The Antidote

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

NY Times skewers "natural" claims of beauty products

Natural does not equal healthier, nor does it even equal, well, natural. An article in today's Times skewers the marketing ploys of a variety of beauty products available at stores like Whole Foods, and reiterates that there's no evidence that individual ingredients benefit health or beauty, or that claims of their natural or organic provenance are even necessarily true. Manufacturers profit handsomely on consumers' emotional beliefs that natural is somehow better.
"We’re seeing an increased consciousness that what you put on your body is as important as what goes in your body,” said Jeremiah McElwee, the senior coordinator in charge of personal care at Whole Foods, which is the company’s fastest-growing department. “The biggest impetus for buying natural or organic body care is the perceived health benefit.”
Emphasis on "perceived."

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