Many of us are trying to live a healthier lives these days, whether by eating healthier foods, exercising for longer and more often, buying natural and organic products or just trying to be more environmentally friendly, we want to feel like we are doing our bit.
Over the last few years, a huge number of companies have also jumped on to this healthier lifestyle by opting to sell products that are more natural than they once used to be. You have probably noticed many health and nutrition shops popping up all over the place in the last few months with big signs in the windows saying they sell Organic, Natural and Chemical-free products. However, the question really is, what do these terms mean and how Natural are these products?
What does Organic mean?
Well, in short, Organic means any chemical compound that contains carbon. When it comes to Organic food, organic products are regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP). Only companies that meet the standards set by the National Organic Program may label their products as certified organic. Whereas, In the beauty industry, there isn’t an industry-agreed meaning for terms like Organic or Natural so companies can use these terms without strict regulations.
For example, a company need only have 1% natural products in their products to be able to say they are natural which is very far from the actual truth. This is now being turned around with thanks to the Soil Association who are setting out stricter guidelines for companies to follow to enable them to state their products are Natural or Organic. To be on the safe side, make sure you do your research when looking into buying new products that claim to be Natural or Organic or look out for products that are USDA Certified. This means they contain at least 95% Organic ingredients. The USDA Certified label will be some where on the packaging of the product.
Natural and Organic products provide a huge added benefit for consumers. Organic products tend to be more expensive due to the ingredients in each product. They will be harder to get hold of than the cheaper, chemical ingredients and be of a much higher quality. This does not mean that you should go out and buy the most expensive product you can, you need to research the company, the products and look out for reviews from bloggers who have a totally un-biased opinion and more likely to be honest and reliable.
I hope this has been helpful to you and given you some guidance when looking for Natural and Organic indicators.