Should you switch to Organic for you and your family? It’s undoubtedly worth it, but only if you can separate truly Organic brands from the ones trying to hoodwink you!
“Our Advice: Be very cautious and do your research more before you get scammed by tricky words, fake labels and ‘Natural Looking’ packaging!”
Why Organic is important?
In layman terms, the term ‘organic’ means crops that are grown with no pesticides, no chemical fertilizers, no GMOs, no additives or artificial ingredients and those without the use of hormones, drugs and synthetic chemicals.
With the rising concern of systemic toxicity and the negative health effects of synthetic chemical laden (toxic) ingredients in beauty products, going ‘green’, ‘organic’ and ‘non-toxic’ way has become a major trend in recent times. Unfortunately ‘Trends’ lead to all kinds of abuse of the system in the name of quick profits for the big commercial cosmetic companies.
Organic vs. Not-so-Organic
If your favorite commercial brand advertises ‘botanical infusions’ in their latest greatest products, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they actually are organic or synthetic chemical free. More often than not, they are actually ‘Green Washed’ or ‘Angel Dusted’ to deceive you and the rest of their customers.
There are many commercial brands available today that mark their products as being ‘Organic’. The problem is that most of these brands use a percentage 80-95% (or even less) of actual organic skincare product ingredients, while the remaining portions are most definitely NOT. And these non-organic toxins do not need to be in great concentrations in order to be bio-disruptive and detrimental to your health!
‘In 2011, the Center for Environmental Health found that 20 popular cosmetic companies falsely labeled their products as ‘Organic’ in order to boost sales. It was later found that these so-called “Organic” products contained only a tiny amount of actual organic ingredients, with the rest of the organic skincare ingredients being comprised of the same old “junk” ingredients contained in similar conventional products, known to cause long term health problems in humans and the environment.
As outlined by the author of ‘Not Just a Pretty Face’, Stacy Malkan reinstates that “Personal Care Products are the least regulated by the FDA”!
How do you know if your Organic Skincare brand is really Organic?
Here some key elements that you should check before buying an Organic product:
Research and make sure that the brand isn’t practicing ‘greenwashing’/ ‘angel dusting’ (a practice that is often used by many beauty, cosmetic and nutritional brands wherein the company finds an eco-friendly way to produce a product and only uses a miniscule amount of an organic ingredients..ie; not enough to one thing for you except lighten your wallet!
Home Grown/ Wild-Crafted
Products labeled as containing ingredients that are ‘wild-crafted’ or ‘local organic’ have a greater chance of being truly organic. Quality end products that are 100% organic, sourced directly from farmers via free trade, or sustainably wild-crafted, while maintaining a strict supply-chain cycle from farm to manufacturing units.
What’s the difference between ‘Certified Organic’ and ‘Wild-Crafted Botanicals’? The former is grown under ‘ideal’ conditions, by maintaining cultivation standards, while the latter is grown under natural conditions “In the Wild” (sustainably of course) and gathered by indigenous local gatherers. This not only allows manufacturers a far greater range of botanical actives to utilize in product formulations (this is especially true for Ayurveda, which traditionally uses many Wild-Grown ingredients).
Seals and Certifications
Consider “Seals” on your products carefully. Unfortunately, the Seal system is also subject to commercial abuse. You must always avoid products whose labels read as ‘Made with Organic Ingredients’. Such products contain 70% organic ingredients while 30% of the remaining ingredients are non-organic/allowed/non-agricultural ingredients and do not qualify for any USDA approved seal and are best avoided. It is a wise idea to look for products that contain certified ‘Organic’ ingredients, with the balance being labeled as Sustainable, Free-Trade ‘Wild-Crafted’.
If the product is labeled ‘Sustainable’, this means (if farmed) that the ingredient has been grown using techniques that protect the environment, nutritional value, animal welfare, public health, and human communities. Sustainable farms use techniques such as conservation tillage, crop rotation, mixed cropping etc. to protect biodiversity and maintain a healthy ecosystem. This helps in the production of proprietary biodynamic products which have sufficient concentration of active phytochemicals to combat skin and hair issues like aging, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, acne, hair fall, dandruff, acne and other ailments in delicate skincare and hair care formulas. Sustainability when it comes to Wild-Gathered ingredients indicates that the source plants are not over-harvested in order to ensure an adequate supply for future generations.
In the Skincare industry, the FDA mandates that ingredients are listed in order of the concentration from greatest to least. Thus, if the labels contain botanical/herbal/organic ingredients at top ingredient listing, the product is far more likely to be true to it’s advertising. If a product is labeled “Aloe Skin Cream’ and Aloe Vera is the last ingredient with Mineral Oil being the first, don’t you think it would be far more honest to call it “Mineral Oil Skin Cream”?
Always scan for harmful ingredients (even if they are mentioned at the end of the list!) before purchasing a product. Some of the most common toxic ingredients used by commercial skincare companies are: Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates and their derivatives Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes and more. These ingredients only need to be used in very small concentrations to be extremely harmful as far as adding to your bodies toxic load.
Last, but not the least, truly organic products will show actual results within weeks of starting your healing regimen. You can actually sense that something good is happening within your body while you relax and restore yourself, and begin to detoxify the chemical load you’ve been exposing yourself to for decades!
Using Organic personal care is one of the most proactive ways of coexisting with the environment to ensure your skin and hair look natural and beautiful. Here at PuraVedaOrganics all our products are approved and labeled as Organic, Wild-Crafted, Sustainable, Free Trade, and Cruelty-Free!
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