Lavera Review


Posted on 29th August 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |Product Reviews

I received a request this week for an opinion on the Lavera products. They are reviewed in the member area on the Reviews by Dr. Farlow page.

Two New Product Reviews


Posted on 23rd August 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |Product Reviews

Melaleuca and Isagenix Skin Care products have been reviewed on the Reviews by Dr. Farlow page in the member area.

New Article


Posted on 2nd August 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients

Pesticide in Soap, Toothpaste and Breast Milk – Is It Kid-Safe?

“With no assessment of health risks to infants, federal regulators have approved a hormone-disrupting pesticide, triclosan, for use in 140 different types of consumer products including liquid hand soap, toothpaste, undergarments and children’s toys. This exposure has been allowed despite the fact that the chemical ends up in mothers’ breast milk and poses potential toxicity to fetal and childhood development.”

Read the entire article on the Articles page in the member area.



Posted on 29th July 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |General

Cosmébio is the French professional association of ecological and organic cosmetics. Their charter specifically defines “environment-friendly and organic cosmetics and guides consumers seeking authentic natural and organic products. The charter, specially drawn up for the field of cosmetics, goes far beyond the presence in the formula of products stemming from organic farming.”

“Cosmébio represents the entire sector involved in natural and organic cosmetics, such as :

Raw material and ingredient suppliers, Custom manufacturers, Cosmetic laboratories and Distributors” 

To receive Cosmébio certification, products must meet these criteria:

  • It must contain at least 95% of natural ingredients, ingredients of natural origin or stemming from organic farming (in all cases the proportion is always more than 95%)
  • The reference standard authorises a minimum or even a negligible quantity of synthetic products that are still available in natural form. (These ingredients must meet the requirements of a very restrictive positive list excluding PEG, silicon, petrochemical derivatives, etc.).
    – For vegetable raw materials, at least 95% must be of organic quality
    – Without synthetic fragrances or colourings
    – Total barring of synthetic preservatives, such as parabens or phenoxyethanol
    – No petrochemical products (paraffin, silicon, PEG)
    – No GMO (genetically modified organisms)
    – No ionising treatments
  • Nature must be fully respected (respect of ecosystem balances, no testing on animals)
  • The procedures for obtaining the ingredients must be non-polluting
  • The wrappings and outer packagings must be biodegradable or recyclable
  • The consumer must be provided with full, transparent information on the ingredients used and all the manufacturing stages through to the finished product. The percentage of natural ingredients and the percentage of organic natural ingredients must be clearly indicated on all certified product packagings bearing the organic or environment-friendly logos

This sounds possibly good, but we’ll see how good it really is when we can see the complete ingredients listings for the products they certify. I have reservations about the synthetic allowance.

The majority of the products listed on their websiite had incomplete ingredient listings.

A Healthy Alternative to Sunscreen?


Posted on 19th May 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |General

The potential is there, but it’s not on the market yet!

What I’m talking about is broccoli juice. Studies show that the juice from broccoli sprouts protect the skin better than sunscreen. In fact, not only does it protect the skin, but it does not interfere with the body’s production of vitamin D as sunscreens do.

They haven’t yet figured out how to get it into a skin care product, but hope is on the horizon.

The article is posted on the articles page in the member area of

Nanotechnology in the News


Posted on 15th May 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |Updates

Two articles on nanotechnology have been added to the articles page in the member area.

  • Nanoparticles scrutinized for health effects
  • It’s difficult to spot retail nanotechnology

They address the broad use of nanotechnology in consumer products, not just cosmetics and personal care products. Nanotech ingredients are widely used in consumer products, without being labeled.

I have suspected for some time that nano ingredients are being used in many of the mainstream anti-aging products on the market. Most manufacturers are not publicizing the fact that they are using nanotechnology in their products.

If you’ve ever wondered what ingredients are providing the antimicrobial activity advertised in products like teddy bears, socks and shoe linings, there’s a good chance that it’s nanotech silver.

Read the articles and find out more. 

Grapefruit Seed Extract Safety Revisited


Posted on 14th May 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients |Updates

An article by Jon Barron about grapefruit extract safety has been posted on the articles page in the member area. He explains why he still considers it safe and effective.

I consider Jon to be knowledgeable and credible. However, due to the controversy around GSE, I am neither going to agree or disagree with him. I am keeping it in the controversial category and still do not recommend products containing GSE unless the company can provide me with a report from an independent lab establishing that the GSE used in the product is free of toxic chemicals and has antimicrobial activity due to the GSE itself.

This article is being added for your information, so you can make your own personal decision about whether you believe it’s safe and whether or not you want to use products containing GSE. 

Toxic Chemicals in our Bodies – Measured


Posted on 4th April 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |General

Two articles have been added to the articles page in the members area on the toxic chemicals that have been found in people through blood, hair and urine testing:

Pollution in People: A Study of Toxic Chemicals in Washingtonians

Press Release: Toxic chemicals found in Americans

The results presented in these articles are disturbing to say the least.

What’s even more disturbing, is what I learned this week, after speaking with Dr. George Yu, a surgeon and professor at George Washington University Medical School.

Dr Yu has been doing research to determine the amount of toxins stored in body fat. He has taken fat samples from surgerical patients and had them analyzed for PCBs and chlorinated pesticides.

The levels of these toxic chemicals was compared with the levels of the same chemicals found in the blood.

The results are alarming.

The levels of certain of these chemicals, DDE and organophosphates, was 100 to 1000 times higher in the body fat than in the blood. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors, i.e. they disturb the hormone balance in your body.

This is only a small protion of the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis.  

This article is pending publication in a major medical journal.

What Dr. Yu and his co-authors have documented here is only the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of toxic chemicals that we are exposed to every day. The effects of these chemicals are devastating to our health.

Some of these chemicals we have no control over. Some we do.

This is why it’s critically important to make sure that you use products on your skin that are pure. Don’t compromise your health to save a few pennies on the pseudo-healthy products that advertise all natural, organic and healthy, but only reveal the harmful chemicals they use in the hard-to-read fine print on the back of the label.

To be sure you’re using the healthiest products, choose from those listed on the Shopping and Product of the Month pages of You can trust the products offered on to be natural, safe and healthy for you.

Tamanu Nut Oil


Posted on 18th February 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |General |Ingredients

“Tamanu nut oil has been used by the indigenous people of the Philippines and Southeast  Asia for at least a few hundred years.”

This exotic oil has a multitude of healing properties.

“Tamanu nut oil possesses the ability to promote the growth of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and growth of new skin. This process is called cicatrization. In Pacific Island folk medicine this oil is applied liberally to every kind of skin malady imaginable such as cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites, acne, psoriasis, diabetic ulcers, sunburn, dry and/or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, and herpes sores such as cold sores and genital sores. It can eliminate or greatly reduce scarring from acne, burns and other skin trauma. The Polynesian natives even use it to reduce foot and body odor.”

Read the entire article on the Exotic Healing Nut Oil in the member area.

Tanamu nut oil can be found in Ambrosia Essence by Miessence. When used daily it will revive and restore your complexion. It can be used on its own as a treatment or as a serum, over Skin Conditioner and Moisturiser for a super-intense nourishing booster. Day and/or night.

New Article Posted to


Posted on 31st January 2008 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients

“Be Careful With Sports Creams and Gels.” Sports cream was listed as the cause of death of a cross-country runner recently. What was in the cream that was so toxic? Methyl salicylate. It is highly absorbable and using too much is like an overdose of aspirin.

Read the article on the Articles page in the members area.