The first thing I think of when I hear the word organic is “ooohh it’s healthy!” and that can be true, but only when it applies to certain things.
The term “organic” on labels means something completely different for food & skincare products. The FDA and USDA have no authority over the production and labeling of cosmetics. Currently, the FDA does not define or enforce the word “organic” for personal care products. The last major law to pass that regulated the ingredients in cosmetics was over 80 years ago. The personal care & cosmetics industry is virtually self-regulated and the FDA has no authority to recall products even after evidence of causing harm.
Have you ever wondered how beauty gurus and Youtubers could start their makeup lines so fast? It’s because of the lack of regulations in our country.
Curious about the number of ingredients the US Bans from cosmetics? 30. That’s it. Canada bans 800 and the EU around 1400. Want to know something crazier? Some EU brands will create an inferior product, a “knock off” version of their products that they are able to sell in the US due to our lack of regulations.
Companies can slap the word organic on their labels even if ingredients are only 70% organic. Even worse, some companies use the term organic even if there is only 1 ingredient that is organic. This is why we all need to be more cautious of Greenwashing. Read more about greenwashing here.
Here’s a list of ingredients that are technically organic/natural, but very toxic:
At the end of the day, organic ingredients whether in your food or beauty products are better than not-organic, they mean less harm to the environment, water, and workers. But know that simply looking for “organic” beauty products doesn’t automatically mean they are indeed organic, or safe.
I hope this was helpful in navigating your safer beauty journey.