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Body/Oral Care FAQ

What is zinc oxide, and is it safe?

Zinc oxide (zincite) is a naturally occurring mineral that provides a white colour base for our cosmetic products as well as providing superior sun protection with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) absorption. It is a soft, heavy white mineral powder that creates a soothing, protective barrier for the skin, and it recognised by the TGA as a skin soothing and healing agent. It is eminently safe!

What is the pH of the soaps?

The pH of the soaps is around 9.

What is the pH of the Sunflower body wash?

The pH of the Sunflower body wash is between 5.5 and 6.5.

Do your soaps contain any water?

Water is used in the manufacturing process. You can’t make soap without water!

How are soaps made?

Soaps are made through the process of saponification. This is where alkaline substance (sodium hydroxide in hard soaps and potassium hydroxide in liquid soaps) is reacted with oil and it goes through a complete chemical reaction to form soap. It is a complete reaction: there is no oil and no alkali left. You cannot create soap without the process of saponification and you cannot have saponification without an oil and an alkali.

The hydroxide (lye) is a catalyst, and is neutralized during the soap making process as it reacts with the oils to form a completely different substance – soap. It does not remain as hydroxide, which is why soap does not burn skin as the hydroxide would do in its normal form.

oil + hydroxide (lye solution) → (saponification chemical reaction) → soap

What would you use on an abscess on someone’s leg?

I would recommend the Purifying Mineral Mask, which contains green clay – a potent healing and drawing agent.

Why do you use stevia in your toothpaste?

To sweeten it without contributing to dental caries! Our toothpastes require sweetening to counteract the saltiness of the bicarb soda.

Is a spray-on deodorant in the plans?

Current technology does not allow for such a product to be made organically. Our deodorant formulas are too thick to be sprayed.

After using Tahitian breeze deodorant I’m showing signs of pigmentation on my skin. Could it be due to the bergamot?

We have had a few reports of underarm skin discolouration with use of the deodorants. As it happens so rarely, and cannot be replicated by a different person using the exact same product, we have hypothesized that it is a reaction with certain individual’s body chemistry. It also happens with the Aroma Free version, which eliminates the possibility of it being the essential oils.

I just started using the Aroma Free deodorant and now I smell very strong of body odor. Why is this?

Most likely you are detoxing – especially if you’ve ever used antiperspirants. I would suggest you allow your body a couple more weeks to eliminate toxins, and your body odor will improve! In the mean time, you might like to carry it with you to reapply during the day. It should only last a few weeks. Chlorophyll containing products are great to clean out you body and lessen body odor (spirulina, barley grass, chlorella etc). If you don’t wish to persevere, you will need to take the product back to where you bought it. It’s not a specific ingredient that causes detoxing; it’s the absence of aluminum compounds in the products! Aluminum compounds block your pores, preventing healthy elimination of toxins via perspiration. This is what you body WANTS to do. Normal deodorants prevent this from happening, and you get a backlog of toxins. When you start using our product, your body can then begin eliminating.

The deodorants don’t stop me from perspiring. Why?

They are not antiperspirants, they are deodorants. They are designed to allow your body to eliminate toxins via perspiration, naturally. Although you sometimes have to put up with perspiration marks on your clothing, I think it is a small price to pay for the long-term health of your body.

My dentist is concerned about the lemon toothpaste affecting my tooth enamel, is this problematic?

No, our toothpastes are based on bicarb soda (sodium bicarbonate), which is naturally alkaline. The main component of tooth enamel is hydroxyapatite, which is dissolved by acids. Our toothpastes naturally neutralize plaque-acids that cause tooth-decay and enamel erosion.

I just started using the toothpaste; the top of my mouth is sore and slightly swollen and my gums are bleeding after brushing.

Since you’ve only been using it for a short while, you may be detoxing (eliminating toxins through your mucous membranes in your mouth). I’d suggest persisting through it. It should cease within a month, and the end result will be much healthier gums.

Isn’t bicarb soda abrasive on the teeth?

It may surprise some professionals to learn that baking soda is actually the least abrasive material for cleaning teeth.* That is why it is always been considered such a healthy choice in oral care. By dissolving into fine particles, baking soda gets into areas deep between teeth and along the gum line that other toothpastes cannot reach. It also penetrates into the tiny crevices in tooth enamel to dissolve intrinsic stains. Baking soda in toothpaste not only has ample scientific support, it has a proven track record. Today, dental professionals are realizing that baking soda remains a near-perfect ingredient for toothpaste because of its biological compatibility, ubiquitous nature and especially its low abrasivity. (1)

* Comparison based upon the RDA of baking soda versus the most commonly used abrasive cleaning agents in toothpastes.

Low Abrasivity.
Over the years, people have mistakenly concluded that baking soda is highly abrasive. It is true that patients may perceive a slightly gritty texture in toothpastes with baking soda, but the fact is, baking soda crystals are soft and will not scratch tooth enamel. Baking soda is a mild polishing agent which removes superficial stains. When mixed with water, much of baking soda breaks down into microscopic particles that get into areas of tooth enamel other toothpastes cannot reach. These baking soda particles then dissolve deeper stains. Bottom line: Studies prove baking soda is actually the least abrasive polishing agent (2) as well as highly soluble in water, making it gentle on enamel, dentin and soft tissue. (3,4,5)

Deep Cleaning for Plaque and Stain Removal. (6,7)
Brushing with sodium bicarbonate Toothpaste has been proven to be highly effective for removing more plaque6 in hard to reach places. And since baking soda is a natural buffer, it helps maintain the mouths natural pH level as it neutralizes food acids, even after brushing. (7)

Whiter Teeth With Low Abrasion.
Toothpastes with baking soda have the ability to remove plaque and everyday stains with low abrasion, helping keep teeth whiter and brighter.8 They are gentle enough to be used in conjunction with bleaching procedures to help patients maintain their white smiles.

Oral Malodor.
Bad breath can be a major source of concern for patients. Baking soda has been clinically proven to provide effective and lasting improvements in oral malodor, by neutralizing the Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) that cause bad breath. Toothpastes with baking soda provide lasting protection against bad breatheven in patients whose baseline malodor was strong.9

References:
1. Putt, Mark S.; Milleman, Kimberly; Ghassemi, Annahita; Vorwerk, Linda; Hooper, William; Soparkar, Pramod M; Winston, Anthony E; Proskin, Howard, M. J Clin. Dent 19, 111-119, 2008.
2. Lehne RK, Winston AE. Abrasivity of sodium bicarbonate. Clin Prev Dent. 1983. Jan-Feb;5(1):17-18.
3. Koertge TE. Management of dental staining: can low-abrasive dentifrices play a role? Compend Contin Educ Dent Suppl. 1997;18(21):S33-8; quiz S47. Read Abstract
4. Newbrun E. The use of sodium bicarbonate in oral hygiene products and practice. Compend Contin Educ Dent Suppl. 1997;18(21):S2-7; quiz S45. Read Abstract
5. Meyers IA, McQueen MJ, Harbrow D, Seymour GJ. The surface effect of dentifrices. Aust Dent J. 2000;45(2):118-124.
6. Mankodi S, Berkowitz H, Durbin K, Nelson B. Evaluation of the effects of brushing on the removal of dental plaque. J Clin Dent. 1998;9(3):57-60.
7. Kashket S, Yaskell T. Effects of a high-bicarbonate dentifrice on intraoral demineralization. Compend Contin Educ Dent Suppl. 1997;18(21):S11-16.
8. Koertge TE, Brooks CN, Sarbin AG, Powers D, Gunsolley JC. A longitudinal comparison of tooth whitening resulting from dentifrice use. J Clin Dent. 1998;9(3):67-71.
9. Brunette DM, Proskin HM, Nelson B. The effects of dentifrice systems on oral malodor. J Clin Dent. 1998;9(3):76-82. Read Abstract

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