The world of natural and organic skincare can be confusing. With tons of brands labelling their products as “non-toxic,” “natural,” and/or “green,” but in some cases, those terms don’t mean anything because they’re not all regulated by an authoritative body here in Australia.
Having said that, it’s not to say everything you see on your favourite product label is untrue – it just means that as a consumer, you need to do your own research when it comes to buying natural and organic skincare to see if it’s actually worth buying organic products. Below are a few things to look for when purchasing organic beauty products.
Is it organic or natural? (There is a big difference!)
It can be confusing knowing the difference between organic and natural, but there actually is a big difference. Even if a product does say ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s organic. Unfortunately, the word natural is not regulated, so anyone can use it on their packaging and not have a governing body certify that it is. Natural essentially means it could have been derived from a mineral, animal by-product, plant, gas etc. but a product could still contain synthetic materials.
Even if something is labelled ‘organic’ it doesn’t mean it won’t have other nasties in it such as toxins, chemicals or fragrances – always read the label. Good quality organic products will include naturally occurring nutrients that behave similarly to synthetic ingredients. A common ingredient found in organic products is coconut oil – a great stabiliser, which we all know as a pantry staple melts in summer and hardens in winter, it is also a great preservative due to its antimicrobial action.
Is it actually organic?
The word ‘organic’ appears in different ways on products and there may be some brands that claim they’re organic, however don’t have the Australian Certified Organic Certification. This is a third-party guarantee, which means the ACO will verify ingredients and test them to ensure organic status.
Many skincare products will be derived from plant materials, so this will test whether any pesticides or fertilisers were used during the growing of the materials which are used as skin care ingredients. However, the ACO states that products must be 70-95% organic, so read the label to make sure your product is labelled 100% organic. If a product doesn’t have certification, which may be the case for smaller companies who cannot afford certification, make sure you read the ingredients to know if all materials are organic or just a percentage.
An Organic Face Oil We Love – RosehipPLUS Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
This 100% pure and natural Rosehip Oil is cold-pressed and made from the highest quality Rosehip seeds, which are sourced in the Southern regions of Chile. It is ACO certified which protects consumers from misleading claims and is the mark of a genuine organic product, which has been audited all along the production chain to comply with strict organic standards. An Australian Certified organic product is made using a production process free from pesticides, artificial fertilisers and synthetic chemicals. Containing naturally occurring bioflavonoids, vitamins and essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9, The RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil works to keep the skin on the face and body hydrated, moisturised and younger-looking.