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MuLondon's award-winning range of moisturisers and cleansers has earned the honour of displaying The Vegetarian Society seedling symbol. This confirms that MuLondon products are free from animal fats or gelatine, contain no GMOs and are cruelty-free.

Su Taylor, Press Officer at the Vegetarian Society, said: “Well done to MuLondon Natural Organic Skincare for realising how important it is for customers to have clear vegetarian labelling, and having Vegetarian Society Approved products gives a clear message.

The Vegetarian Society, established in 1847, is the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. It exists to influence, inspire and support people to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle. By aligning itself with The Vegetarian Society Approved symbol and its values, MuLondon is reaching millions of people – conscientious consumers who have come to rely upon the vegetarian trademark's reassurance and trust. Among the approved products are MuLondon's best-sellers such as Organic White Chocolate Truffle Moisturiser, Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser and Organic Rose, Rosehip & Rosemary Face Wash.

MuLondon Skincare Products Approved By The Vegetarian Society.

It's wonderful that the entire MuLondon range is approved by The Vegetarian Society as suitable for vegetarians. MuLondon is proud to support the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world, and to produce safe, organic skincare products that people following a vegetarian lifestyle can pamper themselves with.

More information about MuLondon and its range of The Vegetarian Society approved products is available at www.MuLondon.com.

Learn more about The Vegetarian Society: www.vegsoc.org

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I learned about Propylene Glycol a while back, and I made a conscious decision to avoid it at all costs. Find out what Propylene Glycol is, how it's made, which products could contain this ingredient and how safe it really is.

First Contact

The first time I came across Propylene Glycol was many years ago, when I worked for a natural skincare company that made soaps, among other things. One day, a customer walked in and asked "What is this?" - pointing to the first and the most abundant ingredient in all the soaps, Propylene Glycol. I did not know at the time, and reiterated what we had been told - that everything was 100% natural. "Yes, but what is it, though?", both of us were wondering. I promised to find out.

My repeated requests for more information about this ingredient were met with dismissal by the company, so I took the matter into my own hands. This lead me to a lot of research on this chemical, which proved to be not that natural as we had been told.

Propylene Glycol is made from propylene oxide, which is made from a chemical called propylene, which in its turn is synthesised from propene. Propene, the base material for production of Propylene Glycol is produced from fossil fuels or coal. Phew.


Coal. One of the sources for Propylene Glycol.
The fields where Propylene Glycol grows

What is it used for?

Now, there are several reasons I avoid Propylene Glycol: It's produced from fossil fuels, it's a heavily processed chemical that should not be present in food or cosmetics and it could be toxic.

Unfortunately, Propylene Glycol is very widely used:

     ■  as antifreeze for cars and aircraft de-icing fluid
     ■  to make polyester resins
     ■  to make soap
     ■  humectant, solvent, and preservative in food and for tobacco products
     ■  one of the major ingredients of the liquid in e-cigarettes
     ■  used as a solvent in many pharmaceuticals

Also known as E1520 or "Propane-1, 2-diol", Propylene Glycol is an approved food additive in the EU, and by the UK Food Standards Agency. The EU COMMISSION REGULATION No 1130/2011 stipulates that Propylene Glycol levels in food are limited to 3000 mg/kg, and for beverages, the maximum level is 1000 mg/l. The FDA lists it as GRAS (generally recognised as safe). The CDC's Agency For Toxic Substances & Disease Registry does too.


A regular day at the lab.
Just a regular day at the Propylene Glycol manufacturing plant
Does this uniform comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act?

How safe is Propylene Glycol?

So, manufacturers are legally allowed to use Propylene Glycol in limited amounts - because it's safe, right?

Well, even the FDA is not that sure: "At lethal or near lethal doses (6 g per kg or more), it has been reported to cause kidney damage in several species and toe deformities in chicks." Say what? It causes deformities, but the FDA considers it safe?

A study from the Karlstad University in Sweden showed that propylene glycol and glycol ethers (PGEs) in bedroom air were associated with 1.5-fold greater likelihood of asthma, 2.8-fold greater likelihood of rhinitis, and 1.6-fold greater likelihood of eczema. Not good.

EWG's SkinDeep database gives it a rating of 3, with low to moderate overall hazard, warning of dermatitis and urticaria even at very low concentrations. Yet, it's used in many skincare products.

This Natural News article on Propylene Glycol quotes Shane Ellison, a former pharmaceutical chemist and author of 'Health Myths Exposed', who says: "It's foreign to the body and as such is toxic."

Scorecard, a website that aggregates information about pollution problems and toxic chemicals, lists Propylene Glycol as a suspected immunotoxicant, neurotoxicant, respiratory toxicant and skin or sense organ toxicant.

Propylene Glycol can be lethal to cats. According to the FDA (who, if you remember, has pronounced it safe), "Reports in the veterinary literature of scientifically sound studies have shown that propylene glycol reduces the red blood cell survival time, renders red blood cells more susceptible to oxidative damage, and has other adverse effects in cats consuming the substance at levels found in soft-moist food. In light of these new data, CVM amended the regulations to expressly prohibit the use of propylene glycol in cat foods." So, it can't be used in cat food any more.


I don't want no Propylene Glycol!
I don't want no Propylene Glycol!

What can you do about it?

Here's my problem with Propylene Glycol: Just because you can use something, does not mean that you should. There are many safer alternatives to this chemical that can be used instead of it. Not only does the currently available research show that Propylene Glycol can be an irritant, but it also confirms that it can be mutagenic and toxic, which is harmful not only for humans, but it can also affect animals and the environment. When degrading, Propylene Glycol can damage aquatic life, as it consumes oxygen that fish and other aquatic organisms require for survival.

My advice is: Always read ingredient listings. On everything. Know what you eat or use on your body. Propylene Glycol is commonly found in following personal care products:

     ■  stick deodorant
     ■  soap
     ■  make-up products
     ■  moisturiser
     ■  toothpaste & mouthwash
     ■  hair colour
     ■  ...and many, many more

I believe that repeated exposure to numerous chemicals that are present in our everyday life is a problem. By reducing the amount of different ingredients we are exposed to, we can help our bodies to detox, without constantly overloading them. Every chemical that enters our organs needs to be identified, recognised and neutralised by the immune system. Why make this job harder?

What do you know about Propylene Glycol, and what products have you encountered it in? Let me know in your comments!

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The annual Business Awards recognise local organisations in the London Borough of Lewisham for entrepreneurial spirit, growth and innovation. Given by the Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock, this year's Customer Care Award goes to MuLondon.

All nominated companies were shortlisted by a judging panel, looking at businesses with excellence in customer care. The criteria were: presentation, facilities, staff attitudes and approach. Upon awarding MuLondon with this year's Customer Care Award, the judges said: “MuLondon demonstrated excellent customer service and has developed a high level of customer loyalty”.

MuLondon Customer Care Award.

The building blocks of MuLondon are outstanding customer service and first-class organic, environmentally sound products. MuLondon makes sure that our customers are always happy – from special requests, custom-made items and carefully and lovingly wrapped orders. When you get in touch, you'll receive prompt personal assistance and individual product recommendations relevant to your skin issues. Give it a go now!

I feel incredibly excited that MuLondon has won its second business award from The Mayor of Lewisham, this time for customer care. Prompt, efficient and personalised service is very close to my heart, and is at the core of our values. MuLondon's customer care policy is to always treat all customers with respect and love, be intuitive to customer needs and wow each customer with personalised service. Receiving The Business Award for Customer Care is a confirmation of MuLondon's commitment to stellar customer relations.

Experience MuLondon's award-winning customer service at www.MuLondon.com.

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At the annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards, MuLondon gained a Silver Award for the Organic White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream, Bronze Award for the Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser and got commended for the Organic Hemp Moisturiser.

The Awards were founded to encourage and reward manufacturers of skincare products that are 'free from' many of the allergens, chemicals, additives and fragrances associated with skin sensitivities, allergies, and ethical, environmental and health concerns. The awards were presented at the 'Love Natural, Love Organic' show at Olympia, by 'Imperfectly Natural' beauty and holistic health guru, Janey Lee Grace. The announcements followed a long, four-stage judging process which included a rigorous month-long assessment by testers recruited by the FreeFrom Skincare Awards’ associates, the Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible.
Hand, Nail & Foot Care Category Silver Award Winner - MuLondon Organic White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream. An über-rich cream for joints and body parts all too often neglected, fragranced with the finest bourbon vanilla and cocoa extracts. The testers said: “I'm a sucker for cocoa butter but this is a cut above, managing to be both soothing and sophisticated. Quite frankly, I'd happily use it all over. I think this is hands-down one of my favourite smelling products ever”; “Feet gorgeously silky in the morning”; “Hard skin massively improved”.


FreeFrom Skincare Awards, Hand, Nail & Foot Care Category Silver Award Winner – MuLondon Organic White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream.

Problem Skin Category Bronze Award Winner - MuLondon Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser. An exclusive blend of organic Shea Butter and Jojoba oil, extracts of Marigold and Blue Chamomile and the essential oils of Frankincense and Myrrh - to calm, balance and repair. The testers said: “My skin looked plumper, smoother and more uniform. Yes, I loved it and yes, I think it's fantastic value for such a superbly moisturising all-organic cream.”; “My knees looked and felt much smoother, more moisturised and rejuvenated! I would buy it for problem dry areas, and recommend for anyone with eczema and possibly for scar tissue.”


FreeFrom Skincare Awards, Problem Skin Category Bronze Award Winner – MuLondon Organic Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh Moisturiser.

Men’s Grooming Category Commendation – MuLondon Organic Hemp Moisturiser. Fresh, woody, smoky and mystical - this Hemp face moisturiser heals and protects with organic Shea Butter, pure Hemp Seed Oil and the exclusive and rare Hemp Essential Oil. A commendation in the FreeFrom Skincare Awards goes to products that are really well-made and sit comfortably in the natural or 'free from' skincare market.

FreeFrom Skincare Awards, Men’s Grooming Category Commendation – MuLondon Organic Hemp Moisturiser.

The standard was far higher this year, and all winners and medallists performed exceptionally well and demonstrated terrific 'free from' properties,” said Alex Gazzola, Awards co-ordinator. “Like last year, it was particularly encouraging to see many smaller or boutique brands holding their own among the big guys – and often beating them!

I am incredibly proud that the MuLondon range has won two awards at this year's FreeFrom Skincare Awards.  I developed MuLondon products to care for sensitive skin types and to be free from common allergens, chemical preservatives and mineral oils. It's an honour to be recognised and awarded for our commitment to safe and gentle skincare.

Find out more about MuLondon at www.MuLondon.com.

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MuLondon skincare has been endorsed by the Naturewatch Foundation as a genuinely cruelty-free company, and has earned the honour of being listed in the Compassionate Shopping Guide, the bible used by thousands of people who consciously choose to support cruelty-free manufacturers of personal care and household cleaning products through their purchases.

Caroline Ruane, director at Naturewatch, said: “Naturewatch Foundation is delighted that MuLondon has successfully demonstrated that they meet our strict endorsement criteria. This means that not only are MuLondon's products cruelty-free, all of the ingredients they use are cruelty-free and their profits do not support a parent company that tests on animals. We are happy to endorse MuLondon's range of organic skincare products and will be happy to include them in our next edition of our Compassionate Shopping Guide.

MuLondon Endorsed By Naturewatch.

For over 20 years the Naturewatch Compassionate Shopping Guide has been the definitive guide to cruelty free shopping for cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaning products. The Naturewatch guide is unique because no other organisation takes into consideration parent companies, large multi-nationals that are able to put forward smaller and more ethical-branded names, but that still continue to use animal testing to develop their products. MuLondon’s award-winning moisturisers and cleansers in luscious varieties such as White Chocolate Truffle, Marigold, Frankincense & Myrrh and Rose, Rosehip & Rosemary will now be listed in the guide. All MuLondon products are made in London, England and are free from artificial preservatives, emulsifiers, fragrances and palm oil. Instead, pure natural and organic sustainable and cruelty-free ingredients like essential oils and herbal extracts are used to create luxurious and mild products.

MuLondon is proud to have earned the honour of being endorsed by Naturewatch and passing their strict criteria of approval. The entire MuLondon range is genuinely cruelty-free and vegan. Customers who care about supporting ethical businesses can enjoy delectable skincare products from MuLondon, knowing that they are free from cruelty to animals. Our products are packed with love, compassion and healing natural ingredients.

More information about MuLondon is available at www.MuLondon.com

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