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