My philosophy regarding natural products drives my choices, my research and my writing. And therefore it is important to share with you.
My philosophy is simple. Products must work. And they should be as clean as possible. In that order.
Let me explain. I believe it is far more important for a product to do its job than to be clean. But if I can find a product that works exceptionally, and is also outrageously clean, then you can be sure I'm off somewhere doing a celebratory jig. (Side note: I am known to obsessively research until I find a product that satisfies both of these requirements, rather than settling. I am persistent and stubborn. Oh, you already knew that? Hrm.)
When I can't find a product that meets both these criteria, I will use the one that works. I'm not saying I'll be happy about it, but I can be reasonable. Sometimes.
I am also an avid supporter of the precautionary principle. I believe an ingredient must be proven safe before it can be used, instead of proving the hazards before it must be removed. This puts the burden of proof on companies to show that their products are safe, rather than shouldering the watchdogs with the burden of eliminating unsafe ingredients already widely in use. As a result, you may notice me avoiding ingredients that have not been proven beyond a doubt to cause any disease or reaction. But as long as there is suspicion about an ingredient, I will make an effort to avoid it.
How do you decide what is safe and where to compromise?
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Image courtesy of:
1. Wikipedia: The Thinker, Auguste Rodin