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What are “naturally derived” ingredients and how do they compare to ingredients that are actually natural?

"Natural", “naturally occurring”, "naturally derived" or "plant-derived". What is the difference? There is no legal definition for these terms. And unfortunately, it is hard to know exactly how “natural” these types of ingredients and products are.

The superpowers of clove for healthy teeth & gums
The clove is an aromatic dried flower bud from a tropical evergreen of the same name. Originating from Indonesia’s Spice Islands (aka, Maluku Islands), cloves have a long history as a highly-valued commodity, being worth their weight in gold in 17th – 18th century Europe. Across cultures and history, clove has been prized for its multiple uses and effectiveness in oral healthcare.
Our microbiomes: make love not war
There is an ecosystem of trillions of bacteria, tiny spiders, and fungi living on every human—from our toes to the tops of our heads. That’s billions per square centimeter. While our automatic response may be to grab the nearest bottle of sanitizer or jump in the shower to soap up, we actually need these communities of teeming microorganisms, known as microbiomes.
How we made Black Balm even better — an inside peek.
Get the inside scoop with these notes from our internal working document and formulator defining the refinements we've made to our revolutionary Black Balm (our go-to tool developed to repair, nourish & heal damaged skin) — making it better than ever for your body, wallet, and our planet. 
7 disturbing facts about chemicals in personal care products & how to avoid them
Some toxic chemicals are easy to notice – driving by factories or polluted rivers, we can see and smell them. We may have immediate physical reactions to them, like burning in our eyes and throats. But the toxic chemicals in personal care products are usually much trickier to detect, and some aren’t noticeable at all. Did you know?...
5 smart ways to manage dry skin – instead of just slathering on lotion
We’ve all experienced the itching, irritation, and inflammation of dry skin. It’s a common condition due partly to environmental factors that can be hard to control like cold or dry weather, indoor heating and low humidity, or desert climates. But there are many contributing factors we can influence to keep our skin in its natural supple, elastic state.
Polyphenols from fulvic acid for healthy skin & body

Polyphenols are plant-based micronutrients with antioxidant activity that can help boost the body’s ability to protect and repair the damage, topically and internally. They are especially important in times of increased exposure (summertime or vacation) and to keep aging skin healthy...

Why shaving with soap is smart & how to find the best
Shaving with soap has gotten a bad rap. This is partly because personal care brands make more money if everyone is convinced we need specialized products for every grooming and cleaning function, and also because run of the mill commercial soap brands actually are a poor choice for shaving. We’ll tell you why shaving with the right soap works great & how to find the best.