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natural ingredient resource center A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils

natural ingredient resource center Whole Foods Facing a Class-Action Suit Over False “Natural” Labeling Claims

natural ingredient resource center Heinz hides GMO corn in 'all natural' vinegar, lawsuit alleges

natural ingredient resource center Natural Skin Remedies for Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris

natural ingredient resource center Beware of 'natural' pretender foods that pose as organic

natural ingredient resource center FDA Denies Court Request To Define “Natural”

natural ingredient resource center GMO and ‘Natural’ Food Fight: Treacherous Terrain in 2014

natural ingredient resource center Big Food Companies Push to Label Genetically Modified Products as “Natural”

natural ingredient resource center Pepsi Settles Naked Juice Lawsuit for 'All Natural'

natural ingredient resource center Natural Food Certifiers to phase out products containing GMOs

natural ingredient resource center Coping with the loss of a beloved animal friend

natural ingredient resource center Oppose Safe Cosmetics Act HR5786

natural ingredient resource center Under The Guise of Preservation

natural ingredient resource center Updated List of Threatened Aromatic Plants Used in the Aromatic Industry

natural ingredient resource center Over Regulation is Destroying Natural Aromatics

natural ingredient resource center Presentation by Cropwatch on Over Regulation
Presented at the 38th ISEO Conference in Graz Austria
(To view - click on link and then click save to download it to your computer)

natural ingredient resource center Salt Water Baths

natural ingredient resource center The Making of Essential Oils – Steam Distillation, Absolutes, and CO2's Explained

natural ingredient resource center Bach Flower Essences - The Twelve Healers

natural ingredient resource center A Brief History of Body care& Perfume

natural ingredient resource center Soap for Health - Preventing Colds & Flu

natural ingredient resource center Preservative Tinosan SDC

natural ingredient resource center Truth in Labeling; great idea…..but does that mean on your website too?

natural ingredient resource center Herbal Medicine for the Skin - their chemistry and effects on skin and mucus membranes

natural ingredient resource center The Role of Natural Ingredients in Anti-Aging of the Skin

natural ingredient resource center How to Make Sure Your Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Are Safe

natural ingredient resource center Natural Skin Care — Excerpts from an Interview with Cosmetic Chemist, Paul Lieber

natural ingredient resource center Natural Flavors Anyone?

natural ingredient resource center Yoga for the Small Business Owner

natural ingredient resource center The Soul of Little Lilac

natural ingredient resource center Product Testing by Cindy Jones of SageScript Institute

natural ingredient resource center The power of plants or Are you a true herb lover?

natural ingredient resource center Minerals and Colorants

natural ingredient resource center Digging for the Real Truth in Cosmetic Labeling

natural ingredient resource center Tea Tree Oil Situation by Kendra Kirkham

natural ingredient resource center Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose

natural ingredient resource center Hydrosols by Martin Watt

natural ingredient resource center Hydrosols by Tony Burfield

natural ingredient resource center Organic Industry Enjoys Harvest

natural ingredient resource center Natural Parabens by Anthony Dweck

natural ingredient resource center Natural Preservatives by Anthony Dweck

natural ingredient resource center Grapefruit Seed Extract
natural ingredient resource center Citricidal Interview

natural ingredient resource center Article on Citricidal® Brand Grapefruit Seed Extract

natural ingredient resource center Identification of Benzethonium Chloride in commercial GSE

natural ingredient resource center Cosmetics with grapefruit seed extract/preservatives

natural ingredient resource center Ecofriendly pesticides are not what they seem
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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:: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. ~ What ingredients are considered natural colors?
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the arm of the federal government which regulates the use of color additives in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. "Natural" color additives are classified by the FDA as "Exempt from Certification". These colors come directly from plants or animals such as seeds (annatto), roots (turmeric), vegetables (red cabbage, beet juice), algae (beta carotene), insects (carmine), fruits (grape juice), etc. These exempt colors are regulated by the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Part 73. There are 28 such natural colors permitted for use in cosmetics.

Q. ~ What ingredients are considered artificial colors?
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Coal Tar Dyes, FD&C and/or Lake Colors are considered artificial colors.  Mineral pigments are not considered artificial colors.

Q. ~ What about ingredients that don't fit the NIRC "Natural" Criteria, because while they are originally made from natural raw materials, they undergo significant processing or refining?
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Those ingredients are often called *naturally sourced*; "as having come from, in part or in whole, a natural organic source at one time. These ingredients are far from natural, but they may have naturally derived components as their original source." [Reprinted with Permission; Essential Wholesale]. "Naturally sourced" ingredients don't count toward the percentages of natural ingredients in a natural product since they more closely fit the definition for synthetic.

Q. ~ Is there such a thing as "Natural Soap"?
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Both science and history document that, although rare, soap is indeed found in nature.  However, the "True Soap" we see for sale in stores, is made by combining fat from plants or animals and an alkali, called "lye".  

Lye refers to sodium hydroxide [aka caustic soda, chemical formula NaOH] or potassium hydroxide [aka caustic potash, chemical formula KOH]. When combined, this chemical reaction called saponification occurs; resulting in soap [an alkali salt of fatty acids] and glycerin being produced. 

The handmade soap maker leaves the glycerin in their soap.  In commercial soap making, this ingredient is often removed and sold as a by-product. [see below]

Many people consider soap to be a synthetic product since it is the result of a chemical reaction between fats and lye, and/or because lye is usually manufactured in a factory setting in modern times, and some consider it to be synthetic. However, the lye, used to make soap, is no longer in the soap in the form of an ingredient in the finished consumer product.

The fatty acids and alkali have chemically changed into the finished product we call "true soap". The FDA interprets the term "soap" to apply only when the bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds, and the product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap [21 CFR 701.20].

Therefore, since the FDA considers "true soap" to be a safe enough product that it is exempt from ingredient labeling requirements, and since soap found in or produced by nature is not a safe or superior product, we feel the natural products industry and consumers will be best served by allowing a 'soap exemption' and permitting a "true soap", made with ONLY natural raw materials and lye, to be labeled as "natural soap".

However, we require that "true Soap", labeled as "natural soap", have ingredient labeling to help prevent the misuse of the natural soap label. 

For more info see the NIRC "Truth in Labeling" Natural Product Labeling Guidelines.

Q. ~ Is glycerin a natural ingredient?
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It depends.  The glycerin formed during the process of making soap, is the result of the saponification process. In cold and hot process soap making, that naturally occurring glycerin is left in the raw and finished soap.  That glycerin would be considered part of the "true soap" rather than a separate ingredient.  It occurs as a result of the natural biological process.

However, the process necessary to remove glycerin from raw soap, is not considered minimal processing.  It requires more processing that that which could take place in a household kitchen, stillroom, on a farm, or vineyard.  Glycerin removed from raw soap and sold as a single ingredient, is not natural, however it would be considered naturally sourced.


:: Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

natural ingredient resource center The Aromatic Plant Project is an educational organization and assists people in finding the correct essential oil and hydrosol distillers and distillation equipment for their needs. They are a non-profit educational organization here to support American Agriculture and its natural products. www.aromaticplantproject.com

natural ingredient resource center AromaWeb offers over 250 pages of aromatherapy and essential oil articles, essential oil profiles, recipes, as well as important safety information. A very important web site to visit to learn more about the safe use of essential oils! www.aromaweb.com

natural ingredient resource center The Aromatherapy Global Online Research Archives [AGORA] is a unique non-commercial, website, contributed to by about eighty people world-wide. Their mission is to promote the serious, intelligent and SAFE use of essential oils for healing the body, mind and spirit. Some of the links don't appear to be working but I suspect that is a temporary problem. http://nature-helps.com/agora/agora.html

natural ingredient resource center NAHA National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

natural ingredient resource center Read a wonderful article about aromatherapy in this article which originally appeared in Vegetarian Times [PDF, reprinted with permission]: Scent of a Woman: Aromatherapy comes of age by Barbara Tunick


:: Botanicals & Herbs

natural ingredient resource center American Botanical Council
6200 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723

natural ingredient resource center A Modern Herbal
first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve

natural ingredient resource center Community herbal monographs
European Medicines Agency

natural ingredient resource center NCCAM Policy: Natural Product Integrity
National Institutes of Health

natural ingredient resource center IRT: GMO Health Risk Information
Institute for Responsible Technology

Take Action by clicking the picture below: GMOs are not natural


 
:: Organic Products

natural ingredient resource center Learn more about organic ingredients and organic product labeling efforts by visiting the web sites for these organizations;

Organic Consumers Association
6101 Cliff Estate Rd, Little Marais, MN 55614

:: The NIRC endorses the "Coming Clean Organic Bodycare Campaign" 

natural ingredient resource center Organic Trade Association
PO Box 547, Greenfield MA 01302

natural ingredient resource center Read about the organic labeling of cosmetics in this article which originally appeared in Vegetarian Times [PDF, reprinted with permission]: Organic personal care products defined by Vicky Uhland


   
Gene Watch GeneWatch UK is a not-for-profit group that monitors developments in genetic technologies from a public interest, human rights, environmental protection and animal welfare perspective. We work on all aspects of genetic technologies - from GM crops and foods to genetic testing of humans.

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:: FDA Labeling Requirements

natural ingredient resource center Cosmetic Labeling Guide

natural ingredient resource center Cosmetic Labeling & Label Claims Overview

natural ingredient resource center Labeling Regulations Applicable to Cosmetics

natural ingredient resource center Aromatherapy Product Information

natural ingredient resource center Food: Ingredients, Packaging & Labeling


Synthetic Ingredient Alerts

:: Synthetic Fragrances

The concerns about health issues and pollution surrounding the use of synthetic fragrances are so important for consumers, manufacturers and retailers to learn more about, that we have devoted an entire web page to information and links to help visitors to our web site learn more.  We STRONGLY encourage the use of natural ingredients such as pure, natural steam or water distilled essential oils in place of potentially hazardous synthetic fragrances. Learn more...


:: Synthetic Preservatives

Preservative chemicals found in samples of breast tumors

NEW SCIENTIST
Cosmetic chemicals found in breast tumors
12 January 04

NewScientist.com news service

Their analysis of 20 breast tumors found high concentrations of para-hydroxybenzoic acids (parabens) in 18 samples. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. The preservatives are used in many cosmetics and some foods to increase their shelf-life.

"Previously published studies have shown that parabens are able to be absorbed through the skin and to bind to the body's estrogen-receptors, where they can encourage breast cancer cell growth."

Journal reference: Journal of Applied Toxicology
(vol 24, p5)

Source: www.newscientist.com

natural ingredient resource center For an alternate view - Read  Natural Parabens by Anthony Dweck


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:: Business Ethics

Business Ethics online - The magazine of corporate responsibility

Green America - Economic action for a just planet

Global Exchange - International human rights organization

Fair Trade Certified - third-party certifier of fair trade products

Business Ethics Pledge - create a moral code of business ethics based on honesty, integrity and quality.


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:: Toxic Chemicals for Cosmetic Purposes

"New York, Sept. 24, 2004 -- A full-page advertisement in USA Today challenges cosmetics companies to come clean about whether they plan to remove toxic chemicals that are banned in the European Union from products sold on American shelves. The advertisement was placed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of US health and environmental groups."

"Chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects do not belong in products we use on our bodies. However, some popular brands of shampoo, deodorant, face cream and other everyday products contain these dangerous chemicals. The European Union has a new law that requires cosmetics companies to remove reproductive toxins, mutagens and carcinogens from personal care products. This law went into force in early September 2004. Cosmetics companies need to make these safer products available for all of us."

 

 

 

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