I noticed as i was walking down the cosmetics isle in the supermarket that there are a lot of shampoos and skin care products that say “all natural” and “contains organic ingredients”. I was thinking to myself wow that’s great, as i am a big supporter of natural and organic products. I picked up a few bottles of shampoo to look at the ingredients and i was totally shocked at what i saw. There was not one organic ingredient just about every ingredient was petroleum based and the main ingredient was water.
I did some research into this topic when i got home because i was thinking it has to be illegal to write organic and natural on your products if its not.
I found out that the standards for the cosmetics industry are incredibly loose in most countries, and many preservatives, dyes, fragrances, etc., are actually kind of toxic.
And what’s worse is that “natural” in the cosmetics industry doesn’t actually mean anything that’s because of a phenomenon called “greenwashing”.
“Greenwashing” refers to the process of making claims that a product is “natural” or “organic” – or even just giving that impression – while it is in fact full of synthetic chemicals that are possibly or even known to be toxic.
Why does this happen?
Standards for the cosmetics industry in most countries (including the U.S., Canada, Australia, and others) are incredibly loose.
Companies monitor themselves. Many regulations are voluntary. Ingredients don’t have to be proven safe before they go to market; instead, they need to be proven unsafe before they are banned. And some ingredients don’t even have to be listed on products.
(Fragrance is considered a trade secret. And some ingredients may have contaminants that aren’t listed.)
What makes the situation even worse is that the term “natural” is totally unregulated in the cosmetics industry.
That means that anyone can claim that any product is “natural”. There are no criteria.
And “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean anything either. The term “organic” simply means “containing carbon”, which is virtually everything.
I was incredibly disturbed by this because what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream FASTER than what you eat. when you eat something that contains toxins it gets filtered out by your kidneys so when you are putting toxins on your skin you are not getting that filtration. Scary right?
How Can You Tell What is ACTUALLY Natural & Organic?
There are 2 ways that you can get rid of potential toxins in your products for good.
- Learn how to read labels. You can pick up your FREE label-reading guide here and learn how to quickly & easily identify the worst cosmetic toxins.
- Use a product that is CERTIFIED organic. If it is certified by a third party, like the USDA (the United States), the ACO (Australia), or the IFOAM (International), then there are strict regulations that have to be followed.
Want a quick and easy way to identify synthetic junk that you shouldn’t be putting on your body? Be sure to pick up your FREE Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetics Toxins. This handy 1-page guide will tell you exactly what to avoid and why.