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"Chemical" is not a dirty word!

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Article by Amina Kitching

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The term "chemical" refers to both natural and synthetic substances. A natural ingredient such as olive oil is scientifically known as a "chemical" it's just that the term "ingredient" sounds more friendly when describing what is used to make a given product.

  • Many toxic chemicals occur naturally in nature.
  • Plants produce toxic chemicals to protect themselves from pests, animals produce toxins for protection & to capture their prey.
  • There are many other toxic chemicals that are the by-product of metabolism.
  • Some natural elements and minerals are also poisonous.

Here are some examples of natural toxic chemicals: arsenic, mercury, snake venom, caffeine in tea, coffee, soft drink & cocoa, ricin from castor beans, hydrogen sulfide, chlorine gas, smoke & even petroleum.

There are many useful household items that contain toxic chemicals. Some common examples include; laundry detergent, drain cleaner, furniture polish, toilet cleaner, air freshener, rubbing alcohol, battery acid, bleach, fluoride, fuel, pesticides & ammonia to name a few. While these chemicals may be useful and even necessary to modern life, it is important to remember that they should be used with caution and disposed of according to the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging.

For more information on cosmetic ingredients and toxicity see links below:

Safe Cosmetics Australia ® The Toxic Free Campaign





Products carrying the Australian Certified Toxic-Free® logo or our new VERIFIED NONTOXIC™ seal, are MADE SAFE NonToxic Certified™

 "Nontoxic ingredients are by far the Healthier Choice for you & your family"

“Thanks to research organisations, writers, journalists, doctors, scientists, environmental advocates and the many people that make up the cosmetics industry, I am grateful to be part of a movement towards natural and organic products. There are so many inspiring brands that share this passion for raising chemical awareness, seeking to improve the cosmetics industry by formulating nontoxic, sustainable and healthy products. Support Safe Cosmetics Australia’s, Toxic Free Campaign and look for brands that carry the approved seals.” – Amina Kitching, FDR Safe Cosmetics Australia

Article/Information supplied by Amina Kitching. Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.



15 Mar 2017

Last Update: 30 Mar 2017

Article/Information supplied by Amina Kitching

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.