Organic And Natural Beauty Products – What’s The Difference?
Manufacturers of beauty products tend to use the terms “natural” and “organic” very loosely when marketing their products. This can become very confusing for health and environmentally conscious consumers who are looking for organic and natural beauty products.
So what is the difference between natural and organic and how can you tell whether you are getting what the product label promises?
Natural Beauty Products
There are no specific guidelines, standards or regulations for beauty products that claim to be natural. A product can contain only one ingredient sourced from the nature and can therefore be called “natural”. It also doesn’t mean that the product cannot contain any preservatives, artificial colors, fragrances or other harmful additives.
It is recommended to choose products that are labelled “100% natural” or “all natural”. However, even in these cases it is essential to read the label specifying the ingredients carefully. A great rule is to never buy natural beauty products that include ingredients that you cannot pronounce. These are more than likely synthetic or artificial and not natural.
Do a little research on specific products before you buy. Read comments and expert reviews regarding the product to determine whether it is truly natural or whether it contains man-made or harmful ingredients. Most commercially produced beauty products will contain some sort of synthetic ingredients.
Also be aware that chemicals and artificial materials that may be harmful could be used in producing the ingredients and manufacturing the product without actually being listed as an ingredient in the product. For example, pesticides, herbicides and contaminants.
Organic Beauty Products
Beauty products that are listed as “organic” must meet with specific standards and regulations. This means that the ingredients must be naturally or agriculturally sourced and may not be grown using any synthetic materials like pesticides and herbicides. The production process must also be environmentally friendly and sustainable.
However, this still may not mean that these products are 100% organic and natural. They may still contain synthetic additives, most commonly, preservatives, fragrances and artificial colors. Once again, it is essential to read the label to ensure that no artificial ingredients have been added even if the production and manufacturing processes meet with the required standards for registration and certification of an organic product.
Benefits Of Organic And Natural Beauty Products
There are numerous benefits of choosing organic and natural beauty products over commercially produced alternatives:
– They contain no additives that could be harmful to your short or long term health.
– They are environmentally friendly.
– They are safer for use on the skin and contain less allergens that could negatively impact the skin.
– They lower the rate of oxidation in the body which slows ageing.
– The ingredients have properties that promote cell regeneration and healing.
There is still some debate and skepticism around whether organic and/or natural beauty products are better for you than other alternatives. However, research has conclusively shown that most synthetic and artificial additives are harmful.
Whether you believe that natural and organic is better or not, it is still best to choose these products to eliminate the risks involved with using products containing harmful man-made ingredients.