Natural vs. Organic

As our world is becoming more and more eco- conscious, natural and organic beauty products are rising in popularity. The terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic ‘ are often used interchangeably, because they mean the same thing, right? Wrong. There is a big difference between the two so let’s put the confusion to bed and find out the truth about those terms.

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Natural

A product is considered 'natural' when it contains ingredients derived from nature and not those created synthetically. It shouldn’t include any chemicals that are produced through laboratory manipulation. Natural products in general don’t include ingredients such as: petrochemicals, parabens, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dyes and synthetic colors.

Having said that there isn’t much of a regulation when it comes to advertising products classed ‘natural’. So that means that even a product with a low percentage of natural ingredients can be labeled ‘ natural’. If you are on the lookout for the good stuff and want to stay on the safe side choose those that are 100 % natural.

Organic

If the product is labeled 'organic' its ingredients must be up to even more rigorous standards. They must have been sourced without the use of synthetic pesticides, petroleum fertilizers or sewage sludge fertilizers, and it must not be a genetically modified organism (GMO.) To make sure the product is truly 'organic' it needs to be certified by the Soil Association, COSMOS, Nature or NSF/ANSI.

If the product’s label states that it’s both natural and organic then you are onto a really good stuff, as it can’t get any better.

Knowing the difference between 'natural' and 'organic' is very important in order to make a fully informed decision. The wording on the label might seem appealing but it’s crucial to understand what it really means so you don’t get tricked into purchasing something that isn’t up to standard or isn’t something you thought you were buying.

Karolina ScottComment