Have We Got It All Wrong About Preservatives?

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As the wave of natural beauty shows no signs of slowing down, the argument of natural vs synthetic ingredients continues, particularly when it comes to preservatives. Pick up any cosmetic product and you’ll see ‘paraben-free’ proudly listed on its packaging and advertising. Read More…

Do Natural Deodorants Work?

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The natural beauty industry is booming at the moment. More of us are looking to cleaner formulas that promise to be gentler on our skin and to the environment. As we switch to chemical-free face creams and vegan-friendly make-up, it’s unsurprising that even our choice of deodorant is getting a look-in.

First and foremost, let’s clarify the terminology. There is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. The former works as an antibacterial buffer to prevent and disguise the smell of sweat, whereas antiperspirants use aluminum to temporarily block your sweat glands. Admittedly most deodorants on the market use both techniques to prevent any hint of body odour escaping. Read More…

Is Natural Skincare Better For You?

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From the natural and organic to the “non toxic” and “free from”, there are plenty of terms that describe the new wave of clean beauty brands. And they are proving incredibly popular.

In the US, NPD noted a 13 percent rise in skincare brands that have an environmental focus which promotes wellness or natural ingredients in 2017.

According to The Soil Association, 74 percent of people said they would believe a product was free from ‘nasties’ if it had organic on the label. However, there is no set definition of what makes a product natural or organic. In fact, the category has very little regulation. Read More…

Striking Oils: The New Argan (And Other Oils…)

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We love oils. Can virtually hear our skins slurping them up, from top to toe. Oils provide serious skin nourishment – which healthy skin needs, alongside moisture. (For which we turn to our old friend hyaluronic acid, among other ingredients.) They tend to be wonderfully skin-compatible, too – so no wonder the Beauty Bible team has a veritable arsenal of them on our bedside tables and bathroom shelves. Read More…

Italian Women

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I’ve spent quite a lot of time in Italy this year (for work, rather than play) – and I’ve decided: in my next life, I want to be Italian. Well, we probably all want to be Italian. Sensual. Sexily elegant. Effortlessly beautiful. (Or so it seems: that just-got-out-of-bed, tousled hair – which in reality requires hours in the hairdresser, at the once-a-week appointment which is an Italian woman’s almost-religious duty.) It’s a look that’s become timeless – ever since Sophia Loren wiggled her way onto a movie set, in the 50s. Today, we can see it on sultry actress Monica Bellucci – and on Catherine Zeta-Douglas. (Her dusky skin, dark hair and luscious lips are pure Latin – even if, um, she is from Wales…) Read More…