What Does Organic Mean?
Natural and organic skin care products have been around for centuries. We’ve all heard of the famous queen Cleopatra who was known for her lavish beauty routine that consisted of a multitude of natural ingredients like honey, milk, olive oil and white clay. Fact is, until around the mid-1920s, all skin care products were natural AND organic. So what happened?
Well, to be considered USDA certified organic, a product must be made of 95% or more organic ingredients derived from plant sources – and all of the plants used must have been grown without pesticides, bioengineered genes or petroleum-based fertilizers (which could be toxic to the environment). In addition, all of the plants must have been farmed using organic farming methods that recycle sources and promote biodiversity.
Back in the 1920s, ALL farming was organic. But farmers often lost crops because of insects. Then scientists discovered that the insect population could be controlled with chemicals like DDT and BHC. These products worked so well that their use became wildly popular – until the mid 1960s when people began to realize the negative side effects to birds and wildlife, and to the environment in general. And so the now-ongoing organic movement began.
Benefits of Organic Products
- Organic products are made with ingredients that are gentler for your skin. Natural organic products don’t contain unnecessary fillers or irritants, while non-organic products may contain harmful chemicals that can damage skin over time.
- Organic products smell better. Organic products do not contain any synthetic fragrance. If you are using an organic rose cream, for example, it will be made from real rose water and rose essential oils.
- Organic products are healthier for you. Your skin acts like a giant sponge, absorbing everything you put on it, whether good or bad. If you use products with added chemicals, those chemicals end up in your body and can go directly into your bloodstream and major organs. When you use and organic products, you don’t have to worry about chemicals that you have never heard of and can’t pronounce, and what they might do to your body.
- Organic products are less likely to cause skin irritation. Chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers in skin care products and makeup can cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Many people are allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products. Natural makeup, skin care products, and body products work with your skin instead of against it.
- Organic products help combat skin sun damage. The skin on the face is thinner and more susceptible to UV-related skin aging, so choosing a mineral-rich, organic skin care product may help support healthy, youthful-looking skin. Makeup made with natural minerals also can provide sun protection. Many organic products also contain antioxidants (like vitamin C) that have been proven to provide sun-shielding benefits.
- Organic products are more earth-friendly. Their ingredients come from chemical-free farms, are processed more cleanly than conventionally produced products, and are generally packaged in recycling-friendly containers – all of which helps promote a healthier planet.
A few things to remember
- Just because a product is organic doesn’t mean you have a lesser chance of irritation or allergic reactions. If you are allergic to roses, you probably will be allergic to any organic product made from roses. If you are prone to allergies or breakouts, try new products one at a time to test your tolerance.
- ‘Organic’ and ‘Natural’ products are NOT interchangeable. A product can be natural andorganic, but not all natural products are organic, or even 100 percent natural. Natural products are simply derived from natural sources without added synthetic compounds.
Organic skin care, hair care and beauty products feature high-quality organic ingredients that work in harmony with your skin and body to enhance its regenerative and healing properties. Use them and your friends will be ‘green’ with envy!