It is human nature to indulge oneself. It is human nature to love some things more than other. And it is definitely human nature to love oneself. And to love beauty and most beautiful things are also human nature. The question is : does it matter which beauty skin care brands or skin care products we use? How to decide whether they are natural, organic or conventional synthetic beauty products?
Beauty Skin Care Brands : Natural, Organic or Conventional Beauty Products?
What are the differences between natural, organic and conventional beauty products? It all boils down to the ingredients listed on the label.
Natural products are those that contains ingredients that are plant (botanicals) or mineral-based rather than synthetically created in a laboratory. Natural products do not include chemicals such as parabens, SLS, synthetic fragrance, etc. If they do, then they are not ‘natural’ to me.
One of the ways to determine whether a product is considered natural is through the seal of certification bodies such as Ecocert. To obtain Ecocert’s ‘Natural Cosmetic’ label, a minimum of at least 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
Some of the natural products (with or without certification) that are easily available in Malaysia are:
- Claire Organics – you can read about my experience using Claire Organics products here and here
- Human Nature – a surprisingly affordable natural skincare brand from the Philippines. I recently made a purchase and will write a review soon
- Just Life – this is a store that carries multiple natural and organic products. The price is rather hefty probably because the products are mostly imported from New Zealand, Europe and US.
Meanwhile, organic is a regulated term given to products that are made with mostly certified organic ingredients. Better still, if you want to use organic products, get those that are certified organic by the USDA, Ecocert or other independent, third party certifying bodies.
A USDA organic seal means that a product has 95% or more certified organic content. Those labelled as ‘Made With Organic Ingredients’ contain at least 70% organic ingredients. Ecocert’s ‘Organic Cosmetic’ label requires a minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming. Clearly, Ecocert certification is less stringent than USDA. Among the popular certified organic skin care brands are:
- Juice Beauty – read about my experience using Juice Beauty products here and here
- Miessence – I love their products so much that I am now their representative again!
- Terressentials – an organic line that I am yearning to try one of these days 😀
The great thing about these natural and organic skin care product are they focus on feeding good stuff to our skin thus stimulating cell growth and rejuvenation of our skin. From cleansing to the night serum, everything is aimed towards nurturing our skin.
All those that are not the above and uses mostly synthetic chemicals, which is actually most brands in the market.
Now that we know the difference between natural, organic and conventional beauty products, let’s discuss labels or certifications.
Here is an excellent infographics that helps us better understand the labels and their significance:
Hence if a product has Eco-Cert label, then you can be sure that it has no parabens, PEG, silicon, etc, and 95% of the ingredients are from natural origin. If it is Eco-Cert Organic, then it has a minimum of 10% organic ingredients.
Compare that to USDA Certified Organic label. If a product has USDA certified organic label, then it means that it has 95% organically-produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). Notice the HUGE difference, though both have the word ‘organic’ on their labels?
My Experience with Beauty or Skincare Brand – Natural, Organic or Conventional Beauty Products
The thing about using natural or organic skin care is, even if they don’t work as well as we hope, at least they wouldn’t make things worse.
I have extremely dry hands and using hand creams that are filled with synthetic ingredients make it worse. Sure, at first they seem to work fast, but when I stopped using for a while my hands will appear even worse than before I used the product. It’s like eating cakes – at first you feel happy but if you continue with it, eventually you’ll get diabetes.
To be fair – sometimes even organic doesn’t work. And some of us are allergic to certain natural/botanical ingredients. We learn through experience, through trial and errors. And that’s why I really appreciate samples. They are affordable and we get to test before we buy the actual-sized things.
So I try out different beauty or skincare products, not necessarily certified organic, but preferably using natural or active botanical ingredients. If they are effective and gets the job done, then I’ll stick with them.
It’s a matter of preference and confidence. Me? I’d pick the one with ingredients that I know and can pronounce. 😀
So, as much as possible, I strive to use products made from natural and organic ingredients. By natural, I mean derived from plants or contains mostly real things such as aloe vera, honey, sunflower oil, beeswax, pure essential oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, and so forth – not synthetically created in a lab.
I know there are skincare products made from mostly synthetic chemicals that work wonders on the skin. Still, whenever I can, my personal preference is to choose skin care brands that promotes natural beauty products.
Of course there are also many arguments regarding natural skin care products vs organic skin care products. But I prefer my own definition, I use the best that I can find (and afford), and I don’t fret over imperfections. I choose moderation and those that I feel comfortable using.
Care to share – which beauty or skincare brands are you currently using – natural, organic or conventional beauty products?