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September 27, 2013

Did You Know?

Hand Sanitizer Alert: Triclosan

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In the last decade or so, hand sanitizer has become a staple everywhere from day cares to grocery cart wipes and most handbags in between.

There’s one potentially harmful ingredient in your seemingly helpful hand sanitizer: Triclosan.

New studies are coming forward–and being reviewed by the FDA no less– with information on the dangers of Triclosan, a high-alert chemical used in conventional hand sanitizers. (Just when you think you’re safe!) The possible cancer-causing properties and altered hormone regulations in animals are enough to ditch all products–including your beloved hand sanitizer­–and replace them with healthier alternatives.

Triclosan Facts:

  • Added to products to prevent or lessen bacterial contamination
  • Added to everything from clothing, kitchenware and toys to antibacterial soaps
  • FDA has no evidence that adding Triclosan to soaps/hand sanitizers provides extra health benefits

If the FDA itself says Triclosan doesn’t provide extra health benefits, it’s time to kiss that chemical goodbye like a bad ex-lover. Intelligent Nutrients Hand Sanitizer uses ethyl alcohol that wipes out 99.9% of bad bacteria without using unnecessary chemicals. Paired with certified organic ingredients, what’s not to love?

Stay clean out there.

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Five Questions for Nicole Rechelbacher, IN Co-Owner

We caught up with our fearless leader & daughter of Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Intelligent Nutrients and Aveda.

Q: How was your childhood different from others?
A: How wasn’t it? My friends thought my dad looked like John Lennon. He was flying all over the world, cooking clove shampoo in our sink, inviting Tibetan monks and Native elders over, and telling us to eat organic instead of OREOS. We didn’t have a picket fence, we had a mandala.

Q: How did growing with an entrepreneur change your worldview?
A: Creativity was a way of life for us—but so was hustle. I was cutting hair in high school. I was schlepping to shows and assisting him onstage. I was doing makeup backstage at hair shows and photo shoots. All while my friends were working jobs as lifeguards or retail.

Dad was never impressed by who people said they were. He was impressed by what you did. And that instilled a big work ethic in me.

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