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Natural vs. Synthetic

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Natural vs. Synthetic

Now that we have defined what organic really means scientifically, lets explore natural vs. synthetic and try to better understand what that means to us as consumers. It's unfortunate that the word synthetic has such a negative connotation in today's world, there are many natural substances which are harmful and we would never think to use (snake venom and poison ivy for example), but the second someone sees or hears synthetic it is automatically bad and will cause some awful ailment. Let's look at this more closely.  Synthetic ingredients can be just as effective and may have certain advantages over...

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Understanding Sun Protection

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Understanding Sun Protection

There are two types of sunscreen.  Chemical and Physical.  Chemical screens ABSORB the sun's rays while physical ones REFLECT the rays. Physical sunscreens: titanium dioxide zinc oxide  Chemical sunscreens: octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnimate) octisalate (octyl salicylate) oxybenzone (benzophenone) What is SPF?  SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor which was developed by scientists who were studying physical sun damage in 15 minute increments.  In order to better understand what those numbers mean on your sunscreen bottle there is a formula which can be followed to estimate how long your sunscreen can protect you.  This applies to both physical and chemical sunscreens. Say...

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Organic Vs. Inorganic - The science behind the matter

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Organic Vs. Inorganic - The science behind the matter

This terminology is not to be confused with the terms Natural and Synthetic, although they seem to have become interchangeable lately, which is unfortunate because they are not one in the same.   Let's break this down. Scientifically speaking: An organic object is an object that contains carbon All living things, whether they are plants or animals, contain carbon The term organic is often used to mean "natural" because of its association with living things, the term also applies to things that have never been alive. Examples are: gasoline, plastics, synthetic fabrics, pesticides and fertilizers.  These products are manufactured from natural gas and oil,...

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