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Cuticle Oil Review And Comparison

21/11/2014

This post is so overdue. I have been writing it for months but my brain has only had very short periods where I have been able to make sense in this post. My lovely boyfriend will edit this post before you read it so it should all make sense (fingers crossed) but if you have any questions please leave a comment below. I am not a trained nail tech so any information on this post has been gained from my experience and is my opinion. My opinions are based on how the product works with my nail chemistry, the products may work differently for you. Please note: This post was written before I became cruelty free and therefore non cruelty free products may be mentioned.

Cuticles oils ready to review
I will be reviewing Essence Studio Nails Caring Nail Oil, Celestial Cosmetics Eclipse Cuticle Oil, Peita’s Polish Cuticle Oil, OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil, Fox and Owl Cuticle Oil, CND Essentials Solar Oil, Two Birds Cuticle Oil, Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Hydrating Oil and Dadi’ Oil. First, I will go through why using cuticle oil is a necessary part of nail care. If you already know this, you can skip straight to the individual oil reviews below.My holy grail cuticle oil that brings my nails back from complete dehydration is Dadi’ Oil. I wrote a review on it a while ago. This oil is labelled as a “nail treatment” but any good cuticle oil could be labelled that too. A good cuticle oil can penetrate the nail bed, hydrating the top layers of your nail therefore making the nail stronger, more flexible and less likely to peel. Rubbing cuticle oil into the nail matrix will help to stimulate nail growth and hydrate the cuticle so that it shrinks, meaning less hangnails occur. If you rub any excess oil into the polish on your nail, it can help keep the polish flexible and make it last longer. The definition of a “good” cuticle oil seems to depend on the person you are talking to. There is debate around whether or not cuticle oil can actually penetrate the nail plate. Nail Care HQ blog has two good articles. One about oil penetrating the nail plate and one about oil penetrating polish. Ana at Nail Care HQ makes Bliss Kiss Pure Oil (that I review below) so there is a lot of advertising for her product but the information can be applied to any cuticle oil with the ingredients mentioned. The majority of papers and posts I have read conclude that Jojoba Oil is the best carrier oil to use in cuticle oil, some also believe that sweet almond oil works well too. Jojoba Oil is a small molecule so it is able to penetrate the layers of the nail plate where other oils can’t. When Jojoba Oil is combined with other oils like Vitamin E, it can carry the Vitamin E Oil with it through the layers of the nail plate, hence the name carrier oil. You will see from my review below that I have personally had the best results with cuticle oils that contain Jojoba Oil.

The first time I used cuticle oil it was a bit of a shock. I didn’t realise they would be so oily – I know I know, it has oil in the name. It didn’t take me long to get used to oiling my cuticles and now I love the feeling of the oil on my cuticles and will re-oil as soon as it has soaked in. In winter I also sometimes need to use cuticle cream for extra dry bits but most of the time I just need cuticle oil to keep my nails and cuticles well hydrated and looking nice. You can always tell how much I have been using cuticle oil by the condition of my cuticles. Some cream products have aggregated my eczema but I haven’t found this to be a big problem with oils.
Ok, enough babbling, now onto the review.
Essence Studio Nails Caring Nail Oil 
Essence Cuticle Oil is the cheapest and easiest to obtain out of all these oils so if you’re new to cuticle oils, you can go get this to see if oiling your cuticles is something you want to do. This product absorbs like my favourite oils so you need to rub it into the cuticles and then wait a little while for it to absorb but it doesn’t moisturise as well as my favourite oils. It seems to be that Sunflower Seed Oil is the only oil in this product alongside a lot of long words that I don’t know, which isn’t a good sign. Ingredients can be viewed on the essence website.
Essence Studio Nails Caring Nail Oil

 

Celestial Cosmetics Eclipse Cuticle Oil
The Celestial Cosmetics Cuticle Oil is the only oil I have in a rollerball bottle. I’m not a big fan of the rollerball as it doesn’t release much product with one roll so I have to roll over my sensitive cuticles many times to get the amount of oil I like. The Eclipse Oil absorbs into the skin faster than any other oil I have tried but it doesn’t leave my cuticles moisturised enough for my liking (it could also be that I get a slight reaction to the oil as my reactions are like dry skin). If you are someone who doesn’t like the oily feeling on your cuticles then this might work for you as the oil doesn’t stay on the skin long. You will have to apply more regularly to get the moisturising benefits though. I have the apple cinnamon scent which is far too sweet for my liking but I hear the cucumber melon is really popular. The lovely Nicki who runs Celestial Cosmetics told me the oil is made from Hazelnut, Avacado and Jojoba Oils plus Vitamin E.
Celestial Cosmetics Eclipse Cuticle Oil

 

Peita’s Polish Cuticle Oil
Peita’s Polish Cuticle Oil comes in a standard square polish bottle but with a thinner brush than you use for polish. I’m not sure what the scent is, it’s not overpowering but also not appealing either. The oil does moisturise the cuticles but just not as much as the oils below. I wasn’t able to find out the ingredients of this oil so you will need to email the company if you have allergies.
Peita’s Polish Cuticle Oil
OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil 
I have the OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go which comes in a squeeze tube with brush head. OPI explains this product as a “thick gel consistency for easy, non-drip usage on the go lock-tight closure that enables leak proof carrying”. When I painted the oil on, it came out just as any other oil and if I used too much I would get a puddle of oil just like any other oil product so I don’t know what the “gel consistency” is about. The packaging is handy as it safe for travel and the smell is quite refreshing. It is pleasant to use but it didn’t hydrate my cuticles as well as other products have, which I think comes down to the ingredients. Avoplex Cuticle Oil contains Avocado Oil, octal palmaotatate, lecithin, capryliic triglyceride, alcohol, methylparaben, parfumerie and tocopherol.
OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go

 

Fox and Owl Polish Cuticle Oil
Fox and Owl Polish Cuticle Oil comes in a thin twist click pen with sponge tip applicator. This product is very easy to use and is the one oil I can use without looking at my application because of the sponge tip. The main ingredient in the oil is Jojoba Oil with the scented oil of your choice. I chose the lemon scent as I love the smell of citrus on my cuticles. This could be a great product for people with sensitivities as there aren’t many ingredients in it.

Fox and Owl Polish Cuticle Oil
CND Essentials Solar OilCND Solar Oil is very popular in the nail community. It comes in an oval shaped bottle with thin polish brush applicator. The bottle shape makes it very easy to knock over and if that happens, a lot of product gets lost. It has a strong sweet almond smell that can be too much for me when I open the bottle. The oil is good, it absorbs in an average time and is moisturising but just not as much as my favourite ones. CND Oil contains Jojoba Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Rice Bran Oil, fragrance and Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

CND Essentials Solar Oil

 

Two Birds Lacquer Cuticle Oil
Two Birds Lacquer Cuticle Oil comes in a thick twist click pen with brush tip applicator. I really enjoy using this pen and it’s great for travel as it doesn’t leak. Two Birds Oil contains Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and either Lavender or Ylang Ylang Oil depending on which scent you choose. Ylang Ylang Oil has antiseptic properties and helps to maintain oil balance of the skin. Lavender Oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties. I don’t particularly like the smell of either Ylang Ylang or Lavender but I really enjoy the unscented version. I have used the unscented version on particularly dry parts of my body and it has helped a lot.
Two Birds Lacquer Cuticle Oil
Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Hydrating Oil
Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil comes in a 2ml thin twist click brush tip pen and 15ml dropper bottle. The pens are small but the idea is to get the dropper bottle to refill the pens so that you get value for your money and create less waste. I love companies who think about the environment. I tried using the dropper bottle by itself but it releases too much product at a time. I have had a go at refilling my pen and I found it really easy to follow the basic instructions given. I have two of the pens, one which works really well but the other doesn’t seem to let out the oil properly. It seems to be that the second pen of mine is faulty and I don’t know what proportion of pens would be faulty, so just keep that in mind when purchasing. I have had this oil for over 4 months and I have had great results with it. Pure Oil is very similar to Dadi’ Oil in the sense that it takes a couple of minutes for the main bulk of oil to be absorbed and about 15 for the the last bits of oil to be absorbed. My cuticles are so soft after using this, I can really feel the moisturising effect, which I can’t with many other oils. Bliss Kiss is a product of Nail Care HQ blog which has lots of great nail information but there is also a lot of self promotion too. The information on the site is a great place to start it you’re looking into the chemistry of nails. The Crisp smell is a lovely citrus scent but you can also get unscented or choose a seasonal scent. Bliss Kiss Pure Oil contains Jojoba Wax Ester, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin A Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Tea Tree Oil and fragrance oils.
Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Nail Oil Pack

 

Lumos Dadi’ Oil Nail Treatment 
As I’ve explained previously, Dadi’ Oil is a long time favorite of mine. This oil has a deep yellow colour and has a lovely citrus smell. When my nails and cuticles are dry I know I can go back to this oil and it will fix the problems if I use it often enough. This product comes in a small and large bottle which I love but it does mean that if the bottle is knocked over, all the product is lost. Dadi’ Oil is 95% organic and contains Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jojoba  Oil, Natural Vitamin E and 21 essential oils for fragrance. I really like that that this oil includes certified organic products. I purchase my Dadi’ Oil from Ottoman3.
Dadi’ Oil Nail Treatment

The Verdict

The three cuticle oil pens, Bliss Kiss, Two Birds and Fox and Owl are my favourite applicators. They don’t leak and are the perfect size to put in a handbag or have in multiple places around the home. My favourite oils for the moisturisation benefits are Dadi and Bliss Kiss, very closely followed by Two Birds. From my experience it seems that Jojoba makes a big difference when it comes to moisturisation and the inclusion of Vitamin E adds to the effect. Many of these oils have similar ingredients but I don’t know the percentage of each ingredient in each oil, so I think that’s what is making the difference between them. Two Birds and Fox and Owl are both small Australian online companies so their products are easily accessible here without a big shipping charge. They both have minimal ingredients so would be a good place to start for people with sensitivities but if you’re allergic to nuts, remember to stay away from sweet almond oil. I love the scents of Dadi Oil, Bliss Kiss Crisp and Fox and Owl lemon but that’s a personal preference. Bliss Kiss and Two Birds both advertise their scent free versions which are great to use on other dry parts of the body. I personally don’t like Celestial Cosmetics Eclipse Oil because it doesn’t moisturise my cuticles like the others do but I do have a friend who loves it because she doesn’t like the oily feeling on her cuticles, so you may want to take that into account.

I hope this cuticle oil review and comparison has helped you in some way. Just remember that everyone’s nail chemistry is different so these products will work differently for each person.

Which cuticle oil is your favourite to use?

Love, Alinta

10 Comments

  • Lokis Lacquer 21/11/2014 at 10:25 am

    have you tried help me rondas cuticle balms? i love the dadi oil but my go to is not help me rondas. they all have teatree in them which is awesome and omg the apple pie smells like maccas apple pie!!!i actually have a little tin in each room and my car now!!!

    • Alinta McMurdo 22/11/2014 at 2:50 am

      I haven't. I'll have to get some for my balm review whenever that happens lol
      I have the lush one and it gives me a reaction so would be good if rhondas worked for me 🙂

  • Babs Nails 21/11/2014 at 10:39 am

    Great work hun! I have just received a two bird cuticle pen and it seems great! Might need to look into some of the other ones you recommend!

    • Alinta McMurdo 22/11/2014 at 2:51 am

      You will be fine with just the two birds 🙂 but I like changing it up – hence all the oils lol 🙂

  • Jae Harrison 24/11/2014 at 12:02 am

    This is great Alinta, so thorough! I had Avoplex a while ago and mine definitely had a thin gel consistency, but I found it didn't do much in terms of moisturising.

    I love my Two Birds pens, I use those several times a day and sometimes follow with a balm (Burts Bees or Help me Ronda) once the oil has mostly absorbed when I need super hydration. I've been wanting to try Dadi Oil as well – I love citrus scents!

    • Alinta McMurdo 26/11/2014 at 8:43 am

      Citrus is the best. I'll have to try help me rhonda, lush lemon fluttery isn't cutting it.

  • Lorraine 08/07/2015 at 12:18 am

    What an informative post! It has everything that I was looking to know!! You compared all the cuticle oils that I was thinking about. Thank you!

  • Lorraine 08/07/2015 at 12:49 am

    I forgot to ask, is the two birds cuticle oil pen refillable too?

    • Alinta McMurdo 17/07/2015 at 7:13 am

      It's not marketed as being refillable and it is a bigger size than the Bliss Kiss pens so it probably won't open the same way that those do.I think I've almost finished one of my pens so I'll give it a try when it's empty. The main problem will be breaking the the sealing mechanism when I try to pull it open. If it does work I'll let you know 🙂

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And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. 
#weddingday #lovealinta
    I have been MIA for a while, but that’s because I have some news … I got married on the 22/02/2022. When I was a kid I always knew I wanted children myself, but I never thought I would get married. To be fair, I’m still not a big fan of weddings as a lot of the traditions are steeped in misogyny and the oppression of women, but I changed/cut out some of the parts that made me the most uncomfortable. In another world I would happily continue living the rest of my life with my partner and not get married, but we unfortunately live in a world where having a husband makes getting appropriate health care easier. I do plan on continuing to fight the sexism and ableism of the health care system, but sometimes I need a break, and having a husband will make that easier for me. Anyway, now that I have told you the realities of the situation (because it would feel like a lie if I didn’t include that), I can tell you that we had a small covid safe wedding with those closest to us. We got to celebrate our love and see our families which we haven’t been able to do for the past 2 years. The day was so relaxed and I had such a wonderful time. And because it was so small, those there completely understood how necessary the covid protocols were that we had in place. Since then, I’ve been back home in isolation again. Trying to wait out the virus so I don’t become another casualty. But I’m glad that I got to celebrate this milestone in my life, especially because it meant seeing loved ones. And obviously because it’s me, I tried to make my wedding as ethical as possible so I’ll post some of that info in another post but I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer @rick_liston. If you need a Yarra Valley photographer check him out, he’s amazing. #weddingday #lovealinta
    2 months ago
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    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. 

Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). 

@nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. 
#alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday 

Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork).
Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. 
Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    Reminder - we don’t celebrate genocide around here. It is horrendous that there is a public holiday to celebrate the colonization of Australia. Australia Day needs to be abolished. If you don’t understand why, please read all the detailed information that has been put online for free by many amazing Indigenous creators. Show up for them and support them. I also recommend listening to the Frontier War Stories podcast so that you hear some real stories. Oh, and before anyone says anything about “tradition” - Aus day has only been celebrated on the 26th since 1994. Whereas in 1938 Indigenous Elders called for a day of mourning on the 26th of Jan. There is no tradition here, and there is no celebrating invasion, colonization, dispossession and genocide. Indigenous people continue to be oppressed, so please show up for them tomorrow (and every day). @nitv_au has a good round up of all events happening tomorrow. Because of case numbers, nothing in person is happening in Narrm (Melbourne) but there is an online dawn service starting at 5:15am being run by the Vic NAIDOC Committee. #alwayswasalwayswillbe #invasionday Image 1: Just a reminder we don’t celebrate genocide graphic by @sar.ra__ (check out her other artwork). Image 2: stylized version of @aiatsis_ map - they sell hard copies of the original you can buy. Image 3: Frontier War sites by University of Newcastle.
    4 months ago
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    Ultraviolette recently released their Dream Screen skin tint. As I’ve explained previously, sunscreen is very important to me. Skin cancer is prominent in my family and I’m even fairer than the my other family members. I can get burnt within minutes of being in the sun, so I am always wearing sunscreen (and avoiding the sun) to try and prevent future skin cancer. The reason why this interested me is because it’s SPF 50 and it has a sheer dewy finish. I typically wear a bb/cc cream with SPF, but I always have to add so much white to it, making the SPF negligible. I can however actually wear Dream Screen in shade V1 without adding white, which is awesome. I use my Supreme Screen underneath, and then layer Dream Screen on top and they work well together. It’s important to remember to wear a base layer of sunscreen, as you’re unlikely to put enough of a tinted product on to get the labeled SPF coverage. The finish is a bit too dewy for me, so I use a little bit of translucent powder over the top, and then I’m good to go. The packaging is interesting. It’s a squeeze tube which makes it easy to use, but probably very hard to recycle. Dream Screen comes in 11 shades and is vegan. Ultraviolette is cruelty free but I really want to see them Leaping Bunny certified. I’ve got all of their sunscreens so I can post swatches of them, or do a video showing application if that interests anyone. Whatever helps you to wear more sunscreen, I’m willing to do 😬 
Photo description - beige ultraviolette bottle laying in plain black background with ultraviolette products surrounding it. 
@ultravioletteau #ultravioletteau #lovealinta
    Ultraviolette recently released their Dream Screen skin tint. As I’ve explained previously, sunscreen is very important to me. Skin cancer is prominent in my family and I’m even fairer than the my other family members. I can get burnt within minutes of being in the sun, so I am always wearing sunscreen (and avoiding the sun) to try and prevent future skin cancer. The reason why this interested me is because it’s SPF 50 and it has a sheer dewy finish. I typically wear a bb/cc cream with SPF, but I always have to add so much white to it, making the SPF negligible. I can however actually wear Dream Screen in shade V1 without adding white, which is awesome. I use my Supreme Screen underneath, and then layer Dream Screen on top and they work well together. It’s important to remember to wear a base layer of sunscreen, as you’re unlikely to put enough of a tinted product on to get the labeled SPF coverage. The finish is a bit too dewy for me, so I use a little bit of translucent powder over the top, and then I’m good to go. The packaging is interesting. It’s a squeeze tube which makes it easy to use, but probably very hard to recycle. Dream Screen comes in 11 shades and is vegan. Ultraviolette is cruelty free but I really want to see them Leaping Bunny certified. I’ve got all of their sunscreens so I can post swatches of them, or do a video showing application if that interests anyone. Whatever helps you to wear more sunscreen, I’m willing to do 😬 Photo description - beige ultraviolette bottle laying in plain black background with ultraviolette products surrounding it. @ultravioletteau #ultravioletteau #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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    It’s Bonsai’s 9th birthday today. The vet is unsure how many more birthdays he’s going to get, so I’m giving him as much love as possible while he’s here. We got the news last month that his heart is failing, which is just another health problem my poor little guy has to deal with. He’s on lots of meds to reduce the symptoms, but there’s no way of slowing down heart failure for him. I thought I would get another 10 years together with him (being a chihuahua and all), so knowing his time is limited has been tough. He however has no idea he’s sick and is just as happy and silly as always. His weird antics continue to make me laugh every day, which is why I also wanted to remind you all to adopt your next pet - and don’t discount the sick or disabled ones, they can be amazing pets too. 
Picture description - close up of blonde chihuahua looking at the camera with his tongue out and folded over. 
#chihuahua #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #lovealinta
    It’s Bonsai’s 9th birthday today. The vet is unsure how many more birthdays he’s going to get, so I’m giving him as much love as possible while he’s here. We got the news last month that his heart is failing, which is just another health problem my poor little guy has to deal with. He’s on lots of meds to reduce the symptoms, but there’s no way of slowing down heart failure for him. I thought I would get another 10 years together with him (being a chihuahua and all), so knowing his time is limited has been tough. He however has no idea he’s sick and is just as happy and silly as always. His weird antics continue to make me laugh every day, which is why I also wanted to remind you all to adopt your next pet - and don’t discount the sick or disabled ones, they can be amazing pets too. Picture description - close up of blonde chihuahua looking at the camera with his tongue out and folded over. #chihuahua #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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    What is a sustainable product? I have spent months thinking about this and what I want to write and on my blog and post about here. There is no easy answer to this. Just when considering greenhouse emissions for a company alone, it’s immensely complicated. There was a good article in nature recently going over how Microsoft are trying to achieve net zero, but most companies don’t have the means that Microsoft does. Most companies rely on carbon offsets, which is often planting trees (problematic solution in itself), rather than ensuring their business has no emissions at all. And they don’t take into consideration all the emissions that occur from suppliers and freight of suppliers etc. Then there is the problem of waste. Ideally, I don’t want there to be any permanent waste to occur from any product I buy, but that’s certainly not the case. Most beauty products can’t even be recycled in curb-side recycling bins. I would preferably want my products to be biodegradable, refillable at home, or reused and refilled by the company so that there is no waste. However, I don’t know of an actual solution that encompasses those criteria for some things - like vegan makeup brush hairs as seen with eco tools brushes. I do prioritise this lower than single use plastic, as I get many years of use from makeup brushes. But it’s just another level of complexity that I’ve tried to figure out. So in saying all that, I don’t have the solution or a perfect company or product to talk about as I don’t know of one. I do however intend to support and share about the companies who are trying to be more sustainable. I hope that in supporting them, we will get to a point where companies can fit my ideal criteria. I would like to write a blog post on this but that requires more energy than I have right now - I would however love to hear your thoughts on sustainable products. What is a sustainable product to you? Eco tools was actually the first big company I ever noticed that was promoting eco beauty. It’s interesting how much has changed since then.
*press sample  #lovealinta #sustainablebeauty #sustainablebrand #ecobeauty #ethicalbeauty #ecotools
    What is a sustainable product? I have spent months thinking about this and what I want to write and on my blog and post about here. There is no easy answer to this. Just when considering greenhouse emissions for a company alone, it’s immensely complicated. There was a good article in nature recently going over how Microsoft are trying to achieve net zero, but most companies don’t have the means that Microsoft does. Most companies rely on carbon offsets, which is often planting trees (problematic solution in itself), rather than ensuring their business has no emissions at all. And they don’t take into consideration all the emissions that occur from suppliers and freight of suppliers etc. Then there is the problem of waste. Ideally, I don’t want there to be any permanent waste to occur from any product I buy, but that’s certainly not the case. Most beauty products can’t even be recycled in curb-side recycling bins. I would preferably want my products to be biodegradable, refillable at home, or reused and refilled by the company so that there is no waste. However, I don’t know of an actual solution that encompasses those criteria for some things - like vegan makeup brush hairs as seen with eco tools brushes. I do prioritise this lower than single use plastic, as I get many years of use from makeup brushes. But it’s just another level of complexity that I’ve tried to figure out. So in saying all that, I don’t have the solution or a perfect company or product to talk about as I don’t know of one. I do however intend to support and share about the companies who are trying to be more sustainable. I hope that in supporting them, we will get to a point where companies can fit my ideal criteria. I would like to write a blog post on this but that requires more energy than I have right now - I would however love to hear your thoughts on sustainable products. What is a sustainable product to you? Eco tools was actually the first big company I ever noticed that was promoting eco beauty. It’s interesting how much has changed since then. *press sample #lovealinta #sustainablebeauty #sustainablebrand #ecobeauty #ethicalbeauty #ecotools
    7 months ago
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    Since the IPCC report was released on Monday I’ve seen a lot of people expressing how overwhelmed and helpless they feel about climate change. These feelings are absolutely valid. The situation we’re in is dire. The report confirmed that we are currently experiencing the effects of climate change which can be seen in the increase in extreme weather events. We’re currently sitting at 1.1 degrees and we will well overshoot 1.5 degrees by the end of the century if nothing changes. This will cause widespread suffering, death and destruction for humans, animals and ecosystems. 
But there is good news. We know what the problem is and we know the solution. We can avoid the worst case scenario if we act now. De-carbonising the economy needs to be our top priority, we simply cannot rely on fossil fuels any longer. The most important thing you can do is to get involved and apply political pressure. That means voting for the people with the best climate policies, emailing your local representative, going to climate protests, physically blocking new fossil fuel infrastructure, telling everyone you know to also act - whatever it is you can do to make change, do it. 
Australia was recently ranked last on climate action against 193 other UN member nations. This cannot continue. COP 26 is around the corner so speak up, tell the Aus gov that you want climate action now. I know many of you don’t have a degree about climate change like I do, so I’ve tried to make this simple and give you examples of what to do, and I’m happy to go into more detail or explain anything you don’t understand, just ask. Do your best to be informed and be prepared to fight for a better future. It will be worth it for every life, species and ecosystem that can be saved. 
Picture from a Bloomberg article of a graph showing world average temp over 2000 years with obvious uptick since 1850. Title saying heat spike. 
#climatechange #climateaction #ipcc #ipccreport #lovealinta
    Since the IPCC report was released on Monday I’ve seen a lot of people expressing how overwhelmed and helpless they feel about climate change. These feelings are absolutely valid. The situation we’re in is dire. The report confirmed that we are currently experiencing the effects of climate change which can be seen in the increase in extreme weather events. We’re currently sitting at 1.1 degrees and we will well overshoot 1.5 degrees by the end of the century if nothing changes. This will cause widespread suffering, death and destruction for humans, animals and ecosystems. But there is good news. We know what the problem is and we know the solution. We can avoid the worst case scenario if we act now. De-carbonising the economy needs to be our top priority, we simply cannot rely on fossil fuels any longer. The most important thing you can do is to get involved and apply political pressure. That means voting for the people with the best climate policies, emailing your local representative, going to climate protests, physically blocking new fossil fuel infrastructure, telling everyone you know to also act - whatever it is you can do to make change, do it. Australia was recently ranked last on climate action against 193 other UN member nations. This cannot continue. COP 26 is around the corner so speak up, tell the Aus gov that you want climate action now. I know many of you don’t have a degree about climate change like I do, so I’ve tried to make this simple and give you examples of what to do, and I’m happy to go into more detail or explain anything you don’t understand, just ask. Do your best to be informed and be prepared to fight for a better future. It will be worth it for every life, species and ecosystem that can be saved. Picture from a Bloomberg article of a graph showing world average temp over 2000 years with obvious uptick since 1850. Title saying heat spike. #climatechange #climateaction #ipcc #ipccreport #lovealinta
    9 months ago
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    With Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane all In lockdown, I thought a cute pup picture in your feed might be appreciated. You can swipe to see a cute video of a scruffy puppy Kobi not long after he came into care as a foster dog - he found himself in the pound at 3 months of age. 
Kobi was probably thinking about food in this photo because he is a bit obsessed with eating. He will even happily eat dirt - I’ve had to clean dirt off his chin far too often lately (don’t worry the vet says there’s nothing wrong with him, he’s just gluttonous). His favourite method for dirt eating is face planting straight onto the ground. It’s certainly an interesting technique. 
Thanks to everyone who checked in on me. I’m hoping my recent iron infusion will help me to feel less like one foot is in the grave but only time will tell. 
Leave a comment to let me know what silly things your pets or kids have been up to lately so we can all have a laugh 😊
Picture of a white and grey dog looking at the camera and licking his nose. 
#rescuedog #rescuedogs #dogsofmelbourne #lovealinta
    With Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane all In lockdown, I thought a cute pup picture in your feed might be appreciated. You can swipe to see a cute video of a scruffy puppy Kobi not long after he came into care as a foster dog - he found himself in the pound at 3 months of age. Kobi was probably thinking about food in this photo because he is a bit obsessed with eating. He will even happily eat dirt - I’ve had to clean dirt off his chin far too often lately (don’t worry the vet says there’s nothing wrong with him, he’s just gluttonous). His favourite method for dirt eating is face planting straight onto the ground. It’s certainly an interesting technique. Thanks to everyone who checked in on me. I’m hoping my recent iron infusion will help me to feel less like one foot is in the grave but only time will tell. Leave a comment to let me know what silly things your pets or kids have been up to lately so we can all have a laugh 😊 Picture of a white and grey dog looking at the camera and licking his nose. #rescuedog #rescuedogs #dogsofmelbourne #lovealinta
    10 months ago
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