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Is your body scrub harming ocean life?

Ever thought your body scrubs could be damaging the ocean? Probably not! Does your body scrub contain plastic microbeads?

Way too much plastic ends up in the sea and harms ocean life. You might have ditched your use of plastic cups and straws, but are you sure your favourite body scrub (or face scrub) isn’t also turning our oceans into huge plastic dumps?


What are face and body scrubs?

If you are like me, exfoliating face and body scrubs are part of your weekly beauty routine.

How do scrubs work? Face and body scrubs contain tiny particles that physically buff away surface impurities and dead cells when gently rubbed on skin.

Results : a more even-toned skin, and less clogged pores.

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Are there plastic microbeads in your favorite face or body scrub?


Scrubs with plastic microbeads : the problem

Some face and body scrubs contain plastic microbeads. YES you read that right, a body scrub with PLASTIC MICROBEADS!! These microbeads do not dissolve in water and do not biodegrade. After exfoliating your skin, the plastic get flushed down the drain. They are too small (usually under 5mm) to be removed by water treatment plants.

Where do the plastic beads end up? You guessed it : the plastic microbeads from face and body scrubs end up where treated water goes : in our rivers and oceans.

And we all know the urgent need to clean up and stop clogging our oceans with plastic. Not to mention that you might end up eating your own plastic microbeads in your next chilli crab or prawn noodle-soup.


Ban the Plastic Microbead in scrubs and skincare

The good news is that the USA, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan have banned the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics. A European Union-wide ban came into effect in 2020, as is a ban in India. Australia has a voluntary phase-out plan in place.

I was shocked to read “microbeads” listed on a product sold in Singapore but made in a European country already enforcing the ban. Our guess is that certain bans are more recent. The scrubs had maybe already been manufactured, and are being sold in countries where it’s not banned.

So what’s a girl to do? Let pores get clogged? NO! Choose scrubs that are better for the environment and for yourself!


Choose natural face and body scrubs with no plastic microbeads

Go for scrubs containing natural exfoliating agents made of fruit pits, coffee, salt, sugar, oatmeal… Jojoba beads are another natural choice for exfoliants. They are made from Jojoba Oil and made into a type of wax that we call “Jojoba bead”. These are a great alternative to plastic microbeads in beauty products because they come from jojoba Oil, are 100% biodegradable and provide great skin scrubbing!

Another choice is to look out for fruit acids. Indeed, fruit acids provide an all-natural peel effect. They help to regenerate skin and regulate sebum.

Try our gentle Organic Face Scrub with Jojoba Beads and Fruit Acids (from Blueberry, Orange and Lemon) for a satisfying face exfoliation. It also comes in a gift set, with a yellow floral print pouch and mini shower gel.

Organic Face Scrub with Fruit Acids and Jojoba Beads
Organic Face Scrub


And our delightfully refreshing Verbena and Lemon Scrub, made with exfoliating olive pits

Natural Body Scrub by Mademoiselle Provence
Body Scrub with fine bits of olive pits. All-natural exfoliation is possible!


Recognize Plastic Microbeads in body scrubs and cosmetic labels

Always read your labels! Plastic microbeads come under different names :

– Microbeads

– Polyethylene (PE)

– Polypropylene (PP)

– Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

– Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)

– Nylon,

but they all end up in our oceans, waterways, wildlife and in our bellies.


And of course, please re-use and recycle the (often plastic) scrub container too. And try to choose cosmetics with the least packaging.

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Is Organic Skincare Really Better?


We have come a long way from the days where the only Organic Skincare options were organic oils or thick white creams as moisturizers!

Today, there are great certified organic skincare products that are effective, convenient and wonderfully pleasant to use.

Are organic skincare and cosmetic products really better for skin and health? Let’s take a look.

Is Organic Skincare Better for my skin and health?

Let’s look at it this way: our skin is our body’s largest organ, and skin absorbs what is put on it, like moisturizers or body lotions.

Would you drink a cup-full of harmful chemicals? If not, you may also want to consider what you are putting on your skin.

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Are you putting harmful chemicals on your skin?


Do Organic Cosmetics contain harmful chemicals?

Organic Cosmetics means that the natural ingredients are organically produced.

This means that NO chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers or hormones have been used to grow and make the ingredient. Just as you may not want to eat such chemicals, you can choose not to feed your skin with them either.

But it’s not just about the agriculturally produced ingredients. Organic Cosmetics also means that certain ingredients are NOT permitted. Here are a few of the chemicals that have been widely studied and proven as hormone disruptors or irritants: parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol… These synthetic ingredients may cause hormonal imbalances that can be linked to reproductive health problems, or trigger skin and respiratory allergies.

Certified Organic Cosmetics DO NOT contain such ingredients.

Are all Organic Cosmetics the same?

Let’s be clear here. It is very important to know if you are buying REAL organic skincare products and not the greenwashed type (those that claim “Organic” or “100% organic” without proof).

To be sure you are getting the real stuff there is only one way: purchase CERTIFIED ORGANIC cosmetics.

How to know if a product is Certified Organic? Certified organic cosmetics have an Organic label such as Cosmos Organic, Bio, USDA Organic… Organic cosmetic labels mean that the products have been checked by independent auditors such as Ecocert, and they guarantee a minimum percentage of organic ingredients and sustainable manufacturing practices.

Check out our list of labels and logos here to make your shopping easier.

Are all Organic Certified Labels the same?

Well, we’d love to say yes, but the answer is NO.

Each organic cosmetic label has different standards : Cosmos Organic (the European Organic Cosmetic Label) will not have the same standard as USDA Organic (the USA Organic Food label) for example.

The highest standards worldwide are the European Organic Cosmetic standards (like Cosmos Organic). The European Union has banned more than 1400 ingredients from being used in personal care and beauty products. The USA in comparison has only restricted about 30.

Skincare ingredients are more strictly regulated in Europe. Made in France or other European countries might be your best choice for skincare that’s truly organic and free from harmful chemicals. Make sure you look at where the product is manufactured!


So, is Organic Skincare really better for you? Not all synthetic chemicals are necessarily bad. However, it makes sense to feed our body the least harmful chemicals possible, and using organic skincare daily is definitely a way of caring for our body.

Shop our Made in France Certified Organic Cosmetic Products.

Organic Skincare better

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Go Clean Skincare Routine : How to SWITCH to ORGANIC SKINCARE in 4 steps

You’re ready to go Organic for your skincare routine : YEAH! Then you look at your beauty stash and you don’t know where to start! How do you easily switch to an organic and natural skincare routine?

Here are 4 tips to get you going on the next step of your life with Organic Skincare (or at the very least, Clean Skincare)!


1. Step-by-step move and switch to Organic Skincare

You probably didn’t build your skincare collection in a day, so start small. When you finish a product, replace it by an organic (or clean, at least) equivalent. This way, you’re saving yourself cosmetic overwhelm (and not spending half your salary on a whole new skincare range).

Start small with our Organic Rose, Lavender, Verbena or Almond Hand Creams! They’re ONLY 15.20$SG with your 20% Welcome Coupon when you sign up for our Newsletter! (+3.50$ shipping)

Organic Hand Cream Box by Fleurance Nature
Verbena, Rose,Almond and Lavender Hand Creams from Fleurance


2. Get your basics in organic skincare

Start with products that you use most often and products you keep on your skin longest. Think : face moisturizer, body lotion, lip balm, hand cream. You want your everyday basics to be as clean (or organic) as possible.

Start your organic skincare adventure with one of our customer favourites: Rose Face Moisturiser

Organic Rose Face Moisturizer by Fleurance Nature
Organic Rose Face Moisturiser from Fleurance


3. Get educated and get labelled

I’m not talking about getting an organic chemistry degree. Find out about the big cosmetic nasties (hormone disruptors, possible carcinogens, irritants…). A few big cosmetic no-no’s for you : Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Silicones, PEG (Polyethylene Glycol / Oxide), Benzophenones, MIT (Methylisothiazolinone), MCIT or MCI (Methylchloroisothiazolinone), Glycol Ethers.

Words too long to remember ? Leave the work to the international organic product certifiers (like Ecocert or Quality Assurance International…). They independently check products and only those that pass the test can flaunt Certified Organic Labels.

This is what to look out for : REAL Certified Organic labels such as Cosmebio, Bio, USDA Organic or Australian Certified Organic.

The bottom line : it’s not because it’s says “Natural” or “ Organic” on the tube that the product is truly up to international organic and natural cosmetic standards.

Master Certified Organic Labels with our post.

Certified Organic Cosmetic Logos



4. Be Curious!

Changing skincare products can be challenging, especially if you really love your conventional version or have been using it for years! You may need to try different clean or organic products to find one that meets your needs. But don’t give up: clean and certified organic cosmetics are always improving and new products come up.

Be curious, try out different products and brands and you’ll find your match!

All our products are either Certified Organic or at the very least clean (no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), parabens, phthalates, silicones, EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Paraffin and Petrolatum)

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What Are Parabens? And Why You Should Avoid Them in Skincare

Parabens are the best known bad guys in the cosmetic world. Unless you’ve been living on a remote island for the past decade, you’re probably well aware that parabens are bad for your health. How bad are parabens and what purpose do they serve in your toothpaste, shower gel or hand cream? We’ll explore in this short article the current scientific consensus on the matter. By the end of this blog post, you will be ready to make the switch to organic and natural skincare free of parabens and of harmful chemicals. Continue reading What Are Parabens? And Why You Should Avoid Them in Skincare