November 19, 2009 1 min read
Our old school Rocky fans will remember our popular vanilla products. We had a body butter and a bar soap that were star performers. When we found out that the vanilla extract we had sourced was only 99.99% natural. This sparked the debate that ended when we made the commitment to produce only 100% natural products. We stopped making the vanilla products, even though they were best sellers, and many customers were disappointed at their discontinuation.
Our logic was this: What was to differentiate us from the other nearly-natural products on the market if we didn’t commit wholly to being 100% natural? There is much noise in the marketplace about ‘all-natural’, ‘organic’, ‘naturally-derived’, and ‘botanically-based’ which, lets face it, live in a huge gray area and don’t really mean anything specific. Even something that is labeled as organic only has to use 95% organic ingredients, the other 5% could be any synthetic chemical they want it to be. 100% Natural was as specific as we could get. We defined what 100% natural means to us on our website for those who need more details, since all kinds of sustainability and nature-identical questions could arise from this.
What are your thoughts on this debate? Is it important to you that your personal care products are 100% natural? Why or why not?
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