Nice to have you back! I have a question for you... oh wise one... I have just received some "fine Egyptian Iindigo - Natural" powder for soaps. Can you tell me if this is really natural? Or point me in the right direction so I can investigate myself? xo Jen
Your much too nice! I wish I were wise... I really do. I have soooooooooo much to learn in this life, I just hope I live long enough to do so :)Is this powder Genus Indigofera or Indigofera Tinctoria? I don't know that much about it but from what I've read, some sources are claiming that natural indigo isn't produced anymore and that just isn't true. From what I understand, the synthetic is nearly always used to color fabrics but the natural indigo is definitely still used in cosmetics. Some suppliers also promote their indigo this way, advising consumers to stay away from "crystalized" indigo because it should never be used on the body and only use powdered natural form.I will do some searching and if I find some reliable links I'll send them to you.
Jennifer,Just reading over supplier sites I find it interesting that several suppliers sell their indigo powder as 100% pure containing no PPD, pesticides, and no contaminants or adulterants, which means some of what is being sold does contain those things. Probably those not declaring that theirs is 100% natural and not containing any of the above actually aren't that natural. You could contact your supplier and have them declare whether or not it contains the PPD or any other synthetic chemical constituents also ask whether any additives are contained within the natural indigo powder to enhance the color and what those additives are.
Here is a little write up about it that you might find interesting, there is more to read if you click on the links to the right. I would venture to guess that if you purchased this from a reliable source and it was intended for the body (specified on their site) that is probably natural. http://www.plantcultures.org/plants/indigo_production__trade.htmlhttp://www.plantcultures.org/plants/indigo_production__trade_indigo_as_a_new_crop.html
Thank you so much for the info! I will post my experiments with indigo... still unclear as to whether or not it really is natural but is says so on the label. It was a gift, so I will go back to the person who gave it to me and dig more. xo Jen
JEN, I am sorry I couldn't help more. I look forward to your post on this. Please keep me posted as to what you learn about this ingedients purity.
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