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The Difference Between Organic And Natural Products: Are They A Better Alternative?

Nowadays, a lot of people are becoming more conscious of what they put in and on their body. Not only have we become conscious of the food that we eat, but we have also become meticulous with the products that we use. We want to make sure that we live to the optimum so we chose nothing but the best of quality with our foods, drinks and even with the beauty products that we’re using.

As someone that is health-conscious myself, I searched the market for the best products that will give me the ultimate benefits. And I have come across several times with the terms “All-Natural” and “Organic” Products.

What do all-natural and organic products mean? How can you consider a product organic or all-natural? Are they the same? Do they really offer great benefits and give you the same results?

These are only some of the questions that have boggled my mind. I bet some of you have been wondering the same as well. Let’s dig a little deeper to find out.

What are “Organic” Products?

The term “organic” refers to how a product was produced. When a certain product has a certified organic claim, you can trust that the ingredients were grown and prepared without the use of growth hormones, artificial fertilizers, antibiotics, artificial or synthetic chemicals, preservatives or colors.

A manufacturer can’t just easily use the word organic on their beauty products. They have to go through a strict heavily regulation to be able to put the word on their label. You have to know though that some products that have the term organic on their packaging do not necessarily translate to being 100% organic. To be given the privilege of wearing the claim, it has to have 70%-95% organic ingredients.

What are “Natural” Products?

Unlike organic products that have to go through the scrutiny of heavy regulations just to get the claim, natural products are having an easier day at the park. The lack of regulation in labeling a product “natural” is probably because it’s hard to draw a line between what is natural and what’s not.

Generally, you can coin the ingredient as natural if it came from plant, mineral or animal. But because there are no governing bodies that regulate natural products, a manufacturer can easily put the word “natural” on their packaging to attract potential customers. They may contain a number of natural ingredients, but they can still claim that their product is all natural despite the presence of synthetic ingredients.

Why Should I Use Organic or Natural Products?

If you haven’t already, switching to organic or natural products has clearly some benefits. Not only you are helping Mother Earth but you are also giving your body the best care and treatment that they deserve.

Below are some of the benefits of using organic or natural products.

 

1. They don’t contain harmful materials.

When you look at the label of non-organic skin care product, you’d notice the presence of synthetic and man-made ingredients. These ingredients, if used in a long term, can cause organ toxicity, hormone imbalance, skin irritation, and even cancer. Using all natural and organic products simply lowers your risk of getting these diseases.

2. They are better for your skin.

You may get a fast result when using synthetic ingredients, but the long-term effect is not that pleasing. Yes, your blemishes and wrinkles may lessen instantaneously, but these synthetic ingredients can weaken and damage your skin in the long run.

On the other hand, natural and organic products give you real nutritional benefits without any harmful side effects. We all know that natural ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, honey, and coconut oil are great in moisturizing and nourishing your skin. You may not get the instant gratification that you get from using synthetic products, but your skin will thank you in the long run.

3. They can reduce skin irritation.

Breakouts and skin irritations are certainly annoying. Using products that don’t contain harsh chemicals is your ultimate solution to irritations, inflammations or allergic reactions. Products that contain lavender extract, tea tree oil and zinc oxide will make your skin nourished and smooth.

4. They are friendlier to your wallet.

One of the biggest misconceptions I have heard is that organic and natural products are expensive.

Whilst there are products that are indeed heavier on the pocket, there are some that come at a friendlier price. Also, using them can help you save money in the long run. Using organic and natural products will improve your overall health and skin condition, thus you won’t feel the need to buy more products just to compensate for your routine.

5. They are kinder to the environment.

We only have one world to live in so we must do everything to protect it. Chemicals that are found in non-organic and non-natural products can produce harm and damage to the environment. Wouldn’t it be nice to use a product that won’t make you feel guilty that you’re causing harm to Mother Earth?

How Can You make sure that a Product is Indeed Organic or Natural?

With the numbers of eco-friendly consumers on the rise, producers and manufacturers are also prowling to get them to purchase their products. With thousands of competitions in the market, some would shamelessly use the claim of being organic or natural just to get the sale.

How can you make sure that you’re really getting the right value for your money?

Always read the labels

We should make it a habit to always check the ingredients list before purchasing a product. You certainly don’t want to put on a facial cream without knowing what’s in them, do you? Before you swipe that beauty product on the counter, take time to read the ingredients list first.

Though it’s not necessary to bury your head in knowing all the synthetic ingredients, it’s best that you’re familiar with some. As a rule of thumb, it’s probably a red flag if you can’t understand the ingredient. Stay away from ingredients that have “oxy”, “-eth-” or “poly” as these are synthetic ingredients. You should also avoid products that contain Sulphates, parabens, and phthalates.

Look for recognized labels

Probably one of the surest ways to know that a certain product is indeed natural or organic is that if they are recognized by a certified regulatory body. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), European Commission’s Agriculture Ministries, Australian Certified Organic (CCO), COSMOS and Ecocert are some of the most reputable organizations that recognize organic and natural products. Once a product has their approval, you’re pretty confident that you’re getting what you have paid for.

An approach to being healthy should be holistic. We should not only be conscious of the food and drink that we put inside our body. We should also take into consideration the type of ingredients that we use in our beauty products. Using organic or natural products will also give you the same, if not better, result without having to suffer from the harmful effects that these synthetic products give to our body and environment.

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