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The Meanings

Organic

Our skin is more than the main defence against external injury. It is a living, breathing organ, the largest in the body. Anything applied to the skin doesn’t remain on the surface it’s readily absorbed into our bloodstream.

When you choose a product for your skin that has synthetic chemicals and preservatives, the harmful substances are absorbed into your body and struggle to be recognised. Often they accumulate in the tissues with the potential over time to cause an allergic skin reaction such as dermatitis or eczema will possible disruption to other systems in the body.

Long-term exposure to harmful chemicals can substantially increase our risk to various diseases. Prolonged exposure to many harmful substances, such as TEA, DEA, and MEA (these substances are included in many cosmetic products) can disrupt hormone production and cause different types of cancer.

When you choose organic skincare, you are choosing products whose ingredients work with the sophisticated natural systems of your skin.

Studies have shown that plants grown organically have a higher level of vital antioxidant vitamins and yield the purest oils and extracts. Evidence exists for the healing powers of handmade natural products, particularly when essential oils are included. Given the right nutrients, our skin has the ability to care for and mend itself and ultimately perform better. Organic natural skin care products perform better simply because they are made with superior ingredients.

Think of skin care products like you would think of food. In today’s world, there are a lot of synthetic, or “fake” ingredients used in food processing. But if you go to a high-end restaurant, you generally won’t find “fake” ingredients on the menu. Top chefs know that creating a top-quality meal requires top-quality, natural, fresh ingredients. They don’t use artificial flavours and powders in their cooking, because natural food creates a finer, more exquisite taste.

You should not put anything on your skin that you couldn’t eat. Your body will understand ingredients from the earth such as sunflower, burdock, calendula and so on. However, once you use something man-made i.e. synthetics, chemicals, etc. on your body, that is when the sensitivities and irritations begin.

 

Levels of Certification

100% Organic: product contains only organically produced ingredients; permitted to display the seal

Organic: product contains at least 95% organically produced ingredients; permitted to display the seal.

Made with Organic Ingredients: product contains at least 70% organic ingredients; not permitted to display the seal.

Less than 70% Organic Ingredients: products cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the packaging but are allowed to identify organically produced items in the ingredient deck listed on the product; not permitted to display seal.

 

Organic natural skincare is better for the environment – organically grown plants do not have any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as they may pose a significant threat to both human and environmental health. Using organic products supports the sustainability of our environment free from fertilizers and chemicals which have a destructive effect on our water, soil and health.

It is widely acknowledged that organic farming is better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from sprays, and produces less carbon dioxide and less dangerous wastes.

There are many benefits to using natural beauty products, but most importantly, they are better for your health, performance, and work in a way that lasts a lifetime

Seeking change to green products that are pure and clean is worth time and investment to make a difference in your life, your family and the environment.

If you are in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, choosing Organic skincare is a priority to keep skin healthy and glowing!

 

Natural

The classic definition of natural skin care is based on using botanically sourced ingredients currently existing in or formed by nature, without the use of synthetic chemicals, and manufactured in such a way to preserve the integrity of the ingredients.

Naturally-derived ingredients such as herbs, roots, essential oils and flowers combined with naturally occurring carrier agents, preservatives, surfactants, humectants and emulsifiers and may include animal-derived products such as beeswax and minerals.

Examples of natural skin care ingredients include jojoba, safflower oil, rose hip seed oil, shea butter, beeswax, witch hazel, aloe vera, tea tree oil, and chamomile.

Natural skin care goes beyond the application of products on one’s skin. It also pertains to a holistic philosophy surrounding the holistic care of one’s body. This includes the belief that what is ingested will affects all aspects of health, including the health of skin. People who use natural skin care products are less concerned with artificial beauty enhancements, as they feel that natural beauty is healthy beauty.

Here’s two examples of why natural skincare products are better for you:

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids:

Regular skincare products can contain alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric acids) and although these have several benefits for your skin, there are side effects. The side effects of alpha-hydroxy acids may include but are not limited to mild irritation of the skin and sun sensitivity. In other words: they can also hurt your skin next to making it look better. Natural skin care remedies don’t contain these acids.

Traces of Metals:

According to a study done by UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, regular skin care products may contain traces of lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminium and five other metals. Some of these metals were found at levels that could be hazardous to your health.

How do you know if natural skincare is for you?

  • You have sensitive skin
  • Your concerned about the use of toxic products on your children skin
  • You care for our planet, animals and plants
  • You have concerns about air and water pollution
  • You support fair trade and opposed to testing on animals
  • You are uncomfortable with the synthetics, petro-pharmaceuticals, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals and animal products that can end up in commercial skincare products
  • You encourage environmentally-responsible growing and harvesting
  • You are unhappy with the false claims and pseudo-science of the beauty industry

Natural skincare is an all-round great choice, after all anything that’s artificial isn’t as good for you as things found in Mother Nature.

 

Vegan

Vegan skincare made from plants and minerals as well as safe synthetic ingredients.

Adopting a vegan diet means saying “no” to cruelty to animals and environmental destruction and “yes” to compassion and good health. It also means paying attention to the ingredients in your food, cosmetics, and other products.

It doesn’t mean you need to follow a Vegan lifestyle for this be of important to you, it really is understanding what it means to only use products that use pure, effective, safe ingredients — and to be both environmentally and socially conscious.

Cruelty free and vegan skincare product do not use animal testing and generally contain natural and organic ingredients that are gentle on the skin, instead of harsh artificial chemical ingredients that are usually found in commercial skin care products.

Vegan skincare ingredients can provide the best anti-ageing skin care results. A combination of all-natural antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and botanical extracts can help rejuvenate the skin and give you a healthy glow! The purest ingredients provide longer-lasting results.

 

Cruelty Free

Cruelty-free is a label for products or activities that do not harm or kill animals anywhere in the world. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty-free, since these tests are often painful and cause the suffering and death of millions of animals every year.

Are all cruelty free products vegan?

Yes, this means that the product was not tested on animals and it does not contain any animal ingredients and by-products.

Can some products be cruelty free and not vegan?

Yes, this means that the product was not tested on animals but it does contain animal ingredients.

Can some products be vegan and not cruelty free?

Yes, some products do not contain any animal ingredients (like beeswax or carmine), making them essentially “vegan-friendly” however the ingredients or finished product may have been tested on animals.

 

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Logos

 

The company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct, commission, or pay for any  tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products.

Verified by PETA

Requires companies to complete a short questionnaire and sign a statement of assurance

Companies pay to use and license the cruelty-free bunny logo

 

None of its products and ingredients have ever been tested on animals by it, by anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf and must not contain any ingredients derived specifically from killing an animal or provided as a by-product from killed animals

Verified by Choose Cruelty Free (CCF)

CCF also will not accredit companies unless all parent and subsidiaries are also accredited

Requires companies to fill in the Questionnaire & Application for Accreditation (Q&A), including a legally binding contract

Companies pay to use and license the CCF rabbit logo

The company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct or commission animal testing of their products

Verified by Leaping Bunny

Requires companies and their ingredient suppliers to commit and pledge to the Leaping Bunny standards

Companies agree to be audited once every three years by an independent assessor, or, in the case of smaller companies, a “spot-check,” commissioned by the CCIC and performed by an accredited auditor

Companies pay to use and license the Leaping Bunny logo

 

The company and their ingredient suppliers do not conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for ingredients, formulations, or finished products and do not contain any animal ingredients

Verified by PETA

Requires companies to complete a short questionnaire and sign a statement of assurance

Companies pay to use and license the cruelty-free and vegan bunny logo

 

The product is vegan, defined as containing no animal ingredients or by-products, using no animal ingredients or by-products in the manufacturing process, and not tested on animals by any company or independent contractor.

Verified by Vegan Action

Companies provide signed written statements by the manufacturer with documents proving they meet the criteria

Companies pay to use and license the certified vegan logo on a given product

 

This product and ingredients do not contain any animal product, by-product or derivative and must not involve testing of any sort on animals by the manufacturers or on its behalf, or by any third parties

Verified by Vegan Society

Companies provide signed written statements by the manufacturer with documents proving they meet the criteria