Made From Earth is a national company specializing in making organic skin care products. Their selling point is, “Be an educated consumer. Healthy Ingredients = Healthy Products.” The business defines themselves as organic and chemical free because they use no synthetic chemicals or toxic ingredients, and only all natural, organic ingredients in their skincare products.
Made From Earth is a revolutionizing business in today’s economy because they support USDA Organic Foods, The Natural Ingredient Resource Center, Cruelty Free Products, are FDA Approved, and follow Goof Manufacturing Practices(cGMP Compliant). In addition, they are 100% farmed and sourced in the United States. Below are a few of the organizations that Made from Earth supports.
Organizations supported by Made From Earth [www.madefromearth.com]
Although Made From Earth Products are revolutionizing, the labels, which claim to be “Chemical Free” are inaccurate! The experimental science of Chemistry proves Made From Earth wrong. For example, consider the Beeswax Butter Balm, which is one of their most popular products. This product contains all natural ingredients: Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Honey, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Kokum Butter, and Organic Jojoba Oil(Beeswax Butter Balm). Do not forget, Beeswax Butter Balm is “Chemical Free”(Beeswax Butter Balm). I will prove with evidence from Chemistry that in fact “Chemical Free” is a misleading label because each of the listed ingredients of Beeswax Butter Balm is derived from chemical substances.
To begin, all oils found in the Beeswax Butter Balm are chemical compounds: Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Kokum Butter, and Organic Jojoba Oil. All oils are a Triglyceride(Chemical). A Triglyceride is an ester, a chemical compound derived from an acid, composed of a glycerol and three fatty acids(Chemical). The “Chemical Structure of a Triglyceride” image seen below represents the basic structure of oils.
The Chemical Structure of a Triglyceride. [www.oliveoilsource.com]
Each oil, however, is composed of different Glycerol and Fatty Acids. The fatty acids included in the Sunflower Oil Triglyceride are Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, and Linoleic Acid(Larson). Palmitic Acid (C16:0), a saturated fatty acid that makes up 7.5 to 20% of olive oil(Larson). Stearic Acid (C18:0), a saturated fatty acid that makes up 0.5 to 5% of olive oil(Larson). Oleic Acid (C18:1), a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that makes up 55 to 83% of olive oil(Larson). Linoleic Acid (C18:2), a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that makes up about 3.5 to 21% of olive oil(Larson). The image below depicts a representative model of the Sunflower Oil chemical structure. In conclusion, the evidence shows the Oils used in the lip balm product are made from a combination of many chemical compounds. This alone proves that Beeswax Butter Balm should not be labeled “Chemical Free.”
The Chemical Structure of Sunflower Oil. [Jamieson]
Second, consider the Organic Beeswax and Carnauba Wax included in the ingredients of Made From Earth’s lip balm. Organic Beeswax and Carnauba Wax are indeed chemical compounds. A Wax is “a simple lipid which is an ester of a long chain alcohol and fatty acid”(Larson). The table below shows the chemical formula for the Alcohol and Fatty Acid components for Carnuba Wax and Beeswax.
I will prove why Beeswax is not chemical free. The chemical formula for Beeswax is: C15 H31 CO2 C30 H61(Beeswaxfacts). If you break down the formula, we see that Beeswax is composed of Carbon, Hydrogen, and Carbon Dioxide. Carbon and Hydrogen are elements on the Periodic Table of Elements. Carbon Dioxide is a compound of Carbon and Oxygen. In chemistry, the Periodic Table displays elements, which are the fundamental substances that can not be chemically changed or broken down any further. Elements essentially are the building blocks of life, and are made up of atoms. The Periodic Table shown below is a representation of all identified elements organized by trend, atomic, number, and atomic weight. To delve deeper, atoms are the basic units of matter. While matter is any form that takes up space. The evidence shows that Beeswax is indeed a chemical compound and is matter composed of atoms, elements, and compounds. The same concept applies for Carnauba Wax.
Periodic Table of The Elements [www.chemistryabout.com]
Lastly, consider Honey. Honey is the final ingredient in the Beeswax Butter Balm. Not only is Honey is a sweet food made by bees from the nectar of flowers, but Honey is a chemical compound. Who knew bees could perform Chemistry? Honey is composed of carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other acids(Loveridge). Honey gets its sweet flavor from the the monosaccharides fructose and glucose that are found in it’s chemical makeup(Loveridge). Monosaccharides are made up of one sugar, and are the simplest form of a carbohydrate. The image below is a representation of the chemical structure of glucose and fructose. The discovery of the chemical makeup of Honey, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Kokum Butter, and Organic Jojoba Oil, discussed in my blog, proves that Made From Earth’s Beeswax Butter Balm contains chemicals.
Chemical Structure of Fructose and Glucose [www.clt.astate.com]
Made From Earth should not label their products as “Chemical Free” because one, they are giving misleading information to their customers, and two, they are showcasing their intelligence. Perhaps, a more suitable label would be “Toxic – Chemical Free.”
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Loveridge, Joel. “Chemical Composition of Honey.” The Chemistry of Bees. University of Bristol, UK, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2016.