Organic Beauty Products? What are the real benefits?

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Organic beauty products don’t just benefit your skin.

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Most women say their skin feels fresher and cleaner using organic beauty products.

There’s more to using organic beauty products than being healthy for your skin. You’re actually doing more for the environment as well.

Organic is taking the beauty world by storm, but like many new trends, sometimes it’s not clear what exactly this means. 

Traditionally, “organic” is a term used to describe methods of sustainable and environmentally-conscious farming. To be able to label any product as “organic” it has to be made from ingredients that were farmed without using chemical pesticides and other artificial production methods. This means that when the ingredients were grown they had a very low impact on the natural world surrounding them.

We discovered that only farmed ingredients can be called “organic”, and that 70-95% of a beauty product must be made from organically farmed ingredients for it to be labelled as “organic” here in Australia. That other 5-30% is often made up of things like clay and minerals—which can’t be organic as they aren’t farmed.

Now, organic food is a whole other story, but there’s no hard scientific proof yet that beauty products made from organic ingredients are actually better for your skin.

There is, however, a lot of anecdotal proof of people finding that switching to an all-organic skin care routine worked wonders for their skin. Whether you side with science or the people and their anecdotal advice, there’s certainly no proof that it’s worse for you. And given the amazing benefits it has for the environment it’s certainly worth giving a go.

So when you see “organic” on a beauty product label, like those from SCOUT Cosmetics, The Body Shop, Trilogy, or Inika, you know that you’re supporting holistic and sustainable farming that helps the environment flourish, and may just make your skin that little bit smoother.

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Ally Bodnaruk

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Ally enjoys long books and large coffees. She spends most of her time daydreaming about new places to travel instead of writing, and the rest of it daydreaming about all the things she’d like to write.

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