The meaning of ‘organic’ has been a highly debated topic for decades. Today, many associates the word organic with ‘green’, ‘eco-friendly’, ‘vegan’, ‘toxic-free’ or similar.
However, there are major differences between these terms. In fact, many companies have experienced political and legal hassles over the incorrect use of the global term, especially beauty conglomerates.
Many beauty brands call themselves organic, even if their product/s include a small percentage of organic-certified ingredients. If you’re making the beauty switch to natural and organic cosmetics, it’s important to know that there is a large difference between a 100% organic product and products that contain organic ingredients.
The market for organic beauty products is revolutionizing the beauty industry. But, the question remains, “how can you truly identify 100% organic beauty brands?”
What does the term ‘organic’ mean?
Organic ingredients or products are produced from natural farming systems that do not harm the environment. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), certified organic products are free of synthetic additives such as:
- Chemical fertilizers or any man-made fertilizers
- Growth regulators
- Livestock feed additives
- Unnatural dyes or any other synthetic materials
In order to be dubbed as ‘organic’, the farmed agricultural ingredients must also not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – prohibited by organic legislation. Many organic-certified products also make use of biodegradable packaging, transparent and sustainable methods, and ethical packaging.
What is organic beauty?
Natural and organic beauty is becoming the fastest growing category within the beauty and cosmetics industry. But, often we still question whether products are really organic.
According to the Soil Association, organic beauty is simply “the formulation of cosmetic products using organically farmed ingredients.” Organic beauty products are, therefore, a much cleaner and greener form of beauty as it contains ingredients produced from organic farming.
Organic beauty is commonly associated with the term “green beauty”. That’s because organic ingredients are sustainable to the environment:
- We no longer need to damage the environment or our skin with harmful chemicals to feel beautiful.
- Zero demand for the production of toxic chemicals.
- No harmful residue required to be disposed of in the sewer or landfills.
- Much green beauty companies utilize eco-friendly or biodegradable packaging.
Natural and organic beauty ingredients are also recognized as ‘vegan’. What makes organic beauty products ‘vegan’ is removing the practice of ‘animal testing’ from the procedure. For this reason, it is worth noting that chemical-based beauty products can be marked as vegan if they were not tested on animals. Though, this does not make synthetic cosmetics organic.
Beauty products that contain natural and organic ingredients
Beauty products can be labelled ‘organic’, yet contain a low percentage
of organic ingredients.
According to strict guidelines laid out by the Soil Association, at least 95% of all beauty ingredients used to manufacture a product, must be organic. Beauty products that simply contain natural and organic ingredients – with the majority being synthetic chemicals – yet directly marketing themselves as ‘organic’ are not purely organic or ‘green’.
Of course, in order to truly identify an organic beauty brand is to search for the trusted and recognised third-party accreditation logo. This trusted organic mark is generally placed as a logo on the beauty product’s packaging. In turn, consumers can have peace of mind that the beauty product has not been tested on animals, the natural and organic ingredients are not genetically modified, and are free of toxins.
Making the switch to natural and organic beauty
Our skin absorbs almost everything we place on it. Think of the skin pores acting as a sponge. Now think about the toxins your skin absorbs into your body when you place damaging chemicals on it. The outcome may be a rash, allergic reaction or eventually some form of compromise to the skin.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is super sensitive.
Using natural and organic cosmetic beauty ingredients is not only environmentally friendly but can also have therapeutic and rejuvenating benefits on the skin as they are full of antioxidants; thus boosting the wellbeing of our skin.
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