Japanese water inspirations

Holidays in Japan mean not only beautiful architecture and wonderful food. You can also see how the Japanese protect the environment, especially how they save water.

For sure, you can safely drink tap water there. I did it and I live. Such water is also served at the restaurants.

But the most interesting are technologies. The leading company as far as creating new solutions is TOTO. (click the photos to enlarge)

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With the ecquipment of this company you can furnish the whole bathroom. Especially interesting are fully mechanized toilets, which wash, dry, heat your bottom, flush themselves, lift and drop the cover and welcome you. Hard to say what else. The cost of such a loo is an equivalent of a car.

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Out of pure interest we visited Toto’s Showroom, where we saw astonishing bathrooms and a whole collection of toilets. What’s interesting, there are no limits for the Japanese. A proper Japanese bathroom with all necessary functions can be organised on even the smallest Tokyo space, and the flats in Tokyo or Kyoto can be really small.

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A Japanese bathroom are actually two rooms. One includes cupboards, a washbasin, a washing mashine etc. The second is a proper bathing room, which is a one big shower. A bathtub also stands in there. After thoroughly washing yourself under the shower we soak in hot water in the bathtub. The second step is not obligatory of course, but the idea is that the bathtub is used for relaxing not for dissolving dirt.

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Here is a classic bathroom from Toto showroom. Interestic objects are a stool on which you sit and soap and scrub (there’s a brush) yourself with most attention. There are also special slippers – only for the bathroom. You can easily see that you can splash water all around.

As far as saving water, Toto offers different solutions. They seem to be obvious, but I really appreciate that the company fully approaches this issue. According to the data from the Toto brochure as much as 28% of water used at home is the water flushed in the toilet. Many flushes which we have are old which means that hectolitres of water flow through them. Totally unnecessarily. It’s a waste of water and money. Does our little pee really need 9 litres of water?

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In this picture you can see that a solution is a special tank, but  of course you do not have to spend enormous amounts of money. If in the future you will replace your toilet it is worth or even necessary to take into consideration purchasing a modern and economic one, but what to do now? You can make the capacity of the tank smaller. Mine is filled with empty jars. It minimises filling. But there is also a very nice British solution. It’s cheap and I’m thinking about buying it for myself. It’s a  Toilet Hippo.

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Hippo is a container made of plastic in the shape of a box, which we put inside the tank. Filled with water, a small part of which is replaced regularly (so that the water doesn’t go foul) saves from 1 to 3 litres EACH TIME you flush. The package includes 10 Hippos, costs 23,88 pounds and you can give it to your nearest and dearest. Shopping with a card or Paypal can be done here:

http://www.hippo-the-watersaver.co.uk

Americans have also recently came up with a similar idea. But it’s unreasonably more expensive than the Hippo.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drop-a-brick-in-your-toilet

You can save water in another interesting way, especially if the toilet is in a different room.

Toilet in a Tokyo flat.

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The water used for washing hands flows into the tank and is used to flush the toilet. Genius!

 

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This toilet in a restaurant is slightly complicated. The water flows into a washbasin, but how to use it? The proper washbasin was nearby. Somebody messed something up. As far as the toilet itsself, we have here a modern version of a hole in the ground. This way is very comfortable. We use it facing the wall and no suprises await us, not a splash. Moreover, it is much more comfortable than  using a traditional toilet the skier style.

Apart form toilet solutions, Toto offers products available everywhere such as water aerators and photocells in taps. There was also a special bathtub, which keeps water hot for a much longer time. Thanks to this solution, we don’t have to add water. It’s a great idea of the Japanese who love hot baths and for  everyone who loves to seriously wrinkle in the bathtub.

I’m finishing wishing you great savings 🙂

P.S. Toto is available in Europe http://eu.toto.com

and US http://www.totousa.com

The Tea rules!

And what I mean is not the drink. The tea I’m going to talk about is a tea tree oil – a miraculous substance good for almost everything.

The tea tree oil is produced in a process of steam distillation from the leaves of  Melaleuca Alternifolia, a tree growing in the South East Queensland and on the North East coast of New South Wales in Australia. The name was probably given to the tree by Captain Cook, who used the leaves to make an infusion drunk instead of tea.

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The oil contains over 98 substances and has antibacterial and fungicidal properties. As any other substance it can cause allergies, but the cases are very rare. It is one of just a few oils that can be used  in an undiluted form, but only in small amount and on limited area of skin.

The number of uses of the oil is unlimited. Here are some most popular and most effective:

– acne – use the oil directly on the pimple or add two or three drops to the facial wash you use; be careful as the oil can irritate eyes; in case it gets in the eye you should wash it with milk and go to the doctor,

– cough, sore throat – add 1 – 2 drops to hot water and inhale,

– bruises, wounds, burns – rub in the affected area; has antibacterial properties and helps healing,

– insect bites – I highly recommend the oil on the mosquito bites as it lessens and even eliminates itching totally while the bump gets smaller,

– reppeling insects, also the ones on plants – in this case the best idea is to prepare a spray from a few drops dilluted in water,

– removes mould e.g. in the bathroom and prevents it from returning,

– nail mycosis – rub in the infected area,

– chest massage during illness and massage of painful muscles or joints in rheumatism – the tea tree oil needs to be dissolved in a base oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil,

– oil diluted in water can be used as a mouthwash; be careful with the amount of oil as it can hurt the mucous membrane and do not swallow as it’s toxic.

For a long time I’ve been buying a pure oil from  Alva. It is important to always check if the oil is pure, as many companies sell mixtures with only 10% oil while the rest is paraffin and other totally absurd and unnecessary additives. Such tricks are played on us by The Body Shop and Oriflame. And probably many more.

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http://alva.de/

Tea tree oil is used in facial care for oily skin, skin prone to acne and to cure dandruff. It regulates sebaceous glands and is antibacterial.

I have recently discovered two interesting series with tea tree oil made by  CMD and Styx. I will definitely try something.

http://www.cmd-natur.de/teebaumoel-classic/

http://www.styx.at/de/Aromatherapie-Tea-Tree.asp

That’s all for now. Go and buy your oil and enjoy its wonderfull properties and a killer smell (it’s strong, but I like it)!

See you soon 🙂

Shop unpacked

As far as I know there already exist some shops where products are unpacked and you have to bring your own containers. But this Berlin shop had enogh good PR to draw my attention. And the capital of Germany is not far from my hometown.

The idea revolves around sustainability and a now wildly discussed problem of waste. Plastic is flooding us and soon it might destroy life as we know it. Why should we limit ourselves to fabric totes for shopping and return glass bottles. Maybe coming to a shop with a bunch of your own boxes and bags sounds like an effort, but I think it is mostly a matter of mentality.

Want to learn more? Understand some German? Visit:

http://original-unverpackt.de/

See you!

Bamboo – the multitasker

Today something about a multitasking plant which thanks to it properties might become an eco hit.

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This is a bamboo I met in one of Tokio parks. Of course, it’s just one out of around a thousand of species of this amazing grass.

First, some basic information. Bamboo, although it can reach the height of even 20m (depending on the kind) is grass, not a tree and here the first advantage appears. It does not require replanting after being cut. A new plant grows from the old one’s shoots. Moreover, some bamboo types can grow for as much as 120 cm daily. You know well, how long it takes for a tree to grow.

Bamboo doesn’t need pesticides or fertilizers and requires just a bit of water. What’s more, it releases 35% more oxygen than similar size trees and it absorbs more CO2. One harvest gices 20 times more material leading to lower prices.

Bamboo production can be salvation for many communities in developing countries. On one hand it brings profit, on the other it can decide about purely physical survival. Thanks to a highly developed root system bamboo helps to control erosion. In many countries it is used as a barrier protecting crops and housing from being washed away.

However, bamboo production can be problematic if the safety of natural environment is not taken care of and only profit counts. Certainly, it is not as harmful as the production of traditional cotton (packed with chemicals) or nylon and polyester. Nevertheless, still some harsh chemicals have to be used. Some producers use a closed curcuit, using the chemicals many times, not once. In order to be sure that a bamboo product has been made respecting nature it is a good idea to look for organic “labels”. It should also be remembered that 25 specific species od bamboo constitute 99% of the Great Panda diet. Using the wild bamboo and destroying panda habitats for crops can be a threat to this already endangered species.

Let’s get to the point. What can be made of bamboo? Probably everything.

First of all, floors. Bamboo is one of the most enduring water-resistant material.

Secondly, fabrics. Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton and more similar to cashmere or silk. It leads water off the skin perfectly and dries quickly. I have some socks and I must say these are the nicest to the touch socks in the world.

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Kitchen accessories. They are pretty, durable, dish washer safe. I’m a fan.

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At a garden fair I have also seen a bamboo which can be planted. It can create a beautiful hedge ar a cover on a balcony to protect ourselves form peeping Toms. The proposed species are supposed to resist temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celcius.

If you know any other interesting bamboo products give me a hint.

See you!

Souvenirs from my travels

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One of many pleasures connected to traveling, right after culinary adventures, is purchasing cosmetics unavailable in Poland. I like to please myself with a small and original beauty which will remind me of holidays.

Usually these are lip balms. They’re rather cheap and bring a lot of joy.

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In the photo you can see two purchases form Ireland – American lip and body balm Badger with a lovely tangerine scent and an Australian strawberry lip butter MooGoo. In the middle a delicate butter by Yes To Carrots right from Hamburg.

I’ll start from the end. Yes to Inc. is a company comig from Israel (for some reason they hide this information, however, the first products I used were labelled “made in Israel”), which quickly moved to USA. Today there are at least four series: Yest to Carrots, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Blueberries etc. My top product is a carrot butter, extremely rich with a beautiful sweet smell. However, the lip butter is totally ordinary. I won’t buy it again, but I’ll come back to the butter for sure. As far as I know, the cosmetics are available in Europe in Sephora shops, but they are two times more expensive than in pharmacies around the UK or Ireland (10-12 euros). The prices in the USA are also reasonable.

Tangerine Badger is my first encounter with this company, which offers all kinds of cosmetics, however, on the European continent most popular are cute metal boxes filled with various balms with multiple functions. There are options for the whole body, for sore joints, insect repellents etc. Lip balms are also available in traditional stick form, and all of this is purely magnetic because of a cute badger advertising the company with its face. My tangerine breeze works great in winter and dry interiors.

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MooGoo comes from Australia and many of their cosmetics are based on milk. Therefore, these are not vegan products.

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The lipstick is edible as all ingredients can be consumed. The taste is subtle (it’s actually difficult to feel the strawberry,) the scent trully realistic and the color hardly noticeable. The ingredients include sweet almond oil, jojoba, shea butter, vitamin e. The color comes from a beetroot extract. I highly recommend this product.

To the collection I’m adding a colored lip crayon by Alverde

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Alverde is a certified company belonging to a German cosmetic shops chain DM. I wrote about hair care produced by them.

The lip color has a nice pink shade, but it’s quite hard and dry. For this reason, I use a lip balm before or after application. Unfortunately, it causes the color to fade faster. However, being aware of how much lipstick is consumed by an average woman definitely encourages the use of healthy lip colors, no matter how long lasting.

Alverde is the best as far as body care. Balms, lotions, milk, oils are true miracles with fantastic ingredients, pleasant textures, pretty scents and brilliant properties. Moreover, the’re cheap. That’s why whenever I’m in Berlin or Hamburg I get a big supply. Facial care is also interesting. My last discovery is a face scrub good for everyday use. It has small, rough but not sharp grains which I like most.

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One more MooGoo to finish. This time a soap. The brand new version includes buttermilk. I’m also finishing the oatmeal and honey one. The bars are very nice in use, don’t dry too much, but it’s still soap and with my dry skin I need some lotion afterwards.

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If you travel, I encourage experimenting. You can often find interesting organic and certified products, which can enrich your care.

Here’s a list of links for the companies’ websites:

http://www.badgerbalm.com/

http://moogoo.com.au/

http://www.yestocarrots.com/

http://www.dm.de/de_homepage/alverde_home/

Have fun with cosmetic adventures and give me a hint if you discovered something extraordinary!

The must serum

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Here is an orchid accidentally encountered in a park in Singapore. A real epiphyte. A plant which uses the other one as a support but it doesn’t really hurt it. The serum I’m going to describe includes an orchid extrat. However, from a differnet one. From vanilla. Here it is. 

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Not very pretty and it has never bloomed. 

This girly post is about a cosmetic which I like very much and buy often. 

Alterra Serum with Orchid from a natural Rossmann collection.

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According to the producer the serum is dedicated to mature and demanding skin but for me it’s for every kind. Moisturising agents are argan oil and plant glycerine.  Gingko biloba, Q10 and hyaluronic acid protect skin from free radicals and in result, from aging. The orchid (Vanilla Planifolia), horsetail and green tee extracts smooth. And this is the effect that captivated me. Smoothness of skin is amazing. The remaining results are a long-term issue so it’s believe it or not case.  

The ingredients:

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Alterra series is of course certified. It has a German BDIH certificate for products complying  with extreme ecological norms.

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Moreover, it has a Vegan certificate confirming that a cosmetic is apprioprate for people on a vegan diet. Maybe you don’t eat cosmetics, but veganism is a lifestyle and it concerns all aspects of life. 

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The serum has two minor disadvantages. It is a bit sticky during application, but after it is not. It can also make your skin feel tight like in a lifting effect. But it shall not be forgotten that we apply serum under face cream. In that case it’s absolutely fantastic. The problems, as you can see, are tiny, but it’s better to warn you. If you use a japanese method of patting or pressing cosmetics into the skin instead of rubbing them (which damages the skin, irritates and boosts aging) the tightening effect can be easily eliminated. 

Serum costs around 4 euro. The price quality ratio is great 🙂

That’s all. A simple cosmetic with great results. 

See you! 

Greenwashing

Obviously it’s about the money. Following the eco fashion, many companies thinking (often right) that consumers are idiots, try to convince us that their products are made with taking environmental protection into consideration. However, the only goal is to make money. Over the dead bodies. Business is business. 

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Packaging is not everything. Eco and bio labels do not guarantee anything. 

Greenwashing is an old idea. However, the first real note on this topic appeared in 1986. Of course in many countries such as, of course, Poland the awarness concerning this issue is tiny. 

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/02/12/the-history-of-greenwashing-how-dirty-towels-impacted-the-green/ – a bit of history 

How does greenwashing work? Examples are the best. 

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Here we have an example of information many of you have found in a hotel room. If you leave a towel on a hanger, it means you’re going to use it again. If on the floor/basin, it will be changed. Such activities generally lead only to financial savings for the hotel, but have little to do with ecology. Hotel is not an ecological place because of usage of enourmous amounts of water and dangerous detergents. These problems should be dealt with. The notice can only help us get rid of guilty conscience. 

Another example is a change of McDonald’s logo from red and yellow to green and yellow. I’ll leave it without any comment. 

There has also appeared an interesting slogan for AirbusA380  “A better environment inside and out”. I don’t really get it. Ecofriendly plane? Makes me laugh. Tons of gas, billions of plastic forks, cups etc.  

Here I present 7 sins of greenwashing:

– the Hidden Trade-off – claiming that a product is ecological on the basis of a set of minimal characteristics, leaving out trully important issues 

– No proof – there is no base for the information about ecofriendliness 

– Vagueness – all claims are formed in order to mislead 

– Irrelevance – claim, even though it might be true, has nothing to do with the product 

– Lesser of two evils – claim might be true for one product in a given category, but does not refer to the whole category 

– Fibbing – least common, as too obvious 

 Gibberish  – use of jargon that is difficult to understand 

Think about the sins and see for yourselves how much greenwashing surrounds us. 

Best wishes

Dyeing first, washing next.

Today it’s time to discuss shampoos. We use them everyday, but they are full of creepy irritating monsters reaching for our delicate insides with their harmful tentacles.

That’s why first I will scare you and next, traditionally, propose a healthy and safe option.

Shampoos, as well as shower gels and other cleaning cosmetics are totally filled with cheap substances with worse and worse reputation. Fortunately. The rise of consumer awarness will make the situation even better.

A list of unwelcome guests:

SLS – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – irritating and aggressive detergent appearing in the beginning of the ingredients list right after water. It means there is a lot of it. Its powers are causing allergies and all kinds of irritations. Moreover, it dries the skin perfectly, leading to itching, redness and even atopic dermatitis. Lets add dandruff and hair loss. Perfect set.

SLES – Sodium Laureth Sulfate – a slightly less brutal brother. But don’t be fooled. Don’t. Seriously, it is no alternative for SLS. Bye bye mister.

SLS and SLES ale often contaminated with carcinogenic dioxins (favorite poison od Ukrainian authorities).

Propylene glycol – mentioned in connection to hair colors. Its biggest achievement is helping toxic substances in penetrating the skin deeper inside the organism.  Such a  doorkeeper.

DEA, MEA, TEA – three Shakespeare sisters.  Diethanoloamine, Monoethanoloamine and Triethanoloamine. Their task is to make foam as people believe that if you can’t make an afro out of foam it means that the shampoo does not clean. That’s why this skanks appear causing allergies and having toxic and potentially carcinogenic effect.

PEG and PPG – Polyethylene and Polypropylene Glycol. These are washing substances with carcinogenic effect and destroying genetic structure of  cells. That says it all.

Ammonium Chloride – used in battery production. Causes dandruff and allergies.

Sodium Chloride – salt. Added in big amounts as a thickener. And you know. Too much salt is harmful.

Parabens – eg. methylparaben, propylparaben. It is said that these are best examined preservatives. Indeed, and that’s why we know that they are irritating, estrogenic and highly allergizing. But because they’re the cheapest, they are commonly used.

Synthetic fragrance – you’ll find Parfum in the ingredients. What does it mean? Up to 4000 chemical substances, which irritate the respiratory system and skin. And this may lead to allergies and asthma.

Silicones – seem to be harmless but they make no sense. They cover hair with a layer which in the beginning gives shine. The cumulation of layers dries hair. Illusive glossiness changes into matt. We change the shampoo and conditioner (even more silicones) and after a short improvement the bad result is back. Many silicones do not dissolve in water. Cumulated take away hair’s beauty and damage them by not letting moisturizing and conditioning substances penetrate.

Dissolving in water-dimethicone copolyol
-lauryl methicone copolyol
-hydrolyzed wheat protein hydroxypropyl polysiloxane
-each silicone with PEG in front
Not dissolvng in water, easily removed with delicate shampoos (based on e.g. coco betaine)
-dimethiconol
-beheonoxy dimethicone
-phenyl trimethicone
Not dissolving in water, hard to remove with delicate shampoos
-simethicone
-trimethicone
Sulfates necessary to remove – keep away from them!
-cyclomethicone
-cyclopentasiloxane
-trimethylsilylamodimethicone
– trimethylsiloxysilicates.

It’s time for positive information. The market of natural cosmetics does not disappoint.

First of all Rossmann Alterra shampoos. I used the one with caffein and biotin for hair loss. Generally, changing for natural shampoos limits hair loss visibly after some time. This shampoo also adds vitality and shine.

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I also tried the shine shampoo and the volumizing one. On the whole, the shampoos are quite similar to each other, but they all have a big advantage. They cost little, have good compositions, clean and refresh, add healthy glow, don’t tangle hair too much (use a good conditioner for such problems and don’t torture your hair). They foam delicately, no possibility of concrete foam. To sum up. These are good and delicate shampoos with a not oppressive smell, which is very characteristic for natural cosmetics. You just have to get used to it.

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Nowadays I’m using a Sante shampoo from a Family line. It’s a shine shampoo with orange essential oil, coconut extract and aloe juice. It cleans well and hair not only shines but is fantastically soft and delicate.

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Other cosmetics which I very much liked are Neobio shampoos in a new version with very good prices. There are three options in the offer: adding shine, adding volume and nourishing. I had a pleasure to use the first two. They are similar to Alterra. Somehow, I preferred the volumizing one with caffeine and birch. After using the shine shampoo hair didn’t differ as far as the glow, but they were more flat. That’s why if I decide to come back to Neobio, I’ll choose the caffeine.

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The biggest hit as far as shampoos are concerned, as well as conditioners, is Eubiona.  I have recently used many samples and the next shampoo in my bathroom will be made by them. You can choose from many versions for dry, greasy, fine, colored and sensitive hair.

What’s so amazing about Eubiona shampoos? Hair is fabulously soft, fluffy (not too much) and looks great. No irritation or itching of scalp. Moreover, mirror shine and lightness. With the conditioner by the same company we can have an ideal set.

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http://www.eubiona.de/index.php?id=47&L=2

The truth is that natural shampoos maybe do not have knocking down smells or creamy textures (although they also exist) , but it is serioulsy worth using them for your own health and the amazing natural glow and brilliant softness. Moreover, as far as the versions I tried, they do not weight down the hair. (I did not use the nourishing versions.) Additionally, my hair stays fresh longer and is not so greasy any more.

Have a nice washing!

Love!

Dishwashing

My collection of cleaners has a new member – dishwashing tablets by Domol (Rossmann) with Ecolabel certificate.

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Dishwashing products are not innocent. They consist of salts which have a detrimental effect on sewerage systems and bacteria in wastewater treatment plants. The most dangerous are phosphates and surfactants. The first ones can cause disorders in the water environment leading to excessive growth of some organisms and extintion of others. The result is withering of water reservoirs because nature is powerless. The second ones, as can be read from their name, accumulate on the surface obstructing oxygen penetration. This hinders growth of organisms and self-cleaning of reservoirs.  It cannot be overlooked that the harmful substance from detergents can be not fully removed from the dishes and get into our organisms directly with food or indirectly from the water cycle.

That is why it is worth looking for a safer option which is cheaper that the competition.

Domol tablets do not consist of phosphates and other hazardous substances, or at least in a limited scope. There are no fragrances, which I like very much. These are typical multifunctional tablets, so other products are not necessary.  Salt is recommended in case of very hard water.

After the first washing I can say that I’m really satisfied. The dishes are clean, shiny and odourless.

If you have any experience with these tablets or powders with Ecolabel tell me about your impressions.

Colors in your hair

It is hard to find a woman who did not change her hair color at least once. Most of use dye our hair regularly or from time to time. Aggression with which we treat this beauty attribute is unbelivable.

More and more people take care of what they eat. We are aware that although products on the supermarket shelves are permitted to be marketed, many of them should never visit our digestive system. So why do we forget that skin, which is a protective barrier, is not impenetrable?  Why do we see only when we have allergic reactions?

Women all around the world have something to think about. They spend billions on hair colors.

The market of hair dyes is growing. The best selling products are made by  L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Beiersdorf or Henkel. You know them for sure. Their cosmetics flood the shelves and their commercials brianwash the customers.

Unfortunatelly, although the EU made stricter regulations, still hair dyes are one of the most harmful cosmetics. The most dangerous compound is  PPD that is  p-Phenylenediamine. This substance called “fake henna” causes serious allergies. Reactions may include redness, rash, edema, itching and blisters. After some time festering ulceration may appear.  Other type of reactions include shortness of breath and an anaphylactic shock, sometimes fatal.

Here you can find an article describing cases of such allergies, which are happening more often:

http://www.emagazine.com/magazine/whats-wrong-with-hair-dye

In some European countries PPD is banned, but not in the USA.

Other ingredients with negative effects are hydroquinone regulating oxidation, drying, irritating and destructive for tissues and resorcinol which is a part of the colorant (used in production of industrial glues and synthetic resins) and can cause edema, redness and rash.

Many ingredients have cancerogenic potential. Taking into consideration that statistically dyeing takes place each month and the time of keeping the dye on your head is minimum 30 minutes, we can imagine long term consequences of using hair colors for years. The names of these ingredients sound rather scary: phenylenediamine4-chloro-m-Ethylenediamine, 2-4 toluenediamine, 4-amino-2-nitrophenolcoal tarhydrogen peroxide1-naphtol.

Moreover, it is important to mention substances facilitating absorption (they let hazardous ingredients transfer to bloodstream), which are common in all cosmetics (look at the labels): propylene glycol, polyethylene glycolfatty acidsoleicpalmiticlaurilisopropyl alcohol.

What else? Using hair dyes can lead to many congenital abnormalities. Phthalates in dyes can lead to malformations in boys’ genitals and among adult men – genetical mutations in sperm cells. Fortunately, men haven’t decided to follow the trend.

What to do? Change for the nature. It has its advantages and disadvantages and can also cause allergies. It cannot be denied. However, I got convinced.

I used a traditional dye once and only on the lower half. Last year I used a natural color for the first time in order to add the natural shade some life and hide my first two grey hairs. I chose such a color that nobody noticed anything. So you know my secret now 😉 However, I don’t do this regularly and I cut my two greys.

I tried 3 dyes: Khadi (the favorite), Logona and Sante. All cosmetics are powders and after mixing them with water we end up with a nice mud.

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Khadi products come from India and they have a BDIH certificate. They include dyes and fantastic oils, shampoos, conditioners, masks etc.

The color lasts for around a month. It covers grey hair very well. Moreover, henna has conditioning properties. It gives hair beautiful shade and shine. The more often we dye the hair with plant colors, the healthier they become. In case of chemical products the effect is totally opposite. The formulas are based on ayurvedic principles. They consist of coloring henna and indigo and additional ingredients such as nourishing amla and antibacterial and toning neem.

More on the official Khadi website:

http://www.indien-produkte.de/index.php/language/en/XTCsid/k36svlat4do92kgv5k2rjrj2e0Image

Logona is a German company with lots of certificates BDIH, NATRUE, EMAS, CSE (Certified Sustainable Economics), ECOControl. Logona products were rewarded with top rating of a well-known Öko-Test over 300 times.

The composition is richer and the conditioning effect is amazing. Khadi wins only with the price.  Apart from a base in the form of colorants we can find here wheat protein and jojoba oil which has a miraculous effect on hair. The ingredients differ depending on the shade. The result lasts for a month and covers grey hair.

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I’m finishing with Sante. Unfortunately, the worst, because the grey hair did not give up. What is surprising is that the effect is much weaker than Logona’s but on the bag in the box there is Logona’s name and a similar compostion…Hmmm…

I will sum up. Using natural hair colors means that you have to mix the powder with water on your own (nothing difficult; for the lazy people there is a ready made paste by Logona, but it costs double price of the powder), and the process of dyeing lasts from 30 minutes to 2 hours. It depends on the intensity we want to achieve. In case of grey or blond hair which we want to darken quite some time is necessary. But it’s worth it! Definitely!

If you are interested, here is a compendium of knowledge about henna:

http://www.hennaforhair.com/

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