Organic Cosmetics – Can Grooming Products Ever Be 100% Organic?

Short Answer: Maybe not always 100%.

But grooming products can and should be made with the finest natural and certified organic ingredients available—using only the ingredients that are necessary and nothing more. Along with adopting trends like the paleo lifestyle, clean eating and non-GMO food, 2015 consumers have developed an abiding passion for organic cosmetic items.

Just saying that word to yourself out loud – organic – probably conjures up a vision of hippies toasting each other with kale shakes. But is this concept’s patina of health grounded in any science? The truth is that it is actually important that your grooming products be organic. Any hidden downsides to using organic products are few and far between. While it may not always be possible to produce 100% organic cosmetics, it is key that your hair and skin products be as pure as possible.

How can you know what to buy?

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The Desire for Safe, All-natural Cosmetics

The momentum toward “100% organic cosmetics” emerged as consumers learned that common synthetic chemicals used by the cosmetic industry were unsafe. Indeed, carcinogens and other toxic chemicals have no place in shampoos, oils, soaps, creams and eye gels. While research science has not produced randomized, clinically controlled trials that conclude “organic is always better,” why would anyone voluntarily apply an industrial cosmetic concoction whose ingredients list reads like a graduate student’s chemistry reference book?

So what companies are capable of creating durable, effective and safe organic cosmetics? Going 100% organic is not always feasible, because with some cosmetics, synthetic compounds and preservatives can be needed to prevent the growth of mold. Likewise, because a brand uses words like “natural” and “organic” in its labeling does not mean its products are right for you… or even that their products are legitimately organic! And, because something is organic does not mean it is incapable of irritating your skin. Ingredients like peppermint, lavender and sandalwood may cause skin irritation in very sensitive individuals.

But the truth is, “rosemary” and “lavender” sound better than “aluminum persulfate” and “butoxyethanol” for a reason. Artificial fragrances and junk chemicals are cheap to produce, but the toll they can take on your skin and your health in general can be substantial.

The bottom line is that the quality of the ingredient used in your cosmetics matters.

Spend time exploring how and why your cosmetic company of choice does what it does. We at Ship to Shore are passionate about our process and committed to creating natural, wonderful organic cosmetics and grooming products for our customers.


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