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Not So Natural: The Truth Behind Tom’s of Maine Products

Anthony Gucciardi
August 2nd, 2011
Updated 11/11/2012 at 10:47 pm
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Tom’s of Maine has become a popular brand among health-conscious individuals who have used their purchasing power to push Tom’s into even the most mainstream grocery stores. Unfortunately, it appears that most of these consumers are unaware of who owns and operates Tom’s, what toxic ingredients are often found in Tom’s products, and the overall deception regarding the Tom’s of Maine brand name.

In fact, Tom’s of Maine isn’t even from Maine, and it’s owned by a well-known corporate giant — Colgate-Palmolive of New York. Purchasing an 84% stake in Tom’s back in 2006 (yes, they have owned Tom’s since 2006!) for 100 million dollars, Colgate-Palmolive’s share of the global toothpaste market has risen to 44%. In the United States alone, Colgate-Palmolive controls 35% of the market. Unfortunately, part of the companies success relies on a patented gingivitis formula which contains a toxic chemical substance called triclosan that reacts with the chlorine in tap water to become chloroform — a deadly chlorinated aromatic.

Shockingly, the result of the reaction is similar to the dioxins found in the compound Agent Orange that was responsible for 400,000 people being killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects after being used in Vietnam by the U.S. military as a herbicide. This is the chemical reaction taking place in your mouth when using Colgate’s gingivitis formula. Interestingly enough, Agent Orange was developed by the biotech company responsible for the rampant genetic modification of the world’s food supply — Monsanto.

It gets worse. Triclosan is only one of the hazardous chemicals found in oral care products. One visit to the Tom’s of Maine official website and you will see the invitation to view all of their product ingredients, organized from A to Z. There is even a statement declaring that not only are all ingredients “naturally sourced,” but that they are “sustainable and responsible.” A look at the ingredients list, however, and you will find that Tom’s of Maine was not being very responsible or sustainable with ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc chloride added to their products.

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Titanium dioxide is a nanoparticle powder made of fine titanium bits. While it is best known as a sunscreen ingredient, it is now on the ingredients list of countless products in the field of personal care and beyond. Titanium dioxide is even being used in lower-grade nutritional supplements such as Centrum. There has been research regarding the long-term effects of titanium dioxide, though scientists have begun speaking out against the potential side effects. According to the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety, titanium dioxide may even be a human carcinogen:

Titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen ”possibly carcinogen to humans”… This evidence showed that high concentrations of pigment-grade (powdered) and ultrafine titanium dioxide dust caused respiratory tract cancer in rats exposed by inhalation and intratracheal instillation*.

Zinc chloride is another threat to human health that sits on the Tom’s ingredients list. Believe it or not, zinc is labeled as environmentally toxic, harmful to human health, and corrosive according to the Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) – an educational reference for the toxicity of various chemicals.

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Studies have even confirmed zinc chloride to be an extreme danger to living creatures. The intravenous LD50, which is the dose needed to kill 50% of the lab rats in the study, is only 3.7 mg per kilogram. Why is this in any personal care product?

It is clear that there are a number of harmful substances lurking in even the supposedly “healthy” personal care products that are sold as ‘all natural’ and ‘sustainable’ alternatives. Triclosan, titanium dioixde, and zinc chloride are only a few of the countless chemical contaminants that can be found in millions of products worldwide. Doing your own research is essential before buying a personal care product or anything else.

In addition, here is a list of toxic ingredients that you absolutely must avoid:

  • Triclosan
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Zinc chloride
  • Mercury
  • Parabens
  • Bisphenol a (BPA)
  • Phthalates

Additional Sources: - Wicked, Not So Fresh: Tom’s of Maine Mouthwash

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Not So Natural: The Truth Behind Toms of Maine ProductsGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • ian

    this article is very misleading.

    my wife recently decided to not buy our regular Calendula scented Tom’s deodorant saying that some well meaning guy at our local food coop informed her that Tom’s is putting something bad in the deodorant. Well, the stuff he recommended is terrible so i decided to google this and i ran across this very article.

    I’ve included a screen capture of the exact ingredients as listed on the Tom’s website and verified that they’re the same as on the deodorant packaging.
    There is nothing toxic or harmful in this list.

    So, please, I understand the sad truth that a huge conglomerate like Colgate has taken over our beloved “natural” product line but they do appear to continue to offer very natural and healthful product options.

    Read the labels carefully and stick with the natural products. It’s really not so hard to do.

  • Debi Marion

    Well, I came here to review the items, because, I was hit in the face from one of their products immediately as a NO,NO, cancer causing.. on my do not buy list, ZINC Chloride…was in their product!

  • Roiyar

    I have noticed that every time I use Toms Deodorant I get this weird stink under my arms near my shoulders when I don’t use it …I don’t get it. At first I thought something was wrong with me (cancer)until I did the elimination test first: lotion, oils, creams and then the deodorant. The deodorant was the culprit. It has something in it that causes my under arms to have a horrible stink…..I will no longer support that brand EVER again.

  • OverUnder21

    Dude, the author of that study posted himself that the triclosan study did not apply to toothpaste. It only applied to industrial applications. This article is so full of hyperbole and lies it is just disgusting. You intend to imply that Tom’s has triclosan, when everyone knows it doesn’t. You imply that triclosan creates a deadly chemical when you brush your teeth, which the author of said study categorically denies. I posted the author’s comments but my post was deleted. Interesting that someone who claims to be the bringer of great health advice is so terrified of the real truth. You are spending all this time an energy just trying to make someone look bad. Disgusting.

    • Frank

      Exactly. And also, I have constantly had gum problems and since I’ve switched to fluoride free tom, I haven’t had any problems

    • ok…

      I like the part where he says Zinc is harmful to human health. Yup, not like its an essential micronutrient.

  • Dr Deb

    thank you to our government for yet another FDA approved deadly chemical laden product allowed to be sold as something that is good for us to consume.

  • Al

    Rothchild Zionism is behind this and all poison in our foods and cosmetics !! Look it up , peace and love Alex xx

  • sandy

    I checked the Tom's of Maine website and it specifically states they do not use Triclosan in their products. I also notice it is not in your cut and pasted list of ingredients from their website, in the "t" section. Can you show me where you found this to be true? I'd like to know since I use their products.


    • dianne

      The writer does not state that triclosan is in Toms products it lists tticlosan on a list of chemicals you must avoid.

      • migueluz

        HUH? It makes that statement a couple of times in this article. Here, I've cut and pasted the first time he mentions this…
        "Unfortunately, part of the companies success relies on a patented gingivitis formula which contains a toxic chemical substance called triclosan that reacts with the chlorine in tap water to become chloroform — a deadly chlorinated aromatic"…
        are you serious about your comment lady? this ENTIRE article is arguing that these products are found in Tom's.
        I've been using their toothpaste for almost a decade and I want to see the proof!!

        • Ellen

          You need to go back and re-read this article. The author clearly states that *Colgate-Palmolive* uses triclosan as part of their famous gingivitis prevention formula, not Tom's. The author only accuses Tom's of using titanium dioxide and zinc chloride. Therefore, you need to "HUH?" yourself, lady.

  • Anonymous

    what does "natural" mean? radium is natural! stricnine is natural! cyanide is natural! mercury is natural! all pathogenic microbes are natural! all viruses are natural! death itself is natural! if it is not natural IT DOES NOT EXIST!! i guess that means all gods and supernatural beings are not natural (the do not exist) this is why anybody can say there product is all natural because it is, if it were not it WOULD NOT EXIST!!! so much for the natural society, it exists but is MEANINGLESS !!!!!

    • Nicole

      What people are trying to get across when they say natural in this day and age, is that it was not synthetically produced and extracted with chemicals… which is extremely hard to come across unless you make everything yourself at home. So, yes it may be found naturally in our earth but it does not necessarily mean it was taken by a natural means and was most likely extracted with the use of harmful chemicals.