How to Read a Label

cosmetic label abstractWhilst lurking around in the Liberty cafe, earwigging at women chatting over green tea and gluten-free toast, or nonchalantly strolling up and down the cosmetics hall at Selfridges, I hear a moan escape from many a glossed lip: “I really want to buy non toxic beauty products but it does my head in trying to remember what to avoid.”  Continue reading

The Trouble With Meditation OR How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Stupid Christmas Presents and Gave Myself the Gift of Freedom

blue sky white cloudI’ve noticed something about meditation: whenever I manage to do it consistently for a few days I feel utterly transformed. My mind is free; creativity begins to flow; fear and anxiety are diminished; I feel sexy; my body and face relax so I look younger. It’s some kind of a miracle, isn’t it?

Here is another thing I’ve noticed about meditation: Continue reading

Know Your Nasties: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Jane Russell enjoys a nice soak in Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in a 1954 publicity photo for ‘The French Line’

Our ongoing guide to the top toxic ingredients in cosmetics.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)

What are they?

SLS and SLES are foaming agents commonly found in shampoo, shower gel, soap, bubble bath, toothpaste and other foaming products. 

What’s the problem?  Continue reading

Product Replacement Therapy: How Can I Live Without Crème de la Mer?

Product Replacement Therapy begins…

Way back when I made my first forays into the world of Good Glamour I can tell you, I was skeptical. My experience of natural beauty products was confined to the stuff I’d sampled in the health food shops of my youth. You know, a bit greasy, lumpy, packaged in brown bottles with hand-printed labels and all smelling of patchouli or ylang-ylang. Those po’ girl potions never graced the pages of Vogue nor sparkled alluringly from the pristine shelves of ritzy department stores. ‘All very worthy’, I thought, ‘but I bet they don’t really work’.

Cult cosmetics are cult for a reason. We’ve tried them. We trust them. They make us feel divine… we can’t live without them!

Yet, now that that we know what’s really in our favourite products, the question must be asked: can we live with them? This month marks the launch of the Good Glamour Challenge. Here’s how it works:  Continue reading

In Conversation: Rose-Marie Swift

She’s a leading make-up artist, whose magic illuminates the beautiful faces that grace fashion’s catwalks and glossy magazine covers alike. In 2008 Rose-Marie Swift founded the now cult make-up brand rms beauty. With her elegant appearance, her simply bobbed coif and her less-is-more approach to colour and cosmetics, Rose-Marie Swift is truly the Jean Muir of make-up.

You seem to be passionate about your work, what is your background?  Continue reading

How to Get Beautiful Hair in Your Sleep

At the end of a summer of swimming, dyeing, backcombing and general tonsorial debauchery my hair resembles a desiccated haystack.

Not a problem. There is a simple and inexpensive way to transform dry hair from thatched-roof to red-carpet condition, overnight. Women all over the South Pacific have been doing this for millennia and, think about it, have you ever seen one of them with a barnet that did not resemble a waterfall of black silk?  Continue reading