Mrs. Meyers as Natural as you Think?

UPDATED APRIL 2019

This is a hard post for me to write, as I have been a big fan of Mrs. Meyers for years and the thought of parting with the brand makes me sad. I have committed to make my home as "clean" and "chemical" free as possible. I want to be transparent with others who want the same thing with the information I find.

I have LOVED Mrs. Meyers products for years and am saddened to find that I cannot trust their ingredients to be “all natural”. We use their, dish soap, hand soap, room spray, candles, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, surface spray, and surface scrub. So basically all of my cleaning products are Mrs. Meyers.

Are MRS. MEYERS Products “Clean” or “Dirty”?

On of my newest obsessions is with the handy app called Think Dirty (it's an app that tells you if your health and beauty product's ingredients are "clean"or "dirty") This has been a big hit amongst many of my friends, which makes me happy to bring awareness of how many "dirty" ingredients are in products that claim to be all natural and clean.

However I was surprised during a conversation with my friend last weekend when she informed me that most of Mrs. Meyers products showed up as a 9 on the app. (7-9 is considered dirty or bad) Every Mrs. Meyers product is “Dirty” according to this app.

The news of the potential harmful ingredients was a real bummer. If you have ever washed your hands with any of Mrs. Meyers soaps I am sure you remember the first time... Maybe thinking "wow this smells amazing", "I need to switch to this great smelling natural product", "I can't believe I ever used anything else!" That was certainly how I felt up until this weekend.

So one app says that Mrs. Meyers is bad... is that enough reason for me to never buy them again?  Of course not, so I decided to dive on in and do some serious research on the matter. 

The Dangers of “Fragrance” in your products

Here is what I found: for most of my source's the main reason Mrs. Meyers products are questionable is because of their fragrance. Why is this a big deal? The fragrance industry is protected by patent/ trade secret laws, which  allows them to hide ingredients.

When you see an ingredient labeled "Fragrance" with no foot notes then I would start to become a bit suspicious. A combination of nearly 3,000 fragrant ingredients are added to most personal care products.

Our fragrance compositions use a combination of natural essential oils and safe synthetic ingredients. This allows for the most pleasing, quality, and intriguing scents – inspired by the garden – that you’ll want to use again and again. This approach provides consistent performance, quality, and safety in every bottle. All fragrances are phthalate-free.
— Mrs. Meyers

So these "carefully selected synthetic ingredients " ... why are they necessary, and what exactly are these synthetic ingredients? Plenty of all natural cleaning products don't feel the need to use them! Let’s continue with why this is potentially bad. 

What are the possible side effected from using synthetic ingredients for the purpose of improving the scent? Multiple sources such as Think Dirty, I Read Labels for you, the OCA, and the EWG all show Mrs. Meyers products as having potential dangers.

Fragrance mixtures have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, potential harms to the reproductive system, a known endocrine disruptor, and a possible carcinogen.

Mrs. Meyers and Other Brands that use Greenwashing

What is greenwashing? Greenwashing is when companies make unsubstantiated or misleading claims about the environmental or health benefits of a product. This is commonly seen when brands use terms like “all natural” or “green” when the products are not.  

Mrs. Meyers is not the only brand that uses green washing as a way to make you think their products are safer than they really are. There are many other products/ brands who also claim to be all natural or green products who are not.

I am not trying to single out Mrs. Meyers, they are just the brand that I was using for just about all my cleaning products. It was also becoming increasingly popular in my community and people thought it was a good natural option.

Simple Green and Method are two other companies to watch out for. If you are shopping in a health food store this does not mean all their products are safe, read the labels and try to avoid the ingredient “fragrance”.

Other brands are adding questionable ingredients into their products as well and that is a bummer but let’s dive in a bit more to why Fragrance is so bad and should be avoided.

As someone who has hormone imbalance and cares a lot about reproductive health, my main concern is with potential harms to the reproductive system. 

Once you Know Better, Do Better

I think my generation as a whole is so much more aware of how what we eat and what we allow our body to come into contact with affects us. We want all around natural health, good ingredients, good products that are safe and we have no problem keeping companies accountable to that!  

Our environment is increasingly getting worse every year, we have so many toxins our bodies are fighting to get rid of, some we are aware of and some not. So to me why allow anymore potential harmful toxins in? 

Once you begin to research ingredients and really get to know brands you may find yourself disappointed and even discouraged. Products may go from having great ingredients to ones you no longer approve of. Don’t give up! It is so worth using and loving your safer products.

Vote with your dollar. Don’t buy from brands who use green washing techniques and questionable ingredients. Once you know better, do better!

Are Mrs. Meyers Products Worth The Potential Harm?

Here is what it really comes down to for me, yes I ADORE the smell of just about all Mrs. Meyers products, but is it really necessary for me to be using them every single day...?  

Unfortunately NO, even though I LOVE the smell, it is not worth it to me to have Mrs. Meyers products a part of my everyday. I do not want any unnecessary potentially dangerous ingredients in my household products especially when there are so many other great products available with much cleaner ingredients.

Safe Alternatives to Mrs. Meyers Products

Okay so finally to wrap up the longest blog post I have ever done thus far, Now what?? Thanks Nichole for ruining my favorite cleaning products, what am I supposed to do with this sad feeling (was right there with ya and I'm sorry) ...

Here are my current (2019) Mrs. Meyers Swaps that I have grown to love!

Alternative for Mrs Meyers Laundry Detergent:

Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent, Blue Eucalyptus & Lavender

This has been the laundry detergent I have been using for almost 2 years now.I switched over right after Mrs. Meyers and really like it! Our clothes smell fresh and this detergent cleans really well.

I purchase in a 2 pack for convenience. I also have purchased their individual non scented pods which are an amazing travel hack.

Alternative for Mrs Meyers Candle:

I do like to diffuse essential oils instead of candles however sometimes that just wont do and you need to light a candle.

Beeswax Candles are a favorite of mine. They do not have much of a smell but purify the air a give you that nice cozy feel. I like to find mine at farmers markets when possible but I linked a good one available online above.

Grove Pantry Eucalyptus Spearmint Candle is my favorite non expensive scented candle made with essential oils and a soy base.

Manready Mercantile Bergamot Teak is my all time favorite candle. It smells amazing and is made with essential oils and clean burning soy wax. All of their candles are amazing but this one is seriously heavenly.

Alternative for Mrs Meyers Room Spray:

I do like to diffuse essential oils and this keeps the rooms in out house smelling fresh! However sometimes rooms need a little extra help!

This is still my favorite and go to recipe for a simple DIY ROOM SPRAY

Alternatives for Mrs Meyers Surface Spray:

Another product I prefer to make my own, I typically use the On Guard concentrate and mix with filtered water.

Alternative for Mrs Meyers hand soap

Currently loving the Orange Blossom Honey Hand Soap for Trader Joes. Its about $4 at TJ so I recommend buying there vs online :)

Brands To Check out but I’m Not Currently Using:

Final Thoughts

One last note, my goal for this post was not to scare anyone out of using Mrs. Meyer, but to open up the conversation about the fact that often times we are not given the full story when it comes to the ingredients in our everyday products. Care about what you are putting on and in your body, share with others, and keep companies accountable because once we know better, we need to do better. Please feel free to comment below any thoughts, opinions, or your own research! 

 

xx nichole