Monday, June 25, 2012

Plastics Ban in Metro Manila

For an advocate of an environment, the widespread ban of plastics and styrofoams seems a tremendous victory. All over Metro Manila, local governments have been implementing the widespread reduction of plastic material consumption. Buy from a local fast food restaurant or in a convenience store, most likely they'll pack it in a biodegradable material. Nature should be grinning right now for this progress.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Essential Oils in the Philippines

Is it hard to get Essential Oils in the Philippines? It appears it don't. When you do a search on the internet using "essential oil philippines" you'll get over 2,000,000 results. Potentially, 2 million sources of essential oils in the country. But what's the real deal? Are you getting the real essential oil?

One has to be very careful about buying essential oils. Real essential oils are extracted from plants through distillation or solvent extraction, but the cost of this process is high. Sometimes, its much cheaper to reconstruct the essential oils using raw chemical materials. Many fragrance manufacturers who have access to the technology can synthesize "essential oils" in their own laboratories, then mass produce them resulting in cheaper but acceptable products.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mineral Oil - Avoid or Keep using?

There are many things that come into mind when mineral oil becomes the subject of any discussion.It is a fact that more than 90% of all cosmetics and skin products nowadays contain mineral oil. From adult products to baby products, mineral oil is present in quantities that would surprise any common Filipino. All you have to do is to read the labels. It is sometimes called by the following names: white oil, liquid paraffin, liquid petroleum, and a lot more others. Sounds scary right? But before you make a judgement call right now, read further to know more.