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I received an e-mail last night from someone who notes she is a formulator of mostly natural bath and body products, and that she was writing to me "even though I know you have little love for formulators like me", meaning natural bath and body formulators. Where did this idea arise that I don't like natural formulators or their products?
I like natural bath and body products and I like natural bath and body formulators. I make a lot of what some people would call anhydrous natural body products like lotion bars, oil based sprays, and whipped butters - products without preservatives or synthetic ingredients - and I have seen some amazing natural products made with natural (or as I call them, minimally processed ingredients) like my favourite anise flavoured lip balm from Prairie Naturals.
I think of natural ingredients like oils, butters, extracts, and so on as minimally processed as opposed to natural. All of our natural ingredients have to be processed in some way - bees and honey have to be removed from beeswax before its cleaned, olives have to be pressed, extracts have to be dried and ground into powder - because you wouldn't just throw an olive into a lotion!
I get upset over three things when it comes to the all natural crowd (although these tend to be the actions of the larger companies, not smaller formulators...)
The first is the "we don't use this" crowd, and I've already blogged about that. These types try to make their products stand out by stating what they don't use, and they tend to forget to include what they do use. "We don't use SLS" in our lotion bars. Well, of course you don't; no one would.
The second is the "hide it under something else" crowd, the ones who put preservatives under "perfum" and claim to be preservative free!
The third is the "strainin' to do some explainin' " crowd who actively lie about their products, saying silly things like silicone comes from sand, therefore it must be natural.
I love natural products and those who formulate them, as long as they are being safe and truthful. If a formulator is leaving the preservative out of a water based creation because they want to be all natural, they're being unsafe, and that worries me. If a formulator is leaving ingredients off their list or cutting corners to qualify for the category of "natural" or to gain customers, that's when I lose all respect. On the other hand, if someone can formulate a lovely product made from minimally processed ingredients that is effective and safe, then I will stand up and applaud their efforts.
Each of us started on this wonderful journey through the land of bath and body products for different reasons, and over time we have developed different philosophies about which products we make and which ingredients we use. That's the great thing about making our own products - we can pick and choose what we make, what ingredients we leave in or take out, and how much of each we want to use. We can truly customize each product to represent who we are, what we need, and in what we believe. As long as those choices are made with safety in mind, I respect and honour those philosophies.
Personally, I like to use a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients for their skin feel, effect on my skin or hair, ease of use when formulating, stability, or cost. I make these decisions based upon my research on the ingredients, my crazy mad experiments in the workshops, and the comments from my testers. I would never use just synthetic ingredients as there are far too many botanical extracts, hydrosols, oils, butters, proteins, and complexes that take my creations from nice to awesome, but I like to have a full pallet of ingredients from which I can choose. But that's just my opinion, which is reflected in my recipes and this blog.
I like all natural stuff, as long as it's made properly and safely! I hope this clarifies my position on this topic.