Saturday, May 25, 2013

Natural Glow

"Flawless, Natural-Looking Color." "Finally! Great Color Without Odor!"

Apparently, what it takes to get a truly natural glow, is a lot of chemicals. According to Jergens, Kao USA, anyway. You can achieve a truly natural glow with their product line. Without the odor! In just 3 days!

Let's define our terms, shall we?

nat·u·ral  

/ˈnaCHərəl/
Adjective
Existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.

Hmmm. So. Did Jergens reach out into Nature and pluck this product from a tree? I don't think so, but I could be wrong. Let's look at the ingredients list, shall we?
WATER, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, DIHYDROXYACETONE, MINERAL OIL, CETEARETH-20, PETROLATUM, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, TOCOPHEROL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE, STEARIC ACID, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE, BHT, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, DMDM HYDANTOIN, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, FRAGRANCE, ERYTHRULOSE, CARAMEL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, MICA.

I'm no scientist, but I seem to suspect that maybe just maybe some ingredients in this product were *created* in, oh, I don't know, a LAB by humankind. Again, I could be wrong. 

I don't care about this product. Go ahead, use it. The tubes will be on the planet long after your natural glow has faded under the onslaught of chemotherapy. But can we just please be a little more discerning of our terms, and the names we throw out there, and think about things as we buy them? Can we demand that companies be a little less irresponsible, a little less stupid? Can we demand better for ourselves? Can we just accept that it's OK to be pale, so as not to slather ourselves with needless chemicals, while adding more trash to the planet?

Am I asking too much?

Probably.