What is organic skincare and why it might be better for your skin
Date Posted:23 April 2021
Organic skincare is skincare that contains natural ingredients grown without harsh chemicals, GMs, fertilisers and pesticides. Read on to discover the difference between certified organic and organic skincare and what they can do for your skin.
What does organic mean
Organic farming means not using artificial fertilisers or synthetic chemicals. It does not use genetically modified foods, growth promoters or hormones. Usually, a government-approved certifier inspects a farm to ensure it meets ‘organic’ labelling standards.
What is organic skincare?
Organic skincare is made from ingredients that meet the same standards as organic food – grown without pesticides, harsh fertilisers, and toxic chemicals. Organic skin care ingredients tend to be higher in nutrients and free of chemical residues that can irritate or harm the skin and body.
Natural versus organic skincare
Is there a difference between natural and organic skincare? A truly natural product means its ingredients are derived from natural sources without any added synthetic compounds. Just be careful as companies can label their products ‘natural’ even if they still contain harsh chemicals or synthetics. They can also use the label ‘natural’ even if they are using animal-derived ingredients. To protect our furry friends, make sure the product is also vegan-friendly and contains no animal by-products. At Sassy Organics, our natural, organic or certified organic skincare for the body and face is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Another thing to note is that not every natural product or brand is also organic. They can contain all-natural ingredients that aren’t grown in organic conditions. These products tend to be just as safe, gentle and effective as organic skincare. However, many consumers still prefer to have the extra assurance of organic growing practices.
Why use organic skincare products
There are many benefits to using organic skincare products. Firstly, organic skincare doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, and it tends to avoid cheap fillers. Meaning, organic skincare is naturally non-irritating and more effective. And it contains higher doses of all-natural skin-improving ingredients. Did you know our body absorbs 60 per cent of the ingredients we put onto our skin? Yep, which is why organic skincare is also better for our internal health and not just our skin’s. Because organic skincare doesn’t contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphate and parabens, it won’t disrupt your body’s natural functioning. Another benefit of organic skincare is that the farming processes are better for the environment. There is less risk of harsh chemicals damaging our natural soils and waterways.
Organic versus certified organic: is certified organic better?
You might be wondering what’s the difference between organic and certified organic skincare. To be called certified organic, 95% or more of a product’s ingredients must have been certified organic by a regulatory body. Such bodies include Australian Certified Organic or the Organic Food Chain. Certified Organic means a product is entirely ethically produced – cruelty-free, socially responsible, grown without GM, synthetic pesticides and herbicides, or hormones. When you see a certified organic logo on a product, you can be sure that the company is audited each year to ensure it complies with strict requirements. Some of our favourite certified organic skincare brands include Zk'in, Antipodes and Mokosh.
You might see the terms ‘contains’ or ‘made with’ organic ingredients on products. If the product also has a certification, the product complies with official standards and contains 70 – 94% certified organic ingredients.
If the product uses labels like ‘contains or ‘made with’ and doesn’t have a certification scheme/label, this can mean a few things. Firstly, it could mean the product does contain a high level of organic ingredients but does not yet have the certification. This can be because the certification process is just that – a process. It can take some time for even honest and dedicated organic, natural skincare brands to get their organic certification. On the other hand, a company could be using terms like ‘natural, ‘organic’ for marketing purposes and might use very few organic ingredients in their products.
Is certified organic better? Not necessarily. The biggest advantage with certified organic skincare is that you have the peace of mind that you’re getting a regulated product. But many brands still make amazing natural and organic skincare without them being certified yet. It really depends on what your preferences are as a consumer.
Shopping for organic skincare Australia
Shopping for organic skincare is easy when you not what to look out for. There are a few labels to check for when shopping for certified organic skincare in Australia. One of the leading industry groups is Australian Organic – a non-profit, member-owned body that owns Australian Certified Organic. Australia Organic was established in 1987 to promote the interests of farms and processors who wanted to promote and protect the message of organic farming.
Another label you might see is the Organic Food Chain logo, another organic certifying body recognised by the Department of Agriculture.
If you’re shopping for honest, natural, and organic skincare (not certified organic), the best thing to do is get good at reading labels. If an ingredients list is long and/or there are many ingredients you can’t recognise, it likely contains lots of synthetic chemicals. Also, watch out for common nasties like phthalates and sodium lauryl sulphate. Also, remember to note how many organic ingredients there are to back up its ‘organic’ label. Or you can shop our range of skincare which features trusted organic and certified organic products that we thoroughly research and test – so you don’t have to. Get started with some of our top organic skincare picks below.