Are you confused as to concepts in natural cosmetics? We help you
Today there is a lot of information bombardment as far as concepts in natural cosmetics are concerned. We turn on the TV, browse magazines, surf the internet and overwhelm us with publicity. Natural cosmetics are fashionable, but also the confusion over the concepts it encompasses is growing. Natural cosmetics, organic cosmetics, vegan cosmetics, hypoallergenic products, cosmetics free of toxic and chemical … Are they different things?
The answer to this question is yes, they are different things. Little does the concept of natural cosmetics have to do with the assertion that a product is chemically free. Friends, natural cosmetics are chemical, it is a science that we must learn to use in our favor. And so, with everything. We must learn to differentiate concepts in natural cosmetics, otherwise we are susceptible to deception. Marketing helps us to know brands that work hard to make their work a better world. But it also confuses the consumer when making their purchase. We all know that there is a growing trend towards the natural now, because it could not be otherwise. What is unfair is that companies take advantage of this and sell products for what they are not.
From Ami Iyök we want to help you understand the world in which we move. Our intention is to give you light on concepts of natural cosmetics so that you do not feel lost. Understanding and integrating them is a good way to contribute to responsible consumption with your health and the environment.
Differences between NATURAL COSMETICS, ORGANIC COSMETICS AND VEGAN COSMETICS
For a product to be considered COSMETIC NATURAL, a minimum percentage of its ingredients must come from nature. Plants, plant or animal extracts, essential oils or vegetables or clays can be used in their formulas. The concept of natural cosmetics requires that some of its ingredients are of natural origin, but not all. Actually the concept of natural cosmetics does not exclude that of toxic substances, but decreases the amount of these. In addition, ingredients from the nature it contains may have been grown with products that are harmful to our health. So it does not assure us that, for example, plants used in their formulas are free of toxic substances.
However, in organic COSMETICS, the ingredients of natural origin that are used must also come from organic farming. Like NATURAL COSMETICS, ORGANIC COSMETICS also uses plants and plant or animal extracts. In this case, the percentage of organic ingredients used will be free of toxics. Within the concept of ORGANIC COSMETICS come into play ecological certificates or stamps. These guarantee us that products that use a brand, have really been cultivated in an environmentally friendly way. At AmiIyök, we have the EcoControl BDIH and Natrue certificates that guarantee the quality of our raw materials and products.
On the other hand, the concept of COSMETIC VEGANA the only thing that guarantees that its products do not use ingredients from animals. However, it also does not ensure that cosmetics are free of toxins. It is possible that their products contain petroleum derivatives, but it is still considered vegan cosmetics for not using ingredients of animal origin.
Is all natural cosmetics suitable for allergy sufferers?
Although the concept of natural cosmetics is understood as respectful of the most sensitive skins, it is not always hypoallergenic. Many times we confuse the natural with products suitable to the most sensitive skins, but this is a mistake. There are many examples that natural cosmetics also contain allergens, one of them being essential oils. Essential oils are complex organic compounds that contain a high concentration of substances that can sensitize the skin. For this reason, a good formulation in cosmetic products is vital, as it helps to treat dermatological problems. To minimize allergic reactions, a product must contain at most 0.001% of allergen concentration. Even so, each individual may react differently to the components of a natural cosmetic product. Similarly people react differently to pollen or a particular plant family. It is therefore very important to read the labels of the products.
Chemical and toxic substances in natural cosmetics?
We must keep in mind that natural cosmetics can also become toxic. It is understood as toxic those substances that are poisonous or that can cause disturbances as a result of the injuries due to a chemical effect.
While nature is able to provide us with the most extraordinary beneficial properties, it also offers us very dangerous substances. Since ancient times, nature has been used for the creation of potions, poisons and even drugs. Nowadays, there is a regulation regarding cosmetic ingredients that we must all follow. All the components that the companies use, whether natural or not, have their own safety data sheet. This tab indicates at which level of concentration the active can become cytotoxic. Therefore, we must understand that the claim “without toxic” can be misused in cosmetics. Even essential oils and natural raw materials have toxic rates at high and not so high concentrations.
Finally, how many times have we heard the concept of natural cosmetics without chemicals? This claim falls by its own weight. Absolutely all cosmetic products, whether natural or conventional, are a consequence of chemistry. Every thing we smell, touch, apply and enjoy is chemical. The very essential oils are organic compounds made up of molecules of hydrocarbons such as terpenes, alcohols, esters, ketones, phenols, etc. This sounds like a lot of chemistry, right? Even preservatives used in natural cosmetics are. Thanks to them, we can extend the life of a product up to 2 ½ years if the product is well formulated.
As you can see, there are many ways to define the concepts of natural cosmetics. Understanding them and being able to make good use of them is the responsibility of companies, but also of consumers. Knowing the available information and being able to choose what best suits our needs is necessary at present. It is our hands to decide what we want for our health and our planet.