Most of us are aiming to live a healthy lifestyle, whether that means eating healthy, exercising a few times per week, buying organic or reducing our carbon footprint.
In the last few years, the beauty industry has joined the wellness trend by commercializing products with terms like “natural”, “organic” and even “certified organic”. These are the most common marketing works used to describe products that contain ingredients sourced from nature.
Do you buy organic products because you think they are a great choice for your body or maybe just because it became a popular buzzword? Do you really understand what the term “organic”actually means? Or are you on the fence about switching to natural products?
Basically, the term “organic” refers to how an ingredient was farmed – it must be prepared and grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, growth hormones or antibiotics.
When talking about the food industry, organic products are regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP) which is run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Producers and manufacturers that meet the NOP standards may label their products as certified organic. These standards were implemented in 2002 in the wake of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) and continue to be interpreted and developed by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). These standards address many factors: soil quality, animal raising, pest and weed control, and also the use of input materials.
If you want more details about the organic products in the food industry please check out the USDA website.
What about when it comes to skincare? And what exactly does it take for a beauty product to be classified as “organic”?
Clean beauty should be focused on transparency and wellness. It’s about brands being clear and honest about their choice of ingredients and ethics.
Organic beauty is about using products that are made from high quality, organic farmed ingredients. Going on the natural beauty path means saving your skin from being exposed to harsh chemicals that are harmful to your body and also leave a significant impact on the environment.
Long story short, given the right nutrients, our skin has the ability to care for itself. Keep in mind that our bodies use nutrients absorbed not only through food, but also through the skin. We tend to be far more scrutinizing about what we put in our body than what we put on it. But what goes on your skin absorbs into your bloodstream and is carried through your body. There are a lot of products packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients that might have temporary positive effects but long-term negative effects. So skincare products can be a major source of toxins.
While organic products are sourced from high quality sustainable sources and biodegradable ingredients, they say no to: toxic chemicals, GMO, parabens, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances nano particles.
Organic products are also a green choice that’s supporting the planet’s well-being. Organic skincare will most likely have an earth friendly packaging material and even cruelty free from testing on animals.
Women in the US apply an average of 168 chemicals to their faces and bodies every day, according to research by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. How does this happen? Many beauty products will give you instant gratification with skincare results: less visible wrinkles, sun spots disappear, never have acne again! Sound familiar? But we all know there are rarely quick fixes in life.
These products may keep their word but too often there’s a higher price: skin asphyxiation, accelerated dehydration, photo-sensitivity. Does it worth it?
If you want to find out more about safe and unsafe products, please check out this website: http://www.safecosmetics.org/
Switching to organic often clears up dermatological issues people have been experiencing for years.
If you want to make sure what you are consuming is healthy, like picking out foods at the grocery store, checking the nutrition facts label on every packaging is the same as paying attention to the ingredients list of your skincare products.
How do we know if a product is organic? There are four options for organic claims — two of them are allowed to use the USDA Organic Seal on their packaging, and two of them are not.
– 100% Organic – the product contains only organically produced ingredients and is permitted to display the USDA Organic Seal.
– Organic – the product contains at least 95% organically produced ingredients and is permitted to display the USDA Organic Seal.
– Made With Organic Ingredients – the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients but is not permitted to display the seal.
– Less than 70% Organic Ingredients – products are not permitted to use the term “organic” anywhere on the packaging (and cannot display the seal) but are allowed to identify organically produced items in the ingredient list.
Beauty products labeled with organic claims must comply with both USDA regulations for the organic claim and FDA regulations for labeling and safety requirements for cosmetics.
If you want to be certain the products they are buying really are organic, they need to look out for the USDA seal. Also, look for specific terms such as “free of parabens” or “free of synthetic fragrance and dye”. Animal-derived ingredients such as beeswax and honey are natural ingredients. If you want to avoid animal-derived ingredients, you also need to check that the product is vegan.
The key to know for sure if there are harmful ingredients in your makeup or skincare products is to read the label. Be aware!
At Basic Naturals, we use organically grown flowers, high quality plant-based oils, pure essential oils and harm-free waxes (organic, first cold press and non-GMO).
“Mother Nature has provided us with everything we need, and that is all we should use.”