Understanding the Myths Around Natural versus Organic
Everywhere we look it seems we are bombarded with facts around why organic beauty products are far superior to natural products. We all want to do our best for the environment but this does come at a cost – usually in our pockets so let’s take a look at some facts.
It’s a great selling point for companies to list “natural” or “organic” on the label because we all think we are doing our best in encouraging natural farming methods, respecting the environment and of course we are all concerned about what we put on and into our bodies and that of our family. In fact, MELLOW very much encourages this as is part of their ethos.
What does organic mean?
Organic means it has been produced without chemical fertilisers, pesticides or GM ingredients. In other words, it has been produced as naturally as possible. When they say a beauty product is organic, at least 70% of the raw ingredients must be organic but can we trust the labels?
Most beauty companies these days are trying to be environmentally aware but the regulations around organic products state that the label must show the logo that it has been approved by the Soil Association in the UK. (Other countries have their own logos.)
There has been so much research in recent years about the negative effects on our health from products which have chemicals in them (aluminium salts in deodorants and parabens as a preservative are a couple of examples).
What does natural mean?
“Natural” in beauty products means that some of the ingredients are derived from natural sources (e.g. honey, herbs or fruits) but how do you know that they haven’t been processed so much that the natural ingredients are unrecognisable?
The point here is that just because something is labelled “organic” or “natural” it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good for you. If you are prone to allergic reactions, there is always the possibility you might react to certain natural ingredients as well as synthetic ones.
Organic products are generally expensive and because they don’t contain chemical preservatives, they will inevitably have a shorter shelf life.
A fact you may not want to know
Research has shown that the body absorbs chemicals from the creams and lotions you apply to your skin so it’s really important to read the labels and, if in doubt, especially with face products, always do a patch test in the crook of your elbow.
Peace of mind
It is always good to have as many facts as possible about what we buy, because we can make informed choices. All MELLOW products are made with ingredients from renewable sources and environmentally-friendly processes.
In line with legislation, all the formulations have been safety-tested and, of course, none of the products have been tested on animals.
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