Thursday, 13 March 2008


I am not one to rant but something got my back up this evening. Settling down after numerous visits to calm my daughter down for the night, I picked up the national newspaper to read. I am always interested in checking out the "beauty section". Alas, there is a mention of a beauty icon the Bio Oil which goes on as "It contains only herbal ingredients, has no preservatives and has not been tested on animals". Fair enough but check this ingredient listing out from the manufacturer's site:

Complete ingredients listing: Paraffinum Liquidum, Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, BHT (butylated hydroxy toulene), Bisabolol, Parfum, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 26100.

Not that I use this particular oil as I make my own but I ask myself time and time again, why are consumers always being lied to? Then again it is what some would refer to as marketing!!!


  1. Hi Akua,

    I totally agree. I have bought this oil once. I took it home and read the ingredients at the back and was shocked (should have read them in the shop I know). Now I'm no science major but things like Paraffinum Liquidum, Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate and Isopropyl Myristate don't sound natural to me... Why didn't they just say contains natural ingredients and then I would not have felt deceived.

  2. I think it is about time that consumers demand the total truth in labelling.

  3. I know what you mean. For the longest time, I never took the time to read the ingredient labels. Now that i do, i am astonished at what's in it....
    but then when i tell friends about it, they think i am crazy.
    They'd rather buy commercial products than homemade