Are Your Skincare Products Really Natural
'Natural'and'organic' are buzzwords that are used everywhere these days, but what do they really mean? Are all of the ingredients natural? Are the two terms interchangeable? We'd like to clear this up for you.
Natural and organic are NOT the same thing
Natural and organic have two rather different meanings. Although in order for something to be organic, it almost always has to be natural, it is not so the other way around.
Think about in terms of your food. If you buy a red bell pepper from the market, it's obviously a natural product (assuming it's not GMO) but it's not organically produced, in the sense that pesticides were used to help grow and preserve it.
The same pretty much applies to the ingredients in cosmetics-just because an ingredient is natural doesn't mean it's organic, and so the regulations for each are somewhat different.
A natural product contains ingredients that are sourced from nature rather than being synthetically made. In order to be classed as natural, a minimum of 90% of a product's ingredients should be derived from nature. However, there are currently few regulations regarding the use of the word 'natural' in Australia, so the term isn;t necessarily a guarantee.
On the other hand, organic skincare products must meet vigorous purity standards and guidelines from national and international governing bodies. They must be 100% formed from natural ingredients and must contain 70 -95% raw,organic ingredients. The ingredients of an organic range must be made without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and GMOs.
One overlap between natural and organic products is that neither should include toxic ingredients such as sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and synthetic colours.
Literally thousands of dangerous and toxic chemicals are used in mainstream cosmetics and skincare products, most of which haven't been safety tested. When shopping for these kinds of products, be sure to look for pure, wholesome brands, always read the labels, and carefully research any ingredients that you can't identify.
Avoid toxic ingredients
1. Phthalates Parabens: Phthalates are plasticizing chemicals often found in cosmetic products and other household items, such as synthetic fragrance oils. They have been found to disrupt endocrine functions and cause hormonal problems. Parabens are chemical antifungals commonly used as preservatives. Many studies have been carried out on parabens and they have been linked to cancer and hormone disturbances – yet continue to be used in most mainstream products that we then buy and apply to our skin!
2. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate:Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfate, are irritating carcinogens that can cause allergic reactions and rashes, and have even been linked to infertility. The chemicals DEA and TEA form carcinogenic compounds that have been associated with many different cancers, as well as allergic reactions and kidney damage.
3. Synthetic Colours Scents: Many different artificial colours and scents are used in order to make a product look or smell more appealing, as well as for specific product purposes (such as hair dye). The chemicals used are often harsh, toxic substances, many of which have been linked to cancer and other health issues, and should be avoided at all costs.
Evodia uses naturally derived ingredients without compromising product integrity. There are no harsh chemicals, animal ingredients or testing on animals for their products.
Due to a lack of regulations, any skincare product can legally call itself natural, even if it contains no natural ingredients at all and actually contains dangerous preservatives, dyes, fillers, and fragrances. One way to tell if your product is natural is to call the manufacturer about suspect additives; there's also plenty of information available online. The best way to be sure is to research ingredients yourself so that you can feel good about what you are putting on your skin.