What to look for when buying natural, organic skin care products
It has never been more popular being green, natural and organic. We are noticing a greater interest in our own and climate’s health and the products we use daily. It is amazing to see a bigger demand for clean, natural and organic care products which have been soundly produced, but it also has a disadvantage.
The bigger demand for better products has created a jungle for consumers. ‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ are huge selling points, and the marketing can be misleading even though it follows the given legislation.
There is no set definition for ‘natural’ care products, making it unclear what it actually means for a product. It is easy to think that products claiming to be natural are better for your health, but nature also contains allergens. ‘Natural’ can furthermore be describing just some of the ingredients and is no guarantee of the product not containing harmful chemicals. Also, the word ‘natural’ does not necessarily mean that things like the packaging’s environmental impact have been taken into account.
Many products are labelled with the word ‘organic’, but there is no legislation for organic care products. So, when it says ‘organic’ on a product you do not know whether it contains 1 percent, 25 percent or 80 perfect organic ingredients.
It is not easy as a consumer to navigate between the many products and their claims, but it is not impossible. There are some tricks to help you along the way when looking for the best natural and organic products for your skin.
Certifications do the work for you. They look into the product and determine whether it lives up to the certification’s requirements or not. The only thing you have to do is to look into the certifications.
Look for third party certifications, which means that the product is certified by an independent organization. This ensures an authentic, impartial certification process.
You can read more about what distinguishes each certification on their websites. For example, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel differs from many other environmental certifications because it looks at every phase in a product’s life cycle – from development to finished product and disposal.
Some certifications focus exclusively on ingredients or certain chemicals. An ingredient can be certified organic without the entire product being certified organic. This is why it is a good idea to learn about the certifications, so you know what requirements they have and in regard to what part of the product. Use the certifications as a guideline when looking for products.
Check the ingredients
Have you ever read the ingredient list of one of your products? You probably have and surely it was not an easy task to understand it. Even though it is a great idea to have a little closer on the ingredient list, and there are some tips to make this easier.
In some countries you can find apps that scan the barcode on the product and tell you about the ingredients. Look it up to see if your country has anything similar. If not, the internet is a great place to search for information on ingredients. Simply search the name of the ingredient and tons of information will appear!
The ingredient list is also often helpful when it comes to determining what ingredients are organic. They are usually marked with a star. The ingredients are listed according to the amount of them in the product. Looking at the first six ingredients is usually a good indicator of the primary content of the product. If the organic ingredients are last on the list, they are not a very big part of the product.
Ask the manufacturers
If you are in doubt of a product’s unwanted effects or harmful content, try reaching out to the manufacturers. They should inform you of any unwanted effects they know of and how often they occur. Their contact information can be found on the packaging or online.
It can seem confusing navigating in the huge selection of products with tempting claims on the packaging. Hopefully, these tips made the task easier, because looking into your everyday products is worth it. For the environment and for you.