8 of the main toxic ingredients found in our cosmetics

Many cosmetics today still use chemicals within their production because it’s so cheap to acquire these components. It’s claimed there are over 85,000 chemicals used in the cosmetics industry. However, as many discover, it’s not worth a few euro less when you realise what these chemicals are & what they can do to our skin & body.

Petroleum Distillates (Petroleum Jelly)

Found in hair relaxers, hair dyes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturisers, anti-ageing products, make-up, lip balms
– Derived from crude oil and are used in a variety of beauty products, particularly those which claim to moisturise and protect injured skin.

– Slows down the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on its surface.
– It has no nutrient value

– Encourages the skin to stop producing its own natural moisturising oils, leading to dryness and chapping. It therefore may exacerbate the very conditions you are trying to relieve.

Propylene Glycol (PEG or PPG)

Found in skin lotion, shampoo, conditioner, baby wipes, soap, make-up.
– Main ingredient in anti-freeze (keeps temps in radiators from freezing or boiling) and is usually listed on cosmetic labels as PEG or PPG.
– Claim to hydrate skin, leaving it smooth and soft. However, both are considered toxins that cause skin rashes and persistent dry, flaky skin and eye irritation.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)

Found in shampoo, bubble bath, shower gel, cleansers.
– Used to produce foaming, removing oil from hair and skin.
– Despite being portrayed as the baddies of the beauty world by many non-chemical cosmetic companies, both SLS and SLES are proven to be safe cleansers – provided any contact with skin is brief and rinsing is thorough.


– Chemical preservatives

– Primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.

– Low cost

– Found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors.

– Slightly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer). No effective direct links between parabens and cancer have been established, however.


  • Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds.
  • Even “unscented” products may contain masking fragrances, which are chemicals used to cover up the odor of other chemicals.

Colour Pigments

  • Synthetic colours made from coal tar.
  • Contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.


  • Biochemically engineered plant extracts which allows for certain traits to be added to an ingredient that would not naturally be attainable, eg. a specific protein.
  • As much as these are enhanced to add benefits to cosmetics & results, these components are not processed & broken down as they should be in the body & will have negative effects on the organs & systems.


Other than Toxic Chemicals, it’s important to be aware about the common practice of testing products on animals

Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. These companies claim they test on animals to establish the safety of their products and ingredients for consumers. Product testing is commonly performed on animals to measure the levels of skin irritancy, eye tissue damage, and toxicity caused by various substances used in the manufacture of cosmetics.

Natural cosmetic companies test directly onto skin due to the guaranteed purity of products. Animal testing does still occur in 100s of well known brands; it will be a constant battle to eradicate it.


Knowing that – would you like to try Natural Cosmetics that are efficient, affordable and absolutely Divine? That offer premium quality products with premium quality treatments?

Untitled design

Phyt’s Naturo-Esthetique and Couleur Caramel Makeup both offer skincare treatments and cosmetics, certified organic and of 100% natural origin. Both companies have been founded on strong values and convictions:

  • Beauty and health go hand in hand
  • Vital need to reduce the impact of chemistry in our environment

They use Plant extract minerals, essential oils, marine and fruit extracts. All the ingredients are used at their purest form and all our products are labeled 100% natural and organic, to offer you the gift of using the greatest quality skincare where your skin keeps pace with inner balance and health.


If you wish to find out more about Phyt’s & Couleur Caramel, call or text Tissy on 086 3836295 or email nurturingtouch@live.ie to book your free consultation.


3 steps to make your pimples disappear

Our dear spots always appear at the worse time – the day we are going to a party, a wedding, an interview, or worse… a date !!! Just when we would love perfect skin and here they come – I had a lovely one the day I did my driving licence picture, now it’s on it for ever…

Thankfully, there are ways to hide them, just follow these 3 simple steps :

1) Cleansing

NaturodermAs soon as you see a new spot coming up, using a cotton disk or ear bud, purify the area with a an antiseptic lotion such as Phyt’s Naturoderm. With 100% pure and natural plant macerations and essential oils such as cloves (antibacterial) and sage (heals), Naturoderm is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal lotion for any infections and open sores. I personally carry it in my bag and also use it as hand sanitiser – it smells lovely and contains no ethanol – so it’s all good.





2) Camouflage 

redness concealer 16

Time to take out your Concealer, also called Corrective Cream – depending on the colour of the affected area, you will choose a colour to tone it down – for example, if it’s red, you can use a green concealer.  Couleur Caramel offers a wide choice of Corrective Creams, which are ideal to erase imperfections, dark circles, puffiness and redness.  The shad used must be lighter than the foundation to create contrast.  With ingredients such as Organic Shea Butter and FT Baobab Oil, Couleur Caramel Concealers moisturise, nourish and purify the skin.

Apply a small quantity with your finger or a brush by gently dabbing it onto the affected area, until the colour is neutralized.

3) Foundation

hydracoton 13


Apply your foundation as normal but being extra gentle when you apply it over the concealer, in order to not remove it.  Then set your make up with a powder et voilà, you’re ready to go!






A general rule when a spot appear is to always cleanse your skin properly, avoid touching the spot(s) during the day (I know, it’s tempting), especially if you haven’t washed your hands…  Also, always remove your makeup prior to exercising.

I recommend that you choose natural products which are ideally organic in order to not irritate your skin further, just like the saying : « nature doesn’t need chemicals to be beautiful, why would you ? »  If you want to know more about some of the nasty common ingredients that are in our cosmetics, please read the following post.

Finally, watch your diet: eat wholefoods, fresh fruits & vegetables, homecooked foods preferrably (80% of the time) and avoid sweets, junk food, fast food, sodas, alcohol and caffeine – remember the 80/20 rule…

If you would like to try any of our products, please contact me on 0863836295 or by email nurturingtouch@live.ie to make an appointment for your free consultation.

To you healthy skin!


Tissy x