Today’s cosmetics industry is an absolute jungle, in which the trend of a return to nature and to a healthy lifestyle is gaining momentum. This trend includes proper nutrition, exercise, preservation of the environment, and transition to the use of natural cleaning, nourishment, and makeup products. Currently, more and more women ask themselves why they should saturate their skin with toxic substances, when they have all the powers of nature at their disposal: flower extracts, roots, fruit, and oils!
Plant-based products are considered organic, but the plants must be grown in locations characterized by a clean environment (in groves or in the wild) and in places devoid of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. The processing of these plants should also satisfy the strict environmental standards that prohibit, among others, the use of chemical synthesis.
Not all natural cosmetic products are worthy of being considered organic. In addition to being grown in areas that are ecologically clean, the components must undergo a formal licensing process. According to recent studies, of over 10,000 substances used today in the cosmetics industry, only 11% are safe and nontoxic.
The concept of “organic” came to cosmetics from the food industry, in which “organic” is a product (component) from nature. The term “organic cosmetics” can be compared to the terms “biocosmetics” and “eco cosmetics,” but currently, there is no accepted definition of the terms “organic,” “eco,” and “bio.”
The purpose of organic cosmetics is to help the skin fulfill its natural functions: Not to block the natural processes of secretion and toxin drainage occurring in the skin;
To enable the skin to return to its natural and healthy state without hastening cellular processes;
To regulate all the natural processes involved in the skin’s rehabilitation and maintenance of its moisture.
The demand for organic cosmetics is derived from a number of changes and trends:
Consumers’ increased knowledge and awareness of a healthy and proper lifestyle.
The increase in environmental hazards (contaminated air, chlorinated water, the use of chemical substances in agriculture, as well as in dairyand poultry farming).
Exposure to electromagnetic radiation from mobile devices, and “dry air” resulting from the use of radiators and air conditioners.
Active opposition to harmful elements (active smoking and second-hand smoke, fast food rich in calories, genetically modified food, an emotional burden or stress, and constant lack of sleep and exercise).
Governmental and judicial support for the organic cosmetics industry in Europe.
In 2009, the BDIH association of industries (Germany), BIOFORUM (Belgium), Cosmebio & Ecocert (France), ICEA (Italy), and the Soil Association (United Kingdom) accepted the COSMOS, the regulatory standard for natural and organic cosmetics.
According to this regulation, natural and organic cosmetics must include water, natural minerals, plant-based components produced through physical or chemical methods, as well as additional groups of natural components.
Are produced from plant-based raw materials grown in clean soil.
Do not contain imitators (such as petroleum jelly) that create a false sensation of temporary improvement in the skin’s condition, but actually keep the toxins in the skin.
Contain plant-based collagen, rather than animal-based collagen.
Are produced using natural preservatives (potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate) instead of synthetic materials (parabens).
Include gentle active surfactants such as cocoamphoacetate, instead of sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate.
Do not contain alcohol, acetones, and corrosive substances that disturb the water-fat balance in the skin.
Do not contain genetically modified organisms.
There is no doubt that organic cosmetics will continue to rise in popularity. This is due not only to their high quality, but also the awareness that synthetic materials can accumulate in the body and cause chronic poisoning, skin conditions, harm to the immune system, and more. We are increasingly aware (and are often faced with the evidence) that the manufacturing processes - in particular, chemical production - pollute the environment and have a negative impact on our health and lifestyle. Organic cosmetics represent a worldview, in which people assume full responsibility for their lifestyle and health. Along the way, they also gain a clean, healthy, and cultivated appearance.