Jan 302014
 

OK, so now you’ve learned about the harmful effects of synthetic cosmetics, and you wish to switch to natural, organic cosmetics. And the € signs start flying around your head, thinking just how can you afford to completely change your skin care, hair care, body hair and make up from conventional synthetic products to natural organic ones. It would be a challenge for a wallet at any time, it is even more challenging in these trying, difficult times.

Don’t panic! Take it one step at the time. You don’t have to run to the nearest eco store, and buy everything right away.

I found myself in the same predicament years ago, when I learned about the synthetic vs organic skin care and make up. I had to make a plan which products are more and most important, and then take it from there. In a matter of 5 or so months, I had a satisfactory bathroom shelf of new, organic products. Of course, as it’s a habit with us, ladies (and maybe some gentlemen as well?), there’s just never enough cosmetic products. There’s always that moisturizer that’s imperatively missing, that gorgeous lip gloss, that eye shadow we’ve been, heheh, eying for months. But, as with all things in life, we need to sometimes pace ourselves. Especially with organic, natural products, since they, despite having a good amount of natural preservatives, do not have harmful synthetic preservatives that conventional products do. So, when you switch to natural organic cosmetics, you will find yourself not buying as many products as you used to, because you will know their shelf life is shorter than that of conventional products. You will also find yourself using less when it comes to natural organic products, as they tend to be more concentrated. Natural organic products also do not generally contain comedogenic ingredients.

The best way to go about it is to think of the products you use the most and to think of the products that you wear for the longest. The longer you have a product on your skin, for example, the more important it is to avoid harmful synthetic products, as they have more time to be absorbed into the skin. Or eaten, as it is the case with lipstick, lipgloss, lip balm etc.

Here are a few advices based on what I’ve learned along the way when I switched from conventional synthetic cosmetic products to natural organic cosmetic products along collages of many natural organic cosmetic products that may be of your interest.
The natural organic cosmetic industry is truly offering us so much to choose from, and considering more and more people are switching from synthetic cosmetics to natural organic cosmetic daily, and never looking back, the innovation of new natural organic cosmetic products is nothing short of amazing.

Skincare

Face toner/hydrolate

Toners

1. Dr Hauschka Clarifying Toner 2. Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner 3. Nourish Balance Refining Toning Mist 4. Melvita Fresh MiCellar Water 5. Intelligent Nutrients Organic Anti-aging Mist 6. Santaverde Aloe Vera Facial Toner 7. John Masters Organics Rose and Aloe Hydrating Mist 8. Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist 9. Pai Rice Plant and Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic 10. Living Nature Hydrating Mist

I swear by a facial toner/hydrolate. Not only does a facial toner/hydrolate clean the remaining dirt on the face (and neck!), it also refreshes the skin and works nicely before applying a moisturizer: skin absorbs a moisturizer quicker and application is smoother. So I’d recommend you switch from a synthetic toner to a natural organic hydrolate. Depending on your skin, you can use a Rose hydrolate for all skin types, but especially for those with dry and sensitive skin. Witch Hazel hydrolate and Tea Tree hydrolate are great for oily and acne prone skin, as they serves as anti-bacterial agents. If you need to calm your skin, a Chamomile hydrolate is a great choice. You can also mix hydrolates based on your own preferences. Many natural organic brands offer toners, which, in most cases, contain hydrolates.

Moisturizer

Moisturisers

1. Patyka Absolis Tea Tree Face Cream 2. Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream 3. Green People Day Solution Moisturiser 4. Logona Age Protection Day Cream 5. Essential Care Avocado Replenishing Cream 6. Trilogy Very Gentle Moisturising Cream 7. Dr Alkaitis Organic Day Cream 8. Lavera Calendula Mattifying Balancing Cream 9. Juice Beauty Simply Nourishing Moisturiser 10. Jurlique Balancing Day Cream 11. S5 Restore Cream 12. The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose ULTRA Face Cream

This one goes almost without saying. With synthetic moisturizer, you get a ton of harmful ingredients, absorbed by your skin, staying there all day and/or all night. For a daily moisturizer, I’d suggest getting a cream (or a serum, if you have dry skin), and if you’re not wearing foundation with SPF, get a moisturizer that has SPF (John Masters organics has a light moisturizer with SPF 30). For nightly treatment of the skin, you can save money by first getting an Olive Oil or Almond Oil, which will serve as a moisturizer as well as make up remover. Almost any carrier oil/vegetable oil and many variations of different carrier oils/vegetable oils will work.

Lip Balm

Lip Balms

1. Apples&Pears Wild Rose Lip Balm 2. Hurraw! Earl Grey Lip Balm 3. Balm Balm Unscented Lip Balm 4. Deep Steep Tangerine and Melon Lip Balm 5. Lavera Basis Lip Balm 6. Pai Bergamot Lip Balm 7. John Masters Organics Lip Calm 8. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm 9. Intelligent Nutrients Lip Balm 10. Moa the Green Balm 11. EOS Organic Lip Balm Lemon 12. Figs&Rouge Wild Cherry Balm

This one should prove to be on a nicer side for our wallets, as you can get a natural organic lip balm for as low as, say, 2€. You need to remember we eat the lip balm off of our lips, so imagine how much synthetic ingredients we eat on a daily basis if we don’t use natural organic ones. Another tip. You can also use nearly any carrier oil/vegetable oil you wish (Calendula oil is a great choice, as well as Coconut butter), though you can’t carry it around. You can also use Shea Butter (and many other body butters) you bought as body lotion and you can put a piece of it in a small tin can.

Deodorant/Perfume

Deodorants and Perfumes

1. Urtekram Rose Spray 2. Florascent Perfume de Poche Eau de Toilette Granada 3. Organic Glam Oriental Blossom Eau de Parfum 4. Melvita Purifying Roll on Deodorant 5. Green People Aloe Vera Deodorant 6. Lavera Rose Garden Deodorant Roll on 7. Caudalie The Des Vignes Fragrance 8. Undergreen Pink Classic Eau de Parfum 9. Tsi-La Fiori D’arancio Eau de Parfum Spray 10. Acorelle Deodorant

Very important. Conventional antiperspirants, by and large, contain a very harmful ingredient aluminum, among many others. The skin under arms is very delicate and sensitive, and the toxic ingredients are quickly absorbed into our blood system. It’s no coincidence that using conventional deodorants and antiperspirants containing harmful aluminum, may very well cause breast cancer. You can get a natural organic deodorant for around 6- 8€ and it will last you at least 3 months. That’s about 2€ a month for a healthy choice of a product we can hardly go by without. You can also make your own roll-on perfume: mix a few carrier oils with a few essential oils, and you have your own signature roll-on perfume.

Body and Hair Care

Body Lotion

Body lotions

1. Lavender Essential Oil 2. Macadamia Carrier Oil 3. Patchouli Essential Oil 4.Sweet Almond Carrier Oil 5. Sweet Orange Essential Oil 6. Olive Carrier Oil 7. Lemon Essential Oil 8. Nutiva Coconut Oil 9. Now Solutions Shea Butter 10 Now Solutions Cocoa Butter

This one stays on skin until the next shower. By that time, a body lotion had been absorbed into our skin. An excellent body butter is Shea Butter. Extremely rich with nutrients much needed by the skin. It’s very moisturizing, it absorbs quickly, does not leave stains. If you wish, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a nice smell (raw Shea Butter has, at least to me, a nice natural smell on its own) and/or many of the carrier oils/vegetable oils. You can also use Shea Butter for your lips. If you prefer something more liquid for your body (even though Shea Butter melts quickly when in touch with the skin, you can also melt it in a glass you put in a warm water), you can use the Olive Oil you already bought as a make up remover and facial moisturizer. Olive Oil is also great for cuticles. Another great alternative is Coconut butter. Excellent moisturizer, it can be used as body lotion, lip balm, hair mask. You can also use any of the products mentioned above for hands, feet, elbows…
As you can see, natural products/ingredients are very versatile and can be used for more than just one thing.

Soap

Soaps

1. Weleda Rose Soap 2. Dr Bronner’s Rose Liquid Soap 3. Urtekram Rose Hand Soap 4. South of France Pure Gardenia Hand Soap Bar 5. Akoma Skincare Black Liquid Soap 6. Madara Cranberry and Juniper Soap 7. Avalon Organics Lavender Hand Soap 8. Faith in Nature Tea Tree Soap 9. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap

While the soap is washed away (and synthetic soap is not only harmful for you, it’s also harmful for environment, as it enters through the drain and into our water system and soil), conventional soap contains harmful sulfates. You can get a natural organic soap with pretty affordable prices, especially those in bigger packages, but for the time being, you can freely use regular sized soap, which you can get for as low as 3€. There’s a myriad of natural organic soaps to chose, for different types of skins and different smells, which are all based on essential oils.

Shampoo/Conditioner

Shampoo and Conditioner

1. Rahua Conditioner 2. Trilogy Refresh and Shine Shampoo 3. John Masters Organics Rosemary and Peppermint Detangler 4. John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo 5. Gielly Green Volume Shampoo 6. Cowshed Knackered Cow Smoothing Shampoo 7. The Organic Pharmacy Rose Shampoo 8. Lavera Rose Repair & Care Conditioner 9. Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Shampoo 10. Green People Intensive Repair Shampoo

If you’re used to using 1L of conventional shampoo for 3€, this one might be a little bit more on an expensive side. For starters, you can use a soap you use for body and hands; Black Soap is a good choice. While conventional synthetic shampoos might be, in general, cheap, they contain a lot of harmful ingredients. The same as with soap, they contain sulfates, which are, as said, harmful. You may immediately rinse the shampoo, but toxic ingredients still penetrated the skin.

Intimate hygiene

Intimate Hygiene

1. Lunette Menstrual Cup 2. Yes Water Based Lubricant 3. Organyc Intimate Wash 4. Organyc Tampons 5. Organyc Pads 6. Melvita Intimate Hygiene Gel 7. Seventh Generation Pads 8. Mooncup Menstrual Cup 9. Natracare Pads 10. Diva Cup Menstrual Cup 11. Seventh Generation Tampons 12. Natracare Tampons

Think of intimate hygiene products in the same way as food you put into your body. We may be careful when buying food that is organic, but are we in the same line of careful thought when buying intimate hygiene products, such as pads and especially – tampons? Conventional tampons are made of non-organic cotton (think of loads of pesticides, for a start) and then bleached with chemicals. It doesn’t sound healthy, does it? So, the next month, when you run out of tampons, buy organic tampons instead of conventional, toxic ones. Even better than tampons? Consider a medicine grade silicon menstrual cup. You buy one and it’s good for years. While you will still have to have organic tampons handy, a menstrual cup will save you money, will be good for environment (think of all the used tampons and pads, rotting somewhere) and it will be kind to your wallet.

Make Up

Which are your essential make up products? Yeah, I know, too many to list, hehe. But we’re trying to replace all the conventional synthetic products with natural organic products, one step at the time, right?

Foundation

Foundation

1. Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation 2. Living Nature Foundation 3. Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation 4. Nvey Eco Moisture Rich Fluid Foundation 5. Studio 78 Paris We Revitalize Water Foundation 6. Inika Liquid Foundation 7. Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation 8. Suki Color Active Tinted Moisturizer 9. Sante Cream Foundation 10. Everyday Minerals Mineral Foundation 11. Alima Pure Mineral Foundation 12. Organic Glam Foundation 13. Antipodes Mineral Foundation 14. Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation 15. 100% Pure Foundation

Foundation is another product that stays on the skin for a good number of hours, which gives harmful synthetic ingredients plenty of time to be absorbed. When it comes to natural organic foundations, you will find an array of products to choose from. Tinted moisturizers, cream and liquid foundations, BB creams, CC creams, not to mention a huge selection of mineral make up. You will find a product for any skin tone, skin type and condition. You can get a great mineral foundation for around 15€ and natural organic liquid foundation for 20€. And all will last you a long time. Since even liquid foundations’ colors are based on minerals, you will also get a natural SPF with your make up.

Tinted Moisturizer/BB Cream/CC Cream

Tinted Moisturiser BB Cream CC Cream

1. Funny Bee Pretty BB Cream 2. Balance Me BB Natural Perfection SPF25 3. Melvita BB Cream SPF15 4. Dr Hauschka Toned Day Cream 5. Lavera Beauty Balm 6 in 1 Tinted Cream 6. Lavera Tinted Moisturising Cream 7. This Works! Perfect Look Skin Miracle 8. Juice Beauty SPF Mineral Tinted Moisturizer 9. Organic Glam Sheer Tint 10. Caudalie Teint Divin Mineral Tinted Moisturizer 11. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream 12. Madara Tinted Fluid 13. REN Beauty Satin Perfection BB Cream 14. UNE Makeup Intuitive Touch BB Cream 15. Jane Iredale Dream Tint SPF15 16. Living Nature Tinted Moisturizer

Similar to foundation, but for a lighter coverage and light evening the tone of the skin, a tinted moisturizer is a perfect choice. With new generation of tinted moisturizers – BB Creams and CC Creams, you get a complete package which suits your skin’s needs: a moisturizer, an SPF, radiant and glowing complexion, reducing of fine lines and wrinkles, balancing and antioxidant nourishing natural organic product. Excellent for hot summer days, or when you feel going for a lighter natural look.

Concealer

Concealer

1. Organic Glam Concealer Palette 2. Studio 78 Paris Off We Go Concealer 3. Suki Color Coverage Concealer 4. Jane Iredale Light Under Eye Concealer 5. Living Nature Liquid Concealer 6. Juice Beauty Correcting Concealer 7. Inika Perfection Concealer 8. W3ll People Narcissist Foundation and Concealer Stick 9. Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer 10. Dr Hauschka Cover Stick 11. Borlind Natural Liquid Concealer 12. RMS Beauty Un Cover Up Concealer 13. Lily Lolo Mineral Cover Up Concealer 14. Everyday Minerals Mineral Concealer 15. Lavera Natural Concealer

Just like foundation, it stays on the skin for hours. You will find a great selection of natural organic concealers, in all shades and forms: from a cream concealer, to mineral powder concealer.

Mascara

Mascara

1. 100% Pure Mascara 2. Borlind Natural Mascara 3. Kjaer Weis Mascara 4. Ilia Beauty Mascara 5. Studio 78 Paris We Flirt Around Mascara 6. Logona Natural Look Mascara 7. Benecos Super Long Lashes Mascara 8. Dr Hauschka Volume Mascara 9. Green People Organic Volumising Mascara 10. Lavera Long Lash Mascara 11. Lily Lolo Lash Alert Natural Mascara 12. Nvey Eco Volumising Mascara 13. Terre d’Oc Organic Mascara 14. Organic Glam Natural Mascara

A product that’s applied very near our eyes. Many women complain of the allergies when using conventional mascaras. While there are cases, when one is allergic to some natural ingredients, by and large, women who use natural organic mascaras say how they are not irritating as compared to synthetic ones. Colors are based on minerals and you can get black, brown, blue, green mascaras.

Lipstick/Lipgloss

Lipstick and Lipgloss

1. RMS Beauty Lip Shine 2. Borlind Natural Lipstick 3. Ilia Beauty Lipstick 4. Living Nature Natural Lipstick 5. Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick 6. Studio 78 Paris Liquid Lipstick 7. Studio 78 Paris Lip Balm 8. Benecos Lipstick 9. UNE Makeup Cherry Lip Gloss 10. W3ll People Colourbalm Stick 11. Borlind Natural Lipgloss 12. Terre d’Oc Organic Lip Gloss 13. Jane Iredale Lipstick 14. Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss 15. Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss 16. Madara Tinting Lip Gloss 17. Lily Lolo Natural Lip Gloss 18. Organic Glam Ultra Glossy Lip Plump 19. Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss 20. Kjaer Weis Lip Tint 21. Dr Hauschka Lipstick 22. Nvey Eco Advanced Care Lipstick 23. Terre d’Oc Organic Lipstick 24. Organic Glam Lipstick 25. UNE Makeup Toned Colour 26. Lavera Natural Lipstick 27. Suki Color Luscious Berry Cream Lip Trio

This one presents the same problem as the lip balm, when we use a conventional synthetic one. Natural organic lipsticks offer a great range of colors, based on minerals, and nourish and moisturize our lips as they are made from great natural ingredients, such as Calendula Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut oil/butter, Almond Oil, Vitamin E.

Eye Shadow

Eyeshadow

1. Green People Eye Duo 2. UNE Makeup Trio Eye Palette 3. Dr Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette 4. Studio 78 Paris We Go Green Loose Powder Eyeshadow 5. Alima Pure Eyeshadow 6. Lavera Mineral Eyeshadow 7. Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eye Color 8. Jane Iredale Triple Eye Shadow 9. 100% Pure Sateen Eyeshadow 10. Terre d’Oc Powder Eyeshadow 11. Lily Lolo Eyeshadow 12. Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow 13. Nvey Eco Eyeshadow Palette 14. RMS Beauty Cream Eye Shadow 15. Juice Beauty Illuminating Eyeshadow 16. Organic Glam Eyeshadow Palette

Another product that stays on the skin for long hours and is thus absorbed by the skin. When deciding to switch to natural organic cosmetics, you will find yourself having a huge selection of natural organic eye shadows, mainly in a form of mineral make up. The irritation will cease, and the natural organic eye shadows will last you a long time, as only a little is needed. Most companies (and nearly all of them are small, family owned companies) also offer samples, some of them will also last for quite some time. Oh, and you can freely mix them up yourself, too. You can also use mineral eye shadows as eyeliner – in its dry form or you can wet it with a drop of water and – voila! – you have a natural eyeliner. As if that were not enough, you can use mineral eye shadows for your brows; just make sure you use the right brush.

Blush.

Blush

1. Green People Mineral Powder Blush 2. Lavera Mineral Rouge Powder 3. Organic Glam Blusher 4. Dr Hauschka Rouge Powder 5. Ilia Beauty Multi Stick 6. Nvey Eco Compact Powder Blush 7. UNE Makeup Breezy Cheeks Blush 8. W3ll People Universalist Colourstick 9. Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush Classic 10. 100% Pure Cheek Tint 11. 100% Pure pot Rouge 12. Borlind Natural Compact Blusher 13. Juice Beauty Irresistible Glow Facial Highlighter 14. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain 15. Studio 78 Paris We Walk Blush 16. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek 17. Lily Lolo Mineral Blush Powder 18. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush 19. 100% Pure Powder Blush 20. Living Nature Blusher

Imagine: synthetic toner, synthetic moisturizer, synthetic foundation and on the top of it all – applied synthetic blush. That’s a truck-load of toxic synthetics on your skin, sitting there and being absorbed into your body in a span of typical 8 – hour work day. When you run out of your synthetic blush, and decide to switch to natural organic one, you will have a huge selection of blush colors to choose. You will find mineral blushes (and believe it or not, some can be used, with organic lip balm, to create your own lipstick: just dab a tiny amount of mineral blush over lip balm – and there you have it!) as well as cream blushes that can be used as lipstick as well! So versatile are natural organic products.

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

1. 100% Pure Nail Polish 2. butter LONDON Nail Laquer 3. Benecos Nail Polish 4. Safe Nail Polish 5. Nubar Nail Polish 6. Priti NYC Nail polish 7. Organic Glam Nail Polish 8. Kure Bazaar Nail Polish 9. Zoya Nail Polish 10. Jacava Nail Polish 11. Megan Miller Nail Polish 12. Sante Nail Polish 13. Laqa&Co Nail Polish 14. RGB Nail Polish 15. HoneyBee Gardens Nail Polish 16. Karma Organic Nail Polish 17. Knocked Up Nail Polish 18. Julep Nail Polish 19. Uslu Airliness Nail polish 20. NailEZEE Nail Polish 21. Intensae Nail Polish 22. Mavala Nail Polish 23. Aquarella Nail Polish 24. SpaRitual Nail Polish 25. Anise Nail Polish 26. Eve Snow Nail Polish 27. Ginger&Liz Nail Polish 28. Scotch Naturals Nail Polish

What if I told you that your nail polish contains formaldehyde? Yes, THAT formaldehyde – a biocide, embalming agent. A known carcinogen. What if I told you that, along formaldehyde, your nail polish contains a toxin and carcinogen called toluene? Don’t believe me? The ingredients in your conventional synthetic nail polish are probably not listed on a bottle, so look up on line which ingredients are in your nail polish. As with all the cosmetic products covered in this guide of how to green up your beauty, a healthy progress in natural organic cosmetics industry is amazing when it comes to nail polish as well. There’s well over 30 brands making healthier nail polishes, and the way conscious and informed buyers are switching from conventional synthetic cosmetics to natural organic cosmetics, there will be more and more brands creating healthier nail polishes, with even more colors to choose from.

 

I think this covers the basics, doesn’t it? Just remember, take it one step at the time. It would cost too much money to completely switch to natural organic skin care, hair care, body care and make up over night, or in one month alone. First, buy those products you deem absolutely necessary to switch from toxic synthetic products to natural organic ones. Then every time you run out of synthetic product, switch it with natural organic one. Step by step, you will have all the products you need. And of course, those which we just must have, hehe. You know, that lipstick…

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Jan 272014
 

The easiest and surest approach to buying natural organic cosmetics is to follow a simple rule of thumb: buy those products which are certified. While learning all the ins and outs, especially all the ingredients (here’s the list of the main, but nowhere near all the toxic ingredients to avoid) in cosmetic products can be a lengthy process, learning about organic certificates is much easier.

It’s true that obtaining an organic certificate is still, unfortunately, expensive, especially for smaller brands (and mostly, in natural organic cosmetic industry, the companies behind our favorite brands are small, as opposed to huge conglomerates behind widely known – especially due to large amounts of money they spend on advertising – conventional brands), so there are sellers of natural organic brands, who do not have organic certificates. Whether or not you will trust them, is up to you: some will trick you into buying something that is far from natural, considering the fact that more and more people are switching to natural organic products, while some truly do sell genuine natural products.

Each organic certification body listed here has its own regulatory rules, which overlap with other organic certification bodies; the standards which businesses must adhere to in order to get a certified organic stamp, are pretty much the same.

Criteria that must be met in order for a product to be organically certified are usually defined by:

% of organic ingredients/content in a product (most demand at least 70%, but usually 95% of the ingredients to be organic)
which ingredients are allowed to be used and which not
% of water
% of synthetic ingredients used and in which cases
cultivation of sources/ingredients, ingredient processing, packaging
– NO animal testing

More information on What’s the difference between organic, natural, bio, eco…

Here’s a list of organic certificates found on certified organic cosmetic products, food etc.

BDHI
COSMEBIO
COSMOS
ECOCERT
ECOGARANTIE
EU ORGANIC
ICEA
NATRUE
NASAA
SOIL ASSOCIATION
USDA ORGANIC


BDHI

BDIH, organic certificate

Country: Germany
Criteria: Organic ingredients to be used when/if possible/available.
More info: For more on guidelines of the requirement

 

COSMEBIO

cosmebioeco, organic certificate

Country: France
Criteria: – At least 95% natural ingredients or derived from natural sources
– At least 50% of plant ingredients are produced by Organic Farming
– At least 5% of product contents are produced by Organic Farming

cosmebiobio, organic certificate

Country: France
Criteria: – At least 95% natural ingredients or derived from natural sources
At least 95% of plant ingredients are produced by Organic Farming
– At least 10% of product contents are produced by Organic Farming

 

COSMOS

Cosmos, organic certificate

Country: Belgium. Founded by the standards organisations: BDHI (Germany), Cosmebio (France), Ecocert Greenlife (France), ICEA (Italy) and Soil Association (UK).
Criteria: Same as the founders’ standards.
More info: The Standard, Labeling Guide

 

ECOCERT

ecocert, organic certificate

Country: France
Criteria: – natural and organic cosmetic label: a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming
natural cosmetic label: a minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming

 

ECOGARANTIE

ecogarantie, organic certificate

Country: Belgium
Criteria: 95% organic content, in line with Soil Association and Ecocert regulations
More info: Control and labeling

 

EU ORGANIC

EU organic, organic certificate

Country: European Union
Criteria: At least 95% of organic content.
More Info: Regulates organic farming in EU. Food, processing, animal welfare, environment…

 

ICEA

ICEA, organic certificate

Country: Italy
Criteria: In line with Cosmos certification.
More info: More on natural and organic certification requirements.

 

NATRUE

natrue, organic certificate natrue, organic certificate
Country: European Union (Founded by several European manufacturers of Natural and Organic Cosmetics).
Criteria: At least 75% of your product range/brand must be Natural Cosmetics.
More info: Conditions

 

NASAA

nasaa, organic certificate

Country: Australia
Criteria: Accredited also by USDA, requires similar rules to be followed as Soil Association. Strict on the amount of synthetic content allowed.
More info: Steps to certification

 

SOIL ASSOCIATION

soil association, organic certificate

Country: UK
Criteria: 95% organic content
More info: Organic Beauty Section, Soil Association Certification and Standards.

 

USDA ORGANIC

USDA Organic, organic certificate

Country: USA
Criteria: 95% organic content, very strict on synthetic use
More info: Primarily a food certification body, which is also used for beauty and other products. More info on their National Organic Program.

Jan 232014
 

Cosmetic products can and do promise a lot of things. Get rid of acne in three days. Look younger in one week. No more wrinkles after a month. Great moisturizer.
It catches your attention, doesn’t it?

Instead of buying cosmetic products based on what they claim to be and do, the most important thing you should do before buying the product, is to read the ingredients in the product. It doesn’t matter if the product claims to help you get rid of acne in three days, if it contains ingredients which will only clog your pores even more. It doesn’t matter if the product claims to be natural, eco, bio and what not, if it contains a few natural ingredients among many toxic, synthetic ingredients, which are harmful for your skin, your health. One time use of a conventional cosmetic product might very well not amount to any damage, however, the buildup of toxic ingredients over time, is what is alarming. Read the ingredients labels and act accordingly. The best and simplest way to avoid these toxic synthetic ingredients in your cosmetic products is to use only organic cosmetic products.

Here’s a list of the basic toxic ingredients to avoid in your cosmetic products, regardless of what they claim to be, claim to do. The list contains just the most basic synthetic ingredients, found in most conventional cosmetic products; there’s over 25,000 synthetic ingredients used in conventional cosmetic products!

Click on the ingredient for more information. Click on links within descriptions of each toxic ingredient for more information as provided by EWG (Environmental Working Group).

EWG score agenda: 0-2 = low hazard; 3-6 = moderate hazard; 7-10 = high hazard

Parabenes

  • Used as: preservative, inhibitor of microbial growth, extends shelf life of a product
  • Harmful effects: allergies, skin rashes, premature aging. It is absorbed through skin, mimics estrogen. Can cause breast cancer, infertility. While found in small amounts in cosmetic products, it is used in over 20,000 cosmetic products used daily, thus the cumulative toxicity.
  • Used in products: Skin care, body care, hair care, make up, deodorant, toothpaste, soap
  • Names on a label: alkyl parahydroxybenzoate, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparabens, methylparaben, propylparaben
  • EWG score: 4, 7

Phthalates

  • Used as: ingredients used in nail polish and as synthetic fragrance carrier and stabilizer; industrial chemicals used to make PVC
  • Harmful effects: disrupt endocrine system, disrupt hormones, infertility (reduced sperm count, testicular atrophy), linked to liver cancer
  • Used in products: nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, lubricants, detergents, make up, fragrance/perfume
  • Names on a label: dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzylbutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate (DEP), Fragrance/Perfume
  • EWG score: 3, 8, 10

PEGs

  • Used as: cleaning agents (detergents), emollient agents, emulsifying agents, thickening agents
  • Harmful effects: PEGs are penetration enhancers (PEG-2, PEG-90 stearate), making other ingredients in a product easily penetrate into the skin, which is most worrisome when these other ingredients are toxic. PEGs can contain toxic impurities, which are linked to cancer, such as lead (found in lipsticks), arsenic, ethylene oxide (PEG-4, PEG-7, PEG4-dilaurate, and PEG 100 – is highly toxic even in small doses) and 1,4-dioxane (PEG-6, PEG-8, PEG-32, PEG-75, PEG-150, PEG-14M, PEG-20M – a carcinogen). They can upset natural skin’s moisture balance, cause allergies.
  • Used in products: skin care, body care, hair care, make up, baby care
  • Names on a label: propylene glycol (in natural cosmetics, this is vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, but a natural compound is more expensive than a synthetic one), proptylene glycol, polypropylene glycol (PPG), PEG-xx (PEG-6, PEG-8, etc)
  • EWG score: 1, 3, 5

Formaldehyde

  • Used as: released by certain synthetic preservatives; if present with DEA, MEA and/or TEA it can form skin penetrating carcinogens. Usually hidden in other synthetic ingredients.
  • Harmful effects: irritates skin, irritates lungs, irritates throat, irritates eyes, irritates nose, carcinogen, neurotoxin, can cause asthma
  • Used in products: deodorant, hair styling products, lubricants/spermicides, nail polish, shampoo, skin care, bath products
  • Names on a label: formaldehyde, formalin, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate, urea
  • EWG score: 6, 7, 9, 10

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

  • Used as: foaming agent, cleaning agent, penetration enhancing agent
  • Harmful effects: irritates skin, irritates eyes, irritates lungs, organ system toxin. It penetrates the skin thus making way for potential toxic impurities; may be itself contaminated with toxic impurities (1,4-dioxane, ethylene oxide)
  • Used in products: bath bombs, body wash, facial cleanser, liquid soap, mascara, shampoo, toothpaste
  • Names on a label: sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, lauryl ether sulfate, sodium lauryl ether sulfate
  • EWG score: 1 – 2, 3, 10 (when contaminated with, for example, ethylene oxide)

DEA

TEA

  • Used as: emulsifier, foaming agent, pH adjuster, fragrance ingredient
  • Harmful effects: allergen, possible carcinogen when creating nitrosamines
  • Used in products: skin care (moisturizer, anti-aging, sunscreen), make up (mascara, eye shadows, blushes, foundations), hair care, frangrance
  • Names on a label: TEA, triethanolamine, daltogen, sterolamide
  • EWG score: 5

MIT

  • Used as: preservative
  • Harmful effects: allergen, possible neurotoxin
  • Used in products: skin care, body wash, hair care (shampoo, conditioner, hair color)
  • Names on a label: MIT, methylisothiazolinone
  • EWG score: 5

1,4 Dioxane

  • Used as: an unwanted chemical byproduct of an ingredient processing method (ethoxylation: a process in order to make petro-chemical less irritating to the skin). It contaminates over 40% of personal care products. EWG description.
  • Harmful effects: irritates skin, irritates lungs, carcinogen, neurotoxin
  • Used in products: skin care, body care (body wash, liquid soap), shampoo
  • Names on a label: not used on a label itself; a byproduct of other ingredients (PEGs, Polyethylene, Polyoxyethylene, Polyethyleneglycol).
  • EWG score: 8

Petrolatum

  • Used as: moisturizer, UV absorber, emollient, lubricant. Used instead of natural ingredients because it is very cheap.
  • Harmful effects: obtained from petroleum (petro-chemicals), may contain carcinogen impurities), photosensitivity, may disrupt and/or interfere with skin’s natural moisturizing process, dries skin
  • Used in products: skin care (moisturizer), sunscreen, suntan products, lip balm, make up
    (lipstick, lipgloss), body care, body wash, hair care (hair conditioner, shampoo), shaving products
  • Names on a label: petrolatum, petroleum, mineral oil (baby oil), paraffin, mineral jelly, petrolatum amber, petrolatum jelly, mineral grease
  • EWG score: 4

Triclosan

  • Used as: preservative, deodorant agent, antibacterial agent
  • Harmful effects: may be endocrine toxin/interrupter, skin irritant, linked to breast cancer
  • Used in products: skin care (facial cleanser, anti-acne products), body care, antiperspirant/deodorant, liquid soap, toothpaste
  • Names on a label: triclosan, -chloro- and -trichloro- variations
  • EWG score: 7

Toluene

  • Used as: antioxidant, solvent, paint thinner
  • Harmful effects: irritant, neurotoxin, impairs breathing, causes nausea, may cause fetus’ developmental damage, possible immune system toxin, possible link to blood cancer, possible link to malignant lymphoma
  • Used in products: nail polish, nail treatment, cuticle treatment
  • Names on a label: toluene, toluol, benzene, methyl, methylbenzene, phenyl-methane
  • EWG score: 10

Phenylenediamine (PPD)

  • Used as: colorant, hair colorant, hair dyer
  • Harmful effects: allergen, potential carcinogen
  • Used in products: mascara, hair color, hair bleaching, shampoo, hair conditioner
  • Names on a label: p-Phenylenediamine, p-aminoaniline, p-diaminobenzene, -benzenediamine- variations
  • EWG score: 7

Coal Tar

  • Used as: denaturant, anti-dandruff agent, cosmetic biocide
  • Harmful effects: destillation by-product of coal, respiratory toxin, skin toxin, possible carcinogen. Banned in EU
  • Used in products: dandruff/scalp treatment, shampoo, rosacea treatment, eczema treatment
  • Names on a label: tar, coal, coal tar solution, carbo-cort, coal tar solution, crude coal tar, estar, impervotar, picis carbonis
  • EWG score: 10

Talc

  • Used as: bulking agent, anti-caking agent, skin protectant, absorbent
  • Harmful effects: it can contain small amounts of aluminum silicate, it can be contaminated with asbestos fibers. Respiratory toxin, carcinogen, even when asbestos-free.
  • Used in products: sunscreen, make up (eye shadow, blush, facial powder, foundation)
  • Names on a label: talc, cosmetic talc, french chalk, beaver white 200
  • EWG score: 3

Aluminum Chlorohydrate

  • Used as: antiperspirant agent, cosmetic astringent, deodorant agent
  • Harmful effects: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), ecotoxicology. The buildup of AC itself in the body, along with the buildup of the toxins that should leave the body via perspiration which are blocked by the AC (the AC salt prevents wetness – body’s perspiration).
  • Used in products: antiperspirant, deodorant, deodorant spray
  • Names on a label: aluminium hydroxychloride, aluminium chlorhydrate, aluminum chlorhydroxide, aluminum chloride hydroxide, aluminum chloride
  • EWG score: 3

Artificial/Synthetic color (FD&C)

  • Used as: artificial colorants
  • Harmful effects: skin irritants, allergens, possible carcinogens. artificial colors such as blue 1 and blue 2 are derived from coal tar. Derived from and tested on animals. Much cheaper than natural colors derived from plants.
  • Used in products: skin care, body care, hair care, make up (lipstick, lip gloss, eye shadow, foundation, blush)
  • Names on a label: FD&C – (FD&C blue 33, FD&C orange 4, FD&C red 40, FD&C green 5, FD&C violet 7, etc), D&C –
  • EWG score: 15

Synthetic Sunscreen

Fragrance/Perfum/Parfum

  • Used as: substance to impart an odor to a cosmetic product. Usually always written at the end of the ingredient list.
  • Harmful effects: respiratory distress, headache, skin irritant, skin rashes, allergies, dermatitis
  • Used in products: skin care, body care, hair care, make up, perfume
  • Names on a label: fragrance, parfum, aroma
    The problem that “fragrance” or “parfum” ingredients listed on a label present is the fact that around 5,000 other ingredients can be hidden under these names due to trade secrets of manufacturers who do not wish to disclose which ingredients they used, so any toxic ingredient can be listed as “fragrance” or “parfum”. It can also denote essential oils (natural fragrance) used as scent sources.
  • EWG score: 8

 

More toxic ingredients to be added.

Jan 202014
 

More and more people are turning to natural organic cosmetics due to safety and healthy reasons, both for people and environment. Sells of natural organic cosmetics are steadily growing, so it comes as no surprise that many would like a piece of this cake. However, ingredients in natural organic cosmetics are far more expensive than toxic synthetic ingredients in conventional cosmetic products. This is where things may turn ugly – especially for us, consumers of natural organic cosmetics, as well as those, who make genuine natural organic cosmetics.

Why? Greenwashing.

Greenwashing is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that a company’s policies or products are environmentally friendly.

On one hand we have major conventional cosmetic brands, which want to be a part of this green/eco/natural/organic movement. So what they do, is basically re-brand conventional cosmetic products, add a few natural (but not necessary organic) ingredients, put a green leaf and a word “natural” on a package, and sell it as, well, natural. A quick look at the ingredient label (click here for basic toxic ingredients to avoid in your cosmetic products) on such product proves the product is anything but natural, and most certainly not organic. They take an advantage of consumers, who wish to switch to (more) natural, even organic cosmetic products, but may not be well versed in ingredients language and/or would like to pay less than they would for organic/certified organic cosmetic products.

On the other hand we have small makers of natural organic cosmetic products, producing small batches of fresh products with organic ingredients, even certified organic ingredients, but the whole product is not certified as organic, since acquiring an organic certification is still proving to be quite an expensive and time consuming endeavor for small brands. So how do we, consumers, go about buying cosmetic products that are truly natural, organic? And why isn’t a word “natural” enough and what do other labels, such as green, eco, bio mean?

Organic Cosmetics

Definition of “organic” as per USDA: “A labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.”

Ingredients, used in organic cosmetics are usually and mostly derived from vegetables, fruits and herbs. In order for a cosmetic product to be called (and certified) as an organic cosmetic product, it must contain at least 95% of ingredients of an organic origin, whereas the remaining % are, for example, minerals (such as titanium dioxide, used in mineral cosmetics and used as a natural SPF).

What does organic origin mean? Organic origin means that ingredients in cosmetic product must come from organic farming, which is inspected, controlled and regulated. In order to be labeled as organic, farming must not include any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and must not produce any GMO (genetically modified/engineered organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques), it must not use or add any toxins or hormones. In order for a cosmetic product to be organic, an organic cosmetic product must use an organic ingredient if such is available (as opposed to a cheap synthetic substitute). Minimal non-organic ingredients, such as certain additives are allowed, from a restricted list of an organic certification body: minimal non-organic ingredients/additives are allowed only if an organic ingredient/additive is not available and it must not be GMO.

The process of cultivating organic sources for ingredient derivation must be ecologically friendly and sound and must not pollute the environment. The packaging must also be ecological, which it means using recycled and recyclable materials (recycled packaging, vegetable ink etc.). Ingredients, such as shea butter and tea tree essential oil, for example, are naturally/wild harvested, which means they come from their historically old natural habitat and are then harvested in accordance to ecologically sound process of not disturbing and/or destroying their natural habitat.

Organic cosmetic products must be animal friendly/cruelty free, which means none of the ingredients nor the final product had been tested on animals.

Natural Cosmetics

A term natural should suffice, shouldn’t it, as in a cosmetic product being, well – natural. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. It is the most used and quite frankly, abused term to trick us, the consumers, into thinking we’re buying a healthy cosmetic product, when in fact we’re not.

Let’s see one example: rose. A cosmetic product can contain a rose hydrolate or a rose absolute/essential oil. You think what could be wrong, since a flower – rose – is natural, right? If those roses grew on a farm, which is not organic, and harmful fertilizers and pesticides were used, the roses may as well be GMO. But a cosmetic product containing such ingredients would nonetheless still be sold as natural and thus dishonest toward us, the consumers. It would, naturally, heh, be cheaper than the product using organic roses, since the production of these “natural” roses is faster and in much bigger quantities. A cosmetic product may be wrapped in a nice packaging, green colors, green leaves, with inviting “natural” titles on it.

A quick glance at ingredients list may give as “natural” for olive oil and “wild harvested” for shea butter, along with one or two ingredients which are “certified organic”, whereas the rest of the ingredients are synthetic toxic ingredients. It is imperative we learn about toxic ingredients and what it means for a cosmetic product to be truly organic before we buy it.

And then there are petro-ingredients. Oil is natural, is it not? So, a product sold as a body oil, using mineral oil, rose essential oil (or even worse – a synthetic rose fragrance) and a few parabenes is sold as – a natural body oil! The next time you decide to buy some well known baby oil, take a look at the ingredients label; you’re going to be shocked by what you see.

Green Cosmetics

Green cosmetics fall under a similar group as natural cosmetics. Green cosmetics ingredients are mainly of a plant or fruit origin, as opposed to synthetic ingredients; however, such cosmetic product can contain harmful synthetic ingredients as well. While ingredients are of a plant or fruit origin, they are not necessary organic – produced by organic farming. We use a term “green” for general understanding that a process is in cooperation with customer’s and environment’s health and well being, but this is unfortunately another wiggle room, which sellers of green cosmetic products use to profit from a green movement.

Eco/Eco Friendly Cosmetics

Another label which can be tricky. Eco product should be a product which follows environmentally sound process, mainly the stages of formulation of the product, as well as the packaging, thus minimizing the effects on the environment. However, this does not tell us the exact origins of ingredients production, whether or not the farming was indeed organic. Certain parts of a final product may very well be eco friendly, for the environment and us consumers, but not all of the parts. Which leads us back to finding similarities between “natural” and “eco/eco friendly” cosmetics and “green” and “eco/eco friendly” cosmetics. It may sound genuine, but what’s in the product is not.

Environmentally Friendly Cosmetics

Similar to “natural” “green” “eco/eco friendly” cosmetic labels. Environmentally friendly cosmetics may be friendly to the environment, with minimized toxic effects on environment and great biodegradable aspects, but since ingredients labels do not explain to the consumer the whole process of obtaining these ingredients, it’s hard to know just how pure in sense of being organic they truly are.

Bio/Biodynamic Cosmetics

Bio/Biodynamic is very similar in practice to organic label. It denotes a farming practice, which is, like organic farming practice, a practice where no toxic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides) are used, and there’s no GMO products, which would then be used for ingredients derivation and production. Bio/Biodynamic process goes a step further with its holistic approach for caring for the soil: whereas traditional farming tends to, over the course of time, strip the soil of its ability to grow nutrient, vitamin and mineral rich plants. Just as with other non-organic labels, this one leaves room for non-genuine products to find their way on a shelf, misleading the consumer.

Conclusion?

Learn about ingredients – both toxic cosmetic ingredients and good cosmetic ingredients as well as certificates. There are cosmetic brands, which sell products made from certified organic ingredients, but the final product itself may not be certified, mainly due to high costs of obtaining organic certification for the final product. Should such cosmetic product fall under greenwashing? Not really, but you always have to keep in mind to read the labels. There are also small, indie brands, mainly found on handmade market sites, which use natural and/or organic ingredients combinations. Could it be greenwashing? Yes, but if you think you can trust the seller that he/she is truly formulating the product with ingredients he/she claims, then go for it.

At the end of the day, the rule of thumb should be organic certification on a package and/or certified organic ingredients on the ingredients list. All in all we can see that “back to nature” movement, from food to fashion and cosmetics proves to be too lucrative to be passed by for some dishonest sellers, who wish to profit as fast as possible, and of course, have little to no regard for sustainability of either their product or the environment. With further research, you will become familiar which ingredients are good and which are toxic and which brands proved to be genuine and honest in their practice and which did not. Hopefully we, Nature of Europe, can be of an assistance in your quest for making healthier choices for yourself and the environment.

Jan 152014
 

Gradparents called it foodIn times we live in, more and more people are switching to what is known as organic food. Our grandparents and great-grandparents called it just – food. With all the synthetics, chemicals, artificial products in our lives, mimicking nature and lowering costs, we’ve come so far we need a term to specify food as organic: made with and by nature and with no unhealthy additives. As it once used to be. We just had to go through decades of fast, cheap, shinny looking food to realize we’ve been poisoning ourselves and our environment, which in turn, coming full circle, is poisoning us.

The same story can be applied to cosmetics. It took us some time before we realized that cosmetic products, from skin care, body care, hair care, make up, not to mention the products used for babies, are full of toxic synthetic ingredients, which are unhealthy. At first, it may seem that those small amounts of ingredients in conventional, non-organic cosmetic products, could not be detrimental to our health; but when looked deeper, we realize the cumulative ingredients amount to kilograms of these harmful ingredients.

Let’s take a closer look why you should stop using conventional cosmetic products.

Absorption of cosmetic products by the skin

Cosmetic products are absorbed into our skin, and travel under our skin into our body, into our bloodstream. A small amount of such ingredients here and there, and over time, they build a substantial amount in our bodies. And with this buildup in our bodies comes a variety of health problems. Being exposed to nail polish, nail polish remover, perfumes, any product where we inhale toxic ingredients, can have negative consequences on our health, some short term while most – long term.

Toxic ingredients can cause cancer, infertility

Parabens (preservatives used in conventional cosmetic) and phthalates are one of the most toxic and most used synthetic ingredients found in conventional cosmetics: from skin care and body care products, soaps, shampoos to deodorants etc. Toxic ingredients can cause cancer and are found to be disruptive to endocrine system (linked to obesity, especially childhood obesity). Synthetic ingredients in conventional cosmetic products can cause infertility in both men and women, and can cause birth defects in babies. Some toxic ingredients mimic the effects of estrogen, which results in girls’ premature puberty (and you’ve probably heard about animals being injected with harmful hormones for faster growth and faster profit, which have similar effect).

Conventional cosmetics and negative impact on environment

The production of these, otherwise cheap, ingredients found in our daily used cosmetic products also have a very negative effect on our environment, and subsequently – on us, again. The pollution of air and water due to manufacturing of the products made from synthetic ingredients, is very worrisome. The circle comes full once we buy these non-organic products (think of petro-chemicals, such as petrolatum), use them on ourselves, and then send them down the drain, which, again, pollutes water, soil, air. And us, all over again.

Natural, organic cosmetic products are products as they once were. Made by nature, pure and simple. The ingredients in natural organic cosmetics are all natural ingredients, from carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, extracts, flower waters/hydrolates. They are derived from plants, which grow in their natural habitat, as it was intended: with no pesticides and other harmful chemicals in order to make the plants grow faster and bigger in order to maximize profits.

The reason why organic cosmetic products may be slightly more expensive than your average drug store conventional cosmetics is that the process between, for example, planting an olive tree, picking the fruits, and turning these fruits into an ingredient used in cosmetics products is done on a much smaller scale, manually with great care, is time consuming, therefore the profit is minimized for the producers of organic products, as opposed to those, who produce conventional cosmetics, full of synthetics, manufactured in factories. I often propose a question to those who complain about the prices of organic cosmetics: you’re willing to pay, say, 60€ for a designer brand facial cream, full of synthetic harmful ingredients as long as it is an “important” brand (or heavily marketed brand for 10€), but you’re not willing to pay 30€ for a facial cream, which contains nothing but natural ingredients, which not only do not harm you, but are actually highly beneficial for your skin, your health?

So, what are the benefits of using natural, organic products? Let’s take a look at a few.

Reduced allergies

Many people suffer from all sorts of skin conditions and allergies. Some may know which ingredients cause them to have allergies, but most don’t. With prolonged use of conventional cosmetic products, allergies tend to get even worse, and the allergies are then treated with more conventional cosmetic products. Vicious circle, really. While there are some people, who may not react positively to certain natural ingredients (mainly certain essential oils), most natural organic products and in general do not irritate the skin and can in fact help reduce and heal allergies brought on by conventional cosmetic products used prior. Dermatitis and eczema are such conditions, triggered by toxic ingredients in conventional cosmetic products, and can be nicely treated with olive oil and shea butter, for example.

Reduced clogged pores and acne

Clogged pores and sub-sequential acne prone skin is another skin condition result of (also) synthetic cosmetic products. Ironically, in conventional anti-acne cosmetic products, you will find ingredients which are comedogenic (clog the pores) themselves. It’s not just that conventional cosmetics products, due to synthetic ingredients, clog pores on our faces; aluminum, a toxic ingredient, found in many conventional deodorants, can clog pores and cause heavy irritation and rashes – and I am speaking from my experience on this one.
With more and more people learning about harmful conventional cosmetic products and thus deliberate choice to buy natural products, makers of conventional cosmetics products are trying to cash in by selling products, which contain a few drops of natural ingredients, and calling them natural products. Why should you buy a conventional “anti-acne” cream with a few drops of, say, tea tree essential oil, along with toxic, comedogenic ingredients, when you can just buy tea tree essential oil, or an organic cream, which contains ingredients to help you reduce and/or cure acne?

Do not damage skin

With skin conditions, allergies and acne, comes damaged skin. Using conventional cosmetic products, we try to repair the damage done to our skin by using the very products that caused the damage. Another full circle. Natural organic cosmetics actually help repair the skin damaged due to sun and toxic ingredients used in conventional products. While terribly damaged skin due to acne will not be repaired by using natural products alone, it will reduce the damage and most importantly, will not cause further damage. Natural ingredients will promote skin’s elasticity and ability to repair itself. By using natural peeling products, you will exfoliate your skin of dead cells, thus minimizing clogged pores, as well as attaining healthy youthful look – the natural way.

Minimal use due to heavy concentration

Conventional cosmetic products, which want to be sold as natural, use a few drops of natural ingredient, and are heavily diluted due to reduction of costs. We then use more of a product, thickly and heavily layering it on our skin, which leaves our skin gasping for air. Why use, for example, conventional toner with a few drops of rose hydrolate or a few drops of a rose absolute/essential oil, heavily diluted with water and mixed with toxic ingredients, when you can use pure organic rose hydrolate? Natural organic products are also heavily concentrated, with nothing but ingredients that actually work, so you don’t have to put heavy layers of the product on your skin. Your skin breathes, and – so does your wallet.

Deliver the promise

Natural organic cosmetics actually deliver the promise. There’s a huge mother nature’s arsenal of ingredients for basically every skin condition, treatment. You will find ingredients, which promote collagen and thus skin’s elasticity. You will find ingredients which promote smooth, youthful skin. You will find ingredients which treat an array of skin conditions. You will find ingredients, which protect from sun damage. They will work and they won’t harm you.

Positively affect the mood and health

And lastly, due to natural scents and effects these natural ingredients have, you will not only look better, but also feel better. Many essential oils, used for different skin treatments and conditions, also have a soothing feeling on your mood. Lavender essential oil, for example, that you find in your facial cream you use before sleep, will calm you down and help you fall asleep. A lavender hydrolate, sprayed on your pillow, would be even better.

All in all, there are no reasons why you shouldn’t use natural organic cosmetic products, and there are all the reasons why you should. We all want to look the best we can, and we can all look the best we can when we’re healthy and feeling good. Feeling good about ourselves.♥♥

 

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