Products Labeled “Organic” & “All-Natural”: True Or False?
Although there are now more skincare and beauty products that contain organic and all-natural ingredients, the companies that are manufacturing and distributing these items are not always thinking in the best interest of the consumer.
Ever since the wave of organic products hit the mainstream, more and more skincare companies are trying to cash in on this movement, which often leads to being less than honest with its customers. The next time you go shopping, make a point to learn what really qualifies a product to be considered organic or all-natural.
What many people are not aware of is the fact that just because a skincare product or beauty item has the word “organic” or “all-natural” on its label, this does not make it true. In reality, many companies are putting out these items using a loophole or grey area when it comes to the factors that qualify an item to be truly organic.
The most important piece of information about this topic to walk away with is the fact that in order for something to be approved as organic, 95% of its total ingredients listed on the label must be certified organic. Additionally, those that claim to have all-natural ingredients must contain at least 70% truly organic or all-natural ingredients in order for this to be true.
Following these two guidelines helps to ensure that the items being purchased do not contain any harmful toxins, pesticides or herbicides, which can sneak in during the cultivation process.
It goes without saying that the majority of the products on the market, including skincare and beauty items, fall very short of the 95% and 70% requirements. In fact, many of these items contain only around 1% of truly organic or all-natural ingredients.
Does this mean that the product in question is bad for a person and should not be used? Not necessarily, however, it does indicate that a person won’t get to benefit from the actual use of organic and all-natural ingredients.
In order to be approved with an organic or all-natural label, manufacturers have to get their products certified, which comes with a list of criteria that must be satisfied as well as additional costs. Oftentimes, companies do not want to deal with the added hassle or expense. In a sense, they tend to label themselves as organic, instead of getting the approval from the actual regulatory bodies that assign this designation.
Customers shopping for these types of items should make it a habit to read the labels carefully. The main red flags to be on the lookout for include: parabens, sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), aluminum, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), formaldehyde and diazolidinyl urea.
Chances are, if you can pronounce the majority of the ingredients listed on the label, that is a fairly good sign that it contains a fair share of organic or all-natural properties. As to whether it meets the 95% or 70% guideline, that might be tougher to figure out but over time, you will be able to recognize which brands truly care about backing up their claim and which ones are mainly concerned with making a profit.