Edible Beauty is at the core of our philosophy at Edible Beauty Australia.
In fact we feel so strongly about our products being “edible” that we pledge that “if you would not put in your mouth we would not put it in our products”.
This means that not only are our products free of the usual nasties – sulfates, parabens, phthalates etc., they are also free of benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol, all preservatives, colours, synthetics and any ingredient that you would not recognise or find in your food. Every ingredient in our products is pure and botanical, and good enough to eat.
One of the common traps we may fall into when considering natural products is that they are organic – organic does not make a product edible however. In fact many organic products may contain synthetic chemicals and preservatives along with organic botanical extracts. Our products are made with pure, organic ingredients which are ALSO edible.
Being edible does not mean that we compromise on the therapeutic actions of our skin care range. In fact, the regenerating, healing and ant-ageing benefits of our skin care is enhanced through the inclusion of hydrating, antioxidant, nutrient and mineral-rich botanical extracts.
Why is it so important that our skin care is edible?
The skin, being the largest organ of the body, absorbs close to 60% of the products that we place on it. Whilst you may think ‘well it is only a small amount’ of chemicals that end up in the body, using three or four products with phthalates or parabens in it will add up. What also could be happening is the ‘cocktail effect’ of different synthetic chemicals mixing, and that combination has led researchers to say that the effect of endocrine disrupting chemicals “may be significantly underestimated” ([UNEP State of Science Endocrine disrupting Chemicals report)
This begs the next question of what happens why you want to avoid the absorption of sulfates, parabens or other chemicals through the skin? Two of the key health issues emerging from the use environmental toxins include autoimmune disease and fertility or endocrine issues.
Auto immune disease – Environmental toxins including the chemicals from our personal use items have been one of the reasons proposed for the increased incidence of autoimmune disease. Contracting an autoimmune disease is not considered uncommon. One in twelve Americans—and one in nine women—will develop an autoimmune disorder. There is agreement among scientists and physicians that the environmental toxins and chemicals to which we are increasingly exposed to are interfering with the immune system’s ability to distinguish self from non-self.
Our environmental exposure to toxins has definitely increased over time. In a 2005 study, researchers found 287 industrial chemicals, including pesticides, phthalates, dioxins, flame-retardants, and the breakdown chemicals of Teflon, in the fetal cord blood of ten newborn infants from around the country—transmitted to the infants by their mothers’ exposures before and during pregnancy. This is astounding given the babies had yet to enter the world.
Endocrine disruption – Close to 800 chemicals found in common skin care products are known or thought to be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis or hormone conversion, however, only a small fraction of these chemicals have been investigated in tests for safety. Endocrine disruption affects fertility, metabolism, tumour growth and adrenal health.
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFC), just one of the common chemicals used in skin care products have been shown to affect fertility. A study conducted by UCLA researcher Chunyuan Fei, and published online in Human Reproduction, states that women with higher-than-normal levels of PFC’s have exhibited a 60-154% higher risk of infertility than those who do not.
We hope you share our desire to spread edible and toxin-free beauty regimes. There is no need to compromise on therapeutic action or luxury by using natural edible beauty. So if you are having difficulty pronouncing an ingredient within your skin care or would not consider eating it, then do not risk it!