By Karen


Categories: Chemical free cosmetics, Chemical free skin care, Green Skin Care Products, No Chemical Cosmetics

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Why I am Biased Toward Organic Skin Care Products.



I do not apoligise for being biased toward organic skin care, as my research over the past number of years has only strengthened my opinion for the purity, efficacy and value for money these products provide.

Lets not muddy the waters regarding true organics and the pretenders. As people lean more and more toward natural, no-chemical products, cosmetic and skin care manufacturers promote and claim their products are ‘natural’ and even ‘organic’ even if there is no evidence of there being any ingredients that could honestly be described as such.

Then there are the middle ground products, those that may have some organic ingredients in the formulation, but also include chemicals.

Often shampoo manufacturers will promote “aqueous infusions” or “herbal extracts” which are effectively just weak teas where teabags of herbs have been dunked into a large vat of water. The herbal extracts may be organic and even certified organic, but they are in such small amounts, diluted by a large amount of water, they have little or no value. This practice bulks up the organic claim.

I have mentioned in previous articles that the first 3 to 4 ingredients listed on the ingredients label make up between 90% and 95% of the entire product. So if our herbal infusion is the 2nd on the list, which is usual, after water, the product is probably 95% water.

The same biochemists’ rule of thumb applies to all personal care products. With this in mind, a moisturiser advertised as having a particularly valuable ingredient such as organic primrose oil, may be worthless if the oil is towards the end of the ingredients list. The last 3 to 5 ingredients on the label amount to approximately 1% to 3% of the entire product.

Only when a 3rd party governing body certifies the entire product organic, can you be sure of a genuine organic claim.

Organic ingredients are grown in unadulterated soils, free of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, harvested cleanly, minimally processed without risk of contamination and stored correctly to maintain their nutrient value.

The certification is a guarantee the organic claim is genuine. When free of pesticides or chemical contamination organic ingredients are truly pure. The vitality and the potency of the nutritional value of the organic raw ingredient is the greatest benefit to the user.

You can be confident of value for money when you choose a product carrying the organic certification, as there will not be any useless fillers to bulk out the ingredients list, or chemicals whose safety may be questionable. You can be assured that the certified organic product you are buying will deliver the results you expect.

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  1. Sherry Botras March 24, 2012 | 1:37 am

    Well, I don’t know anyone who thinks using natural deodorant is going to save the world. I just use it because I believe it to be unhealthy to inhibit sweating. Plus, the natural stuff doesn’t ruin your shirts. We are exposed to so many chemicals we don’t know about all the time, it would be impossible to get away from them all. However, why not avoid the ones you do know about if you can?Scott, I can appreciate your point that we should be more worried about bigger issues. Maybe if we could get China & Mexico (and everyone else!) to decrease their pollution in the first place, we wouldn’t have to worry about so many chemicals.On the other hand if more people start buying these natural alternatives, there will be more available and maybe it can decrease the level of chemical products being produced and therefore decrease the amount of waste produced from those chemicals…? Every little action makes a difference. It’s probably that kind of thinking (that small actions don’t make a difference) that got us to where we are.Report this comment as spam or abuse

  2. Using natural deodorant may not save the world, yet … but then again, it may be the thin end of the wedge in limiting chemicals in the body products you use. Consumers consistently choosing chemical free products sends a clear message to manufacturers, thereby decreasing the number of chemicals produced. It is a beginning. Don’t be tempted to point the pollution finger at China and Mexico before you take into account the number of chemicals produced by US and European companies.

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