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What is the difference between ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ skincare?

This is a question we get asked a lot .

An apple, or carrot is natural. It has not been man-made or synthesised. However, in the growing process it may have been sprayed with chemicals to protect it from diseases, keep off bugs, or fed with chemical fertilisers to increase yield.

An organic apple or carrot has had NO chemicals sprayed on it and the soil it is grown in has not had any chemical fertilisers added to it.

Yes, it is more expensive to grow the organic way, but chemical avoidance in our diets is increasingly necessary as we begin to understand how the build-up of these toxins affects our bodies.  We can also help the planet by not killing bees, which is what some of these insecticides can do.  Neonicotinoids, for example, are a relatively new class of insecticides that impact the central nervous system of insects. If it hurts bees, it also hurts us!

Do not forget the skin is the largest organ of the body – so what you put onto your skin goes into your bloodstream (think skin patches).  It is therefore equally important to use organic products where possible on your skin.

Are organic skin products as effective as other products?

It depends on the ingredients, in the same way as it does with traditional products.  Where the ingredients are good and the product is well formulated, then we believe that organic skincare can actually be MORE effective than traditional products.  This is because the skin ‘recognises’ a natural product and accepts and absorbs it more readily.  So the organic skin product can feed the skin much better. It's a bit like the difference between feeding your body a diet packed with fresh, natural ingredients versus feeding it with highly processed, chemically laden sweets!

Are organic products automatically GMO free?

YES they are!  A product CANNOT be certified organic if it contains any GMO ingredients.

While on this subject, beware of ‘NON GMO’ labels.  Whilst they DO guarantee a maximum of technically less than 0.9% GMO, they do NOT guarantee that they are free from synthetic chemicals.

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