Organic on the rise
If you hadn’t noticed, the term ‘organic’ seems to be trending just about everywhere. Whether you’ve seen organic food on supermarket shelves, organic skincare in your local drug-store or even organic treats for your pets, the trend has reached nearly every corner of the globe. But have you ever thought about what the term ‘organic’ actually means when it comes to skincare? And is it really any better for your skin? Let us help you decide!
What is ‘organic’ skincare?
Organic skincare products all begin with natural ingredients, but there’s a few differences between a natural ingredient and an organic one. Think of it this way – it’s all about how the ingredient was grown, treated and processed.
Organic ingredients fall under several different categories, but the main principles are:
– Ingredients from natural origin – mineral, vegetal (plant) or animal
– Non-GMO (non-genetically modified organism) – i.e. natural ingredients that aren’t created in laboratories
– Responsibly sourced with respect for the environment and biodiversity
– Grown organically without the use of artificial pesticides, fertilizers, hormones or other toxic chemicals
– Extracted using clean processes with respect for human health and the environment
– Processed naturally with the use of “Green Chemistry”
– No synthetic colours or fragrances
Why choose organic?
We’re all more conscious of what we’re putting in our bodies, so why aren’t we treating our skin the same way?
For thousands of years, our ancestors have used natural remedies to treat just about anything – even down to simple conditions like dry, irritated skin. However, with scientific developments, we lost touch with our natural roots and much of the skincare you find these days is made up of synthetic, chemical and unnatural ingredients – many of which are now being linked to a range of serious health issues. Truly natural, organic skincare is not only great for your skin, it’s also better for the environment – because without planet earth, where would we be?!
So – what’s the difference between natural and organic?
Natural products contain natural ingredients but so do organic products – so what’s the difference? Well, natural products may contain ingredients that aren’t grown or sourced organically. This means natural products might still use ingredients that have been sourced in a non-green, non-environmentally friendly manner and processed and/or grown using pesticides or other chemicals which can have unwanted effects on the body and the skin (not to mention the earth!)
Just because the ingredient is natural, it doesn’t mean it has to be grown naturally. However, organic ingredients are grown and farmed with the best intentions for you and the planet. With organic, everyone’s a winner!
Always check the label
Have you ever bought a skincare product because you thought it was organic? Well you might be surprised to hear that even if a product contains just 1% organic ingredients it can still display the ‘organic’ label. Pretty misleading, don’t you think?
Even if you’re a whizz at solving the puzzle that is the ingredients list, it can still be difficult to figure out just how much of the ingredients are organic. This is why global certification bodies such as COSMOS are trying to change the industry by creating one global standard for organic and natural cosmetics – focusing on clearer labelling and transparency to consumers, so you can make easier decisions when it comes to buying skincare products.
You can’t have it all
Even though some brands choose to use the ‘organic’ label on products which contain a small amount of organic ingredients, you may struggle to find a product that is 100% organic unless it is a pure, natural oil. Why? Well, since these products are made up of natural ingredients which can deteriorate over time, they require certain stabilizers and other ingredients to ensure they can survive living in storage, travelling around the world and standing on shelves in stores (waiting for you to buy them!)
If they didn’t include these stabilizers, your favourite creams and serums may not last the trip (however long or short) from the manufacturer, to the store then to you!
Setting the standard for organic skincare
Not all organic products are truly organic, which is why ‘certified organic’ products are the best choice when it comes to skincare. Certification bodies such as COSMOS Organic not only apply a strict set of standards for cosmetics companies and their products, they provide visibility and clarity to consumers, helping them to make confident choices when it comes to buying organic skincare products. COSMOS Organic certified products use labels which clearly show which ingredients are organic and what percentage total of the product is sourced from organic materials.
Next time you visit your nearest drug-store or department store, take a look at just how many brands claim that their products are organic and check the labels – you’ll be surprised by the results!
KIATA certified organic
KIATA’s products are certified organic under COSMOS Organic. You’ll find the COSMOS Organic label on all our products, with organic ingredients clearly outlined in our ingredients lists on our products and on our website. We are committed to the COSMOS standard to provide transparency and visibility across our product range.
If you’d like to learn more about the COSMOS Organic standard, read here.