The rule-making is not unique, but there are some peculiarities that distinguish natural cosmetics and organic ones.
Skin absorbs many of the substances with which it comes into contact, either intentionally or not. For this reason we should be very careful to cosmetics we purchase because we use them every day and several times a day for our well-being.
Therefore it is very important to choose quality products, the most similar to the skin as possible.
The Regulations on cosmetics defines the latter as “any substance or mixture intended to be applied on the outer surfaces of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odors “(source: www.abc-cosmetici.it).
We find them everywhere, in perfumery, herbalist’s shop and in supermarket: in this vast offer is very important understand that not all beauty products are equal.
People with a green lifestyle already know that for the care of the body would always be preferable to choose natural and organic cosmetics.
Natural and organic are synonymous? The answer is no, even though both refuse substances considered at risk for human health.
Natural cosmetics have natural ingredients and preservatives free: do not contain petrolatum, preservatives and synthetic dyes, silicones, formaldehyde, alcohol, parabens, GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) etc.
Organic cosmetics have vegetable raw materials from organic farming, which exclude elements of synthesis and GMO, and therefore do not even contain artificial dyes and perfumes: they prefer ingredients such as distilled water, vegetable/essential oils and plant extracts. Compared to natural products, they are obliged to possess a valid certification.
Organic cosmetics, like natural ones, are paraffin, parabens, silicones free; in addition it is also required attention to eco-sustainability of the packaging which may only be made from recyclable plastics, not damaging for environment and for man.
To figure out if a cosmetic product is conventional, natural or organic type is necessary to read the INCI: today there are many App (such as the Italian E’ verde?) that help consumers, through a few gestures with the smartphone, thanks to huge database where the INCI analysis have been included.
In addition many companies put on the packaging the certification logos and underline explicitly that the products do not contain certain substances.
For example, on OllyNatural organic phytocosmetics you can find the Eco Organic ICEA certification logo on the front of packaging, just before the INCI, so that consumers can immediately see that the product is organic; on the back, however, it is shown the absence of damaging substances mentioned in the paragraphs above.
These information facilitate the choice of all consumers, even who also recently decided to undertake a more compatible way of life with the demands of the body and the environment.
What do you say about it? Do you think it would be useful to include some other distinctive signs on the packaging to indicate the type of cosmetics? Write your opinion in the comments!