The Soil Association speaks out against organic imposters

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Yesterday’s article in the Daily Mail names and shames Boots and Nivea for making false organic claims. Reporting on recent research done by the UK Soil Association, they examined products from a number of beauty brands making organic claims and found many to contain synthetic ingredients such as methylisothiazolinone (a particularly nasty preservative). There are […]

Is your skincare Genetically Modified?

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We love how ingredients savvy Pai customers are – and one question we’re often asked is whether Pai products contains any Genetically Modified extracts. While we’re all very familiar with the concept of GM foods, it’s a process that’s rarely connected with the beauty industry. However there are various cosmetic ingredients that can come from […]

Skin Resolutions

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The advent of a New Year is always a great time to make some skin resolutions for the months ahead, particularly if, like me, you’ve been over-indulging during the festive season! Drinking alcohol and eating foods rich in refined sugar and low grade animal fats can lead to breakouts and a dull, congested complexion. Feeling […]

Know your Organic Certification Standards

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Organic September is here and brings with it a raft of fabulous opportunities to delve deeper into the green world of natural & organics. While I’m forever extolling the importance of buying certified organic skin care products (read my previous post to find out why), I haven’t really discussed the differences between the main organic […]

Daily Mail talks Organics and Rosacea

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The Daily Mail has been talking Pai’s language this week with two features on subjects very close to our heart. Alice Hart-Davies began the week with her exposé piece entitled ‘The organic myth: The label says organic but how ‘natural’ are the products you’re forking out for?’ The article points out that while in the […]

Industry body reveals beauty brands do not live up to ‘natural claims’

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Organic Monitor, the research body that specialises in the organics industry, has this month released a report assessing the truth behind ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ cosmetics claims. What natural and organic brands are making the grade? looks at the growing trend for ‘natural’ products, and the influx of big beauty brands trying to cheat their way […]

The Facts about Phenoxyethanol – Revisited

Phenoxyethanol has become a hot topic recently and is an ingredient we are regularly asked about. When I started formulating Pai back in 2006, I looked at Phenoxyethanol as a preservative for Pai products. However, I discovered I was intolerant to it even in tiny amounts, so quickly ruled it out as an option. At […]

Are your beauty products truly organic?

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The world of organics has come on leaps and bounds in the past 10 years. Unsophisticated balm-based formulations and ‘earthy’ packaging is gradually making way for high performance formulations with proven skin benefits and premium presentation. Unfortunately, the growing consumer demand for natural beauty products has led to a number of brands falsely labelling their […]

Consumers choose certified organic over "natural inspired" brands

A new research report from US Kline Group has concluded that UK consumers are increasingly choosing certified organic products over “natural inspired” brands. We at Pai have consistently warned that consumers are increasingly sceptical of brands that claim to be organic, but in fact load their “natural” products full of unpleasant, dangerous and cheap chemicals. […]