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Why Organic Skincare Products and Regimen are better


What is the difference between organic and non-organic skin care products? In a nutshell, not only are organic products healthier to use on your skin, but you will actually be contributing towards helping the environment. How green is your vanity cupboard? Due to the increase in environmental awareness, organic products are becoming more and more popular, thus readily available with an extensive range of natural ingredients. All organic products are bio-degradable, in other words, the product and packaging will easily break down after use. No harmful chemicals are entering the earth’s soil and water tables, so while you are pampering yourself, you are also protecting precious natural resources.
Organic Skin Care Products and You
Beauty is really more than skin deep. From deodorant to facial toners, we slather and spray a vast array of products onto our skin every day without really noticing. It is common knowledge that our skin acts as a sponge, among other things. Everything you put on it will get absorbed to some extend. These chemicals are harmless in small doses, but consider how often you are exposed to them. To be honest, no one, at least not to my knowledge, ever died from using a toner or face mask. Not as a direct result. But consider this; petrochemicals used in the production of many face creams and other beauty products have been found to contain cancer causing impurities. Aside from being generally very unhealthy, it is also non-renewable and both an environmental and economically unfriendly resource. These products can be identified by labels containing the words “paraffin, petroleum and mineral oil”. 
However, if you will only consider using organic skin care products for one reason, it is hypoallergenic. Most sensitive skin sufferers break out due to the chemical ingredients found in average skin care products. Organic products are dye and fragrance free, eliminating chemical burns and rashes. Artificial fragrances contain phthalates that are known to trigger allergic reactions in sensitive users.
An organic routine usually goes hand in hand with a holistic approach. You do not need an apothecary of potions and creams to stay youthful. Instead, a good basic routine and a healthy lifestyle will keep you in a great condition.
Organic Skin Care Products and the Environment
Certain beauty and skin care products contain cow placenta extracts. These extracts contain hormones that could result in potentially deadly illnesses, such as breast cancer. Aside from the health issues, the practice is cruel and unnecessary.  Organic products use ingredients that are grown without synthetic fertilizers and harmful pesticides, which are overall a lot more environmentally friendly, as well as healthier to use on your body. Biodynamic farming also leads to a holistic relationship between plants, the soil it grows in, animals and humans. These products are not tested on animals. It will be counter-productive. Another form of cruelty and abuse gets eliminated. The packaging is non-toxic, and recyclable or biodegradable. 
The USDA National Organic Program was established in 2003. Organic-certified products will bear their seal, so look out for the Demeter approval stamp on products your purchase to afford you extra peace of mind.
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Are you Organic Savvy?

Q1- What Percentage of Ingredients must be Organic to qualify a product as “Certified Organic”?
Answer- Minimum of 95%
Q2- What Percentage of Ingredients must be Organic to qualify a product as “100% Certified Organic”?
Answer- 100%
Yes this is a trick question.
Q3- Can salt or water be certified Organic?
Answer- No
A product may ONLY be considered “Certified Organic” if its agricultural components comply with the strict regulations of the NOP (National Organic Program).  Being that salt is a mineral, and water is a chemical matter; neither is an agricultural product and therefore must be excluded when calculating the percentage of organic ingredients.

Q4- Is Natural Considered Organic?
Answer- No
Let’s first start out by defining what Organic means when referred to as Organic product. According to the CCOF, and as defined in their document (http://www.ccof.org/pdf/2010_UnderstandingOrganic_Flyer.pdf), Organic food is produced without using most conventional, harmful, toxic pesticides, petroleum-based, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones and that have not been cloned. 
Now let’s clarify, a product that is labeled Natural is not to be assumed its Organic.  By stating a product is Natural, one is stating a product is compound by chemicals or substances that are created from a living organism, found in nature.  As the CCOF clearly defines, there are no federal standards for “natural”, “local” or “sustainable” claims. These products may include toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms or synthetic substances that are prohibited in organic production.

Q5- Is a product “Certified Organic” if the label says so?
Answer- No
Know your ingredients!  See answers for Questions 1-4 and look for the USDA and CCOF logos for the comfort of knowing the products you’re using are CERTIFIED ORGANIC!

Know Your Labels!

Are the products you’re purchasing really organic? Thanks to the CCOF (a premier Organic certification program) we can show you exactly what to look for to ensure you are getting the fullest organic integrity out of the products you buy!  For more information, you can check out CCOF’s flier available at: 

http://www.ccof.org/pdf/2010_UnderstandingOrganic_Flyer.pdf

http://www.ccof.org/

Certified organic or not?

 
Many companies are under fire for using the term “organic” on their packaging. The confusion seems to be; if the word “organic” is used, it alludes to the idea that  the product is entirely good for you; after all if it says “organic” shouldn’t it be good? There are many different ways the term can be used. The best way to identify what these terms mean is by going to a source that knows, instead of relying on a company’s marketing to explain it. Here is a great explanation provided by CCOF (Certified California Organic Farmers)