Feb March 2018 #143

Feb March 2018 #143

Cover Artist: Chanel Baran

Cover Title: Atlantean Queen

Medium: Photography

Model: Hannah Fraser
Body Painter: Kelsea Rae
Head Piece: Miss G Design


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My greatest passion is to create imagery that truly celebrates the human form. I love to celebrate ALL shapes, colours, ages, sexes and sexualities. I love to create a space where my clients can feel comfortable to express themselves in any way they choose. A space free of judgment. I love to see and behold a person through the lens of respect, honor and reverence. I love that the nature of my photography attracts clients and people who are super inspiring human beings. People who are creating the life of their dreams and positive change in the world. I am so blessed to have found my passion at a young age. I am so happy to do what I love and love what I am doing.


From deodorant to mascara, your daily beauty products can be full of harmful chemicals and preservatives.

We are all using more and more personal care and beauty products, from an earlier age and for a longer period of time. We need to be more vigilant of the potential dangers of our beauty routines, and ask ourselves what we’re willing to sacrifice in our attempts to maintain and/or restore that youthful glow.

How long before your bucket is filled?

Research has found that the average woman uses up to 515 toxic chemicals each day. Many of those chemicals are carcinogenic, hormone disruptors and neurotoxins which impact development and reproduction. There are only so many toxic chemicals the body can consume and only so many toxins the body can detox. If we just keep filling the bucket with these toxins, one day the bucket will overflow.

We have to live in the real world, which means we are exposed daily to harmful chemicals, over which we have no control. It makes a lot of sense to minimise those that we can control. We don’t have to sacrifice quality as there are now effective organic and non-toxic options for many products on the market. Just like conventional beauty products, you need to work your way through different brands to find the product that gives you the result you’re wanting to achieve. Another option is to make your own products, as there are a huge variety of DIY kits and recipes available, using ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

What’s in your beauty products?

EYESHADOW: average of 26 harmful chemicals linked to cancer, infertility and hormone disruption.

DEODORANT: average of 32 harmful chemicals linked to organ irritation and hormone disruption.

LIPSTICK: average of 33 harmful chemicals linked to neurotoxicity, cancer, immunotoxicity and allergies.

NAIL POLISH: average of 31 harmful chemicals linked to cancer, infertility and hormone disruption.

PERFUME: average of 24 harmful chemicals linked to reproductive damage, organ irritation and hormone disruption.

SHAMPOO: average of 15 harmful chemicals linked to neurological damage, cancer and hormone disruption.

HAIRSPRAY: average of 11 harmful chemicals linked to hormone disruption and allergies.

BLUSH: average of 16 harmful chemicals linked to rash, irritation and hormone disruption.

FOUNDATION: average of 24 harmful chemicals linked to cancer, allergies and hormone disruption.

MOISTURISER: average of 32 harmful chemicals linked to rash, irritation and hormone disruption.

Switching or Ditching

  1. Reduce your everyday products - each product you use adds to your body burden; by using fewer products you reduce your exposure. Do you really need it all? Reassess your daily routine by counting how many products you use every day, and which ones you can do without?
  2. Find non-toxic alternatives to replace the products
  3. a) You decided to keep (from #1)
  4. b) That cover the most surface area of the body (foundations, moisturisers, sunscreens, insect repellents)
  5. c) That run out
  6. Choose wisely. Read all labels and use apps such as The Chemical Maze that make it easy.
  7. a) Less is best so choose brands with the fewest ingredients.
  8. b) Look for products made from plants, not petroleum.
  9. c) Beware of misleading marketing claims. There’s no legal definition for the word ‘natural', and ‘organic’ may not guarantee it’s safe as it may only refer to a small percentage of ingredients with the balance of ingredients being harmful.
  10. d) Look for products ‘Certified Organic’ by a third party.
  11. e) Avoid products that contain 'fragrance/perfume', this is code for hundreds of synthetic chemicals.
  12. f) Don’t assume a product is clean from what the advertising tells you is NOT in the product… read the ingredient list to see what IS in the product.

Jillian Exton, author, educator and public speaker. co-founder of LymphDIY, founder of the Chemical Free Community online directory to find no/low toxic products and services.


  • https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/#.Wk7JtkuYNE4
  • http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/25/10-toxic-chemicals-to-avoid-in-eye-makeup.html
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/synthetic-chemicals-skincare_us_56d8ad09e4b0000de403d995
  • https://draxe.com/vaginal-odor/


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