Natural vs Organic

“Organic” is neither a concept, theme, nor marketing ploy. It is, first and foremost, an agricultural method.

The term “ natural ” means existing in or formed by nature without human intervention. This refers to ingredients such as naturally occurring minerals and plant extracts, not Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Poly glucose and cyclopolymethicone. And yet some companies will tell you that natural means anything that originated somewhere on earth – no matter what has been done to it in a laboratory.

 If you're an organic consumer keen to change your lifestyle to embrace organic principles, you might be feeling somewhat confused.  It appears that the internet, health shops, healthy living and "green"  magazines all over the planet are blazing away with "certified organic" this and "100% natural" that for modern living.

But what is organic? When it comes to skin care, body care, shampoos, lotions and other personal care products, how precisely do we define the word "organic"?  Are we to understand that it means that the product or ingredient meets United States/EEC Dept of Agriculture standards, or that the product is 100% organic? Or does it mean that the product is certified organic? Sorry folks: if you're not talking about foodstuffs, the word "organic" means absolutely nothing!   The all important thing is the ingredients.   Let's delve further into this subject. 

In skin care and cosmetic manufacture, the term “ Organic ” refers to ingredients such as herbs, flowers, plant oils, the earth's minerals, seaweed, beeswax etc., which have been grown, processed or extracted from living nature without the use of chemical pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators or stimulants and without having undergone any processing, e.g. an ingredient remaining in its unrefined state. In the Victorian Garden of the 21st century, all plants, flowers & trees are grown in a natural/organic way as they were hundreds of years ago – in our case, in the Victorian Era (1837-1901).

We feel strongly that beauty care products are notoriously under-regulated. Any number of dangerous chemical and synthetic additives are used in their processing. The National Organic Program in America and in the U. K. remains vague about when and whether organic personal care products will be held to the same standards as organic foods. In the meantime, many beauty care manufactures have seized on the label "organic" as a clever marketing scheme, heralding their products as natural and organic when their bottles are filled with synthetic, possibly dangerous, chemicals.

"Nowhere do the terms 'natural' and 'organic' take more of a bruising than in the beauty industry," according to New Vegetarian and Natural Health publications. "Most cosmetic companies utilising the term 'organic' on their label are using the chemistry definition of organic - meaning a compound which contains carbon... By using this definition they can say that a petrochemical preservative such as Methyl Paraben is 'organic' because it was formed by leaves that rotted over thousands of years to become oil."

Unwittingly, consumers are paying high prices for "organic" products under the misconception that they are materially different to the non-organic products on the shelf. Beauty care manufacturers have set out to develop their own standards for organic processing.

Many insist that their products simply cannot be made in a manner compliant with existing organic standards and want to list hundreds of synthetic processing ingredients as allowable for organic personal care. For now, organic personal care products using chemical ingredients and, at the very least, misleadingly labelled will continue to crowd the shelves of health shops, spas and beauty salons.

The growth of the natural beauty care industry has not slowed the market for chemical additives for such products. In fact, the chemical companies expect to profit hugely from the trend.

"The incorporation of active ingredients, such as plant acids and enzymes, into toiletries and cosmetics has become a major force behind growth in an otherwise mature industry," according to a chemical industry analyst from the Freedonia Group in the U.S.A. chemicals in our foodstuffs, in our kitchens, our bedrooms, our bathrooms and most definitely in our beauty and skin care products.

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