LA Natural Cosmetics

Why Natural Cosmetics? Growing consumer awareness of chemicals in cosmetics & toiletries is rapidly increasing. Health risks associated with chemicals in personal care products have led people to turn to natural products because they are made from plant extracts & natural ingredients and contain minimal levels of synthetic compounds. This blog has been established to better inform individuals who care about the products they are applying to their skin.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Does natural mean organic?

If you had asked us the difference between natural and organic, before we had conducted any research on cosmetics and the ingredients they include, we would have said there is no difference. Well that was wrong. Natural and organic are not interchangeable at all.
An article from www.accidentalhedonist.com explains the differences:

A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed (a process which does not fundamentally alter the raw product) may be labeled “natural”. The label must explain the use of the term natural (such as – no added colorings or artificial ingredients; minimally processed.) Hormones and antibiotics can be natural. It's the particulars that count.

"Organics" have well defined particulars, "Natural" does not. There are several items listed that organic standards require. There are no such requirements for the "natural" label. To say that there's no difference between "Natural" and "Organic" standards is the same as saying that there's no difference between a Hershey Bar and chocolate made from a Chocolatier in Paris. While both are chocolate, one has more explicit standards than the other.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Organic labeling-is it really organic?

Have you ever assumed that if you bought products from and "organic" food store, everything they sold was organic? I did and I was wrong. Starting in 2002 natural beauty additives have been regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP), the USDA organization that reviews grocery items. The standards are not the same in personal care products because they were created with food in mind. The definition of an organic product is something that must be made entirely of certified organic ingredients. These ingredients must be farmed, extracted, and formulated without conventional pesticides or preservatives to be labeled 100% organic. If a product is made with 95-100% natural ingredients an organic seal can be on the label. The trick is however, if a company makes a product and only 70% or the ingredients are organic, they have the USDA approval to label it "made with organic ingredients," which is where I believe most people are misled like me.

Why Natural Cosmetics?

You may be are aware of the benefits of eating natural foods but have you considered the benefits of using natural cosmetics? Growing consumer awareness of chemicals in cosmetics & toiletries is rapidly increasing. The media and pressure groups are highlighting the health risks associated with chemicals in personal care products and consumers are responding by turning to natural products.
Possible dangers of substances like parabens and petrochemicals in personal care products have turned consumers towards natural cosmetics because they are made from plant extracts & natural ingredients and contain minimal levels of synthetic compounds.
This blog has been established to better inform individuals who care about the products they are applying to their skin.