Difference Between Certified Organic And Natural Skincare
You’ve probably heard of both organic and natural use describing baby skin care product ingredients but what you might not know is that the FDA does not regulate any marketing claims or descriptions of skincare products. This means any company can claim their product is natural or organic without a single organic ingredient in the product.
To minimize the confusion, here’s what you need to know about the two:
Organic products are those that have been produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, sewage, GMOs or genetically modified organisms, growth hormones, antibiotics, as well as ionizing radiation.
Products that are labeled as natural are those that have been derived from nature or existed in its natural state. Without proper regulation natural has become a marketing term rather than a product classification.
If you come across the terms “certified organic” or even “certified natural”, you will need to inspect their list of ingredients first as well as determine the certifying body to ensure that they are legitimate per their claims. Responsible companies take testing and certifying their products serious by electively submitting their products to accredited organizations such as the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or Environmental Working Group (EWG) for third-party verification of the ingredients used.
Spotting the Difference Between Organic, Certified Organic, and Natural Skincare Products
Shopping for an infant or baby skincare product can be confusing at times, and with the appearance of natural and organic skin care products, finding the appropriate product just became harder.
Most consumers are asking, how will you know the difference? Here’s what you need to know about organic, certified organic, and natural skincare.
Natural Skin Care
Like it was mentioned before, the term natural refers to anything that is a mineral, plant, or even animal by-product. However, since there is no governing body that regulates companies that sell natural products, it is easy for manufacturers to put a “natural” label on their goods. The best way to determine whether their claims are true is to read the list of ingredients where they are ordered by percentage or amount used for the product. If you are trying to minimize the use of synthetic ingredients, make sure they are listed at the lower part.
Organic Skin Care
Organic products are those that contain ingredients that have been farmed or raised without the use of chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and even growth hormones. Companies that have “organic” labels on them have passed strict rules and regulations by a governing body in the United States. In order for a product to be defined as organic, the ingredient composition must derive from 70% to 95% organic ingredients.
Certified Organic Skin Care
Before a product can put the label, “certified organic”, it needs to meet several specifications first. The ingredients that were used should still meet the requirements for organic crops or materials but in higher concentration. Any product that has 95 to 99% organic ingredients can be allowed to use the “certified organic” mark on their brand.
Now that you understand the difference between natural and organic skincare products we encourage you to look at the products you’ve been using.
If the ingredients use chemicals that are difficult to pronounce or sound synthetic its a good indicator that you’re not using products that are designed and tested as safe and healthy for a baby’s sensitive skin.