Natural vs. Organic: What's the Difference?

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I’m really happy clean skincare is a trend, and that more brands are adopting a natural or organic approach. These products have been popping up all over but why does this matter? Our skin is the biggest organ in our bodies, and the chemicals we put on it gets absorbed into our bloodstream, with not much filtering causing health issues.

So incorporating more natural products into your routine is not just better for your skin, but your overall wellness. So, what’s really the difference between natural vs organic skincare?

The term natural is a bit misleading since skincare products with that label contain ingredients produced by nature and contain chemicals. These products only need 1% of organic ingredients to be called natural. Since this rule is flex, there is a lot of not-so-natural stuff out there.

While organic products have to contain 95% of plant derived or naturally occurring ingredients to be considered organic. And when I say organic it means to produce or harvest that ingredient without the use of chemicals, artificial fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc.

If you want to kick-start your path in organic skincare, I would check out Credo, CAP Beauty, Follain and Whole Foods.

Shopping Tip

Ingredients are listed in order of percentage from high to low. So you want to have a product where the synthetic stuff is closer to the end of the list.

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