Are you sure that the cosmetics you use are organic? Here's how to recognize organic products and buy them
How to recognize organic cosmetics? Unlike what you think it is not easy to distinguish products that are organic from those that have nothing to do with this brand. This is because companies often tend to deceive the consumer.
In this case we talk about greenwashing or the desire to pass off as natural cosmetics that in reality are not. Such as? Inserting images of flowers or leaves on the packaging, but also indicating the presence of organic extracts that actually exist in the formulation only in minimal parts equal to 2%. This means that the word "bio" is not enough to make a product truly organic, but important criteria are needed that must be followed and respected.
In the market there are so many cosmetics that have little to do with bio, so it is important to know how to recognize and buy only what is in compliance with some rules, learning to read the label and more.
First, it is important to highlight the difference between natural and organic cosmetics. In the first case, 95% of ingredients are used that are of animal or natural origin. In the second case, instead, 95% of organic ingredients must be present, the additives are only allowed for a maximum of 5%.
Organic cosmetics: why choose them and how to recognize them
To understand if the cosmetic you are buying is truly organic, it is important to pay close attention to some details. First the ingredients must be 100% natural. This means that the chemical formulation must not be present in its formulation. To check it, read the list of ingredients, making sure that everything is completely natural.
As a further proof, make sure the product is certified. A cosmetic is safe and organic only if it has this sort of "guarantee stamp" that is given by some institutions. Organic certification is obtained from the manufacturer by providing evidence that 95% of the cosmetic components come from organic farming. If you want to play it safe bet on products that also have a list of ingredients at zero km and that are produced locally.
Organic cosmetics: organic certifications
For this reason it is important to also know the various types of certification. Among the most important we find:
- AIAB – conferred by the Italian Association for Organic Agriculture,
- ICEA – which refers to a control on raw materials and packaging,
- CCPB – which indicates an accurate control on the origin of the ingredients.
There are also two private standards. These are NaTrue and CosmOS, which follow the European organic regulations.
The certification costs are quite high, so small companies often do, even if they produce 100% organic cosmetics they do not have them. To check that the product you are buying is organic, just read the list of ingredients present in the formulation.
An organic cosmetic does not possess substances that are harmful to health, such as synthetic surfactants, colors, artificial fragrances, solvents and preservatives. Try to avoid all products that have substances of petroleum origin, formaldehyde and paraffin. All these elements should be replaced with plant derivatives. For example, emollient silicones should leave room for almond, olive and apricot oil, but also for corn starch and shea butter.
There should be vegetable glycerin and sorbitol at the placement of the humectant silicones. As far as parabens are concerned, preserving sorbic acid, sodium benzoate and silver is better. In organic cosmetics the antioxidant parabens are replaced with tocopherol, macadamia oil, red vine extract and argan oil, while soy lectin, candelilla wax and carnauba are used instead of emulsifiers and filming agents.
Finally, the last element to consider concerns animal tests. We often take it for granted that a cosmetic that claims to be organic has never been made, but it is not always so. In any case, remember to read the label carefully to make sure it is totally cruelty free.
Read the packaging and if you are not sure, check the company website and the bodies that certify products that do not test animals. The last trick to follow is to check that there are no substances of animal origin in the list of ingredients, which are often added with special names in the hope that customers will not notice it.