Misinformation in the Natural World

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

Many of us have fallen prey to so much misinformation that is being thrown at us about what is in our products via blogs and well meaning friends. What do they say? Bad news travels fast!

In all reality, it’s been a great marketing boost for the DIY scene. While moving away from certain products has certainly been the right idea, some of the information has been a bit off.

That’s why we, at Shea + Coconut, spend hours making sure we understand what are the primary functions of each ingredient we use to create our formulations and how it can truly benefit your skin. We try to stay away from the negative aspects of the beauty industry and push out the positive and worth telling you information.

Everything said to be bad may not actually be bad. For instance, one of those scary rumors is, deodorant can cause cancer, and the truth is, there is no factual information this is true, there are just “maybe’s” from scientists. But, sometimes a maybe is enough to scare some people away from things. Better safe than sorry, right?

Our suggestion is, always check the facts. If your favorite blogger starts to promote certain information as true, ask them for their sources. It’s amazing how many blogs we read and so many of them don’t have an actual source for their information. We call this hearsay, and just like in the game telephone, information can be skewed.

Once it has been skewed, something else begins to pop up, “new and better” information, right? For instance, once the idea your deodorant will give you cancer was out there like wildfire, the DIY blog scene stepped in to “help” fill the void, and so many ran to more natural methods. In doing so, a lot of people got harmed. Many of those DIY blogs were happy to deliver recipes to their wide eyed consumers, who were happily reading them and hanging on every word. Many even started to make and sell their deodorant creations packed with baking soda to make up for true formulation education.

This misinformation led to many individuals having terrible skin reactions.These reactions were passed off as “detoxing” when in reality, detoxing should not cause you rashes. If you are having a bad reaction to your new natural deodorant, there is a pretty large chance there is entirely too much baking soda, essential oils, or you are having irritations with other ingredients in the product, or even intertrigo, or a host of other reasons.The best advice we could give is, see your doctor, but if you don’t find help there, do what a lot of people do, trial and error via your own research.

Baking soda isn’t all that bad, but the creators who put more than the recommended pH level amount in your deodorant are. Baking soda has its place, as it does wonders in balancing pH in many products you probably didn’t even know had baking soda in it. It ensures the bacteria in a product or on the skin cannot function [acid-base balance]. The recommended amount of baking soda should be less than 1% in a formulation, yes 1%! Imagine us reading a blog that recommended 50% baking soda, our mouths dropped to the floor! There is some really bad information out there and we are hoping to help in the “re-education of skin” , a new blog series we are putting out to help our consumers unlearn all the bad information that has polluted the internet ways!

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