Summer Essentials – Kesän suosikit

The weather is finally warm and you can sense how everyone seems more carefree. I spent April and May in Palm Springs, CA. And that is the best season to be there since it is a desert. Coachella happened and a quite a few pool parties too. When I was leaving back to Helsinki on 31st May, the end of memorial weekend, everyone told me that it is now going to be a dead season for PS because it will be up to 120 degrees (47C)… and then I would respond, “yeah it is the best season for Finland! Midsummer…
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PHMB and beauty products that do more harm than good

This past week PHMB (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide) has made the headlines here in Finland and in Europe. This ingredient has been classified as a category 2 carcinogenic agent by the European Union and is banned since January 2015 in personal care products. A category 2 classification means that the agent is suspected of causing cancer. Unfortunately PHMB is still found in beauty products such as makeup removers, creams and lotions. One would think that there is some older products just hanging at the back of the shelves at cosmetic departments, simply forgotten and mixed together with the newer bottles with their renewed formulas. The…
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