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What is Triclosan? And what’s it doing in my Deodorant?

The original deodorants, before we perfected one of the first natural deodorants on the market today, was full of toxins including triclosan (linked by research to breast cancer). In addition, hand sprays have always made me cringe, especially the ones all colored pink or blue that probably contain at least Red Dye ### and more. Needless to say, we just don’t have to kill every germ on the planet. So when I finally saw my house mate switching to natural products like organic apple cider vinegar and water for cleaning surfaces, it made me seriously smile. By not killing all the germs around us, we are leaving the ‘good’ bacterial to do its job.

Think of putting a household cleaner on your skin. That’s basically what you are doing when you use a product containing Triclosan.

This is a chemical now being linked to the weakening of our immune systems.

So what is Triclosan?

Triclosan is a chemical compound that is produced by partially oxidizing benzene or benzoic acid. It is used in everything from utensils to body care products to toys because it is highly soluble in water. It has been linked to disruption of the immune system, impediment of muscle function, amplification of testosterone and finally has the attention of the FDA.

One big concern about triclosan is posed by Dr. Aiello, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan: "When you expose bacteria to triclosan, it can elicit antibiotic resistance," says Aiello. "Once the resistance is transferred, [pathogenic] bacteria can become resistant to many types of antibiotics."

So what is the best way to clean your hands?

Good old fashioned soap and water. Whistle while you wash your hands about 24 seconds to get out the dirt and grime. Suds up, wash under your finger nails, take your time (we tell our kids) and you will reduce the risk of diarrhea and be sick less often.

When it isn’t always possible to wash with natural soap and water, pick any one of our artisan soaps or organic liquids.

In our products, we carefully combined the anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil, lavender and lemongrass with a witch hazel and aloe vera base. We are confident that our recipe equals the [bad] germ killing properties of many hand sanitizers out today, but keeps the good germs around by avoiding the toxins and effectively stopping the growth of Staph infections and e-coli.

The aloe vera acts as a duo-purpose carrier for the oils, while moisturizing your skin quite nicely.

Enjoy any of Mooseberry’s organic body, linen & room sprays. Keep one in your purse and one in the car. Wash your hands whenever possible. Purchase a natural deodorant that is Triclosan-free.


by Mary Bartolotta, Owner, Mooseberry Soap Company

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