Titanium dioxide + Why Certified Organic Matters

Do you care how you feel? is the appearance of your skin important? is choosing organic + chemical free a lifestyle? If your are reading this bog I am guessing YES. For people who's well-being is a priority we are all too aware what we put on our bodies has equal importance as to what we put in our bodies.

Inside Sunscreen...

titanium dioxideTitanium dioxide or E171 is used to whiten and brighten food and other consumer products, such as sunscreen and cosmetics. A recent study by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, published in the journal Nature, has shown for the first time that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are absorbed by the intestine and passed into the bloodstream of animals after oral exposure. Exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and other additives has previously been shown to interfere with the immune system and cause cell damage. 

A Current Review by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Topical application -The two main issues considered in this review are the evidence for the ability of these nanoparticles (NPs) to penetrate the skin to reach viable cells and the potential toxicity exerted by them.


Check your personal care products and cosmetics and look for alternatives as we all know some of what goes onto your skin can and does get into your bloodstream.

What to look for  

sunscreen ingredients Look for ones that contain Zinc Oxide as their active ingredient - however they will not be Certified Organic  - Under the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACO) relating to skincare and cosmetics, products containing titanium dioxide also cannot be considered for certification. While some non-agricultural ingredients are permitted in certified organic products, titanium dioxide – an expensive white metal – is prohibited due to the health effects potentially associated with this metal.

Zinc oxide, also a non-agricultural metal oxide, is the only active ingredient in sunscreens with potential for organic certification.

To adequately protect the skin and pass the Therapeutic Goods Administration (and label a product as sunscreen) there needs to be proof of sun protection factor (SPF). According to a spokesperson for the Administration, “All or almost all of the sunscreens available in Australia that have zinc oxide as their only active ingredient have a claimed SPF of 30+ (which means that their SPF test result was 31 or higher) and they typically contain between 15% and 25% zinc oxide.”

However, to then be eligible for organic certification with ACO, the proportion of approved non-agricultural ingredients must not exceed five per cent.


Powders // Blush // Eyeliners // Eyeshadows // BB Cremes // Mascara  - They may use some 'organic' ingredients and call themselves ‘organic’ but will not be Certified Organic if they contain titanium dioxide. 


Human & Kind [organics] is all bout Skin Health to compliment our bodies health. To ensure our skins health is not compromised we have chosen not only to use organic ingredients but to have our products Certified Organic. Our unrefined, organic, botanical ingredients are biocompatible, meaning they are recognised by our skin and our body which will draw a greater benefit form the active ingredients. We use a Super-Carrier Essential Oil with enhanced bioavailability properties (meaning it is readibily absorbed) it also facilitates the bioavailability of our blended essential oils. This means you get the true therapeutic values (that are now backed by scientific research) 

This is our guarantee we are what we say, we walk our talk. Just because a product says it 'organic' doesn't necessarily mean it is. If you want to be totally sure you are buying organic then you need to look for an certified organic logo. In Australia the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo (ACO) is accredited by the Australian Government. This is a symbol of trust and integrity. By being a Certified Organic Skin Care brand our products allows for full transparency by guaranteeing traceability of the supply chain of our ingredients; simply put from 'farm to face'.

ACO Bug Logo Guarantees:

  • Ingredients used in our formulations have been grown without the use of synthetic pesticides // herbicides // 
  • Cruelty free
  • Non-GMO
  • Socially responsible
  • Biodiversity friendly
  • Free From phthalates // parabens // formaldehyde // lead //synthetic // fragrances // polyethylene // glycol’s (PEG’s) // petrochemicals // sulphates // nanoparticles


To be safe choose non nano zinc oxide as your active ingredient in your broad spectrum Sunscreen and avoid titanium dioxide as an ingredient in personal care products (make-up + Sunscreen) while the jury is out...

Our Hero product launching soon is: Vegan // Gluten Free // Certified Organic (ACO) // Cruelty free // Skin Morcrobiome Safe // Self Preserving // housed in recyclable biophotonic glass*

Until next time..

be human | be kind | be you





Biophotonic violet glass uses technology that enables the penetration of UV-A and violet light, whilst filtering out the complete spectrum of visible light, to stimulate cellular activity and continue to activate and energise the ingredients within the bottles//jars. This maintains the effectiveness of our precious botanical formulations at a high level, over an extended period of time.





What great information. Love the info on sunscreen especiallly now that summer is upon us. It’s amazing what is put in skin care products that we don’t even know about.

Cindy Quiala March 04, 2017

Ugh that is seriously gross!!
It’s incredible what is put into our everyday products isn’t it?
Also the deceptive labelling of products where it’s possible to use words like organic and natural but not be at all. It’s appalling really

Kelly March 04, 2017

Wow, what an eye opener! Thanks so much for posting this.

Rachel xx

Rachel Gill @inspirethewild March 03, 2017

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