In this post, Anonymous wrote: Ok, this definitely bothers me. I hate when science people try to make nature people being seen as stupid. I thought science people were smart, but this just makes them seem childish and ignorant. I'll teach you what "chemical-free" means. Chemical-free, in the natural and organic world, simply refers as a product that is not manufactured with man-made, lab-crafted chemicals, which differ pretty much of naturally-occurring chemicals. Refers to a product that does not contains the result of a questionable science experiment. Or a product that contains natural ingredients that hasn't undergone through any, or only one (like saponification of oils) chemical process. A little example, processed foods are chemical-filled foods while organic fruits and vegetables are "chemical-free". Do you see the difference? Which one you think is healthier for you?
The same with natural. I often read scientists that say that things like petroleum, chlorine or ammonia are natural. We don't care, natural is not just about including earth-derived ingredients, is about including natural ingredients that have benefits for the skin but are not harmful for health, like many of their conventional counterparts. So, is not relevant that chlorine, ammonia or poison ivy are natural, they're not going to be included in a product just because are natural, is just a matter of common sense. I believe, however, that is much needed a definition of "chemical-free" and "natural", to help science people to understand what that means, because after all, seems like they're lacking of common sense and just relying on what science has to tell them.
I'm alive! Do you have any scientific proof for that?
I take issue with a few comments here and I wanted to share with you four things that came up as I was reading this person's comment, and a concept that has been stuck in my head since last night. (And yes, I know that obvious troll is obvious, but I've had a few comments like this in the last few weeks, so I feel the need to address some of her points.)
The first point of interest is that my goal is never to make someone feel stupid. My goal is to offer information so you can make awesome products. If you read the post I wrote entitled Don't fear the science, you'll know that my goal is share what I've learned. I have nothing against those you call natural people; I do have something against people who choose to remain uneducated and rejoice in their ignorance.
I'm using the phrase natural people as per Anonymous's usage of the term. I hope it doesn't sound offensive!
My third point of interest is that chlorine and ammonia are natural. Chlorine is an element - you don't get more natural than that - and we find ammonia in all kinds of natural places, like our bodies or soil. If you've ever used a conditioner, you've used ammonia! I'm not going to put straight ammonia into any product, but to call ammonia non-natural is to have a complete lack of understanding about the most basic chemistry.
Can I prove Anonymous is alive through science? Um, yes. If we are taking about her body, I can watch her breathe, feel the warmth of her skin, listen for a heartbeat, take an EEG of brain waves, and so on. I'm really not sure why she wrote this last sentence because I can spend months, if not years, proving she is alive. If we're trying to figure out if she passes the Turing test, I would argue yes, I know she's not an AI based on the fact that an AI wouldn't make the mistake of calling something chemical free.
In the end, Anonymous, what you are saying bothers me because you're assuming that formulators of organic and natural products shun science, prefer to use incorrect terms, and want to remain uneducated about the products they buy or want to make. And what an insult to them! Please lose the condescending tone. I strive to make this blog all about the learning - I learn from you, you learn from me, we all learn from someone else who comments - and bringing that kind of aggressive tone makes it unsafe to open one's mind. I encourage you to tell me when you think I'm wrong (click here for that post), but it needs to be done in a respectful manner.
Thus endeth the rant...