Since Siam Botanicals burst (ahem) onto the twitter scene a few months ago, we’ve ‘met’ lots of like-minded people. But in spreading the word with regard to the benefits of natural skin care, it’s important that we make a concerted effort NOT to scaremonger and exaggerate the dangers of all non-natural products. It could put off the very people we’re hoping to attract: ‘There are bad chemicals in ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!’, we hear them cry in despair. ‘What difference will changing my face cream make if there are cancer-causing substances in everything I eat and touch and breathe?’

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Look on the back of your skin and hair care products, make-up, deodorant, room sprays, washing-up liquid and any other lotions and potions you can get your hands on: can you see the word ‘fragrance’ (or perhaps ‘scent’, or ‘parfum’) in the ingredients list? Do you know what this is?

Nope, nor us. Read More

If you follow green beauty blogs or are a supporter of natural/organic products, the chances are you will have already heard about the dangers associated with microbeads. Manufacturers use them in exfoliating products because they are less abrasive (and no doubt a lot cheaper) than natural, biodegradable alternatives. But these tiny plastic balls are proving environmentally problematic: after being washed down our drains, they slip through waste-treatment systems unhindered and wend their merry way directly into our seas and lakes…  Read More