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The Difference Between “Natural” And “Organic” Products, Because It’s There

It might actually just boil down to marketing. Also, organic may not always be 100 percent organic. WHAT EVEN IS THE WORLD ANYMORE?

The terms “natural” and “organic” on, say, a foundation or highlighter appeals to a large market of people because it’s a greener way of living and is said to be better without the presence of bad chemicals – or so you thought. The two words are actually not interchangeable and can be part of marketing schemes to ride on the green wave. But how?

For a product to coin itself as “natural”, there aren’t a lot of rules or regulations put into place to make sure that any of these are actually natural. Sure, it can contain lots of natural ingredients, but it can also be filled with a ton of chemicals.

On the flip side, certified organic products by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) states that each ingredient must be organic. But there’s a catch. It only needs to be made from 95 percent organic ingredients. The other five? Well, whatever they want, but because it’s such a small amount, any bad stuff won’t be able to do any damage.

It doesn’t stop there. Read the labels carefully, and you might find the words “made with certified organic ingredients”. These only need to be made up of 70 percent organic ingredients to pass regulations.

But fret not, as all hope isn’t lost just yet. All you need to do is to check your labels carefully and remember which are the top few ingredients to avoid. A natural product can truly be made from the fruits of Mother Nature. Your skin can still reap benefits from things like aloe vera or shea butter, and don’t necessarily make a lot of difference, organic or not. Plus, not all lab-generated ingredients are bad. The more you know, the better.

At the end of the day, going organic isn’t always necessary, especially if you don’t have the budget for it. But if it sets your mind at ease, we say go for it. Better to be safe than sorry, right? Below, we found seven skincare products that are truly, certified, 100 hundo-p organic.

RMS Beauty Beauty Oil

Onira Organics The Serum

Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist

Kora Organics Daily Ritual Kit

Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask

Antipodes Hallelujah Cleanser

Skin & Tonic London Mini Calm Balm

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