What is the difference between "Natural" and "Organic" ?
Before I start writing my blog post about Beauty, Wellness, etc, I thought it would be a good idea to be clear on what natural and organic actually mean when talking about beauty products.
What is Natural ?
When most people see the word natural on a product label, they assume that either all or some of the ingredients are natural - meaning they are not made in a laboratory by scientists. After all, the definition of natural from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is "existing in nature and not made or caused by people: coming from nature; not having any extra substances or chemicals added: not containing anything artificial.
Unfortunately, in today's landscape of beauty product marketing, some companies tout products as being "natural" even when there are only trace amounts of natural ingredients - or none at all. Companies can do this because, shockingly, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate cosmetic product ingredients.
How about Organic ?
Thankfully, the word organic has a lot more weight than the word natural. For example, in the United States, consumer labeling laws and USDA organic regulations require that if the word organic appears on a product label or in marketing material, there must be proof. In fact, the National Organic Program develops the rules and regulations of all USDA organic products and has a whole list of important checkpoints to ensure that both the ingredients and the facilities in which products are manufactured are free from toxins. (EU equivalents like Ecocert, the Soil Association, and Demeter.)
At EASE NATURAL REMEDY, we are using USDA Certified Organic ingredients as much as possible and specifying which ingredients are Certified Organic and which are not very clearly.
I hope this information will help you to choose the right one if you look for beauty products made by truly natural, non-toxic ingredients.