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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 and has not been man-made or synthesized.

However, in the growing process it may have been sprayed with chemicals to keep off bugs and fed with chemical fertilisers to increase yield

An organic apple or carrot has had NO chemicals sprayed on it – the soil it is grown in has not been polluted with chemical fertilisers.

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 these insecticides and fertilisers do.  Neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of insecticides that impact the central nervous system of insects. Most commonly used in the USA but also in parts of Europe. 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 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 is the difference between your body absorbing a burger or a healthy salad.

Are organic products automatically GMO free?

YES they are!  A GMO product or an ingredient in any part of it cannot be certified organic.

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 chemical free – see chart below.

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