I am sure many of you are still very confused about what makes a natural and/or organic skincare product. It is no wonder consumers are confused about natural organic skincare when there is so much negative press about so-called organic products. Many a time you cannot see a list of ingredients on product labels before purchasing online, just the common phrases ‘No parabens’, ‘No SLS’ etc.
You may find personal care products that are labelled as natural and/or organic under the brand name. Technically speaking this does not mean much and this wording may mainly be used for marketing and sales purposes. Often you will find that there are only a few natural and/or organic ingredients on the label and that the entire product or brand will claim that it is an organic brand.
Natural should mean using ingredients that are obtained from nature or naturally derived such as argan oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sugar. Organic includes those raw cosmetic ingredients that are certified organic by various organic certifying bodies such as the Soil Association and ECOCERT.
Organic Skincare Certification
A skincare brand can claim to be certified organic ONLY when they have obtained certification by a recognised certifying body. Otherwise using certified ingredients in the products does not make the brand a certified organic brand. Obtaining certification is very expensive and so although Nuts Organic uses certified organic ingredients (which can be proven via our Cosmetic Safety Assessments), we do not pay for this certification as it would mean a massive increase to our prices. Many businesses claim to be certified organic but they don’t actually hold a certificate.
So, why choose natural organic skincare over conventional skincare with predominantly synthetic ingredients? Well because natural organic ingredients provide moisturisation and the oils & butters contain vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and fatty acids. These properties are simply not found in synthetic ingredients. Brands may state that their products are natural or even organic but they may well contain ingredients that are not actually accepted in organic skincare (although they may be accepted in natural skincare). For example a label may have the word organic displayed prominently however the ingredients may show sodium laureth sulphate or propylene glycol etc. These ingredients are NOT natural or organic and are NOT accepted in organic skincare by certifying bodies because these synthetics can cause allergic reactions and some have even been linked to cancer.
Your decision to switch to organic is a conscious choice. Organic skincare harnesses the power of nature. The products may not be pure white, may not foam up as much as conventional products and may not have the sweet aroma of synthetic fragrances, but they will benefit your skin and skin health massively and in a way conventional skincare products simply can’t.