Archive for February, 2012

Organic and Natural Skin Care Trends Globally

February 17th, 2012

When new trends emerge it can be confusing. One example is the natural food and organic or natural skin care products trends. We all notice labels with the ingredients stated as “natural,” but what that word means isn’t always what you think. Have you noticed there has been a big trend in the last year towards using the words natural or organic on skin care product labels? The fact is that all the big brands now have lines of organic skin care products.

So how do we know these claims for “organic” or “natural” are real? Neither the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have provided a definition for the term “natural” except for within the meat and poultry industry. Therefore, the word “natural” on other products like skin care products doesn’t actually reflect any standard or mean anything at all.

Over the years many food manufacturers have been capitalizing on the confusion surrounding the term “natural.” Now that there are so many  natural skin care products being called natural, what does this really mean?  Does it mean that the ingredients are grown using methods that don’t rely on artificial substances or processes?  If a consumer sees a product described as natural, they might be fooled into buying it, even though it uses processes and substances they want to avoid, because there are no standards.

Even the term organic means different things in different contexts. Foods that have been labeled with the “USDA Organic” seal are 95 to 100-percent organic, which means that they use only the most natural methods and ingredients. Foods that bare the phrase “contains organic ingredients” typically contain less than 70 percent of truly organic ingredients. Here is what you should watch for when it comes to the term organic when used along with natural skin care products.

You should seek companies that make clear claims to back up their organic skin care products.  See if the products are made in a controlled lab environment with respect for quality and purity during the manufacturing process. Make sure they are using stainless steel tanks, paddles, and piping, and no plastic, silicone, or other harmful components. In other words, no raw materials should ever pass through plastic.

Furthermore, look for companies using safe packaging — environmentally sound and ingredient-protective. Check to see of the packaging is leach-free and EA, BPA-free. The products must remain free of second-hand synthetic chemicals and phthalates.

What’s more, make sure that the companies behind the natural skin care products that you use are committed to a clean America with clean energy, and that they are taking responsibility for cleaning up the environment by switching to clean energy, green building and alternative fuels.

The Dangers of Crystal Deodorants

February 3rd, 2012

Mineral salts are in the water we drink, and they are also in most of the foods we eat. Miceral salts are actually in the air we breathe as well.  Alum, in its natural form, is the third most abundant element that has been found in nature on earth.  Alum is a basic building block, and its has been part of our environment since the beginning.

However, there are some controversial and potentially harmful aluminums that are found in most many commercial antiperspirants For instance,  aluminum chlorohydrate, a neurotoxin that alters the function of the blood-brain barrier, and also aluminum zirconium.  This is a chemical that is used in most consumer deodorants and antiperspirants, and it can cause allergic reactions in some people. And, crystal deodorants are made of a natural mineral salt that  has been harvested directly from the earth. It is also known as alum.

Crystal deodorants help prevent body odor by creating a thin barrier above the skin so that bacteria cannot form, and it is the bacteria that cause odor. Crystal deodorants are made from natural mineral salts (alum).  Even though crystal deodorants do not use aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, or any other harmful aluminum, some people believe them to be dangerous to the skin.

Deodorants and antiperspirants are the most common products  used to control body odor in recent centuries, as deodorants mask, suppress or prevent body odor.  But they don’t reduce the amount of perspiration the body produces. On the other hand, antiperspirants are made from chemicals made to inhibit the activity of sweat glands. Even as deodorants are considered to be a cosmetic product (only controlling odors), antiperspirants are considered drugs.  Why? Because they affect the physiology of the body, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) controls any active ingredients that are used in antiperspirants due to this drug classification.

As of late there have been many claims that crystal deodorants, being promoted as all-natural deodorant alternatives to chemically laden commercial deodorants, are composed of mineral salts, which form a topical layer on the skin. In reality, many of the deodorants on the market today simply mask odor with fragrance.

Many people believe that salts in antiperspirants form temporary plugs in some of the sweat gland openings, and it is this that inhibits the secretion of moisture, or sweat.  Antiperspirants use the main ingredient which is an aluminum-based compound such as Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Aluminum Chloride, Tricholorohydrex Glycine, Aluminum Zirconium, or Aluminum Hydroxybromide orThese are all considered unhealthy ingredients.

It is for these reasons that Herbalix reasearched, tested and developed  the non-aluminum deodorant known as Herbalix Nighttime Detox Cream.