I was asked the other day if my products had any nasty chemicals in them. I didn’t want to seem rude, but I didn’t know what kind of chemicals “nasty” referred too? (By definition everything on the planet is made of chemicals.) Nasty chemicals isn’t a scientific term, and if you google “chemicals in skin care” you get a horrifying array of misinformation and unscientific evidence. Usually written to support the writers agenda. When I am investigating ingredients I stay away from blog articles and sites that are selling their own products.
Perhaps they meant Toxic maybe? Seeing that’s the word being tossed around the internet and all the “natural” websites. Again if your using that term according to Merriam-Webster is : containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation.
Last time I checked there has never been a case of someone dropping dead after shampooing their hair or doing their laundry.
Now with that said, I’m not saying that all products are made equal. And we have definitely come along way in scientific studies checking the quality and safety of many ingredients. And eliminating many undesirable ingredients. But the claims that all mainstream cleaning products, cosmetics and beauty products contain toxic chemicals are a little absurd in my opinion. (Synthetically derived ingredients are often confused as “bad” when some are readily biodegradable, efficient and less costly both to the pocket book and the environment.)
The marketing strategy of listing all the toxic ingredients NOT contained in a product is overwhelming. And misleading, implying everyone else’s products DO contain bad and harmful ingredients. It is now banned in Europe to use “Free From” advertising. (And frankly some are just silly.)
Commonly used, regulated and thoroughly tested ingredients are safe if used and formulated correctly.
These are my own opinions, based on my own research and experience. I have not cited any studies and not claiming any scientific data. In the coming weeks I would like to do a series of ingredient posts and examine the pros and cons of some of these and why they are used in cleaning or personal care products. I will try to include the most up to date sources of information I can find.
I would love to know in the comments Which ingredients are you concerned about most and why?
And lastly I would like to mention to you that on a personal level I don’t want to play the marketing game. My business is based on the environmental impact plastic creates and my efforts to provide a solution by offering a refill option in my community. The products I sell for refill are good quality and work very well. They are locally sourced, safe and biodegradable.
Thanks for reading y’all, peace out ✌️