5. Spray on face to face, being careful to avoid eyes and any broken skin.

matcha powder - powdered green tea

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2. MILK AND HONEY CLEANSING MASK  – all skin types

Ground oats [or oatmeal] provide gentle exfoliation and are extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin. They are also full of Vitamin B to regenerate skin cells for a fresh faced complexion, while milk’s [as well as yoghurt and buttermilk] natural lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and its inherent fat content (4%) soothes dry, irritated skin.

How to |
  1. Soak 1/2 a cup of oatmeal in milk overnight (use skim milk for oily skin and full fat for dry)
  2. Add a teaspoon of organic raw honey to the mix
  3. Stir well
  4. Gently massage the paste onto your skin using circular movements to gentle exfoliate then leave for 10-20minutes
  5. Wet a face towel with warm water and use to gently remove the cleanser
  6. Rinse your face with cool water to close the pores and pat dry
Tips:
  • You can add some essential oils such as lavender to make it more fragrant
  • You can also substitute milk for yoghurt

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3. SKIN LIGHTENING TREATMENT
– for mature, sun damaged or acne prone skin

Apple cider vinegar helps to inhibit the production of melanin, the pigment in the skin that creates dark spots and helps them to appear lighter over time. It’s also a great natural option for those who suffer from breaks outs as it is a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids [a mild acid used in many face creams] which helps to remove dead skin cells and balance the PH levels of the skin. Lemons are also a fantastic natural skin lightener as they are packed full of  antioxidants which are proven to reduce the amount of melanin that is produced when applied to your skin and used regularly. Apple cider vinegar can trigger irritation for those with sensitive skin so we recommend doing a patch test first.

How to |
  1. Combine 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother) with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  2. Stir well
  3. Dab onto areas of pigmentation, age spots or acne scars before bed and rinse in the morning
Tips:
  • Patch test first to ensure you do not react with the apple cider vinegar
  • Obviously lemon can sting so avoid any areas of the skin that maybe broken, scabbed or raw

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4. ANTIOXIDANT REPAIR MASK
– for mature, dull or dry skin

Pomegranate is packed full of rich antioxidants which protect collagen thereby slowing down the appearance of fine lines caused by sun exposure. They also contain ellagic acid, which helps to prevent wrinkles. Pomegranate combined with yoghurt is also incredibly soothing for those with dry, irritated skin.

How to |
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic unflavoured yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of runny honey
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of home made or store bought pomegranate juice and stir well
  3. TIP: for extra moisturising benefits add 2-3 drips of rosehip oil
  4. Stir well
  5. Apply to face and leave for 10-20 minutes
  6. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry.

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5. OIL CLEANSER  – all skin types

Sweet almond oil not only intensely nourishes the skin, but acts as an extremely gentle and effective makeup remover- even for stubborn eye make up! Combine with the moisturising properties of jojoba oil and honey this is the perfect, quick and easy cleanser

How to |
  1. Combine 3 drops of sweet almond oil with 3 drops of jojoba oil and add ½ teaspoon of runny honey
  2. Mix well
  3. Massage on to damp face
  4. Remove with a warm, wet cloth and pat dry

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6. CITRUS BODY SCRUB  – all skin types

Mandarins are rich vitamin C to keep skin smooth and plump plus they smell just fabulous when combined with antioxidants rich cinnamon. You can use oranges instead of Mandarins.

How to |
  1. Combine ½ a cup of panela or brown sugar with roughly 2 tablespoons of chosen oil (we used olive oil)
  2. Squeeze the juice of mandarin into mixture and stir
  3. Finely grate some zest off the mandarin – add as desired
  4. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon
  5. Check consistency: you want the sugar to be ‘wet’ but not too sloppy & check the aroma is zingy, sweet and uplifting. YUM
  6. Pour into a container** to keep in the shower
  7. Whilst showering, scrub all over your body and rinse with warm water.
Tips:
  • Panela sugar is evaporated organic cane sugar juice. It still retains its nutrients and its finer crystal are softer, more delicate on your skin.
  • ** We love glass for its purity and look but be careful with it in the shower.

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7. REPAIR AND CARE HAIR MASK  
– dry, damaged and colour treated hair

The intense moisturising properties of coconut oil and Argan oil combined with egg yolks for shine and lustre, is the easiest and most effective treatment for dry, damaged, colour treated and split ends.

How to |
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic cold pressed coconut oil (you may need more depending on length of hair) with 3-4 drops of argan oil
  2. Whip an egg yolk (2 if you have long hair) and add to mixture
  3. Stir well
  4. Apply mask to ends of hair and leave for up to an hour
  5. Rinse with warm water and follow with regular shampoo and conditioner routine

And of course the number one beauty recipe is our gorgeous lip nourish made from delicious beauty foods to moisturise lips and give the perfect hint of colour for any look.

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