What are organic cosmetics?

organic cosmetics


What are organic cosmetics?


The answer to the question depends on who you ask. When the question is raised to a chemist the response is straight forward and clear. To a chemist the word organic means a chemical compound that contains carbon. Unlike in the food industry where the food manufacturers and products are regulated by a national regulatory body, the beauty industry is not regulated in terms of defining organic materials. Natural cosmetics are derived in whole or sometimes in part from natural sources like plants and flowers with no synthetic compounds in them. Organic cosmetics contain only plant sourced ingredients without the application of chemicals, pesticides or irradiation.


Pros and cons


The pros of organic cosmetics are numerous. The organic cosmetics are all natural and they even speak for themselves this is because all their ingredients are natural and not made from any chemical or synthesis process. They also contain natural nutrients like Vitamin E that makes the skin healthy and glowing. Organic cosmetics are safer to use when compared to other beauty products. Organic cosmetics are compatible with almost all skin types and one need not to worry about worsening the skin irrespective of having a fair or dark skin. Also, they offer a wide range of products to choose from. The organic cosmetics fanatics around the globe can now access different products and make a sound selection of their choice either made locally or globally. They are also Eco-friendly since you don’t destruct the environment through pollution. Lastly negligible side effects to the organic cosmetic user are an additional pro. One of the cons of the organic cosmetics is the price. They tend to be more expensive because of the perishability involved since no chemicals are applied in the name of preservatives.


Why are organic cosmetics better?


The benefits associated with the use of organic cosmetics are innumerable. Since the use of cosmetics leads to absorption of the chemicals in the body, then a safer approach is needed to avoid these chemicals. The safer option that doesn`t lead to chemical build up in the body is the use of organic cosmetics. The chemicals will lead to harmful health problems for example itching, burning and allergies. Lately also studies have linked inorganic cosmetics with breast cancer. All these then calls for the use organic cosmetics that are pro-user. The organic cosmetics are more effective. Studies have produced evidence that link organic cosmetics with organic foods that contain a higher level of nutrients. Hence the organic cosmetics are 12% more effective than conventional cosmetics in the market.


 Classification of organic cosmetics


100% Organic - should contain only organic ingredients, excluding salt and water.

Organic – should contain minimum 95% organic ingredients, excluding salt and water.

Made with organic ingredients – should contain minimum 70% organic ingredients, excluding salt and water.


Our organic ingredients:

(Organic facial cleanser. Organic content 98%)

organic cleanser


Decyl Glucoside – it is a natural, non-ionic surfactant. Surfactants work in cleansing products by lowering the surface tension of the formulations they’re added to. It comes from renewable raw materials, including coconut derivatives, fatty alcohols and glucose.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine – is an organic compound derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. CAPB is available as viscous pale yellow solution that is used as a surfactant in personal care products.

Vegetable Glycerin – organic vegetable glycerin is derived from soy and is used in cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture and is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin. Glycerin is a clear, colorless, and odorless liquid with an incredibly sweet taste having the consistency of a thick syrup.

Phenoxyethanol – is glycol ether used as a preservative in cosmetic products and medicines. It is considered an organic chemical found in natural form in chicory and green tea. This organic compound is also known for its antimicrobial properties against yeast, bacterial organisms and molds.

Xanthan Gum – Xanthan Gum is made by fermenting corn sugar with a bacteria, Xanthomonas campestris. It’s the same bacteria that creates black spots on broccoli and cauliflower. Xanthan gum is an emulsifier. It helps ingredients blend more effectively and stay blended while waiting on a shelf.

Tetrasodium EDTA – is derived from sodium salts.  It is a only one synthetic amino acid and is used as a chelating agent. Cleansing solutions such as body washes, facial cleanser, shampoos, etc., contain tetrasodium EDTA because they work in conjunction with the surfactant. The surfactant pulls the dirt and oil away from the surface of hair or skin and the tetrasodium EDTA neutralizes the ion molecules that are attracted to the water and the surfactant, allowing them to be washed away. Our lab did extensive testing to determine the lowest level of EDTA that could be used in the formulas in order to make them stable while using up all of the EDTA’s potential in the finished cosmetic base.

D-Panthenol – is a form of vitamin B5, used as a moisturizer and lubricating compound. This ingredient is listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as a substance that can be of either animal or plant origin.

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