Guidebook. How to distinguish natural cosmetics?

I caught myself making a mistake when referring to natural cosmetics when they are not natural. Until very recently, I had a little knowledge about the distinction between natural and organic products. It turns out that the difference between them is significant, so it is worth getting to know it in detail. Today I am going to be your guide on cosmetic nuances.

Natural or organic? 

In fact, it is difficult to find a particular policy regarding the naming of cosmetic products, so I do not advise you to follow the description of the product and its name when buying. At the moment, manufacturers can use the term “natural” and increasingly abuse it. Unfortunately…

How to distinguish a natural or organic cosmetic from a drugstore one?

When purchasing cosmetics, always make sure that:

  • natural cosmetics – they contain ingredients of plant, mineral or marine origin and have not been processed with synthetics. However, this does not mean that they do not contain any synthetics or preservatives
  • organic cosmetics – are all products made of ingredients from ecological crops with strict conditions in which only natural ingredients such as essential oils are used as preservatives.

Conclusion? Organic cosmetics are much better than natural ones, which is why it is worth looking for them in healthy food shops or online. A great way to choose a cosmetic is to carefully read the label where you should find at least some valuable information. I will soon teach you to read them, to be sure you are always buying really good cosmetics and without being fooled by catchy advertising slogans.

You will recognise natural / organic cosmetics  by:

INCI, the exact list of ingredients from the packaging (the manufacturers often do not give the exact composition), reading it should become your first step after reaching for a product  – the more oils and extracts, and less alcohol and unidentified substances, the better for us;

ECOCERT / COSMEBIO, BDIH, SOIL ASSOCIATION, ICEA, NATRUE, a group of certificates (for France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and whole Europe), confirming that the cosmetics meet the standards of using natural ingredients and safe formulas.


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