Don’t Be Taken In

One of the things we discovered on this journey is there are few you can trust out there in the big wide world.

Some of the companies we buy food or cosmetics or cleaning products from are nothing short of charlatans, hiding behind glossy marketing and words like ’healthy’, ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’. For example, did you know that in Australia, a company can call their product ‘organic’ if it contains only one natural ingredient. However it can also contain lots of other synthetic and known toxic chemicals. So you buy your ‘organic’ handwash from Coles, thinking you’re doing the best for your family and it’s a con. A big con trick. Read the label and it’s full of rubbish. 

Once you’ve got your diet on point and you’re eating beautiful home cooked food, with an emphasis on organic produce and nothing processed, one often then goes further down the path and questions the products we use on our bodies or in our homes.

Most of us have used traditional cleaning products with brand names everyone’s familiar with for years. We grew up trusting these brand names and if you’re anything like me, we trusted these big corporations would have tested these products before selling them to me, knowing they are safe…

Even more so with cosmetics and products we use on our bodies. We trusted the advertising, and truly believed no-one would sell us things that could harm us. I did anyway. I always assumed there would have been some corporate government backed body that assured these products were safe for my family.

However in Australia no health studies or pre-market testing is needed legally for cosmetic products.

I’m going to say that again.

However in Australia no health studies or pre-market testing is needed legally for cosmetic products.

Crazy isn’t it?
Most people use personal care products on a daily basis. We are on a quest to smell good, have shiny hair and moist skin. But something nasty lurks beneath the sweet perfume and bubbles. Cosmetic companies are often using chemicals that are known to cause cancer and birth defects, and there are no regulations in place to control the amount of toxins that are entering our bodies. The quest for looking and smelling good may even lead us to death.


We’ve got to the point where 200+ synthetic chemicals are being found in new born babies umbilical cords and 200+ synthetic chemicals are being found in breast milk. We are sponges.

And children have roughly double the skin surface of adults per unit of body weight. This means a child can absorb a higher proportion of chemicals into their small bodies. And they do not have the ability to detoxify like an adult does.

For many years the tradename ‘Dove’ has been linked with natural beauty products. Heck, they even use ‘normal’ girls in their advertising rather than models. I even remember their slogan,”1/4 moisturising cream” and I’m a bloke!

I’m not going into detail about their products but if you want to know more, read this….very interesting stuff. I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole nowadays. And to think I used to buy them for my mum on her birthday when I was a youngster with money earned from my Saturday job, thinking I was doing the right thing…anyway have a read….


The fact is most products we use on our bodies contain nasties. Even companies that hide behind the word ‘organic’ and are predominantly sold in health stores contain nasties.

Sukin are one such company. They have sucked in millions of people with their marketing and beautiful packaging. Their slogan is “Australian Natural Skincare”. their products contain the word ‘Organic’.

Whilst the word ‘organic’ lures people in and can mean basically nothing, ‘Certified Organic’ means just that. This is the wording we need to be looking out for on our products. Always look for ‘Certified Organic’ and you can relax.


So back to Sukin, this is the wording from their Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream on their website…

  • “An antioxidant rich blend of Rose Hip, Pomegranate and Kakadu Plum to deeply moisturise for a radiant complexion. This intensive moisturiser combines Rose Hip oil and Pomegranate to help combat dry skin and prevent the signs of premature ageing. Kakadu Plum, naturally rich in Vitamin C, will leave skin looking radiant and a generous blend of active botanicals will leave skin smooth and hydrated.
  • Main Ingredients: 

Rose Hip Oil, Avocado, Pomegranate, Kakadu Plum.
  • Application
  • Ingredients detailed

Most of us look at the beautiful description, read the ‘main ingredients’ and think it’s wonderful.

It’s only when you click on ‘Ingredients detailed’ that you get this….

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Extract (Pomegranate), Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract (Kakadu Plum), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract,  Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool*, Limonene*. *Natural Component of fragrance

Now I’m not sure about you, but it’s starting to look a lot less ‘natural’ to me…and remember all this is hidden unless you click on the link. Why do they hide their ingredients?

So what is Phenoxyethanol or Benzyl Alcohol?

We use an app called ‘Chemical Maze’ to help us out on our quest for knowledge.

Chemical Maze lists all the known ingredients/additives in food or cosmetics and can be a scary revelation.




So, what do you think now? Want to rub this on your face? Me neither. Want your skin to open it’s pores in theft shower so you can absorb this into your skin so your liver can process it? Nope, me too. And I would invite you to go through their website and take a look at every product before you buy, checking on Chemical Maze as you go. Compare the ‘main ingredients’ with the ‘Ingredients detailed’ each time. It’s a shocker.

But it’s not just them. Look at your toothpaste. Most of us use regular toothpaste and are familiar with the brandnames we all grew up with. So, have a look at the label on your toothpaste; right now.

Ok, did it say, do not swallow? DO NOT SWALLOW??? We give this shit to our kids! Have a look at the ingredients and then read this….

Scary eh?

On average 60-65% of anything we put on our skin soaks into the bloodstream and organs.
Depending on the product and where you put it, this can increase to 100% (especially where there’s thin skin like your underarms, genitals and anything you put in the mouth as these are absorbed immediately (hello toothpaste).

Professor Mark Cohen of RMIT University, Melbourne is a medical doctor, a naturopath, a Chine medicine practitioner and one of Australia’s leading wellness professors. He states;

“Chemicals that our body cannot get rid of get stored in our fat. When our body is incapable of ridding itself of excess toxins, it creates more fat to store the chemicals/toxins in thereby moving the chemicals away from our vital organs, including our brain”.
A product nearly every man and woman uses is deodorant. We spread a substance on our armpits, which has very thin skin, and we don’t know what’s in that substance. The body has a great system to cool ourselves down. It’s called sweat. But we block up the pores and stop our body from working properly.

Sweating helps your body to eliminate toxins, which supports proper immune function and helps prevent diseases related to toxic overload. Sweating may also help kill viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in temperatures above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as on the surface of your skin.

Eating clean reduces the toxins in our body and therefore reduces how much odour we produce.

There are studies that link aluminium in anti-perspirants to cancer, especially breast cancer.

Here is a much better detailed article if you want to read more.

This con trick that the industry hides behind is not just limited to the cosmetic industry. Oh no. Some of the big names in the food industry do it too. Often products get labeled ‘Paleo’ and draw people in. Read the labels guys, use Chemical Maze and if it has something in it that you don’t understand, don’t buy it.

One of my pet hates is the restaurant Grill’d.

Grill’d market themselves as a healthier alternative. They have a ‘low carb bun’ (which in fact is not too bad at all). However that is their bait.

That’s what gets you dangling on their line….they have ‘grass fed beef and lamb patties’ too. All sounds good yeah? Oh and sweet potato fries and zucchini fries – wonderful!

Let’s have a closer look.

Firstly grass fed. Beef and lamb can be called ‘grass fed’ in Australia if the animal is fed grass/pasture for most of it’s life. Yep, most of it’s life. The other 10-15% of it’s life it can be fed in a feedlot (about 95 days) to fatten it up for market.

In Australia the feed contains wheat, barley and sorghum. Not grass. Not what ruminants are designed to eat. So they get fatter and sicker and then they are slaughtered.
So the meat Grill’d uses is grass fed for a while, then feedlot finished. So not as squeaky clean as they make out.

Then it gets worse. For some unknown reason Grill’d uses other ingredients in it’s patties. Have a look at the ingredients in the ‘grass fed’ lamb and beef patties from their own website. There’s sugar in that meat!


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So that’s the bun (which is ok), and the pattie. Obviously the sauces are full of sugar and toxic oils like canola so we’d avoid them anyway.

So what about those sweet potato fries, avocado fries or zucchini fries?
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Chemical shit storm. And did you see the oil they are cooked in? And WTF is ‘anti-foam’?

How on Earth Grill’d can be marketed as a ‘healthier’ burger defies me. They are no different to McDonalds apart from that they have that bun.

So don’t always believe the hype. Question everything and vote with your dollar. The dollar is king. It brings about change. And so does education. How many of you lot thought Grill’d was the better choice?

Write to them and any other company and tell them why you are not eating there any more and what they could do to remedy the situation.

Frequent places that are sticking to healthy principles and give them your hard earned money.

There are other companies that make ‘raw Paleo treats’ and they market them as refined sugar free, dairy free rah rah rah. Some of these use agave syrup in them as a sweetener. If you’re trying to stabilize your insulin this ‘healthy alternative’ is hardly going to help. Avoid them and tell the people in the café or shop the reason you are not buying this brand is because they use agave to sweeten them. Make change happen.


This article is all about education and just telling you stuff we’ve learnt over the last three years or so when we embarked on regaining our health.

I’d just like you to have a look in your bathrooms, question what you’re using and what’s in that perfume you spray all over your throat on really thin skin (right by your thyroid). Ask yourself if Chanel or Armani care if you get cancer?
Get the Chemical Maze app and start to research what you’re buying for your family. Check out healthier products for cleaning your home too.

There are heaps of products out there. Look. Research.

Below are a number of products we use and happily endorse but these are just a few. there are heaps of others but just read the labels before buying.

Happy researching.



Or make your own from coconut oil and peppermint essential oil

Cleaning products




12 thoughts on “Don’t Be Taken In

  1. Kylie Reply

    Just want to say thank you !!

    Sometimes we just think if it’s organic it’s good. But we need to read those labels

    Thanks you !!

    1. Admin Reply

      No worries!

  2. Nikki Gordon Reply

    Great info.. thanks..
    I use Weleda products, from what I’ve researched and seen with my own eyes, theyre awesome…

    1. Admin Reply

      Haven’t looked into them but if you’re happy that’s great.

  3. Colette Reply

    Thanks so much for all your research.
    You are an inspiration to everyone.
    Keep up the good work.
    Love that you are so honest with all you pass on to us
    Regards C

    1. Admin Reply

      Thanks Colette, that’s great.

  4. Katherine Reply

    Love your blog page, very informative and eye opening.

    1. Admin Reply

      Thanks for your kind words!

  5. Kate Hampton Reply

    Extremely informative Bendy. Thankyou.

    1. Admin Reply


  6. Jeannie L'Estrange Reply

    Hey Hey Bendy. Great article. Too scary isn’t it. Just wondering what you use for toothpaste if you have sensitive teeth. I love oil pulling so using coconut oil and peppermint oil isn’t a problem. Do you use aluminium foil for cooking, what about baking paper, glad wrap etc? All of these concern me.
    What brand do you prefer for shampoo, conditioner, facial moisturiser?
    The one thing I don’t use anymore at all is deodorant of any sort. Since going Paleo (about 2 years) I don’t have body odour and if I do it’s almost peppery. If I use anything it’s lime juice. Goes to show what clean eating can do!!
    I love talking to people about what I eat too and how different I feel.

    Would love to meet Pete and you one day!!

    Thanks for your info Bendy

    1. Admin Reply

      Hi Jeannie!
      Ok we either make our own toothpaste (heaps of recipes on the web using coconut oil, bicarb and essential oils) or we buy ‘My Magic Mud’ activated charcoal, coconut oil and bentonite clay toothpaste. You can get it in health shops. Amazing stuff. We use Dianne Caine’s shampoo and conditioner (Google Dianne Caine and have a look at our interview with her in our blog). We also use The Divine Range by Therese Kerr.
      I just use coconut oil as a moisturiser. Absolutely brilliant. We use a chemical free baking paper we get at a local organic shop, don’t use foil. We use beeswax cloth wraps instead of Gladwrap. You can make these yourself from pieces of fabric and coat them with melted beeswax and a touch of coconut oil. They then mould to the shape of the bowl or item you’re wrapping and the warmth from your hands seals it. You can buy these online too or in health shops.
      Would love to meet you too! XXX

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