August 22, 2019

With Sam's, Know What Is In YOUR Personal Care ProductsAre you confused with all the terms marketers are bombarding you with these days on product labels? So are we.  So many labels boast this or that-free, but don’t tell you what’s actually in it. It pays to do your homework. We’re all about truth and transparency, so here’s what we know. It really is pretty simple.

“Chemical free” really isn’t a thing. Fun fact. Everything has a chemical composition.  Without chemicals, we don’t exist. Period. In fact, you and I are largely made up of oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorous. Ditto for all living things and everything mother nature creates. So, nothing can truly be “chemical free.”

Not all chemicals are created equal. Here’s where you need to pay attention. The consumer products industry has been formulating chemical additives (often called specialty chemicals) for nearly a century. Most personal care products you purchase contain lab-created ingredients.In the past, we may not have thought or worried about these chemicals, but research is showing we should. Take triclosan for example. It’s an antibacterial chemical that was originally a pesticide but found its way into many of our soaps and personal care products, including deodorant. Now it’s banned by the FDA because of long term health concerns (except for toothpaste, go figure). Same goes for 18 other chemicals.

Now, we’re not saying all chemical additives are bad or harmful. It’s just tough to know which ones you can use with confidence and which ones might present a problem either now or down the road. So, that said, here are some ways you can limit the chance of encountering issues from using products with additives:

Read the label. Next time you go to pick up your “go-to” brand, take a look at the label. Anything you apply to your skin is absorbed into your body’s ecosystem. If your anti-perspirant lists ingredients such as aluminum-based compounds (most do), consider whether you want your body to be absorbing these compounds.  

Look for products that work without using chemical additives. Chemical additives are designed to either make a product work or last longer. Looking for products that work well without the use of chemical additives can meet your need without unnecessary risk. 

Buy products from companies you can trust. The source does matter. Understanding the company that makes your personal care products can go a long way to understanding their approach to formulating and producing their products. What is their commitment to their customer and to the environment? Here at Sam’s, we’re all about using naturally effective and sustainable ingredients and packaging. Every product we sell is formulated to work and be free of harmful chemicals. In fact, we think our list of ingredients is the best thing about our label.

Know What Is In YOUR Personal Care Products


ALSO IN SAM'S NATURAL BLOG

January 10, 2020

Aluminum Free Deodorant | Natural Deodorant

Have you ever broken down the word antiperspirant? By definition, anti means ‘against’ and perspirant, or perspire, means ‘to give out sweat through the pores of the skin.’ This means that deodorant products labeled as antiperspirants are fighting against your body’s sweating process and, in fact, are quite literally blocking it from occurring.

Exactly how are these products stopping my sweat in its tracks, you may ask? One of the primary active ingredients in most commercial antiperspirants is aluminum, or more specifically, aluminum salts. These salts work to block the sweat ducts and reduce the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface. Even though the sweat is blocked from leaving the pores, it still continues to be produced under the skin, which can potentially lead to blocked hair follicles and cysts through consistent use.

December 05, 2019

Deodorant Stains: Prevention & Removing

Stains. We’ve all been there, done that. We’ve all dribbled a sip of our morning coffee down the front of our dress shirts, dropped a French fry drenched in ketchup on our laps, and yellowed the pits of our light-colored shirts from a combination of deodorant and sweating throughout the day. While the former two scenarios are simply unfortunate accidents that might result in having to go new clothes shopping, deodorant stains are generally avoidable and should never have to be on your list of things to worry about. In fact, the majority of our customers never even encounter the issue, but it never hurts to practice prevention too!

So, what tricks can you keep up your sleeve to make sure your favorite shirt never suffers from those dreaded pit paintings?

November 20, 2019

It Works!

One of the things we often hear from people who haven’t tried our natural deodorant is “I’ve heard natural deodorants don’t really work, they don’t last, they don’t help with sweat, they don’t make you feel confidently protected.” We started Sam’s knowing that we needed to shatter the misconceptions surrounding natural products and natural deodorant in particular. We needed to provide a healthy and safe alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants with effectiveness as our number one priority, and that’s exactly what we did.