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I live quite close to a Lush shop in Toronto, a company that touts “Fresh Handmade Cosmetics” many of which are vegan and not tested on animals.  Lush is seemingly perfect right?  Wrong.

While Lush’s products are not food, I think it’s important to feature them on Busted because they are certainly healthwashed.

For example, Lush’s Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly.

Sure it’s got a cute name, sweet smell and is wobbly.  But what the heck is this stuff made of?

The ingredients list is as follows:

Glycerine, Cherry Infusion (Prunus cerasus), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coconut Infusion (Cocos nucifera), Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Perfume, Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Cassis Absolute (Ribes nigrum), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), *Limonene, *Linalool, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer), Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Silicate & Titanium Dioxide), FD&C Blue No. 1, D&C Red No. 33, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

The breakdown…

Sodium Laureth Sulfate – This is an ingredient that makes products foam.  Health Canada classifies Sodium Laureth Sulfate as a “moderate human health priority” and flagged it for future assessment under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan.1

Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Silicate & Titanium Dioxide) – It’s weird when ingredients have ingredients right?  Titanium Dioxide (Ti02) is a chemical that is part of this “Snowflake Lustre.”  In a study done by UCLA, Ti02 nanoparticles induced single and double-strand DNA breaks, chromosomal damage and inflammation, all which increase the risk for cancer.2  Not something I would want in my shower cleanser.

FD&C Blue No. 1 – This is a synthetic dye made from petroleum aka coal tar.  Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern with individual coal tar colours is their potential to cause cancer as well as contamination with low levels of heavy metals.3 

Methylparaben and Propylparaben – Parabens are synthetic compounds that act as preservatives and prevent the growth of molds, yeasts and other microbes.4  When parabens are applied to the skin and absorbed, they bypass the metabolic process and enter the blood stream and body organs intact.5  They are stored in the body’s fatty tissues and cannot be flushed out with water, so they accumulate over the years and affect menstruation, reproduction and even fat metabolism.6

So while Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly is going to make you sparkly, do you really want all these ingredients on your skin as your trying to get clean?  I don’t think so.


1. “Sodium Laureth Sulfate.”  David Suzuki Foundation, n.d.  Website.  25 Sep. 2011.  <—sodium-laureth-sulfate/>
2. University of California – Los Angeles. "Nanoparticles used in common household items cause genetic damage in mice." ScienceDaily, 17 Nov. 2009. Web. 25 Sep. 2011. <>
3. “Coal Tar Dyes.”  David Suzuki Foundation, n.d. Website. 25 Sep. 2011. <—coal-tar-dyes/>
4. Haas, Elson M.  Staying Healthy With Nutrition.  New York: Celestial Arts, 1992. p469.
5. “Parabens.”  David Suzuki Foundation, n.d. Website. 25 Sep. 2011. <—parabens/>
6. Deacon, G.  There’s Lead In Your Lipstick.  Toronto: Penguin, 2011. p84.

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a great post-Canada Day or Independence Day weekend!  I just finished a workout using kettlebells and a medicine ball at the gym.  It was the first time I had ever worked out with kettlebells and wowza it was good!

For my second installment of Beauty By Nature I am going to talk about the most amazing skin mask I have found to date.  But first, some background…since my teenage years I have always been an oily skin/breakout kind of girl.  I’m told this can be turned into a positive because I won’t wrinkle as fast but somehow that doesn’t make it better!  Once I started on the pill the majority of my acne cleared up but as mentioned before since kicking my pill habit I have been suffering with major cystic acne.

I have tried so many products – expensive ones, brands endorsed by celebrities (dear self, they get paid to say to say it works, duh!) but they are full of chemicals and generally don’t work.  My dear Naturopath suggested doing a honey mask.  At first I thought this was crazy, “what do you mean slather my face with sticky SUGAR?”  That is until I tried it.

Honey Face Mask


1-2 tsp Raw, local, unpasteurized honey


1. Cleanse face with your face wash of choice

2. Scoop out some  honey and slather over face

3. Wait 20-30 minutes and rinse skin

4. Apply toner or acne treatment and moisturizer

Easy-peasy right?  Don’t worry about residue, honey rinses clean, is natural and it has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.  I have been doing this every day for the last 4 days and there has been an instant difference in the way my skin looks – there is less redness and inflammation, any developing acne hasn’t risen to the surface, blackheads are disappearing and my skin looks more even.  Please note, while I am vegan I do eat and use honey.

Need a better sleep?  Visit Meghan Telpner’s blog for your chance to win a gorgeous eye mask from Bonnie Oman at


Hello!  Welcome to the first installment of Beauty By Nature.  I’m going to show you some easy, non-toxic ways to create homemade beauty products.  Simple, cheap and best of all, from nature!

This week during a trip to the mall I stopped in at a rather popular beauty store.  I picked up one of my favourite scrubs and checked out the ingredients list.  A little light bulb clicked in my nature-loving brain, “can’t I just make this myself?”   And here you have it –

Homemade Sugar Body Scrub


2 cups Organic Demerara or Turbinado sugar
1/3 cup Almond oil (you can substitute with avocado, jojoba or olive oil)
1/2 tsp Essential oil – Vanilla, lemon or lavender are nice (Optional)


1.  Combine sugar and oil.

2. Add essential oil.

3. Store in an air tight glass jar.

4. Scrub down in the shower and watch your skin glow!


The above items cost me a total of about $12 while that favourite scrub of mine is about $40 bucks a pop and contains ingredients I can’t pronounce.  Many body scrubs that line the shelves of our favourite drug stores contain a lot of junk, even plastic!  You know those little beads you see in some face and body scrubs?  Yep, they’re made of polyethylene plastic and these babies do not belong on our faces or in our oceans.

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