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When it comes to buying organic beauty products, there are few things to look out for. Things can get confusing very quick for people trying work out what’s organic and what contains nasty ingredients and toxins.
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- Look For Organic Certification and Trusted Sources
Certification all around the world may very. Most times when products are certified then you can rest assured that that company has undergone rigorous certification process. But is that good enough? Does it mean it’s organic?
It still not clear but assurance comes from AOC that products certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) have every assurance that the cosmetics products have been thoroughly assessed to meet the required standards. More info here. http://aco.net.au/organiccertification/cosmetics/
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the term organic for beauty, body care, personal care, or other cosmetic products. For more info here. https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/Labeling/Claims/ucm203078.htm
- Avoid Nasty toxic ingredients
Despite what some product will tell you just because the product might contain natural ingredients, it could also contain nasty toxins. The word organic is not really regulated for cosmetics industry so the biggest thing to look for looking for organic beauty to make sure the ingredient are not toxic and safe.
I found a great article for Huff post that outlines the main ingredients to watch out for. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-cunningham/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587.html
Parabens, Toluene, TriclosanPropylene glyco, Formaldehyde, Phthalates, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Synthetic colors and Fragrance.
You can find out more here for list of raw materials approved by ACO as acceptable for use in certified organic cosmetics in Australa. https://aco.net.au/aco-cosmetics-raw-materials-database/
- Cruelty Free
Look out for the cute little bunny rabbit logo,
- Eco-friendly packaging
You know that a brand is doing they best to provide you with organic products when the use eco-friendly products or packaging. If a company cares are being organic, that generally means they care for customers and the environment.
- Customer Reviews
It is an obvious one. Check the product reviews, these days you can’t believe everything you read but most times you can get a feel by reading other customer’s reviews of a product.
- Brand Values
I also like to know about a brands values, whether they care for sustainability towards the environment and society. I believe buying from brands that care for the planet as you know they will do they best to bring you the best product.
The term “organic” in relation to cosmetics and skin care is still very vague but by following this blog I’m sure it will help you make a better decision when it comes to buying organic cosmetics and skin care products.
Let me know your thoughts?