Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What’s That Smell?

Debby, my green guru from Real Green Goods (www.realgreengoods.com), doesn’t sell anything through her store/site that contains fragrance. Apparently, parfum is pervasive—it's in almost everything from shampoo to sun block. Funny how we associate certain scents with clean, even with the source of that scent is probably quite “dirty.”

Actually, it’s not funny at all.

Yesterday, I was on a mission to replace most of the beauty items in my house with fragrance-free items and it was quite a challenge. Eventually, I found shampoo, conditioner, soap, tooth paste, mouth wash, lotion, and a few others things. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share my thoughts on each with you. In the meantime, I’ll tell you about my latest find: Biokleen (www.biokleen.com).

My mother, the most generous person on the planet—really, I’ve checked—is always coming over to visit and bearing gifts, usually of the utilitarian variety like dishwashing liquid. Even though my Mom understands we’re green, she doesn’t typically bring over green products. It’s hard to say anything negative when someone gives you a gift, and Mark and I usually donate her donations to charity (although I never really feel right about giving away something I won’t use because it’s not green enough . . . . but it’s use it or waste it, and wasting it isn’t really an option).

Anyway, my Mom showed up recently with Biokleen dishwashing liquid. I’d never heard of it and was somewhat suspicious. But it works like a charm and almost made washing the dishes a pleasure instead of a chore. The company was founded in 1989, so they’ve had some time to get it right; plus, you know they haven’t just jumped on the green band wagon.

By the way, here’s a link to the product: http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=162241&catid=83721

Question of the blog: How do you feel about the pervasiveness of parfum?

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