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May 27, 2014

Did You Know?

What is Triclosan? (And why we’re thrilled it’s banned.)

Our home state made history when Minnesota was the first to ban anti-bacterial ingredient triclosan, effective January 1, 2017.

 Why?

This chemical is prevalent in anti-bacterial hand sanitizers, liquid soaps, cleaning products and more. Yet no evidence shows its any better at eliminating germs than washing with soap and water. This isn’t news to us, (LINK) but we’re relieved to see real action and mainstream awareness shed light on this dangerous ingredient. 

What the evidence indicates:

  •  Exposure overtime to antibacterial ingredients including triclosan “could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.” -The FDA.
  •  “Studies on the health effects of triclosan indicate that it is endocrine (hormonally) active and has the potential to affect the liver, blood, thyroid, and reproductive systems.” -The State of Minnesota.
  • It is harmful to aquatic plants & animals. “Limited studies show it may impact survival and reproduction in aquatic animals” -The State of Minnesota.
  • A CDC study found triclosan present in the urine of 75% of the people tested.

Intelligent Nutrients Hand Sanitizer has always been triclosan-free. We use ethyl alcohol to wipe out 99.9% of bad bacteria without using unnecessary chemicals. Paired with certified organic ingredients and skin soothers, what’s not to love? 

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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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