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What do you mean by Organic and Natural?

Clean isn't necessarily organic or natural, but natural isn't always organic, moreover organic doesn't mean it is natural either.

Are you confused as well?

Ok then, first thing first we want to know what we are talking about, Organic and Natural are strictly 2 different things.


Reminder:

Clean skincare is when a product doesn't contain any toxic or potentially harmful ingredients.


Organic skincare:

Organic product has ingredients harvested without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOs, sulfates/parabens, or antibiotics, but to have an organic Label you don't necessarily need to have 100% of the ingredients organic.


Natural skincare:

A "natural" product can be defined as something that is derived from plant, mineral, or animal by-products. And the particularity is the purity of it, like the essential oils.


Natural vs. Organic, what to expect in general


Organic

  • Production of organic products never uses

  • Manufactured herbicides/artificial pesticides

  • Preservatives, sulfates, parabens, synthetic colors, or any other chemicals

  • Routine antibiotic use

  • Growth regulators

  • A limited number of pesticides are permitted

  • The farming method should take care of sustainable land management


Natural

  • Ingredients should be naturally extracted from plants, flowers, or any other mineral source

  • Shouldn't contain

  • Sulfates, parabens, or other environmentally unfriendly substances

  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

  • Petrochemical constituents

  • Never tested on animals

  • The quality of the ingredients should be retained during the manufacturing process


However, the truth is...Greenwashing




Natural doesn't mean much in skincare, if you see it on finished products, you can find Natural chips also... just saying. What I mean is you can see "natural" anywhere, there is no regulation on that, it is not an official label.




This guides us to talk about greenwashing. In skincare, it is a marketing strategy to make us think that a product is safe, even though it is untrue most of the time. Think of an Argan oil, pure, it is an expensive good. You should find only 1 ingredient. If you find a cheap one check the ingredients list, for sure there is more than 1.

If you find any of these ingredients:


  • Cyclomethicone

  • Dimethicone

  • Isopropyl Palmitate

  • Mineral oil

  • Petrolatum

It means that the product is definitely not that natural, and brands mix them up to just work on their profit.


Moreover, nature is not always safe in a way that nature can be tough.

For example, essential oils can be very irritating if you use them on your face (like peppermint, lemon, lavender...) especially for sensitive skin. So if you see natural fragrance in a skincare product, it is generally from essential oils then can cause a reaction.


Being greenwashed by skincare brands is common. They trick your brain with specific packaging or colors that feels green, organic, or natural. I am sure you can picture which ones I mean.


Natural is not necessarily always what we think it is, so now knowing that I am sure you won't let any brand greenwash you, right?


Take care and Bisous

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