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ORGANIC COSMETICS: all you need to know

Hello everybody! In today’s post we are going to talk about organic cosmetics that are now so fashionable and we are going to solve some doubts. We will see if it is the same bio than natural or organic, the advantages and disadvantages of this type of products or the requirements to consider that a product is organic. You can not miss it.

Surely on more than one occasion you have seen in stores products that have the claim of being “bio”, “natural”, “eco”… Normally, when we talk about this type of products, we take these words as synonyms and it is not entirely accurate.

Until relatively recently, we did not have a specific legislation for this type of products and even today, it is not entirely clear. A product can be of natural origin but not be bio or eco because it does not meet the following conditions.

Requirements for products to be considered organic or eco

  • Have at least 95% of ingredients of organic origin.
  • They must not contain substances of synthetic origin such as colorants, preservatives and petroleum derivatives.
  • No clinical tests can be carried out on animals.
  • Do not use transgenic products.
  • Use recycled or recyclable packaging.
  • Have the approval of official certificates such as: BDIH, Ecocert, Cosmèbio, Eco Label, EU Organic Bio Logo?
  • Have a minimal impact on nature both in their manufacture and in their transport, storage and sale.

There are many brands that take advantage of these requirements to put that their products are free of toxics. From MadridLondonBeauty we want to clarify that no cosmetic product sold in Europe has any type of harmful substance in its formulation.

Many times they put the label “toxic free” implying that in other synthetic or chemical products there are toxic and nothing could be further from the truth. If you are interested in the topic of toxics our experts tell you more about it in our article “Toxic chemicals in cosmetics”.

What are the benefits of organic cosmetics?

The main advantage of these products is the amount of active ingredients in their formulations. They contain many vitamins and antioxidants as they are found naturally in the raw materials and this makes them highly effective cosmetics.

Ingredients such as rosehip oil, which is the healing agent par excellence, or aloe vera gel, which is well known for its soothing and moisturizing properties on dry or irritated skin. These are examples of very effective and totally natural raw materials.

On the other hand, biocosmetic products are made from fatty acids, which are compounds very similar to those of our body. This makes them more easily absorbed and minimizes possible adverse reactions, with greater tolerance in the most sensitive skins.

In addition, we must not forget that these products have a minimal environmental impact by trying to reduce waste as much as possible, using recycled materials and raw materials that are as environmentally friendly as possible.

One of the fundamental pillars of organic cosmetics is the commitment to the environment and for this reason they do not test on animals, so if you decide to buy a product of these characteristics you are supporting a much more sustainable consumption and committed to nature.

The cons of biocosmetics.

This type of cosmetics has two major drawbacks:

  • The first drawback is that it has a much shorter half-life than conventional cosmetics, since they do not carry preservatives and are much more perishable.

Preservatives have a very important function, since they not only extend the life of the product, but also prevent adverse reactions such as allergies or irritations. These can occur in organic cosmetics in the event that some type of microorganism such as bacteria or fungi has proliferated.

  • The other major drawback is their organoleptic characteristics, i.e., odors and textures, since they do not contain synthetic products and often lack perfumes. I must say that in this field, they have improved a lot in recent years but there is still a long way to go to achieve the textures and smells of conventional cosmetics.

We cannot forget that a cosmetic made from natural ingredients does NOT mean that it is chemical free (let us remember that the main ingredient of many of these products is water – H₂O -, which is the most known compound in the world), that is why, we should not be afraid of chemicals.

Organic cosmetics have their pros and cons and it is a personal decision. There is no doubt that this type of cosmetics have been used for many years and are still as effective as ever.

I hope I have helped to clarify any doubts you may have about organic cosmetics and if you want to know anything else do not hesitate to leave me a comment. I will be happy to answer 😀!

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