Organic vs Natural. What’s the difference?
The words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ make for some pretty alluring skincare promises but labels can be a little confusing. Did you know natural and organic ingredients aren't necessarily the same thing. Huh? Let us clear up any confusion about the difference and why choosing natural and organic skincare over synthetic options is the best thing you can do for your face.
First up, why choose natural or organic anyway?
The growing trend towards natural and organic skincare shows no sign of slowing any time soon.
Opting for products as close to nature as possible means you skip a bunch of nasty toxins that make up synthetic based products. These chemicals can lead to degenerative diseases and cause a host of skin issues. Some of the very worst culprits include parabens, Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and Sodium laureth sulphate (SLES).
Skin is our largest organ and with almost 50% of what we apply to our skin potentially absorbed into our bloodstream, we need to make mindful choices about skincare. Going organic and natural limits the number of chemicals you expose your body to. It’s also a better option for the earth!
What are natural ingredients?
Botanicals like shea butter, aloe (link to ingredients post) chamomile, beeswax, and essential oils are all examples of natural ingredients. When a product is labelled ‘natural’ it implies the ingredients in the product are as close to nature as possible.
Natural ingredients can still provide you with a bunch of skin-saving benefits even if they aren’t technically organic. That said, you’ll come across many products that contain ingredients that are both natural and organic, just like The Wipe.
Take note. The label on the back of your skincare can be little confusing, some natural ingredients actually have scientific names that can sound kinda synthetic! For example, if sea salt may be labelled as sodium chloride and citrus fruits as citric acid.
Once you’ve got the skinny on natural ingredients though, you’ll be able to recognize these pretty easily and stay on the green path.
What are organic ingredients?
Organic ingredients have passed more rigorous standards of testing to receive the certified organic tick of approval. To be labelled '100% organic' an ingredient can’t be a genetically modified organism (GMO) and must have been grown the ‘old fashion way’; that means petroleum fertilizers, sewage sludge fertilisers or synthetic pesticides.
For example, if a product contains “organic chamomile extract” then it should mean that the chamomile flower used to create the extract was raised without nasty pesticides and other chemicals.
To be labelled 'organic' it means 95% of the ingredients meet the criteria.
This also makes organic products more friendly for our planet, the process of farming these ingredients increases soil health due to the restriction around pesticide use for certified organic ingredients.
It’s important to know that even natural and organic ingredients can cause a skin reaction if you happen to be allergic to a particular ingredient. It’s super important to always do a patch test first before slathering yourself head to toe in a new product. Even those natural and organic ones!