16 September 2015

Organic Beauty Week 2015 Edit

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In light of Organic Beauty week I wanted to delve a little deeper into what organic means in the world of beauty and skincare, because as much as all of us rave on about the next best organic moisturiser or cleanser - how much do we actually know about what we're putting onto our skin?

Let's start with the basics: what is organic beauty? Our skin absorbs tiny amounts of what we put on it, and buying certified organic products means that the ingredients used have been grown without any chemicals, are GM free and any non organic ingredients used are there because there are no organic alternatives available, and they too are GM free. So in a nutshell, you end up using products with natural and chemical free ingredients which can only be a good thing.
But labels can be misleading as some companies who claim to be organic actually contain 1% of organic ingredients - unlike in food, there is no legal percentage requirement for a company to brand its products as 'organic'. So what I've done, is grabbed some of my favourite products which claim to be 'organic' and I'm on a mission to debunk them.

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Let's start with Antipodes - my readers will know I'm a huge fan of the brand because of their natural ingredients, the philosophy or the brand and the effectiveness of the products. I got hooked after using the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream and Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream which I recommend to everyone. But are Antipodes truly organic as we are led to believe? The brand recognises that to be certified, a product must be 100% natural and made from at least 70-95% organic ingredients; they are certified by the independent government body AsureQuality Ltd, leading provider of food safety and biosecurity services in the southern hemisphere. The company also displays BioGro which is the most recognised organic logo amongst New Zealanders. 
However, Antipodes also note that other premium natural products in their range are very clean and pure, using high quality raw materials with very little or no residue component, and products that are not certified organic are 98- 100% natural.
Conclusion: Antipodes are transparent and are a certified organic brand, which clearly displays labels on their organic beauty products.

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Next we carry on with a new favourite of mine - Weleda. Established in 1921, Weleda has a heritage of being a very natural and spiritual brand, it was only last week I found out that they actually grown their ingredients in line with the moon cycle - how cool is that?! But when I asked the representative from the brand whether Weleda is organic, she said that the brand is actually more than organic and the brand believes in bringing nature and people together in a number of ways.
Weleda uses raw materials in any way that's possible, with bio-dynamic cultivation or certified wild collection. The brand prides themselves on being responsible when it comes to the environment and practice sustainability, fair trade and protection of resources and species. Weleda promises no synthetic preservatives, no synthetic fragrances, no synthetic chemicals - in fact, no synthetic anything! There is also no toxins, additives or raw materials from mineral oils either. Ingredients are harvested super quick and processed as little as possible so they keep their potency and work effectively on your skin.
Weleda are certified by NATRUE Standards which recognises the authenticity of natural and organic products by awarding natural, natural & organic and organic certification categories. Some of the products also carry the BDIH ‘Certified Natural Cosmetics’ kitemark to denote 100% natural products.
Conclusion: Weleda do no claim to be organic, but after reading everything you just have do you think of them as an organic company? I sure as hell do. Because when it comes to beauty without any nasties, Weleda are a clear leader in the industry. With such strong morals and a heritage of natural beauty, this brand is certainly something to check out.

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Naobay is a new brand for me, discovered through Glossybox. I enjoy using their products but with such strong claims of being natural and organic, I wanted to research into the brand more. Naobay is a Spanish brand which promises that none of their ingredients are genetically modified, grown with pesticides or synthetic fertilisers, sewage sludge of ionizing radiation. They are also proud to list the below ingredients which have in the past caused damage to human skin:
PetrochemicalsArtificial preservatives
Artificial colorants/synthetic dyes
Mineral oils
Genetic modified ingredients
Sodium Laureth Sulphates (SLES)
Ethoxylated material
Paraffin / petrolatum
Got all that? Ok, let's carry on. Naobay is certified by Ecocert who are an independent organization which certifies that products are organic, from packaging to ingredients and even the way they are  manufactured; and by The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) who are an international non-profit multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. 
But let's take this toner for example, and look at the ingredients: 93.13% of the total ingredients are of natural origin but only 12.16% of the total ingredients come from organic farming. Which by the standards we were discussing doesn't qualify to be an organic products. However, the brand clearly displays the percentage of organic and natural ingredients they use, so I don't feel they are tricking consumers who will genuinely look out for organic products. 
Conclusion: as with many other brands, not all of Naobay products are natural but they are very clear and transparent with their consumers by including the ingredients percentage clearly on the label.

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Let's move on to Dr. Organic - the claim in in the name! Dr. Organic products can be found in Holland & Barrett and are known for high quality natural and organic ingredients. The brand has won many beauty and skincare awards, and has made strong promises to use organic ingredients (and if an organic ingredient cannot be sourced, then a sustainable natural ingredient will be used), use natural ingredients, not to include any harsh chemicals (like parabens, SLS, artificial fragrances or perfumes),  no animal ingredients (this may not be the case in the Snail Gel as snail slime is an active ingredient), no animal testing, not to use mineral oils or GM ingredients, but in some cases they may use preservatives however these will be of the highest quality and naturally derived.
I was really intrigued about their cult Snail Gel and managed to find out how the gel is made: snails in Mexico are released into a 'snail-friendly' enclosure where they are free to roam, eat, interact with one another - leaving a trail of slime as they go. Once the slime is thick enough, it gets collected and turned into Snail Gel. That's pretty free range, right? No snails are ever harmed, they die from a natural death and nothing from them is extracted. I couldn't find any certification on Dr. Organic, but they state they all organic ingredients used are certified.
Conclusion: Dr. Organic screams about being organic and they make very strong statements on their site. As far as I can see, they're not certified but use certified organic ingredients in their products. From talking to brand representatives, their ingredients are sourced in a responsible and 'organic' manner, with the exception of sometimes using preservatives - which are derived naturally.

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I worked with Nouris a while ago to review their pure, cold pressed organic oils and I really loved the product because it worked. So they jumped into my ind when thinking about this post because so many brands claim their products are organic because there is a drop of organic Argan oil floating around in them somewhere.
Nouris Arga Oil is exactly what it says on the tin - 100% pure Argan oil. It is ethically produced and 100% organic (it's actually Eco-Cert and AB Certified), the oil is sourced directly from Morocco and the fruits from which the oil is made from are hand picked by local women. The fruits are then dried in open air, seeds are extracted by hand, and cold pressed to ensure the oil is at its most fresh. From this process, I can tell there's no nasties added to this oil and when I use it and smell it, I believe in the product and the promise.
Conclusion: Nouris Argan and Rosehip Oils are certified and 100% organic.

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Green People are on a mission to become 'the most loved organic beauty brand in the UK' and they certainly have the certifications to carry on the journey: they were the first brand to have cosmetic products certified organic by the Soil Association, followed by Organic Food Federation. They have also now achieved certification with EcoCert which in total makes them the only cosmetics company to be independently certified by 3 different bodies.
90% of the producs from Green People are certified organic and the brand promises to carry on working and replace the remaining 10% with organic products - so that every item can be independently certified organic. Pretty impressive!
I have been using their Fruit Scrub Exfoliator which works wonders on gently cleansing my skin - this product is certified organic and contains organic apricot, bergamot and mandarin.
Green People Fruit Scrub is made without parabens, lanolin, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), artificial perfumes, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, petrochemicals, phthalates and colourants. 
Conclusion: I don't think we can question Green People on too much considering they are certified by 3 very strict associations, and are transparent in their goals of converting to be 100% organic. Well done guys!

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Finally, another brand which I am just only discovering - Yours Truly Organics. Their Fix Me serum promises to be effective in reducing acne and getting rid of scars, but is it truly organic? With ingredients like Gatuline® Skin-Repair BIO and REGU®-SEB, it doesn't sound like something an organic serum would have. However, this product is actually EcoCert organic certified which means that any non-organic ingredient simply cannot be sourced any other way.
I will be trialling this serum soon so keep an eye out for the full review of Yours Truly Organics Fix Me serum on my blog!

To conclude this post - if you, like many others, are concerned about where the ingredients for your skincare come from then do your research and always check the label. Most brands will be transparent and include the content of how much and exactly what is organic on their label, and also look out for the certification label. Companies are working harder every day to ensure their ingredients are certified organic, but at the moment it is up to us to decipher messages they are sending to consumers.

Have you found this post useful? Do you try and buy organic skincare products, if so do you check their certification and labels?

*Samples sent from companies have been featured in this post.

1 comment

  1. Antipodes is my favourite skincare brand - my dry and sensitive skin loves their products x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x


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