This may surprise you, but it is almost impossible to have a universal consensus on what makes a skincare product purely natural or organic.
The organic certification associations like Eco Cert and the USDA Organic, have different standards.
Countries have different rulings; some don’t even make it illegal for a brand to slap on the “organic” or “natural” certified logo or label. Even if nothing in the formula is close to natural or organic.
And guess what? Water is 100 per cent natural. So if a product has a high natural content, it may well mean that it contains a high percentage of well, water.
Bang for your buck? Think again.
This all sounds daunting if you are thinking of going for a more natural or organic skincare routine.
And why should you even consider transitioning from your regular non-natural/ organic products?
So my rationale for incorporating natural skincare into my beauty ritual is simple: I like the additional options of effective products.
With the latest developments in technology, better quality extracts can be derived from potent plants, as well as the algae from the sea, and other microbial fungi from the arctic.
So this means more effective products from reputable organic/ natural labels. Because I am a true beauty junkie, I’m not going to miss out on that.
(I have nothing against chemical-laden skincare; because “chemical” does not necessarily mean bad news for your skin. For example, Retinol is a chemical compound, and it is one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients around. Time and again, when the formulation is right, it proves its efficacy by making my skin smoother, finer, brighter, and firmer with less lines.)
For the title of this post, I used the word “transition” instead of “switch” because I think it is nearly impossible to have a decent beauty routine with just organic/ natural skincare. And simply because the defintions are so vague.
Unless if you make your own, of course.
But if like me, you bought a ton of books on DIY natural/ organic beauty but realise that you don’t have the time/ tools/ patience to follow through, just buy them.
Especially when there are so many of them around.
Here are my tried and tested fave brands:
1) Tata Harper
3) Sunday Riley
4) Dr Jackson’s
7) Lya Nature
10) Eve Lom
The Beauty Gazette is not affiliated to any of these brands.
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