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Do 100% organic products exist? Nope.

post #1 of 11
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The FDA does not regulate marketing tactics and words used in ads that cosmetic companies claim.

When companies claim "organic", with cosmetics and skin care products there is no such thing as 100% organic or natural. If there is even 1% of chemicals, it is clearly not completely organic.

 

I just read an interesting thread that discusses fake organic products and genuine organic products.

 

Here's my take.

 

According to the German Organic Food Industry Association (BOLW), the highest organic ingredients contained in any existing cosmetic product is 70%. The remaining 30% consists of some form of chemicals including preservatives such as paraben or methylparaben etc.

 

Bogus advertisements from cosmetic companies mislead consumers. However, if someone is asking whether there are any cosmetic products that is 100% AUTHENTIC and ORGANIC, the answer is clearly no.

 

Let's compare organic food and regular food. Organic food will obviously perish much quicker than non-organic foods. This logic would also hold true for cosmetic products. If there really were 100% organic products, I doubt they would last more than 1-2 weeks at most. Imagine purchasing your cosmetics every few weeks. What a financial nightmare (unless you can afford to do so).

 

So as a consumer, rather than searching for that non existent 100% organic product, it's more important to look at the concentration of organic ingredients compared to chemicals.

 

e.g. Fragance is hazardous right? But a product I use contains 0.1% of fragrance in the entire product. Now is this really dangerous or unfriendly? No I dont believe so.

 

One last thing on preservatives. Instead of paraben, many companies are now replacing it with an alternative that is safer. But it is still a preservative nonetheless.

 

Having said all that, if you are still afraid or have doubts about using any form of product that contains a chemical, the only true alternative I can think of are homemade skin care solutions, which last for about 4-6 days. But even still, if the fruits or vegies you use in your ingredient is not organic, again it isn't a 100% organic homemade product right? The search for the holy grail continues.. lol :)

I also write facial skin related articles on my blog VANYA.

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Having said all that, if you are still afraid or have doubts about using any form of product that contains a chemical, the only true alternative I can think of are homemade skin care solutions, which last for about 4-6 days. But even still, if the fruits or vegies you use in your ingredient is not organic, again it isn't a 100% organic homemade product right? The search for the holy grail continues.. lol :)


Haha, yeah. It seems like a slightly out of reach goal to have 100% organic personal care products for the vast majority of the population. I guess at the end of the day you have to pick as best you can. And not to seem too laissez faire about it all, we do live in a chemical soup. While it's great to cut down your exposure as much as possible, I just don't have time to make my own organic body wash every week. So for now, I guess I'll stick with my Dr. Bronner's.

post #3 of 11

There are organic products, for example the line Alaffia and Aubrey. You have to keep the cream in the refrigerator because they do go bad very fast. 

post #4 of 11

Motherlove makes several body care products that are 100% organic. They even have the USDA Organic seal. This means it is regulated by the USDA. They only way a company can do this is by using food grade certified organic ingredients to make a body care product. So it is possible, you just have to work really hard to find certified organic suppliers and the products have a shorter shelf life. 

 

       www.motherlove.com

 

When shopping for organics make sure you look of the word certifed organic, because there is not much regulation on natural or organic- only certified organic means anything. There are a lot of false advertisers out there that use organic in their name, with no certified organic ingredients. Look for this seal for 100%

certified organic products.

 

 

post #5 of 11
organic products last a very long time by using natural preservatives like organic essential oils, and anti-oxidants.

it's not really true to say an organic product will only last 1-2 weeks.

many companies make organic products that do not need to be refridge.  and use certified organic ingredients to preserve. so it is possible to have a 100% organic product.

many products do not reach the 100% mark because they use minerals or other purely natural non-agricultural ingredients (salt, vitamins) that can not be certified. but they are not chemical or synthetic. this doesn't make it a non-organic product.

i am a bit sad that you would suggest finding a product with a larger organic to chemical ratio.

like i said, it is very very possible to preserve with out chemicals and many preservatives CAN be certified organic.
post #6 of 11
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post #7 of 11
I don't agree that there are no organic products out there, you just have to VERY carefully read your packaging. There are tons of soaps and other products that are chemical free and certified organic. You can check the labels and also check Skin Deep, which is not perfect but an overall excellent resource. For example Earth Mama Angel Baby is a company making organic and 100% chemical free products. Manor Hall is not an all organic company but they do makes organic foaming soaps that have no chemicals. You can also make plenty of organic products at home. I make homemade organic sugar scrubs and creams and more of course all pesticide and chemical free.

You can find truly organic products out there, you just really need to be careful and research yourself.
post #8 of 11

Aubrey, sadly,  is not 100% organic.

post #9 of 11

If you want 100% organic it would be easy to order some Certified organic Rosehip, Red Raspberry, Pomegranate, Coconut, or Sunflower oil, or even a blended organic oil product from a facial care company.  It is simplistic, but clean.  Those will last a long time with no preservatives because oils do not grow bacteria - only water based products will grow bacteria and fungi.

The previous posters are correct in saying that mineral ingredients and even water will prevent a product from being certified at 100% organic.  Lye is the ingredient that would prevent a bar soap from ever being 100% organic.  Most soaps the max % that can be achieved is about 84%.  Even Dr. Bronners - the Potassium Hydroxide they use would keep it even out of the 90% range.

It is possible for a skincare product to be of entirely natural origin and I DO think that it is preferable to select a 100% natural product than a product that has 70% organic content and then a bunch of synthetics.  Fragrance IS a concern for many people as it is used to hide up to hundreds of trace ingredients and extenders, none of which have to be disclosed because that is proprietary.  Those individual chemicals do make a difference in the overall condition of your skin - bigger than a lot of people realize.  Eliminate them and see how much healthier your skin can be.  It is pretty profound.  The "gray area" products may still be irritating your skin more.

post #10 of 11

I used to think organic meant all natural and 100% perfectly safe and organic, raw ingredients. NOT! I agree with you, they still have a lot of chemicals in them. I am tired of it now, and plan to use more simple ingredients to do things, like baking soda, etc.

 

Sheila

post #11 of 11

Don't forget to take into the count of transportation . What type of trucking is being used to bring the products to the vendor.


 

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