I keep seeing that people are not understanding the words ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘wildcrafted’, I thought I would straighten it all out for you. And let me throw ‘herbal’ in there too. 😉
I am confused at people that say they want natural products, then don’t read the label. Most people are now, FINALLY, concerned about what they are putting on their bodies. Me? I was ‘green’ when being ‘green’ wasn’t cool. I was herbal when people barely knew plants are used as food. [ just a little kidding there. 🙂 ]
So let’s get the definitions straight here. Natural means NATURAL. Without added esters or other ingredients. Natural means as God provided. An apple is natural, from nature. An apple fragrance is not. It is chemicals made to smell like apples. Nothing wrong with it, if you know what you’re buying, but it’s not NATURAL.
Herbs are natural, essential oils are natural, seabuckthorn oils are natural. Cottonseed oil is not natural. It is sprayed with a pesticide to remove the leaves so it’s easier to gather the cotton, and thus, remove the seeds.
Organic means without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or other poisons. It means growing the plant without use of the above. It means handpicking the tomato worms off the plants, not spraying the strawberries for bugs [highly unlikely you’ll find organic strawberries and if you do and can afford them, get them. Or grow your own, you will be amazed at how delicious and wet the fruit is].
from the USDA site: “Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.” There are more definitions there, why not go read them?
Cometics? These are anything used on the body to beautify or cleanse. Soap, lotion, make up, serums, creams, shampoo to name a few. It’s not just make up, as most people think. The products are mostly unregulated.
HOWEVER, The FDA says: “The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not require cosmetic products and ingredients to be approved by FDA before they go on the market, except for color additives that are not intended for use as coal tar hair dyes. However, they must be safe for consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use.” DO YOU SEE that last statement?
The words ‘organic’ and ‘certified organic’ are big buzzwords nowadays. Many large companies dupe the consumer into believing something in their products is organic, however not all do. It IS possible to have one ingredient in a cosmetic and use the organic word on the label of ingredients before the ingredient that is organic. As in, ‘certified organic seabuckthorn oil‘, which shows the seabuckthorn oil is certified organic. If there is no ‘organic’ word before other ingredients, you can judge if it’s organic enough for you, or, if you trust the business to use natural and/or organic ingredients if they say so. As Blue Sage Naturals does. To jump on bandwagons is not my thing, nor is jumping thru hoops. We do purchase organic herbs, organic oils where possible, and use beeswax from free-range-bees™. I just choose not to say so on the label. Besides, have you seen how LITTLE space there is for all the ingredients already??? 🙂 However it’s not ok to claim the whole product is organic, unless it is.
And how about ‘wildcrafted’? Wildcrafted means just that, gathered in the wild. There won’t be certificates for that, however it’s still organic. Companies don’t go around spraying costly pesticides willy nilly on crops that aren’t theirs.Conscientious gatherers pick and gather only from sustainable plants and never take the last one. We gather 25-50 feet from roads, although there’s no lead in gas like there used to be. And some, like me, don’t gather underneath overhead wires.
Let common sense prevail here. If it says ‘natural’ and it’s not in it’s natural form, or used from it’s natural form, it’s not natural. Infusing an herb in oil is natural. Naturally done. If it has other synthetic chemicals in it, it’s not natural.
Organic means without poisons used on the plants, or in the feed, etc.
Everyone uses synthetic chemicals in some form in products in their homes, on their bodies, in their foods. For you, you have to educate yourself. Learn what synthetic chemicals you will allow in your skin care products and which you won’t tolerate. But LEARN, don’t just take someone else’s word for it.
Which synthetic chemicals are ok with you? How about telling us why in the comments?