Acetic Acid (White Vinegar)

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Food Grade

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Chrome & Glass Cleaner , Cajeput & Pink Salt Dishwasher Tablets

Natural and organic, 100% biodegradable and breaks down quickly in water to a totally harmless liquid.

Amylum (Corn Starch)

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Food Grade

  • Cruelty Free

Found In: Chrome & Glass Cleaner

 

100% Plant Starch, 100% Biodegradable - so good you eat it!

Australian Olive Oil

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Food Grade

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Beeswax Leather Conditioner

 

We all know Olive oil is good for us. It also has no impact on the environment, as it is 100% Biodegradable and edible! We only use Certified Organic, Australian Olive oil.

Pure Natural Beeswax

  • Organic

  • Cruelty Free

Found In: Beeswax Leather Conditioner

We would love to collect our own b eeswax, but we just don’t have enough to meet demand, so we source it from a fantastic friend of ours, Ben, who lives and breathes bees!

http://www.bensbees.com.au

Health Concerns: Natural Beeswax is 100% made by bees, whereas synthetic beeswax is made from a mixture of Esters that can irritate skin and is toxic to marine life.

Bicarbonate Soda (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate)

  • Australian/USDA Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Food Grade

  • Aluminium Free

  • Naturally Mined

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Rosalina Toilet Cleaning Tablets, African Orange & Cinnamon Leaf Cream Cleaner.

Unlike store bought baking soda, we use a naturally occurring, mined soda. Baking soda, or Bicarb, is a natural salt and bi product of soda ash left over from burnt, organic matter. The deposits are called a TRONA and our soda is mined from the Green River area of Wyoming USA from way beneath the earth’s surface.

 

Environmental Impact: There is no current data that find s baking soda to have a negative effect on the environment. The salts simply dissolve when entering waterways etc. 100% Organic and Aluminum free.

 

Health Concerns/Benefits: No common allergies or side effects to humans.

Commercial Alternatives:

Silica powder

Found In: Cream Cleaners

Health Concerns/Benefits: WARNING!!!! The International Agency for Research on Cancer has dubbed this as a proven carcinogen.

Ammonium Hydroxide

Although Ammonia occurs naturally, it is usually made synthetically. It is highly soluble in water and reacts with acids to form ammonium salts.

Found In: Cream Cleaners and All Purpose/Disinfecting Sprays

Environmental Impact: Produced from decaying organic matter and from human and animal waste but when it enter s waterways, it becomes toxic to fish and other aquatic creatures.

Health Concerns/Benefits: When using ammonia over a long period, it can cause health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. It can cause eye, nose and throat irritations, and can burn skin when in direct contact.

Triclosan

Found In: Cream Cleaners and All Purpose/Disinfe cting Sprays

Environmental Impact: Very toxic to aquatic life causing long - term damage to these ecosystems. Triclosan can react in the environment to form dioxins (A group of chemically - related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants), which are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.

Dioxins accumulate and are a anti - microbial agent, excess use by society is actually contributing to the creation of antibiotic - resistant bacteria, and that’s bad news.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Endocrine disrupter that can interfere with hormones and irritate skin and eyes.

 

Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate Dihydrate

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Toilet Cleaners an d Air Fresheners

Environmental Impact: Toxic to aquatic life and might even cause permanent damage to these ecosystems.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Severe eye soreness and repertory upsets and can burn your eyes and mouth.

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds ( QUATS/QAC's)

Found In: Cream Cleaners and All Purpose/Disinfectant Sprays

Environmental Impact: This chemical helps breed antibiotic resistant bacteria and is very toxic to fish. Not Biodegradable.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Products labelled 'Antibacterial' usually have Quats lurking inside them. A type of antimicrobial, the Quats help breed antibiotic resistant bacteria. Also irritates and sensitises skin, causes allergies, and can trigger asthma.

 

 

Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate Dihydrate

So many crème cleansers contain micro plastics - they have been found in all oceans on earth and even under Arctic sea ice.

Found In : Cream Cleaners, Glass Cleaners

Environmental Impact: James Cook University found species of corals starving because they ate the tiny beads, which completely clogged their digestive tract. These plastics also absorb many toxic chemicals and act like sponges - so if the sponge is eaten by a small animal such a plankton, and a whale or other creature eats a million plankton, the poor whale eats tones of the stuff. It can go the whole way up the food chain and take centuries to degrade.

Borax (Sodium Borate)

  • Australian/USDA Certified Organic

  • Naturally Mined

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Cajeput Pink Salt Dishwasher Tablets

You know it better as Borax. Poor Borax has gotten a bad rap , and to be fair the store bought, synthetic stuff isn’t the best, BUT, did you know that it is actually a natur al salt found in the Mediterranean and USA, deep beneath the earth’s surface and mined?

Our Borax comes from the Mediterranean’s natural mine and is 100% natural and pure.

Environmental Impact: All Sodium Borate is a mix of Sodium (salt), Boron, Oxygen and good old water. Some argue that the mining process itself is what is causing the most damage, however the largest Borate mine in California, and is considered to have some of the best mining p ractices in the world with minimal impact on the environment. Of course, it has some impact, everything does!

Although Borax is not biodegradable, borates decompose into boric acid and do not accumulate in the environment but disperse and dissolve in water .

 

Health Concerns/Benefits: Boron is actually necessary for our bodies and helps build bones, boosts immunity and brain function. Borax is full of Boron and many use it as a health supplement – of course in very small doses, to help with arthritis and gout.

Castile Soap

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Palm Oil Free

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Fair Trade

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Cajeput Pink Salt Dishwasher Tablets, Rosalina Toilet Cleaning Tablets, African Orange & Cinnamon Leaf Cream Cleaner, Myrtle All Purpose Disinfectant Spray, May Chang & Clementine Dishwashing Liquid, Activated Charcoal & Pumice Gardener’s Soap.

Environmental Impact : A much better alternative as there is little to no wastage and pollution created during the manufacturing process and 100%        Biodegrades very quickly as apposed to artificial detergents.

Health Concerns/Benefits: The soap itself will not cause allergies, however oils used in scenting the product such as lavender or citrus, may cause reactions in some people. Castile soap is gentle on hands and can even be ben eficial for sufferers of eczema and those with sensitive skin.

Commercial Alternatives:

MEA (Monoethanalomine), DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)

Found In: Glass Cleaners and Dish Soaps

Environmental Impact: Shown to harmful to fish and other aquatic life causing long - term damage to these environments.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Can have a reaction with nitrites to cause carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrates are present in the preservatives and can be found in some water sources. Studies in animals have shown the liver, kidney, blood, and central nervous system (CNS) are greatly af fected from excess exposure to diethanolamine. These chemicals are banned in Europe.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

​SLS and SLES’ are surfactants added to detergents and many household products to make bubbles and foam and can be listed on labels as over 150 different names.

Found In: Toilet Cleaners and Dish Soaps

Environmental Impact: Not only pollutes ground water, in turn bio - accumulating in the waterways and therefore in aquatic animals, it also gets into our drinking water. Also commonly used as a pesticide and herbicide and denied use in organic farming practices do to its toxicity and environmental impact. The manufacturing of these chemicals is also highly polluting and pumps tones of particles containing other nasty chemicals such as sulphur compounds, up into the air.

Health Concerns/Benefits : Skin irritant and possible carcinogen and may also affect development. Studies by the University of Georgia have shown that SLS’ can actually permeate the brain , eyes, liver and heart!

 

Citric Acid (Propanetricarboxylic Acid)

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Food Grade

  • Cruelty Free

A totally natural alpha hydroxy acid derived from fruits and sugar cane. It also acts as a fungicide and also kills bacteria.

 

Found In: Cajeput Pink Salt Dishwasher Tablets, Rosalina Toilet Cleaning Tablets.

Environmental Impact: Citric acid is found naturally in food and water and is 100% biodegradable and organic.

Health Concerns/Benefits: No adverse effects unless you eat it! A pure, crystallized form. You DO eat it in fruits and sugars already!

 

Demineralised Water

Demineralised or distilled water simply means that all minerals have been removed via boiling normal water, then evaporating it in a vacuum and collecting the condensation. By removing all minerals, the water is sterilized and prolongs the shelf life of products.

 

Essential Oils* (See end of doc for more information)

Ground Coconut Soap

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Fair Trade

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Unscented Laundry Powder

The coconuts used in this powdered soap are from an Organic and Sustainable source. Production is kept simple and pure; Organic Coconut Oil, Lye and Water – that’s it!

Environmental Impact: None at all completely biodegradable.

Health Concerns/Benefits: No fragrance. No animal fats, no added enzymes, no phosphates, no fillers or acids, no SLS.

Coconut oil has natural soothing properties, and is ideal for the most sensitive skin, as it does not contain anything to irritate the skin, cause allergies, or aggravate existing allergies such as dermatitis & eczema.

Wimmera Pink Lake Salt​

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Food Grade

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Cajeput & Pink Salt Dishwashing Tablets

This Australian Pink Salt is from a lake in Western Victoria, which is fed by natural salt aquifers. The lake dries out in the Summer, leaving beds of beautiful mineral rich pink salt. My new suppliers collaborate with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, who represent the Wimmera’s traditional land owners and only a small amount of pink lake salt is hand - harvested annually. This omits the need for mechanical harvesting = pollution. All harvesting is done by hand and members of the local Indigenous community are employed to help with it every year, through March or April, before the lake fills with the winter rains. The salt is also sun dried, so no manmade energy is used :)

Non - GMO and totally organic I have made the switch to ensure local Australian businesses are supported and traditional land owners and lands are respected. This is a much better alternative and with the conflicting evidence regarding Himalayan Pink Salt, a better one for my conscience.

Sugar Based Alcohol (Australian Cane Sugar By-Product)

 

Found In: Chrome & Glass Cleaner

Environmental Impact: Easily degradable and no traces of residue have been found in the environment. 100% Biodegradable - isopropyl alcohol will evaporate and biodegrade when in water.

Sugar Based Alcohol is produced from a biomass via a fermentation process using glucose derived from sugars (sugar cane and molasses), starch (corn, wheat, grains) or cellulose (forest products) as raw materials. In this form, it is completely renewable. 

Our Australian ethanol is made from waste products from sugar cane, the waste from starch production, and red sorghum. 
This means that ethanol production does not interfere with food production at all and we support more Aussie Farmers!

Health Concerns/Benefits: No adverse health effects - unless you drink it!

Commercial Alternative

2 - Butoxyethanol (2 - BE) and Glycol Eithers

Found In: Glass Cleaners

Environmental Impact: Can cause pulmonary adenoma, sore throats even liver and kidney damage and has been shown t o cause liver cancer in some animals.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Cuts through the grease on your pots and pans and can damage the reproductive system; overexposure can cause anaemia eye, nose and throat irritations and are also used in paint thinners.

Witch Hazel

  • Australian Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Room Sprays, Shoo!, Bush Mint After Sun Spray.

The leaves and bark of the North American witch - hazel bush produces an astringent liquid which is used in traditional medicine, herbalism, and  skincare products. This decoction was widely used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans and is typically sold in modern pharmacies as witch - hazel water. Witch - hazel water can be produced by maceration and by distillation.

Environmental Impact: None at all - so gentle you can put it straight on your face and Witch Hazel is used most commonly as a face toner.

It is used in Lil’Bit Room Sprays as it helps to solubilise the essential oils into the water without the need for alcohol.

Health Concerns: Nil.

Washing Soda ( Calcium Sodium Carbonate & Sodium Chloride )

  • Australian/USDA Certified Organic

  • Vegan Friendly

  • Naturally Mined

  • Cruelty Free

 

Found In: Cajeput & Pink Salt Dishwashing Tablets

Environmental Impact: None! Non - toxic and 100% Biodegradable! 68% water and was originally made from the ashes of seaweed and other sea vegetation which differs to timber ash because it contains more salt.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Totally Safe.

Commercial Alternatives:

 

Phthalates

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soaps, Dishwasher Tablets/Powders, Toilet Cleaners, Glass Cleaners, All Purpose/Disinfectant Sprays, Deodorisers and Room Sprays, Leather Cleaners

Health Concerns/Benefits: WARNING!!! Men with higher phthalate compounds found in their blood also had a reduced sperm count, according to a study conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through smelling, we can also absorb them through skin via scented soaps.

 

Chlorine/Bleach

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Toilet Cleaners, Dishwasher Tablets/Powders, Disinfecting and All Purpose Sprays.

Environmental Impact: Once it leaves your drain, it forms ‘organochlorines’ which are highly toxic to fish and aquatic life.

Health Concerns/Benefits: It can not only burn your skin but also cause damage to your lungs when inhaled and ha s been known be disrupt the thyroid!

Coal Tar Dyes

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soap, Glass Cleaner, Disinfecting and All Purpose Sprays.

Environmental Impact: Made from petrochemicals, which contain trace amounts of heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Synthetic dyes have been linked to various cancers and are known to affect the nervous system. These dyes can easily be absorbed through skin or even eaten when soap residue is left on dishes.

 

Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs)

Found In: Toilet Cleaners, Deodorisers and Air Fresheners

Environmental Impact: Can cause adverse reproductive effects in fish and other aquatic organisms.

Health Concerns/Benefits: NPE’s degrade into other chemicals called nonylphenols (NPs), which can mimic the hormone oestrogen and has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells.

Phosphates

Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soaps and Dishwasher Tablets/Powders

Environmental Impact: This is actually a fertiliser when it's in water , so high levels, promote awful algal blooms and increase weed growth - clogging water treatment plant filtration systems, waterways and stifling oxygen levels which is bad news for turtles, fish and frogs.

Health Concerns/Benefits: Some kinds of algae b looms are toxic to land animals and people who drink the water.

*Essential Oils take time, patience and skill to extract. And we only use Certified Organic essential oils. They are the best you can buy and this is something we will not compromise on. Our oils are pure, unadulterated and high potency. The alternative is to use sub-standard oils that are blended with inferior and cheaper botanicals, or oils diluted with carrier oils which come from huge commercial farms that use insecticides to protect flowers (therefore killing bee colonies). But that would defeat the entire purpose of making the world a better place, right?

I first became fascinated by natural extracts when I was a manager at Jurlique – a skin care company in Australia. They taught me the benefits of pure organic ingredients – and why they are worth the extra cost. Organic products (whether it’s fresh produce or cleaning products) use fewer chemicals in       their production. Unfortunately there is more labor and cost in organic farming, and certification itself is an expensive process.

 

People are slowly coming around to paying a few extra dollars for organic as they are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits for both the environment and our health. The more people buy,  the more costs will come down. At Lil’Bit we keep the prices down by buying our ingredients in bulk.

But to make these products smell like heaven we need to use the best essential oils – and that doesn’t come cheap.

 

Cold Pressing: Used for things fruits like citrus, where the rind of fruits are added to a large container where they are pricked with thousands of small, rotating needle-like pins to burst the oil pockets contained in the skin. The oil then drips into a collection container and filtered, labeled and sent on its way.

 

Steam Distillation: Used mainly for floral and some spice extraction. The botanicals are placed on a large grid that sits above water inside a copper still. The heat gently evaporates the plant oils which mix with the rising steam. Then the steam rises into a condenser where it will be cooled and turned back to liquid. The water and oil separate during this process and the oil is siphoned off.  

 

Solvent Extraction: Used to make an ‘absolute’ oil, it is used for the most potent and prized type of essential oils such as Rose, Neroli and Jasmine. A solvent is used to extract the odoriferous (scent) material from the botanical. Botanicals are placed in vats with the solvent and allowed to steep until a ‘concrete’ is achieved. A ‘concrete’ is the first step of making an ‘absolute’ and contains everything from the plant including waxes and resins. The ‘concrete’ is then added to pure alcohol to extract just the aromatic oils. This process is hugely expensive but does result in thicker, more concentrated oil. 

 

It takes 1,000 kilograms of rose petals from Grasse, France to make a mere 12ml of Absolute Oil, worth over $2,000 - Wowza!

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