Less than a century ago there were oils and waxes to finish a floor.
Then, along came this miracle product, liquid plastic; also known as polyurethane. It was clear, it was hard and it barely changed the color of the wood it was applied to. Water could not penetrate it, so it was easy to maintain. People liked it. But as the century progress more and more of the world was being manufactured out of plastic. Everything from kitchen countertops to clothing was made of plastic. The world had been plasticized. Soon enough people got tired of plastics. They wanted a more natural look, they wanted their woods to be wood, but they were also used to the water-resistant qualities of urethane. So, for a while it stayed. But even more was turned to plastic and people yearned for something natural. They wanted their wood to be de-plasticized.
Fortunately, bright, sustainable minded organic chemists felt the same. They thought about how woods used to be protected and improved on that formula. The 20th century had taught us that we had lost common sense and that common sense was good. Those chemists clean up their oils, chose natural products such as plant oils over derived products and mixed them with waxes. The created wood finishes that allowed wood to be wood. A finish that allowed people to actually feel the wood, to see its grain. They created products like AFM Naturals oil wax finish and Osmo Polyol. They created something better, for all of us. http://www.seacoastgreenovations.com/products/safecoat.aspx (Click on the AFM link after opening this page.)
Here is a reading of the ingredients in AFM Safecoat Naturals oil wax finish: Polymerized Linseed Oil, Organic Safflower Oil, China Wood Oil, Sunflower Oil, Carnuba Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Modified Soybean Oil, Hemp Oil, Isoaliphate, metallic salts of Calcium, Magnese and Zirconium.
Organic / Biodegradable / Low VOC