Monday, February 23, 2009

Natural Beauty and Your Wallet

Today, there are so many various companies anxious to sell their version of wrinkle cream. Because there are just so many choices it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. Never the less, these creams are in high demand and the prices remain very expensive for these types of creams.

Most of us or can I say all of us want to look beautiful, appealing and would like to have heads turn as we walk down. We would like to have our skin glow. We turn almost every page of the magazine and imagine ourselves to be the beautiful lady on it who has used the Best wrinkle cream in the market. But the question is at what price? The second question is can I afford it?

The companies claim that the best wrinkle creams include ingredients made from aloe vera, cucumber and other natural ingredients, but is it actually true? Actually most of these lotions contain cream. Does anyone ever stop to consider if putting these store bought creams on their face are actually harmful? Also, consideration should be given that these creams may not even be worth the price.

Many of these creams are really very good for the skin but at times these erupt allergies. Sometimes if these creams are used by youngsters with avery soft sensitive skin these may cause wrinkles or rashes.

Scandle believes that natural beauty, spa and skin-care products are your best bet. All natural products are the best thing you can apply to your skin. They have no synthetics and are the easiest on your wallet...and we can all use the help these days!;-)

What are some of your favorite natural spa, beauty, and skin care products?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Check out the premier issue of Sexy Green Ecozine is now online. This is a must read for anyone who loves natural spa & beauty products and is eco-conscious!

Friday, February 6, 2009

When Does A Cosmetic Become a Drug?

The pharmaceutical giant, Allergan, which is also behind the Botox injections, gained FDA approval for its eyelash enhancer last December.

Marketed under the name Latisse, the product relies on the active ingredient bimatoprost, the eyelash enhancing effect of which was discovered when it was being trialled as a glaucoma drug.

However, this is not the first bimatoprost-containing product to hit the market. Californian cosmetic company Jan Marini Skin Research released a similar bimatoprost containing product, which was later removed from the market at the request of the FDA in 2006.
Marketing claims that suggested the product could physiologically alter the eyelashes, combined with the presence of bimatoprost that is approved by the FDA as a medicine, meant that Jan Marini’s eyelash conditioner edged rather too close to a medicine.

Cosmetics, according to the FDA’s definition, are for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance. But if a product is intended to affect the structure or any function of the body then it becomes a drug. Too effective and it becomes a medicine.

This leaves cosmetics companies, like Scandle Body Candle, with a conundrum: make a product too effective and it may well become a drug, at which point the company will have to get involved with clinical trials that can last years and be cripplingly expensive; or, make the product less effective.

Clearly, the definition of the regulatory bodies has not kept up with what the science has made possible.

When the world’s largest pharmaceutical players are cashing in on advancements in the cosmetic field, and cosmetics companies are forced to make products less effective to avoid drug regulation they can’t afford, perhaps the time has come to rethink the legislation. What are your thoughts?