Monday, February 18, 2008

To Smell or Not to Smell


Not all organic products are created equal. This first installment of In Preparation reviews two seemingly natural/ organic deodorants and their affects on you and me.

Tom’s of Maine Deodorant Stick Honeysuckle

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Tom’s Deodorant has a moderate hazard rating (4) and contains ingredients that have been linked to violations/ restrictions/ warnings, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) and enhanced skin absorption.

Makers of Tom’s, the Colgate-Palmolive Company have not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

The good news: Tom’s does not use mineral oil, petroleum or Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly which are some pretty harmful ingredients.

Jason Natural Cosmetics Naturally Fresh Unscented Stick

According to the EWG, Jason’s Unscented Stick has a low hazard rating (1) and contains ingredients that have been linked to violations/ restrictions/ warnings and multiple, additive exposure sources with contamination concerns.

Makers of Jason’s, the Hain Celestial Group have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

After reviewing the company in The Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and Practices, I agree with the statement that the Hain Celestial Group is one of the leading organic and natural food and personal care product companies worldwide.