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I often get asked why I use beauty products with organic and natural ingredients, and considering recent arguments and discussions about organic, I feel like it's time to share my thoughts.
What I know of there are no studies that say that organic products are better for the skin - yes you read correctly (but please link in comments if you've found one). On the other hand, there are very divided opinions about which, usually synthetic, ingredients that are harmless and dangerous in skin care - silicones and parabens are surely ingredients you recognize and which have been debated about extensively. In addition to the debate about how much of a product actually is absorbed by the body, there is the aspect of what happens to the ingredients that are flushed into the environment. Oh, and we should not forget to mention the debate about the ingredients that are called natural but are produced through synthetic processes.
At the same time, there are those who claim that some ingredients and products are poisonous and on the other side, those who like to point out that essential oils also surely are allergenic. On this we have businesses engaged in green washing and want to gain on consumers' fear and ignorance (I mean, who can actually read an ingredient list without a degree in chemistry?) by profiling themselves as natural or organic without actually being that. Add all different certifications and markings to this and it's not hard to understand why the beauty industry is a jungle.
The ONLY thing that can be 100 % organic are oils, butter and waxes.
So if a ingredient list contains water, the product can not be completely organic and needs some form of preservative to not rot. There are SO many products on the market called organic even if they aren't organic.
I personally don't use only products that are 100 % organic - using only oils, butter and waxes is a bit too monotonous to my taste. Certainly, I have doubts about synthetic ingredients and I avoid them as far as it goes, but however I understand why some synthetic ingredients are used, for example synthetic essential oil for sandalwood because it is endangered or preservatives, nobody wants products with water that rot right?
Then I have also experienced a big improvement in my skin since I mostly excluded synthetic ingredients, my skin is no longer crazy dry and have more glow. The more products with organic and natural ingredients I have tested, the more I feel that the conventional products are superfluous as I get the same effect with organic products - I prefer products with a vegetable base instead of synthetic, that's luxury for me. In addition, I love the fragrances from essential oils and natural perfumes!
These are my reasons to why I choose natural and organic:
- Environmentally friendly and circular
- Soft, natural scents
- Less dry skin
- More glow
Instead I think we should start talking about conscious beauty regardless of whether you use products with synthetic or organic ingredients - that you are aware of why you exclude or choose to use certain ingredients, and that we stop with all these opinions about what one considers is right or wrong about others' consumption.
What do you think about this? If you use organic and natural products - why are you doing that? ♥