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.

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. 

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.


Cosmetic Colors


Posted on 2nd August 2007 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients

Ultramarines, chromium oxides and even iron oxides are synthetically produced. In fact, the United States CFR 21 Part 73.2250 for iron oxides states that they must be synthetic in order to be acceptable for use in cosmetics. This is because the heavy metal content and other impurities can be better controlled in a synthetically produced material.

These ingredients are updated on the Ingredients Update page in the member area.

Three New Ingredients to Watch Out For!


Posted on 2nd August 2007 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients

TEGO® Emulprot® is described as “An Innovative Natural Emulsifier Based on Milk and Sugar.” It is said to be “close to nature” and designed with green, natural cosmetics in mind, for facial, body care and baby care products.

TEGO® Emulprot® is produced by a biotech process. From what I have been able to find, in the U.S. that generally means it’s genetically engineered! That’s not natural according to my definition! But, of course, the term natural is not defined in the cosmetic and personal care product arena, so manufacturers can use it any way they like … and it appears that’s what they’re doing with TEGO® Emulprot®.

It’s based on hydrolyzed milk protein – a highly processed ingredient and source of hidden MSG – along with xanthan gum and guar gum. It’s INCI name is (INCI: Sodium Citrate, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Xanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Magnesium Stearate). INCI is the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients and is based upon scientific names.

TEGO® Emulprot® is said to fullfill the public requirements of the BDiH (certified natural cosmetics) and can be used within ECOCERT 2007 guidelines (European organization that defines standards for the promotion of natural substances of a superior ecological quality.)

The BDiH is supposed to exclude genetically-engineered ingredients. However, TEGO® Emulprot® is produced through a biotech process.

I suggest caution with this ingredient.

SymMollient® W/S (INCI: Trideceth-9, PEG-5-isononanoate, Water (Aqua)) is a clear, colorless to light yellow liquid consisting of a mixture of a fatty-acid polyglycol ester and a fatty-alcohol polyglycol ether. SymMollient® W/S is clearly soluble in aqueous surfactant solutions. It supports the solubilization of oils and oil-soluble ingredients in cosmetic formulations (such as perfume compositions, Frescolat® ML, etc.). 

Since it contains PEG, I don’t recommend it as PEG compounds are a source of possible contamination by the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.

Anthelios SX is a new sunscreen ingredient composed of a mixture of three active ingredients, Ecamsule (new to US market) avobenzone and octocrylene. It offers UVA and UVB protection.

It still contains ingredients I don’t recommend. See Dying To Look Good, pages 36-38 for my recommendations for sun safety.

These ingredients have been added to the Ingredients Update page in the member area.

Ingredients Update


Posted on 8th June 2007 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients |Updates

The safety ratings of the following ingredients have been updated on the Ingredients Update page in the member area of

Dimethyl lauramine 
Dimethyl stearamine
Disodium EDTA
Disodium EDTA-copper
Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate
Disodium oleamido PEG

You may want to check these changes and update the safety rating in your copy of Dying To Look Good.

Revised Grapefruit Seed Extract Update


Posted on 14th December 2006 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients

I have re-evaluated the information available on grapefruit seed extract (GSE) and have come to the conclusion that it is highly likely that GSE obtains its antimicrobial activity from the synthetic and toxic chemical, benzethonium chloride.


If you come across any new studies on GSE that show different results, let me know and I will review them and report on

Grapefruit Seed Extract Update


Posted on 5th December 2006 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients

Four new articles on Grapefruit SeedExtract (GSE) have been added to the Articles page in the Member area:

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)
    An Interview with Citricidal’s General Manager, Richard Perry 
  • Identification of Benzethonium Chloride in Commercial Grapefruit Seed Extracts
    J. Agric. Food Chem. 2001, 49, 3316-3320
  • Cosmetics with grapefruit seed extract/preservatives
    Joint campaign of Basel City (specialist laboratory) and Aargau
  • Ecofriendly Pesticides are Not what they Seem

 Although the evidence is still not all in, it is pointing more and more against graprfruit seed extract as a natural and safe antimicrobial. Read the articles and make your own decision. 


Ingredients Update


Posted on 21st November 2006 by Dr. Farlow in |Ingredients |Updates

Revised safety ratings have been added to the ingredients update page. These ingredients all start with the letter “D.”

Make sure you make these changes in your copy of Dying To Look Good.