When preparative cosmetics is in question, we can often find products labeled as “natural” or “organic”, but very few people really tell the difference. Ok, we can all agree that these products are more likely to be useful, good with less potentially harmful substances etc. But what’s the actual difference? We’ve tackled a bit more this subject and here is what we found…
A product labeled as “natural” implies it is derived from entirely natural ingredients without the addition of synthetic or industrial chemicals. It can be purchased almost anywhere, but most common places being specialized stores even health food stores, and if you are equipped with the right knowledge and skills, you can also prepare natural cosmetic product at your home, but bear in mind these products tend to spoil much easier. In case you didn’t know, not everything labeled as “natural” is good for you. Natural products vary in terms of quality and origin of the ingredients. In principle, it is possible to tell a certain cosmetic product is natural if it doesn’t contain mineral oils, silicones, paraffins, synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colors, genetically modified ingredients and these products haven’t been tested on animals too. However, as in other fields of cosmetic industry, here gray economy blooms too since there are numerous manufacturers of the so-called natural cosmetics, yet not all of them have the necessary certification to attest it. This is why you, as an end-consumer need to be well-informed about natural cosmetics to make sure you buy the “real thing”. Natural cosmetics should be eco-certified, but make sure to check all the ingredients before buying such product. A label on the natural product should list not only compounds but their purity as well. You can use a trick when checking ingredients – if you are not familiar with the first several ingredients, it probably means that product is not as natural as it should be. Of course, this doesn’t imply that a product is not natural, but it’s not that pure. Using natural cosmetics has numerous beauty advantages – they work immediately and they are health friendly. Still, downsides of natural cosmetics include a relatively short shelf life and also, regardless of their natural origin, they too can cause allergic reactions.
Natural cosmetics are not necessarily organic. Organic cosmetic implies that all ingredients are obtained in ecologically acceptable manner. Such cosmetics are labeled with a special seal which confirms that product doesn’t contain mineral oils, parabens, synthetic fragrances and preservatives. Even organic cosmetics can cause allergic reactions, though these products need to comply with a restrictive set of rules, more restrictive than “regular” cosmetics. As far as price is concerned, organic products are somewhere in the middle, more expensive than regular cosmetics, yet much cheaper than cosmetics of some famous cosmetic brands.
What to choose?
Finally, if you wonder what to choose among so many different products, think about the following fact for a moment – certain ingredients in cosmetic products do not only penetrate into our skin but into our blood as well! The same applies to products like rouge or lipstick. Thus, it matters a great deal what you put into your body, especially when it concerns the biggest organ –skin. But okay, it may happen that, for some reason, you don’t have the opportunity to buy natural and/or organic product, but at least try to give an advantage to these products over other commercial cosmetics and let it be something you use predominantly if not always.
Translation: G. Dujmović