16 Nov How to know if your natural skincare has certified ingredients
How to know if your natural skincare has certified ingredients
THE DIFFERENCE IS A DESCRIPTION VS. CERTIFICATION
The term ‘organic’ is everywhere today and can be misleading. But the good news is that you can easily become your own expert.
The definition of organic is simply ‘derived from living matter.’ It’s from a plant. But this does not speak to certified inspections and can mean traditional farming or harvesting with no oversight.
WHY CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS MATTER
If you believe certified organic food is important then it should matter in skincare as well, since leave-on skincare products absorb into the system. Certified Organic ingredients are diligently inspected and the most heavily regulated food system in the world. Only certified organic guarantees no toxic synthetic pesticides, toxic synthetic herbicides, or chemical fertilizers are used in production, and no antibiotics or growth hormones are given to animals.
Why do we need pesticides or genetically modified ingredients in skincare? We don’t. Certified Organic ingredients are often omitted simply because they are more costly.
Certified organic producers and processors also are subject to rigorous announced – and unannounced – certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products in a manner you can trust.
The bottom line is that no matter how a brand ensures their ingredients are responsibly farmed, there are no recognized standards to verify the claims without certification.
TWO WAYS TO CHECK CERTIFIED INGREDIENTS
Look for the USDA seal on the front of the package.
Turn to the full ingredient list on the box. Every certified organic ingredient will be marked by an asterisk*.
If plant based ingredients matter to you, certified or not, then check to see how many of the ingredients are organic and where they fall on the ingredient list, since ingredients are listed from highest to lowest. You’ll get a good idea of what percentage of the formula is from whole plants. Many brands touted as organic are simply traditional formulas with some plant ingredients sprinkled in.
We proudly formulate both THE ALPINE Phytonutrient Serum and THE PURIST Delicate Skin Serum with 96% certified organic ingredients. Our ASPEN DEW Illuminating Essence contains 85% certified organic ingredients, and 10 of the 12 botanical ingredients in the SNOW ROSE Recovery Mask are certified organic. Beyond that, the ingredients are cold processed and cold-formulated to protect the merits of the ingredients.
NATURAL IS NOT THE SAME AS CERTIFIED ORGANIC
What’s the difference between organic and natural? Isn’t “natural skincare” just as safe and healthy as organic skincare? Unfortunately, natural does not mean organic and comes with no guarantees. “Natural skincare” is often assumed to be minimally processed with no hormones, antibiotics or artificial ingredients.
In the United States, however, neither the FDA nor the USDA has rules or regulations for products labeled “natural.” As a result, manufacturers often place a “natural” label on skincare containing heavily processed ingredients. Nor does the FDA have regulations, or even a description, for wildcrafted plants, which can also be farmed.
Telluride Glow is tested beyond minimums to the highest standards in the industry. We believe in investing in the best for the greatest efficacy and safety because we care… about you, and about the planet.
Stay well and safe.