Del Brown Approved!

The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

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Chemicals in soap causing male infertility?

The independent‘ reported this week on the dangers of chemicals used in the making of soap, could cause male infertility:

None of the Del Brown Approved soaps contain these chemicals,

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Chemicals used in hand wash

An interesting article from The Green People about chemicals used in hand wash:

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Natural SPF 20 face moisturiser

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Natura Siberica – Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream SPF-20 – 50ml (£9.05)

So lets kick off my first review of a moisturiser with built-in natural SPF, with this offering from ‘Natura Siberica’.  I recently discovered this Russian born company whilst at the Natural and Organic trade show earlier this year.  The product is called Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream with SPF-20, for sensitive skin.

Closer inspection on a lot of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) products state ‘do not apply on the face’.  So I was in the market for a product I could use on holiday, on my face, which contained an SPF and this ticked all the boxes.

It comes in a 50ml pump, is white in colour and creamy in texture.  The smell is unusual, hard to describe accurately but has a non-offensive fragrance.  The product absorbed quickly and easily and I’m pleased to report, did not leave my face looking like Casper the friendly ghost all day.

I applied one pump (onto clean skin) of this cream every morning onto my face.  I was out and about all day and did not burn.  My skin did not react to the ingredients, broken capillaries were not inflamed and it didn’t cause me to break out in spots.  I used this exclusively as my moisturiser for the whole week and it did a good job at that too.  If you are concerned about sun spots or the effects of the sun on your skin, you should consider using a moisturiser with built in SPF all year round.

I was impressed to read on the packaging that this formulation did not contain parabens (methyl, propyl, etc.), Polyethylen Glycol (PEG), Silicones, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Glycols, Mineral Oils, EDTA, BHT-BHA or GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Plants.

Now a final word of caution and common sense.  I tested this product whilst in Sicily in April and was not lying facing the sun for 8 hours per day.  If you’re going somewhere hot or planning on doing a lot of sun bathing, I’d suggest using a much higher factor than SPF 20.

Ingredients: Aqua, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Pinus Sibirica Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters (PS), Parfum, Prunus Persica Leaf Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (*), Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract (WH), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamine Diacetate, Sorbus Sibiricaa Extract (WH), Aquilegia Sibirica Extract (WH), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water (*), Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (*), Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 75810, CI 75125, Caramel, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldexyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha Isomethyl lonone. 

(*) Issued from organic agriculture, (PS) Siberian Pine Nut Oil Derivative, (WH) Wild Harvested Siberian Plants Organic Extract.

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SPF – Sun Protection Factor

We are told the O-Zone layer has a hole in it, or had thinned to dangerous levels, we were all told the answer was to liberally apply our sun creams to protect us.  High SPF’s were the answer.  Apply them daily, even in the winter months as the sun’s dangerous UVA and UVB layers penetrate the skin and cause premature aging, sun damage and worse!

So we listened to the experts and liberally applied our sun creams.  Often making our purchase decision based on the brand we were most familiar with (advertising), the price (buy one get one half price offer), or the one that told us we were going to get the best, darkest and most even tan.

We’d jet off on our summer holiday and every day for a week, load our skin with creams, sprays and lotions, then bask in the hot sunshine confident that we were doing the right thing and being protected.  Meanwhile our exposed bare bodies were opening up every pour absorbing the cocktail of man made synthetic chemicals into our system.  What many of us didn’t consider, was how much UVA and UVB protection the product actually gave us and most important, the ingredients within it.

Now, I am going to clarify my position on this topic by declaring; ‘I am no dermatologist, scientist or qualified professional when it comes to the ingredients in sun creams’.  BUT, I am a sun cream user, have done my research, talked to the experts and come to my own conclusion.

When I first started taking notice of the ingredients within SPF’s I was truly baffled, having no idea where they came from, how they were sourced, manufactured, used, mixed or what effects they had.  Over the years I have become more familiar with some of the terms, researching them individually and in depth.

The natural cosmetic industry have been battling for years to come up with a formula that ticks all the boxes and excludes the usual cocktail of chemical nasties that we are now all too aware of.  The formulations are tricky to master, not only do they need to be a natural sun screen giving both UVA and UVB protection, but the formula has to absorb into the skin and stay there.

Often the formulas are not practical, water or towel resistant, which means you have to keep re-applying them.  Sometimes the smell of the final formula is unpleasant, so where other companies would disguise this with synthetic fragrance, the natural skincare companies can’t.  Often the final formula is a thick cream, which takes ages to absorb into the skin, leaving a chalky residue all day.  Not what the consumer wants when they are trying to look fabulous on holiday.

I’ve tried many different brands, makes and styles of sun cream and SPF’s over the years.  Alcohol based sprays, thick white creams, moisturisers with built in SPF, cheap supermarket and expensive ‘natural’ brands.

Only SPF products I have personally tried and tested, have found worked well, are non-synthetic and ‘questionable’ chemical free will appear on Del Brown Approved!

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A’kin daily moisturiser

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A’kin PureMAN Visibly Fit 24 Hour Moisturiser – 50ml (£18.00)

I highly rate this moisturiser from Australian born A’kin. The ingredients are as you’d expect from A’kin, top notch!   The light liquid texture easily absorbed into the skin, leaving the skin feeling hydrated, smooth and non sticky.

The biggest ingredients and base of the moisturiser, after water, is aloe vera juice, cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate, which are fatty acids extracted from Olive oil.  Plant based glycerine, sorbitol and panthenol, better known as Pro Vitamin B5.

Then we see panax ginseng root extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, centaurea cyanus (cornflower) flower extract and anthyllis vulneraria (woundwort) flower extract.  Towards the end of the ingredients list we see the ingredients that help give it the nice fragrance; Orange, Mandarin peel, Ginger Root, cardamom seed and clove flower oil.

The pleasant warming, slightly citrus fragrance quickly disperses.  The air tight pump delivers more than required to cover the entire face.  The ingredients didn’t aggravate my sensitive skin or inflame broken capillaries.

Ingredients: Aqua (purified Australian water^), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cetearyl olivate (from cold pressed olive oil), sorbitan olivate (from cold pressed olive oil), glycerin*, sorbitol*, panthenol (pro Vit B5), panax ginseng root extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, centaurea cyanus (cornflower) flower extract, anthyllis vulneraria (woundwort) flower extract, hydrolysed oats, sodium hyaluronate, tocopheryl acetate (Vit E)*, rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract [CO2], caprylic/capric triglyceride*, lecithin, tocopherol, xanthan gum, maltodextrin (GMO free), sodium citrate*, sodium gluconate (from GMO free corn), citric acid*, phenoxyethanol, sodium dehydroacetate, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil, elettaria cardamom seed oil, syzygium aromaticum (clove) flower oil, citral*, d-limonene*, eugenol*, linalool*.

^BP standard *Botanical source