Parfum? It Smells Fishy

Parfum? It Smells Fishy


Posted June 25th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Parfum? It Smells Fishy

It smells fishy and for a good reason.

We are often educated about the various hazardous ingredients that are put into our daily consumable products, but even then there are so many “hidden” facts that companies manage to run right by us without us being aware.

One of these “sneaky” approaches, is the term “Parfum” or “Fragrance”. If you go to your bathroom and pick up any of your cosmetic products and look on the ingredients list on the back, you will most likely find the words “Parfum” or “Fragrance” towards the end of the ingredients list.

But what these terms really mean is this: “Parfum” or “Fragrance” are patented umbrella terms that represent a mixture of dozens of chemicals. Chemicals that the cosmetic companies don’t want and don’t have to declare to us, the consumers.

Amongst the thousands of chemicals hidden under the umbrella term “Fragrance”, most of them haven’t been tested properly, individually and in combination with other chemicals. Many of these chemicals can trigger side effects like allergies, allergies and asthma symptoms.

“Parfum” is the second most common cause of allergy in dermatology clinis and individual fregrance ingredients have also been associated with Cancer and neurotoxicity.

Phthalates are another dangerous hidden chemical found under “Parfum” and “Fragrance”. Phthalates have been listed as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that they interferes with hormone function.


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Avon, Mary Kay & Estée Lauder Off PETA List


Posted May 14th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Avon, Mary Kay & Estée Lauder Off PETA List

Following my previous blog entry about Vegan products & cosmetics, I wanted to share a very important news update about three major companies who have been recently caught for doing Animal testing in China secretly, despite their cruelty-free front. They are now removed off the PETA Animal Testing free List.

Here is the full article by Michelle Sherrow. Source:


Avon, Mary Kay, Estée Lauder Paying for Tests on Animals-

Written by Michelle Sherrow

02-16-2012, 1:45 PM

After two decades of touting their “no animal testing” policies, Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay have quietly resumed paying for cruel tests on animals—without letting consumers know about this stunning about-face. After confirming with each company that chemicals are being dripped into rabbits’ eyes and that substances are being rubbed onto animals’ skin because of requirements of the Chinese government in order to market products in that country, PETA has downgraded the companies to our “do test” list.

All three companies were among the first large international cosmetics manufacturers to ban all tests on animals after being targeted by PETA. Avon was the first in 1989, following PETA’s “Avon Killing” campaign, a play on the company’s then-slogan “Avon Calling.” Mary Kay came next, after being publicly lampooned by cartoonist Berkeley Breathed in a series called The Night of the Mary Kay Commandos in his hilarious Bloom County comic strip. Estée Lauder soon followed suit.

For each test required by the Chinese government, superior non-animal methods are available. Mary Kay had taken steps to work with Chinese officials on the acceptance of these tests, but Avon and Estée Lauder seem to have agreed to the tests without objection. PETA has jump-started the effort for non-animal test validation by awarding a grant to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which is working with scientists and regulatory bodies to replace animal tests in China.

Please let Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay know that you won’t buy their products until they are 100 percent cruelty-free once again. Fortunately for animals, you can still choose from more than 1,000 companies in PETA’s online searchable database of cosmetics and personal-care companies that don’t harm animals at home or abroad.

** M〮A〮C  Cosmetics is now owned by Estée Lauder, has also been removed off the PETA cruelty-free list.



Vegan Products


Posted May 14th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Vegan Products

I’m not Vegan, what does it matter if my products are?

Some of us might not think much of it, especially if we are not vegan or vegetarian ourselves. But here is why Vegan products are so important to keep in mind the next time your reach out for that cream/soap/product at your local store.

We are all familiar with our colorful recycling bins, the blue and the green…but how many of us are familiar with the red recycling bins? not as many as should be. Here is what you need to know:

“The majority of tissue processed comes from slaughterhouses, but also includes restaurant grease and butcher shop trimmings, expired meat from grocery stores, the carcasses of euthanized and dead animals from animal shelters, zoos and veterinarians. This material can include the fatty tissue, bones, and offal, as well as entire carcasses of animals condemned at slaughterhouses, and those that have died on farms, in transit, etc. The most common animal sources are beef, pork, sheep, and poultry. 

Rendering is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable, value-added materials. Rendering can refer to any processing of animal products into more useful materials, or more narrowly to the rendering of whole animal fatty tissue into purified fats like lard or tallow. Rendering can be carried out on an industrial, farm, or kitchen scale.” 

Source: Wikipedia 

What does Animal Rendering have to do with your daily consumables? Because the Red Bin content is then boiled until a white foam forms, that foam is collected and sold off to Cosmetic companies in an attempt to reduce recycling costs. So to put it simply – When we apply our creams/ soaps/ cosmetics on, what we are also applying is recycled rendered animals directly on our skin, on a daily basis without being aware of the consequences.

As I mentioned in my last post, one significant phrase that I feel so important to share is: “What you put on your skin, goes into your body, through every major organ, ten times more than anything you put in your mouth”. So we just got to ask one thing: If something is too dangerous for me to eat….how can it be sold back to me for use on my skin?

This is where the importance of Vegan products comes into the picture. When buying products, it is so important to learn about the ingredients on the back and understand what has been put in and what we will be putting on. It goes without saying to also look for the “Animal Cruelty Free” / “Not Tested on Animals” symbol.

For more Health & Wellness info & tips, stay tuned for my next blog entry: What Mineral Oil is really all about and just how common it is in North America.
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MiA BelleZZa Cosmetics


Posted April 22nd, 2011 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on MiA BelleZZa Cosmetics

Pro Artist Palette Review-

MiA BelleZZa Spring / Summer Collection

Earlier this year I was approached by MiA BelleZZa Cosmetics, a unique Mineral Cosmetics Company founded by Rita Patel, to create the new MiA BelleZZa Spring / Summer Collection Campaign Ad.

I received the MiA BelleZZa Pro Artist Palette soon after and had a chance to try a variety of their products. The Pro Artist Palette has 16 Mineral Pressed & Multidimensional Eye Shadows, 4 Blush Colors and 2 Lip Rouge shades.

The variety of colors is so well assembled that I actually didn’t know with which one I wanted to start. The Pro Artist Palette has got all the basics covered; right from the essential matte colors (that I always recommend) to warm tones ranging from gold, peach, pink, velvet and green to cooler tones of silver, blues, purples and grey. It also has a lovely variety of warm Blush and Lip Rogue colors.

The eyeshadows come in Matte form, Shimmery and Frosted. Trying out each color they all apply smoothly without exception and had a great color intensity. These shadows can also be applied both dry or wet, transforming them into liners.

Apart from the variety of colors, what makes this palette a great addition to any Makeup Kit, whether professional or personal usage is that these eyeshadows consist of a none-drying formula, they are Hypoallergenic, Crease Resistant and Mineral oil free. Containing Vitamins C & E that condition and protect the eyelids.

The Lip Rogue shades are fortified with exclusive Collagen Tripeptide Complex, an anti-aging powerhouse that stimulates collagen production to help reduce visible signs of aging. With Color Wear Complex, a patent pending technology that helps suspend pigments to create a soft cushion, comfort and long-lasting wear. Instantly re-hydrates lips for a plumper, smoother, fuller appearance.

Like the Mineral Eyeshadows, The Lip Rogue is also Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, Oil free, Dye free and contain ingredients with powerful antioxidant vitamins A, C & E.

Pro Artist Makeup Palette


And if that is not enough, here are a few more facts to consider:

– Mineral Makeup allows the skin to breathe and does not contain any preservatives that cause pores to clog.

– Mineral Makeup foundation lasts longer on skin than traditional makeup as it continues to absorb moisture all day long.

– Natural color pigments in mineral cosmetics are much more intense, resulting in less product usage for an application.

– Mineral makeup does not contain any moisture, therefore bacteria does not form.

Some of the MiA BelleZZa products that do have a shorter shelf life, have expiration dates printed on the packaging. Usually 12 months.

*Overall, I highly recommended MiA BelleZZa Mineral cosmetics and suggest to try their variety of products*


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