Several common misconceptions about organic cosmetics should be reconsidered, including the assumption that they are safe for allergy sufferers
Today, the most popular prefixes are “organic”, “eco”, “natural” and “vegan” on cosmetic packaging, promising high sales. However, in most cases, the word “eco” serves more as a marketing ploy than as a guarantee of environmentally friendly production. There are few brands that truly take environmental responsibility; they can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
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It is necessary to distinguish between the concepts of “natural” and “organic” cosmetics. In the first case, it is enough that the composition contains several components of natural origin. In the second, the requirements for products are much stricter: they must contain at least 95% organic ingredients grown without the use of pesticides on special farms, with appropriate certificates.
The packaging of organic cosmetics must also meet certain requirements: be made from recycled plastic or biodegradable material.
Organic cosmetics are not tested on animals, and their composition is strictly regulated. However, there are several common myths about it.
Myth No. 1: Organic cosmetics do not cause allergies or irritation. This is not true, since any component, organic or chemical, can be an allergen.
Myth #2: Organic is for everyone. In fact, each skin type requires an individual approach, and organic cosmetics are not necessarily suitable for everyone.
Myth #3: Organic is equivalent to traditional recipes. Unlike folk remedies, in organic cosmetics the components are carefully selected and balanced.
Myth #4: There are no synthetics in organic cosmetics. This is not true as some synthetic ingredients can be used as preservatives.
Myth #5: Organic cosmetics can have a long shelf life. The shelf life of organic cosmetics is limited due to the lack of synthetic preservatives and is usually no more than 12 months.
Before purchasing organic cosmetics, it is important to pay attention to the expiration date and certification to be sure of its quality and compliance with organic standards.