There is a lot of confusion regarding “organic” beauty products. The popular notion is that they are “chemical-free”. But what most people are not aware is that there is a difference between “synthetic-free” and “chemical-free”. Certified organic products will be free from synthetics, but they will have traces of chemicals. This is because no beauty product is free of chemicals.
What’s a chemical? Why don’t chemical-free products exist?
If you refer a dictionary, you find that a chemical is any essential material that is formed by a reaction involving changes to molecules or atom. Every substance, going by this definition, synthetic or natural, is a chemical.
Some of the substances which we consider pure like wood, air, earth and water are all a chemical. So it is beyond science to create a chemical-free substance. Even if a product is loaded with harmful substances the company would label it as natural.
If you observe a little caution you will be able to differentiate the good from the bad.
What to believe when it comes to chemical-free brands
Look for “certified organic” logo when purchasing a product. During different stages of production organic products will contain mostly organic ingredients. “Certified organic” is a trustworthy term that promises no synthetic chemicals are used as ingredients or in the production process. Products with such a logo won’t create brands using synthetic chemicals created in a lab. These chemicals can have an adverse effect on your health. Look for “certified organic” logo if you’re looking for natural products.
It is to ensure standards that certifying bodies exist. But anybody can use the term organic as it is not regulated. Only if the brand complies with various standards “certified organic” status is given. Each country will have its own set standards for certification. And the rules and regulation will be different for each organization.
Why do brands say they are chemical-free?
Don’t fall for brands that say they are “chemical-free”. A lot of marketers are using the term ‘organic’ without any organic certification. Companies in their eagerness to project themselves green often label their brands as “chemical-free”. They go to the extent of saying that they are not harming the environment but there will be no truth in it. That would be a trap to woo customers.
However, awareness among customers is very high so it is not easy to dupe them these days.
Synthetic-free or plant-based
If a product is made using 100 percent naturally occurring ingredients then they can be labeled “synthetic-free”. If a product is made using botanical ingredients it is labeled “plant-based”, which is a flexible term. However, these terms are not regulated. A product may not be organic even if it is synthetic-free.
If a product is not tested on animals it will be labeled cruelty-free. If you look closely you will find the label on some of the major cosmetic brands.
If a product contains no animal products or byproducts it is labeled “vegan”. But again, this label is no guarantee that the product is free from synthetic chemicals. What you must do before buying any product is to read the ingredient list!