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The 'Good, Clean, Fun' Blog

Active ingredients come with recommended levels and other recommendations so that they are safe and effective. And for many of these ingredients, if that level is exceeded it can actually mean that product will have a negative effect on your skin. Just like Vegemit on toast, it's often a case of less is more.

Today we’re going to give you an insight into the cosmetic world from a formulators view. We are going to lift the lid on a famous internet headline and put it through some myth busting questions….. "Our Skin Absorbs 60-70% of everything we put on it!"

The short answer is... No. But we think you probably already knew the answer to that ;) The cosmetics industry hasn’t managed to come up with a totally natural nail polish yet, but they’re working on it.

Some people think “sensitive skin” is a skin type, but we’re going to (politely) disagree. It doesn’t matter whether your skin type is normal, dry, oily or combo - it can still be sensitive. And like a wicked witch, sensitive skin can show itself in so many different forms...

The other day Dave (our back-of-house operations guru), was complaining about how soft his hands had become. Unfortunately it appears that working in the Happy shed has a downside - soft and supple hands.

“Cheap supermarket cream beats the big brand names!” is always a headline that will grab your attention. That’s because we all like to save a dollar (or 2) :)

Most of the laundry detergents on our supermarket shelves have ingredients in them that can cause irritation and leave you feeling all itchy, scratchy and fed up.

This is not meant to name and shame. We’re sharing this as we feel that you need to know that the perception of a brand is not necessarily the reality. OK, here goes…

Alcohol is one of the most misunderstood ingredients in skincare. So much so that you nearly hear it screaming like a moody 16 old girl ‘You just don’t get me!!!!!’. In this case they’re right. Many of us don’t get them or understand them.

What do you want from your skin care? Maybe you want the highest quality, purest, 100% natural skincare that’s non-toxic and good for you too? Sounds good, right? Sounds amazing to us. But if your skincare products contain water (or aloe vera), there’s something else you need to think about.


If you are like me then the ingredients list on the back of a cosmetic is like reading a foreign language. It’s so hard to know which ingredients are safe, and which ingredients you should avoid. 
Something that we often neglect to think about is that the ingredients that AREN’T in a product can be just as important as the ingredients that ARE in it.

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