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The truth about sunless tanning products


Article by Ainsley Crase


As the weather warms up and holidays approach, we often find ourselves dreaming of the perfect tan to accompany a new shoulder-baring outfit. Some of us lay out in the sun hoping to get some colour, but these days almost every girl has a bottle of tinted lotion up her sleeve. These products promise to deliver almost instant results without the risk of skin damage or cancer. Fake tans have become increasingly popular in recent years and have created a million dollar industry. But are these holy-grail products as safe as we think?


While you can be assured that they are a better option than incinerating your skin by the pool, new research suggests they pose their own risks. The active ingredient in fake tanners is dihydroxyacetone or DHA. Scientists suggest that inhaling this ingredient is incredibly toxic and could lead to DNA mutations. Dr Lynn Goldman, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University in Washington DC,said that she would be ‘very concerned’ about the potential for lung cancer with extended use. There are also concerns about DHA exposure to the eyes and mouth, as it is easily absorbed into the bloodstream.


However DHA is not the only point of concern, up to 45 chemicals are used in sunless tanners that have not been studied for their long-term affects on human health. Research is rarely focused on fake tan products and therefore since their use hasn’t been 100% proven to be toxic; it is often promoted as 100% safe.


If this information is enough to leave you unsettled (which it should), why not try out an organic all-natural self tanner. Instead of voluntary allowing toxins to enter your bloodstream, why not use a product that looks good and is good for you. Richiam Organics stocks Eco Tan, which is a natural, certified organic range of tanning products. Eco Tan develops in 24 hours to a rich brown tan and has notes of rose instead of the typical ‘I just applied a fake tan’ smell. It is possible to achieve the summer glow you have always dreamed of, just make sure you know exactly what you are applying to your body.

Nail Polish: The Toxic Trio

Nail Polish Bottles


Article by Ainsley Crase


While many of us are conscious about avoiding chemicals in food and makeup products, there is a commonly used product that we tend to forget. Almost every woman has used nail polish in her lifetime, but most are blissfully unaware of the harmful toxins each little bottle may contain.


The most common chemicals in nail polish are known as the ‘toxic trio’ or the ‘big 3’. These chemicals are formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and toluene. Formaldehyde is a preservative and steriliser and is considered a carcinogen. It is often used to preserve bodies and its vapor can cause asthma and skin irritation.


DBP is added to nail polish to prevent cracks and chips but studies have shown it to be mutagenic and linked to cancer, The chemical has been banned in Europe but is still approved for use elsewhere. Toulene is what makes nail polish smooth and even, but is linked to problems with the nervous system. It can cause dizziness, headaches, eye irritation and nausea. Toulene has also been linked to birth defects when used by expectant mothers.


Aside from this toxic trio, there are still other chemicals to be wary of. Camphor is a plasticiser that makes the polish flexible after it dries, and is a poisonous substance that is linked to seizures. Parabens are also present in most nail polishes and these are thought to be harmful carcinogens.


Next time you pick up a pretty nail polish colour, make sure to study the ingredients list first. It is important to be educated on the substances that you are using on your body and although it may be a pretty colour, it could also be pretty dangerous.

What is Carmine?


Article by Ainsley Crase



Red cordial, red lipstick, tomato sauce – we have all used at least one of these products in our lifetime, but do we realise how they get their ruby red colour? Often advertised as a ‘natural’ ingredient is carmine, a red pigment that is added to many food and cosmetic goods. Many people think natural must mean this additive is plant-based or safe for consumption, but this is not necessarily the case.


Carmine is made from scale insects that feed on cactus plants in Central America. Once harvested, the insects are crushed to produce a red dye and are combined with aluminum to produce carminic acid. While the colour from these insects may technically be natural, the insects go through intense processing to extract their pigment and the addition of aluminum is a whole other issue.


One of the most concerning factors about ingesting carmine is that it has been reported to trigger severe allergic reactions. Some people suffer anaphylactic shock after consuming carmine while others have diarrhea, vomiting and asthma.


As the result of these allergic reactions, companies who use carmine in their products must explicitly label its use. However, because there are so many different names it can still become difficult to steer clear of this additive. The addition of carmine can be labeled in various ways, including:


  •  colour (E120) or colour (120)
  •  cochineal
  •  cochineal carmine
  •  carminic acid
  •  colour index (CI 75470)


While carmine, albeit confusingly, is labelled on food products we are not always as lucky with lipsticks or other cosmetics. Lipstick is absorbed through the skin; therefore it is just as dangerous as ingesting carmine for those with allergies. Almost all brilliant red lipsticks or pink shades use carmine as their base colour and therefore it is near impossible to avoid this product when finding the perfect shade.


This can be confusing for those must avoid it, or those who want to avoid it simply because it contains insects. Many vegans and vegetarians are against carmine simply because it involves the ingestion or application of insects while others are just repulsed by insect products in general.


The debate about carmine led coffee giant Starbucks to remove it from their drinks and café menu. To ensure the safety and peace of mind of its customers, the company decided to replace the carmine in their products with lycopene. Lycopene is a colourant extracted from tomatoes, a truly natural substance. When a major chain decides that carmine is not good enough for their consumers, it is obvious that this substance is not as harmless as many companies claim.


Richiam Organics is proud to not stock any products that use carmine as a colourant. All of our food and cosmetic products are all natural (when we say natural, we mean it!) and cruelty free and are just as pigmented as their insect-derived counterparts. Why not give one of our Zuii Organic or Organic Rosehip lipsticks and lip glosses a try – you can be assured they are 100% vegan and the colour payoff is great too.