What does safer (less toxins / more green) means to you?

A truly difficult one to answer…. According to the dictionary it is: existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.

Each of us has our own opinions about what is “natural” to us based on various personal reasons.

Most of us agree that ingredients sourced from plants which are minimally processed are “natural”, these would include processes like distilling (essential oils / hydrosols), pressing (getting oils from seeds and nuts). Mining for clays, baking soda and mica’s (natural colorants). Don’t be fooled thinking that “natural” products can’t be toxic. If for example certain essential oils are consumed they can be lethal. Then things seem to grey out as we progress onto the synthesized ingredients (lab made) such as emulsifying waxes, surfactants, etc. One person might be fine with using something that contains SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) and another would avoid it completely. Then we get to chemicals (I like to call the ones that we avoid toxic ingredients), as most things are made up of chemicals. As for example did you know that dihydrogen monoxide is the chemical name for a water molecule? Solvent extracts how do you feel about these? And that is where things get extremely tricky. 

For someone who is new to the safer / greener products we would suggest, that some research is conducted as too what ingredients you would be happy to use or consider using….for example are you happy to use sulphates, are you going to avoid parabens, do you think that items made from petroleum should be avoided, are you ok fluoride, etc.

Another topic which is causing great conversation is organic versus inorganic.

Ok so what do we know about organic - two definitions:

 1)     Food / produce produced by organic farming – which means that it must grown without herbicides, fertilizers and artificial chemicals as well as be non-GMO (genetically modified organism).  

        2)    Derived from living matter – living matter is classified as living items examples humans, trees, plants etc.

Inorganic’ also has 2 definitions:

        1)       Not derived from living matter

        2)      Compounds not containing carbon / relating to compounds which are not organic.

In the safer / greener products you have two options when buying for example essential oils. There is the organic version which was grown as the first explanation mentioned above and therapeutic version where pesticides might not have been used but due to neighbouring farmers using pesticides they can’t label the products as organic. The difference between the two grades mainly consists about affordability. Organic essential oil is much more expensive than therapeutic even though both grades work equally well. I guess with this topic you need to ask yourself the same question as to what you consider the safer / greener option and which one you can afford.

Summary of what to think about when considering the safer / greener options are:

       ·       Only you can decide what is safer / greener for you as each person has their own definition of “natural”.

       ·       Research individual chemicals in order to understand what they do and where they come from before just       writing them off.

       ·        Safety is paramount when deciding these things not “naturalness”.

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