One of the first steps when you start in organic cosmetics is to understand what is hidden behind organic and natural beauty products. Learn to recognize them as truly organic cosmetics, identify yourself among organic labels, and discover the differences between organic cosmetics and conventional cosmetics.
Organic cosmetics: how to find your way around?
Organic and natural beauty products have been popular for several years, but what is behind the name “organic cosmetics”? What are they worth compared to conventional cosmetics? Between all the existing labels and the received ideas on organic, we are easily lost … Discover with us the universe of natural beauty.
Do you really know what an organic cosmetic is?
First of all, what is the definition of an organic beauty product? What guarantees behind this appellation? A certified organic cosmetic meets several requirements: natural ingredients, mainly from organic farming, a composition free from harmful chemical components, and a global ethic that respects the environment like animals.
Organic cosmetics VS conventional cosmetics
If we compare in detail the composition of an organic cosmetic versus conventional cosmetic, what does it give? Water, fat, emulsifier, preservative … While in organic beauty you will find a large majority of natural active ingredients with many benefits, in conventional we will mainly have synthetic components from petrochemicals that do not add much to the skin, and a very small percentage of active ingredients.
Organic labels and ISO 16128 standard: Who to trust?
Who says organic cosmetics says label, but how to choose it and which to trust? There are several of which the best known are Ecocert, Cosmebio, Natrue or even BDIH. If they obviously have something in common, the specifications to be respected vary from one to the other. Their role is all the more important today with the new ISO 16128 standard, which makes it even more difficult for consumers looking for naturalness.
5 misconceptions about organic beauty products
Too expensive, not effective, not pleasant to use … Even today there are many misconceptions about organic cosmetics. Myths or reality? You will see that in reality organic beauty has evolved enormously since its beginnings to offer you a performance and a sensoriality that rival conventional cosmetics.
These toxic ingredients that you hide from cosmetic brands
Many toxic ingredients pollute our cosmetics. Industrialists love it! For most of us, it is complicated to know what a beauty product contains and to identify these chemical ingredients to avoid. To be certain of consuming healthy, or that you are starting out in organic cosmetics, we decipher for you the back of the decor of conventional cosmetics …
What everyone should know about cosmetics
When not organic, cosmetics can contain a lot of ingredients that are toxic to our health or to the planet.
When we talk about conventional cosmetics, we talk about chemistry, using all existing processes to bring multiple benefits at the best price. A range of ingredients is therefore used and their ecological or health impact is not the main concern of manufacturers. We therefore find ingredients from petrochemicals, polymers, silicones, etc.
In recent years, some of these extremely common ingredients have been singled out for their toxicity. And as long as they are not permanently withdrawn from the market by the health authorities, they will continue to be housed in our cosmetics. Indeed, if they are not dangerous in small doses, their use multiplied by the number of cosmetics that we put on our skin every day is a veritable explosive cocktail: risks of cancer, sterility or even poisoning await you.
Find out what’s nested in your cosmetics
Toxic ingredients hide in makeup Silicones
Very polluting, some silicones are today recognized as endocrine disruptors. Used in the majority of shampoos, facials and make-up, their plastic texture brings suppleness and softness, but completely suffocates the skin and the hair fiber. In fact, silicones are occlusive agents and are also harmful to the planet since they are not biodegradable.
Mineral oil is toxic to the planet since it is non-biodegradable and manufactured in very large proportions by manufacturers. This chemical oil, which replaces natural vegetable oils due to its low cost, is used in many cosmetic treatments. It is derived from hydrocarbons and comes from petrochemicals, which is also very polluting. At the skin level, mineral oil, being occlusive, suffocates the epidermis and promotes the appearance of blackheads, blackheads, pimples, etc. It is to be banished in people with acne.
Aluminum salts, which have been suspected for many years of causing breast cancer, are recognized as endocrine disruptors. Deposited near the thin skin of the armpit thanks to antiperspirants and deododants, their molecules cross the skin and are found in the body where they disrupt the proper functioning of hormones.