I like organic things. I sometimes shop at the organic food section, and I buy organic chia seeds and organic quinoa. If I can find organic fruits at a reasonable price, I’ll buy them. I use organic coconut oil on my body. I recently picked up an organic facial serum and a jojoba body oil.
But that wasn’t always the case. I remember, when I was younger, I didn’t give two hoots about organic products. I didn’t understand the significance of paying hundreds of Ringgit to buy something that I could find in other stores for a fraction of the price. It was only during these few years that I’ve started to pay more attention to what I put on my face and into my body, because I want to live as long as a vampire and still look beautiful at 75/85/95.
Here’s what I think about organic skincare.
GOOD: It’s sometimes up to 100% natural.
If you’re not a fan of synthetic ingredients, organic is the way to go. Certified-organic products with the ECOCERT stamp have to be at least 95% plant-based and contain a minimum of 10% of all ingredients from organic farming. COSMEBIO, on the other hand, only issues the organic certification to products with a minimum of 95% natural or naturally-derived ingredients, 95% of plant ingredients are produced via organic farming and at least 10% of product contents are produced by organic farming.
GOOD: It’s more ethical and sustainable.
From the way the raw material is produced, to the manufacturing process, to the types of packaging material used, organic products usually pay a huge amount of attention to ensuring the sustainability factor. If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, try going organic. You’ll notice that the packaging is often recyclable, and more often than not, don’t come in boxes. And apart from plastic seals on the bottlecaps, the boxes don’t have plastic coverings or coatings. After all, you’re going to throw the box away, right?
GOOD: It’s safer, even for pregnant women and cancer survivors.
I’m not saying that you can’t get sensitive reactions to natural ingredients (not all natural ingredients are mild!), but organic skincare does away with a lot of man-made fillers, fragrances, stabilisers and preservatives. It’s also safe for pregnant women and cancer survivors who have undergone chemotherapy. Organic products won’t interfere with medication or do funny things to your body, so you can still look good.
NOT SO GOOD: The extremely short shelf life kinda sucks.
Because a lot of organic products don’t contain preservatives, they tend to go bad much faster. You have to finish your creams and oils in a shorter amount of time, because if you don’t, they turn rancid and smell completely nasty. One thing I learned while using organic products is that you shouldn’t buy more thinking that it’s cheaper in the long run. Because if you’ve only used half and have to throw the other half away, it’s a waste of money.
NOT SO GOOD: It’s also on the expensive side.
Because so much effort and hard work goes into making organic skincare, you won’t be able to find certified-organic products below RM50, that’s for sure. But then again, if a product is sold for RM29.90 and it calls itself organic, you’d also be wary. Remember, having an organic certification is a totally different thing from making products from organic ingredients. I can make my own body scrub with organic sugar and lavender essential oil bought from Aeon, but I can’t label it as certified-organic. Yes, the ingredients are certified-organic, but my methods aren’t, and that also makes a difference.
NOT SO GOOD: You sometimes don’t know what you’re getting.
A lot of skincare brands tout their products to be organic and/or natural, but if there is no organic certification from a body like ECOCERT or COSMEBIO, you basically don’t know how ‘organic’ it really is. It could contain a tiny concentration (like less than 5%) of organic ingredients, and yet the product would be labelled organic. That’s why always check the labels to read the concentration of the ingredients. Generally, anything that makes up the most in amount will appear first in the ingredients list. If all the natural or organic ingredients are at the very end of the list, you might want to think twice.
The above points aren’t scientifically-based, but hopefully they’ll be able to help you make more informed choices before you part with your money. Organic beauty products are not cheap, but in the long run, they’re a healthier way to make sure your skin stays flawless. Another thing I also learned with organic products is that less is more. You don’t have to use a lot in order to get the best out of your products. Too much, and your skin will react in ways like whiteheads, clogged pores, acne and so on.
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