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DIY Toothpaste

DIY Toothpaste

I’ve started DIYing things that I use very often. One of those is toothpaste. I ‘ve tried and liked Earthpaste so I thought why not make my own version? It would be a lot cheaper than buying it all the time. I found this recipe from Overthrow Martha and modified to my needs. For those living in an old house or a house with small pipes you may want to decrease the amount of bentonite clay and increase the baking soda. I’ve had reports that bentonite clay can clog pipes but I personally have never had a problem with the clay. I have omitted the salt from this recipe because I find the baking soda salty enough. Although dead sea salt is supposedly good for teeth because of its mineral content.


1.5 tbsp Bentonite Clay
2 tbsp Distilled water or aloe Vera juice
1 tbsp coconut oil
5 to 10 drops of essential oil like peppermint, wintergreen mint, clove, holy basil,rosemary, sage (optional)
A container (mason jar or a squeeze bottle)

Options: If you get clogged pipes from the bentonite clay you can use this ratio below and keep the rest of the ingredients the same.
1 tbsp baking soda & 1 tsp bentonite clay


Put the clay, coconut oil, and baking soda (if using) in a bowl and blend with water. Add the essential oils you like. Clove is good for getting rid of strong flavours like garlic breath. Keeps for several months in a container.

Using this toothpaste along with oil pulling helped me decrease the amount of plaque on my teeth. At least that’s what my dentist told me. I didn’t tell her that I was making my own toothpaste and oil pulling however. I’ve found some conventional dentists can be opposed to ideas like that.



Haut Cosmetics, Raspberry Elixir

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for a facial sun screen that didn’t break me out. I hadn’t had any luck, so I thought maybe I should approach the problem in a different way. I started doing research and found out that some oils have natural SPF qualities. To experiment I decided to pick one oil out to try at a time and see how it worked for me. My first experiment has been with: ta-dah! Raspberry Seed oil! Read on for my review.

Ingredients: 100% Pure Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Vanilla Bean (Lactobacillus/Dipteryx Odorata Seed Ferment Filtrate) Bio-ferment.

Raspberry Seed Oil has a lot of great qualities. For one thing, this lovely seed oil has a high proportion of vitamin E, vitamin A and other anti-oxidants. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and helps to heal skin conditions like eczema, and psoriasis. Raspberry Seed Oil also has a natural SPF ranging from 28-50. Since I’m all about simplicity these days I love the idea of a one ingredient natural sunscreen. I’m happy to report that this oil works perfectly for me in that way. I like to put it on before my moisturizer so it can soak in. Then I apply my makeup and my face remains matte all day long. This oil has a slightly nutty smell and absorbs easily into my skin. It feels like a “dry” oil. For those not familiar with dry oils, their qualities are known as being lightweight, quick absorbing and for having a non-greasy finish. Jojoba oil for example, isn’t a dry oil. When I put jojoba oil on my face it sits on the top layer of my skin and takes quite a long time for my skin to absorb. But the raspberry seed oil absorbs so well into my skin that I actually don’t need to use blotting paper during the day like I have in the past. I’m really loving this Raspberry Elixir from Haut Cosmetics!

Cost: $59.95 CAD, 80 ml / 2.7 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

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Spots begone! @battysbath Cystic Acne Mask


Ingredients: Aloe, seaweed powder, chamomile oil, clay, honey, geranium oil, tea tree oil, echinacea extract, burdock root extract, marshmallow root extract, green tea extract, honey suckle extract, vitamin E, vitamin C, alkyl acrylate, radish root ferment filtrate.

This is a wonderful mask for those with acne problems. Though it’s targeted towards those with cystic acne, it also works for me as a spot treatment on my smaller blemishes. When I do get those really big blemishes it helps to shrink them very quickly without overly drying out my skin. The mask is an almost clear, gel-like consistency. It smells mildly of tea tree but once you wash it off your face the smell is gone. I like to use this mask at night as a spot treatment, after I’ve removed all my makeup, cleansed and toned my skin. If I use it all over my face, then my skin will get dry if I leave it on too long. So be aware of this when you use this product. As for the ingredients what can I say? Tea tree and geranium oil are both anti-bacterial and anti-septic. There are also some great anti-oxidants in here with the Vitamin C and green tea. Chamomile, aloe, honey, and Vitamin E provide the skin nourishing properties. Seaweed powder and clay are also detoxifiers. The only thing I’m kind of iffy about is the alkyl acrylate which in my research is a thickener. Not sure this ingredient is completely necessary. Gladly the alkyl acrylate is the second last ingredient so the concentration should be between 1-3% of the product. I’ve sent a message to Batty’s Bath and am waiting a response.

I would repurchase this mask because I love that it’s clear. I could even wear it under my makeup if I wanted to but choose not to. I prefer to use my acne treatments in the evening. But for those who have really bad acne, if your make up products are not so clean this would help prevent and treat breakouts. I would recommend however, that you take a look at everything you put on your skin if you have really bad acne. What you eat also contributes to the condition of your skin. Since I started eating cleaner my skin has really improved in texture and luminosity.

Cost: $19.00 CAD, 60 g / 2 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Have you ever tried Batty’s Bath?


Marie Veronique Advanced, PRO Collection

Marie Veronique generously sent me seven sample sizes from the PRO Collection to test out. I’ve been testing them for about a month now and I have to say that I’m amazed at the effects this collection is having on my skin. Read further for more details on each of the products.

Oil de Jour (vegan)

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Borago officinalis (borage) oil, Persea americana (avocado) oil, Olea europaea (olive) oil, Actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, Salvia hispanica (chia seed) oil, Rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, Sesamum indicum (sesame seed) oil, Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed) oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil, astaxanthin, Opuntia ficus indica (barbary fig seed) oil, Rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil, algae oil, Lycopersicon esculentum miller (tomato seed) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin. Essential oils: helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cananga odorata (ylang ylang), Myrtus communis (green myrtle)

This oil was the first sample I finished off. Living in Canada, we were just coming out of winter when I started testing these products and my skin needed extra hydration. I’m so happy that MV has a vegan version of this oil. Taking a look at the ingredients list, this oil has a lot of powerhouse oils. Jojoba, olive, avocaodo and rosehip are well known oils for hydrating and nourishing the skin. Add in the Meadowfoam, camellia, borage, kiwi seed, chia seed, broccoli seed, pomegranate seed, Barbary fig seed and tomato seed oils and that is an amazing combination of antioxidant, and omega 3 goodness for your skin to drink in. Raspberry seed and astaxanthin provide protection from UV rays. I wouldn’t normally spend this much on a facial oil but there are so many great oils in this one that I can’t begrudge them the price tag. If you were to try and DIY you would end up spending more than what this bottle costs, especially if you go for organic oils.

Cost: $90.00 USD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

Eye Recovery Serum

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, n-acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide (vitamin B3), L-carnosine, dipalmityol hydroxyproline, silica, aminoguanadine, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate (Leucidal™), aspen bark. Essential oils: Myrtus communis (green myrtle), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Psidia altissima (lary)

This eye recovery serum will probably be the next sample I finish off as it’s become one of my favourites. I used to have really dark circles under my eyes. But using this serum, combined with eating better and sleeping better, my under eye circles are almost completely gone. There’s still a faint darkness but I’m confident that if I keep these healthy habits up they will disappear entirely. The serum feels slippery and almost thick but don’t let the consistency fool you. Once spread on the skin it forms a thin but nourishing barrier of protection. Olive oil, helichrysum and lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties help bring puffiness down. Green and white tea provide the anti-oxidants. Vitamin C, N-acetyl-glucosamaine and niacinamide help to brighten the skin. This serum is somewhat pricey for the size but again the ingredients are worth it. Plus, it’s worked wonders with my under eye circles. Many under eye creams promise to reduce under eye circles and don’t deliver. This one has been the exception, and I have tried so many! So yes, I would repurchase this again.

Cost: $75.00 USD, 15 ml / 0.5 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

Gentle Retinol Serum

Ingredients: Camelia sinensis (Green tea) infusion, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, vegetable glycerine, kombucha tincture, encapsulated retinol (7%), niacinamide (Vitamin B3), beta glucan, sodium salicylate, n-acetyl glucosamine, Photoaging Repair Complex™, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, isododecane (stabilized Vitamin C), mixed tocoperols (vitamin E), Argania spinosa (argan) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil, Rubis fruticosus (blackberry seed) oil, Brassica oleracia italica (broccoli seed) oil, rosemary oleoresin, preserved with Leucidal® Liquid and aspen bark. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Carota daucus (carrot seed), Curcuma longa (curcuma), helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cistus ladaniferus (cistus), Boswellia carterii (frankincense)

Normally I’m allergic to frankincense so I was pleasantly surprised that I’m able to use this serum without a reaction. Then again, frankincense is the last ingredient on this list so the percentage in the formulation isn’t enough to irritate my skin. I’m amazed how much my acne has really decreased using this product. When I do get new blemishes they are small and with a little treatment go away without much fuss. Some of the same anti-oxidants, nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients are in this serum from the previous products I’ve mentioned above. The price is a bit much for me though, so I’m knocking the rating down a bit. I’m going to see how my skin does without the retinol serum.

Cost: $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 4/5

Profoliation Mask

Ingredients: Lactic acid, camellia sinensis (green tea) infusion, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, Solanum tuberosum (potato) flour, Cocos nucifera (coconut) flour, sodium salicylate, probiotic complex. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Citrus nobilis (orange), Citrus medica limonum. Active ingredient: 5% lactic acid

The first time I tried this mask I was a bit overzealous and put too much on my face. I quickly experienced a burning, itching sensation. Oh the joys of lactic acid. I had the common sense to wash it off immediately so there wasn’t any further skin irritation. When I tried it again I made sure not to use as much. Lactic acid is an AHA which is safe for all skin types. AHA’s aid with skin lightening, absorption, and reduces wrinkles. Plus the probiotics help to balance the skin’s microbiota. When I use this mask my skin feels soft, smooth and refined after washing it off my face. I like that it’s pretty much invisible once I put it on. I won’t go out shopping with the mask on, but I can walk around the house or our backyard without looking like a mud monster. It’s not the most expensive mask I’ve ever bought but it would be a bit of a splurge for the average consumer. I would repurchase this mask to keep it in my weekly rotation.

Cost: $50.00 USD, 50 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 4/5

Luminous Lightening Serum

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green tea), Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, vegetable glycerin, Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, Sesamum indicum (sesame seed) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil, Rubus fructicosus (blackberry seed) oil, niacinamide (vitamin B3), sodium salicylate, N-acetyl glucosamine, Isododecane (stabilized l-ascorbic acid), uva ursi tincture, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Sambucus nigra fruit (elderberry) extract, crosspolymer/silica, Coffea Arabica (coffee) fruit extract, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), pearl powder, rice powder, centrophenoxine, resveratrol, Leucidal, Broussonetia kazinoki (paper mulberry) root extract, aspen bark, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) lecithin, xanthan gum, mixed tocopherols (non-GMO vitamin E), kombucha tincture, Rosemary oleoresin. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Curcuma longa (tumeric), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Cistus ladaniferus (Cistus), Boswellia carteri (Frankincense), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium).

The lightening serum in combination with the eye recovery serum has really helped my skin look amazing. It’s now smoother, glowing and my pigmentation spots are fading. Licorice root, bearberry, Viatmin C and green tea are known for lightening the skin. Plus the normal skin nourishing ingredients like grapeseed, sesame seed, rosehip, and sunflower help round out this lightening serum’s ingredients. This serum has a nice syrup-like texture that dries smooth. It looks a little darker coming out of the bottle than you would expect but what a lovely effect it has on my skin. So far this lightening serum is the fastest working one I have used. So if you have some super fast lightening that you need to do for an upcoming event this bottle will give you the effectiveness you need in a shorter period of time. As with most of Marie Veronique’s products they do not skimp on quality and the price reflects that. But wouldn’t you rather have one bottle of lightening serum that really works than lots of cheaper products that don’t? I can certainly say yes to that question. Marie Veronique kindly sent me the sample size bottle and that has lasted me over a month so far and the bottle isn’t empty yet!

Cost: $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 5/5

Redness Relief

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Calendula officinalis (calendula) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, glycyrrhiza uralensis (Chinese licorice) extract, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil, sodium salicylate, rutin, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), arabinogalactan, lycopene, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum. Essential oils: Psidia altissima (lary), curcuma longa (curcumin), helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)

Redness relief is full of anti-inflammatories and probiotics to help rosacea prone skin types. Its key ingredients are described on the website below. Already having the lightening serum and the eye recovery serum, I used the redness relief mostly around my nose. It has toned down the redness somewhat, but hasn’t eliminated it entirely. Of all the samples I was sent, this was the only one that disappointed me somewhat. I’m going to try the lightening serum around my nose to see what effect it has.

“Sodium salicylate, a powerful anti-inflammatory, limits frequency and severity of flushing episodes.

Rutin is a bioflavonoid that builds capillary strength.

Sea buckthorn oil creates an environment in which the human Demodex (a mite 50% more populous on rosacea-prone skin) fails to thrive.”

Cost: $80.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique, Lilou Organics
Rating: 3/5

Serum De Jour

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green and white tea), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) hydrosol, sodium salicylate, isododecane (stabilized L-ascorbic acid), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), ferulic acid, probiotic complex, glucosamine HCl, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), astaxanthin, coenzyme-Q, non-GMO lecithin, xanthan gum, Psidia altissima (lary), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil

This is a lovely serum. Its chock full of anti-oxidants. When used in conjunction with the oil du jour this serum can help protect against photo aging. Besides being full of anti-oxidants it also had a calming, soothing and hydrating effect on my skin. It also has a lovely light scent due to the lavender essential oil and neroli hydrosol. The scent will dissipate once absorbed into the skin. I have so many serums now, someone looking into my skin care cabinet might think I’m a serum addict! It’s hard not to become one when you love testing products so much. This serum is a great general serum to use on your skin daily to keep it well hydrated. I would repurchase this serum again.

Cost: $90.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique
Rating: 4/5

Overall I would say that the Marie Veronique Pro Collection is a very effective group of skin care products that each address a certain need or skin issue. Some products worked better for me than others. I’m going to repurchase my favourites and see how my skin does without the other products. I have to say, it was a joy smelling all of these products when I was using each of them. They all have a light herbal scent that differs with the ingredients. Some have a more citrus or sharp tang to them while others smell more earthy. Those who are scent sensitive need not worry though. The scents are not strong and dissipate once the item is absorbed into your skin. Now if only Lilou Organics
would carry the rest of the Pro Collection so I can buy them.

Samples were provided for review but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Product Review: @laveraorganic Lavera Style and Care Gel


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol* , Sucrose* , Dehydroxanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract* , Shellac, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil* , Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract* , Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract (Sea Buckthorn)* , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil* , Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter* , Olea Europaea (Oilve) Fruit Oil* , Hydrogenated Lecithin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract* , Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract* , Tilia Cordata Flower Extract* , Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Essential Oils)** * indicates Certified Organic Ingredients

I wanted to love this clear gel. I bought it mainly for my brows but I’ve also been using this for my lashes. It makes my lashes clump together so I have to comb it through to ensure its being evenly spread. As for formulation there are some good ingredients in here for thickening and moisturizing the lashes. But I’m not sure why Lavera felt this product needed alcohol because it takes away from the moisturizing ingredients. Scent-wise, there is a very light, almost herbal smell to this clear gel which can be used as a mascara or brow groomer. It has a double ended brush for both lash and brow (see image below). The only thing I don’t like about the smell is that I can smell the alcohol in it. The mascara is clear, and feels cool going on my lashes. I won’t be repurchasing this product again. It doesn’t do much for my lashes and brows so I would rather spend $20.00 on something else.

Cost: $19.99 CAD, 9 ml / 0.3 oz
Available At: (CAD) Big Carrot, True Natural, (UK) Pravera, Ecco Verde, (USA) Amazon.com
Rating: 3/5

Have you tried Lavera’s Style and Care Gel? What did you think of it?


Product Review: Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C Serum


This is another of the products that I received from Katie Vibes for the Green Beauty Swap organized by NatuRia. To see the other products that I received from the Green Beauty Swap click here.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Prunus Armenica (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

Well, the formulation of this Vitamin C Serum sounds impressive indeed. In my mind, this product is more of a facial oil than a serum. It is described as: “designed to leave skin looking and feeling truly fabulous while toning the face and restoring elasticity.” The oils included in this product are definitely known for all those qualities. They are all nourishing and full of anti-oxidants. I have used Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Rosehip Oil and Evening Primrose Oil separately and liked them. The smell of this serum is calming, light, and herbal. It also glides on effortlessly. Yet I found that this serum didn’t make a dramatic improvement in my skin tone and elasticity. What it did seem to help with was my under eye circles. When I was using this serum my under eye circles almost disappeared! I used this serum in the evening after cleansing my face and splashing some toner on my face. It hydrates my skin nicely. I also used this as a body oil after my shower. I liked this product as a body oil too. I’m all about multi-purpose products you see. It’s a light serum so I used it liberally on my body so that it would penetrate better. I may have to repurchase this product again in the future to see if it has the same effect on my under eye circles. It’s an affordable price so that’s another plus in my books.

Cost: $9.99 GBP, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Naturismo
Rating: 3/5

Have you ever tried Laidbare’s Vitamin C Serum? What did you think of it?


Spotlight on: Marie Veronique and NOM



Most people will know the name Marie-Véronique Nadeau from the products she has developed for her company Marie Veronique. You can read my reviews on her products here: Toners for Every Budget Level, Best of 2013 and Product Review: Acne Relief Travel Kit. It is my pleasure to interview Marie about her new endeavour: The Natural and Organic Monitor (NOM). It’s a watchdog group created by Marie due to her dismay at seeing companies calling themselves natural, organic or ethical (NOE) and abusing the trust of consumers by using unsafe ingredients. “It’s time NOE companies came under scrutiny, and to get the ball rolling, my next blog series will introduce a new watchdog group—The Natural & Organic Monitor—with posts comparing ‘safe solutions’ espoused by natural companies to the conventional ingredients they have replaced.” I hope you enjoy my interview with Marie Veronique and gain some insight into the views of NOM.

     How did your journey with natural skincare first start?

    Way back when I first started experimenting with putting yoghurt on my face. I am still doing that, and a few other things besides.

     After 10 years in the industry, what has changed to make you want to create the Natural and Organic Monitor (NOM)?

     All companies have to do is say they are natural and organic and they are given the benefit of the doubt. There is very little oversight in the green sector of the cosmetics industry, and unfortunately some companies are taking advantage of it. They are using preservatives they shouldn’t, anti-microbials they shouldn’t, and combining ingredients that may be harmless by themselves but release toxic by products when combined with other ingredients. Some companies know what they’re doing and know they can get away with it, while other companies just don’t know enough to know that they may be causing harm with their products. I honestly don’t know which is worse.

    I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about gut microbiome this past year. How long have scientists been researching about this and why does it seem to be such a hot topic lately?

     The twentieth century was the era of the antibiotic—and penicillin was the miracle drug that saved many, many lives we’d previously lost to sepsis and diseases we can clear up now in a matter of days. Unfortunately we grew accustomed to using antibiotics for everything, and with their overuse we are now facing two big problems—one is gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease that result from steady courses of antibiotics that deplete the gut of its healthy microflora, the other is strains of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, like methycillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, which runs rampant in some hospitals. The gut microbiome is a hot topic because balancing microflora is going to be for 21st century medicine what antibiotics were for the twentieth. It’s absolutely huge.

Thanks to Marie Veronique for sending me these lovely products!

    I was glad to read that you also don’t like the use of phenoxyethanol as a preservative. I’ve seen it in a lot of so-called natural products and I steer clear of them. Have you had any personal experience with products containing phenoxyethanol?

    No, thank heavens. I’ve always had a bad feeling about that one. The irony is that it came on the scene to replace parabens, which had such a terrible rep. At this point in time parabens look pretty tame, because they at least are not, like ethoxylated compounds such as phenoxyethanol, possibly contaminated with 1.4 dioxane. Some companies are even cautiously suggesting we go back to parabens. I don’t think that’s a great idea, but if I had to choose between a product containing phenoxethanol or one with parabens I’d go for the paraben one.

    What one ingredient or product would you never, ever use and why?

    Anything that combines with other ingredients to form toxic by products—triclosan, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate—they all have the potential to either contain carcinogens, or combine with other ingredients to produce carcinogens. The class of ingredients/compounds we really have to watch out for is preservatives.

    What are your upcoming plans for NOM?

    Summer is coming up. In an era of global warming skin care faces new challenges, and we still haven’t sorted out what’s wrong with most sunscreens and where we need to be going with them to make them truly protective. I don’t know what’s worse, free radical damage from the sun or free radical damage from chemical sunscreen. I’d like to use NOM to increase awareness of what constitutes safe sun protection. At this point it doesn’t exist.

My thanks to Marie-Véronique for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. Thanks also to Claire Hunter for organizing everything.

Have you ever tried Marie Veronique products?