The organic and natural markets have grown exponentially over the past 10 years or so and the current status of the Earth’s climate change has really given it that added edge. That’s not to say that these markets are bad, in fact, we wish more people would start buying organic products so that we could take some strain off the earth, however, there are a few things many people are not aware of and one of those is the issue of what exactly the “natural” label constitutes to. Is natural organic? And is organic natural? Or are we better off saying Natural VS Organic?
Natural VS Organic
Natural As A Label Is Misleading
This answer is pretty simple actually, the word natural as a label is not at all regulated by the FDA or USDA. There are no stipulations as to how the word may be used on product packaging and when it may be used. What this means is that many companies label products as natural, all-natural, or 100% natural when they are, in fact, packed with chemicals and preservatives.
The word natural denotes to the idea that there are no additives, no harmful chemicals and everything held within the packaging grew from the ground or a tree in a happy field somewhere that is untainted by pesticides. What many companies rely on is the fact that they do have a natural element to their product. For example, a product may use mostly natural ingredients but additives to preserve those ingredients.
The problem is how we understand the word natural and how it is currently being used in advertising and packaging. Not all companies choose to mislead their customers this way, but many, if not most, do. As always, the best way to arm yourself is to read the ingredient list. It cannot be natural if it has a lengthy list of preservatives and chemicals included.
Organic As A Label Is Exactly What It Says It Is
Buying organic is, thankfully, a little more secure. This section of the “green” market is so highly regulated that if there is a USDA certified label on the packaging, you can be sure that it is organic.
The organic label ensures that your product is grown without any chemicals, growth hormones and antibiotics.
The Organic Label Ensures That Your Products Are:
- Toxicity free
- Petroleum free
- Clone free
- Artificial colorant free
- No artificial flavors
- Preservative free
- GMO free
- No irradiation
The good news is that not only does the organic label offer you a product free from one or two of the above, it ensures that the product is free of ALL of the above. This is why the market is so intensely regulated.
So What Does That Mean For “Natural” Labels?
It depends on how strictly you prefer to stick to organic materials and resources. While organic may be the extra $ or two, in the long run, it’s worth knowing that the product you’re using is not only safe for your skin it was also grown and processed without the use of harmful by-products, chemicals, hormones, and pesticides.
The problem of the natural label extends to all areas of the “green market”. Beauty industries, the food industry and even other industries which make use of organic materials (like furniture and home products) will see companies following the trend of labeling their products natural when they do, in fact, contain unnatural elements.
Natural VS Organic In Skin Care
If you’re thinking of taking a more organic approach to your skin care, we suggest always taking note of the labels. Not all companies who carry the natural label are hiding a toxic secret (no pun intended). It’s always a good idea to research the company, the product, and the manufacturing process. Most organic companies are proud of the way they process their products because their only trade secret is natural growth, lots of love and plenty of sunlight. If you ask, you’ll get your answer either way.