Did you know that your organic beauty product could contain as little as 1% organic ingredients plus lots of chemicals?! Shocking huh..? Unfortunately the same standards that apply to organic food don't apply to organic beauty. This means that your organic beauty regime may not be as clean or as healthy as you thought...
The thing is, when the standards for our beauty products were set no one really realised that the ingredients could be so well absorbed into our bodies. It was presumed that topical treatments just affected the skins surface and that was that. We now know different. Traces of parabens have even been found in cancerous breast tissue! I also find it very telling that women undergoing IVF are asked to abstain from using beauty products on implant day. Says it all really.
So until the beauty industry cleans up it's act, we are stuck with having to work out which skincare products are in fact totally free from all chemical nasties and which are simply pretending to be. But before you go checking every single ingredient on the back of all of your products there is an easier way...
Organic brands can choose to apply for certification from independent organic organisations. These organisations are totally unbiased and have extremely strict standards that brands have to adhere to. They have to comply with their rules over the cultivation of the plants and herbs used as well as the composition of the end product. These 'real organic' finished products then have the great honour of being able to display the organic certifier's logo. This symbol is a trusted mark of organic quality and is something that all organic consumers should look for. Unfortunately the word 'organic' is not enough - in the beauty world at least.
So what are these logos we should be looking out for? The UK's organic certifying body is the Soil Association - you may have seen the logo on your organic food. Any beauty product displaying the Soil Association symbol is therefore food grade also - although possibly not that tasty! The big one in the US is the USDA logo which again you could have seen on food and other items. The OFC is the Australian equivalent and Ecocert is a well respected European certifier.
Still with me? The good news is things ARE getting simpler in the organic beauty world. A few of these organisations have come together to form a common standard for organic cosmetics. This new umbrella company is called COSMOS and relates specifically to organic beauty, rather than food.
Every September the Soil Association help to further the organic message with their 'Organic September'. They highlight the benefits of organic produce in general and during 'Organic Beauty Week' (19th - 25th September) the focus is on the importance of certification in organic beauty. We are urged to #lookforthelogo in their #campaign4clarity which seems to be gaining momentum significantly even though this will only be the third year. Like us, they are extremely unimpressed with the greenwashing (implying that a product is 'green' when it is not) that goes on within the industry and are fighting to change things by educating consumers of organic cosmetics.
Reduce your toxic load during 'Organic September' by choosing certified organic products wherever possible and enjoy a healthier and greener lifestyle that you will probably want to maintain forever..!
Top Picks For Organic September!
Botanicals Rose & Camellia Cleansing Melt - the original and the best at deep, gentle cleansing
Odylique Rose Super Tonic - a calming & refreshing facial toner
SKN-RG Cellular Repair Moisturiser - Dry/Sensitive - the king of organic face creams
Willow Advanced Anti-Ageing Serum - potent Barbary Fig extract harnessed for powerful anti-ageing benefits
Nourish Protect Nutri Rich Body Cream - smooth, tone and refresh dull skin on the body naturally