Aunty’s rules


Aunty says: When I go shopping I always follow a few basic rules.


  • there is NO LIST of ingredients on a product
  • the ingredients list is Impossible to SEE because of the colour used e.g. white on yellow,
  • the words are so small it’s impossible to READ the ingredients list without a large magnifying glass
  • I need a degree in chemistry in order to UNDERSTAND the ingredients list

I choose NOT to buy that product (or any other products from that brand range) because I believe I have the right to know what’s in EVERY product I wish to purchase without the need of a magnifying glass or a chemistry degree.
chemistry degree

I take a second look at any product claiming to be  ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ because these may be false claims.

I check the ingredients list to see how many items are marked as organic or natural?  I can safely assume that all ingredients are man-made synthetic chemical compounds unless:

  • clearly identified as organic and supported by the organic certification logo
  • highlighted as natural e.g. grape seed oil.

But how natural (direct from nature) is a natural ingredient? The majority of natural ingredients have undergone some form of manufacturing process.


I check labels for a product’s country of origin to avoid purchasing any item from a country known for its lack of health and safety product standards.

If the country of origin is not named, or is hidden by phrases like: ‘Ingredients from (home) and other countries’ or ‘Ingredients from different sources’ – this is another product I choose not to buy.

A model for product labels is California’s PROPOSITION 65 which entitles Californians to special warning labels for products sold in California that contain chemical compounds known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.