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Earth Smart: Watch out for the Poly's

When you come across names like polyethylene, polypropylene, poly-e-terephthalate, and polymethyl methacrylate you should know that these are the ingredients used to create the plastics and microplastics. They are found in personal care products and cosmetics like lipsticks and sunscreens. When it comes to damaging our environment and eco-systems, harming both animals and humans, microbeads and microplastics are no joke.

Easy & Sustainable Beauty Hacks

We've rounded up some simple ways you can combat unnecessary waste and help green your daily routine (without making it feel like another job).

The Comedogenic Scale

Comedogenic is the tendency for an ingredient to clog pores. A comedones is a blackhead, whitehead, or papule, essentially a non-inflammatory type of acne. Comedones can lead to the formation of inflammatory acne ie. the red, painful, and swollen type. The comedogenic scale is the rating system from 0-5.

What's that smell?!

The making of fragrance is almost entirely unregulated. In a world where extensive compliance measures govern nearly every industry, fragrance managed to get a pass. We’re going to explain why this should be cause for concern, how greater awareness will impact your consumption, and how you can improve your sensory experience by using natural scents. In short, you should know the costs in order to weigh the benefits

Skin Care Questions: To Double Cleanse or Not?

We at Essentialist are all about simplicity so you know we would never introduce an extra step for no reason.  The general idea is that a single cleanse doesn't quite do the trick and we tend to agree.  If you wear a full face of make-up, a mineral based sunscreen, or are simply an urban dweller, chances are that's true. ...

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